It was another mild night, so my sleepingbag is now stowed away. I started with a single blanket but by 5am ish I pulled on my 2nd blanket and was warm as.
Again no need to set the alarm, as we aren't going anywhere except fossicking. We awoke about 7:30am and we buggered about camp, I did look over at Billy's
camp and saw no action. I thought that he probably walked over to the fossicking area, like he did yesterday. So Marg and I watched Kockie as usual had brekky
and just on 9am, I walked over to Billy's camp, as we said that we would take him with us to the fossicking area. I called his name a few times and just as I was
leaving, a quiet voice answered me. Bloody hell Billy was still asleep at 9am. Youth of today.
I told him that Marg and I would be leaving in about 15
minutes, so Billy was up, raced across to the showers and ready to join us at 9:15am.
We headed back out to the fossicking area, that Billy was told about late yesterday. We scratched around for an hour or so, but none of us found anything worth
while. So we headed back to yesterday morning's successful area. This time I brought 2 buckets with me, as about 30 meters away there was a small dam, which
I used to fill the buckets, that made all the difference to our fossicking. While Marg and Billy used the water, I had unfinished business with yesterday's gypsum.
Yesterday I managed to break off a piece of gypsum about 15" x 12" x 2" thick, but I left the remainder of the gypsum stuck fast in the 'mullock heap'. Today,
it was mine, I attacked it with a spade and a mattock and it finally was mine. Now this chunk of gypsum must weigh over 20kgs, it was bloody heavy to carry
back to the mighty Navara. A bit did break off it, but the size that made it back to camp was a good 18" x 15" x upto 3" thick, it is a good chunk. We fossicked
until 11:30am, when we headed back to Yowah 'central', where Billy showed us his amethyst from Amethyst Castle. The three of us then visited the Caravan Park
Office where we bought an ice cream each. Georgina told Billy that Eddie wanted to see him, so Billy headed off to see Eddie, while Marg and I walked back to
camp and had lunch. We were to meet with Billy at 1:50pm for the 2pm tag along mine tour run by Peter and Kathy. At this stage, I would like to say that Billy was
the most sort after person in Yowah, being a geologist working for a mining company in Mt Isa, made him exceptionally popular. All the locals wanted to chat with
him and tell him and some physically drove him to their claims, to show him. For example, tomorrow morning Billy is being picked up by Peter and will be shown
his leases. Marg and I loved 'hanging off Billy's coat tails'. Anyway, I digressed, at 2pm, we all met at the Caravan park office and then we followed Peter to
one of his mines, where he explained the history of Yowah and showed us his underground mine. After the tour, we did some fossicking for
, but we were not in luck, I think one of the ladies in our group found something worthwhile.
Then it was back to the Caravan park office for coffee, scones, jam and cream. Marg and I had to leave the scones early, as Marg found an opal which she wanted
cut, so Georgina (Caravan park owner) told us of about 5 locals who could check out Marg's opal and cut it, if suitable. We saw Rod Evans at 4pm and asked
if the stone was suitable to cut, Yes it was, he suggested cutting it as a freeform, but Marg wanted an oval shape if posssible, he agreed, we asked if he
could cut it and have it ready later today, he said yep, come back at 5:15pm, I asked the cost, Rod said $10. So at 5:15pm, we went back to Rod, the opal
was cut and polished and cost $10, I gave Rod $20 and told him to buy himself a beer on us, Marg also saw some of his other opals and we left his 'showroom' aka
his garage with 2 opals. From there, we drove to the bluff to photo the sunset. I took some photos, it was spectular. Finally, back at camp and Dave our neighbour
was entertaining our other neighbours with his guitar. He was a brilliant guitarist, he told us that in his previous life, he had played with Jethro Tull and Deep
Purple in London. We all belived him. He was ace.
Finally in the van for the night, dinner was a casserole, really Yumma. I started to pack up a few thing getting ready for our departure in the morning.
Marg and I absolutely loved Yowah and next year we will staying for at least a week. It was great meeting Billy and we may see him in Mt Isa, when we
stay at Cloncurry, we could do a day trip to the Isa to catch up.
Tomorrow we are staying at Evening Star, Charleville about 350kms.