Tuesday July 15, 2008

Greetings All,

A bright breezy day today broken by a single 10 minute downpour, otherwise nice temperatures and pleasant weather.

Kerith and Byron were off early to Tow Law to see the chiropractor. Fortunately, told Byron that he has no arthritis in his back or damage to his spine and his cartilage is fine. His pelvis is slightly off kilter and the stress on the muscles is causing backaches. He showed Byron a couple of simple exercises to help a problem that he will have to live with. He just has to take things easy when his back hurts -- like we all do.

I dropped Dave off and took the Puegot in to Watson's for a new rear window. Byron and Kerith picked me up about noon and we all headed up to the mine. The new section of rail was in the just about in, after which we put in the new slider rails. All of this took up to about 3:00 p.m. when a radio interviewer from BBC2 unexpectedly showed up. We had a brief chat with the promise that some details such as the mine name or exact locality not be mentioned on the air. The balance of the afternoon was spent timbering the face and washing specimens up and binning them down below with Kerith.

The JCB has able to get in for the first time in nearly 10 days and has just about completed repairs to the road and moved the dump around so we can get a crane to hoist up the loco in close to the landing.

We were able to quit a bit early today and so had a chance to get to the pub early. Today's picture shows Byron and friend Barry relaxing around a pint. We then left about 7:00 p.m. for dinner at the Black Bull in Frosterley -- a very filling and pleasant meal accompanied by Irish folk harp music in the background. A get-together of musicians was on for the night starting around 9:00 - 9:30 which is, unfortunately, my usual bedtime.

Tomorrow Dave starts his vacation for a week and Kerith and I have a date with Hertz to turn in our current damaged vehicle and get a newer one in Newcastle.

Regards, Cal, Kerith & Byron

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