Sharing our horizon by Xenia Tran

Thank you so much for the lovely review of our book dear Anna xxx

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Eivor and Pearl

I don’t usually do book reviews, but this book just blew me away!  Like me, many of you followers are dog lovers, Haiku writers and a great many are photographers. This book has it all!

Xenia shares her Highland journey through the seasons with two adopted whippets, a poet and a camera! Beautifully presented in ebook and real book, 60% of the net profits each year will be shared with re-homing charities, what more could you want. Christmas is coming!!!

Of course, she’s a wordpress blogger too!

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Haiku: A New Horizon

Cairngorms National Park


close up of a blue whippet looking up to the right beside ancient pine trees and birch


golden birch
shimmering across the loch
a new horizon

© Xenia Tran


close up of a black whippet looking up at an ancient pine tree


looking East across Lochan Mor towards the mountains with yellow and golden birch along the shore


With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/60 s, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/80 s, ISO 320 and f/3.2, 1/640 s, ISO 160.


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Our Book is Here


close up of black whippet looking up at the camera


We have some very exciting news today. After months of selecting poems and images …


a blue whippet looking over her right shoulder, draft papers displayed beside her in her dog bed


… placing them in seasonal order and several rounds of editing …


black whippet looking over his left shoulder towards the camera, several draft papers beside him on the floor


… we handed our final version to a designer …


front cover of Sharing our Horizon by Xenia Tran

… and our first book to help raise funds for animal rehoming shelters was born.


We want to say a very big thank you to all our followers who encouraged us to create a book with colour photographs and poems from our blog.

If we were going to do this, we wanted it to be for a good cause. We will donate 60% of our net profits to animal rehoming shelters. The more books we sell, the more charities we will be able to help. The remaining 40% will be invested in future fundraising projects.

We want to say a very big thank you to John Hubbard for his beautiful cover and print book design, to Darlene Swanson for the ebook design and the teams at Reedsy and IngramSpark for helping us put everything together.

Our book is now available in paperback and can be ordered from your local bookstore, online bookstores, Indie Bound, Barnes & Noble, 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 worldwide.

For further details on where to order, please visit ‘Our Book‘ page.

We really hope we can make this book a success and help many other dogs find their happy forever homes.

We always remember where we come from and are so grateful for the staff and volunteers in shelters who looked after us when we were there.

Now we want to give something back.


a blue whippet running on the beach towards the camera with a big smile

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.


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Haiku: Flowing Water


black whippet bending down to sniff the stones beside the loch


taking it all in
the sound of flowing water
fills the glen

© Xenia Tran


a stream running through the forest with young and mature pine

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5, 1/200 s, ISO 160 and f/3.5, 1/250 s, ISO 100.


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Sijo: On The Shore

Two whippets playing between seaweed covered rocks at low tide


the tide sweeps out once more, leaves seaweeds resting in airs of Spring
among the joys of shell and stones, playful dogs and soaring gulls
it takes a while before the poem plucks me from the mountains

© Xenia Tran

Low tide on the Moray Firth

Happy Monday and much love to you all,
Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA.

Kristjaan at Carpe Diem invites us to write a Sijo:

More ancient than haiku, the Korean Sijo shares a common ancestry with haiku, tanka and similar Japanese genres. All evolved from more ancient Chinese patterns. Sijo is traditionally composed in three lines of 14-16 syllables each, totalling between 44-46 syllables. A pause breaks each line approximately in the middle. The sijo may be narrative or thematic, introducing a situation or problem in line 1, development or “turn” in line 2, and resolution in line 3. The first half of the final line employs a “twist”: a surprise of meaning, sound, tone or other device. The sijo is often more lyrical, subjective and personal than haiku, and the final line can take a profound, witty, humorous or proverbial turn. Like haiku, sijo has a strong basis in nature.

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Tanka: A Dream Rests




snow melts
on Cnoc Fhaoighris
a dream rests
between clouds and water
her path soothed by spirits

© Xenia Tran




Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA.


We are delighted that this tanka has been included in ‘All My Years – Tribute to Jane Reichhold’ by Chevrefeuille, published in December 2017 and available from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites – Part 2

This is our second contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge for ‘Opposites’.

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The cottages of Torridon village in the Western Highlands are bathing in sunlight whilst the top of the mountain is wrapped in cloud and fog.


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The rains are heavy further down Loch Torridon while we walk in the sun. We keep our dogs on the lead near livestock.


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This part of the Scottish Highlands sees a lot of rainfall, which creates interesting opposites of light and dark.


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Wealthy people fly in by helicopter to spend time at their Highland retreat.

We travel here by road. To us every part of the journey is as breathtaking and beautiful as the destination.

Sending love to you all,

Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs taken by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix  Panasonic FZ38, setting: Landscape.

You can see Part 1 of our contribution to the Challenge here.

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