Haibun: Autumn Equinox

a black whippet on a forest trail looking straight at the camera

Climbing the trail towards the Lairig Ghru we are greeted by a sweet and powerful smell of honey. We’ve been walking for an hour with the sun on our backs when Eivor suddenly stops. He looks up at the billowing clouds, then looks at us, his nose twitching to the right. We know what this means and give him a gentle pat before turning back.

autumn equinox
a changing sky lights up
the heather

© Xenia Tran

billowing clouds above the mountains and the sun lighting up the heather

Eivor seems to know how much time we have before the rain reaches us and we always take his advice.

The innate wisdom of the dogs and animals that guide us are a true inspiration and this is Eivor and Pearl’s contribution to Tina’s lovely Inspiration challenge.

In case you missed it, our earlier contribution is here.

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a happy Autumn/Spring Equinox tomorrow,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #115: Inspiration

Carpe Diem Time Challenge #3: Moorland

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #157: Autumn Equinox

Word of the Day Challenge: Timely

Haibun: Cool Breeze

a black whippet playing with a ball on the beach

The crowds have left the beaches and a new calm returns. We are grateful the sand remains as pure and clean as we found it in our lockdown days. The rising sun takes the edge of the sharp wind that blows in from the North. As Eivor chases a yellow ball, we reflect how all that’s gone before has brought us to this moment.

new coolness
even in circles the path
remains a path

© Xenia Tran

close up of a black whippet with a yellow ball

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #156: New Coolness

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #114: Negative Space

Supporting DOTS

With more funds raised through the sale of Sharing Our Horizon we are delighted to support Dogs on the Streets (DOTS) this year with a donation of stainless steel dog bowls, pouches of wet dog food, senior dog food, bags of dry dog food, dog treats and other items from their wish-list.

Donation Certificate from Pet Connection and DOTS

Dogs on the Streets (DOTS) is a multi-award winning charity that supports rough sleepers and the homeless community with dogs. They operate mobile weekly street stations across London, Oxford, Kent, Milton Keynes, Bournemouth and in a partnership with a housing project Birmingham with further stations opening in the future.

Offering food and dietary advice as well as providing vital accessories like coats, bedding, collars and leads, DOTS also helps their owners.

DOTS creates pathways to their rehabilitation to overcome many mental health issues, which can often only be achieved with their dogs by their side.

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.

close up of a blue and white whippet on a dog bed

Creating books to help others is a true labour of love and you can read more about this here.

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 about the charities we support.

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 blessed Thursday and a wonderful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Nurturing Thursday #403: Your Light

Word of the Day Challenge: Supporting

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #113: Labor of Love

Haiku: Trust

a blue and white whippet looking up at the trees on a forest trail

forest trail
the dogs meet and part
with their shadows

© Xenia Tran

close up image of large green ferns catching the sun

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a blessed new week ahead,

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 160 and f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 160.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #109: Under the Sun

Word of the Day Challenge: Trust

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #318: Meet & Part

Haibun: Memories in Motion

a black whippet walking through the dunes below a pine forest

It’s our first journey to the bay since the hundred days of lockdown. In my mind’s eye we visited this pebbled shore a few times, walking through old photos and the memories collected. Now I can feel the wind buffet around us, see my grandmother’s face appear in the clouds once more.

learning to fly
the kindness of herring gulls
on bright water

© Xenia Tran

During lockdown I’ve been looking at new ways of merging poems and images and participated in a few collaborative projects with other poets, artists and photographers. The above video is the first I wove together and I look forward to learning and sharing more.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx.

Photographs and video by Xenia Tran.

dVerse Poets Poetics: 8th Year Anniversary

Twiglet #185: A Bookish Day

Word of the Day Challenge: Movable

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #108: Sanctuary

Haiku: Ripples in the Sand

two whippets on tidal sands with lunate ripples and tidal pools

ebb tide beauty
invisible dancers
ripple the sand

© Xenia Tran

a tidal lagoon sweeping towards the sea between sandbars

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: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #104: Summer

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #313: Dwindle & Ripple (Ebb & Ripple)

Tanka: Seaside Joy

a blue and white whippet running on the beach with a yellow ball

a dog
deep in thought
pauses
at the sight of boats and kites
joy sails towards us too

© Xenia Tran

a kite surfer riding the wind and waves

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

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.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #103: Surprise

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #312: Intent & Thought (Deep & Thought)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Salty

Wordless Wednesday: Slipping into Summer

a black whippet stepping out of a tidal lagoon
a tidal lagoon and far stretching tidal sands

Thank you for all your good wishes before we went on our blogging break and we hope you all had a lovely week too!

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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #102: A Quiet Moment

Word of the Day Challenge: Celebration

Monoku: Wide Awake

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet on a misty beach

wide awake our dream begins to travel

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet on a misty beach

A monoku is a haiku written as a single line. You can see some examples in my earlier post A Tribute to Stuart Quine.

The above monoku was inspired by the dreamy atmosphere on the misty beach and the song Silent Lucidity, which kept playing through my mind as we walked here.

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #100: The Long and Winding Road

Wordless Wednesday: Old and New

a blue and white whippet on a misty beach with driftwood
a beach at low tide in morning mist

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #99: Old and New