Perhaps one should not write a post after 2 days of shoveling snow…
Nature certainly did not spare us. From a prediction of 12″ to 18″ to a final estimate of 30″ with drifts up to 6 feet, it is historical. Well the howling wind they got right. After two days it ended and the sun rose on a crystalline day, the sky that brilliant shade of blue that only winter allows. Being of a self-sufficient nature, we have managed past snow falls with shovels and a snow blower and have no plowing contract. There was no option but to chip away at it.
On the day after the snow fall, we managed to get one snow blower track down the driveway to the road. It was sufficient for me to walk to the store for milk but by the end of the day, the winds had piled inches back in. We retreated to our snow cave, glad for the gifts of power and heat.
On day two the winds died and we got started early in the morning. To get the snow to a manageable level for the snow blower, we had to shovel at least 18″ off the top. There are aching muscles in my shoulders and back i never knew existed and my partner was battling the flu. There are times in life, you just have to grit your teeth and get on with it. This was one. By mid-afternoon the car was uncovered and moved down the driveway closer to the road. After shoveling 5 feet of snow off the porch roof, we called it a day.
I could not get to the bees to check to see if the hives were covered. Bees generate quite a bit of moisture and the hives need ventilation even in the cold of winter. It was just impossible and no vantage point from the house or barns allowed me to assess their situation. Never had it crossed my mind that reaching them in the meadow would be a problem. Alas, one does not plan for a blizzard and record snowfall. Hopefully the coming warmer days and rain will collapse the snow enough for me to get to them.