Dawn heralded a lovely crisp frosty morning here in Umbria, Italy, and it is on mornings like these that I am so grateful to have installed underfloor heating here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House.  I potter about preparing breakfasts on the cotto flooring with no shoes, not even socks, it is an utter delight, as is knowing that our heating here is provided by a mix of wood, wood pellets, and solar energy, as green as can be achieved.

Out in the annexe our big shiny red and silver “Gilles” wood and pellet boiler is quietly humming away, the fragrant smell of woodsmoke hanging delicately in the air.  It always surprises me for such a powerful beast of a boiler just how quiet it is and how slowly the smoke exits from the copper chimney, as if reluctant to leave the warmth of the boiler!  Above, on the roof the “Kloben” vacuum sealed Solar Panels are already heating up.  Yesterday the snow did not lift at all from the panels, they were covered all day but still somehow they managed in the glorious sunshine to heat up to 27º quite remarkable.

Our initial capital outlay may have been high (to me sometimes seemingly stratospherically high!) but the paybacks are good and it is really is rewarding to be able to heat the house and provide hot water in this sustainable manner.  Next year the wood that will be burnt will come from timber cut on the estate here at Bellaugello, with the solar panels helping augment winter heating, and for eight months of the year providing all our domestic hot water needs, the surplus in the summer being fed to the swimming pool, it is a big step on the way to self-sufficiency whilst providing luxurious state of the art facilities, and yes as I blog my feet are toasty warm…..

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Christmas is on the way here in Umbria, Italy, and last night we drove the few kilometres from Bellaugello Gay Guest House into Gubbio to witness the ‘switching on’ ceremony of this marvellous tree that gaily rises almost 400 metres – yes almost four hundred metres, to the summit of Monte Ingino behind the town.

Gubbio claims this as the ‘Largest Christmas Tree in the World

Here is a link showing the event, we did have cameras, but alas were too busy enjoying ourselves to have taken any good pictures!     Daily Telegraph Video report of the lighting of the Gubbio Christmas Tree …….and the prosecco went down a treat during the fab firework display!!

Tonight is the night here in Gubbio, Umbria when they light the “World’s Largest Christmas Tree”. The party kicks off at 18.30 with the lighting of the tree on the hillside above the medieval city of Gubbio and lasts into the evening with a spectacular fireworks display.

Temperatures here are currently 11 degrees and it looks like the rain will hold off, so a contingent from Bellaugello Gay Guest House is setting off to watch the spectacle and a fabulous evening is set for sure..

Check out the website for some cool pictures:  Gubbio – The World’s largest Christmas Tree