Meetings!

Well, I was a bit miffed yesterday because a series of meetings were held for all the Home Owners from the 9 neighborhoods to come and hear the company’s latest plans and also for the management to answer any queries that they may have. I believe I’m an integral part of the running of Inchmarlo and I SHOULD HAVE BEEN INVITED. However, I wasn’t, and, in a way, I suppose it’s fair enough because I would have to be let out every so often thus interrupting the flow of the meetings.

I listened to the comments Daddy made later to Mummy that all the meetings had gone very well. Daddy showed the plans for the proposed Community Facility which we are hoping to build to provide better facilities for the Home Owners. Plans include a Bar, a Restaurant, lounges and meeting rooms suitable for a wide range of uses.

I heard Daddy say that he got a bit of a shock that when, after one of the meetings, a Home Owner came up to him and said,

“Mr. Skene I made a mistake when I came to Inchmarlo”. Daddy replied, “oh I’m sorry to hear that, what’s wrong?” The Home Owner replied, “I should have come here years earlier”!

Daddy thanked him very much for his comment and asked if he would be so kind as to put it in writing, which he did. Two other Home Owners also came to Daddy and said that, before they came to Inchmarlo, they had looked at a whole range of retirement developments and Inchmarlo was by far the best they could find.

The reason for all the nice comments coming from the Home Owners was because Daddy exhibited an extract from the Sunday Times Newspaper dated October 28th which reviewed a range of Retirement Communities in the UK, said that –

“If it’s good enough for the Queen, it should certainly be good enough for the rest of us. And while Her Maj is showing no signs of retirement, the fact that she chooses to spend so much of her downtime in this glorious, wind-washed corner of Scotland speaks volumes. Apart from the scenery – rushing rivers, lofty pine trees and views of the mighty Cairngorms – the chief advantages are a welcoming climate with low rainfall and the freshest of air.  Balmoral is taken, so you will need to find your own base.   Aboyne and Banchory both have hospitals, busy community centres and regular buses to Aberdeen, and there’s a fair choice of cafes and shops (many with royal warrants). Banchory, though, has the Inchmarlo Retirement Village, one of the first and still one of the best in the U.K. Buyers from all over the country have been moving here since 1986, confident that they will be able to stay as long as they need. It’s in a beautiful setting, surrounded by 100 acres of parkland close to the River Dee. It has alarms, 24-hour security, nurses and a care home on site. There are also plenty of activities; next up, a fiery November 5 bonfire party. Two-bedroom flats start at 135,000; two-bedroom houses about 200,000.

Pastimes come in true Scottish style: fishing, golf, whisky tasting, and woodland walks, many on the flat along an old railway line.”ime in this glorious, wind-washed corner of Scotland speaks volumes. Apart from the scenery – rushing rivers, lofty pine trees and views of the mighty Cairngorms – the chief advantages are a welcoming climate with low rainfall and the freshest of air. Balmoral is taken,

Wasn’t that nice!

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