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DAY TEN – YOUNG DRILLING PROGRAM

Holy Moly!

It was a bit hard getting up this morning! The bones aching and the muscles complaining – not to mention the bladder with it’s private problems and the…..well……I hate getting old and being so unfit!

Plus it’s cold…..and I’m tired…..(*enter whiney voice!*)……

But once we got to the drilling site all the whininess evaporated and I remembered that I am HAVING THE BEST TIME! We drilled two holes and by the end I was able to identify serpentinite confidently. And thankfully there was no asbestos, although we did still wear masks just in case.

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Today’s drill site was right next to the quarry, and as expected we found a lot of magnesite. If you look closely you can see clumps of magnesite¬†just sitting on top of the ground. This paddock would make for some very healthy cows me thinks!

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There was a sense of elation as we completed the last hole. You can see the Long-Suffering Delightful Alfy looking especially elated! Jason just looks hungover!

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Again, the countryside is just amazing in Young. The paddocks are so lush and green despite not having much rainfall. I love the way the hills display a patchwork of fields with outcrops of granite tors! Just beautiful!

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I think that Jason won’t be coming back as a fieldy! But the experience has been great. I’m unsure he fully understands why I love this job, but at least he will have a better idea of what I do for a living! I think the greatest lesson I have been able to teach my children is that is never too late to follow your dreams! I fell in love with rocks much later in life and decided to go back to uni and study, and despite my lack of fitness and experience, I am having an absolute ball!

I am so proud of my all female geo team! My Long-Suffering Mentor -the good Doctor, and the Long-Suffering Delightful Althea (Alfy) – we work so well together, helping each other and complimenting each others strengths. I can truly say I have found great friends as well as work colleagues, and I really do hope we get to work together again.

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Tomorrow is a long drive home, but the prospect of not having to free-pee and experiencing stage-fright because of the cows watching while you squat – or getting nettle rash on your nethers……well…..let’s just say it will be nice to be home!

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