It’s a birthday party!
It’s a chocolate cake rocket! 🙂
The birthday bear 🙂
Puffles, did you have an exciting adventure?
It was beary exciting!
We had to sit still for two and a half hours…
But then we had lunch at a dessert bar! Hee, hee!
And we went on a dinosaur safari.
On Tuesday we had lunch in Hahndorf…
and did a bit of reading…
before dessert 🙂
On Wednesday we found a secret treehouse!
How beary exciting!
We had a picnic and played games!
On Thursday we watched the sunrise and we found the outside of the treehouse! 🙂
Can you spot us?
On Friday we found a bears’ world at Bellsridge Cottage.
And had a bit of lunch at the Archibald hotel.
And we went to see the Book of Mormon!
We started Saturday with French toast for 14 Juillet.
We saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
And then enjoyed the sunshine 🙂
Sunday we went out for birthday dinner and they gave us four donuts for dessert! 🙂
And best of all, now we have cakes with our beary friends!
Happy Birthday Puffles!
It’s here, it’s here!
My very own Saturn V rocket 🙂
We saw a Saturn V rocket model at the National Air & Space Museum
And then we saw the big rocket at the Kennedy Space Centre!
The Saturn V rocket model has been released as part of the LEGO Ideas line of fan-designed kits. It is made of 1,969 bricks, a nod to the year in which humans first set down and walked on the lunar surface. Another group of Lego fans took their rocket to Space Centre Houston to meet its much bigger sibling 🙂
The Saturn V expendable rocket was a three-stage liquid-fuelled super heavy-lift launch vehicle developed to support the Apollo program for human exploration of the Moon. The Saturn V was launched 13 times from the Kennedy Space Centre with no loss of crew or payload. As of 2017, the Saturn V remains the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful (highest total impulse) rocket ever brought to operational status, and holds records for the heaviest payload launched and largest payload capacity to low Earth orbit of 140,000 kg, which included the third stage and unburned propellant needed to send the Apollo Command/Service Module and Lunar Module to the Moon.
We saw the Command Module that was the living quarters for Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins during their 8-day journey to the moon in July 1969!
And we walked the very same launch pad gantry used by the astronauts of Apollo 11!
Cool, more toys!
And a moon landing birthday cake for me!
Happy Birthday Puffles!
Mmmm, we got the chocolate side of the moon! 🙂
Time for cake…
And a favourite movie…
With a maths professor on set, the calculations that appear on screen in Hidden Figures really do add up – and that adherence to real-life accuracy permeates the entire film.
Rudy Horne, associate professor at Morehouse College, Georgia, helped the film-makers avoid mathematics mistakes by coaching the actors, as well as providing many of the equations seen in the film on blackboards or in workbooks. “I admit I was surprised that the folks for Hidden Figures had done their homework as far as getting a sense of what type of mathematics was being used at NASA during the time of John Glenn’s orbit,” he says. “I got this sense from my very first meeting with the production people.”
This attention to accuracy was also extended to the portrayal of the mathematicians themselves. Instead of perpetuating the usual movie stereotype of maths as an esoteric pursuit for troubled geniuses – think of Matt Damon’s Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting or Russell Crowe’s John Nash in A Beautiful Mind – Hidden Figures portrays the subject as a part of normal life. Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan did their work and also had real lives, dealing with real problems.
Of all the contributions Rudy Horne made to Hidden Figures, the one that makes him particularly proud is introducing writer-director Theodore Melfi to Euler’s method, an 18th century procedure for solving differential equations. In the scene in question, Katherine Johnson hits on Euler’s method as a means of solving a problem that’s been perplexing all of NASA’s great minds. “That’s ancient!” says someone else in the room. “Yes,” replies Johnson, “but it works. It works numerically.”
It’s likely that only a tiny fraction of the audience for Hidden Figures will have heard of either Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler or his method, but the scene keeps its power regardless. And seeing inspiration strike a brilliant mind like Katherine Johnson’s, especially after she has been doubted for so long, is a pure cinematic thrill.
Happy Birthday Puffles! That’s me!
Everyone has been very busy making me presents!
Ellie, Francis, you built the Eiffel Tower! We’ve had an adventure there…
Minnie, Mickey, you built the Statue of Liberty! We’ve had an adventure there too…
Jay, Isabelle, you built the Sydney Opera House! We’ve had an adventure there together…
Sophie, Theo, you built the Tower Bridge! Another place of adventure…
Olivia, Percy, you built a shuttle! And got cool new toys from NASA! We’ve had an adventure there…
Cherry, Bunny, you built the Chicago Ferris Wheel! We’ve had an adventure in Chicago too…
We went for a ride on Mickey’s Wheel at Disney California Adventure Park…
We’ve had so many adventures! Time to celebrate with cake!
Cake for everyone… Happy Birthday Puffles!
Thank you to beary friends Fran and Fiona who helped the bears build the Lego models 🙂
In honour of dashing Puffles’ birthday!
There’s decadent cherry fruit trifle…
Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Champagne… It’s got white flowers on the bottle!
More decadent cherry fruit trifle…
And a cake fit for a king!
Little Puffles is a dessert first kind of bear 🙂
Puffles, do you want to eat your cake now?
Happy little Puffles 🙂 eating the top of the royal cake.
All the little bears eat dessert first…
Before sitting down to a Japanese feast, to commemorate this year’s big adventure in Japan.
Happy Birthday Puffles!
The royal bear of the moment, little Puffles 🙂
Happy Birthday Puffles!
A high tea fit for a king!
And a new friend… Welcome Carlos to the family!
This is the perfect place to rest before the royal ball tonight…
Thank you to everyone at Palazzo Versace for making little Puffles’ birthday a very special one 🙂
Spicers Peak Lodge is Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge. As a member of Luxury Lodges of Australia this breathtaking lodge with its unending views has been named Queensland’s most luxurious accommodation six times in the last nine years.
Little bears are out and about exploring the lodge.
The awards corner…
Those hats look just like mine…
While the boys are deciding what to have for breakfast, the girls have decided on icecream 🙂 With pancakes, maple syrup, apple and bacon. Yummy!
Time for a little game…
Then for a stroll outside…
…to check out the infinity edge swimming pool…
…and the funky pumpkins.
A paparazzi caught in the act 🙂
Upstairs there is a library with billiards table…
…and a balcony to admire the views.
And look at the mountains they have climbed!
It’s time to dress up for dinner 🙂
…and enjoy the warm lounge while waiting.
Dinner is served!
Time for a song…