Redcliffe Pier

Monday, March 28, 2011

LUNCH WITH A CARPENTER BEAR

Woohoo! It is time to celebrate George's birthday with our Birthday Bear group. To learn about our tradition read it here. I know it sounds silly but we get excited when we know we are going to lunch with a teddy bear. However, we are always keen to find out how Birthday Bear will be dressed for the event because he will be dressed to reflect some personality of the person whose birthday it is. The birthday person keeps the bear until next birthday celebration takes place.

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

George was happy with his Birthday Bear's outfit.

We take it in turns to dress Bear. Mary did a good job as it is getting harder and harder to think up new and different outfits.

From L to R: moi, Mary, Ann, Helen, Paul, George and Bill (Birthday Bear was standing on the next table)

We all had a superb chinese banquet at Kam Koon Restaurant in Springwood. We welcomed Helen and Paul back from their holiday in New Zealand and Ann and George back from their holiday in Cairns.

23 comments:

  1. Happy birthday George! I love Bear's outfit. If Grant was part of the birthday bear group, he'd have to be dressed in this outfit but possibly with a helmet on his head and a motorbike next to the saw horse. LOL! Good on Mary for dressing Bear so well. Diane, I've reloaded and re-posted my blog and all seems to be well now. thanks for always visiting. Jo PS Are you watching the rugby? The OZ and NZ teams are giving SA teams a big hiding. I think OZ is in the finals. Will hear when I meet the men for lunch today.

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  2. the bear looks just like George.. ha ha just kidding. what fun, i like the black tool box on top of the present, looks interesting to me

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  3. It is not silly at all, it is just fun. So creative to make the outfit, it looks very good.

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  4. Lovely get together there Diane.
    I bet that bear if it could talk would tell some good stories :)

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  5. You and your friends always have such creative ideas for Birthday bear!! :-) Yum, Chinese today, Thai last week... I'm moving to your house!

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  6. You make me laugh with your birthday bear, it's such a great idea ! If ever I need a carpenter please send him over !

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  7. Ah, you have such fun. It's a wonderful tradition, such a lovely way of valuing each other.

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  8. Happy birthday to George! You "kids" always have so much fun with your cute birthday bear :>

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  9. Yes Happy Birthday George - I don't think those shoes would pass the saftey standards without steel caps - Mary done a great job dressing bear to match the Birthday Boy.

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  10. Oh my goodness! Even a little saw and saw horse! How cute! Boy, I could sure use the likes of Birthday Bear in my kitchen re-model!
    Happy Birthday George from some old lady in Utah!

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  11. Birthday Bear looks quite dashing in his outfit!

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  12. My, Birthday Bear looks very handsome. It appears this was another wonderful birthday celebration. I love BB. What a great idea!

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  13. I bet the restaurant staff smiles when they see your group and Birthday Bear coming in the door. By the looks of it you must be a fun group and would enjoy your celebrations together. All the best to your husband1

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  14. What social whirl you live. We all look forward to seeing birthday bear too.

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  15. Hi Diane, you have been very busy in retirement - dinners, lunches, teaching too. It's great that you have a great group of friends to celebrate special occasions with birthday bear joining in. Thanks for your visits to our blog. I do know what you mean about hard it sometimes can be to find time to post AND read other blogs. But, it's such great fun!

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  16. That is a great tradition, and you have a lovely, imaginative group of friends.... Life is Good!!!
    Hugs,
    Jan

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  17. Birthday Bear is such the Social Butterfly! Mind you, I could do with a Carpenter (Bear or not) around my place....

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  18. Seems like I've been reading you forever, but for some reason I hadn't read the origin of the Birthday Bear tradition, although I've seen him in many costumes. A very clever idea -- and I love how you keep in touch with your "old" friends so well. (We get in touch with old "old" friends when we're in Oregon and here in Florida we are making new old friends. Or is that old new friends?

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  19. What fun and what a wonderful and unique way to celebrate together. Bear is for sure living dangerously with those open toe shoes. He must like sawdust in his toes! x

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  20. Hi Diane!

    I'm finally able to play catch-up after what began as a busy week. Meantime, you've been up to celebrating yet another birthday in your neck of the woods. Birthday Bear looked quite the part, I must add, but I do agree about the footwear, Diane. Maybe his closed shoes had given him blisters and he needed to give them a break in those sandals.

    Happy Belated Birthday to George! He looked as though he was having a great time, as were you all!

    Hugs,

    Des xoxo

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  21. I love your tradition of the Birthday Bear and he is so cute in his carpenter attire.
    Happy Belated Birthday to George!
    ☼ Sunny

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  22. Since I've been following your blog I have always thought what a neat tradition Birthday Bear is. A fun get-together with your friends too and I always love to see how Birthday Bear is dressed for the day. Happy Belated Birthday to George.

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  23. The carpenter outfit is wonderful!
    I'm smiling at your comment about the shoes - hard toed workbooks they aren't. :)
    Happy Belated wishes to George!

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