Haiku: Kinship

rain storm
the bird inside us
flies away

© Xenia Tran

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.

CMMC: July Alphabet – K at the End of a Word (Black, Rock)

Word of the Day Challenge: Akin

Haibun: Table-top Rock

Summer is in full swing and tourists bring a bit of buzz to the beach. There are kites in the air and paddle boarders on the water. Wild-swimmers wade through the shallows with orange inflatables. We slip away to where nature makes the only sound. The gentle lapping of waves, the chant of oystercatchers piping.

table-top rock
our dogs invite us
to dinner

© Xenia Tran

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Prompt: Table

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #157: Getting Away

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Whirlwind

Haiku: Green Dawn

green dawn
all this light mirrored
in the leaves

© Xenia Tran

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Sunday Stills: Under and Over the Trees

Word of the Day Challenge: Self

Our Continued Support for DOTS (Dogs on the Streets)

We are delighted we were able to make another donation of dog bowls, dog food (wet, dry and senior) and dental chews to DOTS (Dogs on the Streets) last week with funds raised from the sale of Sharing Our Horizon during the 2020-2021 tax year.

DOTS is a Multi Award Winning Charity dedicated to the welfare of dogs belonging to the UK’s homeless community. They operate weekly in London as well as running regular services in Birmingham, Kent, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Taunton with a view to expand even further.

With a fully equipped mobile veterinary surgery vehicle allowing ease of access to dogs in need, DOTS ensures all the essential items and services are provided for free each and every week. From food provisions to new harnesses and leads plus training and grooming sessions.

Working tirelessly, DOTS aim is to find permanent accommodation for rough sleepers and regularly represents clients and their dogs with services/ borough councils. Many refuse housing when offered simply because it is not dog friendly. This has been a major challenge during the Covid-19 pandemic and DOTS has been able to foster dogs for the homeless in their sanctuary until suitable accommodation can be found where they can be reunited with their owner.

When an owner is no longer able to care for their dog through ill health or other circumstances, DOTS will find a suitable new home for the dog and can offer peace of mind that their beloved companion will be cared for.

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

A very big thank you to all of you who have bought a copy of Sharing Our Horizon, left a review and helped spread the word.

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

Look Inside cover icon for Sharing Our Horizon by Xenia Tran
Look inside …

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Word of the Day Challenge: Magnanimous

Haiku: Destiny

ancient rocks
above us and below us
a river flows

© Xenia Tran

Wishing you all a happy Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word (Continuity, Inward, Reflecting, Stronghold)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Destiny

Haiku: Dreamtime

shortest night
our dreams are here
in the daytime

© Xenia Tran

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a blessed Summer Solstice, with blessed Winter Solstice wishes for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere too!

Much love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #153: It’s a Wonderful World

Earthweal: A Midsummer’s Night Dreamtime

Haibun: Lifting the Spirit

Cairngorms National Park

Deep in the glen we meet a cheerful group of hikers in short sleeves and sun hats. We’re so happy to feel the warm on our skin after one of our longest Winters. The swallows are here, sweeping across the meadow. Buttercups and cowslip sparkle in the light.

wild orchids
a green-veined white
darts away

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet running down a forest trail

We are taking a short blogging break to make the most of the fine weather and will be back on Monday 14th June.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/3200 s – ISO 100, f/4.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Hat

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Elevate

Carpe Diem #1844: Returning Back to Normal

Haiku: Wild Voices

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet sniffs the wide trunk of an ancient pine

ancient pine
the deep voice
within

© Xenia Tran

close up of the trunk of an ancient Caledonian pine

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 140, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 180 and f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 125.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #150: Let’s Go Wild

Haiku: Wood Anemone

a blue and white whippet in a raincoat sniffing the grass


wood anemone
a blue and white dog tiptoes
through the green grass

© Xenia Tran

anemone blanda flowering in the forest

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday from the Cairngorms and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 800, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 560 and f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 1000.

CMMC: May Alphabet Letter ‘G’ Anywhere in the Word

Word of the Day Challenge: Blossoming

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.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #149: Blue and Green

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #192: Flower Moon

dVerse Poets Haibun Monday: Flower Moon