When it was Chris's birthday, I came dressed as a teacher of prisoners, as that is what Chris was doing at the time. Unfortunately for us, Chris and Bob have left our group to join the Grey Nomads travelling and working their way around Australia. We had lunch at the Blue Parrot on Macleay Island in Moreton Bay. When it was Diane's turn, I came as a blogger together with my cardboard laptop and camera. I was also sporting identical glasses to Diane and white hair like hers. We had lunch at my favourite Chinese Restaurant, Kam Koon.
Here I am blogging bear.
Helen had just returned from a River cruise in Europe on the blue Danube, so I came to the lunch dressed in my sun baking bikini , sunnies and a holiday hairdo. I am sipping a cool drink watching the boat sail down the Danube. Lunch was at Fish 52.
Kathy loves bush walking and walking her dog every morning. I came in my jogging track suit with bum bag and water bottle. I was wearing a black sunhat which is Kathy's trade mark as well as the long blond plait. In my hand I have the dog lead. Lunch at Sunnybank Hill's Tavern
The first time Paul received I was dressed as a fisherman as Paul loves fishing. Lunch at Runcorn Tavern.
On Bill's Birthday, I came as a videographer,with a white beard and glasses, holding a Swiss chocolate, Bill's favourite. I also brought a cardboard T.V. with a paper roll of a video. You could turn the handle and get the pictures scrolling.
But Igot distracted by some chocolate coated lychees that Kathy made for Bill. Lunch at Runcorn tavern.
Ann is always off travelling around Australia on coach tours, so here I am in a coach, together with my maps and crocheting. Lunch at Runcorn Tavern.
George loves reading. One of his favourite authors is Robert G Barret, he has written a series of funny books with the main character being Les Norton. Les is a bouncer and is always getting into strife. I came to lunch as Les Norton, sporting a black eye and his baseball cap. I also brought a sequel to the series including George as one of the characters. Lunch at Michael's Chinese Restaurant.
When it was Bob's birthday I came in my camping gear. I had my tent ,Esky( ice box), I even had a campfire and frying pan with fish in it. I also had an Aussie camp hat with a fly net all around. I had a map of Australia as Bob and Chris are just about ready to set off on a tour around the continent. Lunch at the Services Club.
Last Christmas the Birthday Group decided to have a Christmas Lunch at Springwood Hotel.
There was Diane, Ann, Kathy, Mary, George, Helen, Bill and Paul. Guess who else was there.........
........its Santa! Ho, ho, ho.( its really me) Ann did a fabulous job of dressing me up for the occasion
There I am at the head of the table. By the way the meals were good and the service excellent and the price all right.
On Bill's birthday, his choice of venue for our birthday group was the Australian Outback Spectacular show and dinner. Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to go, I had to wait to join the others when they had supper at Diane and Bill's place after the show.
They arrived early to pick up tickets and then all visitors were corralled in a hall and entertained with bush songs while They waited for the doors to open. There were photos, drinks and memorabilia on sale.
...that Ann had dressed me as a stockman on my horse for Bill. Diane had a senior moment and forgot to use a flash so pics not so good.
I had my shotgun at the ready. I look smart in my jeans and checked shirt. Ann and George did a great job.
Bill cooked his own birthday apricot pie, isn't he a "bonza bloke?"
We arrived a little early so Diane took some shots of our surroundings. Here are the two Kookaburra Queen restaurant cruise boats.
Looking up they see some of the office towers.
Then the tour guide calls us on board (what a character)
The photographer came.
My friends settled down for lunch but I wasn't allowed out of my bag until they had finished eating and made room for me on the table.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE.....George has just recently retired and I am dressed as a retired fisherman.
My hat has hooks and sinkers on it, my shirt is covered in fisherman's excuses for not catching any, I have a tin of bait over my arm, a bottle with a wriggly worm and of course my fishing rod.
And a book on 101 things to do in retirement.
After lunch the boat did a U turn and we headed back.
14 May 2009
The group didn't want to be seen by Chris, so they thought they would leave the town and get a ferry to Magnetic Island.
Bob rang Bill with the startling news that Chris was taking her son to visit the island today. This was going to be tricky! Luckily she had gone early and was due back at 2:00 pm. The group's tour started at 1:15 from the ferry terminal. They had just got onto their bus when another arrived and they saw Chris and son alight and head for the ferry home. That was close!
The next day we were to walk to the Rock Pool Restaurant where Bob had arranged for us to surprise Chris, she thought she was just having lunch with Bob and neighbours from the caravan park.
I was clamouring to get out of the bag and check out the hotel before going to lunch.Here I am in casual holiday attire, bikini and sarong. Accessories included a bead bag with sun screen and insect repellent, bucket and spade, and a booklet with photos and stories of all the lunches, which Chris had missed. Ann dressed me and I was very suitably attired for Townsville.
I checked out the pool area and had a sun bake.
...and chatted with friends, Diane, Ann and Helen. I contemplated having a swim...... ....but decided on a workout in the gym. I needed a nap before the long walk to the restaurant.
We walked 2.5 kms along the beautiful Strand Park. The tropical views are magic. There is no surf because the Great Barrier Reef stops the waves. Sadly you cannot swim in the sea at this time of the year as there are dangerous marine stingers.
Here she comes with Bob.
Then we all settled down for our birthday lunch I was at the head of the table.
We watched the sun go down. It was a beautiful sunset to end an exciting day.
Bye, bye Townsville, bye bye Chris and Bob. I wasn't allowed to stay, I had to come home with the others to get ready for Mary's birthday on 12 June. Mary couldn't come with us to Townsville as she was on holiday in Victoria.
So now that you have met me. In future posts you will be kept up to date with my antics. (and what silly seniors do when they are retired)