Wednesday, July 9, 2008
It was a gorgeous today, a light breeze, warm and partly sunny. The forecast was for torrential rains arriving around 6:00 p.m. It is raining as I speak but part of southern England have had torrential downpours today. We pray that we get off light since the pond is just starting to recede from the road in to the quarry.
I spent the day between the West Cross Cut and helping Byron at the face. Friday's blast exposed a pocket zone that is totally unlike the Jewel Box Pocket. Sadly we can call that pocket history. The new pocket is as yet unnamed, the fluorites have none of the smaller light green cored crystals with them and are on a very hard siliceous ironstone matrix much like the one encountered our first year in the Black Sheep Pocket. Today's first picture is of the first good specimen recovered from the pocket. We added several others toward the end of the day. My efforts we largely in the West Cross Cut in preparation for Dave drilling and blasting there on Friday, my rewards were slim compared to Byrons but still some very nice combination galena and fluorite and a few nice fluorite on white quartz plates.
Dave spent the day mucking out the Junction Pocket zone and drilling it for another blast and finishing the mucking out of the West Cross Cut. Tomorrow we continue to tackle the face which as of this evening has about 18" of water in it at the front and a zone on the left side of boot sucking mud.
Regards, Cal, Kerith & Byron