Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Greetings All,

Hopefully your weather was better than ours, another rainy and soggy day -- perhaps not quite as wet as yesterday but darn close, and much cooler. I suspect our temperatures never left the low to mid 50's F.

Byron had a dental appointment about 9:30 a.m. this morning and left earlier to open things up. Kerith and I picked up Dave and Claire around 10:00 a.m. Claire spent the entire day washing specimens and actually caught up to our production for the first time this Summer. Kerith packed three bins, bringing us to 59 fully packed blue bins. She then left about noon after lunch for a bit of shopping in Stanhope and a long hot bath. Dave with Byron's help spent the day first finishing the mucking at the face, then a bit more timbering then pulling the track up and started bending rail and putting sweep to the East to bring the tunnel down the middle of the Blue Bell Pocket.

I spent my day either in the West Cross Cut collecting some nice galena/fluorite/quartz combinations or giving a brief tour to our next door neighbors -- Simon and Christy and Simon's son, Thomas, who is 10 years old. We also had a pleasant visit from Tim Troman with Wardell/Armstrong in Newcastle, the Church of England's legal eagles for their mining projects. The Church of England's commissioners are coming for a visit next Thursday for a brief tour of the mine.

People often ask if we get any color but green -- the answer is yes, but not often. Today's picture shows a yellow fluorite with lime green core on quartz from a pocket in the face that we hope to collect tomorrow.

Jesse and Joan arrived about 2:00 p.m. and did a brief walk-about then back to Burnbrae for a nap. Late in the day, Dave was able to fire up the drill and shoot three very very large rocks in the face, we should see the results tomorrow.

Regards, Cal, Kerith & Byron

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