This is Tane Mahuta, the largest kauri tree ever and a few thousand years old.
Have to say, heightwise, it wasn’t all that impressive – but at something like a 13-metre girth, that is one doublewide tree. Pity there’s no track circling the perimenter – that would be fun to run around.
Last weekend was a whirlwind around the north. Kai Iwi Lakes (not as impressive as I hoped. Possibly because it was an overcast day?) where my friend and I went for a quick dip and attempted to get on the water swing. Yes, there was a pair of swings situated out in the big lake. You would never see that in Auckland. Sadly, we both lacked the upper body strength to hoist ourselves up properly – and the boys opted to stay on dry land. We settled for flopping briefly like planks on the seats before sliding back off amid uncontrollable fits of laughter. Then a series of other beaches, never actually staying very long at one – again, the weather, and also because our hosts apparently don’t like to stay put in one place.
How’s that for a secluded beach?
Now, before we get to the links, be sure to head on over to Daisy’s blog. Why? My Friday Five confessions post continues to be one of my most popular (and most commented on) of all time. So I’m pleased to share a bit of a redux, this time as a guest on When Life Gives You Lemons.
Michelle Minkoff offers some lessons learned on being a great mentor.
Molly’s boss – aka, the son – doesn’t like to wear pants.
Lisa’s Foods shares four lessons learned from working retail.
Susannah Breslin’s tips for getting started as a freelancer.
A Yes and Yes reader special on giving up a lifelong career dream.
Financial Samurai outlines the upsides of being average.
Melissa Wilson explains how she made it through university debt free.
Finding financial accord as a couple, via Bucksome Boomer.
Prairie Eco Thrifter on the economics of choosing vacation days.
Well Heeled is bang on with all her observations about the traps of adult life.
An outstanding APW post on families, surnames and all that jazz. I can totally relate to everything in this post, except the coin toss part (I’m at the stage where I am happy for our kids to have his name – I don’t care about that – but I’m keeping my own).
Fabulously Broke outlines a bunch of great waysto make old clothes look new.
There will always be someone out there better than you. And that’s okay. Via Yes and Yes.