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.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Time flies when you're having fun. Just as I was enjoying going to camera club with Diane it was soon time for me to join Helen in her activities. I wonder what I'll be doing. Ann collected me from Diane's house and dressed me for Helen's birthday.

 Well, Helen goes swimming most mornings to keep fit and healthy, so Ann thought that I would like to go with her. Ann even gave me my own pool to practice in and she gave me a noodle, a towel, a swimming cap, goggles, ear plugs and......

even a nose clip. Wow!!!! I'm so excited. I love swimming especially in the hot weather so I hope summer hurries along. I can't wait to kick along holding the noodle. I could even hit Helen over the head with it, just for fun.

Helen is happy to have me as a swimming companion. 

Helen took us to the Sunnybank Sports Club for lunch. There was plenty of room for me to laze in the pool. We all liked the food it was much better than last time we were there. It was great to have Paul with us this time. He hasn't been well. I will try to make him happy while I'm living at their house.


We all had to wait for Diane to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and come home so that we could celebrate her birthday. Anyway I didn't mind waiting because I had fun in Mary's garden and my greenhouse. She's a good cook too.

Anyway, Diane chose to have her belated birthday lunch at Baan Thai Restaurant, where the food is delicious, the service good and it isn't expensive. Now Diane is a tutor for the Logan U3A Camera Club and Ann thought that I might like to go along to the club. So she dressed me in casual clothes for snapping photos. George made me a tripod and a mini harbour bridge for me to photograph. I might even climb over it.

 Diane was happy to see that had the right equipment to go along to the camera club with her.

 Back at Diane's house I had fun snapping pictures with my three cameras. Ann even gave me a little bird that sings, to practice photographing. She also bought me some new shoes.

 Don't you love the hat that Ann found for me. It has the same words on it as the name of Diane's blog.


I'm really upset with my human, she has just ignored me for months and months and has not helped me with my blog. I hope now that she has got around to it that she will post my last Three birthday celebrations. Yes that's right THREE she has missed, can you believe that??? Just because she has been to America and Sydney she thinks that is an excuse for not blogging for me. Anyway I have been having fun.
Back in June it was Mary's birthday. She chose to go to Michael's Oriental Restaurant for lunch.
 Ann and George dressed me. (They have the best ideas of all my wrinkly friends). Mary has just had a green house installed in her yard and she has been busy gardening lately. So Ann and George made me my very own greenhouse and gave me a wheelbarrow and gardening clothes and tools.

 I was so lucky this time because my very special friends, Bob and Chris could join us as they were passing through Brisbane on their around Australia tour. So the oldies talked and talked for hours and nearly forgot to feed me.

I am so looking forward to helping Mary in the garden and putting little plants into my very own greenhouse.

The chinese banquet was delicious but the bestest dish was this pumpkin and chicken curry. I am very lucky to have such a bunch of fun loving friends.