Over the weekend, Jennifer, Graeme and I went all the way down to North Berwick to have a walk along the sands. They bought me a Lucas ice cream, only the best for me, and I really enjoyed it – much to the delight of the Lucas ice cream van driver.
Jennifer and Graeme had lunch in the Rocketeer and the lovely waitress could see that I was needing refreshment too and she brought me a bowl of water – how kind. The people at the table next to us were very interested in me and I sat very close to them so that one of the gentlemen could pat me. It was very relaxing indeed.
Daddy used to have to cycle this road when he was at school, and I have no doubt he will want me to tell him how it has changed when I get back home. We had a long, long walk along the beach and to be quite frank, when we got back to the house, all I could do was flake out.
Holiday Time Again!
17th June 2013
I’m away my holidays again with Jennifer and the boys in Edinburgh. I feel I deserve it because I’ve been very busy what with welcoming the pupils from Keig Primary School and also being on duty at the Garden Open Day.
I heard Jennifer phoning Daddy and he asked how I was getting on. The journey to Edinburgh was fine and when we arrived at Jennifer’s house I, as usual, rushed into the house and looked into all the rooms on the ground floor – there was nobody there so I barked a few times and then I went upstairs and went through all the rooms and there was nobody there either. So I came down somewhat disappointed that the boys were not there to greet/welcome me.
Later, the boys arrived after football (I wish I’d been able to play with them as I’m great at tackling) so we had a wonderful reunion as always.
Jennifer told Daddy that on the first night when they had all gone to bed, I snoozed downstairs for a while and then, when I noticed that I was all alone, I went up and into Hamish’s room (who was brushing his teeth) and jumped on the bed and got the duvet cover exactly as I liked it.
Hamish made room for himself and we all got to sleep. After a while I started snoring and Hamish got up out of bed and went through to the spare bedroom because I’m told that my snoring is quite loud. I woke up after a while to discover he was no longer in the bed beside me, so I got up and went to try to find him. I eventually found where he was and went in and slept on the floor this time, beside him. I had a very restful sleep although, I gather, Hamish did not.
Scotland’s Garden Open Day
17th June 2013
Scotland’s Garden Open Day
It was a very pleasant day and I was looking forward to going out to do my duties at Inchmarlo’s Open Day to raise money for the Scottish Garden Scheme charities and our choice of a charity, Alzheimer Scotland.
At the entrance selling the entry tickets, were Helen assisted by Home Owner, Bill, who has done this in the past.
The gardens were looking gorgeous and after I spent a little while in them, Daddy and I walked through the Queen Victoria Park and met Bud and Margaret in number 1 QVP who always like speaking to me, and I to them, so we had a chat and I got my back rubbed and my ears tickled, it was super.
Then we walked up through the Rainbow Garden and I greeted a whole lot of visitors.
Some of our Home Owners were having their regular putting competition beside the Keyhole Garden.
There were lots of people coming and going, looking at the plan in the Rainbow Garden, showing the layout of the flowers chosen to reflect the colours of the rainbow.
There were other dogs as well, and I spoke to a whole lot of them and numerous people came over and spoke to me and we all got on extremely well.
After spending some time we followed the signs for the new East Park show house which only opened two days before, the previous show house and show flat having been sold almost immediately they were open for viewing. I took my place outside and watched lots of people going in and having a good look.
Then back down through the Alpine Garden to the main house and unfortunately the Deeside Pipe Band had just finished playing on the lawn when we got there. Perhaps I was happy about this because with the sensitive hearing that I have, I’m not sure that I would have liked listening to the bag pipes. However, I did enjoy speaking to some of the players.
The weather was so good that while the majority of people were having afternoon tea in the main Dining Room, quite a number of them came outside and sat in the sunshine having their scones, shortbread and meringues. You will remember that on the previous Friday I had been out welcoming the pupils from Keig School. Well on the Garden Open Day two pupils from Keig came with their Grandmother so that she could have a look at the Sensory Garden.
Before we left I just had to go to speak to one of my favourite residents, Dr Margaret. She said she was very pleased to see me again and she had a nice afternoon sitting under the canopy in the sun watching all the activities going on and we had a very pleasant time.
The Sensory Garden Open Day
6th June 2013
The sun was shining when Daddy and I arrived and some of the Home Owners were playing croquet on the lawn in front of the main house. Since I am a bulldog I am not inclined to run over and pick up balls like most other breeds so they are quite safe from me.
You may remember about a year ago that Inchmarlo and the Press & Journal organised a Garden Competition for school children to design a Sensory Garden. The judges chose Keig Primary School, Alford as the winning design and last Friday the pupils and teachers, and their helpers came back to see their finished design.
The childrens’ design was interpreted by The Susan MacFadzean Partnership who have designed the landscaping for most of the new developments at Inchmarlo.
Naturally, I had to go and inspect it. It was extremely attractive and some of the residents who walk along the path in front of the house to where the Sensory Garden now is have been keeping a close eye on the landscapers and gardeners who have planted more than 300 plants!
The pupils arrived and were led over to the Sensory Garden by Julie McKenzie, the General Manager.
Their teacher, Karen Davidson, told Daddy that her pupils kept asking if I was going to be there. Of course I was, I’m a Therapy Assistant at Inchmarlo and if anybody connected to Inchmarlo knows about smells, scents and sniffing, it’s me. Many of the children remembered me from last year and I cannot tell you how delighted and excited they were to see me again and vice versa.
Daddy had asked one of the oldest residents in the care home, Mrs Margaret Harper, who is now in her 105th year to do the final tree planting ceremony with Violet McKee, one of the pupils.
It all went very well. It was another beautiful day and after the official photographs were taken Julie McKenzie came out with huge meringues, juice and biscuits for the pupils. They had a very good time.