Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Snowed in

We've had a lot of snow in the last couple of days. There's now more on the ground than we've had at any point during the past twelve years, I think. This photo looks out from the kitchen window over the sink. The billows of snow in the foreground stand almost 4 feet high -- and they haven't been shovelled that high, that's just what's fallen.

See the pear tree just to the left of the play structure? Its trunk is completely obscured, as are some of the lower branches.

But it's warmed up a lot today. The snow is now too wet and heavy to snowblow, too plentiful to plough (there's no longer anywhere to push it), and an hour and a half of shovelling by hand cleared only about 30 feet of our 200-metre-long driveway. I've given up.

Unfortunately our new snow tires haven't solved the piddly-ground-clearance issue on the van. We have 8 to 10 inches on the driveway, and that's way too much for the van. We are snowed in for the forseeable future. Chuck's truck can get in and out, thankfully, so he's able to get to the hospital. But for the rest of us ... it'll be a while.

(A Delica could get up the driveway, of course. But we don't have one of those.)

The power is still on, amazingly enough. We've had a few flickers this morning, but no outages that have been sustained.

5 comments:

  1. Actually...you'd think a Delica could, but it has some surprisingly low-hanging bits in the middle as I found out trying to drive through 8-10 inches of wet snot in my in-laws driveway last week... This after I had bragged to my DH that I could make the Delica go anywhere. We made it, but we were scraping the whole way. My old 2000 Subaru Forester, on the other hand, used to cut through this type of snow like a hot knife through butter.

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  2. yikes, I meant that I was driving through wet SNOW. Oy.

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  3. LOL! I read your comment twice and didn't catch that!

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  4. Holy smokes! You do have a lot of snow! (I won't mention that on this side of the country...most of/parts of our lawns are bare)

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  5. We looked at a Delica on the Island, near Nanaimo. Family owned business and seemed very reputable.They said that parts are easy to find here b/c of the popularity of the vehicles. You might want to do some research and then present it to Chuck (hey, get the kids to do a PowerPoint presentation, lol!) and then who knows? ;-)

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