Friday, August 17, 2007

Good Morning,

Yesterday we actually had a nice day, not to breezy, nowhere near as cold as Wednesday and we saw the sun for perhaps three hours. Of course, tomorrow it is supposed to turn very rainy and cold and very windy so Kerith and my drive into Durham for a bit of sightseeing and a shop will not be as pleasant as hoped for.

This morning, Byron picked up Dave and Shanade and everything was open by the time Kerith and I got there. We had stopped by to see Alistair and pay him for the timber order. Evidently, the mill lost power yesterday afternoon so the final portion of our much needed lagging will not arrive till tomorrow morning.

Dave spent the day mucking out the junction and getting ready to put in timber, I spent the day mucking out the Second East Cross Cut - I think Dave finished his, but I got only about half way. Some boulders to nearly 300# had to be broken up before they could be moved and you really feel your age when swinging a 16# sledge busting big rocks into little rocks. Byron spent the day in the Rat Hole and the Well, mostly singles and a few small cabinet specimens. Only one of real note came out late afternoon -- a hand sized specimen of gem crystals about 1 1/4" on edge, very aesthetic.

We left early as we had promised to get Shanade back home by 4:30 so she could get her hair cut and call and get her grades.

Tonight we eat early so we can get goods seats over at the Blue Bell for the darts tournament which starts at 8:00 p.m. As long as Kerith is not throwing all are safe in the pub.

That's all the news fit to print from the North.

Cheers, Cal & Kerith and Byron

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