2018 Christmas Charity Appeal – Help Me Raise £250 For The Dogs Trust By Leaving Me Links To Your Blogs And Books

Hugh from Hugh’s News & Views has started his Christmas Appeal in aid of Dogs Trust and will donate £1 to The Dogs Trust for every link that is left under his Christmas tree until he reaches a target of 200 links. If you have published a book, you can leave a link to your Author Pages on Amazon and Goodreads too. Feel free to hop across and meet some other great bloggers!

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The Christmas tree is up, but something is missing. There are no gifts under it, and I need your help to put that right.

#christmastree #christmas #charity #dogstrust

For this year’s Christmas charity appeal, I’m asking you again to help me raise some money for The Dogs Trust.

The Dogs Trust, formerly known as the National Canine Defence League, is an animal welfare charity and humane society in the United Kingdom which specialises in the well-being of dogs. Click here to go to their website.

Want to get involved? Here’s what you need to do.

  1. In the comments section of this post, leave the name of your blog and a link to it. This can be a link to your ‘about me’ page, a favourite blog post you’ve published, or the home page of your blog.
  2. If you’re an author, you’re also welcome to leave a link to any books you have published. So, for example…

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Haibun: Carried by Waves

 

a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket sniffing leaves and driftwood on the beach

 

The opposite shore is wrapped in morning mist, the snow-capped peaks invisible. Driftwood lies scattered on the sands. Here and there, a trunk rests upright. We greet red noses, wind-swept faces. Our eyes begin to water from the icy breeze.

leaves and trees
carried by the waves
winter mountains

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket walking across the beach towards the sea

 

a black whippet in a maroon winter jacket in the foreground and a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket sniffing the sands beside a driftwood tree on the beach

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/1250 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/1000 s, ISO 100.

 

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a black whippet in a grey sweater on a green sofa, catching the sun

 

a blue whippet in a grey sweater on a green sofa, smiling towards the camera

 

close up shot of a black whippet in a grey sweater on a green sofa

With love from Eivor,  Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/60 s, ISO 250 and f/2.8, 1/25 s, ISO 400.

 

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Haibun: Feeling is Believing

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket leaping across a tidal lagoon

 

When I fly across the lagoon my front paws curl towards my heart. My thoughts settle in a place deep inside. The only thing that exists, is this moment.

a leap of faith
across the tidal waters
solid ground

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket leaping across a tidal lagoon

 

Time slows down, suspended in mid-air. It feels easy to adjust, find your balance. All you have to do, is believe.

a still mind
where guidance can find you
to give you wings

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket leaping across a tidal lagoon

 

When you reach the other side, stretch out and prepare for landing. The sand will be soft, time becomes real again.

mid-gallop
alive to everything
winter’s breath

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket landing on the sand across a tidal lagoon

With love from Eivor  xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/640 s, ISO 100.

 

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Haiku: Best Friends

 

a black whippet in a winter jacket splashing through a tidal lagoon

 

with every step
fountains in the water
her best friend

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a winter jacket splashing through a tidal lagoon towards a blue whippet in a winter jacket

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/640 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO 100.

 

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Haiku: In the Moment

 

a black whippet in a winter jacket smiling on the shore at sunrise

 

being present
to watch the sunrise
a smiling dog

© Xenia Tran

 

sunrise over the Moray Firth

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/1600 s, ISO 160 and f/4, 1/800 s, ISO 100.

 

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Mandalas of Joy

 

blue whippet in a winter jacket running through the dunes with morning frost on bent grass

 

if I could paint joy
there’d be a lightness of brush
a palette of earth’s finest treasures
the colours would sing
inviting you in
to dance in a rhythm
of bliss beyond measure

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of melting frost on bent grass, with blurred mandalas in the background

We are overcome with joy and gratitude that after three years of campaigning, our local wildlife and award winning beaches will be safe from proposed ship-to-ship oil transfers. One leading academic described our home and breeding ground of bottlenose dolphins and other precious wildlife as ‘the least appropriate location on the whole coast of Europe to undertake this activity‘.

The entire campaign is a testament to what communities can do when they come together for the greater good, helped by environmental and wildlife conservation groups as well as local politicians.

I forgot to readjust the settings on my camera when taking the photograph of the melting frost on bent grass. It looks as if in that moment, the camera captured my feelings. To me, the mandalas dancing in the light represent happiness and all that is good in the world.

The source of the quote and more information about the campaign can be found on the Cromarty Rising website.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/320 s, ISO 160 and f/2.8, 1/1250 s, ISO 100.

 

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