Sitting at my kitchen window watching the light rain fall to the Chiascio valley below, the surrounding hills lightly covered in mist, a quiet, still and somewhat magical day here in Umbria I have a great announcement to make; After several months of work all is almost ready and the New Bellaugello Gay Country […]

A friend’s brother reportedly said “Boudicca – don’t let the Romans get near her!” Last weekend a foal was born in the valley.  The mother a beautiful white Camargue  mare, both mother and daughter are doing well.  Boudicca was born early in the morning and spotted nestling on the edge of some bushes by my […]

Crisp, sunny, clear. Early rise today, guys going to the beautiful Umbrian town of Todi to meet their tour guide meant I was up early to make breakfasts. Today the tour is of the vineyards of Montefalco, that beautiful town famous for its Sagrantino, robust elegant Umbrian wine. The guys are meeting their guide in […]

Today at Bellaugello Gay Guest House it was yet another glorious day.  An overnight frost soon lifted and the sun has shone brightly all day. After a couple of days at the computer I took the opportunity to work outdoors and, although wrapped up warmly, felt the restorative heat of the sun.  Later this afternoon […]

Deliciously it is still unseasonably warm here in Umbria, blue skies and “T” shirt weather.  The clock change this is morning at Bellaugello Gay Guest House confused some guys who rose unreasonably early, however it did allow me an extra hour of lazing in my bed before rising to prepare for breakfasts.  The extra hour […]

Several abbeys stand on the track between Gubbio and Assisi, indeed the “Sentiero Francescana della Pace” hiking trail which runs from Gubbio to Assisi and passes through Valdichiascio not far from Bellaugello Gay Guest House, was designed to weave by these glorious old buildings. The abbey of Valingeno is now in part an agriturismo, currently […]

Last night there was a full moon and only scant  cloud cover, so the night was light, very surreal, utterly still and silent everything monochromatic and shadows. This morning is one of those utterly beautiful mornings often found here in Umbria.  Stillness punctured only by the singing of the birds, a slight early morning damp-ness […]

Bronwyn writes it is raining in L.A. but it also rained here this week.  As I asked it rained overnight!  The garden is delighted and so am I.  The air is clear and crisp and the views spectacular.  The trees are turning their autumn colours, the hillsides of the Chiascio valley at Bellaugello are flecked […]

We have finally located the right wood for the construction of our Russian style Sauna, and are hoping to start work on the construction very shortly. The Sauna will be  of the Russian style, that is hotter than a traditional scandinavian sauna.  The stove which will also heat the water for the shower and plunge […]