This was our driveway on Monday, after we had shoveled part of it of course. It normally usually only snows here on Vancouver Island once or twice a winter except at higher elevations. We are 1000 feet above sea level and approximately one mile from the Ocean. Sunday there was no snow, Monday we woke up to 1/2 a foot of it. We kind if miscalculated when we moved to a warmer climate. We sold all of our snow shovels before we left Alberta, not understanding that when it does snow you shovel quickly or go nowhere as it sets up like cement very quickly due to the high moisture content. Coast snow is 10 times heavier than fluffy prairie snow. We bought one shovel last year and on Monday took turns five minutes at a time until we had the whole thing shoveled. No, I am not a wimp but in Alberta I could shovel the driveway in 10 minutes flat. Due to the weight of the snow here it took both of us an hour.
The good news? After a day of rain and warm temperatures yesterday there is only a little bit here and there. Now the dilemma, do we go buy a 2nd shovel to have on hand now or wait until next fall?