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Breaking records

3 months ago
County Way, Trowbridge
Summer 2016 is almost over, and I got into a routine of regular Sunday trips covering as far as I could manage under the circumstances, the main one being the coast which has now been covered from the tip of Kent Photo to just short of Selsey Bill Photo . The bonus being some were guided by the known pre-Worboys signs Photo and then got as far as I could afterwards. My primary aim is extending the distance between the two furthest points on the map. Living in London...
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A life of collecting

7 months ago
Vauxhall garage on The Causeway, Chippenham
I have been collecting all my life. Coins, rocks, collector's cards, model cars, train tickets and pre-Worboys sign photos. Geograph provided a new area to collect, which unlike the old train tickets would not suddenly come to an end in 1988 when they stopped printing them. I began as a viewer until I decided to have a go adding photos, made a mess of a few and gave up till Street View became available to confirm every location. Once my thousands of archives were up it formed my red patch on...
collecting distance coast

Completing Islay's gridsquares

8 months ago
To anyone who is as much an anorak as I am about grid squares, more specifically Scottish grid squares and, to be even more precise, Scottish island grid squares OK, Islays 743 you may have noticed I submitted my final photograph for the island (NR2971) on Monday 28th March 2016. Photo OK, I doubt anyone has noticed. No-one except me and my nine faithful followers had even an incline of knowledge that Thursday 24th March 2016 was a significant Geograph day for me. I...
islay island gridsquares

Boardwalk circuit in Cors Caron

9 months ago
Ducks near Maes-llyn, Cors Caron
Just a short walk to stretch the legs on a Saturday afternoon. Starting from the old reserve car park, effectively a lay-by on the B4343, we followed the alignment of the abandoned Aberystwyth-Caerfyrddin/Carmarthen railway, which now serves as a long-distance cycle path. After passing the new-ish visitor centre, a small boardwalk circuit Photo leads into the bog and past some ponds, remnants from the times when peat was dug here Photo. A short branch leads to the massive...
geo-trip walk ceredigion elenydd cors caron

A quick stroll amongst the Teifi Pools

11 months ago
Craig Ddu Fach with two of the Teifi Pools
After a first week of the year which was a total wash-out, I wanted to get at least a short stroll in, so had an hour's ramble to west of Llyn Egnant Photo. A stiff northwesterly was chasing heavy rain clouds Photo, and the light was soon fading Photo. Not much of a walk, but at least out for a moment! You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link . Trip profile:...
geo-trip walk teifi pools elenydd ceredigion wales

Ceredigion coast north of Llangrannog

11 months ago
Ceredigion coast path between Cwmtydu and Llangrannog
This is the most recent section of the Ceredigion Coast Path Photo, which makes it a continuous walk all the way from the Pembrokeshire border near Aberteifi/Cardigan to the Dyfi estuary. I started this walk at Cwmtydu, which is a bit off the beaten track but has ample space to leave a car. Cwmtydu lies in a breach in the coastal cliff formed by two streams merging just before they reach the beach, and so the walk starts with a steep climb Photo onto the cliff path...
geo-trip walk llangrannog cwmtydu coast path ceredigion wales

Reservoirs and poor judgement

11 months ago
Craig Goch reservoir
I hadn't quite appreciated just how much snow there was in the Elenydd after the heavy Easter snowfall. We had very little of it in the western foothills. Starting from the dam Photo of Craig Goch Photo, the topmost of the Cwm Elan reservoirs, I followed a track Photo up the side of Esgair Perfedd, originally aiming for the Roman camp and the waterfall next to the Rhaeadr mountain road. But I wasn't really prepared for serious snow, and when I encountered extended...
geo-trip walk craig goch reservoir cwm elan elenydd powys wales

An evening stroll in the Hafod estate

11 months ago
Afon Ystwyth from the Hafod viewpoint
The Hafod estate is located in the Ystwyth valley just upstream of Pont-rhyd-y-groes. It has a dense network of tracks and paths both on the valley bottom and on the steep flanks either side. Some of the landscape features originating from the time when the area was a landscaped country estate have been restored, but it all fits in nicely with the character of an upland river valley. I live nearby, and while the evenings are light I sometimes go for a short stroll in the Hafod estate after...
geo-trip walk hafod elenydd ceredigion wales

Silk purses from sow's ears

11 months ago
Calvert Road, Effingham
As the clocks went back my hobby had its wings clipped for another year, till March at least of 2016. But I don't stop taking photos, I just can't collect far-flung spots on my far-flung spot list, but now after filling little taken squares previously, am now taking places within them I haven't taken yet. Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo My memory tells me pretty well where I haven't been, so use the daylight hours (both of them in...
night photography london map reading

Low cloud and a little snow on Pumlumon

12 months ago
Cloud front over Cwm Hengwm
A surprise sunny cold spell at the weekend between two miserable, murky November weeks gave an opportunity for a quick ascent of Pumlumon Fawr from Nant-y-Moch reservoir. As the camera battery was playing up, I had to resort to using the phone to take pictures - with reasonable results. Starting from the minor road running up the eastern shore of Nant-y-Moch reservoir, I took the hydro track to Llyn Llygad Rheidol, waded through the stream emerging from its overflow and made my way up...
geo-trip walk pumlumon plynlimon elenydd ceredigion wales

Strumbling about the north Pembrokeshire coast

13 months ago
Ynys Onnen and Ynys Meicel, Strumble Head
There were some doubts about the weather prospects for this bank holiday Saturday, but the Met Office produced excellent advice: go south rather than north, and stick to the coast, so Strumble Head it was. Despite the bank holiday, there was still plenty of parking space by the lighthouse when we arrived, and the weather was glorious. The route followed all the narrow inlets of Pembrokeshire's fractal coast Photo Photo, but we turned inland Photo at Carregwastad Point...
geotrip strumble head pembrokeshire wales

The end of the 2015 season

13 months ago
The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat
It won't be long now, another week or so, before my travels are curtailed when it gets too dark to get anywhere I need to. The year went totally the opposite to the plans, the primary being to break a record on my map. That would be increasing my maximum distance between two points, a new myriad or a compass point record. Due to various circumstances those didn't happen, although all required around an 80 mile plus trip each way. Various helpers became unable to help and no replacements could...
wiltshire geographs

Cwm Rheidol

15 months ago
Rheidol gorge
This walk was an out-and-back job into the Rheidol gorge and up to Pontarfynach/Devil's Bridge, starting from the dam of Cwmrheidol hydro-electric power station. I'd planned to run the downhill leg as one of the excursions surrounding the 2015 Geograph conference at Aberystwyth and wanted to optimise the route for that walk, taking in the power station Photo, Rheidol falls Photo and fish ladder Photo, the Vale of Rheidol railway Photo, views into the Rheidol...
geotrip cwm rheidol ceredigion wales

Job Posting - Process Nanny

16 months ago
Geograph Project Limited has a position available for a Server Nanny, to monitor and maintain long term stability of system. This is ideally suited to anyone of a detail oriented and conscientious nature, and enjoys seeing their work enjoyed by thousands of visitors daily. This position requires self-motivation and dedication. Will often need to take the initiative in seeking out and dealing with issues. Will work closely with other System and Database Administrators as part of the...
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Job Posting - Server Log Archivist

16 months ago
Geograph Project Limited has a technical position available for a Log Archivist, look after the the logs generated on our servers. This is ideally suited to anyone of a detail oriented and conscientious nature, and enjoys seeing their work enjoyed by thousands of visitors daily. This position requires self-motivation and dedication. Will often need to take the initiative in seeking out and dealing with issues. Will work closely with other System and Database Administrators as part of the...
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Job Posting - Webmaster and SEO

16 months ago
Geograph Project Limited has a position available for a Webmaster, to look after our sites LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link . This position requires self-motivation and dedication. Will often need to take the initiative in seeking out and dealing with issues. Will work closely with other System and Database Administrators as part of the overall community. Geograph publishes a collection of 4.5M photos (growing daily), available to the public via the web. With leads to many...
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Job Posting - Filesystem Monitor

16 months ago
Geograph Project Limited has a technical position available for a Photo Archivist, look after the photos submitted to LinkExternal link. This is ideally suited to anyone of a detail oriented and conscientious nature, and enjoys seeing their work enjoyed by thousands of visitors daily. This position requires self-motivation and dedication. Will often need to take the initiative in seeking out and dealing with issues. Will work closely with other System and Database Administrators as part...
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Job Posting - System Administrator

16 months ago
Geograph Project Limited has a position available for a General System Administrator, to look after our dedicated servers hosting LinkExternal link. This is ideally suited to anyone of a detail oriented and conscientious nature, and enjoys seeing their work appreciated by thousands of visitors daily. This position requires self-motivation and dedication. Will often need to take the initiative in seeking out and dealing with issues. Will work closely with other System and Database...
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Job Posting - Database Backup Administrator

16 months ago
Geograph Project Limited has a position available for Backup Administrator, to look after ongoing Database backups. This is ideally suited to anyone of a detail oriented and conscientious nature. Backups are a highly critical but often neglected (out of sight) part of an overall system. This position requires self motivation and dedication. Will often need to take the initiative in seeking out and dealing with issues. Will work closely with other System and Database administrators as part...
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Things growing in my lawn

16 months ago
Fresh molehills
I have three areas of grass in my garden. A small front garden, a conventional back garden, and a further area we call 'the orchard' because I planted apple trees. This rear section was bought separately from the developers, and although other householders have extensively cultivated theirs, mine has never been disturbed apart from planting some apple trees and cutting the grass. The soil and the grass cover are directly descended from the original 'West Field', a stray meadow and grazing...
garden wild flowers

Flight of Fancy

17 months ago
Almost Ready
One of the things I have always wanted to do was to take a Balloon flight. I nearly had one as a surprise for my fortieth but the cat got out of the bag and my wife did something else for me. I never forgot and dropped the odd hint now and then. Then on my last birthday I got my surprise a Hot Air Balloon Flight. The hard bit was deciding where to fly from but my wife & I decided Oxford would be the easiest so on April 15th we went along to Oxford to take our flight. Take off was around 7:30...
oxford hot air balloon flight

Names meaning Waterfall

17 months ago
River Tees, Low Force
There are several naming conventions for waterfalls used in Britain and Ireland, as a result of our rich history of languages. For today, I am going to confine myself to waterfall words, ignoring the various rapids, cascades, and weirs that are not quite waterfalls. In that I am going to let centuries of forebears lead the way and follow the names they have chosen. Very few waterfalls are called 'Waterfall'. Those that are are frequently artificially created, like this one in Jesmond...
waterfalls naming language

Lavenham and backroads to Semer

18 months ago
Dead tree in pond near Semer Gate Farm, 4 years later
I decided to record a short trip, following back roads, between the pretty Suffolk village of Lavenham and the site of the first pic I uploaded to geograph of a dead tree in a pond near Semer. I decided to take at least one photo in each grid square I went through on the trip. Although I did the trip in a car, it would be an easy bike ride through small roads in the south Suffolk countryside. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page...
geo-trip drive

Walk along the Itchen Way

18 months ago
Bend in the Itchen
Been a while since I wrote one of these for Geograph but I think this one is a worthy one to do. The reason I happened to be here was because my wife was at a conference at the Holiday Inn. This seemed an ideal opportunity to take in some places I have not visited and get a few church's for my Blog. I planned to visit four and if I had time at the end go to the cemetery nearby. As it was I was out walking for over six hours and did not have the time at the end. Started out from the Holiday...
church's walk

The season begins

18 months ago
Chapel Lane, Horton
After getting new squares every week throughout the off season when it gets dark by 4 I was quite pleased with myself. Each year I have plans for a long journey or two, and each year they get longer simply as the closer ones get done. This year's list were all 80 miles minimum and include a new myriad, north record, distance record and anything else that comes to me on top. Unfortunately the exact moment the clocks went forward I was put on new tablets which had the primary effect of tiring...
records home counties centisquares

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