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Cwm Rheidol

11 days 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

1 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

1 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

1 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

1 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

1 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

1 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

1 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

2 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

2 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

Walker Fold to Godley Hill

4 months ago
Photo This is one of several National Cycle Network Mileposts placed by Sustrans on the former Godley Junction to Apethorn railway line section of the Trans Pennine Trial and National Cycle Route 62. This one is of "The Cockerel" design by Iain McColl. When I photographed it in 2014 Photo it hadn't been painted. I understand that pupils from a local school helped to choose the colours used. Photo A group of riders on the Trans Pennine Trail just west of Green Lane....
trans pennine trail footpath former railway line signposts war memorial

Where does Aberystwyth's drinking water come from

5 months ago
Dam, Llyn Llygad Rheidol
For a gentle start to the season, I had a stroll up the service track Photo to Llyn Llygad Rheidol Photo from Nant-y-moch Photo. I knew that the beautiful glacial lake tucked away on the north side of Pumlumon Fawr Photo was part of Aberystwyth's drinking water supply, but I hadn't appreciated quite how important it is in this respect. During the walk, I had a rummage around the dam Photo Photo and spillway Photo Photo and on...
geo-trip walk ceredigion wales pumlumon plynlimon

A Circular Walk on the Severn Way

6 months ago
On the banks of the River Severn
The Severn Way follows the course of the River Severn from its source high on Plynlimon in mid Wales, from where it flows to the east, entering England and flowing through Shropshire before turning south and flowing through Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. If following the path downstream the way ends in Bristol which is a little odd in that the city is on the River Avon, not the Severn, though I suppose this is to reward the walker with an objective, rather then finishing somewhere on...
geo-trip walk

A visit to the derelict former RAF Yatesbury air base

7 months ago
It was one of those spur-of-the-moment decisions that have consequences. That Saturday morning, 6th December 2014, I was off to the annual Christmas Fayre in Devizes, and because the weather was bright and frosty, I decided to make the most of the petrol and go for a walk on my way back. I decided on Yatesbury because it was more or less on my route, and because, when I looked at my worn-out OS map covered in pink highlighter, I realised to my surprise that there were grid squares there...
raf yatesbury ww1 ww2 airfield

December, the darkest month

8 months ago
Tower block by Uxbridge Road, Hayes
A possible inspiration to others, I hadn't planned or expected to continue my trips to new places on the map over the winter months, as described in my previous entry, but each week I checked the map and timed the routes to see if I could get around it in time which I did each trip. Sundays were the usual method as there's far less traffic, although I have managed others as well. They have been to Datchet Photo, Croxley Photo, including a square which only had one photo in it...

The end of the season

9 months ago
Long John from Sheephouse Road
After the clocks went back I thought I didn't have much chance of getting anywhere new till the spring. I'd been Geographing a few years now for squares rather than just submitting random photos, and was running out of anywhere I could get to and wander around in time before it got dark. Photo However, referring to the previous blog entry then the extension I had was a whole month, with a plan being made for Sundays when I knew there'd be hardly any traffic so could add another hour's...
hertfordshire surrey night photography

A walk around Edgeley

10 months ago
Top end of Castle Street
A walk around Edgeley past Stockport County football ground, into Edgeley Park and along Castle Street with its pubs and lamppost artwork. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link . One day I decided to have a little look around Edgeley as the place isn't especially well Geographed and I was interested in looking at the lampposts on Castle Street. I got off the bus half way along Mercian Way and made my way down to Hardcastle...
geo-trip walk pubs lamppost artwork

Circumnavigation of Islay

11 months ago
Soldier's Rock from inside the cave, Islay
For how long have I wanted to entitle a blog 'Circumnavigation of Islay' or submit a photo for NR2976, one of the four gridsquares which cover Nave Island, Islay's most northerly offshore island. Thanks to Sandy's late mother, this trip was to cost me no more than an unexpected day's holiday and was to be one of the most memorable trips of my life (thus far!) A party of 12 intrepid passengers set off from Port Ellen under the supervision of Gus Newman of Islay Sea-Adventures and his...

Flowerdale Forest from Shieldaig croft

11 months ago
Stream-bank erosion
This year, most of my Geographing has been done by kayak, with only a handful of contributions from walking trips. Mindful of this, and of the approaching stag stalking season, I decided it was time to photograph on foot. I began at Shieldaig (not to be confused with its larger namesake to the south) and set off on a very good stalkers' path. The first hour or so was quite easy, but not good preparation for what was to follow. I experienced quite a change when I left the path,...
geo-trip walk completing a hectad

The 2014 season draws to a close

11 months ago
Coopers Hill, Kimpton
After my big start to the season (ie when the clocks go forward) in April the elastic which had been being pulled back throughout the winter months was allowed to shoot forward to Dungeness, and then relaxed back into stasis partly as I discovered it was no longer necessary to make a few of my next planned journeys, as plan A (getting as far as possible between my furthest two points) was no longer necessary as none would any longer increase it as they were in different directions and the...
square bagging hectads map reading

Climbing the tower of Worcester Cathedral

11 months ago
Worcester cathedral
Climbing the tower of Worcester Cathedral Photo Having visited Hereford last week and climbed the cathedralís tower I thought it about time I climbed the tower of Worcester Cathedral. I have been up the tower before but many years ago, it must be at least thirty years ago. I work in the city of Worcester and the sound of the cathedralís bells are ever present. With the exception of Durham, few of Englandís cathedrals are in a more attractive setting, with Worcester Cathedral...

Climbing the tower of Hereford Cathedral

12 months ago
Hereford Cathedral
Last month I visit Salisbury and whilst there I climbed the tower of the cathedral, this inspired me to see if it was possible to climb the tower of one of my local cathedrals. Within a radius of 25 miles of my home there are three cathedrals, Gloucester, the tower of which a climbed a couple of years ago, Worcester and Hereford. Checking the website of Hereford Cathedral I noted that the tower is currently open on Wednesdays and Thursdays and being on leave took to opportunity to visit....

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