After a warm spell with new flowers bursting forth in the garden last week winter arrived in Umbria. As well as snow we were sent a cold Siberian wind, biting, cold and intense. It is at times like these that I am so grateful for the underfloor heating that we installed throughout the house. One can simply laze on the floor and be toasty warm.
Bellaugello is looking magnificent under a blanketing of crisp white snow,
Even with the salt water in the pool I have been out breaking the ice, admittedly a thin sheet, but nonetheless ice. I too have been feeding the birds. Strangely enough wild bird seed has prtoved hard to come by, it seems that here there is not the northern european culture of feeding the birds, yet to me it gives great joy when with frozen ground they come so readily to the bird-feeder swinging languidly in the branches of an apricot tree.
Meanwhile us locals have discovered the existence of European funding for road repairs, so we have earnestly been collecting signatures and last Tuesday handed a petition with over one hundred and twenty signatures, yes we visited every house in the ‘valley’ and all signed. So the request now lies with the comune of Gubbio, and they have acknowledged our request and hopefully will make the appropriate requests for the use of funding for our road which currently looks beautiful:
Umbria is a delightful region in the centre of Italy. One of those increasingly rare places where you can find real peace and “simply switch off”. I was talking with guests from the Netherlands the other day and having booked again for this year they were reminiscing about their holidays. Amongst reasons like ‘being spoilt’ ‘feeling like being at home’ ‘meeting other great guys’ ‘the convivial breakfasts eaten together’ and ‘wonderful dinners served under the stars’ they repeated just how much they appreciate the peace and quiet, and how restoring they find it.
Looking forward to welcoming you..