Flurries of snow meant that work stopped early today. I have very mixed emotions as having spent the past week emptying the dining room at Bellaugello Gay Guest House, putting the ornaments and furniture into storage, we this morning started work on constructing a new bathroom and modifying the kitchen space. It seems so strange […]

No, not mine, but this evening conversation at dinner was all about marriage.  An evening for me away from Bellaugello Gay Guest House spent in the kitchen of good friends in the delightful hamlet of Santa Cristina some 15kms drive from Bellaugello. I had a bit of farming business to attend to nearby and the […]

Usually the talk here in the depths of rural Umbria, in the delightful sleepy valley of the river Chiascio that looks southwards towards Monte Subasio and the city of Assisi is of farming.  Whether it is the right time to plant a crop, sow seeds, that the weather will get colder next week and water […]

A perfect Christmas present from very special friends arrived today, and so wasting no time three new ‘Leccino’ olive trees were, with the aid of Ben’s overly muddy Landrover taken to their new home and duly planted.  Good to be back on the land once again

A fabulous evening at Bellaugello, we feasted elegantly on local produce with a Scottish Italian menuAnd as the clocks struck midnight we were outside on the terrace to launch sky lanterns each making a wish And so with finest Prosecco we welcomed in 2013 And a Very Happy and prosperous new year to you all, […]

Hello, I’m still here.  No, It’s not the alcohol or over indulgence of the festive period to blame, it is my lack of understanding of the new Apple software which seems to make life more complicated posting photos nigh on impossible. I am loathed to post without pics of the beautiful days here at Bellaugello […]

Thanks Eric for the photographs of your Birthday weekend, more to follow but for now a small taster…… of how a few days at Bellaugello Gay Guest House can bring out the clown in everyone…. And of course the mischief…. and now for that Dorian Gray moment…..  

The SUN continues to shine here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House.  Once again yesterday it was 28˚c almost hot enough to brave the infinity pool, and the autumn colours are becoming quite spectacular. Here is the Caci tree, one of the last fruits of the season just ripening now It is a time of tranquillity […]

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 […]