Tanka: Wilderness Calling

close up of two whippets on a sofa

cosy in the warmth
of candles and cuddles
we accept
how wet these days can be
the promises to ponder

© Xenia Tran

two whippets snuggled up on the sofa

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday and a peaceful 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 – 1/100 s – ISO 320, f/2.8 – 1/30 s – ISO 400 and f/2.8 – 1/8 s – ISO 400.

Nurturing Thursday: Inside Job

Tanka Thursday: Promise

Carpe Diem #1835: Caught by the Call

Your Daily Word Prompt: Discern

Haibun: October Wind

two whippets in black rain jackets on a forest trail

Once the hills stop howling we venture out into the woods. There’s still plenty of tree cover to protect us from intermittent drizzle and showers. The heather is turning brown here while further north they’re hanging on to purple. A gentle buzz of hoverflies follows us between fading fireweeds whilst at the waterfall, wild salmon are leaping.

october wind
rain slips through the net
of noughts and crosses

© Xenia Tran

a play area in the forest with large noughts and crosses on the ground

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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/30 s – ISO 320, f/3.5 – 1/60 s – ISO 500 and f/4 – 1/30 s – ISO 200.

Nurturing Thursday: Preparation

Twiglet #197: Rain through a Net

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Howl

Tanka: The Day’s Palette

a lensball on a seaweed covered outcrop

the day’s palette
a hazy blue and green
at high tide
tomorrow’s footprints
wait for us in sand and sea

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet walking a long tidal lagoon with a yellow ball

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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/800 s – ISO 200 and f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Nurturing Thursday: Letting Things Go

Tanka Thursday: Tomorrow

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Footprint

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #45

Haiku: Dreamcatcher

a blue and white whippet on the beach on a misty morning

dreamcatcher
our old telepathy
works again

© Xenia Tran

tidal outcrops in the firth with a cormorant drying its wings

Dreamcatcher was first published in Frameless Sky Issue 12, a poetry video journal featuring artwork by Hemapriya Chellappan, music by Corine Timmer and poems from more than fifty poets from all corners of the world. A very big thank you to Christine L Villa and Shloka Shankar for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Into the Warp and Woof, an anthology with a selection of contributions from the first ten issues of Frameless Sky, is now available in pdf and paperback format from Velvet Dusk Publishing.

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 125.

Nurturing Thursday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Connection

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

Tanka: Buck Moon

portrait of a black and white whippet on the beach with a yellow ball

enlightenment
rubs off a little
from the buck moon
even when she rolls away
the sea and sand shimmer

© Xenia Tran

tidal sands and sandbars covered in seaweed

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a wonderful rest of the 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/6.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 400 and f/5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #146: Buck Moon

Twiglet #184: Off a Little

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Haibun: Never Forgotten

a black whippet in a black jacket leaping across the beach with a yellow ball

Restrictions begin to ease. We can go out twice a day for sport or exercise, provided we stay local. The gorse is in bloom, glittering in warm yellows. The water is clear, the air still free of pollution. It is quite something, to see anyone here.

distant mountains
running like the wind
he smells the snow

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a black jacket sprinting across the beach with a yellow ball

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday 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 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Smelling

Word of the Day Challenge: Forgotten

Haiku: Signposts

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket on the beach

a driftwood tree
springs from the sands
grateful of water

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on the beach near the shoreline

This is the final day of a month-long series of writing prompts created by Discover. A very big thank you to Ben Huberman and the team for their inspiration and stepping in during these extraordinary times. It’s been a real pleasure to participate with so many creative bloggers.

Wishing you a wonderful Thursday and may you all stay safe and well,

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.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Discover Prompt #30: Grateful

Haiku: Celebration

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach

never knowing
when you came into this world
we choose your birthday

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach

Eivor is one of eleven animals we adopted over the years whose exact birthday we may never know. With the help of shelter staff an approximate birthday was suggested and we chose 8 April, already a birthday in our family and easy to remember.

It was the first time we celebrated two birthdays under lockdown conditions. We took the day off from phones and internet, managed to cook a special meal and had a magical time.

Wishing you all a beautiful Thursday and may you all stay safe and healthy,

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.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #22

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo #4 (white and blue)

Discover-Prompt #9: Pair

Haiku: Rocks and Stones

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking away from the surf towards the dry sand

split rocks
on glittering sands
this abundance

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a winter jacket walking across wet tidal sands

We are very grateful for all the amazing work the health service and everyone else who is making a positive difference is currently doing.

Following the example of Spain, France, The Netherlands and India, the UK is organising a #clapforourcarers event tonight (Thursday 26th March) at 8 pm where we can show our appreciation with a massive round of applause.

You can clap your hands on your doorstep, balcony or indoors and share it online through social media.

Hoping you all stay safe and well,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/800 s – ISO 200.

Nurturing Thursday

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Create Abundance Out of Ordinary Things