This is the Oley Furnace Grist Mill that was built around 1823 by Daniel Udree.  It supplied Flour & processed corn during the early years of the area.  The Mill operated from a Mill Pond that was off to the left and out of the Image.  The water was fed into the Mill by a large Iron pipe that was once at the bottom of the Mill where you see a old wooden door.  The water turned a wheel that supplied power to grind the corn and flour.


Looking at the rear of the old Mill.  The Door at the left is where the large pipe came into the Mill to supply water.  No longer there after so many years.  I talked with the Owner of this old property and asked him if I could go inside to see what was there.  He said he would rather not have anyone inside the Mill because it is very un-stable.  I followed his wish.


This is looking at one side.  The small over-hang at the top is where the Sack Hoist was located.  It was used to lift sacks of corn and other items from the ground below.


Looking at the front of the old Mill.  The Mill Pond was directly behind the hill to the right.  The Mill Pond was dried up long ago, and nothing there but weeds and trees.


What remains of a Cold Cellar that I’ve told about before in previous Posts.  Back in those early years there was no ice or refrigeration.  Food stuff was kept at under-ground tempts of 50 degrees.


Around my area there are a number of these old Mills that are still left from by-gone years.  Some have fallen into History, while others like this with stand the age of time.  Others have been converted into homes and apartments.

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Known as the “Distelfink” or “Thistle-Finch” is the German name for the European Goldfish.  In PA it means Happiness & Good Fortune from the early PA German people.  A brightly colored bird that is found on some old barns in or around my area.  This one was at the Berks County History Center not far from my Home.


This is where the bird comes from.  This is what you see on some old barns.

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On Sunday afternoon I was invited to a good friends of ours to a Birthday Party for their young Daughter.  They had hired a “Face Painter” for the kids, which I thought was cute.  She was good at her job.  Had all kinds of different designs to paint on the kids.  These are just some of them.








…..and this is the Birthday Girl.  She turned 5 yrs. young.

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Here is my Loving Wife with her Granddaughter on the day of her Graduation from Schuylkill Valley High School.  After the summer is over, she will be attending West Virginia University with a full scholarship.  She will Major in Sports Therapy and be swimming on the West Virginia swim team.  Like Eileen’s oldest Son, she is quite tall.  Almost 6 ft tall and quite a pretty Lady.  She will enter a whole new world once she get’s into collage.  One that I’m not sure she’s ready for.  I’m not lucky enough to have a Granddaughter or Grandson.  Never will.


Here is Eileen’s other Granddaughter.  She is still in HS and not quite ready for collage yet.

I do apologize for not being much of a Blog buddy these past few weeks, but I’ve had some other issues to deal with witch did not make me to happy.  I lost my wallet with everything in it that I need.  It must have fallen out of my back pocket somewhere and was picked up by someone.  There was no money in it, but it did have my Drivers License, ID Cards, Credit Cards, my VA Cards, my License to carry a canceled weapon, and other important stuff.  It has been a nightmare trying to recover everything that I need.  I had to cancel the Credit Cards, my Bank Card, my Gun Permit, and have all of them re-issued with new numbers.  Getting my Drivers License is another pain in the ass.  Why the person who has it can’t just send it back to me, is way beyond me.  They can’t use anything in it at all.  There is not much I can do, except keep on recovering what I need.

I learned a valuable lesson here with my Wallet thing.  I would suggest that you take your purse/wallet and photo copy everything that is important to you and keep in on file for yourself.  This way you can still have proof that you had it at one time.  If you don’t need your wallet/purse, lock it up in your glove compartment or trunk where no one can get to it.




Up and ready!


Here is little Ceila.  We call here “Cee Cee”.  She just loves to play the game.  Eye on the ball.


Strike one!


I made it to 1st base!  Opposing team member not happy!


Run, Cee, Run for Home!


Look at what I got!  See my new Trophy?  and of course, some ice cream for everyone.

I got a charge out of watching these little ones play the game.  They play with everything they got.  It’s kinda funny to watch them.  The game of baseball is fun for them.  They love it.  The rules of the game are bent a bit for them, but it does not matter.  They’ll be back next year.

All of these images were shot with my Pentax K10D DSLR with a Tamron 80-300mm Lens.

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