I have 9 old, wrinkly friends, who are retired or semi-retired. Five of them all used to work together and the other four are husbands. They didn't want to lose touch when they retired so they decided to meet and have lunch or dinner when it was their birthdays. However, they got disenchanted with buying a present every time, and decided instead to give a Birthday Bear (thats me.) I get passed from one birthday person to the next each time they meet. The fun part is, that I get to be dressed differently each time, usually to reflect some aspect of the recipient's personality or life.
PS: Two of my wrinklies, Chris and Bob, have gone on a working holiday tour around Australia so they don't celebrate with us very often.

Saturday, March 12, 2016


It was George's birthday celebration. He celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary recently so I thought I would help him through his hard labour.
I'm dressed in my prison uniform with a ball and chain and a pick to dig the rock and make roads in the chain gang.

 George enjoyed the joke and was happy to know someone knows how he feels.

 Ann, his wife is giving him a hard time. (He might actually enjoy coming with me to do the roads.)

 Diane helped me into my uniform.

Silly Diane didn't take a photo of all my wrinkly friends. Ann took this one but Mary is missing, she was ordering lunch. We were at the Salisbury Hotel. This is our first time here and the food was delicious. I had some of Diane's fish but nobody got desserts not even me! It is hard to BEAR sometimes.


Wow the months and years are passing quickly for my wrinkly friends. It is already Bill's birthday in 2016. Now Bill loves train trips so I have come with a suggestion for an excellent train trip in New Zealand. The Taieri Gorge Train.
 I even brought him some trains to play with. We are going to have fun with them when we get home.

Ann was the one who helped me get dressed and make the poster.

 We are trying a new restaurant today. It is Tumeric Indian Restaurant at Daisy Hill.  I'm not sure if Bears like Indian. Does it come with honey?

No, but it comes with champagne. Whoopee!


At Christmas time my wrinkly friends all have a lunch together. Ann usually dresses me as Christmas character. This year I am one of Santa's helpers.
 We were at the Sunnybank Hotel. One of our favourite places.

All the wrinkles  brought lots of presents  and I had to look after them and give them out. I felt very special.

I enjoyed watching the wrinkles open their presents but did I get one???????????

Friday, October 16, 2015


f you go down to the woods today,
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today,
You'd better go in disguise.
For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.
Well it is Ann's birthday celebration and YIPEE we had it in the Daisy Hill Forest with lots of other bears and friends.

I was dressed as an Aussie traveller because Ann loves travelling to different places in Australia.

Would you believe a real live Wallaby came to visit our picnic.

She even had a little joey in her pouch. I wish I had a pouch it would be handy for carrying a honey pot.

Uh Oh! There is a kookaburra checking out our picnic table. They are known to swoop down and steal food off your plate. I'm hanging onto my cake.

These two old fellows obviously shop at the same shirt shop. Hee hee.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


It is Paul's birthday and boy are we glad to see him here. He is very sick with Asbestosis Cancer. He is always having treatment to kill the tumours and the pain. However, when he can he enjoys collecting stamps. So I thought I would bring my stamp collection to share with Paul for his birthday.

 Paul was happy to see my collection but he was also keen to see what was on the menu at the Baan Thai Restaurant in Springwood.

Her are all my wrinkly friends: Bob, Bill, George, Paul, MOI, Helen, Chris, Mary, Ann and Diane took the photo.

Monday, August 24, 2015


 It is Helen's special, big 70 birthday celebration. The wrinkles and I went to the Chatswood Tavern for lunch. We were lucky that the grey nomad travellers, Chris and Bob were in town and they joined us. It is always good to hear their stories of travelling around Australia in a caravan.
Chris, Diane, Mary, Helen, MOI, Paul, George, Bob, Ann and Bill took the photo.
I was wearing a a lovely party outfit and I felt very beautiful. Don't you like my sparkly, party shoes.
I brought a cake and a box of chocolates for the wrinkles to share.
Helen was happy to have me celebrate her 70th in style.

Mary dressed me for the occasion.

 My mouth started watering when Helen cut the cake. Bears love cake!

Oooops she nearly forgot to blow out the candles.

Friday, July 31, 2015


For Diane's birthday my wrinkly friends took me to Bribie Island for a few days in a nice resort overlooking the beach.

                       We went for a walk along the beach and I got sand in my furry feet.

Well that doesn't say No Bears but I guess I had better keep my clothes on.

The back of the resort overlooks the hinterland hills. At sunset we set off for dinner at the hotel across the road.

Ann had dressed me for Diane who had just returned from visiting her family in LA.

I am at the airport waiting to fly home to Australia and sad to say goodbye to the grandkids. The hotel manager gave Diane a free dessert for her birthday. She couldn't eat it all so I was a lucky bear and got to eat it all up.

The next day we went for a walk in the bush and along the bay side beach. It was beautiful weather for winter.

Then we visited the beach markets where the wrinkles met a friend of theirs, Joanne, who has a fabric stall. Boy I could get some good outfits there.