Haibun: Winter Solstice

 

black whippet in winter coat catching a green ball on the tidal sands with oystercatchers in the background

 

On this shortest day the light is extra warming. Oystercatchers poised with calm stride out along the shoreline. We run and chase some balls, grateful for the blue sky and the warm of Winter.

so peaceful
every blink a golden hour
on solstice day

Β© Xenia Tran

 

blue whippet in winter coat running with a pink ball on the tidal sands with oystercatchers in the background

 

blue whippet in winter coat running with a pink ball on the tidal sands

 

This is our last post before we take a short blogging break to celebrate Christmas with our loved ones.

We will continue to share adoption appeals from shelters on Twitter over the festive season as this is traditionally a time when many pets are handed in or abandoned. We hope all these animals will find the loving homes they deserve and if you are thinking about getting a pet please consider making adoption your first option.

We want to say a huge thank you to the wordpress team for enabling this amazing platform where so many real friendships have blossomed.

We want to thank our followers and fellow bloggers for the lovely comments and inspiring posts that teach us something new each day.

We wish you all a happy Winter Solstice, a very Happy Festive Season and a wonderful start to the New Year.

With love from all of us here,
Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO 125, f/4, 1/320 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO 160.

 

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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 adopted whippets Eivor and Pearl.

72 thoughts on “Haibun: Winter Solstice”

  1. Happy Solstice Day, and Happy New Year (galactically) tomorrow!
    Thanks for all the joy and beauty you have given over this year.
    Visiting your blog is always one of the warmest parts of my day.
    Just what we need in our depths of winter!
    May the peace and joy of the holiday season find you, and keep you throughout the rolling year.

    Best regards,

    Paz

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, your good wishes and the light you keep on giving Paz. We wish you a Happy Solstice Day and Happy New Year tomorrow too. May peace and magic always find you, with love from all of us here xxx

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  2. Thank you for your encouragement towards adopting pets. All my cats have been adoptions and they have blessed my family forever. Winter solstice is my favorite day of the year. Like that infinitesimal pause at the end of a pendulum swing, the earth turns to the light. It reminds me that there is an end to darkness, an end to falling as the Unconquered Son of God, who is the true light came to us in our darkness. Have a blessed time with your family.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Natalie and it is so good to hear you have adopted all your cats and offered them a loving home. It is a very special day today and we can feel the earth preparing to turn to the light again. We wish you and your family a blessed time too and send you love across the miles from all of us here :o) xxx

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  3. BEAUTIFUL!! ❀
    Thank you so much, dear Xenia.
    We wish you and yours Happy Holidays and a fabulous New Year tooβ£οΈπŸŒΏβ€οΈπŸ€ΆπŸŽ„πŸŽ…
    Lots of pats for Eivor 🐾🐾 & Pearl 🐾🐾
    The Fab Four of Cley πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸšΆπŸ‘­

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  4. What a gorgeous winter day! Thank you for another year of beautiful photos, inspiring poems and many smiles to start the day. Happy Holidays to you and your (furry) family, Xenia!!! En, veel geluk en inspiratie in 2018. xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Liesbet! Happy Holidays to you and Mark and I look forward to your beautiful photographs and stories in the New Year! Een heel voorspoedig en gelukkig 2018 vol inspiratie en creativiteit! :o) xxx

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  5. Happy holidays to you and yours, and thanks for all that you do. In these dark times in the United States, your blog has been a bright ray of light. Enjoy your time off!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Laurie and Happy Holidays to you, Clif and all the family! We hope the New Year will bring you plenty of joy and I always look forward to your beautiful photographs and stories β˜ΊπŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Kathie and we wish you and your family a wonderful festive season. Sending you a big hug across the miles and looking forward to seeing more of your lovely photographs and stories! β˜ΊπŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ’–πŸ• xxx

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  6. A beautiful uplifting post…it warms my heart to read your words and I’m left smiling seeing the joy in the eyes of your lovely dog during a winter’s day on the beach in the sun…enjoy the holidays and I’m looking forward to reading more in the new year!

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