September 18, 2018
Two whole months of Summer are behind us, ‘Luglio’ (Italian for ‘July’) and ‘Agosto’ (Italian for ‘August’), usually the busiest months of the holiday season for us. This season, however, we had a rather slow start to July and a little break in the last week of August, a whole week for a ‘staycation’! That last week of August and the first few days of September are the heralding of Autumn, because the transition from one season into the next is almost tangible during those days as the light starts to change due to the position of the Sun, the shadows lengthen, and the nights become cooler, some clouds roll in every now and then, and the leaves of the ‘umbrella’ tree in front of the house (which is the first to bloom in Spring) start to change into brown, yellow and orange.
The ‘high season’ as it is called, are the busiest weeks in our bed and breakfast and holiday apartments. For me this means lots of laundry! And a lot of folding of fluffy white towels (that’s the challenge for me, to keep those towels white and fluffy!) High season also means heat, usually, although after last year’s drought and very long heat wave, this year was pleasantly cooler with temperatures below 40 degrees (though not below 30!) and the occasional thunder storm. It was definitely too hot to photograph, though, which is why I don’t have many images of these weeks. High season also means dining al fresco for us and for our guests, and ‘riposa’ in the afternoon – Italian version of the Spanish ‘siesta’ – (for us, that is! While our guests lounge by the pool or are exploring all the beauty that Tuscany has to offer). And, of course, it means sunflowers! First the fields of grain, followed by fields of sunflowers.
This season we rented out our new apartment, ‘The Rectory, for the first time. It’s always a little nerve-wracking, finding out what our guests think, how they’ve experienced their stay. So far, we’ve heard nothing but praise, which we’re of course very happy about. For the twin bedroom we used our ‘Arte di Vita’ chalk paint nr 2, ‘White Moustache’ on the walls and ‘Summerbreeze’ fabric in ‘Ivory’ (by “Arte di Vita”) for the curtains and the ‘Garda Natural’ fabric for the upholstery of the beds and cushions. Both fabrics are 100 % linen, one in ivory and the other a natural beige, colours that suit a Summer holiday apartment. We used knitted throws as bed rugs because after all, Autumn is on its way!