The 6th. of January in Italy is the feat of Befana, the Epifany and the day when the ugly old woman (I am told she is Santa Claus’s mrs) brings children sweets.  La Befana arrived in Gubbio in the Piazza Grande to a tumultuous applause from the kids and adults alike.  Abseiling from the castellated […]

Even in January Umbria is a delightful magical place to be.  Snapped on my walk late yesterday afternoon with friends at nearby Casa Castalda, the castle of Giomici rises majestically from the surrounding hillsides. Forming a point of interest on the Sentiero Francescano della Pace which is a 50km walk between Gubbio and Assisi following […]

Paul and his partner Otto have stayed at Bellaugello Gay Guest House on couple of occasions and on their last visit Paul spent many hours sketching and taking photographs at the side of the swimming pool. This is a reproduction of one of the pictures painted by Paul and enclosed with their ‘gelukkig nieuwjaar’ or happy […]

It is a glorious morning here in Valdichiascio, the sun broke over the Apennines, and lit the lightly misted valley.  Now as I sit at my kitchen window listening to a ridiculously soppy but favourite song by Jovanotti, the sun is pouring in the window, Milo my English Setter is lying in a pool of sunshine […]

Sorry I have been off the airwaves of late but the past few days have been event filled, some bad news, and very much good news and something incredibly special to celebrate, lots to write about and indeed I will write about them and ‘spill the beans’ shortly….  In the meantime I want to wish […]