Hubby and I have always shoveled everything by hand on the farm, and only very rarely have we hired machines to do the work that is very hard to do.. example when we had the loads of gravel delivered, we hand moved the walk way loads but hired Farmer R to come and spread the drive way.. what he could do in under a hour would have taken us way, way to long.
As you know we have had a lot of snow this winter, including having it drift badly enough that five times we have had help come to plow us out and dozen and dozen of hours spent shoveling the lane way.
We certainly will continue to shovel a lot of things by hand but Dear Hubby Got this very much on sale (as the season is ending) new Snow Blower as a gift from my mom, he also got a little party, and he might have asked his wife for a set of Throwing Ax’s that did indeed appear on his birthday.
I am looking forward to learning how to do proper maintenance of it and ideally being able to do a lot more of the snow removal with it, and I will tell the truth, I am greatly looking forward to being able to do a single up and down path from the house yard to the barn with this. However I know that from shoveling the pathway that many a time in winter we go from a open path to knee or even mid hip drifts that cover the path totally in certain spots. The drift patterns will not change so we will see how the machine handles them.
So while we still use the scythe for a lot of our cutting, we now have a lawn mower, while we still have lots of shovels, we know have a snow blower, while I do have my fire pit and cooking tray, we now have a BBQ.. Crazy I know! LOL
We will see if this proves to be a good thing or not.