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

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

Friday Favorite: Between Heather and Grass

Laurie Graves shares a beautiful review of Between Heather and Grass on her blog Notes from the Hinterland, alongside music by Jon Batiste! Thank you so much for sharing this Laurie, we’re so happy you enjoyed our second collection! xxx

Notes From the Hinterland

I decided to change the title for my Friday posts. Formerly, it was What’s Making Me Happy, but I had borrowed this from the excellent podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, and I thought maybe it would be best to have something different. There is a fine line between admiration and plagiarism, and I didn’t want to cross it.

So now the title will be Friday Favorites, but the content will be the same as I list things that made me happy or caught my attention during the week. Often I list three things, but today there will only be one as it needs to stand by itself.

Long overdue to be featured on this blog is the very beautiful book, Between Heather and Grass: Poems and Photographs Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets. It was published by my blogging friend Xenia Tran, who has the lovely blogs

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World Haiku Series 2019 (199) Haiku by Xenia Tran

We are deeply honoured and delighted to share our haiku with haiku friends in the world and appreciate each other’s haiku as part of the World Haiku Series 2019, celebrating the 330th anniversary of Bashõ’s visit to Kisakata at the same time. A special thank you to Mr Hidenori Hiruta for his beautiful Japanese translations.

Akita International Haiku Network

World Haiku Series 2019 (199)

Haiku by Xenia Tran

blossom haze

spring is passing

before our eyes

– from Between Heather and Grass – Poems Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets by Xenia Tran (Nairn, UK: Holistic Linguistics, 2019)

花のもや

春が過ぎて行く

目の前で

light rain

around the buddha’s feet

a sea of diamonds

– published in EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2019 (Winchester, VA: The Haiku Foundation, 2019)

小雨

仏の足の周り

ダイヤモンドの海

sea pinks

sunlight draws her colours

around the rocks

– published on Whippet Wisdom blog

海のピンク

日光が色を描く

岩の周りに

these colours

the new and ever never

gifts from the sea

– from Between Heather and Grass – Poems Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets by Xenia Tran (Nairn, UK: Holistic Linguistics, 2019)

これらの色

新しい、かつてない

海からの贈り物

empty salad bowl

too beautiful to eat

these flowers

– published on Tranature blog

空のサラダボウル

美しすぎて食べられない

これらの花を

stillness of trees

the wind picks up where she left

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Haiku: Changing Patterns

a black whippet running along the beach with a ball

healing the past
nature smooths the lines
of old defences

© Xenia Tran

two whippets on the beach beside the dunes

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ 200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word 2020 – 1st ed (Rift & Span)

Word of the Day Challenge: Pattern

Haiku: Morningtide

two whippets walking across tidal sands towards the sea

daybreak
a band of mist rises
into blue

© Xenia Tran

two whippets on tidal sands with exposed rocks and seaweed

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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #321: Morrow & Surge (daybreak & rise)

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word 2020 – 1st ed (Estival)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Bask

Supporting Children with Cancer UK and Dogs Trust

We are grateful and delighted to support Children with Cancer UK through the sale of Between Heather and Grass in memory of our nephew Jamie Baker.

copy of a letter from CWUK

It was lovely to make our first donation to this wonderful charity. Children with Cancer UK works hard to find better and kinder ways to treat children with cancer.

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

a blue and white whippet standing on a mountain trail

We have also made our first donation to Dogs Trust, in memory of Flynn, Fergal, Seamus and Ruby.

Thank You Certificate from Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and has been caring for dogs in need for more than 128 years. They take in dogs that have been abandoned or handed in by owners who could no longer care for them and find them new, loving forever homes.

They have micro-chipped more than 1.1 million dogs and neutered more than 827,000 dogs since 1999 and provided special foster homes for dogs from families fleeing domestic violence. In addition to these services they run educational programmes in schools, training programmes for owners and actively campaign on dog welfare-related issues.

To find out more about their work or to support Dogs Trust directly, please visit their website here.

two whippets on a mountain trail with lochans visible below

A very big thank you to all you fabulous people who have bought a copy of Between Heather and Grass, left a review and helped to spread the word and raise awareness of these two wonderful charities.

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

look inside feature for Between Heather and Grass
Look inside …

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a great start to the new the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Fantabulous

Word of the Day Challenge: Ecstatic

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

Haiku: Sandcastle

a blue and white whippet pausing in the dunes

sandcastle
old defences catch the sea
on a new day

© Xenia Tran

two crumbling WW2 defences with a sandcastle between them on the beach

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.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Friday Fun Challenge: Beach

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #320: Day & Flaw (Day & Catch)

Word of the Day Challenge: Accidental

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.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Supporting

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