Haibun: We Romantics

two whippets on the beach with dramatic clouds fanning through the blue sky

Today is the last day of our lockdown. More than a hundred days of staying at home. In many ways, it’s been a true blessing.

We enjoy the quiet beach, the clean air and water, the way we always do. More than anything, we enjoy the absence of litter. The romantic in me hopes it can stay this way, that tourists will be mindful when they return.

summer galaxy
in a woodland pond
irises bloom

© Xenia Tran

a gentle surf rolling towards the beach under a partly blue sky

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem: Exploring the Beauty of Haiku – Apokoinou

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #145: Wild Iris

Twiglet #183: We Romantics

Word of the Day Challenge: Imagination

Wordless Wednesday: Slipping into Summer

a black whippet stepping out of a tidal lagoon
a tidal lagoon and far stretching tidal sands

Thank you for all your good wishes before we went on our blogging break and we hope you all had a lovely week too!

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #102: A Quiet Moment

Word of the Day Challenge: Celebration

Haiku: Firefly

a black whippet standing in a garden by a low wooden fence and japanese lantern

white currant blossom
in a world of his own
this little fly

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of white currant blossom and a little fly

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: The Way of the Gardener, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 10 June 2020. A very big thank you to guest editor Craig Kittner and post manager Lori Zajkowski for putting this edition together.

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/250s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #142: Firefly

Word of the Day Challenge: Joy

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

Wordless Wednesday: Luminosity of Being

a smiling blue and white whippet running across the tidal sands
a seagull emerging from the mist on the water

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #31

Word of the Day Challenge: Golden

Haibun: Final Journey

hazy morning on the Moray Firth, only the nearest mountains visible across the water

The mountains are almost as blue as sea and sky. A sun-lit cloud floats gently by before it slips away. The way some people do. Even when they touch the hearts of many.

final journey
the sound of clapping hands
trickles down the brae

© Xenia Tran

a white feather in the soil with some brown leaves and pine needles

This post is dedicated to Susan Hey (1979-2020) who lost her battle with cancer last week. She had devoted the last few years of her life to creating a lasting memorial and gift to our town, in memory of her son Hamish. Hamish died of cancer three years ago, at the age of eight.

Because of the covid-19 restrictions Susan’s funeral had to take place behind closed doors. Details of her final journey were released so that those of us who wanted to say goodbye were given the opportunity to do so whilst maintaining a safe social distance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Susan’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/5 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/80 s – ISO 200.

dVerse Poets Quadrille #105: Slip

Word of the Day Challenge: Respect

Wordless Wednesday: A New Ball in the Air

a blue and white whippet playing with a ball on the beach
a blue and white whippet leaping up to catch a ball mid-air on the beach

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #98: Delicate Colours

Word of the Day Challenge: Rose

Haibun: Never Forgotten

a black whippet in a black jacket leaping across the beach with a yellow ball

Restrictions begin to ease. We can go out twice a day for sport or exercise, provided we stay local. The gorse is in bloom, glittering in warm yellows. The water is clear, the air still free of pollution. It is quite something, to see anyone here.

distant mountains
running like the wind
he smells the snow

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a black jacket sprinting across the beach with a yellow ball

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Smelling

Word of the Day Challenge: Forgotten

Wordless Wednesday: Pastime

a blue and white whippet playing with a pink and white toy
a blue and white whippet playing with a pink and white toy

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/80 s – ISO 200, f/4.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 200 and f/4.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 200.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #97: Pastimes

Word of the Day Challenge: Cathartic

Tanka: Wings of a Cormorant

a black whippet in a black jacket carrying a yellow ball on the beach

birds on a rock
dogs returning yellow balls
over and over
it’s easy to disappear
in the magic of it all

© Xenia Tran

two cormorants on a rock in the sea with a flock of seagulls

Wishing you a peaceful Tuesday and may you all stay safe.

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 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Return

Twiglet #177: A Vacant Nest

Word of the Day Challenge: Understated

Wordless Wednesday: A Taste of the Sea

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket walking on seaweed-covered stones
a blue and white whippet in a black jacket walking on seaweed-covered stones

Wishing you all a wonderful 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

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Tasting

Word of the Day Challenge: Contact