Silent Sunday: Moorland Grazing

a blonde highland cow grazing on the moors
a blonde highland cow grazing on the moors

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

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Horn

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

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

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: Surprised by the Surf

two redshank looking for food in the shallows
redshank and a black capped gull in a line of surf
a small flock of redshank and two black capped gulls in the surf

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Perplexed

Wordless Wednesday: Solstice Sunset

sunset on Winter Solstice Day over the Moray Firth at low tide
sunset over a tidal lagoon on the Moray Firth on Winter Solstice Day

After a few overcast days, the sunset of our shortest day was filled with light and made for a scintillating Winter Solstice.

We are now taking a short blogging break and will be back on Wednesday 29th December 2021.

Wishing you all a blessed week and for those of you who celebrate, a blessed Christmas too!

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Scintillate

CMMC: Pick a Topic from my Photo (Blue, Brown, Texture)

Wordless Wednesday: Magic Awakening

Cairngorms National Park

a pair of mallard ducks in the shallows of the loch
a clear mountain stream flowing over stones and branches

Wishing you all a magical Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 125, f/6.3 – 1/1600 s – ISO 400 and f/14 – 1/40 s – ISO 500.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Shiny

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Awakening

Silent Sunday: Tranquil Sea

two shelducks approaching the beach from the Moray Firth at sunset
a pair of shelducks walking along the southern shore of the Moray Firth at sunset

Wishing you all a blessed Easter,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100, f/1.8 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/1.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #142 : You Pick It (Sunset)

Water Water Everywhere #71

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Tranquil

Silent Sunday: Happy Homecoming

a swan family on a snowy river
a swan family swimming towards us on the river in winter

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 250.

Silent Sunday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Homecoming