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Welcome to Whippet Wisdom.

My husband and I have adopted six cats and six dogs from animal shelters over the last 31 years.

Our whippets Eivor and Pearl are the most recent members to have joined our family.

This blog is a creative and meditative journey through prose, poetry and photographs about love, nature and new ways of growing and learning together.

The photographs are taken during our walks along the beaches, inside the glens and forests and along the mountain trails of the Scottish Highlands, a place we feel very blessed to call home.

The majority of poems are a modern take on the ancient Japanese poetry forms of haibun, haiku and tanka and occasionally I publish other poetry forms too. Eleven poems that were first published on this blog have since been included in anthologies and our haiku from My Friend, My Rock appeared in the Haiku Foundation’s EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2019.

We were deeply honoured and humbled to learn that our photograph and haiku from Winter Mist were featured in NHK World Japan’s Haiku Masters in Tokyo Part 1, which was broadcast from Tokyo on 4th March 2019.

In 2020 we contributed six haiku to EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020 in honour of the Year of the Nurse.

One image and tanka from Whippet Wisdom were blended into a taiga and featured as part of the Tanka Society of America 20th Anniversary Celebrations in a beautiful video compiled by Christine L Villa.

Our sister blog is called Tranature – quiet moments in nature. It was created in April 2018 to share some of my wildlife, flower and nature photography and poetic musings. This blog features haiku, haibun, tanka and tanka prose first published in international haiku and tanka journals, alongside new photographs and writings.

We publish full-length collections of our poems and photographs in aid of good causes.

Our first collection Sharing our Horizon – A Journey Through the Scottish Highlands with Two Adopted Whippets’ was published in September 2018 in aid of animal rehoming charities. The book is available in paperback, ebook and Kindle editions.

front cover of Sharing our Horizon, a book by Xenia Tran

Our second collection Between Heather and Grass – Poems and Photographs Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets was published in October 2019 and is now available in paperback, ebook and Kindle editions. We are donating thirty per cent of any net profit from the sale of this book to a children’s cancer charity in memory of our nephew Jamie Baker and another thirty per cent of net profit to the UK’s largest dog welfare charity in memory of Flynn, Fergal, Seamus and Ruby.

reduced size front cover of Between Heather and Grass

Thank you for visiting Whippet Wisdom and we hope you enjoy the journey!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx