Brisbane, QLD

Monday, February 20, 2012


It is Bill's Birthday today but we celebrated last week with the Birthday Bear Group.
Bill decided he would like to have a birthday dinner at Morgan's Seafood Restaurant at Scarborough, a northern bayside suburb. Instead of driving home at night we stayed in a beachside resort. Just for fun we made it a 2 night getaway.

 Morgan's is famous for it's Thursday night seafood buffet. The seafood is fresh and varied. There were crabs, Moreton Bay Bugs, prawns, oysters, mussels, calamari, fish as well as meat, vegetables and salads. You can fill your plate as often as possible.

 Paul, Mary, Ann, George, Bill, me and Helen all had a great meal. Then we headed back to our apartments for dessert and the presentation of Birthday Bear. He didn't come to the restaurant this time.

 Bear is dressed to reflect the recipients personality. Bill loves trains and we all went on The Pichi Richi historical train a few months ago. So bear is dressed as a Pichi Richi railway volunteer, selling tickets and gifts.

 It was Mary's turn to dress bear. Bill was very happy with it, especially bears morning tea bag which contained Bill's favourite biscuit, a TIM TAM.

Bear has his train driver's hat and the guard's whistle around his neck.

 The next morning we went for a walk along the water's edge.

A storm was just passing by. (Photo taken by Bill) It is easy to see why this area is called the Redcliffe Peninsula.


  1. tell him Happy Birthday, a two night getaway would be nice, we have not had one in 7 years. bear looks very handsome at his desk and that red cliff photo is beautiful.

  2. Happy Birthday Bill. So nice to spend it with friends.

  3. Diane, tell Bill "Happy Belated Birthday" for me! The birthday bear looks cute. Looks like a great time with your friends and the dinner looks delicious. I love the last shot of the redcliffs. The lighting and colors are beautiful. Great post, Diane!

  4. What a great birthdy and Birthday Bear looks so cute (as always). The resort and seafood look scrumptious.

  5. Happy Birthday to Bill... Sounds like he had a fabulous time.. I'd love that 'getaway'... Of course, I love ALL getaways!!!! ha ha

    That seafood buffet sounds great... I'd probably eat way too much!!!!

    Love the Birthday Bear--all dressed up like he's Bill... Very Creative.


  6. Happy Birthday and nice article. Seafood looks great.


  7. happy birthday Bill!!
    sounds like he had a great time celebrating his birthday with friends and family.

    the photos are superb! the last photo of the red cliff is phenomenal!


  8. how big is that crab claw!!!

    Happy Birthday Dad!!


  9. Happy Birthday to Bill!

    I always love to see how Birthday Bear is dressed for each occasion. BB makes a great railway volunteer. Of course BB looks fabulous no matter what the fashion of the day may be.

  10. Happy birthday to Bill! Your dinner looked scrumptious! Look how enormous that claw is! And I think that was a perfect BB for a train enthusiast!

  11. Birthday bear is a marvellous and very personal lovely idea. Love it
    Your last picture is stunning

  12. I've never noticed the red cliffs at RedCliffe.

    Have turned off WV over at my blog just for you :-)

  13. What a terrific tradition.

    Might have to start something similar here, methinks.....

  14. Being a bear lover, I LOVE Birthday Bear and would like to wish Bill A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! What a great way to celebrate and I enjoyed everyone of these photos, thanks Diane.

    The bird you asked about in my blog is a Secretary Bird. You can read more information here:

  15. Happy birthday!

    And you have Nordfolk Pines. They are the cutest trees ever.

  16. Hi Bill...Hope you are enjoying your Birthday today.
    Loved the blog Diane. Liked the red cliffs and streetscape photos and your new header. Regards to you both..... Mary B

  17. Looks like Bill had a wonderful birthday.
    Please extend belated Happy Birthday wishes!

    Beautiful shot of the red cliffs.