Sunday, August 5, 2007

Good Morning,

A pleasant weekend. Saturday, Kerith stayed back at Burnbrae and did laundry, took a long hot bath read a book and drove up to Killhope to see Ian and Pam Forbes and arrange for a tour and galena collection by the staff at the museum. Byron and I took the Peugeot, although had to jump starting it again even with the a new alternator in it. We had planned to leave the vehicle by the compressor in case it did not charge enough on the drive over to Rogerley mine but parked at the habitual spot in front of the older container -- of course we realized our mistake and, of course, Peugeot did not start so I had to push it to the compressor. Even hooked up the the giant battery there it did not start and only after about 40 minutes of running the compressor did it fire up. I drove the vehicle to a point on the quarry road where there was a good bit of downhill so we could push start it.

Most of the rest of the day was spent by either Byron or I digging in the Rat Hole Pocket or at the face in the 100 Pace Pocket. Rat Hole continues to produce some excellent pieces and the 100 Pace Pocket continues to be very stingy but throws us a bone now and then. Late in the afternoon I was going to pull the specimen trolley up but it got tangled in a tree branch and pulled off its pulley and dropped to the floor about 30 feet. I then hiked back into the mine and got the big rip saw and caught the offending branches down along with a tree too close to our road which had been nicking my mirrors. Byron and I got the specmen trolley back on its pulley and spent the last hour or so cleaning specimens to be binned.

Sunday was a day off and it turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far -- close to 81 F, quite muggy and not enough breeze. We left Burnbrae about 8:30 a.m. to drive to Stockton on Tees and see what their River Festival was about. I can only say that the pizza we had for lunch was the high point. We drove on to Middlesborough to see the world's largest and one of very few Transporter Bridges. A huge affair built in 1910 but only carries 9 cars or 200 people in a cage suspended about 100' below the main trestles! On the way home we stopped at an Iron Age fort near Stanwick, encompassing about 700 acres and home of the Brigantes during Roman times, nearby a gorgeous church managad by the Church Conservation Trust -- while rebuilt about 1860 it incorporated Saxon grave stones and other bits of stone from the 7th century, beautifully maintained and had a Saxon era (perhaps 500 A.D.) carved stone cross which was impressive. We drove home and had a quiet afternoon at the Blue Bell or in the garden with our neighbors.

Today's picture is of Kerith and Byron at a very nice fence sculpture on the Tees River in Stockton-on-Tees.

Cheers, Cal & Kerith and Byron



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