Our First Real Snow
A few weeks ago we had gotten some light snow, juuuuuuuust enough to block my view of the rocks lining the driveway. I managed to slide right over them, ripping off my heat shield in the process and needed to have Chris tow me out. When I brought my car into town last week, I was pleased to find out my car didn’t sustain any significant injuries in the process. We voiced concerns about needing a tractor not only for the giant garden we were going to plant (more to come!) but also for plowing snow, but we were assured that we wouldn’t have any more significant snow accumulation given the time of year and balmy weather and to wait to make such a large purchase.
The meteorologists started to predict snow accumulations of 6 inches, then 9, then 12. Just to be safe, we parked the truck at the bottom of our very steep drive and hoped for the best. After all, as hopeful farmers with full-time, no-snow-day type jobs we were a little concerned about the commute into work over two small mountain ranges that on a good day takes well over an hour. This morning we woke up to around 10 inches and by the end of the day had about a foot of fresh powder. Missing (thankfully) are pictures of me attempting to sled down the driveway!
Having lived in Baltimore where you only had to shovel your sidewalk and could walk to everything you need and in New Market where the HOA took care of it all, we weren’t well prepared. Thank goodness for friends! After being unable to find anyone to plow us out, our friend Tanner tapped into his network to get us functional again. While it took a few tries and a couple different vehicles, by the end of the day we could at least safely walk down the driveway and get out for work.
…Or go look at purchasing alpacas, which is what we did this evening. We’ve done a lot of research on what animals would be best for mowing the lawn. While I initially wanted goats I think everyone we met talked us out of them, mostly due to behavioral concerns: goats are the Houdinis of the animal world. Alpacas are laid back, typically pretty friendly, and take about 5 per acre to mow. Plus you get the added benefit of the fibers and manure for the garden! But, I digress…after taking an hour detour going to the wrong town and getting lost in on snowy back roads we made it to the Alpaca Farm out in WV. We settled on 2 sweet boys, given that we can get a fence in fairly quickly. Thankfully, the owner is good to hold on to them until shearing in April.
The latest plan is to head up this weekend to the cabin in West Virginia to grab the UTV/4 wheeler in hopes that we can use it to plow and help with work on the farm. As much as I love the snow, I’m excited for Spring here on the farm.