Tanka: Wolf Dog

wolf dog –
when clouds speak of rain
her eyes flicker
as sunlight shifts sideways
along summer waves

© Xenia Tran

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.

Tanka Thursday: Eyes

Word of the Day Challenge: Surreal

Haiku: Green Dawn

green dawn
all this light mirrored
in the leaves

© Xenia Tran

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.

Sunday Stills: Under and Over the Trees

Word of the Day Challenge: Self

Our Continued Support for DOTS (Dogs on the Streets)

We are delighted we were able to make another donation of dog bowls, dog food (wet, dry and senior) and dental chews to DOTS (Dogs on the Streets) last week with funds raised from the sale of Sharing Our Horizon during the 2020-2021 tax year.

DOTS is a Multi Award Winning Charity dedicated to the welfare of dogs belonging to the UK’s homeless community. They operate weekly in London as well as running regular services in Birmingham, Kent, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Taunton with a view to expand even further.

With a fully equipped mobile veterinary surgery vehicle allowing ease of access to dogs in need, DOTS ensures all the essential items and services are provided for free each and every week. From food provisions to new harnesses and leads plus training and grooming sessions.

Working tirelessly, DOTS aim is to find permanent accommodation for rough sleepers and regularly represents clients and their dogs with services/ borough councils. Many refuse housing when offered simply because it is not dog friendly. This has been a major challenge during the Covid-19 pandemic and DOTS has been able to foster dogs for the homeless in their sanctuary until suitable accommodation can be found where they can be reunited with their owner.

When an owner is no longer able to care for their dog through ill health or other circumstances, DOTS will find a suitable new home for the dog and can offer peace of mind that their beloved companion will be cared for.

If you want to support DOTS directly please visit their website where you can find out how to make a difference.

A very big thank you to all of you who have bought a copy of Sharing Our Horizon, left a review and helped spread the word.

If the book is new to you please click on the icon below for a peek inside.

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Word of the Day Challenge: Magnanimous

Wordless Wednesday: Silver Linings

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Silvery

Wordless Wednesday: Water of Life

Cairngorms National Park

The warm weather continues and it’s lovely to be greeted by so many smiles.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Trend

Haiku: Wood Anemone

a blue and white whippet in a raincoat sniffing the grass


wood anemone
a blue and white dog tiptoes
through the green grass

© Xenia Tran

anemone blanda flowering in the forest

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday from the Cairngorms and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 800, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 560 and f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 1000.

CMMC: May Alphabet Letter ‘G’ Anywhere in the Word

Word of the Day Challenge: Blossoming

Haibun: Faery Spotting

a black whippet in a blue harness on a narrow woodland trail

The rains have stopped and the glen is full of bird song. It’s good to smell pine and freshly watered earth after the dry spell. A faint path is covered in paw prints from furry folk who walk here in the night. The more we journey here, the more we feel two worlds connecting.

linked lives
ribbons of white bells
glitter in the sun

© Xenia Tran

close up of spring heather growing on the forest floor

Wishing you all a blessed 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/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 320, f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 200 and f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 180.

Earthweal: Voyage to the Otherworld

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #148: Spots and Dots

Word of the Day Challenge: Gorgeous

Haiku: The Gull’s Voice

two whippets running towards the beach beside a row of beach huts

after the snow
a thirst for summer
in the gull’s voice

© Xenia Tran

a set of freshly painted beach huts overlooking the sea

Wishing you all a wonderful 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/8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 250, f/7.1 – 1/1600 s – ISO 400 and f/9 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Word of the Day Challenge: Thirst

Wordless Wednesday: Smiling River

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling black and white whippet on a riverbank
the river Feshie in Spring

The river is bubbling and flowing with snowmelt.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 250 and f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 180.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Laughter

Word of the Day Challenge: Fresh

Haibun: Sometimes the Wind

a blue and white whippet snoozing on the floor touching the front paws of a black whippet

The wind has changed direction and it’s best to stay at home. It’s blowing straight from the Arctic and, just for a short while, we get a sense of life in another place, far away from here. A place where the sun rarely sets in Summer and barely rises in Winter. A place with polar bears, reindeer and huskies. A place similar to what it was like here, thousands and thousands of years ago.

snow flurries
children roll their eggs
for easter

© Xenia Tran

close up of a blue and white whippet in a pink fleece

Wishing you all a happy Monday and, if you’re in Northern Scotland, may you stay safe and warm!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 220, f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 400.

PI Poetry Prompt: Egg

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #142: You Pick It!

Word of the Day Challenge: Sometimes