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!
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.