The weather here in Umbria seems to be getting hotter and hotter. Last week guys were in Spoleto, the wine town of Montefalco and Assisi and Perugia and all reported soaring temperatures. Here at Bellaugello the temperatures are in the high 30ºs, but thankfully there is a light breeze.
Friends telephone, they are running out of water, it has rained little this summer. Thankfully here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House the spring is still flowing and we are able to keep the gardens watered. Our little corner of Umbria is still green.
Yesterday afternoon as I prepared to steal a quiet half hour at the poolside a large black cloud appeared as if from nowhere and within five minutes, whilst all around was blue, the cloud burst and it rained heavily, the wind picked up it was like a tropical storm. Half an hour later normality had returned and the sun shone again, the air fresh and clean, and the gardens watered, but alas too late for my pool time – there is always today!
Strange thing the rain was very localised, not a drop three km south of here or in Gubbio. We have just finished cutting and baling the second cut of hay which is lying in great round bales in our fields, luckily the bales are resistant to such a short burst of rain and no harm was done, only benefit.