Friday, August 1, 2009

Greetings All,

Yesterday the entire UK was promised hideous weather. The morning certainly delivered cold, windy and rainy weather, occasional very heavy showers but by 1:30 in the afternoon when Jesse arrived from his long trip from San Francisco the sun came through and we had a delightful afternoon. Albeit one that we spent underground.

Byron, myself and Jurgen Tron drove up to the mine about 9:00 a.m. and Byron spent the day at the face slowly working his way through the collapse zone, you have to really fight in this area to move rocks and find a specimen that has not been scalped or crushed by surrounding rocks. However, by the end of the day he had filled three tubs but nothing really outstanding, sadly. I along with Jurgen moved into the North West Cross Cut to dig in this large yet-to-be-named pocket. As with the High Pocket at the face you have to really fight for what you get but in the course of the morning Jurgen and I managed to move the floor down about 10" and expand the side zones to give access and came up with perhaps three tubs of specimens, mostly singles but some nice aesthetic clusters of large --2" or more -- cubes. When Jesse arrived he split his time digging the there or helping Byron at the face.

We split about 4:30 to clean up. Dinner reservations at the Black Bull in Frosterley were in line at 7:00 p.m. We had heard mixed reviews but the meals we had were excellent and well presented. They continue to carry beers that most of us have never heard of but were quite good.

That's it from here,

Cal



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