With Jake and Nick.
I took the first digging stint, Nick at the T Junction, Jake in the pot. We are still working around the ‘Sword of Damocles’ a large boulder of dolomitic conglomerate that is beginning to get in the way. Used the mattock to loosen spoil and then cleared the spoil off the flat bedrock floor into bags, then up out of the dig, into the skip where they begin the journey out of the cave. After a while it gets a little warm so swapped over with Nick. 30 or so bags later it was time to start shifting the bags out from the pot to the surface, Nick stayed at the dig face a little longer to batter the boulder, eventually into submission; although most of it remains at the dig some large lumps were removed. Bags successfully emptied we retired to the Hunter’s for a couple of pints of some fine Bath Ales Special Pale Ale, Nick missed out as he had to get back and prepare a presentation for the week ahead.