Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Today was overcast, mildly breezy but the threatened rain never actually fell where we were, temperatures were moderate, perhaps 17C or about 65F.
I had a 10:00 a.m. appointment with a geologist, Elizabeth, from the AONB ( Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). We had a brief tour through the mine and around the quarry and I drove her back to her offices in Stanhope.
Dave and Andrew spent the morning hauling timber up to the landing and setting it in strategic places inside the mine. Their afternoon was spent with Andrew mucking out a new crosscut and Dave drilling and loading holes for a new crosscut in the Blue Bell Pocket to see if there is an extension of the zone beyond where we quite. Dave blasted about 5:45p.m. We shall see what has been wrought tomorrow.
I spent the morning till bait time working on the small pocket on bottom of the east vein, it is still going but very difficult digging about 4" off the floor. It did produce a tub or more of what will be nice three-dimensional glassy twins to about 1/2" surrounded by aragonite. After bait I switched to the pocket up about 8' on the west vein and spent the rest of the afternoon slowly expanding it and getting a tub or more of nice specimens out including a few retail specimens. Today's first photo shows a 7"x7" sized plate of glassy gem twins taken from the roof of this, as yet-to-be-named pocket. There was also a very nice, or so I believe, stalactite specimen in the narrow zone that is producing.
We got back to Burnbrae about 6:30p.m. and after a quick shower went over to the Blue Bell for Joy's and Roger's joint 109th birthday celebration.... split the ages where you like.
That's all the news that is fit to print.
Cal & Kerith
Another Bonny Bit.