Saturday Snapshot—when a shovel wasn’t enough to clear the snow

January 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm 15 comments

I grew up on a farm in southwestern Ontario. In winter we had plenty of snow. Banks of it in our yard, in the lane and along the road– and a long laneway to the road. Here’s my father blowing snow using the tractor and snow blower. There was no warm cab to sit in.

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  • 1. trish  |  January 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    What a great picture! I spent a good part of my childhood in Ottawa and I seem to remember winters being a lot colder than now.

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  • 2. storygal  |  January 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    We still get some cold days, Trish, but not as much snow as I remember. Unless you were to go further north. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • 3. Alyce  |  January 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    That would sure be a brisk way to face the day!

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    • 4. storygal  |  January 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      That it is! But it was quite common since there were no caps for the tractors like there are now. Dad dressed really warm.

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  • 5. Kay  |  January 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    See, I have a hard time even imagining that kind of cold. We just don’t get it in our area. I think it looks even colder in black and white. LOL

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    • 6. storygal  |  January 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      People farther north than we are experience even deeper cold, but I didn’t know it then and we dressed for the weather in snowsuits, lined jeans, layers, and warm hats, scarves and mittens.

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  • 7. Mary  |  January 22, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Ooh, I’ll bet he was cold!

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    • 8. storygal  |  January 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      As I mentioned to Kay, we thought too it was cold. When he was done blowing out the lane, he came into the house for a hot drink and to warm up.

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  • 9. gautami tripathy  |  January 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Brrr, cold!

    Here is my Saturday
    Snapshot
    post!

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  • 10. Marie  |  January 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Nice photo! Our tractor/snowblower doesn’t have a warm cab either, but it’s still better than shoveling. 😉

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  • 11. Louise  |  January 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    That looks so cold. He must have dreaded that job.

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    • 12. storygal  |  January 23, 2012 at 12:37 am

      The lane would have been too much to shovel, unlike a short driveway in town.
      I don’t remember Dad ever complaining about the task, but then he liked hockey and skating, including in the outdoors. Bitter days were worse, I’m sure.

      Thanks for stopping by, Marie.

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  • 13. storygal  |  January 23, 2012 at 12:38 am

    And thanks for your comment too, Louise. I just realize I missed your name in there.

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  • 14. Lisa@ButteryBooks  |  February 13, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Great old photo..but it made me shiver just looking at it.

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    • 15. storygal  |  February 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Lisa. It would have been cold. No wonder you’re shivering.

      Reply

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