......... have lunch or dinner when it was our birthdays. However we got disenchanted with all buying a present every time, and decided instead to give a Birthday Bear. It gets passed from one birthday person to the next each time we meet. The fun part is, that Birthday Bear has to be dressed differently each time, usually to reflect some aspect of the recipient's personality or life.
Last month it was Paul's Birthday. He is very proud of his Scottish heritage and spends a lot of time studying genealogy. He recently visited Scotland and met his relatives. So here is Birthday Bear with his Scottish Tam on his head and a bottle of Scotch whisky in his lap and he has opened his cupboard full of skeletons. We enjoyed lunch at Hog's Breath Cafe.
When it was Chris's birthday, Bear 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 my turn, Bear came as a blogger together with her cardboard laptop and camera. She was also sporting identical glasses and white hair. We had lunch at my favourite Chinese Restaurant, Kam Koon.
Helen had just returned from a River cruise in Europe on the blue Danube, so Birthday Bear came to the lunch dressed in her sun baking bikini , sunnies and a holiday hairdo. She is 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. Birthday Bear came in her jogging track suit with bum bag and water bottle. She was wearing a black sunhat which is Kathy's trade mark as well as the long blond plait. In her hand she had the dog lead. Lunch at Sunnybank Hill's Tavern
The first time Paul received Birthday Bear he was dressed as a fisherman as Paul loves fishing. Lunch at Runcorn Tavern.
On Bill's Birthday, Bear came as a videographer,with a white beard and glasses, holding a Swiss chocolate, Bill's favourite. Bear also brought a cardboard T.V. with a paper roll of a video. You could turn the handle and get the pictures scrolling.
When it was Bob's birthday Bear came in his camping gear. He had his tent ,Esky( ice box), he even had a campfire and frying pan with fish in it. He also had an Aussie camp hat with a fly net all around. He 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.