Ok, it is a chilly evening and I am lazing in my favourite armchair in front of the fire at Bellaugello Gay Guest House watching Shortbus on dvd. Until a few months ago I had never heard of Shortbus, however it was mentioned at dinner one evening and so I decided it sounded great and […]

As is my habit, this morning in the kitchen preparing and serving breakfasts to the guys at Bellaugello Gay Guest House I am listening to the BBC daily news programme. There is one report that has got me more than mildly annoyed.  It is the report about French magazine ‘Closer’ and those intrusive photographs of […]

Just before yesterday’s downpour – yes it actually rained here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House I picked 15kgs of figs from the massive tree in the garden, and sat under the shade of a parasol quietly quartering the ripe fruit.  The day was balmy and warm, a slight breeze which managed until the final few kilos to […]

This blog started out as a diary of my life here in Valdichiascio near the beautiful medieval Umbrian city of Gubbio.  Having moved from Scotland, to open a gay guest house, the plan was to record, with some humour and candour my life. Until recently the blog stuck to its principles, however recently it seems […]

Yet another delightful dinner outside on the terrace here at Bellaugello Gay Guesthouse in Umbria, Italy.  I was in the mood for cooking and made the delicious risotto with the recipe given to me by my good friend Max, flavoured with gorgonzola and pears, it is simply delightful, and which we followed with a slow […]

Perhaps in deference to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s water pageant yesterday our spell of uninterrupted sunshine was broken and it rained here in Umbria. Unlike London where rain was the last thing required, here we are always grateful for the occasional day of rain, it helps water the garden, and more importantly, replenishes ground water […]

Yesterday on a trip to the neighbouring region of Le Marche the car thermometer registered 22˚, today here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria, Italy, the sun is shining, and it is real hot I have finished the last batch of marmalade, cleaned the kitchen down and am heading outside to do some more […]