14-07-2009 09:19 hour
jason wendy logan and mikayla ( np )

hi guys, yep the weather has got wintery here thats for sure, we almost got blown off our hillside this week the winds made our house shake and shudder, the trampoline now has no safety net and no safety pads - the wind took care of all that with a hiss and a roar!! The huge hayshed just down the road lost all its roof and wrapped it around the neighbours fence - lucky for him cos he lives in a caravan only meters from where it was dumped. Sounds like you have gotten busy again with the tramping and exploring, great to hear you are braving the cold and back into it.  Mikayla just cut her first top front tooth on Saturday - she is in lots of pain with it - and has a really snotty nose now to go with her awful cough - i'd hate to go thru all that again - poor baby.  anyhow take care lots of love the naki cousins

13-07-2009 08:51 hour
Auntie Teri & Uncle Graham ( Gold Coast , Australia )

Hey Sam and Rory - wow, you guys have definitely done a lot on your hols!!  Dad must have the skin of a rhino to be out and about in shorts in the snow - crikey!  Not sure if you are still on school hols now (yay) or if you have to go back to school (boo) but either way, hope you both have a great week!  Take care and lots of love, Auntie Teri and Uncle Graham - xxxx

12-07-2009 21:27 hour
Kathryn Milich ( Dargaville )

Hi there guys, nice to see the weather hasn't slowed y'all down! Korie is just coming out of a three day tummy bug, I thought he was a skinny weasel before - well now he is skinnier!  Korie would have to agree with Rory about Great Uncle Harrys biscuits, griffins super wines rock and if I would let him he would eat half a packet in one sitting!  With a hot milo of course and a spoon to catch the dunks that drop off!  However he is on a fairly boring diet until we know his tummy is back to normal (super wines are hidden in the cupboard behind the weetbix till further notice).  Ooops Leigh sorry to hear about the unfortunate accident with Sparky, couldn't help but have a little chuckle, when we moved back up from Rotorua we didn't have our cat in a cage and she peed all over my foot yick that was gross - she always travels in a cage now!  Take care Love Kathryn and Korie xox

11-07-2009 16:44 hour
jane ( whangarei )

glad you made it back to the winterless north (cat poop and all) hope you make it to the lake without getting blown off your feet - went for a walk at Oakura today and we just about got blown off our feet!

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