Thursday, June 28, 2012

Greetings from Weardale,

Well they promised us rain and boy did we get it. Much of the morning and up until about 3:00 p.m. we had light rain or drizzle with warm temperatures, close to 17C/64F. Then around 3:00 p.m. I looked up into the sky and could see absolutely black coming down the dale toward us. What was really scary was that there were flocks of birds flying as fast as they could in front of this fast moving front. First we had gale force winds blow through then rain like does in the tropics. Our area got about 2" in an hour and since everything is saturated we had rivers of water where we have never had them before. Today's picture shows the walk we had to get to the stairs this afternoon.

Dave and Joe spent the morning preparing the face for drilling and blasting in the afternoon. I spent the morning packing another three bins then a run to Heights for dets and explosive. Andrew spent the day washing up the previous day's efforts at the saw. Today's second picture shows the plate that was hanging like a tooth in the Penny's Pocket area we have been working this summer. Not too much else to report other than the rain storm was unbelievable accompanied by lots of thunder and lighting and massive amounts of rain coming into our parking and container area. Tomorrow we hope for at least less rain and to see what the blast has exposed.

That's it from the Dale for today.

Cheers, Cal & Kerith

And more mud...

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