After shovelling out our house and cars and making tracks to the chook cage and all that fun we had to go and help dig out the road down the mountain and the footpath the kids use to get to school.
It was a BIG job so lucky we had so many people turn out.
Of course Matsumoto city has snow ploughs but there is a priority listing of roads and we are soooooo far down the list...
And anyway, there are independent self-reliant types around here and the neighbourhood owns a hand pushed show plough, a neighbour with a LONG driveway owns another, EVERYONE has a k-truck for hauling snow, there are power shovels and tractors and plenty of active and willing people.
So... we headed down the mountain.
Amy came up with a laid back way of doing things.
The footpath- before:
Obviously the snow plough had already been down so this isn't a REAL before shot but it's a before we started shot.
Ok, well technically still during but you can see what a thorough job we're all doing. And laughing and chatting and talking as we worked.
No less than FOUR of us had broken snow shovels already this week. What's the big deal? They're less than 1000 yen right?
Well, the big deal is all the stores are completely sold out of them and with the highways blocked and trucks not getting through who knows when we'll get more! There were some very creatively taped and screwed together snow shovels out there! Me? I just gave up and used a metal one- heavier but zero chance of me falling on it and snapping it.
The tractor with a snow plough attachment widening the road.
Taking a break to appreciate the scenery:
Still a lot of snow to go...
Look at all the people there on the mountain! Times like this I love where I live!
So proud of Meggy for doing her bit too.
Amy jumped right out of the way of the snow ploughing tractor.
You can just see a couple of heads the other side of the snowbank. That's the pile of snow between the footpath and the road. No need to worry about kids running out onto the road as they walk to school at the moment!
Bit worried about what's going to happen when it gets a bit warmer and that pile starts to slide though....
This is the road outside our house. That's the corner of our truck on the left there. My neighbour up the road is FASTIDIOUS about shovelling snow. See that black tarmac there? That's a whole weekend's work. She's a GUN> Us on the other hand? Ummmm, wellll.... hey, it wasn't like we were sitting around doing nothing!