27-08-2009 05:58 hour

Tangowahine Tales
Whoever said sheep were stupid was stupid! Somebody left both gates open on the deck and Guts was able to get out, most animals would run off to greener pastures, not Guts. He turned left and the first doorway, in through the back porch, clipped clopped his way through the laundry, slid through the kitchen ran down the hall and into my bedroom where the boys were doing body jam!!! And of course the boys had to carry him back through the same route to put him back where he belonged, dropped him a few times, had to catch him a few times. As if I don't get sick of the sound of my own voice on a normal day, let alone trying to yell instructions to get a !@#$%$#@ lamb back outside. I think I will add the name Fierce onto Guts because when he drinks, it is fierce. Sometimes Rueben hardly seems to have gone outside to feed him when he is back inside again. Speaking of which, he is outside the office window now carrying on like ... well ... he has never been fed in his life! I hope today goes well guys and there is no delay, don't want to wait to get out the otherside of treatment to get on with normal life. Warm Fuzzies The Crawfords  

25-08-2009 19:24 hour

Tangowahine Tales - By the Crawford Family.
We came home yesterday to only one lamb. So now we are just left with Guts and he sooo thinks that he is part of the family. You can't open the front door if he is on the deck because he is in like flin. You kind of have to feel sorry for him, he misses his buddy. Rueben has been spending more time with him, brushing him and giving him cuddles, he looks really good with a good brushing. The boys have been trying to scour the house looking for more brushes for when Ethan gets a new lamb, which is proving alot harder to find than we first thought. Hopefully within the week. And you think it would be easy to find a brush in this house considering I don't use them anymore. (A hair brush and hair product don't go together at all). The other day Rueben painted the lamb shed and the paint hasn't dried and he went out this morning to give Guts some love and got blue paint all over his clean uniform, (actually I kick myself, I should have known better, he's only six). I'm really glad that you are home together, it must be really nice being tucked up together while it rains outside, how snuggly.      

25-08-2009 16:05 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Hi guys! So happy for you being at home!! Sounds like you have had a fabulous day.  Stella is on the mend now she is just waking now form a 3.5 hour afternoon sleep on top of a 1 hour sleep this morning!! Brenda is right the message from Peter is great!!  There might be something different about me next time you see me...wait and see!!...  Stella and I today painted our nails HOT PINK!! Im not too sure if the colour suits me but it kept Stella happy oh yes and we blew heaps of bubbles! You have to do something to stop the cabin fever!!  Ben is home with us now and Kody has gone with Kathryn and Korie to Keas.  Enjoy the rest of the day and look out for something different from about tomorrow lunchtime! I am a bit NERVOUS!!!

24-08-2009 15:36 hour
Amelia Whiting

Hi!  It was the highlight of Room 3's day seeing Rory again!  They loved finding out what you've been up to and telling Rory their news.  It was fantastic to see the bright sparkle in Rory's eyes.  Have a good time at home.
From Miss Whiting

24-08-2009 14:24 hour
Vania Hamlin ( Australia )

Gday Rory, its great to hear your weight is on the increase and everything is looking good.  Your mum hunts out some fabulous spots to visit, I didnt know half of them existed!  So am making a list and hopefully we will be able to do some of them ourselves when we come home for the Christmas holidays. 
William and Eva are going well at school.  Their school is called Alligator Creek State School, (a bit of a silly name because there are no alligators in Australia but there are lots and lots of crocodiles!).  Just now they are practising for the school concert.  They are memorising songs and poems for the big night.  They are both quite excited.
Well the whales are visiting us at the moment out in the bay.  They are doing their annual migration up the east coast of Australia and have been putting on a good show much to everyones delight.     
William went fishing with his dad and uncle yesterday.  They didnt get to see any whales, but they did see a shark!  It was about 10 feet long which isnt as big as they can get, but still pretty scary.  They werent real keen to go swimming after that.
Thinking of you all.

24-08-2009 14:09 hour
liam paton

hi rory, hope you are doing ok, hope you get better soon
lots of love from liam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

24-08-2009 12:39 hour

Dare   Rory   room3   misis  you   we  hop  you   get    beter  
soon  and  we  can't  wait  to  you  get  back. 
      from  johnny  and    adam                                    

24-08-2009 12:34 hour
Steve Branca

I forgot to mention, I'm wearing my Kia Kaha Rory wrist band! 

24-08-2009 12:32 hour
Steve Branca

Hi Leigh.  Just reminding you that I am in Auckland (Devonport), so if there is anything I can do to make things easier for you, even just taking you to lunch or dinner, please let me know.  Phone is 021 0267 6681, email is
Rory, if you want advice on how to gain weight, ask Suzanne S. at WDC!  ;-)  (She's going to kill me.)

24-08-2009 12:27 hour

Hi guys, just checking in. Its lunchtime and I am having lentil and tomatoe soup to counteract the effect of all the bread I consumed on the weekend! I hope it works and soon. The weather could be better, it is a mix of clouds, rain and sun. The boys have swimming this afternoon so the lambs will be well and truly Baaaaaing when we get home. Ethan's lamb is not well and I don't expect him to be there when we get home, but I do expect a new lamb today so hopefully they will be able to bond. Guts has gained so much weight that you can't see any bones in his body. David keeps on telling me not to overfeed him, well I try not to but it is really hard when he keeps bunting for more, and saying no is not my strong point, although I think my children might beg to differ on that one. Anyway, time to go back to work, very positive note from Peter, hold onto that. Take Care Brenda