Thurssday, July 4, 2013
A pleasant muggy, breezy day which started overcast and drizzly and turned to sunny skies and scattered clouds and temperatures rising to about 18C or about 65F.
Dave and Joe set to cleaning up the face and taking an early lunch to start drilling around 1:00p.m. for a face blast. I went up to Heights to pick up our dets and explosives and when I got back Stan was in the cross-cut clearing out the final bits of black limestone which were in the way. I joined him and we had water so we set up working the area. It is still tight with patches of pocket mud to 4" or more thick. Today's picture shows Stan holding the largest piece we took out. Specimens are still with a matte finish but no so etched as they were closer to the vein. What is unusual is there many are very three dimensional and there is bits of galena here and there. We got our blast off about 5:30p.m. and everyone headed home, quite tired and sore. The cross-cut is quite narrow so the only way two can work in there is to have one standing or stooping and the other squatting. By day's end Stan and I had cleared quite a bit of rock above the area we were working and are now forced to bring even more limestone down before we can proceed which will take a bit of time but is necessary to push the pocket forward.
We got back to Burnbrae about 6:00 p.m. and after cleaning up headed over to the Blue Bell for a drink then a dinner of macaroni and cheese and broccoli and in for a quiet night. Tomorrow will be a busy one of mucking and moving a lot more limestone out of the cross-cut. It will be Stan's last day so I am sure he will want to spend as much time digging as possible.
Cheers from the North,
Cal & Kerith
Stan with his prize.