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From Anna - Thursday, 2nd August 2007, 03:14 (GMT)
Hi Guys!

Glad you made it to Wellington OK and that Tahsa caught up with you. How's the South Island? Hope it's all going well and you've pmanaged to break your 20 km an hour speed limit Claire! Missing you loads, wish you were still here (or I was still with you!) Have a great time xxx
Hi Anna! Thanks again for having us, we had a super time. Wonderful! We felt very strange when we left you, without a 'home', like true travellers...then we got the motorhome! I think you'd like it, it's 4 berth so we have a little extra room, would be incredibly cosy with 4! The South Island has been really quiet, we've hardly come into contact with any other human life (lots of farm animals). Hope your packing up goes smoothly, can't wait to Skype you with all that we've been up to! Lots of love xxx
From Travel bud Tash - Saturday, 7th July 2007, 19:54 (GMT)
True to tradition, I wanted to be the first to leave you a msg. I hope you and katie have a wicked couple of weeks. Although I know the fun will only really start when I arrive :)
From Yet to travel bud Ta - Wednesday, 18th July 2007, 12:16 (GMT)
Hello again, hurry up and get there so I can read what your upto. Does Katie have a bog? If so whats her last name. Oh and love the wedding pics.
Hello! Glad you liked the pictures. Just to let you know, don't try and bring any food to NZ (might want to check Air NZ guidelines) as we had to go through a bio area to be searched for food stuffs. Also Air NZ are not very forth coming with any goods/refreshments, not like the airline to Thailand so you have to ask or go and find them! Cx
From Holly - Tuesday, 24th July 2007, 14:02 (GMT)
Yo dufus
Got back this morning, feeling pretty knackered managed to get myself a wreckin sore throat. Your photos are ace, some impressive views, sorry to hear you got piss wet through, thats never nice, although floods galore over here!

Love you loads take care

Love Holly xxxxxxxxxxx
Hey! Glad to hear you had a good holiday, shame about the sore throat. Get better soon. Can't believe the floods and people having no running water...what is going on? What are you up to next?! Lots of love, Claire x
From Becky P - Tuesday, 24th July 2007, 21:08 (GMT)
Hello glad your having a great time - Wish I was there too. Love to Anna and Chris ( and you and katy). Love the diary Have fun
Bx
Hello Becky and Phil,
Thanks for your message, hope you're both well and that your job's going swimmingly! Love Claire x
From Mum and Dad - Thursday, 26th July 2007, 18:29 (GMT)
Claire and katy

great to see you on Skype the other day sounds like you're having a great time. Holly is home and is coming over to Germany on 2 Aug so will be nice to see her Grannie and Elsa are here and we just finished a BBQ outside with one or two spots of rain and Elsa with a hankie on her head - don't ask!.

Love from Mum and Dad xxxxxxxxxxxx
Messgae for Holly: Hey Holster! Wasn't sure which email address to use so thought I'd message you on here. Hope you're are really well and enjoying your hols. Really looking forward to catching up and seeing your photos. Take care of mum and dad when you're there! Love you lots, Love Claire xxx
From granny - Thursday, 26th July 2007, 18:56 (GMT)
lovely to hear news and read your adventures enjoy it all and stay safe auntie elsa is here with me and we are having a super time we send our love and look forward to hear more
lots of love from granny and elsa xxxxxx
Hey Granny! My Granny emailed me, brilliant! Sounds like you're having a nice time in germany, hope the weather stays sunny for you. Love you lots, love from Claire xxx
From Mum and Dad - Thursday, 26th July 2007, 19:17 (GMT)
Hi Darling
Great to hear from you and seeing all your photos. Lovely seeing Anna again. Some super photography Claire - pleased with the camera? You sound to be having an amazing time - we are really envious. We will follow your trip with great interest. Grannie and A.Elsa have enjoyed seeing and hearing about your holiday to date.
love Mum and Dad xxxxx
Great to hear from you. Glad Granny and Elsa have arrived ok. We've just come back from a couple of days in Roturua, yet to upload my photos of our road trip as Anna and Chris are whisking us out again! They are superb hosts. The camera is smashing, a treat to have, pleasure to use. Love you lots, Love Claire xxx
From Mum and Dad - Sunday, 29th July 2007, 08:38 (GMT)
Just logged on to see if we can maybe Skype but I guess that you've moved on - your photos are great.
We have been quite lucky with the weather and have eaten out most of the time although it has rained in between. Today (sunday is very wet but we intend to go to Monschau. Yesterday we went to Roermond and the pancake huis which was good as ever but the thought of bacon cheese and syrup was too much for Elsa who had - a mushroom pancake!. I had a note from Lee's Dad thanking me for the map which seems to have brought back 50 year old memories for him -- good stuff. Love to you all Dad
Hey! We are all fine and together in Wellington. You would laugh seeing me driving this huge vehicle, we are living it up in our motor-home. Funny how little you can live with and make it 'home'. Love you lots, Claire xxx
From Granny - Monday, 30th July 2007, 20:21 (GMT)
Elsa and I are going to Amsertdam tomorrow - all by ourselves. Two oldies on a trip of a life time. Hope we don't get lost and miss the coach home. Must see the Red light district. Will tell you more when and if we get back!
lots of love Grannie xxxxx
You take care now Grannie in that red light district (does mum know?!) not sure if 2 sophisticated ladies like yourselves should be hanging around there! Take care of each other- Love you lots, Claire xxx
From Diane - Tuesday, 31st July 2007, 19:50 (GMT)
Hi Claire - your mum told us about this site - I'm curious to see the photos (they are taking a time to load...) but glad to hear you're enjoying yourselves - sounds fantastic! Say Hi to Katy. Love from Diane (back in Taunton - briefly) and Rich/Dick (back next week!) xxx
Great to hear from you Diane,
Hope the photos were worth the wait. I meant to tell you about this site, glad mum did. Hope you approve of the photos of you and Rich! Thank you ever so much for all you did for us 2 , we still can't believe we were in HK not so long ago. Should see the layers I have on now! Love Cx
From Hanna - Wednesday, 1st August 2007, 13:59 (GMT)
Hi Claire!
Sounds great, you enjoy the sunshine as here it's mostly rain, rain and some more rain... Still waiting for my work visa for Japan so might be the dole office for me in September but keeping all fingers and toes crossed! Take care and have an ice-cream for me too! Hanna xxx
Japan! Would you believe it that's the next place on my list of places to visit!?! I have a sleeping bag and don't eat much. Fingerscrossed the visa comes through soon, maybe they've heard about you! Love xxx
From Mum and Dad - Saturday, 4th August 2007, 20:28 (GMT)
Hi you truckers - how is it going? Have you mastered the art of maneouvering it around corners without forgetting the back end? Is the van well kitted out? We are fine, been sailing today at Roermond and BBQ tonight. You sound to have had a fantastic time with Anna and Chris. Met she really misses you. love from us all xxxxc
We are all together now and all well. I am loving the feeling of being King of the road, think if teaching doesn't workout for me I could be a truck driver! Haven't yet forgotten my back end but don't wish to tempt fate! Hope you're all really well. Did Grannie and Auntie Elsa get back alright?! Cx
From Anna - Monday, 6th August 2007, 06:39 (GMT)
Hey! How's it going? get some pics up soon, can't wait to see you all in the Campervan!xxx
You must have special powers, just this minute uploaded some pictures and written to you.
From Holly - Monday, 6th August 2007, 12:38 (GMT)
Wow clairus some of those pictures are amazing!
Im here in Germany with the rents and Grannie and Elsa. The weather is bloody hot, we went sailing and i had to look out for on coming traffic. You look like you're having a whale of a time, I bet Leicester is going to be a right anti climax coz we don't get views like that. Bet you're glad you took all that wintery stuff. I love you and miss you loads, can't wait to see you. Loadsa love, Hol xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Hey little one! Thank you for the message. So "ships ahoy!" yeah?! Were you any good? Yes, the wintery stuff is coming in very handy, although I have noticed that some days the weather we are experiencing here is same temperature wise as the UK - looks like I won't be experiencing any summertime this year! Have fun with our folks, be kind! Love you lots and lots, can't wait for a catch up, Claire xxx
From Grannie and Auntie E - Tuesday, 7th August 2007, 20:24 (GMT)
Wonderful to have catch up with all your news and to see such a stunning country. We go home tomorrow. You aint missing any summer because UK hasn't had any yet! We have been lucky here, a couple of scorchers. Good B&B can recommend it. Expert BBQs. love you lots, take care Grannie and A.Elsa xxx
Glad you two have had so much fun. Great to see you the other week on Skype, just ashame it didn't work properly - thats never happened before, promise! Have a safe journey home, love Claire x
From Anna - Wednesday, 8th August 2007, 09:10 (GMT)
Hi again!

Great photos-very jealous, wish I'd stowed away in you're backpacks! All good with my, work is good this week. have tried to leave Katy 2 messages on her page but they've not worked so say hi from me! Take care xx
We wish we'd smuggled you in too! Have passed the message onto Katy. Katy only has 2 more nights with us, will be very strange to have a whole sleeping area with out, after 4 weeks of snoozing together! Love Claire x
From Dad - Saturday, 11th August 2007, 06:53 (GMT)
Your obviously having a great time. It's good to see your photos. There doesn't seem to be anyone else around .Is this because you are doing the equivalent of visiting Skegness in the middle of winter or is it because the place is so big and there raen't enough humans to go round?
Grannie and Elsa have returned and we are enjoying having Holly with us although the weather has gone off. Mum and Holly went shopping for some Quality time yesterday (Friday) and I'm having Monday off to spend time with Holly and probably drag her around DIY shops and garages which I know she'll enjoy!! I was in London on Tuesday - A very early start but a day well spent moving things forward at work.
At lesat today it's not raining and it is quite warm so hopefully we can get out and about.

Mum has probably already said but we have now booked the flights to Hong Kong so look forward to hering your hints and tips. Diane will be there and I think they are trying to book the same accommodation that you had.
Well enough trivia from me - keep safe, we are thinking about you (with envy!) Much love Dad
Hey dad! Good to hear from you. That's great that you've booked your flights to Hong Kong, there's lots to see and catching up with Dick and Diane will be good fun. I think the main reason for it being so quiet here is the fact there only 4 million people live in NZ and most populate Auckland in the North. We have got used to pretty much being on our own and were a bit unsure about Queenstown as it was tourist central...so we drove back to Wanaka, feel like I'm at home now! Really looking forward to seeing you all at the wedding. Great. Love you lots, Claire xxx p.s Loving the exclamation marks!
From Mum and Dad - Sunday, 12th August 2007, 18:54 (GMT)
Can't believe you have done a skydive without our permission! I'm glad you didn't tell me that was what you were wanting to do until after the event. The photos are amazing. I'm just worried that you now have a taste for this sport and want to pack in teaching and head for NZ and sky diving at a living. Please tell me you don't. Spoken to Lee tonight and Dad is still chatting. He is busy and sounds knackered, missing you lots and can't wait to have you home. loads of love from us and Holly xxx
Hey! Funny you should say that, have thought how lucky the people at the sky dive centre are. I could get a job as the receptionist and get free sky dives when it's quiet! Always good to have a plan B! I did mention that I taken out a special insurance to do sky dive (just in case) and I remember seeing mum's face on skype so didn't feel I should elaborate! I was buzzing for a couple of days after, couldn't eat properly. You should do one. Fantastic. Love you lots, Cx
From Holly - Tuesday, 14th August 2007, 08:38 (GMT)
Claire, nuff respect! Can't believe my big sister did a sky dive, very cool, well done. I would have wet myself if that was me. I bet you defo don't want to come back now! Missing you lots come home soon loadsa love HOL xxxxx
Yo dude! (just getting into the sky diving lingo!!) I feel quite chuffed with my little self too. You should do one, with me, just don't tell mum and dad until it's over! Where are you now? Not long until we can have a good old catch up. Love you lots, Claire xxx
From Anna - Wednesday, 15th August 2007, 09:47 (GMT)
Hi there. Looks like you are having a fab time, well done on the sky dive, you have more guts than I do.
I hear Katy had some trouble getting to Phil's but hopefully she's back safe and sound by now. All good here, the packing has started... again.
Miss you xxxx
I've been thinking about you, wondering if you've started packing yet. Hope it is all going really well. Can't believe my time here is drawing to a close, feel very priviledged to have been here and it was fantastic to spend a stretch of my time with you and Chris. The next few days I'm going to be snowboarding..or at least trying too. When did this holiday turn into an exhilirating adventure?! Much love, Claire xxx
From Alex Thurman-Kingham - Wednesday, 15th August 2007, 17:28 (GMT)
Hi Auntie Claire
Mummy has just shown me the photo's of you skydiving - they are really great.
I am leaving my nursery next week and then I start school the week after that. I am going to have a birthday party as well. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.
Lots of Love Alex xxx
P.S. Mummy & Daddy say hello
Hello Alex, I am glad you're enjoying the photographs. I wouldn't tell mummy and daddy you might like to do a sky dive when you're older, it might worry them! Looking forward to seeing you all very soon- Love Claire xxx
From Darcy Fidoe - Friday, 17th August 2007, 12:24 (GMT)
Hi, Miss Richards it looks like you have had a great time in New Zealand. My uncle quite resently did a skydive aswell and I watched him and it looked amazing and I think I would quite like to do one aswell when I'm older!
Have you told your mum?! Thank you for your message, hope you are all enjoying your summer holidays. Say "hello" to your mum for me and I no doubt will see you soon.
From Mum and Dad - Saturday, 18th August 2007, 20:46 (GMT)
Hi Darling
You don't believe in doing adventures by half - is that why Tasha's hair looks to have gone grey - oh no it's her hat!! It is all very well doing these non tourist trips but running out of fuel wasn't part of the mystery tour was it? You've really lived a full school holiday and can't wait to see and hear about it in more detail. Take care coming back - back sure the plane is fueled up. love m&d xx
I hope so too. One flight completed 3 to go! Love you all lots, Claire xxx
From Anna - Sunday, 19th August 2007, 04:27 (GMT)
Your last day in NZ today-it's flown by for me, so no doubt it has for you too! Hope you've had fun on the slopes. Chris and I are good-packing is surprisingly easy at the mo, we're pretty much all set for next Sat-can't wait! Safe journey back, speak soon xxx journey back,
Can't wait to see you back on Skype and catch up, will it be up and running for your birthday? Hopefully see you soon, Love Claire xxx