Friday, June 18, 2004

Hi Gang:

Iíve come to realize that we have quite a mailing list of people watching our end of the world. Iím glad you are all out there. Today was a bit hectic as we had the Church Commissioners in today for a tour. They were a nice group and very interested in our operation. Some surprise was displayed at the size of our operation. Technically we have three people running a very tight operation. We have all of our safety gear and footings in place. Iím almost sure that a number of the men had never been underground - or anywhere near a mine for that matter, so it was nice to give the history of the Rogerley to them. I gave them an underground tour and answered all the questions that I could. They had been to the Heights Quarry first, which is an open aggregate pit, so they have had a full tour of different types of mines.

After that I went back to the house for some additional cleaning and prepping. David was due this afternoon to look at rocks for St. Marie aux Mines, a mineral show in France. Jesse and Joan are also going to this show, and we are hoping for a few really good sales there.

On the mining front Byron is poking at the face and deciding where we need to put in cross cuts. The left side of the main tunnel is looking hopeful. At the moment it seems as though we are not getting anywhere, but we knew this was going to be an exploring year. This requires a great deal of patience and persistence. I had a bit of a problem getting through to the Church Commissioners that we are here to follow our passion for digging, not to get rich. Rich would be good, but not expected. So we go on doing our thing in the mud.

On the home front I was heartbroken yesterday morning when the gulls grabbed the last baby duck. He was a really independent little guy, but the gull was obviously faster. Bob and Mary are having an open garden next week to bring awareness about the lack of insulin pumps for children in this area. There are 65 children in this region who are not able to get pumps from the National Health Service as there is no allotment in this area for them. As a result, most of the patients are having to buy their own, but in most cases are not able to afford one so continue without one. This can cause a greater likelihood of complications in children. Maryís granddaughter has to be monitored every hour, and receives insulin at least three times a day. That is a lot for a four year old. Hopefully this open garden will raise the funds necessary for the pumps. They have already raised a lot of the money needed. So we are getting everything ready in the garden. Its fun to be able to help.

Time to sign off. I hope everyone is well.

Cheers, Jonina and Byron

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