Haiku: Signposts

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket on the beach

a driftwood tree
springs from the sands
grateful of water

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on the beach near the shoreline

This is the final day of a month-long series of writing prompts created by Discover. A very big thank you to Ben Huberman and the team for their inspiration and stepping in during these extraordinary times. It’s been a real pleasure to participate with so many creative bloggers.

Wishing you a wonderful Thursday and may you all stay safe and well,

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.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Discover Prompt #30: Grateful

Tanka: Touching the Season

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket sniffing buried grass on the beach

deep sand
so many scattered stones
to focus on
along the tidal river
late cherry blossoms bloom

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket striding across the beach

Wishing you all a blessed 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.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #136: Late Cherry Blossoms

Discover Prompt #28: Focus

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Touching

Haiku: Team Work

two whippets in winter jackets digging and sniffing on the beach

sticking together
the dogs’ bond a gift
to listen for

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets walking away from the beach towards the dunes

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

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.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Working Together

Discover Prompt #27: Team

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #303: Stick & Trick (Stick & Gift)

Tanka: Moon Notes

two whippets playing on a sandbar at low tide

parting clouds
the new moon guides a dance
of new beginnings
where pine line sweeping sands
their song swings in the distance

© Xenia Tran

a hazy morning with light through the clouds above the beach and water

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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Seeing

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #135: New Moon

Discover Prompt #23: Note

Your Daily Word Prompt: Distance

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Earth Day

a blue and white whippet leaping across the beach with a pink ball
close up shot of a black whippet zooming across the beach

Wishing you all a very happy Earth Day,

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

Sunday Stills: Honoring Mother Earth

Discover Prompt #22: Tempo

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Visual

EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020

Year of the Nurse

We are deeply honoured and delighted to be part of EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020, a collaborative poem created by haiku poets from around the world.

The theme for 2020 was The Year of the Nurse and we submitted six previously unpublished haiku for this wonderful project. We are sharing three of them here today and will post the other three on our sister blog Tranature on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

simple kindness
how the nurse helps her
to walk again

© Xenia Tran

portrait of a blue and white whippet with a pink collar

adjusting pillows
before the night spreads
his final round

© Xenia Tran

a ginger and white cat sitting upright on a sofa

back from the shelter
she names her new cat
after the nurse

© Xenia Tran

The cat in the photograph is Christy. We adopted him from a feline rescue organisation in 1992 when he was believed to be nine years old. He lived with us for another ten years and we were very grateful for all the time we had together.

If you are interested in adopting a cat or dog from a shelter, please consider adopting a senior. They can have the most amazing personalities and are a true joy to have around.

The full set of contributions to EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020 is available as a free download from the Haiku Foundation. A very big thank you to all the contributors and to Jim Kacian and the team for featuring my poems and putting this beautiful edition together.

We wish you all very happy Monday and may you be safe and well,

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Something Good

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Animals

Discover Prompt #19: Three

dVerse Poets MTB: Haiku Sequence

In October 2020 the second and third haiku in this sequence were also included in Robert Epstein’s beautiful The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology:

front cover of The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology

A very big thank you to Robert for featuring my poem and putting this heart-warming anthology together.

You can find more recent publications in journals, anthologies, video and full-length collections here:

Tanka: Precious Places

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket sniffing washed up driftwood

slowing down
the smell of driftwood
ignites a fire
anchoring the memories
a special place we love

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking in front of a line of driftwood

These photographs were taken on the shores of Loch Laggan in February 2020 before the current travel restrictions were in place.

You can see more images from this walk in our February posts Wings of Snow, Still Mind, Big World and Love at First Sight.

Wishing you a beautiful rest of the week and may you all stay safe and well,

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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Travel

Discover Prompt #16: Slow

Your Daily Word Prompt: Ignite

Word of the Day Challenge: Precious

Wordless Wednesday: Keeping the Faith

a smiling blue and white whippet in a winter jacket on the beach
a smiling blue and white whippet and a black whippet in winter jackets running on the beach

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and may you stay safe and healthy,

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

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic #5 (Black & White)

Discover Prompt #12: Light

Haibun: Looking Back

a blue and white whippet running on tidal sands with a pink ball

Looking at the photographs from a beach walk in early March brings a smile to our faces. A young Labrador was photo-bombing along and deaf to his owner’s whistle.

Eivor and Pearl squeal with delight every time we pull into this car park . They teach us how exciting it is to see a familiar place with fresh eyes. Treasuring these moments, I often wish they last a little longer.

easter lilies
the white tail of a dog waving
at the flying sky

© Xenia Tran

head shot of a smiling blue and white whippet looking back and up

Whilst we’re in lockdown I’ll be posting a few images from walks taken earlier in the year whenever they fit in with a prompt or photo challenge.

The images above were taken on 1st March 2020. Little did we know then how much our lives would change.

We wish you all a very happy Monday and hope you stay safe and well.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #92: Going Back

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #134: Easter Lily

Discover Prompt #13: Teach

Haiku: Celebration

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach

never knowing
when you came into this world
we choose your birthday

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach

Eivor is one of eleven animals we adopted over the years whose exact birthday we may never know. With the help of shelter staff an approximate birthday was suggested and we chose 8 April, already a birthday in our family and easy to remember.

It was the first time we celebrated two birthdays under lockdown conditions. We took the day off from phones and internet, managed to cook a special meal and had a magical time.

Wishing you all a beautiful Thursday and may you all stay safe and healthy,

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.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #22

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo #4 (white and blue)

Discover-Prompt #9: Pair