Monday, June 13, 2011
Monday was very windy and quite cool and overcast for the bulk of the day till late afternoon when the clouds finally yielded to some sunshine and a bit of warmth.
The morning was occupied getting Andrew ready for his first day at the mine and getting him started with Dave to muck out the face after the blast. Today's picture shows Andrew beaming with the joy of mucking. He drove the locomotive quite a bit.... a learning experience full of missed opportunities to stay on the rails.
I spent the morning running errands, first over to see Alistair who was kind enough to agree to switch out the 4"x8"x13' boards that were delivered to 3"x8"x12' boards, the former are extremely heavy whereas the latter are just heavy and since they must sledge hammered into place above your head any advantage no matter how light is appreciated. I also ran over to Fairless' to order some boots as Dave's are nearly worn out and we've none for Joe and both use medium overalls and what we have is a nice selection of larges. Our air line had been delivered but it turns out that the 2" line we ordered was exactly that and what we need is 2" inside diameter before we can plumb in the second air receiver... so we wait some more. I asked Christine to ask her husband, Neil, if he would know where to get flat plastic bagging for the airline since I have had no success locating any on line.
The afternoon was spent but Dave and Andrew finishing the mucking and I spent my time in the East Cross Cut and was able to get a bit farther in and also loosen up some of the bits showing, today's second picture shows a cut twin with galena that was recovered.
Today, Tuesday, we will bring up enough timber in the morning to do a set and later today will bring up the rest of the timber that matches our needs till Alistair replaces the unwanted 4"x8"x13' pieces. Today is supposed to be the nicest day of the week, at least we've no high winds this morning but there is still a chill in the air.
That's all from this place way north of Lake Woebegone.
Cal & Kerith
Andrew learns the joy of mucking.