And here we are, a new home for Foxglove Lane! Feels like I’ve just moved house, I’m still unpacking and finding where everything should go. Why move? Well for the technical and the bloggers amongst ye, I feel that basing my site on WordPress will give me more control over my content and how it all looks and feels. (So they tell me anyway!!) The Blogger platform is wonderful, and I had fun making it my own, but in all honesty a platform owned and managed by Google will never really be your own.
I was not looking for anything fancy design wise (if it’s fancy you want there’s a bewildering amount of it out there). But even still choosing a design and building this site has taken months. This is partly because it has been a huge learning curve and because deciding to move has thrown up oodles of other tasks. Things like, curating photos, importing the content from 5 years of weekly blogging and sorting it out, deleting quite a few old posts, creating a blog archive…..and on and on…..
Moving to a new design will also allow the content to work better on all kinds of devices. (Yes the whole thing squishes up into the smallest screen size or expands to the biggest, this is called, mobile responsive……I am now full of this kind of useless information……) I will post more detail for the bloggers amongst you over the next few weeks.
I have also begun to create a space for Rainy Days……this will allow you even more browsing. To start there are a couple of PDFs which you can download and keep and links to lots of other blogposts from the last 5 years. Look out for future developments there which will include some guest contributions, a how to Instagram PDF, and links to other creatives and teachers that I have found very useful over the years.
Whew! Feels like fresh start and that’s a good thing right? Meanwhile it has been frosty on the lane with big blue skies, and silvery mornings, always so magical……
Enjoy the new home! I cant figure it out so looking forward to tye oessons 😉
Aine!! First comment thank you so much! Pretty sure that I won’t ever be able to give lessons but at least I could say what I did!!!!
Tony Riches says
Adh mor ort! I’ll be looking froward to your posts catherine 🙂
Thank you Tony! SO far so good, and thank you for your support!!
Mary darlington says
Congratulations on your new website, I too am on wordpress and you get used to it. Every success and I love your photos.
Thank you so much Mary! SO far so good, and no wheels have fallen off yet anyway!!!
Pat carroll says
I hope you have many happy years in the new location,Catherine,best wishes always,pat
Thank you so much Pat!! It is fun, constant design challenges which I know you like!
Robin aka @thegothamgirl says
Congrats!! I’m sure you are feeling a huge sigh of relief!!
Well releif and slight trepidation, but Robin, I know you wil understand this, I did it all myself so also Chuffed!!!
JEAN tubridy says
Hi Catherine, delighted you’ve settled in over here.
Unpacking as we speak Jean!!It has taken a really long time…….but here at last…..
June Molloy Vladicka says
Looks beautiful, Catherine. Well done in pulling all this together over the past few months. Best of luck in your new home!
Thank you so much June!! From one blogger to another……does it ever actually end??? Or is that the fun of it…..all that tweaking and fluffing up pillows!!!
GOOd for you! It takes some courage to make the big switch – i wouldn’t even know where to start. Have fun getting settled and tweaking all the lovely bits and pieces of your blog.
Thank you so much!! It has taken me five years of mulling it all over, and for some reason Now seemed like a good time to jump. Time will tell if it was wise, but it has certainly given me lots of time to stop and think……
Catherine you have done a superb job with the new blog….I am looking forward to hearing more about what you have learned! Many good wishes I am sending to you…..
Thank you so much Donna, I was laughing with another blogger the other day…….about when the tweaking ends? Never we decided…..xx
looking lovely Catherine
Thank you so much Val! At least none of the wheels have come off yet…….
So very wonderful! Your voluptuous photos will be very happy here and so we will we, your lucky readers!
O thank you so much Deb. Voluptuous is a wonderful word…..I’m going to borrow that one!!
How pretty and how totally cool of you! We got a good laugh about you being full of useless information but also look forward to your thoughts about all the blogging changes. I’ve had mine on Blogger for close to six years but sure don’t know if I’m up for switching over yet. It is interesting about how the size of your gorgeous photos can get bigger or smaller … lots to think about, just happy to still be connected with you.
Ah my friend you found me!! Haha! WEll yes you would have to laugh……I must be a glutton for punishment as they say…..but actually blogger is brilliant isn’t it?
Hannah Gosselin says
Thank you Hannah, you have made my day! :~)
Love your new home. Well done – brave you!!!
Thank you so much Marcie……I’m beginning to feel at home! xx
Looks great well dOne!
Ah thank you Bonnie!! A gliding swan that has madly paddling feet underneath the surface!!!
caroline hennessy says
Wishing you oodles of inspiration and joy with this new website catherine- tis only lovely…
looking forward to having foxglove lane in my pocket. love and light x Caroline
Thank you so much my dear…….a great winter project,and just in time for spring……xxx
Kristin martzall says
Congratulations! Beautiful pictures, lovely page.
This cannot fail!!!! Hope you are sitting with your feet up knitting and
Basking in the glory…………..
Ripening rather nicely,I’D say!
Haha!! The knitting and especially the feet up will come!!! Thank you kristin and of course bring on the basking in glory please!!! X
BERNADETTE PHILLIPS says
Awe!! MAGICAL CATHERINE, RAISING THE ENERGY EVEN HIGHER, EVEN MORE PEOPLE WILL BE INSPIRED BY YOUR wonderful NEW WEBSITE
Thank you dear Bernadette for sharing your light here today!!!
Lisa RedWillow says
Just beautiful peaceful photography.
Wishing you the very best in your new home.
Thank you so much Lisa!
Lisa RedWillow says
I hope you dont mind me finding my way around and reading your blog. Brilliant and inviting to say the least.
Happy shooting .
Haha! I think that’s exactly the idea!! It’s still very much a work in progress and I keep wondering when the tweaking stops???
Mary Anne's Alaska says
The site has a nice feel! Congratulations on the new “home.” Love the frosty pictures. We have had a mild winter and the pussy willows are budding already!
Thank you so much Mary Anne!! For once we had a little frost, and I loved it so much. Just saw my first pussy willows today too!!
Mary Conlon says
Best of luck in your new ‘blog’ home Catherine! I look forward to many years of being in awe of the beauty in nature you capture & share!
Thanks Mary! So appreciate that, and our connection x
Congratulations! I admire your new website! great work! It does justice to your awesome images.
i should do something about mine too! Yet, So far, I have been very lazy about it (I am not a computer person, and have little time for it) … but you’re so inspiring!
Thanks Amelie! I must say it takes a bit of grit. I decided I would do it as a winter project, little by little…….eventually I got some where…..but there are many twists and turns…..and as I keep saying Blogger is really great!!