Friday July 1, 2011
Today was cool and partially overcast but we had no rain. A banner day here in the north and Saturday is supposed to be glorious, as I sit at the computer this morning there are no clouds, no wind and it is to warm up to 20C or more.
Kerith left a bit after 9:00 a.m. to get her hair cut and colored in Stanhope and joined us at the quarry about 12:30p.m. Penny and I along with Dave and Joe got to the quarry a bit after 10:00a.m. I shifted bins out of the container and Penny set to scrubbing while I loaded up the van for a red diesel and generator petrol run to Fir Tree about 10 miles away. I got back about 11:30 a.m. and we suited up. Dave and Joe were at the face finishing the timber sets and getting ready for the afternoons drilling and blasting. Kerith took over scrubbing and packing a bin or two while Penny and I went back up to the West Cross Cut and shifted rock and found three or four tubs worth of specimens, nothing noteworthy but some attractive knobs of green fluorite some on the white quartz crystals.
The face is really a mess, probably more mud than rock and the rock there is brecciated and cemented together with aragonite. Drilling was not too bad but keeping the holes open to load the explosives and stemming was a real pain. The blast went off without a hitch, we hope. This being the first good Saturday in a while I am going up to do some sawing of accumulated larger bits. It is a great deal more pleasant to do this in the sun than in the rain and since you have a constant backsplash of water from the saw a warm day helps too.
Today's picture is of Penny relaxing in our lounge after a hard day at the mine.
That's all from the Dales today.
Cal & Kerith