Scotland’s Garden Scheme Open Day at Inchmarlo


23rd May 2017

I was there on Sunday the 21st of May since we opened our gardens once again under Scotland’s Garden Scheme with the two charities selected, as usual, the Forget Me Not Club Banchory and Alzheimer’s Scotland. It was a nice day, unfortunately, the sun wasn’t shining but never-the-less it was warm and lots of people came to view the gardens. Despite the fact I am sitting next to the Bar sign, I can tell you I didn’t have any alcoholic drinks.

Mummy and I walked up through the Alpine Garden then on to the Rainbow Garden and the Sensory Garden which was designed by primary school pupils from Keig School in 2012 in a competition in conjunction with the Press & Journal.

Many visitors went into the Dining Room and Bar for afternoon tea, except me! I think it’s a bit unfair but the rule is I cannot go into any room in the house when food is being served.

We had quite a number of children visiting and a few of them came up to speak to me. I gave one little boy my business card and there is a photograph of him holding it.

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100_3935 The Plant Stall

100_3888  Resting in the Alpine Garden

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100_3919  Rainbow Garden – studying the layout

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100_3925  A young fan holding my business card

100_3934  Inside the Rainbow Garden

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100_3928  In the Putting Green

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100_3939  At the Sensory Garden

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Our Garden Experiment!


15th May 2017

My expertise in gardens and plants was called up recently at Inchmarlo when Daddy and I met Jennifer Brodie of Remin to supervise the planting of a selection of plants. 3 boxes of garden flowers were planted in normal earth and 3 boxes of the same flowers except volcanic rock dust had been added to the earth. Daddy had met Jennifer at the AECC 2 months ago when he was told that she had set up a company called Remin Scotland Ltd., which provides earth mixed with volcanic dust, which she believes provides a better result when the plants bloom. Because we have so many plants and flowers around Inchmarlo, Daddy thought he would offer the use of Inchmarlo as a testing ground. Last week our Head Gardener Jim, Jennifer, Daddy and I went and supervised the boxes. The Press & Journal sent out a photographer and it will be fascinating to see the difference in the growth and flowering of the plants with the volcanic dust compared to the plants without over the next two months.


Show House Open Day


15th May 2017

p1090927You will remember this photograph of me when the houses at Pinecrest were being built. We were having an open day on Saturday and a number of people have said they would come. It was a very nice day and so I suggested that Daddy should get a series of photographs of the house so that people reading this blog can see just how spacious it is. Two bedrooms, one en-suite and a third bedroom or study. The first batch of 8 houses are all sold and we are about to start building on the second batch of 4 houses which will be identical to the first row of houses albeit slightly further to the east, all with south views.

Here are the photographs.


Fun with Charlie and Oscar


13th April 2017

It has been a busy week. Pamela was up with Charlie and Oscar and as usual, I have kept very, very busy. They seldom ever stop moving about, playing with things or coming over and giving me a cuddle and I, in turn, give them a paw because I love the underside of my front legs being tickled.

Humphrey and boys April 17 (2)

I joined Daddy and Oscar and on another day Daddy and Hamish and we walked all round the Den with either of the boys being very good and holding my lead. They walk much quicker than I do because I like to stop and sniff at everything. There has been a notice in the Den for a little while to say that there is a deer in there and owners walking their dogs are asked to keep them on a lead. I’m not exactly sure what a deer is but I can guarantee that I wouldn’t be interested in doing anything other than having a sniff of it. So, the deer is perfectly safe with me.

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Out and about with Daddy


13th April 2017

My goodness, what absolutely wonderful weather we have been having.  When we went out to Inchmarlo yesterday and went into Inchmarlo House I couldn’t go and speak to my friends because they were involved in a singing session.Home Owners come up every year to play the piano and the other residents join in a sing song. It really was very nice to hear. Daddy took me outside and wanted me to go up to Pinecrest, our new development in which all the houses in Phase 1 are sold, but I just would not walk up the hill.  Daddy tells people that when I don’t want to go somewhere I put my two paws out in front of me and will NOT MOVE!

Home Owners come up every year to play the piano and the other residents join in a sing song. It really was very nice to hear. Daddy took me outside and wanted me to go up to Pinecrest, our new development in which all the houses in Phase 1 are sold, but I just would not walk up the hill.  Daddy tells people that when I don’t want to go somewhere I put my two paws out in front of me and will NOT MOVE!

However, last Sunday afternoon, Mummy, Daddy and I were walking through Hazlehead Rose Garden and we came across another Bulldog and his owners.  We had smelt each other some time ago and his Daddy said that he does the same thing if he does not want to go somewhere.  So clearly, it’s something that we incredibly well bred English Bulldogs do.  When we don’t want to do something, we make our opinions very clear!  We walked back down the path to visit Dawn in the Sales Office and then back up to the house.  Daddy had lunch which he enjoyed very much and Head Chef Colin told him that the Dining Club had taken place recently and I got a little piece of the rack of local spring lamb – naturally without the red wine jus – and it was absolutely gorgeous.  The Dining Club is organised by Home Owners who take it in turn to choose the menu and the wines for their dinner in the Green Drawing Room.