Weather With You


“On cable TV they have a weather channel – 24 hours of weather.  We had something like that where I grew up. We called it a window.”  Dan Spencer.

We British are genetically engineered to be obsessed with the weather. Luckily, travelling to Umbria by car had enabled us to pack a selection of clothing suitable for weather. Any weather, that is. Rain, hail, shine.

Because Umbria is a land-locked province, the Spring weather can be changeable. Spello is a hill town but is surrounded by mountains. When we arrived there were snow traces visible on the mountain tops, and indeed we reached the snow line in our trip over Monte Subasio (see “Stairway to Heaven”). Now those traces have all but melted and we have been extremely fortunate in having really good weather, fine and warm most days.

The mornings and evenings can still be a little chilly and, particularly in the morning, the mist can lie low in the valley before slowly unfurling to reveal a beautiful day. This is the view from our apartment on one of those misty mornings.

Spello, morning mist from apartment

“It was one of those hot, silent nights, when people sit at windows, listening for the thunder which they know will shortly break; when they recall dismal tales of hurricanes and earthquakes; and of lonely travellers on open plains, and lonely ships at sea, struck by lightning.”  Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit.

We have had a couple of storms that arrived, wind-whipped, with little warning. We have heard the most spectacular thunder and seen the sky riven with lightning; one lightning bolt was pink, which I am sure was a trick of the light, but it did look wonderful. As the worst storm cleared, we were lucky enough to capture these beautiful, fleeting pictures of the mountains lit in rainbow colours. These shots are not enhanced.



Clear skies can quickly cloud over, then just as quickly the clouds depart. The cloud formations can be very interesting against the backdrop of hills and mountains, forests and streams. Perhaps I have watched the film “Truly, Madly, Deeply” too many times (if that were possible!) because I never tire of looking at clouds.



“I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains.  One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness.” Adeline Knapp

We haven’t seen much rain, but showers can be almost tropical in their intensity, without the steamy aftermath. Not one single day has been blighted by wall-to-wall rain. And we do, of course, have waterproofs.

Rain Man

The majority of our days in this blissful first month have been sunny and warm. Chapel bells peal in azure skies; metal bluebells heralding the hour….

Collepino - view


Grasses wave in the blue arena…..


And statues gaze into the “wide palace of the sun” (Keats)…..


“Weather forecast for tonight: dark.” George Carlin.

8 thoughts on “Weather With You

  1. Phil Cook

    The weather looks totally AMAZING! We are having more warm days here and been out on rhe bike and in the garden today. Having a bit of a ‘ gathering’ this evening.., Cooky has made 3 cakes…. And we are going to have the brazier on and the back doors open. We shall raise a glass to you.

    1. maryshoobridge Post author

      Hi Phil. Hope the weather held out for your outdoor celebrations! Glad you enjoyed the weather pics – it fascinates us so much because it changes so very quickly. Lots of love. M xx

      Sent from my iPad

  2. Ali

    Beautiful pictures, fabulous commentary!
    And no, it’s not possible to watch “Truly, Madly, Deeply” too many times!

    1. maryshoobridge Post author

      Oh I am so glad that I am not the only Truly, Madly, Deeply aficionado! I am so pleased you are enjoying the photos and musings. Take care. M xx

      Sent from my iPad

  3. Nicola frost

    My first thoughts when reading your blog is Wow. I too have a deep love of clouds, and never tire of looking at their formations, especially when they have an azure blue background as in your photos. Cambrook sky today is currently greyish with flatter clouds than yours, however it is not raining, it is cold though. Nick and Andy

    1. maryshoobridge Post author

      Hi Nick. Glad you liked the clouds. We did get ABSOLUTELY drenched last night, but once again we have big blue skies today. I am not missing the grey skies and cold but I am missing you! M xx

      Sent from my iPad

  4. Otto von Münchow

    I think weather is something all us living in places with bad weather are obsessed with. All the more we enjoy sunshine and mild climate when we get to place like Umbria. Nevertheless I really like your photo of the guy with the red umbrella. Great capture. 🙂


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