PoppyBear, New South Wales, Australia


Posted Apr 14, 2011, 11:39 am
My name is Poppy and I am a teddy bear. I am very brave as I am leaving home very shortly to go on a big adventure!

First I had to say goodbye to my family. I tried to say goodbye to Oliver the dog. But he was sad that I was leaving. Eventually he got over it, and gave me a big lick!

Then I said goodbye to George the fish. He didn't seem too bothered that I was going at all. But that's all right because I never really liked him anyway. He's too mean, always trying to bite me through his tank...

Lastly I said goodbye to my owner. She gave me one last cuddle, then sat me down to contemplate my next move. I hope I get to meet some really nice people and see some exciting things! If you are reading this then you're probably one of those really nice people! :) Please take good care of me, let me join in with your lives for a while, then set me free again so I can see as much of this beautiful world as possible!

Poppy xxoo

Posted Apr 24, 2011, 12:09 am
I was sitting on a bench watching the people walk past when I was spotted by a little boy. The boy, his sister & his mum took me home to Manly West.

Poppy xxoo  :D

Posted Apr 24, 2011, 12:35 am
Today my new friend Purple Ted & I went to GOMA art gallery. We caught the train in to the city with Purple Teds family. After we went to GOMA art gallery we had lunch with their Dad. Then we took him back to his work and we took the train home again.

Posted May 15, 2011, 3:05 am
Last week I was very lucky and I got to spend the day at school with my friend Purple Ted's little girl.  I had a great day with the Year2 kids at Manly West SS and learnt lots of things like Maths.  I even got to do some colouring in.  I really like school and want to go again.


Posted May 15, 2011, 3:10 am
Today I said goodbye to my friend Purple Ted and her family.  I was a bit sad to go but I am very excited to be going on a new adventure.  Purple Ted's family have passed me onto to friends of their family who are going to take me on holidays with them to Hawaii!!!!

I can't wait to get started on my new adventure.

Bye everyone in Manly West and Wynnum.


XXoo  :D

Posted May 16, 2011, 3:38 am
Hi Everyone,
I am having fun at my new home.  Yesterday I played in the garden with my new friend, Bluey, the cattle dog.  Today, my new host, Granny took me to visit and play with lots of new friends who live at her sister's family home.

I am getting really excited about my holiday to Hawaii.  We leave on Wednesday. Granny told me we will fly to Sydney then across the Pacific Ocean to Honolulu.  We are going on a cruise all around the Hawaiian Islands.

Bye for now.
Poppy xxoo :D


Posted May 17, 2011, 11:41 pm
Today I visited my new friends again.  We had lots to talk about and I heard about their adventures and where they had been.  Some of my new friends come from Canada, England, Ireland and USA and now they have made their home in Australia.
My favourite new friend is Monkey.  He looks a bit grumpy but actually he is very happy and friendly and has lots of interesting and funny stories to tell.
Monkey has invited me to join his family on an Australian Outback Adventure Holiday.  They are leaving in 4 weeks time and are going to travel through and explore the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
I don't know what to do now.  Will I return to Australia and join Monkey on this adventure in Australia or will I be set free in Hawaii?

Ah!!  Decisions, decisions!!
Poppy xxxooo  :thinking:

Posted May 17, 2011, 11:49 pm
Well the day has finally arrived.  Hawaii here I come!!
Poppy xxoo  B)

Posted Jun 1, 2011, 7:24 am
It is very exciting. I am at Waikiki Beach Honolulu.
I feel like a 'Time Traveller'!! 
My plane departed Sydney Australia at 9:20pm on 18 May 2011 and arrived at Honolulu Hawaii at 11:00am on 18 May 2011. We were greeted with a welcome orchid lei from Lorrie and Bill from Travel Bug.  They are our guides during our vacation in Hawaii. 
The hotel where I am staying is right on the beach at Waikiki and there was a lovely gift of yummy cookies and chocolates waiting for me in my room.  There is a picture of Kitty Cat on the chocolate packet. 
I'm going out to explore Waikiki and visit the International Market Place.
Poppy xx :D

Posted Jun 1, 2011, 7:45 am
Early this morning I had fun on the beach at Waikiki and visited the statue of Duke Paoa Kamanamoku who was a famous Hawaiian surfer and Olympic swimmer.  I spent the rest of the day visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center.  It was wonderful to see the pageant of the Long Canoes and to learn about the traditions of the Polynesian people. 
I wish I could dance like the beautiful Polynesian girls.  ;)
Aloha (love),
Poppy xx 

Posted Jun 1, 2011, 8:05 am
Early this morning I visited Waikiki Beach.
Then I visited the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.  I also visited the statue of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop who was the great grand-daughter of King Kamehameha.
Tomorrow our cruise around the Hawaiian Island begins, Yipee!!
Poppy xx

Posted Jun 1, 2011, 8:21 am
I'm on the cruise ship and it is enormous!! I have a balcony suite which is really cool.  B) I can sit outside in the sunshine and smell the lovely fresh sea air and watch the beautiful ocean.  :D

This morning on our way to the cruise ship, we had a very interesting tour of downtown Honolulu.  We saw the Hawaii State Capitol, King Kamehameha's statue, Iolani Palace, Washington Place, Kawaiahao church and Mission Houses and visited Punchbowl Cemetery.

It was wonderful to explore the cruise ship while I waited for my cabin to be ready.
The cruise ship departed Honolulu at 7:00pm.
Poppy xxoo  B)

Posted Jun 1, 2011, 8:37 am
We arrived at Kahului on the island of Maui at 8:00am and we left the ship at 10:30am to begin our tour of Haleakala National Park and drove to the summit of a massive shield volcano that rises 10,023 feet above sea level.  We had fantastic views of Maui.  We also saw the beautiful Ahinahina (Silversword) plant which only grows in this area and can take up to fifty years to bloom.
We also visited the 1200 foot Iao Needle and the sacred Iao Valley.

We returned to the cruise ship around 3:00pm and I had plenty of time to relax on my balcony and also explore more of the ship. Later at night I went to the Hollywood Theater and watched the Polynesian dancers.  Wish I could do the moves they do!  ;)
Poppy xxoo  ;)

Posted Jun 1, 2011, 10:19 am
Today I visited the Maui Ocean Center at Ma'alaaa where I saw green sea turtles, reef sharks, living coral and other sea creatures.  :o
Back on board the cruise ship, I visited the blast off video arcade  and then explored more of the ship.
Poppy xxoo

Posted Jun 1, 2011, 10:38 am
Last night we departed Kahului Harbor at 6:00pm and sailed throughout the night to Hilo which is on Hawaii's Big Island. The Big Island is known at the 'Orchard Isle'. We docked at Hilo at 8:00am.
Today I visited Rainbow Falls and then toured through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We were told the park has two of the world's most active volcanoes and we heard about how the Hawaiian Islands were formed from these volcanoes.  I saw steam vents, the Jaggar Museum and then viewed Halemaumau Crater and Thurston Lava Tube.
Back on board I continued to explore this big ship. 
We departed Hilo at 6:00pm to sail towards Kona, which is also on Hawaii's Big Island.
Poppy xxoo

Posted Jun 1, 2011, 11:18 pm
At 7:00am we docked at Kona on Hawaii's Big Island which is known as the  'Orchid Isle'.

We had to travel to shore on one of the cruise ship's tenders and at the pier we joined our bus tour.
First we visited the Greenwell Farms Kona Coffee Plantation where we learned the history of coffee production at Kona and how Kona coffee is grown and produced.

Then we travelled to Puuhonua O Honaunau (Place of Refuge).  This is a lovely spot and is a sanctuary of Hawaii's past where traditional Hawaiian lifestyle is preserved.  I saw ancient temples and ki'i which are wooden images.  I loved watching the Hawaiian girls make hats from palm leaves and an old Hawaiian man made me a small fish from palm leaves.  They were very clever.

Next we visited St Benedict's Painted Church which overlooks Kealakekua Bay. This lovely little white painted wooden church was erected in 1899 by Father John Velghe.  He decorated the inside walls and the ceiling with beautiful paintings which tell stories from the bible.
You can find out more about St Benedict's Painted Church at the website. www.thepaintedchurch.org/

We continued on our journey to Kaelakekua Bay Lookout for more lovely views. Then back to the ship.  We sailed from Kona at 6:00pm.

Tonight I went to the Hollywood Theatre to see a comedian and then to the Mardi Gras Nightclub where Balde and Renetta Silva of Toby Beau performed a tribute show to the Beatles.  They were fantastic!!  :D
Poppy xxoo


Posted Jun 2, 2011, 12:57 am
Our ship docked at Nawiliwilli, Kauai, 'The Garden Isle' at 7:00am.  We joined our tour bus at the pier and then set off to explore this beautiful island. 
On our way to Waimea Canyon we stopped a a large tourist shop and while there I found some new friends. They were waiting for some tourists to come in and buy them so they could begin new lives in far distant countries.  I enjoyed chatting with them and told them about the adventures I had.

Our tour bus then continued on to the stunning Waimea Canyon which we were told, Mark Twain called "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific". It certainly was very spectacular.  The Canyon is over ten miles long, and almost 4,000 feet deep and was formed by erosion and the catastrophic collapse of the volcano that created Kauai.
From here we drove to the lookout at Kalalau Valley.  The views were spectacular down the valley and out to the sea.  At Kakalau Lookout I had my photo taken with my new friend, Travel Bug.  He belongs to Lorrie who has been our wonderful guide throughout our time in Hawaii. 

Back on board the ship I relaxed on my balcony, explored more of the ship and later at night I visited the Mardi Gras Nightclub and saw Balde and Renetta Silva of Toby Beau perform the songs of the Eagles.  They were brilliant!!  :D
Poppy xxoo

Posted Jun 2, 2011, 1:24 am
Another day spent exploring lovely Kauai. 
We went for a cruise along the Waialua River to the pretty Fern Grotto.  We saw the cascading Opaeka'a Falls, the birth stones and even the Coco Palms featured in the Elvis Presley movie, Blue Hawaii.
Our ship departed the port in Kauai at 2:00pm. 
I spent the afternoon relaxing on board the ship and viewing the spectacular Na Pali coastline as we sailed past.  Fantastic sight!!
This is our last night on board our cruise ship.  Granny and Pa have gone to a farewell cocktail party, farewell dinner and show in the Hollywood Theater.
I am taking in the view from my balcony and trying to decide what I should do now the cruise is over.
Will I ask Granny to set me free in Hawaii or will I return to Australia to join Monkey and his family on their Outback Australian Adventure??
Aloha for now,
Poppy xxoo  :thinking:

Posted Jun 2, 2011, 5:10 am
Aloha Friends,
We docked at Honolulu at 7:00am.  Our plane to Sydney Australia is due to depart just after lunch at 12:40pm.

Yes, I have finally decided to return to Australia and join Monkey and his family on their adventure through Outback Australia. I have not seen very much of Australia and this outback adventure sounds really exciting.  :D

So it is aloha to lovely Hawaii.  Mahalo nui ioa (thank you very much) to all the friendly Hawaiian's I met, especially Lorrie, Bill and Travel Bug who made sure we all had a wonderful vacation.
Aloha (goodbye / love),
Poppy xxoo

Posted Jun 2, 2011, 6:32 am
Yes I am back in Australia.  We arrived in Sydney late last night and spent the night at a hotel near Sydney Airport.  Our flight to Brisbane departs Sydney at 12:05pm, so we should be back at Manly West around 3:00pm.

I am going to spend a few days relaxing at Granny's house before I join Monkey and his family at their home.  I think they leave on their Outback Adventure on 16 June.
Special love to my owner who set me free on this travel adventure.  :D I have had a wonderful holiday in Hawaii.
Bye for now,
Poppy xxoo

Posted Jun 2, 2011, 6:42 am
Hi friends,
I am now fully rested after my adventures in Hawaii and am going to join Monkey and his family.
I have had a fun time during the last few days with the new friends I made who live at Granny's house.  Some of them are really old, especially Doggie who sadly only has one eye. They had lots of stories to tell me about their adventures over the years.  None of them have ever been to Hawaii, so I had lots to tell them.
Goodbye for now,
Lots of love,
Poppy xxoo  :)

Posted Sep 21, 2011, 5:53 am

Left Manly West this morning and flew to Darwin where we are joining a Tour covering the Top End, Kimberley Region and the Tanami Desert down to Alice Springs.

In Darwin we visited the Aviation Heritage Centre and then the Darwin National Museum plus a tour around this tropical city before checking into our hotel from where where we had a wonderful view out over the blue ocean.

Posted Sep 21, 2011, 6:17 am
Left Darwin this morning and travelled south to the Litchfield National Park where we saw a number of beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes (which were closed to swimming due to the presence of crocodiles). After lunch we headed off to Jabiru within the Kakadu National Park to set up our campsite.

Posted Sep 21, 2011, 6:40 am
Today we headed off on a boat cruise along the East Alligator River which passes through Kakadu National Park. Saw lots of hungry looking crocodiles and our guide impressed on us not to place any arms or hands outside the boat.

Stopped for a walk up a rocky headland to get some photos of the river.

Posted Sep 21, 2011, 6:57 am
After our cruise along the East Alligator River, we visited the Ubirr Art Site which features some unique Aboriginal Art, and climbed 250 metres up to the top of a rocky outcrop which provided superb views over the Nadab floodplain.

Posted Sep 21, 2011, 7:07 am
This morning we visited Cooinda for a cruise on the Yellow Waters Billabong, an extensive wetlands area at the end of Jim Jim Creek. We then visited the Warradjan Curtural Centre before heading off to Katherine where we came across a statue of a drover which is dedicated to all the drovers who opened up this country.

Posted Sep 21, 2011, 7:33 am
This morning we visited the Nitmiluk National Park for a cruise on the spectacular Katherine River Gorge.

Even though we are a long way from the ocean, there are still crocodiles in this area.

While having lunch after the cruise I climbed a gum tree but could not find any koalas there.

Posted Sep 21, 2011, 7:44 am
After leaving the Katherine River we travelled along the Victoria Highway and stopped at a bridge over the Victoria River.

We then crossed the border to Western Australia before arriving at Kununurra where we set up our camp in the Campground.


Posted Sep 21, 2011, 7:58 am
This morning we headed off on an exhilarating boat cruise up the Ord River which started at Lake Kununurra and headed up river to the Ord River Dam and Lake Argyle.

We then visited old Durack Homestead Museum.


Posted Sep 26, 2011, 5:52 am
Headed off from our campsite this morning and headed for the small township of Wyndham where we visited the Five Rivers Lookout and enjoyed the spectacular view over Cambridge Gulf.

We then started along the Gibb River Road and visited Zebedee Springs before heading to El Questro where we stayed overnight in tented safari cabins.

Posted Sep 26, 2011, 6:51 am
Departed El Questro and headed along the Gibb River Road through the heart of the Kimberleys. Forded the Pentecost River and into one of the most remote regions of Australia.

Set up camp at Manning Gorge for the night.

Posted Sep 26, 2011, 7:06 am
Departed Manning Gorge and continued along the Gibb River Road. 

Visited Galvans Gorge before continuing on to Imintji where we stopped for lunch.

Continued on to Windjama Gorge where we set up camp before visiting Tunnel Creek where we walked along the underground watercourse.


Posted Sep 26, 2011, 7:16 am
Today we headed off from Windjama Gorge to the end of the Gibb River Road and into Derby for a brief stop.

Posted Sep 26, 2011, 7:36 am
On leaving Derby we visited the Boab Prison Tree.  This is a very ancient tree and quite spooky - unfortunately I was not allowed to climb it.

Arrived at Broome in the afternoon and checked into the Cable Beach Resort.

Posted Sep 27, 2011, 2:50 am
Sightseeing in Broome today.

Visited The World's Oldest Operating Picture Gardens, Chinatown, Japanese Cemetery, Pearl Luggers Museum and had fish & chips for lunch at the Town Beach.

We then headed back to Cable Beach to check out the camel ride.

Posted Sep 27, 2011, 3:35 am
Left Broome this morning and headed back along the Great Northern Hwy. past the Willare Bridge Roadhouse then on towards Fitzroy Crossing.

Set up our camp before heading off for a cruise on Geike Gorge.

Lots of crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of the river, even "Crocodile Rock".

Posted Sep 27, 2011, 4:55 am
Left Fitzroy Crossing this morning and called in at Halls Creek for supplies before heading for the Purnululu National Park (which is better known as the Bungle Bungles).

Set up our campsite there as we are staying for two nights.

Posted Oct 16, 2011, 11:42 pm
Today we travelled from our camp site into the fascinating gorges of the Bungle Bungles. A slow trip as there were approx. 37 creek crossings on the way.

Firstly we visited Echidna Gorge which was quite a rocky walk and then moved on to the spectacular Cathedral Gorge. This involved a walk from the domes up a dry creek bed to the Gorge.

Unfortunately I couldn't run around through the water as all those kids did when doing the Qantas add.

Posted Oct 16, 2011, 11:56 pm
Left our campsite at Purnululu National Park this morning and headed back to Halls Creek.

On the way we stopped at the bridge over the Ord River, which was quite dry but as can be seen by the angle of the trees it carries some huge quantities of water in the wet season.

Posted Oct 17, 2011, 12:15 am
This morning we stocked up on supplies of goodies before beginning our journey on the Tanami Track across the Tanami Desert.

The road is corrugated dirt/gravel for nearly 800km with no facilities along the way, and will take us eventually to Alice Springs.

Tonight we made a bush camp in the vicinity of Rabbit Flat.

Posted Oct 17, 2011, 12:30 am
Broke camp early this morning to continue our travels along one of the most remote tracks in the world.

Along the way we stopped at The Granites Gold Mine, but unfortunately had run out of samples for the day.

Set up tents for our final night's camping at Tilmouth Well Roadhouse.

Posted Nov 6, 2011, 6:09 am
Packed up our camp for the last time this morning and headed off to Alice Springs.

Stopped at the junction of the Tanami Road and Stuart Highway for a photo.

Booked into our motel and went to have a look at the famous Todd River which was in its usual state of being bone dry.

This marks the end of the first part of my holiday.

Tomorrow we join another another tour of The Alice and surrounds.

Posted Nov 6, 2011, 6:26 am
Today we joined an AAT Kings 7 day tour of the Red Centre which started with a tour of Alice Springs today which included the School of the Air, the historic Telegraph Station, the Royal Flying Doctors Service and the Alice Springs Reptile Centre.

Posted Nov 6, 2011, 6:51 am
Today we travelled West from Alice Springs following the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges. Passed the John Flynn Memorial (founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service) and on to Simpson's Gap where we walked along the sandy watercourse lined with unbelievable ghost gums.

Here I managed to complete one of my life missions and climb a really old tree.  :p :p

Posted Nov 6, 2011, 7:44 am
Continuing along from Simpson's Gap we head to Anglerle (also known as Standley Chasm).

Here we again walk along a stony watercourse lined with cycads, ghost gums, cyprus pines and acacias.

Afterwards we visited the Alice Springs Desert Park before heading back to Alice Springs for the night.

Posted Nov 6, 2011, 11:25 pm
On the way to Palm Valley we stopped for a visit to Hermannsburg which is as Aboriginal community and historic precinct and is renowned for its Aboriginal art collection and the works of Albert Namatjira.

We then travelled by 4WD down the bed of the ancient Finke River, one of the oldest water courses in the world to see the spectacular rock forms, white sands and an oasis of rock pools and palm trees.

Posted Nov 6, 2011, 11:35 pm
Headed off from Alice Springs this morning past the majestic Atila (also known as Mt. Connor), to Kata Tjuta (also known as The Olgas) where we walked into Walpa Gorge on a walking trail that follows the natural creek between two of the largest domes at Kata Tjuta.


Posted Nov 7, 2011, 12:08 am
Today we visited Uluru (Also known as Ayres Rock) where we watched the sunrise across the desert Plains.

Posted Nov 7, 2011, 12:29 am
Late yesterday we journeyed from Uluru to Kings Canyon where today we got to view the magnificent canyon.

We also got to meet some of the local wild life in the shape of the Spinifex Pigeon which seems almost flightless and merely runs away when chased.

Later this afternoon we travelled back to Alice Springs.

Posted Nov 7, 2011, 12:36 am
The end of our holiday, so we are heading off home.

Posted Nov 7, 2011, 12:39 am
Back home with my friend Monkey and all his friends again.

Now need to work on my next holiday, or join some other family for a different adventure.

Posted Jun 28, 2013, 3:13 am
Hi Everyone. Guess where I am?  I've been back to visit Granny and she has dropped me off at Purple Ted's house!!! I haven't seen Purple Ted and her family for a long time.

Purple Ted's family is leaving on a 3 month camping trip next week and they are going to take me to visit the outback again and then they are going to set me free to see other parts of Australia.

I wonder where they will leave me? South Australia, Victoria, NSW or maybe even Canberra to see Parliment House???

I can't wait to find out.

Posted Sep 30, 2013, 4:21 am
Hi ,
I am now happily living with a family at South West Rocks Nsw .. my new family and many of their friends are excited about spending some of my travelling adventures with me...  :D

Posted Nov 20, 2015, 10:48 pm
Yesterday we took Poppy along to the Gold Coast and went to Dreamworld where she went on all the scary rides like the buzzsaw, wipeout and tail spin!! 🤗😎

Posted Nov 20, 2015, 10:48 pm
Yesterday we took Poppy along to the Gold Coast and went to Dreamworld where she went on all the scary rides like the buzzsaw, wipeout and tail spin!! 🤗😎

Posted Nov 20, 2015, 10:48 pm
Yesterday we took Poppy along to the Gold Coast and went to Dreamworld where she went on all the scary rides like the buzzsaw, wipeout and tail spin!! 🤗😎

Posted Nov 20, 2015, 10:48 pm
Yesterday we took Poppy along to the Gold Coast and went to Dreamworld where she went on all the scary rides like the buzzsaw, wipeout and tail spin!! 🤗😎

Posted Nov 26, 2015, 6:41 am
Finally!! When my new owner got home from school I finally got introduced to Cleo the cats 4 week old children! Then I got a kiss of Leo, the little boy kitten! I put the photo below 😍😚👇🏼

Posted Jul 13, 2017, 8:07 am
So I haven't updated you guys on my adventures in awhile but I'm still haven't been passed on. My new host family travel a lot and are trying to find the right place to leave me. They want it to be exciting, new and full of adventure. This is me with my new friend, Ruby. Will update again soon.

Poppy xoxo