11-07-2009 13:03 hour
Lisa Raymond ( New Plymouth , New Zealand )

Hi Rory, you don't know me but I have been following your brave story on the internet.  I have lived in New Plymouth all my life (I am in the 40s now!!) and I am glad you managed to get up our Mountain to play in the snow - One thing I used to do when I was your age.  Hope you enjoy your 2nd week of the school holidays and all the best.  Love Lisa and 6 yr old Tegen

10-07-2009 19:52 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Golly!  some very cool holiday photos you have there!  And I have to agree with Kathryn....Sean what were you thinking?? No hat!!!No gloves and shorts???? HELLO its WINTER!!!!  I guess he just had to prove he is tough so we all forget the image of him in the pink scrubs!!! hehehe I notice there are not many photos of you Leigh and I wonder how you were rugged up? Being the strongest woman I know I bet you dressed sensibly!  All looks fabulous glad you had a fab time.   Look forward to catching up soon xxxxx

10-07-2009 19:44 hour
Kathryn Milich ( Dargaville )

Welcome home Gardiners.  What amazing scenery and beaches, thanks to you all for sharing your holiday pics with us.  Bet it's nice to be home again.  I must say Rory your dad is a toughy, shorts and no gloves in the snow! Legend!  I have been wearing more than that in my house, today was freezing!  Well hope to catch up soon take care and goodnight.
Kathryn xox

09-07-2009 21:05 hour
Vania Hamlin ( Australia )

Gday Rory, great pics of Taranaki.  Would love to go there ourselves now, it looks gorgeous!  William and Eva are on school holidays as well now, and we went up to Cairns and the tablelands to check out the rainforest.  Its beautiful, and we were surprised to see there are even loads of kauri there.  There were white cockatoos flying through the trees and colourful parrots as well.  We didnt see any snakes though thank goodness.  We are back home now and have one more week before back to school.  Its great hearing what you are up to and seeing your pics.  Thinking of you all xx

08-07-2009 19:36 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Far out brussell sprout!!  You certainly cram in alot into you holidays!!  We hope to head off to the movies tomorrow (Ice age 3) its a wee bit of an undertaking with Stella, someone has to take her while we watch the movie (Mums are very handy for this job!)   Today the we went out to my sisters house and had hair cuts...yes even I had a tidy up!  This was Stellas first ever haircut and she admired herself in the mirror the whole time (just like her mum!) The costal walkway looks amazing!  and well done Rory on a MAMMOTH effort (2ks walk & 3ks ride!) Kody and Ben think they have mastered some of Michael Jacksons dance moves too (this gives you something to look forward to at the play day!!...its really funny!)  Dont tell them I told you!   Now I think you are travelling home tomorrow?? so travel safe and we will see you all real soon! xxxxx

08-07-2009 15:38 hour

Great to hear that you are all having a great holiday. Brenda

07-07-2009 23:05 hour
jason wendy logan and mikayla ( np )

hi guys, great to catch up with the cousins again, as per usual the boys are all rough and tumble, and just enjoying being boys, rory you do us proud with your determination and logan was very impressed with how you managed the bike on the walkway, he loved telling everyone the story of the cat from his school trip - typical boy eh all blood and guts with lots of details !!!!  We loved catching up with all of you, next time rory who will have more hair - you or Mikayla I still bet it will be you, cos logan had none for well over a year.  I have seen the photos of you and the boys and Mikayla on here, and I still think you and Mikayla look loads alike - must be the hairdo I think !!!!  great to catch up, take care  lots of love jason, wendy, logan and mikayla

07-07-2009 19:25 hour
Cindy Rimmington ( Auckland , New Zealand )

Hi Leigh and Rory
Sounds like you're having fun in the Naki.  Let me know when you're back up in Auckland as I've finished work now so can come and visit.  11 days till the baby is due!  We've had a night of false contractions when we thought 'this is it' but it obviously wasn't.
Rory will be my inspiration for behaving in a dignified manner through the labour.  Hopefully I can do him proud.
Love Cindy

07-07-2009 15:32 hour
jane ( whangarei )

hullo gardiners
nude in the naki eh??
glad to hear you are having a bit of fun and getting the bike sorted!
we are just back from the most fabulous adventure in Malaysia - if you want me to bore you with photos i sure can!!!
thought about you heaps but the malaysian search engines just didn't think you were as famous as the kiwi ones do Rory!
say hi to the mountain from me

06-07-2009 19:43 hour
Korie Morrison ( Dargaville )

Hi Rory mum is writing this for me.  I went to the bluff on Sunday with dad and uncle Mark and we got some mussles poppa gave us some kawhai (sp) and we made some raw fish it was really nice.  I borke Jamies old stereo today it was cool as from Korie