65th Wedding Anniversary & Birthday

Wednesday 17th August

Today is Mum & Dad’s 65th wedding Anniversary and also Mums 85th birthday.   They made the headlines in the Otago Daily Times and you can read the article here. http://www.odt.co.nz/regions/north-otago/173863/trust-and-no-arguments-65-years

Cards and letters were received from the Queen, Governor General, Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs and the local Member of Parliament plus many family and friends.  We have celebrations planned for this weekend, but first of all, we must head to Dunedin to pick up Antony from the airport.  Over the next couple of days many more family and friends will be arriving.


Saturday 20th August

Today dawned as one of those magical North Otago days, brilliantly clear skies, and warm sunshine with no wind, and great views to the snow clad mountains in the distance.

Looking out from the house toward the west.

The menu was finalised, with many, many thanks to Jacky for her wise counsel and her hard working ethic we cooked, chopped, slashed and baked ready for the influx.  Yesterday, Steve and Les kindly picked up the scallops and crayfish along their way and Antony picked up fresh clams early this morning from Dunedin.   Chris was in charge of setting out the tables and chairs…indoors or outdoors?…with outdoors coming up trumps.

tablesThe front of the house with tables on the verandah

Tables set and ready to go

The stage was set for a glorious afternoon of good food, in a wonderful setting surrounded by family and friends.

The final menu choice was really what Mum & Dad like, namely seafood.   Final adjustments made, cooking done,  Leslie, Jacky & Bernice in the kitchen with many hands assisting with plating and zhooshing.

kitchenLeslie, Roy, Jacky and Chris

The men cooking, Roy Burnie and Steve


Many, many, thanks to Natalie, Sue, Chris, Roy, Steve and Ants and everyone else who assisted.   Very much a team effort.

The menu is here;

Hilda & Burnie Coatham

65th Wedding Anniversary

20th August 2011


To Start:

Seafood Bouillabaisse

with Blue Cod & Long Neck Clams

To follow:

Crayfish medallions

on Coconut & Lemon risotto cakes

with Hazelnut Mayonnaise


Barbequed Scallops

with Coriander & Lime Chilli butter


Glazed Havoc Ham on the bone

with pickles & mustards

Hot Smoked Mt Cook Salmon a la Burnie

with Horseradish sour cream sauce

accompanied by;

warm roast vegetable salad

Potato & prosciutto salad with green herb dressing

Roast Beetroot & Feta salad

Green salad leaves with black raspberry vinaigrette

Warm freshly baked bread rolls

To Finish:

Crème Caramel Flan

Hilda’s secret recipe Chocolate Cake

Fresh Fruit Platter

Over the Moon” Cheese Platter

Tea, coffee and chocolates

Over the next couple of hours we ate, talked and laughed.  Photos were taken, speeches made, stories told.

From one end …

… to the other


Ma and PaThe happy couple

Mum’s corsage, a good copy of the original from 65 years ago.



Mum, Dad and the children Hilary, Mike, Sue, Steve and Bernice. (John in absentia).



Front: Emma, Stuart, Toby, Kaye, Burnie, Hilda, Antony

Back: Richard, Natalie, Amy(obscured), Clive, Francis, Hilary, Mike, Jason, Ann, Renee, Sue, Roy, Bernice, Leslie, Steve, Rebekka, Jenna, Chris


Kaye, Chris, Jacky and Bill


Entertaining And Nan looking after the youngest members of the family

All in all a great weekend.

Thanks to all who made it such a great weekend and for making the effort to come and celebrate with us.

Last, but my no means least, a HUGE thank you to Helen and Don Newlands who allowed us to use their magnificent home for this celebration.  We could not have had a more perfect location and venue to celebrate such an occasion and we cannot thank you enough …..we now have just a few days to clean up before they return home!!


One Response to “65th Wedding Anniversary & Birthday”

  1. alex Says:

    Everything looks stunning, the menu, the setting everything! Wish I could have been there. Grandma’s corsage is beautiful. Congratulations on a day well organised and executed xoxox

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