The Alchemy of Water

Early Autumn in Southern California is often filled with hot hazy days of temperatures reaching above the century mark.

The sky remains a shade of tired, washed out dungaree blue.

This Skywatch Friday I sought out a photo of something cool even cold in fact freezing!


This is the Ice House, serving the chilling needs of Corona for most of the last century. I know it has been my go to place to purchase cubes, crushed and blocks of ice all of my life.

The gentleman perched on the porch is Mr. Moffet, he has worked the alchemy of turning water into money most of his life.

He retired this year in his early 90s, not to worry though he found a good new owner for the historic establishment, the tool & machine shop in the same building took over the ice house so nothing is changing in the foreseeable future.

On a hot day the vintage sign painted in frosty blue and white beckons one to swing in off the boulevard to feed quarters into a slide mechanism then await a giant bag of frozen water to race through the unseen interior of the Ice House then out the chute landing with a CLUNK in the iron catch grate for you to take away to chill many beverages or cool an entire picnic in the park!

Skywatch Friday:


6 thoughts on “The Alchemy of Water

  1. Your photo brought back memories of Miami, when we would stop at the ice house to get a block before fishing with our grandfather. Thanks for sharing!


  2. I like to see these kinds of businesses continue to operate. Kudos to Mr. Moffet. We used to have an ice house here in Fullerton, but I think it’s gone now.


  3. Ah, those blue, blue skies do look like California and this year they look like Oregon, too!! I’m ready for Fall and cooler weather! Thank you for stopping by my blog!!! Always appreciated!! Hope you have a comfortable weekend!!!


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