25th Anniversary

No not mine, Inchmarlo’s.

Saturday was the 25th Anniversary of the opening of Inchmarlo House Care Home and we had another party.  Another party, I mean, because last year was the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the Inchmarlo Continuing Care Retirement Community which Daddy is now calling by the modern name of Retirement Community Village.

All the residents were invited to attend with up to two guests each and the invitation –of which I approved – was to start of with “bubbly” up in the main garden from 2.30 – 3.30 and then afternoon tea in the main house.  Unfortunately at 2.00pm it wasn’t just an absolutely wonderfully hot day, so the garden part of it was scrapped and drinks were served at the main house out on the lawn.  We were very lucky because the sun came out at about 3 o’ clock.  Among the guests present was Dennis Robertson, the new MSP who was  accompanied by a most important person – his guide dog called Mr Q.

Mr Robertson & Mr Q

I didn’t manage to speak to him when I was taken over to get my photograph with some of the long serving staff but I saw him and what a big handsome dog he is.  By now it was very, very hot so the staff brought out a bowl of water for him and he very quietly lay there and drank his water – while still lying down – while Mr Robertson had his afternoon tea.

Mr Q enjoying a welcome drink

And what an afternoon tea it was!

Head Chef Colin and his Fantastic Staff

It consisted of:

Cheese & Onion Tart

Cheese & Bacon Custard Tart

two quiches from recipes by Paul Bocuse, the most famous Chef in France over the last 30 years.  I managed to get a sample of both and they were lovely but I must say I preferred the one with the bacon in it.

After that all the guests were served a choice of:

Grapefruit Cake

Chocolate Tart

Bakewell Tart

Rhubarb Pie

Zabaglione Cake

These are some of Daddy’s favourite desserts and they are served to the residents in Inchmarlo House and to the Home Owners who come down to the main house for lunch in the bar and/or functions in the evening.

My goodness, don’t the residents eat well at Inchmarlo!

Daddy wouldn’t give me any of the desserts unfortunately; he said they are not good for me.  Oh dear, it’s a dog’s life!

While I have only been working at Inchmarlo for the last 2 plus years some of the staff have been there since we opened.  All of them were invited but some of them were not available and on holiday but the ones that were able to come were photographed together and of course I felt it only reasonable that I should be in the photograph.  By the way that’s me bang in the centre.

Long Serving Staff

These are some of the people I work with. (left to right)

Mr Jack Crawford, Estate management (26 years service)

Mrs Susie Smith, Director and General Manager

Miss Sheena Coutts, Assistant Cook (11 years service)

Mrs Helen Ewen, Nurse (12 years service)

Mrs Lesley Ward, nurse (12 years service)

Charles P Skene, Owner

Mrs Karen Duguid, Activities co-ordinator (14 years service)

Mr Colin Davidson, Head Chef (4 years service)

Mr David Pratt, Head of Security (23 years service)

(front) Humphrey, Therapy Assistant (canine) 2 ½ years.

A young man from the North East of Scotland Music School entertained the guests by playing the piano in the Red Drawing Room.

Some Light Entertainment

It was a super day and after everybody had gone, Daddy took me for a walk around Westfield and in the late afternoon sun it looked absolutely lovely.




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