Haibun: Flower Moon

For Martina

a black whippet in a raincoat on a wooden platform by a loch

Walking through the glens and hills, we meet other walkers who love being here. The purity, the solitude, the wind moving through the pine. It’s as if their branches are opening wide to greet us with a warm welcome.

It is the day after the funeral of our much loved vet. The family asked anyone who wants to say goodbye to wear something blue.

flower moon
her spirit rises
from the mountains

© Xenia Tran

the southern shore of Lochan Uaine in Spring

We were very sad to learn one of our local vets has died in an accident while hiking in Glencoe, a place she dearly loved.

We thank her for her care and kindness and our thoughts are with her family, her friends and her colleagues at this difficult time.

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday and may you all stay safe.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 500, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 450 and f/1.8 – 1250 s – ISO 125.

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Haibun: Final Journey

hazy morning on the Moray Firth, only the nearest mountains visible across the water

The mountains are almost as blue as sea and sky. A sun-lit cloud floats gently by before it slips away. The way some people do. Even when they touch the hearts of many.

final journey
the sound of clapping hands
trickles down the brae

© Xenia Tran

a white feather in the soil with some brown leaves and pine needles

This post is dedicated to Susan Hey (1979-2020) who lost her battle with cancer last week. She had devoted the last few years of her life to creating a lasting memorial and gift to our town, in memory of her son Hamish. Hamish died of cancer three years ago, at the age of eight.

Because of the covid-19 restrictions Susan’s funeral had to take place behind closed doors. Details of her final journey were released so that those of us who wanted to say goodbye were given the opportunity to do so whilst maintaining a safe social distance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Susan’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Wishing you all a blessed Tuesday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/80 s – ISO 200.

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Tanka: Waves Of Love

 

black whippet in winter jacket looking over his shoulder

 

the blue moon
brings waves of love
between us
a white feather on the sands
from friends remembered

© Xenia Tran

 

portrait of blue whippet in winter jacket looking over her shoulder

 

 

white feather with stones and seaweed on beach

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/200 s, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/800 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/400 s, ISO 100.

 

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Haibun: When Winter Takes A Friend

 

blue whippet in a winter jacket on snow covered path with trees and viewpoint shelter overlooking the water

 

We awake to a blanket of snows, a phonecall with news of your passing.  It feels as if we were friends before we met. I hope we can meet again somewhere among the stars, in a place where time is timeless.

journey home
angels will carry you
into peace

© Xenia Tran

 

black whippet in a winter jacket on snow covered beach looking up by the stones

For our dear friend Carol who passed away after a long battle with illness. Thank you for thirty years of friendship, laughter and rebel songs, for always wanting to help others and standing up for what you believe in. You will always be in our hearts.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, settings: f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO 200.

 

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Haiku: A Prayer For Nice

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a prayer for peace
candles from around the world
being lit for Nice

© Xenia Tran

With love from Xenia xxx

Photograph by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA

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