Names from the Hat

A very big thank you to all of you who put their name into the hat for the chance to win a free copy of our forthcoming book Between Heather and Grass via our Cover Reveal post.

We closed entries yesterday afternoon in order to prepare individual cards for today’s draw. The idea was that Pearl and Eivor would pull one card out of the hat each.

Pearl wanted to go first:

a blue and white whippet in a jumper on a dog bed
a white dog's paw holding a pink card with 'Anne' written on

Congratulations to Anne Leueen from HorseAddict!

Next, it was Eivor’s turn:

a black whippet in a jumper with his nose in a woolly hat with pink cards
a black dog's paw holding a pink card with 'Cathy' written on

Congratulations to Cathy Ryan from Between the Lines Books ‘n’ Stuff!

I wanted to take another picture of Eivor when Pearl made a bee-line for the hat and flicked a third pink card on the floor.

They both looked at me as if to say there’s another name from the hat.

a blue and white whippet tipping pink cards out of a woolly hat

We decided it would only be fair to let this one count too:

a white dog's paw holding a pink card with 'Pearly Greyhound' written on

Congratulations to Pearly Greyhound from Annabelle Franklin’s blog The Literate Lurcher!

A very big thank you again to all of you who participated. Our book is officially released into the world tomorrow and will be available in paperback, ebook and Kindle editions.

We are publishing a special Book Launch post tomorrow in co-ordination with the children’s cancer charity we’re supporting. This is also the day our dedicated Between Heather and Grass page will go live.

Congratulations to all three winners. If Annabelle, Anne and Cathy can get in touch via email or via the Contacts Page, we will get signed copies out in the post to you on Monday.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Architect

Wordless Wednesday: A Gentle Climb

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet in black jackets climbing a forest trail in autumn
a blue and white whippet in a black jacket climbing a leaf-covered autumn trail through the woods

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 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Slope

Tanka: Beaver Moon

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail in autumn colours

yellow and gold
leaves begin to fall
like the first time
we see the sky together
the beaver moon through the trees

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet in black jackets on an autumnal forest trail

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran , edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #112: Beaver Moon

Sunday Stills: Yellow Leaves of Autumn

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Yellow

Haiku: Across a Carpet of Leaves

a black whippet in a jacket tentatively greeting a giant squirrel sculpture

one universe
dogs nurture friendship
with squirrels too

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket touches a giant squirrel sculpture's nose with her nose

Wishing 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 -1/80 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/20 s – ISO 200.

Sunday Stills: Yellow Leaves of Autumn

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #279: Nature & Nurture

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Bravery

Haiku: Heron in the Wood

a whippet in a jacket beside a wooden heron sculpture in autumn woods

moon gazing
the heron changes colour
autumn woods

© Xenia Tran

a palette of browns, russets, greens and golds in autumn woods

Wishing you all a magical Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Deep

Word of the Day Prompt: Light

Wordless Wednesday: Sharing the Journey

two whippets in black coats walking down a forest trail in autumn colours
two whippets walking side by side down a forest trail in autumn

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 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Stills: All About Pets

Haibun: Wandering Dreams

a black whippet in a black jacket zooming down a forest trail

Winding through fading flowers and ferns, the grass-covered trail feels soft underfoot. Our faces are tingling with water drops, the scent of spruce steeped in rain. Pearl is walking beside us, when Eivor returns.

tail high
he flows through the forest
of wandering dreams

© Xenia Tran

autumn leaves, golden spruce and green pine

Wishing you all a magical Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem #1773: A Field of Dried Grass (Basho)

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Steep

Your Daily Word Prompt: Aspect