Haiku: Day’s End

rocks and outcrops between a shingle beach and the sea at sunset

day’s end
a cottage light glows
in the distance

© Xenia Tran

waves breaking on rocky outcrops at sunset

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in June 2022 (Bouldery, Perched, Surging)

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: End

Weekend Sky #66

Haiku: Salmon Sky

rocks and rockpools on the beach at sunrise

salmon sky –
poppies lean the past
into the half light

© Xenia Tran

poppies and wildflowers in the foreground at sunrise over the sea

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #131

CFFC: Landscapes or Waterscapes

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Half Light

Haiku: Their Own Nest

close up of cherry blossom

their own nest
between rooftops
cherry blossom

© Xenia Tran

Autumn Moon Haiku Journal 5:2, Spring-Summer 2022

cherry blossom blooms and buds

A warm-hearted thank you to all of you who showed so much kindness and love after the loss of our beloved Eivor and Pearl last month. Your prayers and healing have brought us great comfort.

We had no intention of fostering or adopting another dog so soon until angels both in heaven and on earth brought a sweet elderly whippet into our lives whose owner had passed away unexpectedly.

We look forward to introducing her on our sister blog, Whippet Wisdom, early next week.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Your Daily Word Prompt: Catenate

Haiku: Riding the Waves

a lone surfer riding a wave at first light

first light
a surfer tries his luck
on the waves

© Xenia Tran

a lone surfer riding a wave at first light
a lone surfer riding a wave at first light

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #130

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Achievement

Haiku: Morning Cruise

Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness

Caledonian Canal seen from the back of a moving boat

morning cruise –
happy hospitality
for Nessie-hunters

© Xenia Tran

The Asahi Shimbun, 6 May 2022

Loch Ness with waves and something unusual in the water

We were not sure what we were seeing in the distance and cropped the image:

unexplained sighting on Loch Ness

At first I thought it was a wave, then I wondered whether it was driftwood. Could it be Nessie? I am not sure what we are looking at here, so if you have any idea, please let me know!

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

I am taking a short blogging break and will be back on Sunday 12 June 2022.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge: Nautical Blue

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #202: Minimalism – Maximalism

Water Water Everywhere #128

Haiku: Here – the Silenced

Mixed Clans headstones with flowers at Culloden Battlefield

here – the silenced
still speak
war graves

© Xenia Tran

The Asahi Shimbun, 29 April 2022

close up of wreaths laid at Culloden Cairn on the 276th anniversary of the battle

Some of the wreaths and flowers from the 276th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, which took place on 16 April 1746.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #197: Rule of Thirds

Haiku: For Ancestors and Progeny

Culloden Battlefield

a wooden memorial bench at Culloden with Gaelic inscription

Culloden Moor –
the grass beside the bench
a paler green

© Xenia Tran

The Asahi Shimbun, 15 April 2022

plaque on memorial bench at Culloden

Wishing you a blessed Sunday, and to all of you who celebrate, a blessed Easter too.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Observance

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Short

Haiku: Peace Candle

second-hand bookstore
a blue and yellow candle
lit in the corner

© Xenia Tran

Haiku Dialogue, The Haiku Foundation, 9 March 2022

a lit blue and yellow candle in a wooden bookcase

It is heart-breaking to see what is happening in the world today because of one man’s fear of open and honest conversation.

It is heart-warming to see how many of us are working together for peace and freedom at the same time.

Yesterday’s visit of friendship to Kyiv by the Prime Ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia and Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister hopefully marks another step on the road to peace.

When you look more closely at the actions taken by people in support of peace for Ukraine, they all come from a place of kindness and compassion. Each and every one of these actions make a statement and make a difference.

Last Monday I signed an Open Letter (organised by The Society of Authors) to the writers, illustrators and translators of Ukraine expressing our solidarity. When I looked at the signatures more closely, I noticed that the name above mine was almost the same as my late grandmother’s. She was nearly 101 years old and lived through two World Wars.

Had she been alive today, I’m sure she would have signed the Open Letter too.

Wishing for peace and freedom in Ukraine and wishing you all a blessed Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #190: Close and Closer

Word of the Day Challenge: Statement

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

Haiku: Pink Dawn

sunrise over the river with pinks and blues reflected in the water

pink dawn
a swan family feeds
on the algae

© Xenia Tran

a pair of swans and their seven cygnets feeding from the exposed seaweed near the riverbank
a swan family feeding on algae at low tide on the river

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Aquatic

Weekend Sky #54