Haibun: We Romantics

two whippets on the beach bending down side by side to sniff some seaweed
two whippets on the beach with dramatic clouds fanning through the blue sky

Today is the last day of our lockdown. More than a hundred days of staying at home. In many ways, it’s been a true blessing.

We enjoy the quiet beach, the clean air and water, the way we always do. More than anything, we enjoy the absence of litter. The romantic in me hopes it can stay this way, that tourists will be mindful when they return.

summer galaxy
in a woodland pond
irises bloom

Β© Xenia Tran

a gentle surf rolling towards the beach under a partly blue sky

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday and a wonderful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

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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.

46 thoughts on “Haibun: We Romantics”

  1. After 100 days it will be interesting to see what you notice as you return to public spaces. Less litter is wonderful. I have noticed how much clearer the air is with less traffic. I hope this will be a powerful time of reflection for all. Stay safe and be well.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Ali, I hope this will be a powerful time of reflection for all too and we look forward to gradually stretching our horizon again. Enjoy the rest of your day and stay safe and well too πŸ’š xxx

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  2. In one way it’s a shame that everywhere will get busy. I know places have to get back to normal, I just hope there’s respect in public areas. Wishing you all a peaceful rest of the day πŸ’šπŸ’•πŸ•xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, I hope there will be respect and mindfulness tooπŸ’š Wishing you a peaceful rest of the day as well and please give Finn a gentle pat from us all πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx

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  3. Your photos are so beautiful. Here, the lockdown and the subsequent steps to reopening put people out in nature who would never go there in normal circumstances. It’s caused a lot of problems for animals and the parks services. Maybe “How to walk on a mountain path” should be taught in schools.

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    1. Thank you kindly dear Martha and sadly not everyone is familiar with the Outdoor Code. We’ve heard of similar situations in other parts of the Highlands and education seems the best way forward πŸ’š xxx

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  4. Beautiful as always. Can’t blame you for hoping people don’t litter. (What’s the chance?) The whole pandemic thing is going very poorly here in the United States. Hats off to your country for doing a better job. We don’t expect to see our children until a vaccine comes out. Whenever that is. Sigh.

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    1. Thank you kindly dear Laurie πŸ’œ We’re very grateful for the Scottish government’s handling of the pandemic so far where health and safety have always come first. Most people have been sticking to the rules and are looking out for each other. We hope the situation improves where you are and that you and your family stay safe and well too πŸ’š xxx

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  5. Oh, my experience was so similar to yours. Once things opened up and tourists returned, it was time to head back from our beach condominium to our home in Vancouver. Those three months walking a quiet, clean beach spoiled me!

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    1. Thank you dear Lindy, it’s amazing what a difference the absence of crowds makes to the purity of sand and sea. We’re happy to welcome responsible visitors who play their part in keeping the beach and dunes as clean as they are now πŸ’š xxx


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Tracy. In a strange way it feels as if those hundred days have flown by and we will do our best to ensure every day contains some quiet time for meditation and contemplation πŸ’œ xxx

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  6. It’s the one thing I was amazed at – during lockdown – how quickly nature moved back in where people used to be, the cleaner air, no litter, penguins in the streets of Cape Town and everywhere else. I mourn the end of lockdown. Humans will not stand back for nature. Loved your haibun.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Petru, it sounds like nature moved back in where you are too. I’m still hopeful people will be more mindful now they’ve seen how clean our world can be πŸ’š


      1. I see where you’re coming from and history wouldn’t fill me with as much hope as the present and future. We have some great environmental initiatives here which are gaining real momentum. Kids and young people are getting involved too, which is great to see πŸ’š

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      2. All the projects here began with one small step and now the community is really involved. What’s happening in the Cairngorms is even more amazing where private land owners, volunteer groups, environmental groups and community groups are all working together through Cairngorms Connect with a vision for the next two hundred years: http://www.cairngormsconnect.org.uk πŸ’š


  7. The lockdown has been great for me and Keith – an opportunity to help him gradually get used to meeting other dogs on walks. I’m hopeful that he’ll be able to handle it when the lockdown is lifted and the hordes descend! ❀ ❀ xxx

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  8. There have been some advantages to quarantine, like less litter, less pollution, more eating healthy foods at home. Enjoy your new freedom. Here in the US we still need to stay put – except for walking in the park.

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    1. Thank you kindly dear LuAnne, we’ve appreciated all the advantages it brought too and hope that some of these are here for keeps. I hope you’ll have more freedom once it’s safe again where you are too πŸ’š xxx


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