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Bull’s Rush – a new source of Opal

  A few weeks ago I told you about a potential new opal find out at a station called Barfield. Well, the word out it that it is very promising. Barfield is a cattle station about 75 kms (46 miles) south west of Lightning Ridge. Close to the Grawin and Sheepyard opal fields, it has been earmarked for some time as a possible new opal field. Prospecting has been happening out there and the first claims have now been pegged. The material coming out is seam opal – typical for the area. Seam opal is found – as the name suggests in seams, the material cuts beautifully and the colors…

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Lightning Ridge Update

Well, I’ve clocked up a few miles in the past week with a trip to Lightning Ridge. Being winter the weather was absolutely beautiful with sunny warm days but beware when the sun goes down though as the temps drop to freezing. The town was pretty full with most accommodation places showing no vacancy – a really good sign! I caught up with a few old faces and also met some new ones – including a few people who recognized me from my video’s – good to see people are watching! Mining is in full swing with many professional and hobby miners working hard to find opal before the summer…

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