Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Greetings All,

We were supposed to have torrential rains today. What we actually got was a brief drizzle followed by puffy white clouds and blue skies with temperatures pushing the hight 70's, we still have a strong low pressure zone here in the North but it seems to be missing Weardale for a change.

Byron and I went in early and while he opened up I spent much of the morning cleaning and binning specimens. When Kerith arrived with Dave and Joe they went to work putting in timber at the face and later drilling and at the end of the day blasting the face -- very lightly. Today's pictures shows a small one foot-sized pocket with some 3 inch plus cubes of green fluorite with gem edges that we would like to salvage if events work in our direction. Will know much more tomorrow morning after we see what damage has been done.

Not much else to report today, some digging around in the face and the West Cross Cut which produced about a half dozen tubs of specimens and I spent part of the late afternoon looking through the stack of tubs piled up near the junction of the tunnels left from last year and the year before. Still a few left but most have been consolidated down to two bins instead of eight.

Regards, Cal, Kerith & Byron

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