Hugh from Hugh’s News & Views has started his 2019 Christmas Appeal in aid of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and will donate £1 for every link that is left under his Christmas tree until he reaches a target of 200 links. If you have published a book, you can leave a link to your Author Pages on Amazon and Goodreads too. Feel free to hop across and meet some other great bloggers!
The Christmas tree is up, but something is missing. There are no gifts under it, and I need your help to put that right.
For this year’s Christmas charity appeal, I’m asking you to help me raise some money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Since 1860, Battersea has been there for every dog and cat that finds themselves homeless. From the moment they welcomed their first stray dog, they have been placing animals at the centre of everything they do.
More than three million animals later, they’re still working hard to achieve the vision that every dog and cat should live in a home where they are treated with love, care and respect.
They believe that every dog and cat deserves the best. That’s why Battersea Dogs and Cats home have always helped every dog and cat in need.
We are delighted that Between Heather and Grass – Poems and Photographs Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets is now available in paperback, ebook and Kindle editions.
When we selected images and poems for our first collection Sharing Our Horizon (September 2018), a few poems were set aside especially for this second book. One of those poems was A Message from the Stars, a poem about our nine-year old nephew Jamie Baker who suffered from leukaemia. His story shows us what love, football and a big dream can do, even in the most difficult circumstances.
With these poems in place, I dedicated the following year to creating photographs and poems that would flow naturally through the seasons with these earlier verses.
Your feedback and encouraging words helped us to select the most popular poems among these. In addition, the lovely bloggers among you who host regular photo and poetry challenges inspired us to look at what had been written from a different perspective.
As with our first book, we have created Between Heather and Grass to help raise funds for animal rehoming shelters, a cause very close to our heart.
We are also supporting Children with Cancer UK, in memory of our nephew Jamie. This charity works hard to find better and kinder ways to treat children with cancer. Their mission is to help every child ring their end of treatment bell, and to keep families together.
We want to say a very big thank you to Darlene Swanson for the book design and to the teams at Reedsy and Ingram Spark for putting everything together.
The beech tree’s green canopy spreads across the grey and blue of morning sky, exchanging glances with the younger ones. The carpet is still red and gold with memories of autumn. So many smells of old and new. We breathe in the past and exhale the present, before inhaling the present and exhaling the past again.
Eivor and Pearl wanted to create this post for our blogging friend Bella and her family and the many others who lost their loved ones after they’d been given transfusions or products containing infected blood.
May the love and light of this world continue to wrap itself around all of you who need it at this time.
With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx
Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1100 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.