You can see Jerry standing on my had if you look close. Hard to balance a young man like that on your head except for Tiny Texas Houses land with lilliputian help.
You may remember the last time we posted some pictures of the Forget Me Not chapel. Well it has become the Not To Be Forgotten Chapel now as it is no longer resides in Salvage, Texas.
This sweet chapel made the 66 mile drive to its new home in Garfield Texas where it will soon host weddings, meditations, and other great loving times with friends.
Thanks to Michelle who helped dress up the Chapel with Doorknobs, make up paint, and Love.
From thew inside looking out, it will always feel incredible to see the glass made in the 1800’s still aglow in the sun.
So for the moment, there is a big empty spot at Salvage, Texas where so many memories have been crafted in a Tiny Texas Chapel that is here no more.
Her she is before we took the steeple off and shipped her down the road.
Actually, Jerry was on top of the roof earlier removing the ridge cap and just adding the pole to catch the overhead wires if we were to find any along the way slung too low.
How far can a tall chapel go in a couple hours? Depends on the path of course. In this case 66 miles went faster than the first 40 feet.
Up to this point, all is good, trailer slid in nicely, centered easily, steeple off, ridge cap off, almost ready to fly.
Adding a pole for electric just in case. 16′ is a high one does not like to exceed when moving a house or chapel. This was a bit taller than normal.
Before we try to move it an inch.
Putting the steeple on the porch for transport.
Tying down the wire deflector which is PVC pipe with a lasso rope inside.
Looked like we were on our way.
You might be able to see how the footing is trapped up under the chapel and trailer. Wedged enough to nearly tip it over one try.
Here you can see how much room there was to work out the hunk of concrete that snagged on a strap bolt.
An hour or more later…. Now that is a big plug to pull out of the ground with the bottom of your trailer and this has happened before. This time nearly tipped over the chapel.
Some days just do not quite start out like you want, and in this case we had nearly tipped over the chapel before leaving the property. Nice adrenalin rush to start the day.
So off we go
Set, ready, go……
Everybody has the same plan, same destination, and hope that the rest goes easier. 66 miles to go.
Details, details, like the invoice.
And we are running now.
Within a bit more than an hour, and three bridges marked lower than our load, a few tree branches running down the side of the roof,
in and around through the trees and soon we are in place. Hurray.
Then to get her off the trailer and get it out.
First levitate, then insert blocking.
We left room for the end and center piers.
Soon she is ready to have the trailer pulled out from under her.
Next thing you know, we are ready to go, and the trailer is on its way home.
Lining out the ridge cap is simple so the remainder of the work is for the next guys to take care of.
They will place the piers and rest her down once the footings and piers are cured and set.
Good by from the back view. So sad for the past, so happy for her future. The Forget Me Not Chapel ……
Many a tour has been kept in here for my sermon on creating Healthy Organic Cottages and Tiny Texas Houses for those we love.
It is a story that has hopefully spread to many others as those who came told of the crazy guy they had seen on a tiny house tour.
Generally this is a good sign, an open door to a new day.
Love the glass in the door. Just a bit of blur to what is inside and private, yet universal at the same time.
I hope you enjoy going along for the Chapel ride of the year. We did it without any major mishaps so it was a good day.
While I will miss that dear chapel that has been here for so long, it will have a great life ahead and like all my children, these Art Houses I create, it will live and love on, long after I am gone I hope.