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.


Colorful Autumn at Inchmarlo

15th October 2018

Daddy and I went out to Inchmarlo today because the weather was absolutely gorgeous and we were sure that the trees and the plants would be very photogenic, and they were! We started off at the main house and then went all around the village taking photographs of the spectacular foliage on the trees and the plants. Daddy and I met a couple of Home Owners who were sitting on benches enjoying the sunshine. Here is what Inchmarlo looks like on an autumnal day and isn’t it just beautiful for everyone including Home Owners and Residents in the village and who visit.  Inchmarlo has some of the tallest trees of their type in Britain. Some are over 40m tall.

As you understand, I like trees very much for an entirely different reason.  I’m not interested in the color and foliage of the trees but I do like trees!  In fact, I’m spoiled for choice at Inchmarlo!

I went and admired all the knitting that the residents in Inchmarlo House had done to enhance and liven up the Sensory Garden. 




Church Service

4th September 2018

Well, last Sunday was different from the majority of Sundays, not just because I’m not usually out at Inchmarlo but because we hosted a church service for members of Rubislaw and Queen’s Cross Churches.  This was the second church event we held over the last few years and David, our Head Security man, and his staff erected the marquee in the main garden just south of the Rainbow Garden.  It was just as well since, unfortunately, it rained all day!

Despite the rain, Daddy and I walked around and inspected the marquee, and everything was set up for the worshippers with one exception.  After Daddy and I walked back down to the main house he put me back in the car and I stayed there until the service was over.  What I didn’t know, neither did Daddy, that it wasn’t just worshippers that took part in the service and sung the hymns, there was a dog in there accompanying his owners!  If I had known that, I would have insisted that I should attend also. After all, Inchmarlo is in my “bailiwick”.  The service went very well, both ministers from Rubislaw and Queens Cross spoke.  There was singing albeit without an organ or piano, but it was a very pleasant event – even with the rain hitting the marquee.  Afterwards, almost everyone went to the Cowshed on the Raemoir Road for supper.  Daddy told me later that the fish and chips were excellent.  Now I love fish, albeit not in a batter and certainly not with chips.  So, I missed out on two things, the Church Service, and a fish supper!

43rd Food Tasting

4th July 2018

Well, I was partially involved with the 43rd food tasting dinner at Inchmarlo. Most of the recipes were not to my liking, but what usually happens is, Head Chef Colin keeps some of the meat dishes for me to eat afterwards. Unfortunately, this time there was nothing left, and it wasn’t because he under estimated the number of people present, it was the fact that all the plates were cleaned because the guests ate everything and then the kitchen and other staff ate what was left! So, daddy asked Head Chef Colin to make another portion for me, which he took home and I absolutely enjoyed it – probably as much as the majority of the home owners and other guests did on the night itself.

Soupe à l’oignon
Onion Soup
(Paul Bocuse, Lyon)
* * * * *
Lemon Chicken
(Lee Lums, New York)
* * * * *
Rôti de porc à la moutarde
Roast Pork with Mustard
(Paul Bocuse, Lyon)
* * * * *
Torte Sorrano
(The Four Seasons Restaurant, New York)
* * * * *
Lemon and Raspberry Tart
(Nigella Lawson)
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As you can see from the menu, as usual these were recipes chosen from restaurants that daddy had visited at various times, except for Lee Lum’s chicken dish, but he’d read about it and Colin made it. I like eating chicken, but I didn’t get the chance to eat this particular one. The evening was very successful with those taking part filling in slips of paper after each course saying whether they liked it, or not, and if they had any suggestions which they wrote down and they also gave the recipe a percentage. Daddy read out the percentages at the end of the next course, which always involves some hilarity because comments such as, “too many onions in the onion soup”, clash with another comment such as, “not enough onions in the onion soup”.

Well, all I can tell you is that if I had been present at the dinner I would have given Paul Bocuse’s recipe ‘Rôti de porc à la moutarde’, 100%, as a large number of the people attending the dinner did. It was absolutely yummy, and I asked daddy to thank Colin very much for taking the trouble to go and make it especially for me. I bet there are very few other Bulldogs who have a chef cook for them a 3* Michelin recipe especially for them!

Humphrey’s Sore Back

3rd July 2018

I haven’t been well recently. Daddy and mummy couldn’t work out why I would suddenly get up and rush from one room to another in a state of panic. So, I was taken to the vet and they thought I had some sort of problem in my back passage, so I was put on medicine to try and remove, or reduce, the discomfort. I must tell you that suddenly feeling something in your bottom and not knowing what it is, is an experience that I have not enjoyed.

After a couple of days on the new medicine it started again and daddy was so concerned with me rushing back and forward in the house and not knowing what to do with myself, that he took me back to the vets and they gave me a sedative to knock me out and then they put a scope up my bottom. They told daddy that it wasn’t a cyst as they originally thought, but I had a problem with my spine, of which part of it seemed to be pressing on a nerve.

Bulldogs are unusual in that our tails grow like a corkscrew direction. Daddy was told that my spine has bits on it, which were pressing on a nerve. I can tell you it was highly uncomfortable having this pain around my bottom and I just didn’t know what to do, or where to go and leave the pain behind.

Daddy got new medicine for me and I’m having pills in the morning and pills in the evening and at the moment, things have been perfectly alright. I love fish, so what daddy does is he takes some pickled herring and he puts the pills in the folds and he feeds it to me. I absolutely enjoy the herring – and don’t taste the medicine at all. Daddy and mummy were very concerned about me and all I can say is, I hope this medicine stops a recurrence of the discomfort. It is generally accepted that bulldogs aren’t the quickest on their feet and that certainly goes for me, except when I had this pain and then I absolutely flew from one room to another! I hope that the pain does not re-occur.


Garden Scheme Open Day 2018

8th June 2018

Well our Garden Open Day has come around again. Daddy, Mummy and I went out and they had lunch then Daddy and I walked all round the main garden with me smelling all the aromas, I told Daddy to take lots of photographs of the Rhododendrons, Azaleas and the Acers because they look absolutely stunning. After smelling all the flowers I felt a bit peelie-wally!