Thursday, August 7, 2008

Greetings All,

We had a beautiful morning but by 1:00 p.m. the rain clouds had moved in and we had a few sharp showers this afternoon, temperatures remain moderate, in the mid-60's F but very high humidity. I still find the inside of the mine more comfortable than being outside.

Byron went in early, stopping at Fairless' yard to check on when the 1 meter doweling rods would be delivered -- late morning to the mine my Neil's son. Byron spent the entire day at the face, recovering a few specimens including one nice palm-sized specimen. Production out of the face has slowed considerably since everything is a jumbly jigsaw of rock, crystals and mud. I had some success in the West Cross Cut and got out a few nice white quartz plates with attractive green fluorites on them, some with galena, have another go at it tomorrow.

Dave had a fairly frustrating day, we were getting a river of water down a tunnel coming in from the quarry face and he had to solve that then pump out all the water at the face. Before doing any mucking out at the face from yesterdays new cross cut blast or removal of the mounds of rock Byron has created, he had to finish filling a tub at the junction and haul it out then switch everything around. Finally got it all set up about 1:00 p.m. and started the compressor which made weird whistling noise and stopped dead with bits of smoke rising from it. After finally reaching Speedy Compressor who sent someone out this afternoon to pick up the broken machine and promised to have another one delivered tomorrow morning.

Kerith and Claire spent the entire day washing, sorting, wrapping and binning specimens and have nearly caught up to Byron and my production. We are starting on bin #53 tomorrow. Today's picture is of Kerith grinning in the knowledge she has sorted the last of the days small crystals and has caught up with Byron and my output.

Tomorrow we have some folks from the Killhope Mining Museum coming up to pick up the bits of lead we have lying about plus any more fluorite they like. A local fellow is bring a flatbed truck so weight should be no problem, it can be loaded down with as much lead as they can get onto it.

Regards, Cal, Kerith & Byron

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