After a mild and very dry autumn and first part of winter, February started with a lot of snow in central Italy and especially here in Umbria. What is surprising is certainly the amount of snow, even at lower altitude, but also the persistency of this cold spell, which has been going on . In this kind of weather, it is extremely difficult or rather impossible to carry out any building or restoration work, and so our sites are closed and most of the builders are without a job, waiting impatiently at home for the weather to improve.

We hope the weather improves quickly, we want sunshine, we want to get on with restoring our beautiful umbrian farmhouses! I wasn’t  put off by the snow, though, and I went on searching houses in our unusually “white” Umbria….

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