Haiku: Colours of Kindness

two whippets in winter jackets on a forest trail in autumn

fallen leaves
the kindness in
every colour

© Xenia Tran

Loch Dunmore in autumn with glorious colours

It was lovely to see the autumn colours at Loch Dunmore and we came home to some exciting news.

A Wish (the poem from which the second line became the title for our book Between Heather and Grass) and two haiku that were first published in EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020: The Year of the Nurse, have been included in a heart-warming new book edited by Robert Epstein:

front cover of The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology

From the back cover:

Helping or serving is not only vital for survival, it is essential to living fully. As human beings, we all depend on one another in a myriad of ways. Across the spectrum, the coronavirus pandemic has magnified the urgency of mutual care and kindness like nothing else. Through acts of love, generosity, giving, sharing and caring, we make life a little easier, a little more bearable, for one another. We elevate ourselves in doing so and thereby embody the better angels of our nature. Join with the poets and artists from the world as they share the many fruits of giving and receiving help, care and compassion on behalf of fellow humans and nonhumans alike.

A very big thank you to Robert Epstein for including my poems and putting this beautiful anthology together.

Born from and for these extraordinary times, the Helping Hand Haiku Anthology is filled with kindness-centred poems and treats for the soul.

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/80 s – ISO 400, f/3.5 – 1/60 s – ISO 250 and f/3.5 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

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Haiku: East Wind

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket sprinting across the beach

ah this light
rising in the east
with the wind

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket leaping across the beach

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

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 and f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

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Haiku: Wings of Snow

Loch Laggan

two whippets in winter jackets running up a sandy path above Loch Laggan

dusting of snow
winter stretches sideways
above the water

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet in a winter jacket running up a sandy path

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

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Wordless Wednesday: Welcome the Bridge

Faskally Woods

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket running across a wooden bridge
a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket pausing on a wooden bridge

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.4 – 1/30 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/50 s – ISO 200 and f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 200.

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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.

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Haiku: Spring Lanterns

Glen Affric

a forest trail in spring with green heather and young leaves on birch trees

green waves
in the sun’s warmth
spring lanterns

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket in a forest beside a pine tree and green 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.

Settings: f/3.4 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

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This poem features in Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

look inside feature for Between Heather and Grass
Look inside …