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Lyndz and Tom's Aus/NZ Adventure

Welcome to lyndztom's Travel Page. Here is where we will be keeping a record of our travels for all of you to read. Please feel free to leave a comment for us as we will struggle to speak to you all over the phone. We are having an amazing time and cant wait to fill you in on the details when we reply x x x

Diary Entries

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand

The last diary entry boohoo, we've really enjoyed writing it! Will be lovely for us to look back on here as we already can't remember what we've done and when! In Queenstown now for the last three days, booked a lovely hotel online over here and just when we thought it couldn't gey any better..............Tom manages to talk his way round the manager in true 'rep' style (hehe!) and get us an upgrade to a LUXURY PENTHOUSE APARTMENT! Woohoo! Its bigger than our house, with a private outside terrace with a massive dining table on it! We were gobsmacked, all those years at Depuy for Tom have been worth it with persuasive abilities like that! Have taken lots of piccies of it, only bad thing is we dont want to leave it to go out around Queenstown! Really picturesque here and some lovely shops Ive dragged Tom around before he does his bunjee jump tomorrow down 134m! He must be mad, needless to say I am just a watcher. Dont worry Trish I will get him to ring you like he said when he has finished it! Anyway, thank you again so much for keeping us updated on everything at home for the past 5/6 weeks and we really appreciate all the messages. We have really missed everyone, don't know how people do this traveling lark for 6 months or a year! See you next week! Love always Lyndz and Tom xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Location: Greymouth, New Zealand

Well, well, well so much to tell you! We've forgotten where we've been over the past few days after the travelling but will try and remember! In the South Island now, travelled down from Roturua and stayed in Taupo for a day where Tom persuaded Lyndsey to hire some mountain bikes to get to the hot springs in the mountains and see the National Park. Well 5 and a half hours later we will still pedalling away! Exhausted! Hehe was well worth it though and felt good at the end of it, Marvin would be proud! Even though we couldn't walk the next day, the natural hot springs were lovely, had a dip in for a while at the side of the river to relax our muscles with some of the locals - what a different world they live in x Went down to Wellington for the next night before we crossed on the ferry for three days of gorgeous sunshine in the holiday resort of Nelson. Stayed with Tom's friend James who he played footie with in America in Wellington so was lovely for him to have a catch up and we took him for a curry to thank him for the bed for the night. One of the few times we have eaten out over here at night actually throughout the whole trip - Tom has proven he is just as good a cook over here as he is at home, and I have cooked..........bugger all hehe! Although my organisational skills have come up trumps the past few weeks moving around from place to place - mumsie would be proud! Just when you thought I would have learnt about National Park trips we decided to try another one yesterday called Abel Tasman - no bikes this time just a 4 hour walk! We got the water taxi into it and saw the dolphins and seals, then went kayaking for a few hours around the bay and walked back. Was lovely for the majority as it was a beautiful day and there were a few secluded beaches to stop of at as we made our way through to have a dip in the sea. That leads us to today! We have made our way quite far down the West Coast in the wonder of our little white Nissan Sunny to Pancake Rocks and Greymouth for the night and then we aren't too far away from the two Glaciers for tomorrow. Can't believe our last week has come already! Only 6 sleeps left before the trip home and just Queenstown/Milford Sound to visit for the last three or four days after our Glacier stop. We have managed to do so many wonderful things and have made lots of memories but looking forward to seeing everybody again soon. If we dont get chance to write again in the next week, will see you all back in England! Love and miss you so much, tata for now! L and T xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 15 February 2010

Location: Roturua, New Zealand

Well what a busy three days! We're exhausted but have fitted in everything we wanted to do, so going to have a well earned rest tonight! We went on the Mouri Experience Night which was fab - they did the Haka and everything, Lyndsey was soooo excited! They cooked us an authentic Mauri meal too on the 'Hangi'. We have seen lots of volcanic terrain over the past few days and even a volcano eruption 20 metres high this morning, along with the boiling mud pools. We had a lovely Valentine's Day and had a mud bath and spa day together after a visit to the markets - Tom had his face painted with the kiddies - as only my dearest Tom would! The best moment of all was when we went 'Luging' - down a hill on a go kart type thing without an engine - a New Zealand invention apparently! And guess what..........LYNDSEY WON THE RACE!!!!!! Tom is absolutely mortified haha! Our last day in Roturua today before we move on tomorrow so we have just been whitewater rafting in the river; the first time either of us have been. It was brill, so glad we did it and managed not to capsize down the largest waterfall that you are allowed to raft down at 8 metres high! Brave or what! Anyway, tired tired tired so off for a relax now. So lovely to hear all your news from home, love you all lots xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Friday, 12 February 2010

Location: Waitomo, New Zealand

Ello ello! Here we are in Waitomo, New Zealand - the home of the underground caves - our mums would love it here! We've moved on today from Auckland, had a good look round there yesterday and went across to the nearby Waikeke Island which was lovely. We went on a wine tour in the sunshine where they took you round all the vinyards and gave us loads to try - we had a great day! Think the girls would love it here hehe! Today we've been down into the caves with the gloworms and off to Roturua tomorrow where the real New Zealand Mauris live. Looking forward to seeing how they live and going on a night trip to see their live cultural dancing/Haka and have a traditional New Zealand dinner. We are staying at the mo at a Backpacker village and its really nice, loads of people here our age so we are hoping to have a few drinks in the bar tonight and be sociable! We've got a nice hotel for the next three nights in Roturua and then Lyndsey has been persuaded to live in a campervan for a few days as it seems the best way to do the next bit after that!!! Bed you never thought you'd see the day haha!!! Still it hasnt happened yet so time to change my mind, although they are nice inside! It seems to be the only thing we havent done to get a 'true' experience and there are no cars to hire like in Melbourne. Will keep you posted! Hope all is well at home, we are missing you and cant wait for you to see all the pics - the site doesnt let us upload many. Sending lots of New Zealand hugs and kisses T and L xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Hi Everyone! Just at the airport in Melbourne ready to go to Auckland, New Zealand - can't believe we are leaving Australia already! We have arrived at the airport two hours early as Lyndsey has looked at the wrong time on the flight passes - oops! Still, first mishap so not doing too bad eh! Melbourne is fantastic, I think it might just be our fave place in Australia after the Hamilton Island. We have managed to fit everything in that we wanted to do here and more in our little rental car! Bit worried when it was a Toyoto but all was fine haha! We had a good look round the city on the first day and travelled down to St Kilda beach where there was a big festival going on so that was lucky! Lots of drinks and drag queens - think it was their version of the mardi gras. Had a fab time and made friends on the beach - Tom got a few comments so he kept grabbing my hand! He'll kill me if he sees this bit!! Then we did the Great Ocean Road drive which was unbelievable, so many places to stop off at and see - Torquay, Lornes, Port Campbell and the views of the ocean where just like the pictures! Had lovely weather again here so we could see right out to sea, though was a bit nervous on some of the cliff edge roads - especially with Tom's driving (that's for you mum!) We stayed up there for a night and then drove back yesterday to ride on Puffing Billy (Australia's oldest steam train!) through the rainforest and then to see the penguin parade at dusk - my fave! There were about 600 little penguins all walking up the beach towards us to their burrows , they were soooooo cute. They wouldn't let you take pictures unfortunately but we tried to sneak one! Anyway, ready for the off now, next stop Auckland We are there for two nights deciding which route to take and going to book some accommodation in advance through the North Island. Missing everyone so much but having the time of our lives x Big hugs and kisses Lyndz and Tom x

Wednesday, 03 February 2010

PS Have figured out how to put piccies on although it takes a while so we will pick out the good ones and just put those on later xxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 03 February 2010

Location: Sydney, Australia

On the third stroke now - in Sydney! Have enjoyed our first day in Sydney with a trip up the Observatory, then to Sydney Opera House, Sydney Aquarium, The Rocks, Darling Harbour and finally the Olympic Park all covered - phew! We're feeling very touristy so got up early and have just got back now by ferry to our hotel (its 9 at night!) It is even better than we imagined and a little strange as the Summer holidays have finished for the Aussies now so they are all on their way to work as we are going out for the day! Weather nice again, although it rained a little this morning early on. My fave part of the day was the ferry at twilight as they take you past the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House and its all lit up and looking lovely. Tom's fave bit was the Lindt Chocolate Cafe I think! He licked his dish after the Hot Choc desert haha! Have booked on the Harbour Bridge climb for Friday (dont worry mum you are strapped to the ropes and instructors!) and off to the Blue Mountains tomorrow. Missing everyone so much, wish you were here! Keep us posted, love, hugs and squillions of Aussie kisses L and T xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Location: Hamilton Island, Australia

Hello from the beautiful Hamilton Island! We are in paradise, cant believe our eyes at the hotel, its beautiful, despite quite a few tropical showers. No sunburn here so far so thats good, but a bit worried about our non-existent tans!! haha x The island is so surreal, there are only two hotels on here, got a golf buggy to drive around the whole island (Tom got very excited at that!) and booked to sail out to the Barrier Reef to go diving tomorrow, cant wait. Our room has such a fab view from the balcony out to the sea, we just keep standing out there speechless! Had our breakfast with the Koalas this morning and I had a cuddle and a few piccies taken holding one which was amazing, though a little smelly! haha! We then tried to be good and had a game of tennis, think it is the 'in' sport over here at the mo with the Australian Open in Melbourne so we are trying to get in the spirit and fly the flag for Murray tonight! Promise we will try and upload piccies before we leave for Sydney on Tues, so lovely to here all your news from home. Missing you all, lots and lots of love Lyndz and Tom xxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Location: Broadbeach, Australia

G'day! We are here at last and having a great time, long flight but much better than we thought as we slept for ten hours. All was going well until we finally reached Brisbane - without my suitcase! It hadn't even left Heathrow! Poor me! Tom is very proud of me as I didn't cry, I was brave and it has arrived now two days late. Luckily I had some clothes in Tom's case so it hasnt affected our holiday too and we've had a good laugh about it in the end - my poor mum has been worrying though I think! Anyway, as true Brits do, we are burnt to a crisp haha! Despite the factor 30 it is ridiculously hot but lovely. It was Australia Day yesterday so was really busy and lots to do and today we have been to Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo - crikey! Had a fab time feeding all the kangaroos and koalas and took lots of piccies for Joshie. Managed to see lots of Broadbeach and Surfer's Paradise so far but still lots to do. Off now for a large beverage, lots of love to all at home. Mwah! xxxxxxxx


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From Nic, Lee& Olivia
Hey Guys! I have just noticed my message hasn't from the other day hasn't come up for some reason! Anyway, I have just had a look at all your pics and it looks as though you are both enjoying every minute! It looks such an amazing place. I will look forward to seeing more pics when you both return and hearing all about it!!! Olivia is walking now and looks so cute! We got her some paintent black shoes with flashing lights the other day and she looks ever so proud in them!hehe. Miss you hun. Enjoy the rest of your trip and il speak to you soon xxxxxxxxxx
Response: Awwwwww what a cutie, shes growing up too fast! Can't wait to see her and have a good catch up next week. On the final stretch now, just two days left for us now before the lonnnnnng trip home, will take ages so dont really get back until next week! Mum said the site was playing up a bit and not showing all the messages up but we are still getting them all so nice to hear from you. Anyway, will phone you in the week hun and arrange something, Im off work the whole of next week yippee so not to bad for me but poor Tom is in, let me know when your off in the week Nic and we can do something with Livvy x Lots of love and see you very soon! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
From Le
I cant believe it has gone soooo fast!!! but im being selfish now and saying im glad as its been far too long that i haven't seen my lyndsey lou for!!!... and you too of course tom, hehe enjoy your last week cant wait to see you and hear all about it! xxxxxxxxxx
ps. Pace won their nationals this weekend lyndz so i think they will be at worlds again! woo woo miss you lots like jelly tots xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Response: Hey missus, miss you too, what a good old long goss we can have next week! Arrggghhh PACE again, Ill give you the money for a dvd from worlds hehe! Not long until Nationals now, how is Flames training and worlds training going? Cant wait to see the routines on the day, Fays got the tickets all sorted I think, how weird it will be for me not being with you and Kaz before you go on! So looking forward to seeing you both, we are having a fab last few days, it has gone fast for us too but sow in other ways as we have done so much. Tom says he misses you Le! Spek to you beginning of next week hun, will phone when Im back in the land of the living after the long trip home, love ya loads xxxxxxxxxxxxx
From Mum
Am missing you loads now, can't wait to see you both at weekend, although am not sure you're going to look better for the ?? rest ?? Five and a half hours in the saddle, you must be mad - well suppose it's good for toning up for the old leg and thigh muscles - for Tom that is !!! Hope the camera is still going strong, it's had an awful lot to deal with these last few weeks, you'll need a full room just for displaying photos - perhaps you could set up an exhibition for friends and family when you return. Don't worry about Joshie not remembering you, he'll soon have you legging it around the house and playing hide and seek again before you know it (his usual place is behind the curtains now - every time he hides of course!!). Louie is soooooooo much bigger now and smiles and chuckles all the time, bet you can't wait to see them both. So for your last few days just make the most, as you travel around from coast to coast, on Sunday I'll be your loving host, as we all get together for a slap-up roast.
With love always, Mum xxx
Response: We miss you mummy!!!!! Cant wait to see you all now, ready for Joshie and Louie cuddles too, not that I bet Joshie will be up for giving many of those as usual! We are enjoying an nice relaxing last few days having a good look round Queenstown and lounging around in our luxury pad woohoo! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD for tomorrow, Ive given mum our card for you before we left and prezzie is on the way home to you! We have sent a postcard to you from Australia but Im guessing as you havent mentioned it that we are going to arrive back there before it does! Oh well, better late than never! We are loving the poem mum, been reading the big one lots of times on our way around to remind us of our orders from you and make us chuckle. Oh well, looking forward to Sunday and Tom is excited for the roast! Love and miss you, SEE YOU ON SUNDAY!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
From Becky
Hey hey hey!!!! I miss you!! It feels like you have been gone forever. Just spent ages reading through all your blogs and looking at all your photos, it looks and sounds absolutely amazing!!! Can't wait to hear all your stories! Hope you have a fab time for the rest of it!! Can't wait to see you, lots of love.x.x. Mwah!!.x.
Response: Hey Becs!!! Miss you too hun, we are having such a ball, nearly over now though! Cant believe it is nearly over, we have managed to do so much though. Hope all is good at work, looking forward to seeing you, Dani and the girls, hope you all have a good time at Em's party and a good drink. Anyway hun, will speak to you next week, lots of love xxxxxxxxxxxxx
From dawn dad
Hi to you both. a little surprised about the camper van lyndsey, i would be telling Thomas "It's 5 star or no star". It could have repercushions for me, Billy will have me staying in one!!!. looking forward to our holiday , so hoping the sun shines. oliver says hello to you both. have a great time love to you both xxxxxx
Response: Hehe campervan off its ok Dawn!! Ive be saved!! It worked out much more expensive than a car and hotel as we have managed to get a really good deal on a car so reluectantly we had to give the van a miss! Hi Ollie! Been looking at the footie results and Nott Forest and thinking of you! Lots of love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
From Kaz and Stu
G'day! Happy Valentines daye from lovely England! We have no internet so just nipped to stus mums to use the computer! I hope you had one of the kebabs in Surfer Paradise as they are the number one on my list of kebabs! Extremely jealous that were not there but hoping your enjoying every minute of it! It looks from your pics that your having a blast! Missed you at Kathryns birthday the other week but Ash P turned up! Looking forward to the vino and catch up when your back....although I imagine you dont want to leave! Big hugs xxx
Response: Hi you two! Thanks for the message, we are havin a ball yeah, cant believe only ten days left really. We missed the kebabs sorry Stu, will try and get one in New Zealand and see how they are hehe x Hope you all had a fab time at Kath's birthday, cant wait to catch up Tons of love xxxxxxxxxxxx
From Mum
Hi you two I have just missed your phone call but it was nice to hear your voice on the answering machine thomas, hope to speak to you soon. We are still busy with the house, the kitchen is finally fitted and looks great, the decorators are in and the carpets are on order so it wont be long now, we can't wait. New Zealand sounds wonderful I didn't realise there was so many different things to do, bet you enjoyed the wine trip, you both look so happy and relaxed. Have a lovely valentines day.
Missing you loads, lots of love xxxxxxxx
Response: Hi mum, glad things are coming along nicely at the house, can't wait to come and see the final product after so much plannning. Will try and catch you again soon on the phone, so hard to find a decent hour to phone home being 13 hours difference! Happy Valentine's Day back to you both Miss and love you T and L xxxxx
From Le
Happy Valentines day!!! hehe looks amazing! love toms surfing pic haha. the tans are coming on nicely too. campervan ay lyndz well i never thought id live to see the day! missing you lots and lots love Le xxxxxxxx
Response: Happy Valentine's Day to you too Miss Le x Now now dont worry about me Le, Im still the same person hehe! I havent changed back to old me, the campervan is off! Worked out too expensive compared to a car and hotels in the end, what a shame! Mum said she was chatting to you at the end, I miss you too hunni! Cant wait for a good catch up, we have taken sooooo many piccies to bore you with Luurrrvvveee ya lots Lyndsey Loo and Tom Tom xxxxxxxxxxxxx
From Kate & Nick
Hi Lynds & Tom, finally got some time off work given i now have my new assets, so perfect chance to look through your piccies and journals ! Got Nick waiting on me hand and foot its fab !Sounds absolutely amazing and the pics are fantastic, im so jelous. Im now trying to make Nick save up for an Oz holiday aswel as Thailand ! Glad to hear your boht enjoying it so much cant wait to have a big girly night in to hear all about it, see all the pics, and you can show us your new wine expertise ! Though i think you have had years in the making lynds with us lot ha ha ! See you both soon ! Take Care Nick & Kate XXXXXXXX
Response: Hi hunni, are you ok then and feeling good? Cant wait to see you! Make sure Nick is hard at work, milk it girl hehe! There would not be enough hours in one girlie night to see all the piccies - snap happy is not the word haha! Speak soon Lots of love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
From Lesley & Rob
Hi, Rob now back from his travels, he keeps holding on to the radiators to get warm.
Looks like you are having the trip of a lifetime. Good to see your photos, yep the koala is such a cutie. Take care, lol, Lesley, Rob and Cocoa. xxx
Response: Hello there, are you havin withdrawal symptoms Uncle Rob, bet we will be a bit like that, though not as hot here in NZ so we might not need to cling to the radiators! Hope all is well at home, say hi to G and G for us Lots of love xxxxx
From Mum
Hello there you two - oh my god, underground caves, I'm hyperventilating here at the thought of it! Can't have a go at Tom's driving anymore if he managed to keep his eyes on the road when negotiating the cliff edges. I like the sound of Puffing Billy in the rainforest and would have loved to see the penguin parade - so would Josh. Nephews just as adorable as ever, had a lovely afternooon with Josh on Wednesday, he was so so good. He's staying at Stu and Laura's tonight so looking forward to hearing how he goes on. Well I don't know what to say about the impending campervan experience - make sure the doors are locked properly. You could always take it in turns to stay awake and keep a look-out if you felt nervous, but am sure it will be fine - rather you than me! Neil's been checking the house and everything's fine. Hope you're keeping up with your washing !Missing you loads and loads, Love always, Mum xx
Response: Hi mumsie - not to worry campervan is off hehe! We spent loads of times checking prices against cars and hotels last night and it actually works out dearer so no point really! Im secretly gutted hehe! Glad the boys are ok, missing you all so much, think Puffing Billy was definitely your thing mumsie and Josh's, how was he at Stu and Lauras? That must be where you are now then - just tried to give you a ring at home and wondered where you were on a Friday night. They have a skype wencam so was going to test it but am sure there will be another one in Roturua. Anyway, off to catch the bus in a bit so will try and speak to you again, probably Sunday morning when everyone is there. Miss and love you millions L and T xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
From dawn dad
hi to you both, just read your message have a great time in new zealand sounds as though you really enjoyed austrailia. weather still not good here more snow forcast today and weekend.ollie has got another exam today so hopefully he will get on ok , he has been revising. matt heard from bedfordshire uni at weekend re teacher training he has got to send off details of qualifications . i am hoping he will get in but quite competitive places limited so we will have to see. anastasia has get in bedfordshire uni for the same course matt has just done. going to get ready for hols next week looking forward to some sun. take care love to you both .xxxx
Response: Now then, glad to hear Ollie has done well in his exams i think you have managed to break him down finally haha. Going to Roturua today, try and call you on sunday. Lots of love Thomas and Lyndsey xxxxxxxxxx
From Sonia & Lauren x
Weve had a nosy about ur photos and feel rather depressed lol. Glad u got ur cases it sounds like ur havin a fantastic time. cant beleive u held a koala what was it like?

Its cold :( but its not raining :)
c u soon (ish) xx Lauren and Sonia xx

p.s Hospital Gossip- Lauren got burgled... Sue has another stalker... Hospital romances going on... The new first years seem fine...Penny says she is doin ok... Ken from theatres had a stroke but is doing well... New night rads have been interviewed...Ange has gone on maternity early...the new orthopaedic regs are coming soon :D :D :D but Oliver the Radiologist is leaving :( :( :(
The girls from Unity cheerleaders say hello

take care xxx
Response: OMG! Lots of updates I love it! No new hospital romances eh! Are you sure Sonia??! Hehe x We are moving on to Auckland today, just arrived at the airport - two hours early! Oops Lyndsey looked at the wrong time on the flight passes! Hope all is good at work, we are really missing it - HAHA! Keep us posted, poor Ken hope he is ok, he was in not so long ago when he had a funny turn too. Oh no - you got burgled Lauren! Did they take much and are you ok? Speak to you all again soon, lots of love to all xxxxxxxxxxxxx
From Fay
Hey Lyndz and Tom, your pics are brill! your quite obviously having a fab time, im impressed with your 5 dollar outfit Lyndz! haha. Freya had a good 1st birthday, thanks so much for her pressie she loves it, ive bought her some jeggings but im not quite sure how her thunder thighs will look in them! haha bless her she takes after her mummy. We have got another viewing 2moz so ive been busy cleaning all day. We are off to Kathryns tonight for her birthday so we will have a drink for you! miss you loads, lots of love
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Response: Hi Miss Roskell! Miss you hun, we need a good catch up when we get home, Ive got sooooo many piccies to bore you with! Lots of love to Charlie and Freya too, hope Kath's birthday was good, you would have loved the wine tour, I thought of you!!! Mwah Lyndsey Loo xxxxxxxxxxxx
From Auntie Carol
How popular are you two?!? All these messages. Soon the rest of your hols will be spent at a computer screen typing replies! Still, it shows how much you are loved and missed. Think you are very brave doing the bridge climb (I think you're mad- Jo) but you're making some brilliant memories. With Jo and little Daniel today shopping for Phoebe's birthday pressies. Can't believe she's been here a year. Also can't believe someone thought your singing was good! Keep having a fab time. Love to you both xxxxxxxx

My mum can't believe that I checked my spelling and grammar whilst typing as I know your mum will look at this! Loads of love, Jo xxxxx
Response: I know we are so impressed and it is really lovely to hear from everyone. Im really looking forward to the Bridgeclimb but Tom isnt as good with heights so think he might secretly be scared! Haha hes nudging me now telling me to delete! I dont think it would be your cup of tea Auntie Carol! Hope you got some lovely prezzies for Phoebs, coant believe it - one already! Doesnt time fly! I havent checked my spelling and grammar here Jo so apologies (and to you too mum!) if there are mistakes! Miss u, and big Aussie kisses to all xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
From Mum & Joshie
Hi you 2, Josh & me just scanned your piccies, Joshie didn't take much notice until he saw you with your head in the croc's mouth, Lyndz, but then just chuckled and said 'he's biting Lyndsey's (not Auntie Lyndsey's!) head !' Unfortunately I don't think he was that bothered. You should be in Sydney by now - although you haven't let me know that you've arrived safely!! Well keep up with the fun. Loads of love - and a kiss from Joshie - you should be so lucky ! Mum
Response: Haha I dont doubt my lovely nephew DID know it wasnt actually real! Haha! Just spoken to you mumsie so wont write a long reply but MMMIIIISSSSSS YYYYOOOOUUUUU!!!!!!! Mwah xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
From J,N,J&L
G'day to you both! No point in asking if you are having a good time as it sounds like you are having a ball - I am so jealous!!!! It all sounds amazing and I can't wait to see the photos so I can dream about when I go in about 15 years time! The weather sounds lovely as it was -3 degrees this morning when I was scraping ice off the windscreen taking Joshie to nursery, who still doesn' know the meaning of sleep (up at least 3 times a night, more than his baby brother - both of them are missing you!)

Enjoy all of the exciting things ahead and make the most of the sun and rest.

Lots of love (and kisses from the boys)
Jess, Neil, Joshie & Lewis
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Response: Big kisses to our beautiful nephews too, missing you all so much, hope you haven't changed too much Mr Lewie! Had an eventful day at Blue Mountains today although was raining quite heavily in the mountiains. We went on a big trek down to see the big waterfall there and have some great piccies, was quite funny being ankle deep in water on the way but was worth it when we reached the waterfall. Now make sure you sleep better for mummy and daddy Joshie, they will be worn out! Glad you liked seeing the piccie of Auntie Lyndsey's head in the crocs mouth haha! Cheeky little pudding as you would say! Keep us posted on any news, glad all is good at home despite the weather! All our love and kisses from Auntie Lyndsey and Uncle Tom xxxxxxxxxxxxx
From Nicola, Lee & Prince
Hey guys!!!
Just managed to get onto the page to have a read! It sounds like an amazing place...so glad you are both having a fab time. I bet Olivia would love the Koala's! Very Cute! Thank you for Olivia's Birthday present-she had a lovely Birthday and loves her new dolly. So glad you managed to get your suitcase in one piece...that must have been a traumatic experience! At least no underwear burst from your suitcase (Sorry Pheasey!). Keep us updated on your travels and take care. Lots of love xxxxxx
Response: Hi hunni, so glad you had a lovely day for Olivia's birthday and liked her present - one already I can't believe it! Hope all is well at home, we are having a fab time thanks, in Sydney at the mo, just been on a lovely ferry cruise around the harbour at twilight with some good views of all the sights. Am going to attempt to put the piccies on now. Love to you all xxxxxxxxxx
From Claire
Hello there
I did try to post a note last week but cant see it on here i obvioulsy cant work a computer so ill try again :) ...

Gday Lyndz and Tom
Glad you arrived safely even if it was minus 1 case, lyndz you are brave i definately would have cried ha ha!! You sound like your both having a fabulous time im so jealous, cant wait to see all the pics especially of the Koalas!!!! Take care and keep us posted lots of love Claire and Richard xxx

Response: Hi hunni, yeah its here, thank you so much! Having an amazing time, nearly two weeks gone already! Got a jam packed week in Sydney now, trying to fot everything in is hard but brill, weather been lovely again today but no time for sunbathing here so no tan topping up time! Much love to you at home, hope all is well, keep me updated xxxxxxx
From Jo & Daniel
Hellooo! Thought you were very brave about your case- I'd have cried! Glad you were organised and put some clothes in Tom's case. How many phone cards have you managed to get through? My mum said you'd used 3 by the middle of last week! Glad the weather is good. We've started weaning so hopefully Daniel will be happy eating when you get back (so far I'm having more luck than I had with any bottle!) Can't wait to see your piccies. Hope you love Sydney. There's a lovely little cupcake shop on Pitt St. Lots of love to you both, take care xxxxxxx
Special, dribbley Daniel kisses for Lyndz XXX
Response: Thank you Jo and precious little Daniel! Be a good boy and eat up all your food! hehe We are loving Sydney, having sampled a cupcake shop as yet but Tom was very, very impressed with the Lindt Chocolate Cafe at Darling Harbour - he did get slightly angry when I tried to have a bit of his cake haha! Been good on the phone card front since the suitcase returned, still on the same one since all the BA phonecalls! Hope all is well at home, missing you all and big sloppy Auntie Lyndsey kisses for Daniel xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
From Le
Sound like you are having a great time you two!!! Barrier Reef aaarrrrhhh!!!! AMAZING! xxxxxxxx had a little crisis last week Lyndz that i needed you for..... marking scheme has changed for cheerdance!!!!!!!! 10 marks for pirouettes alone!!!!!! can you imagine the panic!!!!!!! thought of the first double spin george b, jody and lyndz d could maybe do a tripple as they are in a 3 at the front and we just land a beat earlier.... i dont know aaaaarrrrrrrhhhh! any way i will stop boring you now keep enjoying every minute miss you both loads xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Response: Oh my god cheer dance traumas!!!!! Arggghhhh! I cant; believe they are allowed to change the score sheets so close to Nationals?? Yeah defo change the bits, it will need anouther one in at least I think, I would put one in Le and try and persuade Sue, you will need at least three spins in to cover ten points. Hope everything else is good at home, have you any goss for me? Had a fab time at Barrier Reef, I got all kited out and went snorkelling and tried scuba diving, but only managed the intro course, it was too scary for me but Tom did it. Missing you lots, much love Lyndsey Loo and Tom Tom xxxxxxxxx
From dawn dad
hi there , it sounds very nice at hamilton. pleased you are having a good time. we are going away feb 22nd cant wait for some sun. have been working weekend this weekend got another one to do valentines weekend but do not mind as my last day at work is 16th feb before hols. trafford hospital accident and emergency dept has been shut today due to fire, is closed tommorow also. matt is booking a holiday to egypt in june for 2 weeks with anastasia. anastasia has been offered places at uni for manchester and staffs, she is still waiting to hear from leeds.ollie has got 2 exams wednesday so i am hoping he will do ok.cant wait to see pictures , have a great time in sydney. love dad dawn xxxxx
Response: Hi there! Thats good to hear, just got to get through the next few shifts and it'll be a lovely rest Dawn. We will just overlap so will phone you again from here before you go. Good to hear about Matt and Anastasia, fingers crossed Ana gets in at Leeds then too and things should be sorted for them both soon. Hows Ollie? There sre some piccies on now and should get to put the Sydney ones on soon. Miss and love to you all Thomas and Lyndsey xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
From Lesley, Cocoa, Gran
Hi,
Sounds like you are having a fabulous time. Enjoy every minute! Good to hear your news but make sure that keeping in touch doesn't become a chore! Thinking of you and looking forward to seeing pics of cuddly koalas. Have a great time, Lots of love, xxxx
Response: Hello there! Lovely to hear from you, we are having a fab time, Im loving hearing from everybody from hom
e, to stop us getting homesick so not a chore at all. Hope all is well, as we're looking at the piccies we hav soooo many Im sure we will bore everybody! hehe Much love to all xxxxxxxxx
From Mum and Alan
Hi you two, sorry for the delay, had computer probs. So pleased your suitcase arrived Lyndz, Hamilton Island sounds wonderful, it will be lovely to see you both with some colour on your faces. Are you going to try snorkelling when you go to the barrier reef it will be amazing. We watched the tennis this morning, what a shame murray lost. Carl & Charlotte have just been round, Charles was hilarious into everything, we are now shattered alan has settled down to watch Man Utd play in peace.
Look forward to seeing some photos lots of love xxxxx
Response: Hi Mum and Alan, hope all is well. We are having such an amazing time, so many things to do here in Sydney its hard to choose! Say hello to everyone for us and speak to you again on the phone soon. Theres some pictures on now(if you can find them mum!) for you to look at, miss and love you Thomas and Lyndsey xxxxxxxxxx
From dawn dad
hello there , hope u are both ok.checked your web page last night and today sat. it snowed here last night so when i got up to go to work car was covered. looking forward to our holiday in gran canaria so hope the sun shines.love to u both xx
Response: Hi there! Oh no snow again! No sign of snow here, but the tropical storms are very heavy when they hit so lots of rain! What date do you go away? Glad your looking forward to it, will be lovely. Hows Matt and Ollie? Much love xxxxxxxxxx