Well, I wasn’t invited to the 30th Anniversary Dinner, but I was invited to the Strawberry Tea which Daddy hosted on behalf of the Conservative Party. Again I’m not allowed in when people are eating so I sat on the outside watching to see what was happening and it would seem that as the saying goes, “A jolly good time was had by everyone”.
It was an absolutely gorgeous day – but it always is at Inchmarlo! It was chaired by Tom Mason and the speakers included Alexander Burnett, elected MSP for West Aberdeenshire and other prominent Conservative Party Politicians including Alex Johnstone, Ross Thomson, Liam Kerr and Peter Chapman. When they arrived, the guests were offered transport up to the top of the garden so they could walk down looking at and admiring some of the tallest trees of their type in Britain and the rainbow garden before coming in for afternoon tea and a jolly good chat. Daddy welcomed everybody and then handed it over to Tom Mason and the key Conservative Politicians to speak.
In conclusion Daddy said that we had recently conducted a survey amongst existing home owners living at Inchmarlo and copies were available from the reception desk. If those reading this blog would like a copy, please contact me – Humphrey at the Inchmarlo website saying you would like a copy of the publication and I will arrange to have it sent to you.
You saw me in the photograph with those Home Owners who came to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Last week Daddy put on a dinner for personalities from the Aberdeenshire Council and other prominent people and long serving staff. Regrettably I wasn’t present because I’m not allowed in the dining room (when people are eating) so I had to lie at home and content myself listening to the radio.
The main speaker was Mr Esmonde Crawley, who is a worldwide expert on care for the over 50’s and whose organisation has websites in 10 countries. I am told it was a very interesting and controversial speech about the changing needs of future generations of the over 50’s. Esmonde had flown from Australia to London and then up to Aberdeen, gave his speech at the dinner, spent the night in Skene House Whitehall. The next morning Daddy took him to the airport from where he flew to London and back to New Zealand to witness a sports event. My goodness, I couldn’t do that. If I were on the airplane I would be so tired I would snore so loudly I would possibly drown out the noise of the engines.
Esmonde was very complimentary about Inchmarlo and he mentioned how Daddy is the leader in the development of the Continuing Care Retirement Communities in the UK. He and Daddy were photographed with the two certificates presented in 2012 and 2015 at prestigious dinners in London showing that he has been inducted into The Hall of Fame – the only double Inductee.
During the meal Daddy introduced a number of long serving staff who were present, including Senior Staff like David Pratt, Head of Security and Services for 25 years, Jack Crawford 32 years and Helen Fitzpatrick also 32 years. Daddy explained what my responsibilities were in going to speak to people in the Care Home and Home Owners in the community so, while I wasn’t present, my role was acknowledged and I was somewhat mollified.