Brisbane, QLD

Friday, June 25, 2010


Just when you think there couldn't be any more surprises left in this mystery tour of ours, Ann pulls more  out of her bag of tricks. Yesterday it was my birthday and when I got up  (in the Farm Stay house)  I stumbled across Birthday Bear in her new attire.

She was dressed in holiday attire, sporting a new scarf, shirt and pants. She had a frog pen (I love frogs) and she was sitting in her very own deck chair planning more holidays. Her camera lanyard had "BEEN THERE DONE THAT" written on it. Ann and George made the clothes and chair.

I was very happy with my birthday present.

It was soon time to pack up and leave our farm stay for our next unknown destination. We drove through beautiful countryside and headed for Esk. 

Our oldest friends live in Esk but I couldn't have rung them to say we would be there because I didn't know I was going to be there. Even though Ann, the organiser, didn't know our friends Norm and Joan very well, she had secretly contacted them and made arrangements for them to join us in a Birthday morning tea celebration in Esk. It was so exciting to be with them all on my birthday..Bear as well.

After morning tea we continued on our mystery journey. We drove to Somerset Dam and got out for photos. Poor Bear had an accident and fell out of the car. I administered CPR and set her broken leg and we were on our way again.

The Somerset Dam is 100% full and supplies Brisbane with water.

It is a very popular camping place during school holidays.

Evening was falling and we must away to our next destination. This will be our last night...where could it be?


  1. Happy belated Birthday! Sounds like such a lovely day ... Anne is really so thoughtful. How lovely you could catch up with old friends to celebrate your special day.

    It's great to see the Summerset Dam so full ... that makes a terrific change! Good to see Bear is making a good recovery as well. Enjoy the last leg of your journey.

  2. You have the best-est friends! And Happy Birthday yesterday. Wait...time difference. Happy birthday tomorrow??? Happy birthday today?? Two days ago??? My little brain gets so confused. :((

  3. Hi Joan and Norm!!!

    Love Carol

  4. Happy Birthday Diane,
    I hope you had a beautiful day.

    Take care.

  5. HAPPY birthday, Diane.

    My goodness Birthday Bear's minders must have been up bright and early to get her ready before you arose.

    I understand you're normally out of bed with the birds [at first light, no less] so Bear and helpers must have been up especially early.

    Note I'm typing this at 12.35 pm (AEST) which is about an hour before my normal bed time.


  6. THAT should have read I'm typing this at 12.35 am, of course.

  7. Oh Happy Happy Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a marvelous time and baring Bear's tragic accident, that fun was had by all.

    Give Bear lots of love and rest and tell "her" we all wish her a speedy recovery.

    I tell you Diane, you have the BEST of friends - but of course you knew that, right?

    Hope your entire year is happy and as joy filled as this day was for you!

    Happy Birthday, my friend ;-D

  8. Happy Birthday, Diane..... Looks like you all had a wonderful day...Birthday Bear is all dressed up JUST for you... What a cute little chair!!!!!

    Glad you got to see some old friends also... Ann did a fabulous job as tour guide....

    The pictures are fabulous...

  9. Well, Happy Birthday! I can see it was a surprise and lots of fun too.

    So glad you know CPR and could aid Birthday Bear after her terrible fall from the car...

  10. Happy birthday - you will remember that one with fondness I think, having happy times with old friends. The reservoir looks a little bit like our Lake District.

  11. I love all the care and attention your team gives to Bear's outfits. Her own chair even! Isn't is great to see the dam looking so nice and full.

  12. A little late but
    Happy Birthday Diane!

    What a wonderful surprise, BB is so cute in her new attire. It looks like you had a great birthday celebration.

  13. Happy Birthday to you!! Another day of beautiful sights! Can't wait to hear what you did next!

  14. A very happy (belated) Birthday and all the best ! especially good health.
    Your trip sounds fantastic,this would be something for me ! I would even get used to a bear instead of a cat, lol !

  15. Glad you had such a great birthday Diane. Hope you got my card. Your birthday trip looked wonderful.



  16. Again, Happy Belated Birthday. Ann sounds like a wonderful planner and what a great trip you've had. Awesome photos. Poor Birthday Bear, I hope he is feeling better.

  17. Happy belated birthday! I can tell it was a most happy day, surrounded by your friends and Bear and in the midst of an adventure. Wish I could have been there to have baked you a cake!

  18. Happy Belated Birthday! What a great day you had!