Haiku: Clams and Mussels

close up of a black whippet in a jacket on the beach
two whippets in jackets sniffing between the stones on the beach

clams and mussels
a beach abundant with gifts
for the new year

Β© Xenia Tran

close up of razor clams, autumn leaves and shells

We hope you all had a lovely Hogmanay, even though it would have been a bit different.

The traditional Hogmanay Ceilidh on BBC Alba was also different, with the singers and musicians linking up remotely rather than playing together in one venue.

Below is a video of one of those performances, which has a magic all of its own and unique for these times:

We wish you all a blessed and abundant New Year!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/125 s – ISO 125, f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/3.2 – 1/80 s – ISO 125.

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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.

41 thoughts on “Haiku: Clams and Mussels”

  1. Thank you for your lovely haiku, reminding us of the abundant gifts that a healthy ecosystem can offer us. Thank you, too, for the wonderful photos of your dogs. I agree with Arati about their eyes… Luminous! I love your dogs’ ears, too. I listened to the beautiful music as i read and re-read your blog post. Now I need to look up what Hogmanay is!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Will and I’m glad you enjoyed the Gaelic choir and music! Hogmanay is a Scottish celebration of New Year’s Eve that often includes traditional Scottish music and Gaelic song too πŸŽ‰


      1. I went to Wikipedia to learn more… and discovered that for 400 (!!) years Christmas was discouraged in Scotland as being too Papist/Catholic with Hogmanay being the preferred ritual during which to exchange presents, share the light, and visit friends. I also ended up with a YouTube link to THE WHITE HEATHER CLUB TV show, and then a biographical TV show about Andy Stewart… Quite a morning of exploration and education via ye olde internet β€” inspired by your lovely blog post!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Vicky, the ocean was very generous with her gifts this morning! We hope you had a lovely Hogmanay too and best wishes for the New Year to you and Tippy from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ’« xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Denis, that must have been a fun car ride! 😁 Thankfully Eivor and Pearl aren’t fussed about rolling on the beach and leave the crows to feed on any washed up fish in peace πŸ’›

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