Alec’s jottings

Alec’s jottingsNews, updates and random rants from our Gay B&B in Umbria, Italy

Digging in the garden
Potatoes, lettuces, onions from Tropea, garlic, artichokes all planted in the sun at Bellaugello Gay Country House
Summer dining, spring planting
This morning I am off to the weekly market in our local town of Gubbio, it is still artichoke and orange time, they are abundant, and so good, but I am heading by way of the consorzio, the local farmers' store for potatoes and then straight on to the stall run by the guy from […]
We are nearly Open!! 23 days to go
Time for cheery facts:  Here at Bellaugello Gay Country House all is good. We are getting ready for the new season and will open for the  2015 season on Wednesday 1st. April. Why not come and join us for Easter?  There are still some vacancies in our luxury suites. The weekend starts on 3rd. April with the […]
Incommunicado 
yesterday flurries of snow last night high winds and a day without electricity!This morning white hills winds and still no electricity.  It is surprising just how much I rely on that invisible product.  Even the battery on my phone is dying and it is with the phone that I am making this post. I feel […]
On measurement
It is snowing here in Umbria.  I woke to flurries of snow that are still hours later flurrying but refusing to settle.  So strange when here at Bellaugello Gay Country House just two days ago it was hot and sunny like summer, so much so that I am convinced I have started my annual tan. […]
Bravo Nebraska!
"(Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday ruled Nebraska's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in a decision that could allow same-sex couples to marry in the state within a week. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued a preliminary injunction in the case brought by seven same-sex couples in the state, calling Nebraska's ban an "unabashedly […]
COME MAKE PASTA WITH US – GOURMET DELIGHTS OF UMBRIA
I am thrilled to be announcing our first Gastronomic Umbrian Delights programme.  The week of 18th. - 25th. April will be the week  to explore many of the gems that our beautiful region in central Italy has to offer: You will learn how to make pasta, join a tartufaio as he hunts for truffles, witness […]
Zucchini
One of the problems, if it can honestly be called a problem is the glut of zucchini that any conscientious vegetable garden tenderer amasses at the height of the summer.  Certainly here at Bellaugello Gay Country House, the hot Umbrian summer sun ensures that we have plenty of these delicious vegetables.  Recently I was reminded that […]
HELP!
Categorised as a rant, but in realty it is a plea for help and answers.  The subject?  Well what do you think it is?  Dear readers it is of course my pet bug bear, technology. Not of once the bumbling internet connection, but instead emails.  Over the past few days I have had a really […]
Tempo per la marmelata!
Take twelve kilos of fragrant, juicy plump luscious unwaxed Sicilian oranges and lemons bought early in the market yesterday in our local town on Gubbio, wash them, search out the assistance of Vince, (to whom credit for the photos) who nobly spent the morning chopping shredding and juicing. Place the prepared fruit into the jam […]
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