Haibun: Where Love Sails

a smiling brindle whippet walking across the shingle towards the dunes

It is almost a month ago when we first met Misty. The morning after she moved in we went on a short break to a small village further along the coast. She had been on day-trips with her family before, but never on holiday. It was a blessing to have this quiet time to get to know each other. And Misty loved it.

When we returned home there were vet visits and blood tests and since then, our bond has only strengthened. We admire Misty for her spirit, the way she seems to understand and read us, the way she fits into our lives so easily. The ripples can be felt when love walks where we walk, sails with all who sail beyond our sheltered bay.

flowing river
in tune with the moon
she finds the sea

© Xenia Tran

the moray firth seen from the dunes where the river meets the sea

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekend Sky #67

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #133

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Sail

Wordless Wednesday: Birds of a Feather

two whippets in winter jackets playing on the beach with a ball
a flock of oystercatchers in flight

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Weekend Sky #55

Puente Poetry: Walkway to the Light

a blue and white whippet in a pink winter jacket pausing on top of wooden steps towards the beach

on the weathered wooden walkway
marram grass bursts through the slats
birds rest on the handrails
human hands no longer touch

~ structures built to help us ~

are smoothed by wind and rain
the last two years have taught us
to seek the light again
where natural kindness rises

© Xenia Tran

pink light between purple clouds at dusk over the Moray Firth

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Structure

Weekend Sky #53

Tanka: Halo Around the Sun

a black and white whippet in a winter jacket running through the dunes

happiness
the seamless flow
in letting go
when frost that starts at night
melts when the sun rises

© Xenia Tran

dunes and marram grass with the sea beyond under a blue sky

The halo around the sun in the header image was caused by ice crystals high in the atmosphere.

We will be back tomorrow with a special Review of the Year as we are preparing our countdown to 2022.

Wishing you all a happy Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekend Sky #51

PI Poetry Prompt: Start

Word of the Day Challenge: Countdown

Wordless Wednesday: Run with the Wind

a black whippet chasing a ball on the beach, watched by a blue and white whippet
a cloudy sky over a windy sea with rolling waves

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Weekend Sky #50

Tanka: Soothing Waves

sea and sky
each new day
a rebirth
reflecting on the light
a soothing wave emerges

© Xenia Tran

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a wonderful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekend Sky #31

CMMC: June – Pick a Topic from my Photo (Sea, Waves)

Sijo: Where Eagles Rise and Soar

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in fleece jacket on a mountain trail

catching the scent of deer, their presence feels so near
the trail we’re walking, from glen to hill to snow-filled pass
our eyes rest on the eyrie, where eagles rise and soar

© Xenia Tran

a snow-covered corrie in the Cairngorms

If you’re new to the Sijo form, you can find an earlier poem and short description here.

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 400 and f/8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Soar

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – April 2021 (furry)

Weekend Sky #25

Tanka: April Dust

two whippets in winter jackets on a snowy beach at dusk

so beautiful!
the arctic wind leaves
a dusting of snow
from a sky both cold and gold
ready for a photo

© Xenia Tran

golden hour on the Moray Firth with a light covering of snow

These images were taken in calmer conditions during our previous snowfall.

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.

Settings: f/3.4 – 1/160 s – ISO 400, f/3.4 – 1/320 s – ISO 400 and f/5 – 1/50 s – ISO 250.

Tanka Thursday: Dust

Weekend Sky #23


Wordless Wednesday: Catching the Breeze

a smiling blue and white whippet running through the dunes
view from the beach towards the sea and large sand bar

It’s good to be back and thank you for all your good wishes before we went on our break!

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Weekend Sky #21

Haibun: Natural Light

a blue and white whippet in a maroon and grey jacket sniffing the stones on the beach

The temperature has dipped and yesterday’s snow lingers on the higher ground. The light bounces through scattered clouds as we walk along the soft sand. The tide is rolling in. Even with restrictions in place there’s freedom in each movement.


quick water
a flock of geese
is heading north

© Xenia Tran

silhouette of a whippet in a jacket walking across tidal sands

Wishing you all a happy Monday and happy International Women’s Day,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

My maternal grandmother was a very kind and spirited woman who pursued her dream to become a GP and cared for others during her entire life.

If you missed the poem we shared on Twitter earlier today, you can read it here:

Grandma Alice poem by Xenia Tran with old black and white photograph of her grandmother
(From Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light, Voices from Poets – dVerse Anthology, 2017)

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #138: Natural Light

Weekend Sky #19

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Pursuit

Word of the Day Challenge: Free