First Blogoversary

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Today is the first year anniversary of our blog and little did I know back then how this journey was going to unfold. It began as an idea to gather and re-work some of the stories I had written inspired by real-life encounters with other dog walkers and post some of the photographs I had taken on our walks. It was also intended as an insight into life with rescue dogs who love to run and explore new places. With so much exploitation of sighthounds around the globe I wanted to fly the flag for sighthounds as sentient and loving beings who deserve a loving home and the freedom to run for fun.

The blog has evolved organically into a poetry blog with photographs and a photography blog with poetry. I have met so many wonderful bloggers along the way and I am thanking you all from the bottom of my heart for being part of this journey. Your visits, follows, comments, words of encouragement and spontaneous response poems have made this blog more magical than I ever thought it could be.

The natural beauty around us continues to inspire and this month Kristjaan at Carpe Diem has introduced us to the Persian poetry of Hafiz. “The nightingale, and none beside knows the value of the rose,” sings Hafiz, “for many a one reads the leaf and understands not the meaning thereof.” We are constantly in awe and humbled by the sheer beauty of nature and the way love flows through all that we see.

joy of blogging
new friendships across the miles
one universe

Β© Xenia Tran

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Thank you again for your friendship and your support with much love from
Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA, 1/800 s.

In response to Carpe Diem #1169 – Humble

Dutch Goes The Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bloom

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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 two rescue whippets Eivor and Pearl.

96 thoughts on “First Blogoversary”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Bella and I wish you many more happy blogging years of spreading your light. I am so glad we met here – much love to you from all of us here and we wish you a wonderful weekend :o) xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your support Cathy πŸ’– I love the beautiful photography posts from your scenic walks and your insightful book reviews which give us such a good flavour of these new publications ☺ Have a wonderful weekend and much love to you and Finn πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you dear Nia, it is so lovely to know you and your generous heart that continues to care for so many cats. I enjoy your photography very much and wish you happy blogging too ☺ Lots of love from all of us here and have a wonderful weekend πŸ’– xxx

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  1. Bon anniversaire! Such a pleasure to get to know you, your dogs, and the beautiful landscape. I really like the blog poem. That’s exactly how I feel, too.

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    1. Merci mon amie!☺ It is such a pleasure to get to know you, Cliff, Liam, Sherlock and Ms Watson too and the wonderful world of Maine. Happy anniversary to you and Cliff and have a wonderful weekend πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you Samantha and yes, this year has gone fast! It has been lovely to meet you, Charlie, Lily, Tootie and Ting and the beautiful photographs from your son. Happy blogoversary to you too β˜ΊπŸ’– xxx

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  2. WeLL.. my FriEnd Xenia.. we have
    something in common.. as
    an anniversary date for
    Blogging on
    March 10th..
    four years for
    me that i treasure
    too in all the liGht
    mostly and even the
    smALL dARk paRts too
    overAll.. liFe is surELy
    A Wonderful Adventure in
    aLL the ways Love comes as liGht more..
    so.. sure.. Happy First Blogging anniversary
    to you with many more years to come as living
    art with your husband.. dogs.. and cats too.. all as Family..:)

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    1. Thank you Fred my FRiEnD and a very Happy Fourth Blogging Anniversary to you!☺ Life is a wonderful adventure and I am so grateful we have met on this path. I wish you many more happy years of creative expression and living art with Katrina and your beautiful cats and much love to your sister Marilou too β˜ΊπŸ’– xxx

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  3. Congratulations on a year in the blogging world. My anniversary was back in December, but I was very sporadic with my posts the first year. I’m working on doing at least one a week this year. Love your blog and so glad I found it. The pictures of your whippets and your lovely words always make me smile.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and a belated Happy Blogoversary to you too!☺ I enjoy reading your posts and seeing the photographs of Tippy exploring and it is so lovely to have met you here. It is great to post at least once a week when you can -when you write regularly it becomes a natural part of your life ☺ Thank you again for all your support and much love to you and Tippy πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you for your kind words dear Lois πŸ’œ I am so grateful for our friendship and you are such an inspiration to us all. Big hugs across the miles and much love to you, Teemu and Parker πŸ’– xxx

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  4. β™«β™ͺ Happy anniversary to you β™ͺβ™«, Happy anniversary to you β™ͺβ™«, anniversary to Xenia, β™ͺβ™«, Happy anniversary to you β™ͺβ™« β™₯ Thank you for giving me a whole year of enjoyment of your blog! β€’.ΒΈΒΈβ™₯β™₯ ΒΈΒΈ.β€’

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Miriam πŸ’œ I am so grateful we have met here. I love your photographs and your inspiring stories that always spread light 🌞 Thank you for your friendship and much love to you and all the family πŸ’– xxx

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  5. I have loved every one of your posts. You have brought me into a world I wouldn’t have known and it has helped heal a childhood wound I never quite understood. I grew up by the DelMar racetrack in southern California and every time we got close enough to see, not the races, but the dogs (Greyhounds, not Whippets) I would cry at how they seemed to be treated. My shy Dad would try to comfort me with stories of the wonderful life these dogs would have when they retired from their job of racing. But discovering your blog and what you do has completed what my sweet Dad started. Thank you so much to all of you and congratulations.
    Kathie

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    1. Thank you so much for your friendship Kathie and for caring about the fate of the hounds you saw at the track at such a young age. They are the kindest souls and there are many of us who continue to campaign for better treatment of racing dogs and to show that they make wonderful and loving pets after retirement. Your dad could see that too and it is lovely to know that your discovery of our blog helped heal a childhood wound. I am so grateful we have met here and connected through our love of nature, our love of animals and so much else besides. A big hug across the miles from all of us here xxx

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