Welcome to my blog


29th September 2010

Hello there. My name is Humphrey and I’m the new therapy assistant at the Inchmarlo Retirement Community.

This blog will describe my life as I train for my new job. All of the experiences I have and the new friends that I make will be posted here, and you can drop in at any time to see how I’m getting on.
You can see the most recent updates if you scroll down the text on this front page. Alternatively, you can view the archive on the side of this page to see some of my older posts. 

However, if you want to start from the very beginning and get the whole story, you can view my first-ever blog post here.

Feel free to leave a comment and say hi.

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Humphrey


February Ramblings


6th February 2018

My goodness, it has been a very cold January.  I go out for my walkies without any additional coat or blanket on me and it just shows you that I’m much stronger than humans.  On the way out to Inchmarlo the other day we saw some horses in the fields with coats on top of them and I think it’s unfair that they have waterproof coats when I don’t.  Admittedly when I come back from a walk when it’s been raining, Daddy always dries me down with my towel which he keeps heated on top of the radiator, so the discomfort doesn’t last too long.

Last week I was out at Inchmarlo a few times walking and looking at sites for new buildings and in the distance, we saw one of our Home Owners taking Rosie for a walk or, since Rosie is so big, maybe it’s the other way around!  If you remember, Rosie is a St. Bernard puppy who is already 3 times my size! We spoke to each other only very briefly because she wants to play all the time – a typical female!    Daddy likes her but quite frankly I could do without any close friendship with her! 

Daddy had lunch with Julie in the bar and the main course which he selected was saute d’agneau (lamb stew) by Paul Bocuse.  Paul Bocuse was the most famous chef in France for many years and Daddy and Mummy ate in his restaurant on 3 separate occasions and on one of them, Mr. Bocuse seeing Daddy taking a photograph of the kitchen, pulled him into the kitchen and the two of them were photographed together.(see photo)  His restaurant is just outside Lyon on the River Saone and Daddy always thought he was one of the best Chefs in the world. A number of  Paul Bocuses recipes are frequently on the menu at Inchmarlo for residents in the care home and for the Home Owners and guests eating in the Bar.  Head Chef Colin, as usual, gave Daddy a container with some of the stew for me to eat at home.  I can tell you it’s absolutely delicious!


Christmas with the Boys


3rd January 2018

Oh, I’ve been busy, we had the family up for Christmas day, Pamela, Richard, with the two boys Charlie and Oscar. I can tell you there has hardly been a moment of quietness when we are all in the same room together. Well, that’s maybe an exaggeration because on Christmas Day they put a pair of antlers on me and here I am playing a reindeer and Charlie in his PJ’s. 

 

Neither Charlie or Oscar have the benefit of having a dog near them down in their own home so when they are with me they are With Me! This is Oscar and he knows I just love being tickled underneath my front legs and here he is doing it when I’m resting in my blue bean bag in the kitchen. 

 

In the evening when they are undressed and ready for bed, I like to sit in my orange bean bag in front of the fire in the studio. Both Charlie and Oscar like to sit with me and watch television. Isn’t this very cool and friendly. 

 

Charlie is older, so he is much more contemplative than Oscar and both of us are concentrating on the television TV programme. 

 

Charlie is now into doing magic, particularly card tricks, and here he is doing one for me. 

 

He asks me to choose a card which he then shows me and before I know what has happened he has changed it. He is very, very clever for his age!

I was absolutely delighted that when Charlie came downstairs on his first night, he was wearing his energy saving T-shirt with my photograph on the front of it. Wasn’t that nice of him. 

 

Anyway, I had a very nice time with the boys as usual, but my goodness it was busy. Oscar, in particular, aged 6, is rarely ever still so if he is running back and forward between the study, the kitchen and the drawing room, I feel obliged to follow him, to see what he is up to. so consequentially I don’t get as much rest as I would like. They left this afternoon, so I will be able to have a very long snooze.


My New Friend Rosie


3rd January 2018

Something very exciting at Inchmarlo has happened. As all my friends know I have been a supervising Therapet for some years. We also have another therapet that comes in during the week. But the big, big news for me was when I heard that Julie our Director and General manager, Julie, had got a new puppy!

Daddy took me out to meet the puppy called Rosie. Now Rosie is a St Bernard and I’m used to seeing puppies that are very small but my goodness, Rosie is very, very big and not as sensitive as I am. So, we met outside the Green Drawing room and immediately she started to want to play. 

 

I, of course, was very keen to meet her and here we all are. 

 

 

Julie, Richard, Rosie, and Myself. Julie is holding Rosie which is just as well because after a very short time I found her playfulness somewhat tiresome. She is over twice my height, she has got legs like concrete pillars and she wants to play all the time! I am 71/2 years old and much more sedate. While I don’t mind sniffing other dogs or puppies for that matter, I like to do it in a much more controlled gentlemanly type of way. Rosie is very young and very big, Daddy tells me she is very beautiful, well – that’s a matter of opinion – but she is certainly enthusiastic, and as they say about some people – a little goes a long way!

Daddy likes her very much – but of course, he likes all dogs and especially puppies – no doubt I will meet Rosie on future visits to Inchmarlo and hopefully, she will have quietened down a bit and she doesn’t try to put these massive legs of hers on top of me.

One of the Home Owners in Westfield takes her for a walk around the estate most afternoons so Rosie gets plenty of exercise.

At one point I got so irritated with her continually trying to play with me that I growled at her! Just a little bit, but Daddy told me to be quiet so I naturally quietened down. I hope Rosie and I will become friends when she becomes more mature. In about a year she will be about 3 times my height and weight and it will be like a cow trying to become friendly with an elephant!

Here is Rosie looking very peaceful with Julie


Christmas Dinner at Inchmarlo


29th December 2017

The Christmas Dinner for the Home Owners was held on the 13th December and as usual the Dining Room was full. Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to be in the room when the Home Owners or guests are eating – which I think is unnecessary because at home I’m in the kitchen when Mummy and Daddy eat – but never-the-less I have to abide by the rules. So, while I wasn’t able to be present at the Christmas dinner I was able to sample one of the courses because head chef Colin is very good to me and regularly gives me suitable titbits of some of the meals.

The menu for the supper was:

Starter –    Curried Fresh Pea and Mint Soup by Roger Vergé

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                     Melon Balls With Winter Berries

Main –        Traditional Roast Turkey with all the trimming

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                     Fresh Pasta with Stilton and Mushrooms by Gordon Ramsay

Dessert –  Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

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                  Heavenly Lemon Cheesecake by Mary Berry

 

Everybody enjoyed it, it was followed by entertainment led by Bob, a Home Owner who played the piano and Daddy and the Home Owners wife, Della, sang a duet of ‘Good King Wenceslas’. Daddy has done this at almost all these Christmas Dinners over the 30 or so years.

Perhaps I was lucky being at home, so I didn’t actually hear Daddy sing!

 


All In A Days Work


13th September 2017

Daddy got a request from a lady who had booked her mother into a respite room for a few days because she had to go to a business meeting down south. In her email, she said that her mother was very keen on dogs, and as she had read about me she would be very pleased if I could go out and meet her. Daddy discussed it with me and I agreed to go out and welcome her. It was an absolutely gorgeous day at Inchmarlo – but of course it always is! I was taken up by one of the carers to see our new guest and we had a very nice chat. She patted and greeted me warmly and we had an enjoyable meeting. I am always happy to do my job and welcome new acquaintances.