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.


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!


Shetland Ponies Visit – June 2018

8th June 2018

You know how I have made one or two disparaging remarks regarding Rosie who is Julie’s St. Bernard – not because I don’t like other dogs, especially girl dogs, but because she is so big. When she puts her paws on me to play she just about knocks me over. I have, therefore, more or less kept my distance from her when she is feeling playful.

However, the other day there were two other visitors at Inchmarlo which made Rosie look small! These were two Shetland ponies, who make a point of traveling around to visit care homes, hospitals and other places for the elderly. I saw the ponies at Inchmarlo and my goodness they were beautiful looking animals. – I must say, however, they were very, very good with the residents and the staff. They were taken inside through the Picture Gallery and into the Red Drawing Room where several residents were absolutely captivated by them. One lady spent a considerable period stroking one of the pony’s ears and speaking to it. I didn’t want to steal their moment in the spotlight, so I remained outside and let the ponies do the entertaining…

After a little while, a helper took one of the ponies into the lift to visit one of our residents who was keen on meeting them but did not want to come downstairs.

I have to say it was extremely well organized and the ponies were remarkably well behaved. Now when I was very young I used to be unable to control my urges and therefore would occasionally do a poo in the kitchen. – those days are long passed of course! But what happens with a Shetland pony? I asked myself. Well they had a bag connected to their bottom and in fact, one did do a poo while in the house, but I’m told that the bag worked very well.

Strangely enough, I have been to the vet twice in the last week because of a problem with my own bottom – one of my most sensitive parts. It turns out that I had a cyst which meant that at times I would simply rush around the house at full speed because of this sensation down below and I didn’t know what to do to get away from it! I personally could not possibly live with something connected to my bottom and must say I admire the Shetland ponies for equanimity in dealing with this irritation. Well done ponies, you gave a lot of pleasure to my friends, the residents and you are welcome to come back again.


Gardens in Bloom

16th May 2018

What an absolutely gorgeous day it was at Inchmarlo yesterday! While Daddy and Julie had lunch on the lawn in front of Inchmarlo House in the beautiful sunshine, I lay under the table in the shade because it was very hot.

Daddy and Julie sampled a cake made by Head Chef Colin from a recipe by the 3* Michelin Chef Paul Bocuse who recently died. The cake is to be included in the next Food Tasting Dinner (43rd) for Home Owners and friends of Inchmarlo to sample recipes for possible inclusion on the regular menus. I occasionally enjoy leftovers from one of Paul Bocuse’s other recipes Saute d’agneau (lamb stew), which is frequently on the menu and is so delicious. Another favorite from Paul Bocuse is Torte à la rhubarbe – but I do not fancy rhubarb!

Quite a number of residents came out after their lunch and went into the Sensory Garden, where they sat on the chairs near the small fountain. I went over and sat with them and enjoyed speaking to them (and being patted) while they had their afternoon tea.  It really was a lovely day.

Later Daddy and I walked up through the main garden to see the rhododendron and azalea blooms. While a number of them have blooms, the majority have not yet blossomed. We then went to Garden Wood where Daddy visited one of the Home Owners to discuss plans to expand his garage. I walked around his house and garden and it was quite exciting to see his rhododendrons and azaleas in full bloom, where only a hundred yards away in the main garden they were not yet out. Why that should be the case I don’t know because I’m not an expert on gardening. I will have to ask Jim Wilkie, our Head Gardener.

Afterward, we walked down to the Sales Office where I chatted to Dawn and another Home Owner from Queen Victoria Park. Daddy and I then walked up to the House. It had been a long walk for me, but it was a glorious day. I then jumped into the car and we went home.


Daddy’s Birthday

3rd May 2018

It was Daddy’s birthday on 30th April so I suggested that I join him at Inchmarlo so I could see all my friends.  We went out and I went around and spoke to all the residents in the Red Drawing Room and they were pleased to see me as usual.

After Daddy had lunch with Julie, the General Manager, he went into the Green Drawing Room to do some work on his email messages and lo and behold in came Head Chef Colin with an individual cake with a single candle on it and some staff singing “Happy Birthday To You”.

I was delighted that this happened but was disappointed that I couldn’t join in the singing.  After lunch Daddy and I walked around Westfield, the Heronry and everything as usual was looking wonderful.  It was a gorgeous day, but of course, what else could it be on Daddy’s birthday!

February Ramblings

6th February 2018

My goodness, it has been a very cold January.  I go out for my walkies without any additional coat or blanket on me and it just shows you that I’m much stronger than humans.  On the way out to Inchmarlo the other day we saw some horses in the fields with coats on top of them and I think it’s unfair that they have waterproof coats when I don’t.  Admittedly when I come back from a walk when it’s been raining, Daddy always dries me down with my towel which he keeps heated on top of the radiator, so the discomfort doesn’t last too long.

Last week I was out at Inchmarlo a few times walking and looking at sites for new buildings and in the distance, we saw one of our Home Owners taking Rosie for a walk or, since Rosie is so big, maybe it’s the other way around!  If you remember, Rosie is a St. Bernard puppy who is already 3 times my size! We spoke to each other only very briefly because she wants to play all the time – a typical female!    Daddy likes her but quite frankly I could do without any close friendship with her! 

Daddy had lunch with Julie in the bar and the main course which he selected was saute d’agneau (lamb stew) by Paul Bocuse.  Paul Bocuse was the most famous chef in France for many years and Daddy and Mummy ate in his restaurant on 3 separate occasions and on one of them, Mr. Bocuse seeing Daddy taking a photograph of the kitchen, pulled him into the kitchen and the two of them were photographed together.(see photo)  His restaurant is just outside Lyon on the River Saone and Daddy always thought he was one of the best Chefs in the world. A number of  Paul Bocuses recipes are frequently on the menu at Inchmarlo for residents in the care home and for the Home Owners and guests eating in the Bar.  Head Chef Colin, as usual, gave Daddy a container with some of the stew for me to eat at home.  I can tell you it’s absolutely delicious!