Are we really to be deprived of Autumn this year?

Only last week here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House near the sleepy but highly truffle scented and intensely beautiful medieval city of Gubbio we were basking in temperatures nearing 30˚c everyone was poolside topping up his tan.

And then came the rain and big winds.  Firstly the wind was southerly, warm and pleasant, and then it slowly turned into a biting north easterly.  The boiler was loaded up with wood cut from our estate, and on came the underfloor heating…. toasty warm feet in all the suites so cozy and comforting.

Guys headed for the sauna, and one brave guest even managed a couple of lengths in the pool the water now a blisteringly cold 14˚ yes honestly he was spotted by other guests on more than one occasion, brave guy! Sorry I do not have a pic for my ‘Bellaugello Backs’ series

Today again big winds, and rain, rain rain.  Now I am delighted to at last be having some rain here in Umbria.  We have seen so very little this year, and crops, plants, animals and humans alike are suffering, so rain is welcome, especially coming as it does, at the end of the season.  But I do have to ask why is it that after a storm and large rainfall does every leaf have to end up in the swimming pool for me to have to fish out!  But there was more….

Dramatic clouds draped the hills and mountains, fast moving stratus and big dumpy cumulus, and then lo and behold! when this afternoon the clouds lifted and the sun peeked through, the Apennines were dusted with SNOW!!!!

It seems we are to be deprived autumn and unlike the warmth of last year the upcoming olive harvest will be done in thermals and woolly hats and gloves.

Later this week I am heading off well wrapped up to the Gubbio Truffle fayre and Montone woodland fayre.  Both will be fun, sampling hot roasted chestnuts and bruschetta drizzled with truffle oil, and deciding black – white – summer which truffle to buy  which reminds me I must look out that Swedish Glog recipe for when we return to Bellaugello to serve hot in front of the blazing log fire in our dining room.