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.

Friday, February 19, 2010


Bill is the cook in his household. See what a nice spinach pie that he cooked. It is his Birthday today so...........

Ann and George dressed me for Bill. I am in Ann's kitchen waiting to be taken to the birthday dinner and surprise Bill. The sign says, "I Rule My Kitchen". I love my table and contents as well my chef's checked pants.

When Bill arrived at the Gloria Hotel Restaurant I was there to greet him.
Bill was impressed with me.
The food was good.

The bargain was good. Buy one meal get one free. The pensioners were very pleased.
The Birthday Bear group enjoy having dinners for each of their birthdays. Instead of gifts they pass me around . I have to be dressed to reflect something of the recipients personality. I love all my different outfits.


  1. WOW looks better than what is in my oven.....

    NOTE TO SELF - dont blog before dinner!!!!

  2. Yeah!

    Shirt as as present, certainly not too flamboyant - very smart does our BB look. Well selected, Diane.
    I have never tried "lamb shanks" - must do so, my Dad loved them. Those in the photo looked really delicious.
    No way will I come at eating barremundi. Looks good for presentation but tastes like plastic!
    Good to see that your group are having so much fun - after all we deserve it!

  3. HB: It does not taste like plastic. It flakes gently on your tastebuds and has a suttle, sweet, white fish taste. Delicious.

  4. All the bears at my house are gathered around the computer and very excited.. and if there were four "wide men" instead of three I could be the 4th LOL

  5. It all looks scrumptious to me!!!

  6. I came over to wish Bill a happy birthday on Birthday Bear's blog -- have a wonderful year ahead, Bill!!

  7. Wow..that spinach pie looks gorgeous!! Wonderful post!

  8. Looks yummy. Thanks for the comment.

  9. I wish I didnt see this I am starving in class at the moment!! Gorgeous pics