Although I have lived in Cumbria for over 30 years, it is only in the last 13 years that I have discovered the joy of walking in the mountains. Previous to that I was far too busy working.
In 2002 I gave up my permanent science teaching job to go on supply, so giving myself some free time. In 2004 I started walking with fellow supply teacher, Ged, and very soon I was organising the routes to take, and gained enough knowledge to go off walking alone too.
I have always taken photos, and for each walk I did I used to send an email of annotated photos to friends that also enjoyed walking, albeit some vicariously! They in turn used to email it on to their friends and so on. In 2013 I decided that it would be sensible to turn the emails into website posts. The son of a friend designed the website to my specifications. Then I turned all my old emails into web posts, and all new walks go straight on the website.
So far this calendar year (2017) I have had over 50,000 visits! I get plenty of emails from all over the world. I am good at replying, and I have never refused a request for a copy of a photo. The photos on the site are low resolution, so not suitable for commercial use. I have sent high resolution copies to a gentleman of the bridge where he proposed to his wife, and to a lady of the view her mother grew up with, for her memorial card. So never be shy in asking! The ‘Contact’ form message box goes straight to my email.
Those of you that are regular visitors will have noted a marked reduction in both number and type of walks over the last six months. I have no cartilage left in my knees, and advanced arthritis, it is just bone grinding on bone…..the legacy of a lifetime of sport and of completing all the Wainwright mountains a minimum three times! I find I can still do the walking, but the driving to and from walks is painful. I am awaiting a knee replacement, which will hopefully be done in January. After that there will be a short hiatus, then with any luck I will be back on the fells with renewed gusto!
Thanks for visiting!
Jo (December 2017)