For Brokerart the company who offer NO service I am so angry.  No time now to explain, but my blood is boiling on two accounts, there is a HUGE rant on the way…

Here is a taste of the other of my issues:

slow internet transfer

15 hours remaining… I could walk the files to Barcelona and have lunch and a hot steamy fun time and be back in Umbria at Bellaugello Gay Guest House before the files transferred !



Blue moon….

I just love this photo taken some time ago by a guest, the location being the terrace here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House, it so exemplifies many of the great things about being at Bellaugello

Aldo's amazing night shot

Looking South, the moon hovers shining brightly in the inky deep sky with mist hanging low in the Chiascio valley below the house.

Hey Ho! Over we go!

Here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House autumn is upon us, a time for checking everything prior to winter.  So it was that together with Bobby and Jenny I trundled off downhill in the Apetto down the valley to the river Chiascio for an early morning dog walk.

Bellaugello Gay Guest House, seen from Valdichiascio, Gubbio, ItalyPassing I just had to snap a pic of the house,  nestling so beautifully in the Umbrian countryside.

Bellaugello Gay Guest House's Apetto in the sun dappled lanes of Valdichiascio

Down at the river, sun hot, a delicious heat, water cold, too cold for me, but the dogs had a rare old time…

Bobby from Bellaugello  in the ChiascioSunlight hitting the Chiascio, a morning walk from Bellaugello Gay Guest House

And so back up the hill, wet but happy dogs in the cab, the views magnificent, autumn colours abounding, and wonderfully fresh clean air.

Bellaugello Gay Hotel, Umbria Italy

and so on to the fields.  I decided to ‘beat the bounds’ of the estate, that is drive round the boundaries, checking on hedgerows, ditches and paths.  Onto the large flat field and on to check the olives.

Bad news, as with so many olive groves in Italy this year, the olives are in a very sorry state.  The wet summer left us a legacy of destroyed olives.  Little larvae bury themselves in the folds of the new formed fruit and the resultant insect bores its way out leaving a telltale flight hole and damaged flesh.  There will be no olive harvest this year at Bellaugello, the first time and I must admit I am sad, I so love the feel of the olives as they run through my fingers as they tumble into the nets, a sensation not for this year.

sad looking olive, the non harvest of 2014Olives ripening in the autumn sun in Umbria, Italy, but no olive harvest this year at Bellaugello Gay Guest House

It is such a shame, but that is farming for you.  Onward and upward, continue the tour of the estate.  Into the next field, steep, grass still damp, but going in from the top was fun, round a few curves, stop to check a woodland track and then a reverse twiddle forward again, try to take the uphill corner and… Yeeks! Squeal! Bang! we fall over!!  Yes the Apetto, complete with Bobby, Jenny and myself in the cab tips over and lands on its side.

We land in a wet tangled heap.  Really weird climbing up out of a door and out to survey any damage.  Luckily Apettos are light and almost seem to be designed to be easily righted.  One two three and push, over and up, the Apetto is back on its three wheels.  Damage control….  The rear view mirror is no more, the offside window has fallen out, the fixings were tired and worn and due for replacement, luckily the glass is not broken, a bit of grass and mud on the paintwork – just makes the machine look more authentic, and little further damage in evidence.  Press the starter button, it fires up! Hooray!

So gingerly into gear, dogs trotting behind and slowly up the slope and back onto the road, broken bits in the back.  I am off to the parts dealer today.



Fireworks over the world's largest christmas tree, gubbio, italy

I am putting the final details to our annual Hogmanay Houseparty here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House which this year will start on 28th. December and offer a choice of three or seven nights stay including our Scottish/Italian Cenone and ever popular New Year’s day Brunch.

Before I publish the package on Sunday if you are interested together with a group of friends in renting the entire house, – delighted to do that, it would be great fun! or have any particular event or theme that you wish to be included in the package private message me on:

Oggi sto mettendo gli ultimi dettagli per la nostra Hogmanay Houseparty per Capodanno qui a Bellaugello Gay Guest House che quest’anno inizie il 28. Dicembre e offre una scelta di tre o sette notti compresa la nostra Cenone scozzese / italiano e sempre popolare Brunch il primo di gennaio.

Prima di pubblicare il pacchetto questa Domenica, se siete interessati insieme ad un gruppo di amici ad affittare tutta la casa, felice di farlo, sarebbe molto divertente! o se avete un evento o tema particolare che si desidera includere nel pacchetto mandarmi un messaggio privato  su:

Vineyard update

Another week of hot sun interspersed with rain and the grass has gown wildly. We have strummed between most of the rows, and to my utter delight grapes are already forming. Now we must spray. I am learning the cyclical ways of farming and how to juggle time between guests, kitchen and the grape!