2018: Reflections through the Seasons

 

 

As we near the end of 2018 we are reflecting on a very special year, both in terms of gratitude for the people we have known and lost, and in gratitude for the love of those who are still with us.

The first months of the year were colder than normal and even the beaches saw ice and snow. Eivor and Pearl enjoyed running in the snow and were happy to snuggle up in front of the fire when we returned home.

On a relatively mild day near the end of January I wrote ‘When Nature Gives us Poems‘, a poem that became the most popular post created on this blog during 2018. An edited version of the poem appears in our book, ‘Sharing Our Horizon‘, alongside the photograph of the cormorant and seals you can see in the collage above.

 

 

Our Spring was warm, in so many ways. It was lovely to walk in the hills and mountains again, breathe in the scent of pine. The beaches were still empty, with plenty of time to run and play or pause to meditate, enjoy the silence.

Happy Place‘ became our most popular post in the Spring. Little did I know when I created the post, what a happy place it turned out to be. The cold Winter had just left us and the long-lasting heatwave of Summer was still a month or so away.

 

 

Our Summer was the hottest we have ever experienced since moving to the Highlands. The heatwave saw wide open beaches with a sea that was retreating further and further away. The rivers were running low, some of the lochs ran dry. There were many forest fires. We found our shade in the forests of the North, a few rivers still sparkling with water. We saw salmon leap. We saw Eivor leap. ‘Toys‘ became one of the most popular posts in the Summer.

 

 

We were blessed with the most beautiful Autumn colours along the shores, in the forests and in the mountains. Early October also saw the publication of ‘Sharing Our Horizon‘, our first collection of poems and photographs especially created to help raise funds for animal rehoming shelters. Our post ‘Our Book is Here‘ was the most popular post we created during the Autumn months and the second most popular post created on our blog during 2018. A very big thank you to everyone who helped to share the news, bought the book and posted a review.

Autumn also saw a very powerful Hunter’s Moon, sparkling in a clear night sky. When we walked towards the beach the following morning it looked like a ‘Moonscape‘.

Our new Winter has just begun. We enjoyed a mild Christmas with family and friends and look forward to what the new year has in store.

A big thank you to all our followers and blogging friends for your love and support during the year.

May your New Year be filled with peace and blessings.

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

For our first annual review on our sister blog Tranature please click here.

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Happy Scenes

 

black whippet sprinting through dune forest

 

smiling black whippet leaping through long dry grass

 

smiling black whippet in the corner of the image in full sprint through long dry grass

Happy Wednesday everyone!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5, 1/500 s, ISO 100 and f/3.5, 1/400 s, ISO 100.

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Forest Breathing

 

blue whippet running down a forest trail

 

black whippet walking through tall grass on forest trail

 

aspen trees on a hill in the sun with a blue sky

The forests are calling. We are taking a short break from blogging and will be back next week.

Wishing you all a very happy Wednesday and a wonderful rest of the week!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/1000 s, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/2000 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/400 s, ISO 100.

 

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Tanka: Creating Memories

 

blue whippet in a purple harness standing alert in the grass beside a woodland trail

 

exploring
one path after another
the wolf within
mindful of the living trees
the fallen resting in grass

© Xenia Tran

 

blue whippet in a purple harness walking down a woodland trail

 

blue whippet in a purple harness walking down a woodland trail

The fallen trees are left here and provide a home for micro-organisms and the rare aspen hoverfly.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Wildflower Journey

 

two whippets on a forest trail with wildflowers

 

a blue whippet and a black whippet on a forest trail with wildflowers

 

two whippets on a forest trail with wildflowers

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/640 s, ISO 100.

 

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Haiku: Leaping Salmon

 

head shot of a black whippet looking ahead, ears raised and highly alert

 

a force for good
salmon leap above the flow
of falling water

© Xenia Tran

 

a salmon leaping against the flow near the top of a powerful waterfall

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6, 1/40 s, ISO 1600 and f/2.8, 1/2000 s, ISO 100.

 

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Haibun: Dragonfly Wood

Achany Forest

 

wooden sculpture of a dragonfly in Achany Forest

 

On this warm day we reach for cool among aspen, pine and beech – their new leaves unstitched in a season of moving. It is an easy switch from beach to forest, from play to sniffs.

artist trail
sculpted by nature, by hand
a dragonfly

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet on a forest trail in Achany Forest

We wish 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.

Settings: f/2.8, 1/250 s, ISO 100 and f/3.4, 1/250 s, ISO 250.

 

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