Summer at home in Daisy Hill

Saturday, October 19, 2013

BIRTHDAY BEAR IS GOING YABBY PUMPING

Our Birthday Bear group was a bit late celebrating Paul's birthday, which was back in September but some of us were away at that time and we had to have our celebration a bit later. For readers not familiar with our Birthday Bear tradition read more here.

Paul is a keen fisherman and keen fishermen are often seen on the beaches with a yabby pump, pumping in the sand to suck up yabbies for bait. For overseas readers a yabby is:

Yabby or Yabbie is a name given in Australia to two different kinds of crustacean.
  1. freshwater yabby is a crayfish of the genus Cherax (infraorder Astacidea, family Parastacidae). They are often caught for food. They are frequently found in dams, ponds, lakes and rivers in Australia's Eastern States. They are usually caught by way of a baited string or trap. A widespread species is the common yabbyCherax destructor.
  2. marine yabby is a ghost shrimp (infraorder Thalassinidea), which lives in deep burrows in the intertidal zone. They are used as bait for fishing, especially in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

So Paul goes yabbying for the second one mentioned above and now he is going to have a helper. Yes Birthday Bear has his own special small sized yabby pump (made by George) and a bucket to collect the yabbies in. If you look closely you will see he has already caught some. Bear is dressed in his fishing clothes (thanks to Ann) ready to go with Paul next time.


Birthday Bear  has caught some yabbies.

 Paul is checking out BB's yabby pump.

 We are all so proud of Paul to have reached this birthday. He was diagnosed with Mesothelioma three years ago. He has had lots of unpleasant treatment and operations too. He has been very ill but he is a strong fighter and now he is in remission for the time being.

Mary, moi, Chris, Bear, Bob, Helen, Paul, Ann and half of George.
 Once again we were lucky to have our travelling friends, Bob and Chris join us again as they will be in Brisbane for a while.

We celebrated at Ceylon Inn, Graceville. It is an Indian restaurant. Bill had lamb curry

 I had a lamb dish too.

with steamed rice.

50 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to Paul! Love the birthday bear outfit. The dinner looks deilicious, glad you had a great time. Have a happy weekend!

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  2. The food looks good and Birthday bear is as always dressed properly for the occasion.

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  3. Happy birthday, Paul, and happy yabbying! Diane, on the East Coast of South Africa (just below Mozambique) the fishermen pump for mud shrimp in the same way. Interesting post. Jo

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  4. Another Birthday Bear outing. Great. My father used to pump pippies, whatever they are with a similar pump. He used them as bait for something.

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  5. Pippies are a shell fish also used for bait or eaten too.

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  6. I'd never heard of anything like the Birthday Bear tradition before but it appears to be both a sensible solution to the present-giving dilemma and a lot of fun. I mighty just adopt it (the idea, not the bear).

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  7. happy belated birthday to paul! and thanks for the yabby education! neat!

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  8. your yabbies are similar to our fiddler crabs here that make good fishing bait. i love bears shoes and all of you always look so happy when you are together.

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  9. Birthday Bear certainly looks as if he's an expert at Yabby Pumping. I guess that's why he's got some so quickly. Thanks for the education as well as the great photos.

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  10. Happy Birthday to Paul. He looks so healthy and happy... Attitude is so important as we age and go through health problems. Hope he lives many more years and enjoys his fishing.

    Never heard of a Yabby or Yabby Pumpking. Interesting!!!!! Thanks for the explanation. Our fishermen here use minnows when they fish!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  11. Didn't realise Birthday Bear is so tall. Loved his sandals.

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  12. There's the birthday bear, it's good to see the bear made it to Paul's birthday and happy birthday to Paul. The food looks scrumptious and what a better way to spend a birthday celebration in the company of dear friends... and birthday bear?


    Have a wonderful weekend Dianne.

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  13. I love your birthday bear tradition, Diane and, like Fun60, hadn't realized Birthday Bear was so tall.
    This outfit is one of the best yet, I think, complete with pump and crustaceans. And Paul deserves it after the struggle he has been through. I hope his remission is many years in length.
    K

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  14. The lamb curry looks great.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  15. I hadn't heard of the second type of yabbie but I have seen fishermen with their pumps ... I'm not well versed with fishing, seaside culture.

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  16. What a hoot Birthday Bear is. May Paul enjoy many more years of fishing and yabbying.

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  17. Hope Paul had a bloody awesome birthday Birthday Bear looks damn good

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  18. It always surprises me what creativity you develop in dressing up Birthday Bear for each person !
    Just great !

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  19. Never seen a Yabbie!
    Happy Birthday to your friend Paul and it's looks as if you all had fun.

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  20. Happy birthday to Paul! I hope his health continues to stay good. Birthday bear looked very dapper as a yabby fisherman :)

    The food in the restaurant looked very delicious, Diane.

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  21. Happy Birthday Paul,I'm always glad to hear of someone's good health report. May you continue doing what you love for a very long time.

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  22. Great birthday and so uplifting to hear Pauls story The food makes me hungry

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  23. I always enjoy seeing what Birthday Bear is up to! Love how creative you and your friends are. Your dinners look delicious!

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  24. Happy belated birthday to Paul - so glad to hear he is much better. I remember you mentioning before that he was ill. Birthday Bear looks comfortable in the role of yabby pumper.

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  25. Good food, good drink, good friends, good times!
    A very Happy and Belated birthday to Paul! I wish him many more. Such good news that he is in remission.
    Wasn't it fitting that he wore a blue shirt and matched Bear perfectly! :)

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