Sunshine, delicious warm sunshine today and with the grass cut on the lawns at Bellaugello Gay Country House I was in time to ready the Giardino Suite for a couple of friends who telephoned this morning and are travelling through Umbria on their way to Siena which is not that far away and asked if […]

Buongiorno! Good Morning! I wake to this view, and kind of like it..  Come share it with me… It is our infinity swimming pool and you are looking over the clouds low in the valley of the river Chiascio south towards the town of Assisi which is over the far side of the hill on […]

A mass exodus from Bellaugello Gay guest house to the beautiful medieval city of Gubbio yesterday evening – the motive?  The guys wanted to experience the amazing and most atmospheric Good Friday procession of Christo Morto which I blogged about the other day.  This year the guys carried away by the atmosphere actually participated, and […]

An explosion of the senses………. This morning one of my neighbours who thankfully still farms in the time honoured fashion of traditional animal husbandry tumbled down the dirt road in his Apetto, those wonderous three wheel vehicles so evocative of rural Italy. An ancient farm, lovingly tended, chickens and geese wandering freely, both summer and […]

A drive along a narrow road south of Bevagna passing well cultivated vineyards brings you in less than ten kilometers to Montefalco, the home of the Sagrantino di Montefalco, Umbria’s rich, deep, intense and utterly divine red wine. How I adore Sagrantino, since moving to Umbria it has become one of my very favourite red […]

Yes, unsurprisingly we still have snow here in Umbria, central Italy, at least places like Gubbio, Gualdo, Norcera and Norcia in the foothills of the apeninnes.  The cold wind continues to blow from the east, and the road to Bellaugello Gay Guest House is blocked by a snowdrift.  So, to quote a line from one […]

Another glorious day here at Bellaugello, the sun has been shining and birds singing and I have been out cutting the lawns.. I just love the smell of freshly mown grass, mingled with the aromas of lavender and rosemary as I brush past the plants.  After yesterday’s rain the greens are more verdant than ever, […]

I woke up this morning with a dreadful head cold and more than my usual cough, so felt very sorry for myself. Last night I was invited to join my very good friends from Santa Cristina out for dinner.  They booked a table at the osteria del  Bottaccone in a narrow valley just behind the […]