Party Time!

What a weekend!  I have never had so much fun.  Best. Party. Ever!

Home made beer, home-made pizza, and lots of local fare.  Everyone had a brilliant time.

Here are a few pictures from the evening.


This is my birthday cake that we served up on my actual birthday.  Kim and Sina made it from 28 cup cakes that they made and decorated.  It was delicious!  One cup cake filled me up.


Here is the antipasto spread that Kim put together on the night of the party.  Local olives, local and imported cheese, and my favourite, infused olive oils (basil, garlic, chilli, sun-dried tomato) with sourdough bread to dip.  Delicious.

Then there were the pizza!


The oven was ready to cook after three hours of heating.  There was a production line setup.  Dad put the individual pizza onto trays after Kim and my sister Teena made and brought them out from the kitchen.

Then with my trusty peel and lineman gloves, I cooked them.


Then Adam, my eldest son, cut the pizza and served it to the hungry guests.


What?  Thirteen more to go?  Blooming heck!

Actually we made 16 pizzas, thinking that there may not enough.  There was a selection of garlic and cheese, pepperoni, Hawaiian, and vegetarian.  All ingredients were as local as we could get them.

By the time I got to pulling out the fourteenth pizza, everyone had had their fill.  We popped the remaining two into the freezer for a rainy day.

We received nothing but praise for the end result.  There is just something about wood fired pizza that makes all the difference to the taste.  It must be something to do with the speed that they cook.  It only takes 3 to 4 minutes per pizza!


My beautiful wife, Kim

It was so well organised.  There was even a tribute song after dinner which I will add to a podcast episode in the near future.  Kim (guitar), Dave (guitar), and Pam (flute), played a rewritten version of  “All About You” by Thomas Fletcher to me and all the party guests.  It was the biggest surprise of the evening.

Absolutely brilliant, and as they played, all my children and their partners sung in the background.  I cried tears of joy, in front of the entire party.  Yes, I am a sensitive guy.

So a big shout out goes to all who attended, and whose privacy I have chosen to protect by not posting their photos.  Believe you me, there were many guests.

Had a ball, and enjoyed the entire evening.  Cooking, talking, drinking (in moderation), and mingling.  The second half of the evening was spent sitting around a brazier telling stories and dad jokes.

Brilliant, but a little weird, because the entire weekend felt surreal being and celebrating fifty years of life on this big blue-green marble.  I don’t feel a day over 21!

Must be all this good, green living.


  1. says

    T’was a spectacular night with marvellous food and nothing but the best of company. It was awesome to know I was going along to an event where the guests wouldn’t think I was weird either! 😉 A real gathering of green living people.
    Happy birthday again mate.

  2. Kathy says

    Happy Birthday Gavin, what a great evening it sounded wonderful to be surrounded by family and friends with local and home grown foods and those delicious pizzas….they are so much fun. I bought myself a little $150 gas pizza oven for me and the kids (don’t have the time, the money or energy to get a real pizza oven) but we love having the family over for “make your own” pizza’s. So easy and delicious. Here’s to the next 50 years of your life, I’m sure you’ll live to 100 with all your green living. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  3. says

    Thank you for not posting photos of guest, Phew!!! I do love the photo of you two though, isnt Kim gorgeous. What your readers dont know is that both of you give the best best hugs on greeting. Totally cool party Gav. I love that you shed a few tears, it was certainly a moment worthy of them. 1964 was a very very good year. (LOL)

  4. says

    Happy birthday Gav. It sounds like you had a smashing one on your milestone.

    You’ve demonstrated here that even parties can be green and not excessive. I have a housewarming coming up – I shall take a leaf from your book.

  5. Jabir says

    Happy birthday Gav, great to hear everyone had a great time, just thinking about Pizza is already making me hungry at this time of the night

  6. says

    Happy 50th trip around the sun! 1964 was a good year, I happen to know!
    What a ripper party you had, fun, good food and those you love beside you – it doesn’t get better than that!

  7. says

    I read about your birthday celebration on another blog and, having passed the 50 mark awhile back, wanted to pop over to say Happy Birthday! Your party looks fabulous (as does your oven.)

  8. says

    awwww – looks and sounds like an amazing night – I am so copying your 50th b’day cake! And lovely to see the gorgeous Kim – I so love hearing her on the podcasts so its great to put a face to the voice. Happy Birthday!

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