Sunday July 24, 2011

Greetings All,

An absolutely glorious weekend weather-wise by any standards. Temperatures soared to the low to mid 70's but just enough breeze to keep the flies and midges and mosquitoes away from our faces and off our body parts. We had only a few odd puffy clouds and lots of welcome sunshine after more than a week of heavy overcast and torrential downpours with the odd respite.

A busy weekend at the mine, I have Tom from Spirifer minerals and his assistant, Christoph, and Scott of Miner's Lunchbox here for several days and Sunday evening I picked up Jurgen Tron of Mark Kielbaso at the Newcastle Airport about 9:30 p.m.

Saturday was spent digging underground in Penny's pocket, which is fast becoming a one of the very best pockets we have recovered. On the down side the going is slow through gray carbonaceous mud cementing much of the pocket and much of what we find is attached to boulders weighing 30-250 pounds which means about 90% required saw attention. Sunday saw the Tom, Scott and Christoph doing the visitor thing while I trudged up the stairs and rolled out the equipment and set to trying to right the electronic wrongs of the saw's power unit. We will know if I have guessed right sometime this morning when Dave brings up the recharged battery and we find out if I can set to sawing. I spent much of Thursday sawing and I again have perhaps 4 or more hours of sawing from Saturday's efforts. Sunday, the "Poles" showed up about 1:00 p.m. and after getting situated saw them bring down a monster boulder I guesstimate at 250 pounds though it took three of us to get it on a board and moved about 10' away from the danger area of potential falling rock.

Today dawns overcast and cool and I have yet to turn on BBC1 to find out our guessed at weather but Tom promises that he is bringing Polish summer to us so not to worry. No picture today since my camera is hanging up at the mine, happy to have some alone time.

That's all from the Dales today.


Cal & Kerith

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