The 2019 Christmas Charity Appeal – Help Me Raise £250 For Battersea Dogs & Cats Home By Leaving Me Links To Your Blogs and Books

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!

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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.

Clickhereto visit the Battersea Dogs and Cats…

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Between Heather and Grass – Our Book is Here

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.

Front Cover of Between Heather and Grass by Xenia Tran
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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.

Children with Cancer UK Supporter's Logo

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.

Our book is available in paperback and can be ordered from your local bookstore, online bookstores, Amazon, Indie Bound, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Fishpond, Adlibris and any other store connected to the IngramSpark Global network.

Our Apple Book can be downloaded from Apple Books in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Our ebook is available via Kobo, Nook and many others worldwide.

Our Kindle version is available via Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Australia, Amazon India, Amazon Japan and Amazon worldwide.

For further details on where to order, please visit our Between Heather and Grass page.

a smiling blue and white whippet walking towards the camera across the tidal sands

In so many positive ways, you all played a part and this book is for you too.

A very big thank you for all your love, support and inspiration.

Wishing you all a beautiful Friday and a wonderful weekend,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5 – 1/6 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Word of the Day Challenge: Accommodate

Recent publications in journals, anthologies, video and full-length collections:

Tanka: Late Summer Mountain

portrait shot of a smiling black whippet on a mountain trail

footsteps
full of devotion
side by side
heather and flowers bloom
in late summer mountains

© Xenia Tran

portrait of a smiling blue and white whippet beside flowering heather

Wishing 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 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #61: Precious Pets

Carpe Diem #1737: Introduction to a Month Full of Devotion – Adam’s Peak

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Marvel

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.

Nurturing Thursday: Jump

Your Daily Word Prompt: Charge

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Ingenuity

Wordless Wednesday: Thoughtful Observations

a blue and white whippet looking up between the trees on a forest trail
a black whippet, wearing a black collar and a black harness, looking into the distance from a sun-lit forest trail

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/250 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Weekly Word Prompt: Observation

Haiku: After the Rain

Inshriach Forest

a black whippet with a shiny silky coat, running between the heather

sunshine after rain
gliding through the wood
the loch glitters

© Xenia Tran

a glittering lochan in Inshriach Forest under a blue sky with cotton wool clouds

Wishing 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/3.2 – 1/400 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #91: Midsummer Rain

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #51: Unique

Haibun: Forest Rain

a black whippet running on a forest trail covered in autumn leaves with the trees in full green leaf

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.

rain falls
a journey of its own
in the forest

© Xenia Tran

a blue whippet in a purple collar and harness sniffs the air in the forest

Wishing 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/3.2 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #89: Extreme Haibun – Rain

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #50: Trees

Wordless Wednesday: Smiles in the Breeze

two whippets in black jackets running on the beach in deep sand
a smiling black whippet and a blue and white whippet with a pink ball in her mouth running towards the camera on the beach
a smiling black whippet in a black jacket leaping across the beach and a blue and white whippet in a black jacket with a pink ball in her mouth running through the deep sand in front of the turquoise waves

It’s been a breezy and sunny start to the day at 4C and took a little while to warm up.

We are taking a short blogging break to focus on editing our next book and will be back next week. We will post a Silent Sunday post on our sister blog Tranature as per normal and will check in to read and catch up on comments when we can.

We wish you all a very happy Wednesday and a wonderful weekend!

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.

Wordless Wednesday

Sue’s Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Give us a Smile

When the Mist Rises

a black whippet walking on tidal sands in early morning mist

when the mist rises
this light that wraps around
where comfort falls
is always here for you
is always here for you

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a black and white whippet looking in the distance to his right on tidal sands
a blue and white whippet walking on tidal sands in early morning mist

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.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: All That Matters

Wordless Wednesday: Breathtaking Days

a smiling and leaping black whippet on the beach with small waves rolling behind him
two smiling whippets running on the beach beside the shoreline
two smiling whippets running and leaping on the beach beside the shoreline

We wish you all a very happy 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.

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday Stills: Playground

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Breathtaking