Monday, June 20, 2011

Greetings All,

The Summer Solstice is upon us, living in the far north of England we don't get more than a few hours of darkness. Which can really fool the body as to what time it is. Kerith has been staying up till nearly midnight much of the time and as a result, rarely starts moving before 9:00 or 9:30 in the morning.

Today dawned overcast but with moderate temperatures and no wind. Kerith and I left for the mine a bit before 10:00 a.m. making a short stop to take on fuel in Stanhope. Currently gas is about $2.30 per liter or close to $9 a gallon.

Kerith spent the morning sorting crystals and I washed up several tubs then tackled the job of putting up the tarp. I had ordered a heavy duty one to withstand our winds and rain, it was quite a job but with Dave and Andrew's help and Kerith's helpful suggestions we managed to get it up in about 3 hours time. The afternoon was spent by Kerith washing crystals and setting them to dry. Dave and Andrew and I spent the afternoon getting the 2" air line installed and setting up the new axial fan and ducting. Dave had made a Rube Goldberg fit of a cut-down bright orange traffic cone married to the turquoise blue housing of the axial fan with everyone's favorite.... silver duct tape, over the weekend. It needs to be hard wired in but Dave did a quick fit of a lead to the fan then Andrew started up the generator and it all came to life -- not with a roar but an almost imperceptible whisper. However, the fan quickly filled the ducting and was pushing a goodly amount of air to the face. We've mounted it in front of the large air-receiver.

With the ducting full we tied it up and basically called it a day. The morning had been spent by Dave and Andrew hauling up the 25 meters of 2" air line and getting the second air-receiver fitted out, it still needs a few holes plugged but that should be the work of an hour or two tomorrow.

That's all from the Dales today.


Cal & Kerith

Fresh Air!

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