Discover Challenge: The Poetry Of List Making

breathing clean air
sharing the peace within
this heavenly landscape

© Xenia Tran

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I had never been taken for a walk before I ended up at the shelter. I had no idea what the world looked like outside of my home at the time.

I did not know that three years later, I would have so many wonderful walks to choose from. The list continues to grow. All these special places in nature to explore in different seasons.

I love running on the beach, catching balls. I enjoy splashing in the sea when the weather gets warm. The magic of the forest, with quiet deer’s eyes watching us from behind the trees, the smells of earth and leaves, the sound of eagles calling.

The snows left the mountains in July and now the heather is in bloom.

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The air is fresh in the mountains when the glens grow warm in Summer. It is rare that we meet anyone up here. When we do, hikers are deep in thought, connecting with the wisdom from the mountains.

We greet each other the Highland way, the deep look into each other’s soul, the instant connection. The conversation without words.

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It is a special place for Pearl and me. Our humans love it too. They smile and go quiet. Our companion sits down on a large stone and writes another poem:

the mountain watches
the loch and glen below
fill with the sound of fiddles,
laughter and the clink of a glass
that never empties

© Xenia Tran

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I am so grateful for the long list of all the good things that come from spending time in nature where we can be who we were born to be.

I wish every shelter animal and every human in need will get to experience the love and peace that nature brings.

We have a video today where Aly Bain, John McCusker, Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and friends are playing a set of traditional reels. The music played by the people here captures the spirit of the mountains so well.

I am sending you all so much love,

Eivor xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA.

Daily Post Discover Challenge: The Poetry Of List Making

Author: whippetwisdom

The stories, poems and photographs on this blog are the original creative work of Xenia Tran. Inspired by life in the Scottish Highlands and in awe of nature she gives voice to the wisdom of her adopted and fostered whippets.

26 thoughts on “Discover Challenge: The Poetry Of List Making”

  1. You, your companion, touch my heart every time. Places akin to those you describe, I’ve been, laid down at dusk to take in all the early evening sounds, all alive with the joy, of living, I let it’s sound wash my soul clean. As I stroll the path home, never alone, for the life that surrounds me wont sleep till dawn. Tapadh leat for sharing.

    Edifar nid ar gyfer ei byth ar fai.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Mick. How wonderful that you know the magic of these places and how they touch our soul! I am not a gaelic speaker, just know the odd word. I understand ‘tapadh leat’ and it is a pleasure to share these experiences. Thank you for passing by and much love to you from all of us here xxx

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      1. Should of mention the last line was in Welsh, I don’t speak it, (I have blogged about why I don’t, somewhere on WordPress), sad to say. However I will leave it at that, a little teaser for you 😉

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy. The snows took a long time to leave this year and we are so glad to have this time to enjoy the mountains before they return. Much love to you and Finn xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words LuAnne. Traditional music plays an important part in our culture here and all the good feelings that flow with it feel so in harmony with the landscape. Thank you for stopping by and so glad you enjoyed the experience! Much love to you from all of us here xxx

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      1. And to you too..thank Pearl and Eivor for their crossed paws, and you too Xenia…results in- a very respectable B B C! Perhaps it’s an omen
        : )xxx

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      2. Thank you : ) The funny thing is, he’s been fine…I’ve been a nervous jelly waiting! Place secured on a theatre arts foundation course for a year then university, hopefully! xxx

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      3. So happy for you both, the course sounds super and a great stepping stone for a creative career. Hope you have recovered from the nervous wait so you can celebrate! Much love to you all 💜🐾🐾

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Denis. The old man I lived with was lonely and wanted company but he could not look after me. I am happy now and Xenia says she is lucky too the day she met me!☺🐾🐾


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