I've just moved the whole website, lock stock and barrel to a new URL: www.richball.co.uk
This photo shows one of the odder sights from yesterday's walk through the Brecon Beacons - a mushroom tree.
I get the feeling that nature would not have managed to plant spores that evenly up the side of the tree and the hand of man might have something to do with this.
One good thing about having lots of rain is that the waterfalls look really nice.
I was in the Brecon Beacons today walking around the Pen-y-Fan area and all the falls were full of 'rust' from the sandstone rocks.
While yesterday's picture of a Lipstick Cladonia shows one of the rarer plants, today's is of something completely and utterly common - Star Moss.
However, it really does look amazing close up.
Part of the Mountain Leader award is knowledge of flora and fauna in the British hills, so it was nice to spot this beautiful little lichen. I spent a whole day on Arenig Fawr looking for this particular plant and only found one all day!
Hey, this website developing malarky is quite good fun. I've now added the ability for readers to post comments on my blogs.
So after I left work last week I decided to set up my own website with a gallery and blogs. The only thing is I didn't want to pay for the pleasure.
I'd used freeola.net at work to redirect emails, so I set up this site using one of their free addresses. The only thing I've paid for is to upload via my own broadband connection, which comes to the princely sum of 3 quid a month.
It took me about a week of evening work to set up the whole site. I'm really pleased with the gallery, which uses AJAX to reload images and thumbnails.
The blog section is also quite good, with the site automatically rendering all the html pages.
So I've jacked in the day job (managing the ElectronicsWeekly.com website) and moved back to Shropshire.
The plan is to go back to college in September and start a PGCE in secondary science. At the same time I'm doing my mountain leaders course.
Shropshire is quite useful as it gives easy access (relative to Surrey) to North Wales, the Peak and other good climbing spots.
My name is Rich and I've been mountaineering and climbing for about 25 years, mainly in the UK, but also in Europe.
Just over ten years ago I moved down to Surrey to work as a technology journalist, but I've now decided the time is right to get closer to North Wales.
This is some body copy, which I will attempt to make a bit longer than usual in order to completely test the system, if you know what I mean.
This is my body copy, which I will attempt to make a bit longer than usual in order to completely test the system, if you know what I mean.
This blog is going to be some sort of chronicle of my life as I leave the safety of a big corporate (Reed Business) and attempt two fairly "big things".
The plan over the next few years is to: a) complete a PGCE and become a science teacher, and b) gain the mountain instructor award (MIA).
Apologies for the brevity of this post, but I have written this whole blogging platform myself, and I only started learning PHP a week ago. I must be mad.