Sitting at my kitchen window tonight posting to my blog whilst drinking a wee glass of ‘Pecorino’ a delicious crisp white wine from the cantina of Bove we stock here at Bellaugello Gay Guesthouse, I am reminded that as well as an innkeeper I am also a farmer, and sheep (ok -‘pecore’) would serve me well after this spell of being unable to get into the garden or onto the land.

The past weeks and weeks of near continual rain in conjunction with seasonally warm weather has left me with hectares of grass to cut and trim here in the garden and round the house at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria.

Today the sun broke through – ok it did rain this evening, but not before I had time to get the strimmer out and commence the attack on the grass. Luckily I had managed to get some grass cut in a brief dry spell last week, but today I headed to the east of the house and was engulfed by vegetation almost shoulder height, it was tough going, but I did it, cutting swathes through dense growth and soppily leaving the poppies to flower, the red poppies look so wonderful swaying gently in the warm breeze.

Then to the vegetable garden, to be caught by one of the builders as I strimmed round the onions, potatoes and artichokes, not a very cool way to cultivate a vegetable garden, but I must get it cleaned as now, all be it late is time to plant tomatoes and courgettes ready for a bumper harvest this summer and to serve to guests here at my gay b&b in Umbria.

I do like sheep, but I think I will stick to innkeeping and leave sheep to my friend Martino who makes a wonderful handmade Pecorino cheese from his organic flock, and which can often be found here at Bellaugello, and goes remarkably well with Bove Pecorino white wine, much appreciated after a day of strimming!!

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