August 28, 2000

It is definitely cooler these days and the sun doesn't come up as early nor does it stay up as long in the evening. At the time of the summer solstice there was only about 4 to 5 hours of night and the rest of the time it was light. Now the night lasts about 8 hours, a lot of change for such a short time.

For the rest of the week Byron and I will be digging and packing, no more mining. We have till Friday to have all the specimens up at the house for final water gunning and packing. There are specimens everywhere that have been put down and never picked up again. You know how it is, you find a nice one and then a better one and put down the first one which never gets pick up again. So, now I spent the better part of the morning wrapping pieces form all over the place and getting them in a central location. Today was a bank holiday so we couldn't get access to the quarry and will have to wait till tomorrow to take the tubs up to the house. The large cabinet pieces will be washed at the mine and put directly in plastic bins for shipping, this will save on handling them twice. We will pack them on the truck at the mine and take them to the container in New Castle next Monday, hopefully. We still haven't heard from the shipping company for a confirmed date to load.

Byron and I took turns working in the pocket. It's such a confined space in there you get stiff very quickly and it is hard to turn your head to look at the other wall. Of course, your working in water and in no time you have water running down your sleeve, then down your side into your pants and down into your rubber boots, so much for the rain gear. By now they are all ripped up anyway and our boots all leak. New gear for next year! Our motto.

There doesn't seem to be an end to the specimens and we will run out of time before we run out of material. It won't be until the later part of the week till we map the mine and be able to see what the relationships are between the flats and the vein systems.

We are continuing to dig and pack. So much to do and so little time to do it in.

Till tomorrow, Cheers, Jim

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