A Luxury Country Inn - Umbria

Isn’t Variety the Spice of Life?

To those of you kind enough to follow my blog, I apologize for seemingly having disappeared from the face of the earth.  I spent the month of February with my daughter in State College, PA.  For many reasons…it was indeed a trip to remember!:  weather-related canceled flights, Arctic temperatures, frostbite and a bout of bronchitis.  ”Why in the world would …


Vernal Equinox

 the magical sunrise from Genius Loci on March 20, 2013 – the Vernal Equinox What Happens at the Equinox? Far from being an arbitrary indicator of the changing seasons, March 20 (March 21 in some years) is significant for astronomical reasons. On March 20, 2013, at precisely 7:02 A.M. EDT, the Sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator. This moment is known as the vernal …


A Hesitant Spring

In late February / early March nature in Umbria struggles to overcome its winter period.  The warm sun does its magic as it attempts to ignore cold nights and lingering snow on the mountains.   Tender and so fragile moss “blooms” shoot up on the cold stones; cheerful daffodils and regal iris dance blissfully in gardens everywhere! Almond trees are a …


Glittering, Glowing, Glorious, Golden Umbria

Glittering, Glowing, Glorious, Golden Umbria in the Summer Umbria, the green heart of Italy, turns to GOLD in the summer.  The graceful waves of verdant wheat fields that seemingly just yesterday danced lightheartedly in the spring breezes, have become the the richest, most GLORIOUS GOLD.  The green of the lush vineyards, majestic oaks and magnificent olive trees are dotted with GLITTERING …