Our annual visit and stay at Nenthead over the New Year now means
only one thing, take the youngens underground. The last few years it has been a
trip to the Ballroom Flat, but this year to spice it up a bit for Hannah and
Rosie we ended up going into Brownley Hill. The day started frosty with a bit
of hazy sun and by 11:30 we were on our way into the mine. When we reached the
Engine Sump junction, we had a little look around here and then headed for the
VM stopes. Taking a right from the main level, we entered the short access
level under the stopes and climbed up into the first level via an old hopper.
From this level we made our way along and then climbed up to the second
On the second level we had a thorough explore of all the blind
passages and marvelled at the white calcified walls, along with looking at some
of the mine pearls on the floor. We headed towards the backend of the stope and
here camp was set up for lunch time. Mark as usual provided the Christmas
illuminations along with cooking facilities. Karli set up his cooking area and
lunch was had. After a game of attack the Karli that Hannah and Rosie seemed to
enjoy nonstop, we climbed back down to the first level and then exited back to
the horse level via a different hopper. We headed further into the mine for the
Brownley Hill Vein, where eventually we came to the blue pool - lots of cooing.
After a few photos, we retraced our steps and headed back out. What a nice way
to spend 3½ hours on a New Year's Day.