Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Another day where they predicted cloud and drizzle in the morning and heavy rains in the afternoon. We did get the odd shower but the heavy stuff laid off till about 7:00 p.m. It was however fairly chilly and quite breezy all day.
Byron and I left for the mine about 9:00 a.m. Kerith and Eric arrived about 10:00a.m. and Dave, Joe, Shanade and Charlotte arrived about 10:30 a.m. Dave and Joe spent the entire day putting timber in at the face, because of the high pockets on the left hand side we have been pulling a ceiling about 11' which takes considerable time to lag and make safe. Kerith and the girls had about 16 tubs of specimens that have been soaking for three days and a small pile of single crystals to go through. I put Eric to work washing down the West Cross Cut and removing the debris, he finished this about 1:00 and I sent him down to help the girls. The West Cross Cut is showing a fair amount of material but we've several hangers that have to be dealt with before it is safe to collect there. Byron made a fuel run then fired up the diamond chain saw to attack the bits needing trimming that have built up. This took him till bait time. I spent the entire day in pocket about 30' back from the face on the west side. Byron joined me after lunch. I had originally thought it was ending but pulled a slab off near the roof and suddenly the pocket was about 2' from top to bottom with immense amounts of mud. This is atypical vein pocket, most of which are rarely much more than a foot in any dimension. No gem twins but lots of large cubes and corners and the odd cluster and plate. It is snaking toward the north and heading up and back about 9'-10' now and again at the limits of our arms and equipment. The new chisels and scaling bars we've ordered from the blacksmith in Little Newsham would have been perfect.
This morning it is another dreary day, most of the week is predicted to be low pressures over most of England and as I write it is drizzling and windy. Since little collecting can be done today I am going to have Dave drill and shoot the face and put another set of holes and explosives off to the west side to get better access to the pocket. Will have to put in some bubble wrap or padding since there is a large nice roof plate showing in the pocket.
That's it from here,