Hamish sent me the most wonderful clip of a whole lot of Bulldogs doing a variety of things including, jumping up and down on a trampoline, doing somersaults and riding on a motorbike – with the Bulldogs wearing goggles. They also showed one which was remarkably like me, both at the beginning and at the end of the clip. You can see this on
Sunday 19 October was our Open Day. I spent most of the day walking around checking on the gardens, looking at the gorgeous colours before going to supervise the visitors buying tickets. We were busier than we thought and had different people selling the entrance tickets this year, Phyllis was away on holiday so Helen, our Deputy Manager Head of Care was assisted by Andi Bond from Scotland’s Gardens Scheme. The monies collected was split between the Forget-me-not Club, Banchory and Scotland’s Gardens Scheme beneficiaries.
In the morning, the sun was gorgeous and Inchmarlo House looked beautiful nestled as it was in the sunshine.
The view from the front door of Inchmarlo House across our parkland was quite stunning – oh lucky Residents who see the changing colours throughout the year.
We walked up to the Courtyard, everything was looking lovely and I particularly liked the view through the gate.
After we walked round Westfield, we met the photographer from the Press & Journal who asked where the Oriental Garden was, so I led the way and when we got there he took photographs of two of the visitors, Jim and Jenny Fiddes.
Then we went up into the Alpine Garden and oh my goodness, even I who only like flowers when I can smell other dogs near them, was overpowered by the fantastic autumnal colours.
Then I saw two couples sitting together and I went up and spoke to them and we had a nice chat.
We went through the Rainbow Garden where there was quite a number of people looking at the different plants.
Mummy and Daddy were invited to the first Carnegie lecture in Aberdeen University which was to be given by the American Ambassador to Britain, Matthew Barzun. Daddy had apparently studied Andrew Carnegie’s business life when he was eighteen years old and had met his great granddaughter up at Dornoch approximately forty years ago. A few years ago he had been invited to the Holyrood Parliament to celebrate the Inaugural Carnegie Awards when he met the same people that he had met all those years before. He also met Vartan Gregorian who was the Chief Executive of the Carnegie Trust in New York. After the Carnegie lecture at Aberdeen University, he was approached by a senior member of staff, who asked Daddy how I was because he follows my blog! Isn’t that interesting? For me to be spoken about at the same event where the American Ambassador is speaking about one of the world’s greatest ever businessmen and philanthropists, Scot’s born, Andrew Carnegie, makes me feel very proud!
Daddy and I went to Inchmarlo so I could supervise the building of our new neighbourhood of six bungalows down at Prince Albert Way. It’s called that because it’s opposite Queen Victoria Park and we thought this would bring Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who were very, very close in real life – back together. Isn’t that romantic?
Do you remember I told you that I was immensely flattered by getting a letter from one of our Home Owners at Westfield? I was asked if I would instruct the cutting back of some of the bramble bushes and overhanging branches around the heronry. Almost immediately I got hold of Jim, the Head Gardener, and Daddy and led them around the heronry and I had to agree – they needed cutting back. Jim and his staff had been very busy recently because of the number of branches and trees that had been blown down in the big gale. Last week I got a very nice thank you card from the Home Owner thanking me for my prompt attention to her request. Wasn’t that nice?