Haibun: Earth’s Garden

a black whippet in a blue harness walking among wildflowers

Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste – Theodore Roethke

The sun warms our backs as we walk along a narrow trail between dandelion clocks and flowers. Rhododendron and lilac are in bloom and their scent seems extra sweet this morning. We feel at one with the wood, the bog lands and the meadow as if we have always been part of earth’s garden.

stirring the soul
goldfinches sing
in the alder

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a blue harness sniffing the grass in a woodland garden

In the spirit of Roethke’s quote, we are sharing some more treasured moments from our last walks with Eivor this week.

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #201: Three of a Kind

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Lilac

Haibun: All the Long Season

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet in winter jackets approaching each other on a forest trail

A few snowflakes brush our faces and melt before touching the ground. We are not sure, where they came from. The patch of sky above us is translucent blue. Across the loch, clouds hover above the snow-capped peaks. Perhaps they travelled from there, on the wind.

crossing the bridge
the sound of spring
in flowing water

© Xenia Tran

driftwood sticking out of the loch near the shore with snow-capped peaks in the background

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Long

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Flake

Haibun: Waymarkers

two whippets on a trail through the dunes leading to the sea

After a frosty night, the sun warms the day. The light shines through leafless trees, glitters in the brown heather. A sandy trail meanders through gorse and pine towards the sea.

gentle breeze
a wagtail darts in and out
of the shadows

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a winter jacket on top of the dunes by the sea

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge: Brown

Haibun: The Way Home

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket on a forest trail

It is safe to return to the woods now the storms have passed and it takes a while to find our bearings. Where once was a path, the ground is covered with fallen branches. Where, until recently, trees stood filled with squirrels and birdsong, we discover wide open spaces filled with light. The usual landmarks where we would turn right and right again have disappeared and we fall back on an ancient, inner compass.

deep forest
each journey still rooted
in the soil

© Xenia Tran

close up of fallen branches and seeds from a young pine tree

We hope you all stayed safe in the storms and wish you a blessed Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Storm

Weekly Prompt Weekend Challenge: Close-Up

Haibun: Lines of Vulnerability

WW2 defences crumbling and sinking into tidal sands

World War Two defences along our coast are tilting and sinking into tidal sands. Blocks of cement filled with local stone were here to stop tanks arriving via ship and water. After the war, these lines were left here, just in case. Today, some are used to rest towels of swimmers and surfers. Others become picnic tables or a shelter from the wind. When you touch them with your hand you feel the vibration of wind and waves, the pulse of the earth in the local stone. There is a lot to be grateful for when we remember all those who helped us live in peace.

how soon
a stream flows out
to sea

© Xenia Tran

close up of a black whippet in a winter jacket sniffing paw prints in the sand

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #185: Change

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Fragile

Haibun: Beat of the Drum

two whippets in winter jackets running on the beach

The dogs are wearing thermals under their coats and the wind-chill makes our eyes water. The sea rolls on now the storms have passed and the salt air smells invigorating. Eivor and Pearl run and chase balls. A quiet drum beats inside us, returning us to peace.

lighting a fire –
the sun paints rainbows
in the waves

© Xenia Tran

white horses running towards the shore with a rainbow in the spray

We hope you all stayed safe while Storm Malik and Storm Corrie passed our shores and wish you a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Aquatic

Sunday Stills: The Power of the Elements

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Coat

Haibun: New Dimensions

a black whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the stones on the riverbank

The eastern bank is stacked with stones, smoothed by journeys through ice and water. Sitting down with a pebble in my hand, I close my eyes and feel the pulse of the mountain, a deeper dimension of where we all come from.

heading north –
the wind on the river
brushes the trees

© Xenia Tran

a river under a winter sky flowing out to sea

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Journey

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Spatter

Haibun: The Day After

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket standing on the seashore covered in seafoam

The sleet shower has passed and we wrap up warm for a walk towards the shore. A few people are already there, surveying the damage. Some rocks from the seawall have been washed away, there are creels resting in strange places.

Seafoam floats in rockpools and hides the tidal sands. The dogs are sure-footed, leading the way. It is as if they remember the shape of every dip and outcrop.

beach combing
a curl of wood smoke
through the salt air

© Xenia Tran

close up of seafoam floating in rockpools and resting on tidal sands

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Storm Arwen and we hope you are all safe and well.

Wishing you a blessed Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Float

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word November 2021 (Surrounded)

Word of the Day Challenge: Sure

Haibun: Earthly Paradise

two whippets climbing a hilly forest trail in autumn

After the rain the river is in spate and we hear her gurgle through the glen from a higher, drier trail. Every now and then we see her glitter through the trees. The birch are scattering golden leaves, the heather is turning brown. The autumn air feels both earthly and spiritual when we hear the elements speak.

mountain trail
the prayer beads
she left me

© Xenia Tran

close up of water flowing in a peaty river in spate

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

The above haiku (without the prose) was first published in Troutswirl – The Haiku Foundation Blog, Haiku Dialogue: Finding Peace and Contemplation – in the Great Outdoors – among mountains, 18 August 2021. A warm-hearted thank you to guest-editor Marietta McGregor for selecting my poem and the team at Troutswirl for putting this beautiful edition together.

PI Poetry Prompt: Dante

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary

Haibun: Thistledown

a blue and white whippet pausing on a sandy trail through the dunes

The temperature has dipped this morning. We keep the wind behind us while we navigate the dunes towards the headland. Most of the tourists have gone. This time is a gift to revisit the places we love, when they shift back from ‘must see’ to ordinary.

thistledown
thousands of seeds fly off
for new flowers

© Xenia Tran

close up of thistle flower and seed heads

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Prickly

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Ordinary

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Melancholy