August 15, 2001
Just a short note today. Another muggy warm overcast day with the odd thunderstorm with heavy rain and thunder and lightning.
Kerith and I went up fairly early to start packing up specimens and about 10:00 a.m. Alya and Veronica came out to start watergunning then Jonina came out to help the packing and replacing of used wet newspaper. About 11:00 I was finally able to start doing some sawing and we called it quits for lunch about 12:30 and went back to Burnbrae. We had Sara Geller and her folks due by around 1:30. She is an English dealer who has been buying her Rogerley material from a German dealer - now dealing direct, she spent 420 pounds which I will give to Jonina tomorrow or Friday - they had a brief tour of Little Allercleugh and the mine.
The huge boulder in the front of the Birthday Pocket had to be shot - 1/4 stick did the trick but Byron likely will not get access to the pocket before the end of tomorrow.
My sister, brother-in-law and nephews had planned on being here by dinner time but she phoned about 3:30 p.m. from the M25 so she is still 5 hours away at a minimum.
Stan Esbenshade is due to arrive about noon or likely 1:00 p.m. tomorrow if he can manage to negotiate the tortuous roads of Darlington.
Gave Jonina 170 pounds yesterday from a sale to the Canadian John Stevens so some small monies are coming in.
Anyhow, glad to hear Paul got home safely and am sure that the mighty Ben is even now being consoled with gifts. Regards, Cal