Day 28: Extracting
really grumpy today. A cold began in the night. Throat is sore, limbs
feel heavy, joints feel still worse and nose is snotty. Joy! Everyone
seems to have been sick or is fighting off sickness - Mike L feels foul
and is getting shakes in the night; Ellen has had sinusitis and had to
take day off; Jonathan just feels really tired; Mike B is the worst though
and stayed at home after much persuasion. So a very subdued day - people
quiet or coughing. I was working alone - which is quite nice. I just amble
along, getting things done. But was feeling so pathetic - I really was
not very fast.
This morning, the
stuff I'd skimmed off the liquidised diesel and black sand actually contained
a fair bit of gold! Only had a tablespoon of stuff in my bowl and yet
there were 40-50 bits of gold. I was very excited. It was the most I've
seen in a pan yet! So the liquidity worked really well! But after feeling
so sick with the diesel fumes - I just am not prepared to do two full
buckets using it!
I built another sluice box but this time purpose built for sand. Instead
of punga wood, I'm using corduroy and fleece material. There's a 'splash
board' to tip the sand onto, a bit of narrow pipe with holes to squirt
water out of, and a board to 'catch' the gold in draped in black corduroy
and black fluffy fleece material. Just about got it finished today so
tomorrow I have to get to work pretty hard and do the final tweaks.
So my plan is: finish
it off (and get it filmed) in first two hours, get all sand down it before
lunch, after lunch dismantle it and wash the material (and pan out), and
get help maybe burning off the material.
Jonathan and Ellen
are just about ready for their treasure hunt so I can get them to help
But now I am very,
very, very tired. It's only 9.20 pm - but I think I need to sleep!