Quadrille: All That Glitters

a smiling blue and white whippet and a smiling black whippet striding out across the tidal sands

this summer blessed with sun
we walked ten miles and talked
of shorelines and geology
beyond amazed what has become
our tidal land, plucked from
desert, sea and glacier
we’re grateful time has brought us near
our gentle surf and all that glitters here

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a smiling blue and white whippet and a smiling black whippet striding out across the tidal sands

Thank you for all your good wishes before we went on our Summer break, it’s lovely to be back!

The poem above links to the Cove Bay series we posted during the week before our holiday.

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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

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Haiku: Ray of Light

a smiling blue and white whippet in a purple harness running on the beach

the sun’s rays
leaping across the sands
still smiling

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet in a purple harness leaping across the beach

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.

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

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Tanka: Discoveries

a black whippet on tidal sands beside the rocks

these rocks
carved by ice and wind
what a blessing
seeing this with our own eyes
breathing the sea air

© Xenia Tran

an inquisitive blue and white whippet peering over a wall of coastal stones and rock left dry at low tide.

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 160, f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

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Haiku: Catching Footprints

a black whippet leaping across tidal sands, seaweed and rocks

sheer joy
catching your footprints
in the air

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a purple harness leaping across the tidal sands

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, f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

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Haiku: Shimmering Leaves

a blue and white whippet walking on a forest trail with moss and grass

this trail
woven by wind and droplets
shimmering leaves

© Xenia Tran

young birch trees growing from rocks and upturned root balls in the forest

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/60 s -ISO 200.

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Haiku: Dancing Wave

portrait of a senior black whippet on the beach looking over his shoulder at the sea

ocean wave
a fairy dancing
in my eye

© Xenia Tran

a wave dancing and splashing over a rocky outcrop by the beach

Wishing you all a very happy and balmy 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/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Fairy

Thank You for Spreading the Love

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet catching the morning sun in their large dog bed

We are delighted to share that we are sponsoring a kennel with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, also known as the SSPCA, at two of their Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centres.

The SSPCA is Scotland’s largest animal welfare and rescue charity with nine Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centres across the country. They rescue, nurture and rehome animals, investigate abuse and play a vital role in research and education on animal welfare.

You can read more about the amazing work they do and watch a lovely introductory video on their website.

photograph of two kennel sponsorship certificates from the SSPCA

In addition to sponsoring the kennels at the SSPCA we were able to sponsor a special kennel at the Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary in support of the Macau greyhounds. You can read their story in the post Helping the Hounds of Macau and a further update in Edge of New Tomorrows.

We are also very grateful that we could make a small donation to Dogs on the Streets (DOTS), a charity that cares for the dogs of the homeless and helps to find them and their owners suitable housing. You can read more about this story in our post My Friend, My Rock.

These are all small steps that are part of a longer journey.

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet relaxing in their dog bed in the living room

If you haven’t got your copy yet, please consider ordering Sharing Our Horizon from your local bookstore, Waterstones, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Amazon US or any of the other outlets featured on Our Book page.

It will give you a lovely memento with a selection of poems and photographs featured on this blog and helps to support dogs who are looking for their forever homes.

front cover of Sharing our Horizon, a book by Xenia Tran

Thank you so much for all your help,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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