GRIST MILLS

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“Out There” again, cruising the back country roads with my camera looking for Historic buildings that are all over my area, I came across the old Dreibelbis Grist Mill that was built in 1854.  This Mill once supplied Corn Meal & Flour to the area’s near-by.  It stayed in operation until 1984 until it got to expensive to operate by today’s standards.  The original machinery is still inside.

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Behind the 2 story Mill is where the water entered the building to drive the Water Wheel that powered the machinery to make flour & Corn Meal.  If you look at the bottom near the center you see a round opening.  This is where water entered from a Mill Pond.  Now, almost covered over it’s hard to see what it once was.

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Located just behind the Mill here is what remains of the Mill Pond that stored water for the Wheel.  You can always tell just where the Pond was because it always leaves a sign in the shape of a round circle or square.  Mill Ponds like this were supplied with a steady water supply from a near-by creek or river.  In this case, the water entered the Pond in the rear.  The Stone in the foreground is where the water entered the Mill.

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Hidden by growth of weeds, this is where water entered the Mill.  Known as a Mill Race.  It got it’s name from the water “racing” into the Mill.  Thus the name.  There is no water here anymore.

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Back in the early day’s there was no fancy machinery to lift goods in and out of the Mill.  Everything had to be done by hand or use a 2-block hoist.  Located at the top is where a Hoist was installed to do the lifting.  The 2-block Hoist was made of wood & had hemp rope for the pulley’s.  This is the reason for the small roof at the top to keep it covered.

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The Old Mill from a different view.  The electric that you see did not exist back then.  All of that was installed later on when a electric generator supplied power to the Mill, thus ending the Water Wheel.

Most all of the Mills around my area are just like this one.  Some are smaller.  Some are bigger.  All of them were powered in the same way with water!  There were quite a few of them.  Some are gone to History.  Other’s remain to this day.

 

COAL CHUTE

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Yesterday, I took my Wife up to her old home in Minersville, PA to meet with some of her long time girl friends that she has known since High School.  They were going to have some lunch together at the old Washington House.  So, after I dropped her off, I had a few hours to spend just “snooping around” the area with my Pentax.

Located just outside Minersville on the road to Dunncock is this left over Coal Chute that was once used to load Coal into waiting trucks to be taken where-ever needed when Coal Was King in this area.  Located just behind the shed is a rusty old conveyor that was used to move the coal from one place to another.  You can barely see it because of all the over-growth.  I was not going to climb up there just to get a shot of it.  I’m surprised that the old thing is still standing.  It’s just wasting away into the past.

Like I had stated before, the Coal Region Area is just full of History.  The only problem is knowing where to find what remains.  I’m slowly doing this.

NEW MOWER!

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Well, I finally went and did it!  After months of snooping around at different types of riding lawn mowers, I decided on this Troy Blit 30 in. mower.  The one that I bought looks just like the one pictured above.

All of my Life, I have been mowing grass, with a push mower or walk behind that is self-propelled.  But now, that I’m getting older and just starting to have trouble mowing all the grass here in one session, I have found that it wear’s me out.  I can’t seem to do it all at one time.  Had to mow the front and side of the house and then stop.  Then finish the rest later on or the next day.  I got tired of this.

I had looked around at all the different types of riding mowers and

 the people that make them.  I had to keep the price within reason and I had to watch out how big the mower deck was.  I found that the 42 in. mowers are too big.  I don’t need a big fancy one.  Just one that will store in my shed and not take up much room.  This one fit the bill just right.

At first I had to play around with it to get to know the different controls and the levers that make it work.  I’ve only had this for about a week now, and have used it twice so far.  It works nice.  Has 6 different speeds to it.  The fastest is the setting on 6.  It really goes!  I have it set for 2.  This way I can just mow along at a controllable speed.  It sure does save time compared to before.  Now, I can mow my yard all at one time.

It does have 1 or 2 draw-backs to it.  I can’t mow into a 45 degree angle.  Have to mow around it.  Using the Reverse Lever I have not got used to yet.  Mowing back-wards is not a good thing to do.  It has a 18″ turning radius, so it’s not like one of those zero turn mowers that can get very expensive.  So far, I like this.  Cleaning the mower deck is another thing I have to figure out.  I still have my Craftsman Self Propelled mower for finishing all the spots that I can’t access.

NEW LENS!

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Ah, yes.  Here is something else that I had to purchase a week ago.

This is my new Tamron Lens for my Pentax K10d.  Now, I did have and still do have, a Tamron 28-80mm AF f/2,8 Lens that I have had for a long time.  It was one of my “go to” Lens because it fit most of my photography needs, except getting close ups.  Did not work well doing that.  Last year while out on a photo shoot, I was mounting the lens on my camera to put it on my Tripod, when it slipped out of my wet hand and fell on the ground!  I stood in horror on what I had just done!  Crap!  Not a good thing to do.  I picked it up and cleaned off the dirt.  Better check it to see if anything went wrong.  Camera lens don’t take too kindly to being dropped!

After looking it over, it seem’d to be alright.  Now, ever since that day, when using the Lens I noticed that my Images were not coming out very clear.  Had to think about this and found that the focus on it was not working right.  I’m sure that it was from being dropped that horrid day.  So, I thought about getting another Lens to replace my old one for a few day’s.  I decided on getting a new one.  I like my Images to be as clear as possible.

I’ve used my new Lens a few times now and it works very well.  In fact, the picture I Posted before this, has my new Lens attached to the Pentax.  Note to self.  Don’t drop your Lens’s!!

NEW TRIPOD

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My New Tripod to replace the one that I had before.

The other Tripod that I had used for a long time, broke on me a few weeks ago.  The one leg on it just came apart, I’m guessing from use for a few years.  Tried to make it work, but it just would not hold the camera’s that I have.  So, I decided to order another one.

I looked at a number of them and decided on this one.  It will extend up to 75″ high and has quick disconnects for the camera plate.  Is quite sturdy, but not one of those high priced ones that are out there.  So far, I like it.  I also think that it’s more colorful.  I love red!  It also comes apart and will turn into a Monopod, so I can use both of them when I choose to do so.