On the weekend I talked to some friends in Arizona. Surprise, surprise, they were getting blasted with snow. After getting off the phone I decided to write this post although the snow has melted here. We have peas, onions, garlic, leek, beets, carrots, lettuce, some brassicas and a host of herbs coming up – so looking out the window it strikes me as funny that I waited until the snow was gone to write a post about it. Especially when it stuck around for four months. But it’s still snowing for some, right? And for others, this gives you plenty of time to plan for next year.
When we were facing winter last year – our first winter in this region of the country - we were told that we would end up snowbound from the main road if we didn’t purchase a large, powerful snow-blower. After watching one in action, I was not impressed. In fact, the idea slightly depressed me. Did I honestly want to spend the peace of the early morning mixing fuel and starting a loud, belching engine? It ruined the picture in my head. How do the Amish remove snow, I wondered?
A quick search of the internet led me to this – the Snow Wolf (aka Wovel ):
We were pretty skeptical at first, but after watching all sorts of videos on the Wovel in action and reading reviews from various sites we decided to give it a try. We ordered one, complete with the optional protective guard and ice-chipper plate. A small fraction of the price of a large snow-blower!
Out of the box it took us several hours to assemble. I admit, I had some serious doubts. Somehow it had escaped me that the wheel spokes and shovel were plastic. But now I’m here to tell you that it works! We got through a mountain winter, sometimes with several feet on the ground, never snowbound, never even delayed by the snow – no fuel to buy, no belching engine. Just good old-fashioned Human Power.