Monday, August 4, 2008

Greetings All,

Today has been quite pleasant so far, very overcast but with the odd bit of blue sky showing up though I have yet to see the sun, temperatures close to 70 F but very muggy with a light breeze.

Byron and I left early, around 7:15a.m. to meet Exchem for our delivery. They had called us on Friday to set the time but something got miscued in the process and they did not show up till nearly 10:20 a.m. By that time Byron had hiked back into the quarry and opened everything up while I remained waiting for them to arrive. I finally picked up our order and drove in just after Kerith, Dave and Joe, who set to cleaning specimens. We are very close to a full three pallets worth so we might make four or more this Summer.

Back at the mine I checked on Byron's progress at the face, which was primarily development work to gain access to more fluorite, then I was off to the West Cross Cut to take apart a pillar that was heavily fractured by Friday's shot and look for some pockets. Found a number of interesting small green fluorites on snow white quartz knobs and almost ball-like aggregates of white quartz. Dave set to starting up the compressor to run the pump to drain 'Lake Weege' which ran back about 75 feet up the tunnel. About 1:00 I broke free from the West Cross Cut and went down to join Kerith and Joe for lunch, which is called "bait" around here. Dave and Byron joined us shrotly there-after. Potato crisps (known to us as "chips") are a traditional part of everyone's lunch. Byron consumes his slowly, Joe a bit quicker and Dave amazingly fast. Today's picture is of Byron in the process.Today has been quite pleasant so far, very overcast but with the odd bit of blue sky showing up though I have yet to see the sun, temperatures close to 70 F but very muggy with a light breeze.

Kerith and I left left about 2:30 p.m. to meet Simon, Cath, and Josie (not quite 18 months) Harrison who are stopping by this afternoon to spend the night. Not too much other news for today, but look forward to seeing what Byron found this afternoon after we left.

Regards, Cal, Kerith & Byron



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