Supporting Children with Cancer UK and Dogs Trust

We are grateful and delighted to support Children with Cancer UK through the sale of Between Heather and Grass in memory of our nephew Jamie Baker.

Thank You Certificate from Children with Cancer UK

It was lovely to make our first donation to this wonderful charity. Children with Cancer UK works hard to find better and kinder ways to treat children with cancer.

If you want to support the charity directly please visit their website here where you can find out how to make a difference.

a blue and white whippet standing on a mountain trail

We have also made our first donation to Dogs Trust, in memory of Flynn, Fergal, Seamus and Ruby.

Thank You Certificate from Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and has been caring for dogs in need for more than 128 years. They take in dogs that have been abandoned or handed in by owners who could no longer care for them and find them new, loving forever homes.

They have micro-chipped more than 1.1 million dogs and neutered more than 827,000 dogs since 1999 and provided special foster homes for dogs from families fleeing domestic violence. In addition to these services they run educational programmes in schools, training programmes for owners and actively campaign on dog welfare-related issues.

To find out more about their work or to support Dogs Trust directly, please visit their website here.

two whippets on a mountain trail with lochans visible below

A very big thank you to all you fabulous people who have bought a copy of Between Heather and Grass, left a review and helped to spread the word and raise awareness of these two wonderful charities.

If the book is new to you please click on the icon below for a peek inside.

look inside feature for Between Heather and Grass
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Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a great start to the new the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Fantabulous

Word of the Day Challenge: Ecstatic

Wordless Wednesday: Cool Waters

a blue and white whippet running beside the surf with a pink ball in her mouth
a blue and white whippet in full gallop beside the surf with a pink 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/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water

Wordless Wednesday: One More Wave

blue and white whippet in a purple harness running with a pink ball in her mouth beside the gentle surf
a blue and white whippet panting on the beach with her tongue hanging out after a big run
a view to the western cliffs at Clachtoll with low hanging clouds in the east

A gentle follow-up to yesterday’s Blue Ocean.

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/6.3 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: One Item or the Number 1

Thank You for Spreading the Love

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet catching the morning sun in their large dog bed

We are delighted to share that we are sponsoring a kennel with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, also known as the SSPCA, at two of their Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centres.

The SSPCA is Scotland’s largest animal welfare and rescue charity with nine Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centres across the country. They rescue, nurture and rehome animals, investigate abuse and play a vital role in research and education on animal welfare.

You can read more about the amazing work they do and watch a lovely introductory video on their website.

photograph of two kennel sponsorship certificates from the SSPCA

In addition to sponsoring the kennels at the SSPCA we were able to sponsor a special kennel at the Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary in support of the Macau greyhounds. You can read their story in the post Helping the Hounds of Macau and a further update in Edge of New Tomorrows.

We are also very grateful that we could make a small donation to Dogs on the Streets (DOTS), a charity that cares for the dogs of the homeless and helps to find them and their owners suitable housing. You can read more about this story in our post My Friend, My Rock.

These are all small steps that are part of a longer journey.

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet relaxing in their dog bed in the living room

If you haven’t got your copy yet, please consider ordering Sharing Our Horizon from your local bookstore, Waterstones, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Amazon US or any of the other outlets featured on the Sharing Our Horizon page.

It will give you a lovely memento with a selection of poems and photographs featured on this blog and helps to support dogs who are looking for their forever homes.

front cover of Sharing our Horizon, a book by Xenia Tran

Thank you so much for all your help,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Progress

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Nurture

Wordless Wednesday: Smiles in the Breeze II

a smiling whippet in a black jacket leaping across the beach in front of a choppy turquoise sea
a smiling whippet in a black jacket leaping across the beach in front of a choppy turquoise sea
a smiling whippet in a black jacket leaping across the beach in front of a choppy turquoise sea

We left you with smiles before our editing break and are happy to be back here with more smiles after a fruitful week of work.

We are also deeply honoured, humbled and delighted to learn that our photograph and haiku Winter Mist featured on NHK World Japan’s Haiku Masters in Tokyo – Part 1, broadcast on 4th March 2019 from Tokyo.

We are very grateful to presenters Kit Pancoast Nagamura, Kazuko Nishimura and Dan Mitsu for their thoughtful and entertaining interpretation of this photo haiku.

The entire episode, featuring a number of photo haiku and haiku by other international haiku poets, is available to view on the NHK World Japan website and lasts approximately 28 minutes.

Wishing you all a magical Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/3.2 – 1/500 s – ISO 160.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smiles

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Exchange

Word of the Day Challenge: Surprise

When the Mist Rises

a black whippet walking on tidal sands in early morning mist

when the mist rises
this light that wraps around
where comfort falls
is always here for you
is always here for you

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a black and white whippet looking in the distance to his right on tidal sands
a blue and white whippet walking on tidal sands in early morning mist

Eivor and Pearl wanted to create this post for our blogging friend Bella and her family and the many others who lost their loved ones after they’d been given transfusions or products containing infected blood.

May the love and light of this world continue to wrap itself around all of you who need it at this time.

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 100, f/2.8 – 1/1100 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: All That Matters

This poem features in Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

look inside feature for Between Heather and Grass
Look inside …

Wordless Wednesday: Are You Ready?

a black whippet in a black jacket jumping in the play-bow on the beach beside some driftwood
a black whippet in a black jacket leaping on the beach beside driftwood
close up shot of a black whippet taking off on the beach, all four feet off the ground

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.

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Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Articulate

Wordless Wednesday: Let’s Play!

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach with a yellow ball in her mouth
a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach with a yellow ball in her mouth
close up shot of a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach with a yellow ball in her mouth

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/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

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Sunday Stills: Spring

Silent Sunday: Inner Shimmer

a blue and white whippet walking on the beach and looking at a black whippet whose face appears to the right of the image
a blue and white whippet walking on the beach and smiling at a black whippet whose face appears to the right of the image
a blue and white whippet in a black winter jacket walking on the beach and winking at a black whippet who walks towards her from the right of the image

Wishing you all a shimmering Sunday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge: Shimmer

Friendly Fridays: Story

Wordless Wednesday: Zoomies in the Wind

a blue whippet in a winter jacket standing on the dunes looking out over the sea with a black whippet climbing towards her
two whippets in winter jackets leaping across the beach on a windy day
two whippets in winter jackets leaping across the beach on a windy day

Although it’s still windy today, the worst of Storm Gareth has now passed. Thank you for all your good wishes yesterday and we hope you’ve kept warm and dry!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

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