Wordless Wednesday: Rainbow Tulips

close up of rainbow tulips in a vase
close up of rainbow tulips in a vase

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

CMMC: June Close-up or Macro

Wordless Wednesday: Apple Blossom

close up of apple blossom
macro shot of apple blossom

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

CMMC: May Close up or Macro

Wordless Wednesday: Spring Flowers

macro of a doronicum little leo bud

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

CMMC: April Colors – Yellow or Purple

Wordless Wednesday: Catkins

close up of fading catkins by an old cottage wall
macro shot of the yellow pollen on a catkin

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Residue

CMMC: April Close Up or Macro

Silent Sunday: Flowering Currant

Ribes Sanguineum

close up of a flowering currant with a few buds still closed
macro shot of flowering currant blooms with dew drops

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

CMMC: Spring or Autumn Season

Wordless Wednesday: A Splendid Day for Ducks

two pairs of mallard ducks on the riverbank
a mallard drake climbing on to the river bank in front of a female mallard
two pairs of mallards in discussion on the riverbank
a bonded pair of mallard ducks on the riverbank

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Versatile

CMMC: March Alphabet – Letter D at the Beginning or End of a Word

Haiku: Cullen Skink

close up of organic leek and potatoes

Cullen skink and stovies
a lunch-time line forms
in the rain

© Xenia Tran

The Asahi Shimbun, 18 February 2022

close up of fish and potato soup served in bowl

Cullen Skink is a popular fish soup along the Moray coast, where it is served in many restaurants, cafés and takeaways. Seeing people wait in line outside a takeaway inspired the above haiku.

This traditional Scottish soup originated in Cullen, a town that has featured a few times on this blog, most recently in January’s post Seatown.

It is an easy dish to prepare yourself. Some people use onion, we prefer leek. Some people use mashed potato with cream, we prefer cubed potato, steamed in their skin.

Ingredients:

Organic leek, organic potato, smoked haddock, milk, parsley (or lovage).

Method:

Wash, peel and chop the leek, wash and cube the potatoes. Steam the potatoes for approximately 15 minutes, the leek for 10 minutes.

In a separate saucepan, poach the smoked haddock in semi-skimmed milk for five minutes. Remove the haddock with a strainer and transfer it onto a plate. When the fish is cool enough to touch, flake it into large pieces, removing any bones, and return it to the milk in the pan.

Add the steamed potato and leek to the milk and haddock and heat together for another five minutes. Serve and garnish with fresh parsley et voilà – you have a simple, wholesome dish for any occasion.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Thank you Cee for honouring us with this post as a CMMC Featured Blogger!

CMMC Featured Blogger Ribbon

CMMC: Close-Up or Macro

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Wholesome

Word of the Day Challenge: Occasion

Wordless Wednesday: First Snowdrops

close up of snowdrops emerging from the ground
close up of snowdrops emerging from the soil

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

CMMC: February Close-up or Macro

Wordless Wednesday: Seatown

Cullen

a fishing boat at anchor in Cullen's tidal harbour
view of the pier and lighthouse between cottages
view of the viaduct and the roofs of the Seatown

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CMMC: January Alphabet – Letter ‘V’ Anywhere in the Word

(Vehicles, Velux Windows, Viaduct, Victorian Cottages, View, Village, Inverness Sign, Waves)

Wordless Wednesday: Pearls of Frost

Clematis

macro shot of a frozen clematis seed head
close up of two clematis seed heads with frost melting in the sun

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Cee’s Flower of the Day

CMMC: January Close-Up or Macro