Welcome to Whippet Wisdom.

My husband and I have adopted six cats and six dogs from animal shelters over the last 30 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 and interpreted in NHK World Japan’s Haiku Masters in Tokyo Part 1, which was broadcast from Tokyo on 4th March 2019.

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. We are delighted that six haiku first published on Tranature have since appeared in international haiku publications.

Our first book Sharing our Horizon – A Journey Through the Scottish Highlands with Two Adopted Whippets’ was published in September 2018 and is available in paperback, ebook and Kindle format. Sixty percent of net profits are shared with animal rehoming charities at the end of each financial year.

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

We are currently working on our second book which will be released in the Autumn of 2019, so watch this space!

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

With love,

Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx