Friday July 18, 2008

Greetings All,

Another dreary overcast and drizzly morning and day with light breezes.

Byron left about 9:00 to open things up and Kerith and I and Alan left about 9:30 for the mine. Kerith left about 11:00 a.m. to go home, get a long hot bath, go to Alston, and stop at Killhope to drop some fluorite bits off. Alan and I washed and binned a few specimens before going up and collecting. Alan spent some time in the West Cross Cut, with moderate success and Byron and I concentrated on the face. Today's picture is of one of a half dozen or so nice specimens excavated from the face.

The Blue Bell Pocket appears to go forward at least 10' from the collapse features we can see and perhaps as much as that or more to east, as well as cutting around to the west a bit. A very large working area that will take at least two weeks to excavate. The downside is that we have some huge boulders with fluorite-lined cavities that are getting bigger the longer we dig at them. There are also literately thousands of single twins, many gem, from 1/2" up in the loose clay. Engineering the excavation of this pocket is going to be very difficult without seriously undercutting the roof, perhaps impossible but will do what we can.

Tonight was dinner with Jeremy and Phillippa Rowe, good friends and a fabulous meal, we are all happy and sated. Tomorrow we are off to Kendal to see Lindsey and Patricia so communications till next Monday.

Regards, Cal, Kerith & Byron

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