Ok you guys suffering the northern european autumnal blues, these photos were taken this morning here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria, Italy, it was a wonderful sunny morning, the sun continues to shine, it may be a bit cool in the shade but it has not stopped the last minute tanning taking place in the warmth of the sun!

A couple of guys from Germany driving here to Bellaugello Gay Guest House told me on arrival that they had come through snow!

I really did not believe them, I know it has been turning cooler here in Umbria, however snow was the last thing on my mind.  Well it seems they were referring to the St Bernard Pass between Switzerland and Italy.  Aparently they stopped enroute just north of the pass and were told by the locals,  “you’d better not stop tonight there is to be snow”, well sure enough they awoke to discover there was and everything was white!

Well here near Gubbio in Umbria, there is no snow but it has turned decidedly cooler.  By cooler I mean 20 degrees, and now warmer than the swimming pool which this morning I decided to close, 19 degrees is just too cold.  Next year we hope to heat the swimming pool thus extending the season.

Last night we served dinner in the dining room lit by candlelight  and warmed by a blazing log fire.  It is the time for me to dig out my recipies for thick winter warming soups and stews, and hurry the sauna building along….

Oh I simply adore my job.  This photograph I took early yesterday morning as the sun shone golden on the honey-coloured stone of Bellaugello Gay Guest House, the windows after my own efforts at cleaning them even sparkling.  It is so wonderful to have the house complete and to be enjoying the company of many varied and utterly interesting guests.  I have been so lucky this year to have had a wonderful clientelle from many different countries.  Not only do I live in a beautiful tranquil scenic place here near Gubbio in Umbria, central Italy but I have fabulous guests to share my home and its tranquil setting.

Ok there are early starts, but I get to see wonderful sunrises, then, baking, cooking, cleaning and garden maintenance, there is always something that needs my attention, and late evenings when I turn to bed shattered, but there is also time to stop and chat with guests which makes it all well worthwhile.

Today I sit in my porch commanding a panoramic view over the Chiascio valley to Monte Subasio and beyond, Milo Edo and Jenny lying quietly at my side, outside a piercing blue sky is punctuated by fluffy clouds scudding across on the high altitude wind.  Level with me but some distance off hovers a bird of prey, working high abovethe hillside below, the trees are beginning to turn and lose their leaves (another job on its way!) there is a touch of autumn in the air but the sun is still warm.

I should be catching up on paperwork, one of my least favourite tasks, well I have done two hours of paperwork, so feel pleased, poured myself a cup of my precious Marks and Spencer’s Early Grey tea, munched on a slice of apple cake I made last night from apples gathered from the trees on the side of the big field, wandered over to the anexxe and climbed onto the roof to admire the new solar panels, how silly am I, and decided to post on my blog, just because I feel at peace with the world.  Here is the pic of the solar panels and the roof of Bellaugello Gay Guest House

Yesterday was another glorious day here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House near Gubbio in Umbria, Italy, a day for lying by the pool and working on an all-over tan.

The sun shone in a blue sky studded with fluffy cumulus clouds which scurried on the gentle breeze.

What surprised me was that the newly installed Solar Panels which sit on the roof of the agricultural store reached 147 degrees c !!!  They heat all the hot water for the house at Bellaugello Gay B&B and next year will pour surplus energy into the swimming pool – thus extending the open season for the swimming pool.

I have installed six vacuum sealed solar panels manufactured by Kloben and they feed into a 1500 litre hot water tank, thus there is sufficient hot water for every guest to be showering at the same time and me still to be washing plates in the kitchen – or showering too!

In line with my eco-awareness the solar panels also feed into the house heating system, all of which is floor heating by hot water, and my plumber assures me that the panels will be sufficient to heat my house and two suites unaided…. I will let you know, however what is certain is that they will augment the heating by our wood and pellet boiler for all the guest house throughout the winter.

Thinking of intense heat led me to think about the SAUNA which is now in the advanced stage of planning.  Finally I have found a wood burning sauna stove in Germany which meets EU regulations and can be shipped to Bellaugello.  We are hoping to start work on the sauna decking and construction of the wooden house that will house the sauna the first week in October to have the sauna operational by the beginning of November.

We are planning to offer weekend sauna packages.  With flights on Ryanair from London Stanstead on Friday, Sunday and Monday and easy access from Rome and Florence, we will be offering two nights sauna package, accommodation, dinners and sauna from Friday evenings, check our special offers for details