Haibun: Passing Places

Passing Place on A896 towards Torridon

We peel onto the single track from Kinlochewe, removing any residue of tall tales that might spoil the flavour. Goodwill seasons a wave of hands and smiles. We pull over to let others pass and can already smell the sea. Other travellers pull over to let us go by. We share an appetite for peace.  Laughter spills from our cars when Japanese visitors realise we were both waiting for the other to pass from either side of a blind corner.

gorse blooming
mirrors the sakura
spring blessings

© Xenia Tran

Two whippets running through tidal water at Torridon

We wish you all a Happy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, settings: iA, 1/200 s, Action, 1/800 s.

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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.

68 thoughts on “Haibun: Passing Places”

  1. Beautiful! I watched a lovely t.v. programme about the cherry blossom – sweets are made from them too! Great post 😺💕 xxx

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  2. An appetite for peace, the smell of gorse and sea in passing places – so familiar and yet so different in our respective corners of the British Isles! Your photographs are so enticing, Xenia! Have a wonderful week! xxx

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  3. Beautiful haiku. And I love this section:

    “We share an appetite for peace. Laughter spills from our cars when Japanese visitors realise we were both waiting for the other to pass from either side of a blind corner.”

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    1. Thank you Miriam, lovely to hear you have a similar road where everyone is glad to accommodate one another! :o) We had a wonderful day in the west and the weather was very kind to us all ;o) xxx

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    1. Thank you Paul! We and the Japanese visitors had spotted one another three miles earlier before we both disappeared out of view behind the mountain. We both guessed we might be meeting at a certain point around one of the many blind corners where the track zigzags for a couple of miles and were peacefully waiting either side of the same bend. Normally the flashing lights do the trick, this was a bit exceptional ;o)


  4. Had an experience similar to yours with Japanese visitors, when I was briefly a visitor to Japan in 1985.

    Dignified Japanese businessman walking on narrow sidewalk sees me walking toward him and considerately moves to his right, knowing that most foreign visitors pass that way in their home countries. But I see him walking toward me and considerately move to my left, knowing that the Japanese pass the other way. So we are on a collision course, we see that at the same time, and we both move to the other side of the path at same time. After a few iterations, we are both standing still and laughing.

    I do not remember which way we eventually passed each other.

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