Nothing super exciting here, but as of some time this past week, the last bits of the old bell tower are gone. I expect we’ll be seeing piers and a slab being poured soon!
According to the folks at Round Top, their Independence Day celebration is the longest-running one west of the Mississippi. In fact, it’s the 173rd one they’ve had, which means they got started a mere five years after Texas became part of the United States, and also about five years after folks really started to settle
Today’s photo drive was special… it’s also our sixth anniversary. We started with lunch at the Thorndale Meat Market… an old favorite that I’ve visiting since the summer of 2016. After that we covered roads in Milam and Williamson Counties (plus a little bit of Bell County) before returning to Giddings. Today’s subject matter seems
I spent most of the day out in the parking lot across from Immanuel working from the passenger seat of the Expedition, and occasionally taking pictures of what turned out to be the final day of bell tower demolition… well, except for knocking down the short stubs that are left. There was one exciting moment
Today was a “down day” for the crew cutting up the old bell tower. All that happened (not to imply that this isn’t important) is that dump trucks brought in load after load of fill dirt, and the workers spread and compacted it. This is setting the stage for pouring the piers and slab in
Yesterday I was out at Immanuel for about an hour. This time I got a timelapse of the last bit of cutting and then the removal of the last “chunk” of the tower for the day. They made a lot more progress this time… I suspect they’ll be able to wrap up the cutting part
The saga continues… Today they cut two more pieces out of the bell tower. I suspect this will probably go at least through Tuesday, if not into Wednesday of next week. Holes, Inc. out of Houston is doing the work cutting the concrete, and Ray’s Crane Service out of La Grange is taking the pieces
Thursday night (well, maybe early Friday morning… I’m in the midst of a “stay up late and do things” streak) I saw a post on the Immanuel Lutheran Church Facebook page announcing that the bell tower demolition would be moving forward today. I decided pretty quickly that I would pack up my laptop and cameras
It was a bit serendipitous that our move to Giddings coincided with Immanuel Gidding’s pressing the gas pedal on their “Ring the Bell” campaign to build a larger narthex for the church. While my eye is naturally drawn to the classic profile of a white-frame church building with a steeple, I do appreciate some mid-century
At some point in the last six months or so, I discovered a podcast called The Photowalk. It’s hosted by a British fellow by the name of Neale James, who is also the co-host of another Fujifilm-related podcast that I listen to regularly (since I’m now shooting with Fuji X-Series cameras).