April 29th: Family. Adventure. Discipline. Home.

After 11 days of sunshine, today is our first rainy day in NZ. I see this as an invitation to slow down the pace following our week-long sightseeing adventures, to stay close to home and take care of a few mundane but nonetheless important housekeeping duties. After all, adventure must be balanced with everyday discipline.

Here are a few of my favourite moments from the past week:

redwoods
Redwoods giants rising above us.
hobbiton
Hobbit-sized clothes on a line.
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Fluffy clouds on four legs.
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A beautiful illustrated edition of a beloved book, and a comforting flat white. These are a couple of my favourite things.
beachboy
This boy and his delight at the sight, smell, sound, and feel of the ocean as it beckons.
McLaren Falls
Autumn colours reflected in the tranquil water.

Favourites from around the internet:

Why we make things

For the fellow traveller: Simple ways to feel at home when you travel.

On a similar note to the above. Finding home wherever you are.

For those in the northern hemisphere, 20 ways to savor springtime.

Compelling. Why you should read books you hate. I’d love to read your opinions on this. Would you like to leave a comment below?

Magic and science mingle yet again. Meet the biologist who says trees have their own songs.

Celebrate who you are right now.

Favourite words:

I loved this advice from Helen Mirren on femininity, strength, and the freedom that comes with ageing.

Wishing you a weekend of adventure and/or focused discipline — you choose what you need, then seize it!

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Brenda Dolha
26 days 8 hours ago

Re: Why you should read books you hate. Thanks, Kat, for pointing us to this article. The analogy of a debater clarifying their position by being forced into opposition rings true. Though not a debater myself, I have, at times, been forced to examine my beliefs ‘from the opposing side’, and it has opened my eyes to my biases. I, myself, read The Fountainhead in the past 5-7 years. It was an interesting historical perspective of the time when it was written. Not to say that I disliked it, but I think my personal journey allowed me to see it… Read more »

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