Friday, July 29, 2011

Greetings All,

Friday dawned overcast and cool but by day's end the clouds had broken up and we were getting spotty sunshine and temperatures warmed to the high 60's or about 20C. Sadly, we had almost no wind so the midges were everywhere... but the mine.

I left the house about 9:30 a.m. to run a few errands in Stanhope. Most importantly to add a few pounds to my UK cell phone since the amount left on it was dangerously low. Perhaps 10 years ago we purchased a cell phone through Orange, a server who has, at best, spotty reception in the dale. But it tends to work very well in the towns and cities but zero reception in the quarry. I tried making contact with Alistair to see if we could bring a second pallet's worth of specimens to the lumber mill but the mill is closed up tight till the end of next week. We will probably get three or near three pallets this season which means somebody has to make a pallet run to Evergreen Pallets since delivery of just two is not going to happen. Will need to order more blue bins on Monday etc.

Yesterday's unexpected excitement (and there seems to always be one), Joe was hauling up the trolley when the rock it was supported on came crashing down. Thankfully he was fine but we now have to figure out how to redo the system, which has been in place since 2000. It may be make-do for the season but it sure would be nice to get it done.... will need an eye-bolt, grout and some time with the drill to do the job properly.

Dave spent the day doing some necessary drilling in the new cross-cut, the face since we had a big hanging rock in the center and a few other projects. Appears we won't get to mucking out the face and seeing what is there till Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

I spent my morning dealing with small problems and helping Shanade wash some bigger specimens then my afternoon was spent for 4 1/2 hours sawing the balance of the rocks accumulated in the mine. I had Andrew's help and he got his first chance to use the diamond saw, as he was not wearing wet gear, he ended up soaked to the skin.

It is early Saturday morning here and all is quiet, it is a glorious dawn and looks to be a fine day. Unusual, as it usually rains the first day of the Pot Fest in Penrith. An art pottery fair that is the best in the north and one of the best in Europe with juried potters from as far away as Russia coming to show their wares. It is also the weekend of the Sunderland Air Show which draws about 1 million people and the weekend of the Gateshead Flower Show which packs them in too. So the roads will be packed and we will avoid the Penrith round-about, which can take up to 30 minutes to negotiate on a busy weekend.

Today's picture shows Andrew waiting (along with myself) for Dave the other morning... a beautiful start, but you can see the number of For-Sale signs in the village. Many move up here to find they cannot handle the winters and the lack of public transport.

That's all from the Dales today.

Cheers,

Cal & Kerith



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