Celebrating five years

A couple of days ago was the fifth anniversary of my arrival here in Italy.  At the risk of seeming indolent and somewhat sybaritic I post this pic taken the other day of me in the infinity pool here at my home, Bellaugello Gay Guest House near the delightful medieval city of Gubbio in Umbria.

However…. to get to this stage over the past five years I have actually been a little bit busy.

First of all it took almost a year to negotiate and complete the purchase of the then derelict farm and house – whilst at the same time getting to grips with learning a new language.  Nobody had lived here for over forty years, the place was cocooned and delightful, but like a sleeping beauty sadly neglected.

And so I set about restoration and conversion to form a luxury gay guest house….

We even built a great wall…

and then I got to paint soooo many rooms…. and install sooo many kitchens…..

and finally furnished the house…..

and the more than 1000 plants planted to make a garden matured…..

where we had previously installed a temporary swimming pool……

which was removed once our real 15 x 5 meter salt treated infinity pool was completed last year…

Which I think is where I began….