A snowblower in every garage is a fairly recent concept, in my worldview. I wrote here about the long-ago days (the 1960s) when I was a kid at the Manse, and how exciting it was when our friend and neighbour Bill Holgate would come along with his exotic tractor-pulled snowblower and clear the big driveway at the Manse. Now it seems like almost every household in the country, and even in many urban (especially suburban) areas has a snowblower, and unless I am misinformed, retired chaps have more fun than anything hauling them out and clearing the snow, even when the snowfall is, shall we say, light.
I have to admit that I mocked the whole idea for a long time. But now that we are the happy owners of the Manse, I kind of see the point of snowblowers. We are very fortunate in that our friend and neighbour Ed Couperus has been shovelling the driveway for us, and it’s fantastic when we arrive there late at night after a long drive from Montreal to have the driveway cleared and be able to pull in easily. Ed is the best. But when we’re actually around we can’t expect Ed to do the work; it’s our job!
And while we all know that shovelling snow is good exercise… well, life is short. Snowfalls (especially recently, here in Montreal at least) can be huge. And snowblowing is – kind of fun.
What do you think, readers? Especially rural residents. How important is a snowblower to quality of life? Better to burn the calories shovelling the snow, or do it quickly with a snowblower and have more time for other pursuits?
Your input is very much appreciated. Because, you know, there is snow in our future.