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.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


It is no fun being squashed in a suitcase and stowed in the hold of an aeroplane for 2 hours, but I didn't want to miss a trip to South Australia and Lake Eyre. It was Ann's birthday trip and I wasn't going to miss it, so I climbed into Diane's suitcase and suffered being bent in half all the way to Adelaide and Pt Augusta. I was glad when we arrived and I could get out and have a good stretch and see all my old wrinkly friends again.
 Happy birthday Ann! I was decked out as a tourist and ready for this trip.

The motel staff wouldn't give me a chair at  Pt Augusta but at least it was cool on the floor.

 I had a special place on the coach I had a good view out the front window.

I saw miles and miles of desert.

I had my walking shoes on ready for a walk on the salt pan of Lake Eyre.

 Oh, no! It is too far away. I can't walk that far, why couldn't the silly driver drive us right to the edge of the lake.

 Whoo Hooo! The next day we went up in a little aeroplane. I loved the view.

Hey look! Lake Eyre has water in it.

Wow! The water is pink.

 While the wrinklies went for a walk in the desert, I checked out the pilot's seat. You know I reckon I could fly this plane.

Now let me see. Mmmmm yep, I can do it. Here we go!

See I got everyone back to Marree safely. Can you see the little town in the distance.

 I was looking forward to a nice cup of tea.

 I had to hang around while the wrinklies went on a town tour. It was too hot for me so I stayed in the cool donga.

The next day we were going to Wilpena Pound. This is a bit boring driving through the desert I might just have a little nap.  No, I can't sleep because I'm a bit hungry. I wonder if I can find Ann's Chocolate stash.

 Oooops! I got sprung helping myself to the chockies. Now my arms have  been stuffed into the elasticed seat pocket so I can't get into the chockies again. I have to wait until after dinner. Pah!

Before dinner we walked to the top of Wilpena Pound. Everyone was huffing and puffing.

 I had to have a little lie down when we got back. I need some food!

Finally, I get some dinner and dessert. I ate it all so now I can have a chocolate or 2 or 3 or 4 or.......

Whoops! I forgot that I have to stow away in Ann's bag so that I don't have to pay for an air ticket, but I think I ate too many chocolates. Oh well here goes...breathe in! I'll see you all when I get back to Brisbane.


  1. It's been so good getting to meet you, Birthday Bear. I do love your irreverent honesty. I also have a sweet tooth, so I know how tempting other people's chocolates can be! Sorry you got caught this time - next time, be more cunning, OK?

  2. So good to see Birthday Bear was in the thick of things as yet another 'alter ego'. He/She has the ability to be whoever he/she wishes and be wherever he/she wants to be - or perhaps some places (like in the suitcase), that he/she doesn't want to be.
    Stick with this bunch Social Butterfly/Birthday Bear as they seem to be always going places. You never know where you may go next. Ann J

  3. Bear has such wonderful adventures and great stories to tell - loved the blog. Look forward to catching-up with Bear in Brisbane. Mary B

  4. Hi ya Birthday Bear

    Wow! but Wow! you rock girl ;-) ... and, you even had your own name tag.

    Flying that plane was just the coolest thing!

    Finding that stash of choccies too - ooooh you're so awesome in your clever bearishness.

    I gathered the other bears around my computer and showed them all your adventures in the outback. They couldn't believe their eyes!

    .....thanks for your message on my blog too. I'm back home now - thought I'd better front up for Christmas! Boy, did I get a shock when I arrived!!

    Bye for now and onya BB,

  5. What a wonderful concept, and an equally wonderful narrative of the trip.

    The pictures are so beautiful and calming.

    More power to the brave traveller.