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.

Monday, March 28, 2011


Woohoo! It is time to celebrate George's birthday with my wrinkly friends.

George is often tinkering in his shed with hammer and nails and making things. So I arrived at the restaurant dressed as a carpenter together withmy tool box and saw horse.I had my hard hat on for safety but I don't know that I would pass the building site safety test with my shoes.

George was happy with his me.

 Mary did a good job dressing me. I love my apron and tools. I can't wait to help George tinkering the shed.

From L to R: Diane, Mary, Ann, Helen, Paul, George and Bill (I was standing on the next table)
The wrinklies all had a superb chinese banquet at Kam Koon Restaurant in Springwood. I was happy to see Helen and Paul back from their holiday in New Zealand and Ann and George back from their holiday in Cairns. I had a table all to myself but no one gave me any banquet, no wonder I am so skinny. Maybe Ann will feed me some of her delicious jelly slice when we get home.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


It was Bill's Birthday last month and I got to be dressed as a Swiss  Alphornbläser,  (Alphorn player). I felt very proud at the Sunnybank Hotel with my Swiss shirt and Alphorn. I had a bag of Swiss chocolates too, for my old wrinkly friends.
Yodel-ay- ee- oo toot toot on my horn.

I was very pleased to see that Chris and Bob were joining in the fun again. They have been away for a long time but the cyclone blew them back to Brisbane. Here are the old girls, Chris is in the middle.

Here are the old boys, Bob is in front, left.

Bill was very happy to see me looking all Swiss with my horn and trumpets . Bill plays the trumpet too. He was fooling around with one of the girl's bag and Diane was peeking at her soccer team on the telly.

Ahhhh it was fun to have dinner with all my old wrinklies back together again. Thank you Ann for dressing me for tonight's birthday celebration.

Yippee, I'm off to Bill and Diane's place for a while until the next birthday. Diane had to carry me because Bill is a bit shy to cuddle me in public but he'll play with me when we get home. We can play a duet on our horns.