Wordless Wednesday: A Beautiful Day

Cee included the great Beatles song Here Comes the Sun in her challenge post this week.

In the same spirit, for those of you who enjoy a bit of music, we are delighted to include What a Beautiful Day by the Levellers:

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Here Comes the Sun

Haibun: Ancient Harmonies

a blue and white whippet in pink fleece sniffing a baglama saz

Our Hoopa has been filling our home with music during lockdown and today he received his baglama saz, all the way from Istanbul. There is lots to sniff and discover.

The saz is played in many countries and the tradition is thousands of years old. It made its way from Persia via Azerbaijan, Anatolia, Istanbul, Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Berlin to the rest of Europe and across the Atlantic and is played in the rest of Asia too.

People play the saz to accompany poems, songs and stories that are handed down from generation to generation. Ali Ulutaş, a musician, says the saz is a door of secrets. When people play it, listen to it, they get to know the essence within themselves and from that place, they can understand the other.

southern wind
warm notes and harmonies
fill the room

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in red fleece listening to a man playing the baglama saz

A warm-hearted thank you to Veysel and his colleagues at Sala Muzik in Istanbul for sending the saz safely to the Highlands.

Wishing you all a blessed day and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 1600, f/2.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 1600 and f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 400.

Below is a video of Ayşe Şewaqî performing Şîr Û Kef from the beautiful Saz Film:

… and for an instrumental performance by Bangladeshi artist Emon Chowdhury you can listen to his beautiful rendition of Tri Bhubon below:

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Wordless Wednesday: The Light Always Returns II

two whippets in winter jackets playing in the snow
two whippets in winter jackets running in the snow

You can see Part I of The Light Always Returns on our sister blog, Tranature.

The skies and changing light reminded me of a song by the wonderful Scottish artist and musician Dougie MacLean:

Wishing you all a blessed Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/3.4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160 and f/3.4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 125.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tomorrow

Tanka: A Wonderful Life


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we find a friend
through this wonderful life
in nature’s magic
the warm light of the dawn
in vibrant winter skies

© Xenia Tran


a blue whippet with a pink ball and a black whippet with a green ball running on the beach in wintercoats


beach at low tide with a small pier and lighthouse at low tide on a sunny Winter morning


Kristjaan at Carpe Diem invites us to write haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry inspired by the song ‘Wonderful Life’ by Colin Vearncombe (aka Black).

Colin passed away surrounded by his family just under a year ago and this post is also a tribute to him and his music. Below is a video clip of him performing the song he became most famous for:


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, ISO 160 and f/4, 1/640 s, ISO 160.


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Haibun: Song Of Love


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It feels as if there is a higher force at play from way beyond the stars. When a physical journey brings rescue dogs to their new home their inner journey is just beginning.

Eivor knew straight away. ‘I have come home and I am here to stay’. Going out for the first time was frightening for him. His previous world had been so small. The soothing sounds of a flute helped to calm his nerves. He now looks forward to every new adventure. Pearl was too frightened to go into friends’ houses on our travels and seemed worried that we would leave her there. When she heard the song ‘In The Light of Love’ for the first time she flung her front paws around my neck and gave me a big hug. We both knew in that moment that we would be just fine. That we are meant to travel this journey side by side.

in the light of love
moon journeys through the sky
every day dazzles

© Xenia Tran


two whippets on tidal sand


Mish at dVerse Poets has invited us to choose one line from a favourite song and grow our own poem from it. I chose the line ‘In the light of love’ from the song ‘In the light of love/om shree dhanvantre namaha’ by Deva Primal, Miten and Manose. Below is a video clip for you to enjoy:


With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA, 1/200 s.


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Haibun: The Sound Of Love

black whippet running with a green ball on tidal sands

The town’s population has almost doubled this Easter break. Big smiles on pale faces tell us who escaped from city life. They are prepared for all manner of Scottish weather and delighted to see the sun.

“Who’s this little Speedy Gonzalez then!” says a bearded man in a Glaswegian accent. Eivor looks deep into the man’s eyes. He does not understand the words. He understands the energy and warmth behind them and touches the man’s hand with his nose.

energy of love
in timbre of a warm voice
the universe sings

© Xenia Tran

blue whippet running on tidal sands with a pink ball

Lillian at dVerse invites us to incorporate the song title of a top song from the year we were born into a poem, or from when we were between five and ten years old. A month after I was born ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ by Pat Boon was number one in the Dutch charts and held its position there for four weeks. I had to smile when I saw this as several people have referred to Eivor as ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ over time.

When I was ten years old a Dutch ‘prog-rock’ band called Kayak appeared on the scene and performed a song on television called ‘See See The Sun’. I did not speak any English at the time and could not understand a single word, yet to me it seemed they were channelling something very special from a place much bigger than I could ever imagine.

Below is a video clip where Kayak bring us an emotional rendition of ‘See See The Sun’ at Paradiso in Amsterdam during a tribute concert for Pim Koopman, a founder member of the band, who had passed away the previous year.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: Action, 1/800 s.


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Daily Prompt: Pleased


Haiku: Joy Of The Dance




bars of delight
sun’s music in bent grass
joy of the dance

© Xenia Tran




Photographs taken by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA, 1/800 s.


In response to Carpe Diem Namasté the Spiritual Way #2 Pilgrimage


Haibun: Heavenly Music


At one of the shelters where I volunteered the radio was always tuned into a classical music station and the soothing melodies that drifted past the kennels had a calming effect on the wise old souls who would look deep into your eyes from behind the bars. At home too, many of our adoptees would soon let out a deep sigh and stretch into a relaxed roach while the soft notes from a flute or piano filled the room.

At Carpe Diem Haiku Kristjaan has introduced us to a number of female composers I had never heard of before. When I played a recording from one of his posts on my phone Pearl went into a deep relaxation and Eivor listened very attentively before asking me to play that piece again.

heavenly music
part of us remembers
the angel’s harp

© Xenia Tran


With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: Indoor Portrait.

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The closing haiku from this haibun features in Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

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Look inside …

Tanka: Serenade




wind’s melody
waltzes by and shines her light
where hope lives
and mountains dream
the promise of tomorrow

© Xenia Tran




Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, settings: Outdoor Portrait and Landscape.


In response to Carpe Diem #1084 – Serenade (Schubert)

Daily Prompt: Sacred


Tanka Prose: The Carer’s Carer

For Walter and all of you who care for others.


Walter is saying goodbye to us at dVerse Poets to take care of his wife of 32 years and put his poetry on the back-burner for a little while. Like so many of us who care for loved ones, whether four-legged or on two legs, there is so much I learned along the way from those who went there before me.

When you roll up your sleeves to look after others it is important you also take time to roll them back down and look after you. The more you look after yourself the better you are able to care for those you love.

Your muse
becomes the carer’s carer
the changing colours
of the dragonfly.

© Xenia Tran


Thank you for hosting at the bar Walter and we wish you all the best. You and your wife are in our prayers.

With love from us all,

Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, settings: Indoor Portrait and Outdoor Portrait.

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