Haibun: We Romantics

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

© 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.

Carpe Diem: Exploring the Beauty of Haiku – Apokoinou

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #145: Wild Iris

Twiglet #183: We Romantics

Word of the Day Challenge: Imagination

Wordless Wednesday: When Nature Lets us Breathe

a blue and white whippet running on the beach with a ball
a blue and white whippet running on the beach with a ball

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #34

Your Daily Word Prompt: Respite

Tanka: Seaside Joy

a blue and white whippet running on the beach with a yellow ball

a dog
deep in thought
pauses
at the sight of boats and kites
joy sails towards us too

© Xenia Tran

a kite surfer riding the wind and waves

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #103: Surprise

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #312: Intent & Thought (Deep & Thought)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Salty

Tanka: Fire in the Sky

a blue and white whippet running on the beach at dusk

if only
we could fly with the kite
the glittering sea
sweeps us into summer
with fire in the sky

© Xenia Tran

a beach at dusk with a distant kite surfer on the silver sea

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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #33

Twiglet #182: If Only

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Fire in the Sky

Wordless Wednesday: Slipping into Summer

a black whippet stepping out of a tidal lagoon
a tidal lagoon and far stretching tidal sands

Thank you for all your good wishes before we went on our blogging break and we hope you all had a lovely week too!

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #102: A Quiet Moment

Word of the Day Challenge: Celebration

Wordless Wednesday: Cherished Moments

two whippets wading through a shallow tidal lagoon
a stretch of beach beside a salt marsh and seawall

We are taking a short blogging break and will be back next Wednesday.

Wishing you all a blessed day and wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #32

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Cherish

Haibun: Celtic Heartbeat

a black whippet running on the beach beside a turquoise sea

Echoes of drums and fiddles float through an open window, a virtual ceilidh in full swing. Dogs run big circles on the beach beside the turquoise water. My mind drifts and settles. Becoming sand, becoming sea.

new ways
to share our voice
spring sunshine

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet running on the beach with a ball

Wishing you all a very happy Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

dVerse Poets Quadrille #106: Drum

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #310: Share & Voice

Haiku: Firefly

a black whippet standing in a garden by a low wooden fence and japanese lantern

white currant blossom
in a world of his own
this little fly

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of white currant blossom and a little fly

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: The Way of the Gardener, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 10 June 2020. A very big thank you to guest editor Craig Kittner and post manager Lori Zajkowski for putting this edition together.

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday and a peaceful 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/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/250s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #142: Firefly

Word of the Day Challenge: Joy

Recent publications in journals, anthologies, video and full-length collections:

Wordless Wednesday: Luminosity of Being

a smiling blue and white whippet running across the tidal sands
a seagull emerging from the mist on the water

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #31

Word of the Day Challenge: Golden

Tanka: Misted Mirror

two whippets walking on tidal sands in the mist

through a gap
between half-buried rocks
seaweed nods
towards the misted mirror
where memories sweep past

© Xenia Tran

two whippets on tidal sands and outcrops in the mist

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #309: Break & Glass (Gap & Mirror)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Distinction

Word of the Day Challenge: Honor