Cheating Winter

Here’s how you do it: you call Fred, or your own local backhoe driver, and you ask him to move a lot of snow in a very short time. And then you shovel a bit too, moving just a little bit of snow in a relatively very long time. Our goal is to clear the snow away from the back of the bakery, where the oven will be built. While we are on holidays the ground can thaw and dry out so when we return we can start building the oven pronto!

Fred making his way to the back of the bakery. "That's a lot of f%&$*%(^g snow," he said.
Fred making his way to the back of the bakery. “That’s a lot of f%&$*%(^g snow,” he said.
Still working away.
Still working away.
Finally getting around to the back of the building - we will store firewood outside this back door.
Finally getting around to the back of the building – we will store firewood outside this back door.
The slow way - shovelling to unearth a pallet on which to store concrete blocks.
The slow way – shovelling to unearth a pallet on which to store concrete blocks.

It is apparently very bad karma to cheat winter: one day after we did the above snow-clearing, smelt the wet earth, and felt pleased with ourselves: it is snowing heavily with a 5 cm build up so far.

Tim, looking out the oven door.
Tim, looking out the oven door.
Practising with the peel and the counter-weighted oven door.
Practising with the peel and the counter-weighted oven door.
Close-up view of the oven door.  Works like a charm.
Close-up view of the oven door. Works like a charm.

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