2019: Favourite Moments Through the Seasons

profile head shots of two whippets in a forest

As the year is winding down we look back at 2019 with a lot of gratitude. Nature, her rhythms and her beauty have been the star in our photographs and poems and we treasure every moment we can spend exploring the great outdoors.

We are grateful to all of you who come here to visit and walk along with us, for your lovely comments and all your support.

Here is one more celebration of the joy and peace that nature has brought this year, throughout the seasons.


This has been the mildest Winter since we moved to the Highlands, with a few days in February reaching temperatures of 17C. Although we saw plenty of snow on the higher ground, we only had a light covering here on the coast.

Some of our most popular Winter posts were Two Ravens, Winter Mist, Bathing in Light, Colours of Joy and A Walk in Rosehall Forest.

Two Ravens, Winter Mist and Bathing in Light also feature in Between Heather and Grass, our second collection of photographs and poems published in aid of good causes.


Spring was glorious this year. The snows from the higher ground had melted early and we had plenty of rain to nurture the soil. After the heatwave and forest fires of 2018 we were especially grateful to see so many buds and green leaves. We enjoyed forest walks, strolls and zoomies on the beaches and explored a few glens further North.

Our most popular Spring posts were My Friend, My Rock, Nature’s Spirit, Song of Sika, Passing Spring and This World we Sail in.

The haiku from My Friend, My Rock (The First Swallow) and edited versions of the other four poems mentioned above all feature in Between Heather and Grass.


Summer was as pleasant as Spring with plenty of rain to keep it lush and green. The temperatures never exceeded 24C, which made it perfect for walking and exploring and gave us some wonderful days in the West.

Our most popular Summer posts were Quiet Beauty, In Praise of Trees, Songs in the Grass, A Special Encounter and Radiance.

Edited versions of Quiet Beauty, A Special Encounter and Radiance feature in Between Heather and Grass.


Our Autumn was relatively dry and mild, perfect for more walks and exploring a few new places. Between Heather and Grass was published, which has been a true labour of love. After the whirlwind that followed our walks in nature offered an important breathing space.

Our most popular Autumn posts were Morning Glow, Beaver Moon, Heron in the Wood, Cover Reveal and Across a Carpet of Leaves.

We want to say a very big thank you to all of you who take the time to visit and comment on our blog and to those of you who share your experiences through your own posts, photographs and poems. You are all an enormous inspiration and help make this world a better place.

Thank you to those of you who have bought our books and shared your reviews. It is much appreciated and we look forward to continuing our support for good causes.

A very big thank you too to all the lovely bloggers who host regular prompts and challenges. With so many photographs and impressions to chose from it’s a great help in finding a focus or different angle from which to approach a subject.

We look forward to what 2020 holds in store and wish you all a great start to the New Year. May this new decade bring new understanding and greater care for animals and our natural world, with increased compassion and peace among human beings.

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet in black jackets on an autumnal forest trail

You can see the 2019 highlights from our sister blog Tranature in Looking Back at 2019 – Thank you for the Magic.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year,

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 adopted and fostered whippets.

71 thoughts on “2019: Favourite Moments Through the Seasons”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cee, we’ve been so lucky with the weather this year which allowed us to travel a bit further. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs too and for hosting your lovely challenges! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸŒΊ xxx


    1. Thank you dear Cathy, we’ve been so lucky with the weather this year for our adventures! A very happy New year to you too and please give Finn a big pat from us all πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your support dear Na’ama, I’m looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful poetry too! Much love to you from all of us here and all good wishes for a fabulous New Year πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx

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  1. What a wonderful collection of memories and stunning photos of your very special and enjoyable 2019. Congrats on all your accomplishments and I’m so glad the great outdoors had you occupied and enlightened throughout the year. Have a fantastic New Year and may 2020 bring you and yours lots of peace, solitude in nature, good health, and wonderful times.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and your support dear Liesbet. It’s been such a treat to be able explore new places without the worries of the heat and wildfires we experienced the previous year. We wish you, Mark and sweet Maya a fabulous New Year to enjoy good health, lots of fun and all the blessings that nature can offer πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Vicky, we’re very lucky to have so many walks nearby and a bit further afield. Eivor and Pearl have taken us to places we had not seen before and we’re so grateful we can explore the Highlands together. We hope you are enjoying the Holidays too and wish you and Tippy a very happy New Year! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Martha and for walking along with us here. A very happy New Year to you, Bear and Teddy too and Blessings for sweet Dusty – may she be happy and running free πŸ€—πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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  2. You and your lovely Eivor and Pearl are the best company on our Highland walks, Xenia! Thank you for the inspiration of walking with you in the glorious Scottish nature! Visiting your blog is always a treat, and I hope 2020 will bring you even more joy and many, many more walks! Greetings from a drizzly Sweden and two wet dogs!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and for walking along with us here dear Ann-Christine, it’s always great to see you! We hope 2020 will bring you plenty more joy, walks and new discoveries too πŸ’œMuch love back to you, Totti and Milo from a drizzly Scotland! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx


  3. First Xenia let me say I loved your wish for the new year, beautifully said. Your images are all wonderful but my favorites have to be those with the pups in motion. Their agility, grace and pure joy come shining through!

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  4. “Understanding Care Compassion And
    Peace” That Naturally Come From Those Three
    True When We Set All of Nature Free Naturally too..
    The EarTH
    A FLoweR
    LoVE MoRE
    Happy 2020 to You Xenia
    Family Friends And Happy
    SMiLinG FouR SeaSoNS Dogs True..:)

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