New year, new site

UPDATE: I’ve added a subascription form to the bottom of the main blog page to allow you to follow the new blog. You’ll get an email whenever I add a new blog post.

I’ll be moving hosting providers soon and one of the casualties of the move will be this blog. I have a new blog as part of the new site but this one won’t be kept going. As this is a WordPress site and the new one isn’t, I think it means that if you use the WordPress Reader to view the blogs you subscribe to, you won’t see the new one.

It’s a shame I have to do this, as I suspect some (many? most?) of you may not come across to the new site, which would be sad. I have to do it though. The new host, Wix.com, has much better features and it means I can combine the main site and blog under a single URL.

I’ve also used this to revamp my branding. Marketing really isn’t my strength but I’ve made a big effort to try and come up with a more professional image which I’ll adopt across social media and also on my market stall, so I hope that works well.

To get the new site going I’ve added some blog posts with new photos from trips I’ve made recently. There’s some pretty good shots there, if I say so myself. I hope you’ll come over and take a look. This URL will continue but my main site URL – artoflandscape.co.uk – will migrate to the new host. For the moment it’s still on the free domain, which is:

https://artoflandscapephot.wixsite.com/mysite

Bluebells

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The bluebells around the Lake District are good this year. I took these two weeks ago around Langdale and Grasmere.

Duddon Valley

Duddon Valley
Duddon Valley

The Duddon Valley is in the south-west of the Lake District, running north to south just to the left of Coniston. It isn’t popular, perhaps because it doesn’t have any big mountains, but it’s one of the most beautiful valleys of Cumbria. Spring is a good time to visit because of the blackthorn and hawthorn blossom, wild garlic, bluebells, and the delicate bright green of new leaves.

The road climbs very steeply for half a mile as you enter the valley and as soon as it levels out you give an internal “ooh” as you see the view. The fields, walls, barns and hills are laid out just so and the trees look like they’ve been chosen to make an arboretum. This is one place where the view is better down near the road than from the hill tops.

The rain that started at lunch time wasn’t just a shower and eventually I gave up early and retired for a cuppa at an empty cafe in Broughton, a very pleasant little market village close by.