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Sharing our Horizon: A Journey Through the Scottish Highlands with Two Adopted Whippets

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The poems and photographs capture daily moments in the lives of two adopted whippets, Eivor and Pearl, who love spending time in nature. They walk in forests and glens, climb mountains and run along quiet beaches in the Scottish Highlands and on the Moray coast.

91 pages, Kindle Edition

Published October 5, 2018

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Xenia Tran

2 books3 followers
Xenia Tran is an artist, linguist and poet who lives in the Scottish Highlands with her husband and two adopted whippets. She writes in Dutch and English and her poetry has appeared on television, in videos, a haiku calendar, online journals, anthologies and magazines. She blogs at https://whippetwisdom.com and https://tranature.com and publishes her collections in aid of good causes.

'Between Heather and Grass - Poems and Photographs Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets' is available in paperback, ebook and Kindle editions. This collection has been especially created to help raise funds for Children with Cancer UK, in memory of her nephew Jamie Baker and in support of animal rehoming charities.

'Sharing Our Horizon - A Journey Through the Scottish Highlands with Two Adopted Whippets' is her collection of poems and photographs published in September 2018, in aid of animal rehoming charities.

She loves reading poetry, nature writing and non-fiction in Dutch and English in her spare time. Her list of books read on Goodreads focuses on texts in English.

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Author 26 books3 followers
December 17, 2018
If you love dogs, especially whippets, haiku poetry and are a keen photographer, this book will blow you away, it did me! Beautifully presented, the pictures are stunning, and there are the dogs, what more could you want!
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1,158 reviews64 followers
November 18, 2018
I enjoy the poetry, prose and photographs to be found on Xenia’s blog, Whippet Wisdom, very much. Xenia has put together a wonderful selection of her work in her debut release, Sharing Our Horizon.

If you’re a dog and/or nature lover this could be a book for you or a lovely gift for someone you know, and at the same time you’d be helping rescue centres care for and rehome abandoned and abused animals, with 60% of the proceeds going to animal charities. Inside Sharing Our Horizons there are a collection of beautiful photographs and poems, stunning scenery and two gorgeous rescue whippets having fun and enjoying life in the Scottish Highlands. Beaches, glens, forests, sea views and mountains—this book has them all, the photographs complimented by wonderful tanka, haiku and haibun (and vice versa). Here’s one of my favourite verses…

‘when days cool down

sky unfolds her warmest

blanket of colours’

Calming and inspiring, it’s the perfect book to dip into and appreciate anew each time.
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6 reviews36 followers
January 17, 2021
Xenia Tran

I give this book five stars. Here are my thoughts.
With excellent photography the author illustrates delightful poetry of the highlands, of rivers and beaches along with the two alert and lovable whippets. This is the kind of poetry one enjoys with a cup of one's favorite tea or coffee any time of day or night.

It is more a journey that comes alive in poems. The poems written in haiku, narrative and haibun forms, tell their stories in photos and skillfully crafted words.
Clearly the author is a student of poetry and of writing. Her biography and addendum notes on the nature of Haiku, Haibun and narrative poetry are knowledgeable, concise and illuminating.

The journey in this book of poetry takes the reader through the seasons in the Highlands, through vistas of rivers, streams and travelling journal stories. There is great expression in the movement of water, of beaches of leaves and cloud cover. Lovely imagery including that of snow as walking on stars ("First Snow"), make this book a heart warming read!

This book feels and reads like a mediation, a mantra to nature, and an homage to the joy of faithful "adventure companions" warmed by the reciprocal love of a pair of very special four-legged friends.
Kudos for a job well done. Highly recommend!

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