2018: Reflections through the Seasons

As we near the end of 2018 we are reflecting on a very special year, both in terms of gratitude for the people we have known and lost, and in gratitude for the love of those who are still with us.

The first months of the year were colder than normal and even the beaches saw ice and snow. Eivor and Pearl enjoyed running in the snow and were happy to snuggle up in front of the fire when we returned home.

On a relatively mild day near the end of January I wrote ‘When Nature Gives us Poems‘, a poem that became the most popular post created on this blog during 2018. An edited version of the poem appears in our book, Sharing Our Horizon, alongside the photograph of the cormorant and seals you can see in the collage above.

Our Spring was warm, in so many ways. It was lovely to walk in the hills and mountains again, breathe in the scent of pine. The beaches were still empty, with plenty of time to run and play or pause to meditate, enjoy the silence.

Happy Place‘ became our most popular post in the Spring. Little did I know when I created the post, what a happy place it turned out to be. The cold Winter had just left us and the long-lasting heatwave of Summer was still a month or so away.

Our Summer was the hottest we have ever experienced since moving to the Highlands. The heatwave saw wide open beaches with a sea that was retreating further and further away. The rivers were running low, some of the lochs ran dry. There were many forest fires. We found our shade in the forests of the North, a few rivers still sparkling with water. We saw salmon leap. We saw Eivor leap. ‘Toys‘ became one of the most popular posts in the Summer.

We were blessed with the most beautiful Autumn colours along the shores, in the forests and in the mountains. Early October also saw the publication of Sharing Our Horizon, our first collection of poems and photographs especially created to help raise funds for animal rehoming shelters. Our post ‘Our Book is Here‘ was the most popular post we created during the Autumn months and the second most popular post created on our blog during 2018. A very big thank you to everyone who helped to share the news, bought the book and posted a review.

Autumn also saw a very powerful Hunter’s Moon, sparkling in a clear night sky. When we walked towards the beach the following morning it looked like a ‘Moonscape‘.

Our new Winter has just begun. We enjoyed a mild Christmas with family and friends and look forward to what the new year has in store.

A big thank you to all our followers and blogging friends for your love and support during the year.

May your New Year be filled with peace and blessings.

For our first annual review on our sister blog Tranature please click here.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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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.

70 thoughts on “2018: Reflections through the Seasons”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Anita and Eivor and Pearl say thank you for the hugs too! πŸ’œ We wish you a blessed New Year and much love to you and Mimi from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Martha πŸ’œ So happy to hear Dusty and Bear are enjoying your walks in the snow, we hope the fresh powder will keep on falling! πŸ™‚β›„ Much love to you all from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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  1. What a lovely retrospective, beautifully illustrated.
    Thank you for continuing to bring us the beauty of the Highlands, the dogs, and a life filled with poetry.
    May peace find you and keep you throughout the New Year.

    Paz

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Paz and for sharing your beautiful words and meditations with us through your images and words. Wishing you and your family a blessed new year and may peace always find you too πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Steph and for sharing your beautiful photographs and stories with us too. We wish you a very happy New Year and magical travels and adventures in your new van! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ€ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words πŸ’œ We feel truly blessed to be surrounded by all this natural beauty and are very grateful that Eivor and Pearl have adopted us too! Thank you for stopping by and we wish you and your family a blessed New Year πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your support dear Na’ama πŸ’œ May the New Year bring many blessings, peace and understanding and a new wave of compassion among the leaders of this world πŸ’œπŸ•Š We wish you and your loved ones a fabulous 2019, may all your light continue to shine brightly πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸŒž xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Helen, we hope you’ll enjoy reading the post about this lovely team effort πŸ™‚πŸ’–πŸ• We wish you and Dylan a blessed and happy New Year and a beautiful time with your family in Sweden πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and good wishes dear Cathy, hope you are enjoying your holidays! πŸ™‚πŸ’œπŸŽ„Wishing you a blessed, healthy, happy and peaceful New Year and much love to you and Finn from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎπŸ€ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your support dear Laurie πŸ’œ and many congratulations with the publication of Library Lost too! πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰ We hope you are enjoying your holidays and wish you and your loved ones a blessed and happy New Year πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ€ xxx

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  2. What a beautiful photo collage and recap of 2018, Xenia. I really enjoyed how you captured your past year through the seasons and your action shots are my favorite! As always, it brings a smile to my face to see Eivor and Pearl’s happiness.

    Happy holidays to you all and a fantastic 2019 full of gratitude, inspiring walks, beautiful poems and many dogs saved and finding new homes! Xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and good wishes dear Liesbet πŸ’œ We wish you and Mark a blessed, happy and creative New Year and yes, may many more dogs be saved and find their happy forever homes and may many more people make adoption their first option πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Amy and for your part in hosting the Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenges πŸ’œ A blessed and happy New Year to you too from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your good wishes dear Charlee and Chaplin, we just found your greetings hiding in the spam folder. A blessed and very happy New Year to you all!
      πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ

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  3. What a fabulous review of your year Xenia – and I must admit I’d missed your post about the book which looks marvelous. Good for you for donating the profits! It seems your year was picture perfect (except perhaps for the summer weather travails). I love the way you’ve illustrated it. All the best to you and yours in the coming year.

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  4. This is one of beautiful blog that I follow… I love your little amazing friends… and I love your poetical touches, and sure, your photography, great captures like an art. Thank you, Happy New Year dear Xenia, Love, nia

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