Haibun: A Season’s Blessing


Picadilly Circus, London, at night with a personalised Christmas Message on the main advertising screen


Next to the red scented candle stands a photograph in a small frame, propped up by a stone from the river. It was a Christmas greeting from our friends that came as such a wonderful surprise. It was 1991 and after two years in Edinburgh we returned to London for our first Christmas as a married couple.

The photograph is a shot of Picadilly Circus at night. On the main advertising screen a simple message reads ‘Merry Christmas Xenia & Paul’. It made us feel at home.

each photograph
brings stories back to life
snow flurries

Β© Xenia Tran


blue whippet in winter coat running on in snow flurry on forest trail

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photograph of Picadilly Circus taken by Ann Garner in 1991. Photograph of Pearl by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera (second image): Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO 150.


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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 adopted and fostered whippets.

57 thoughts on “Haibun: A Season’s Blessing”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Penny. I sometimes miss the Christmas lights of London too and the smell of roasted chestnuts. This city will always have a very special place in my heart. Warm wishes from here for you and Tia :o) xxx

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  1. What an amazing gift to have a big billboard send well-wishes your way. Talk about an incredible, personable welcome. I’m glad you still have the photo and it is a part of your yearly Christmas celebrations!

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