Sunshine, comfort, a swimming pool crystal clear and waiting…. Bellaugello is waiting peacefully for next week and the “Festa dei Ceri” the traditional “Race of the Candles” held in our local town of Gubbio every 15 May
We are ready, are you? There are still some suites available for next week, come join in the fun. Grab a flight to our local airport of Perugia S Francesco di Assisi which are are aplenty. Quote “ceri 2015” for a 10% discount on a stay that includes 15 May 2015. Email us at: email@example.com
Clearing through photos this morning at Bellaugello Gay Country House I came across this set which brought back memories of just how the house was and all the effort we put into restoring it to make what you see today.
The south elevation of Bellaugello 2009 – 2015 enjoy!
If you are a guy who likes men in tights then you need to get your ticket booked to Umbria to be here for Saturday 25th. April. Fly into our local airport of Perugia S Francesco di Assisi, we now have regular flights from Rome, Munich, Barcelona and London, book into Bellaugello Gay Country House where you will find luxurious suites, a huge garden and perfect peace in a beautiful setting and on the Saturday morning head to our local medieval town of Gubbio where in the spectacular setting of the elevated Piazza Grande there will be an exhibition of flag throwing as the huge bell in the campanile of the Palazzo dei Consoli is tolled by hand, or rather foot by a team the only membership being passed from father to son.
It is a truly magnificent event and a great taste of the delights to be found in this deliciously unspoilt corner of Europe and Bellaugello is the place to base your stay.
Hot, hot sun today and I find myself busy cleaning 🙁
Slight wispy clouds dot the azure sky, a light breeze, hot hot sun, and all around colour, spring bulbs and fruit trees in flower, the rosemary bushes at Bellaugello Gay Country House are buzzing with bees, honey bees too, obviously out on their first sunshine adventure.
My owl is back, once again nesting in the niche in the house by my sitting room window, I am careful not to disturb her, and the blue tits are again nesting in the cherry tree, somewhat surprising considering that we cut a huge section off the top only a few days ago.
News on the new website? Well, it should have gone live, but there are some new technical problems still to resolve and so a slight delay. Sorry chaps, I too find this most irritating, but alas, it cannot be helped. Keep checking back, we hope to be online soon.
In the meantime I am back to the cleaning getting ready for Easter… Have a great evening!
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 House website is about to be launched.
I have put a great deal of time and thought into the new website which will launch in the next few days, in three languages, English, Italian and Dutch. We are going through the final checks and controls, doing last minute fine tuning ready to go live.
In the new site you will find greater descriptions, large format photographs and a completely new feel, giving a greater insight to Bellaugello. The website is also responsive to both tablet and mobile, yes, we have finally caught up with technology. The designers and I chose new colours and a new logo which feature elements intrinsic to Bellaugello, they have stayed here so know what Bellaugello is all about.
This is one of my last posts on the current ‘old look’ blog, for my jottings are also being transferred to the new style. Don’t worry the blog archive will still be available to view, I cannot loose almost six years and over one thousand posts of my blogging but like the website the new blog will be easier on the eye.
Keep checking back and please do let me know what you think to the new website and blog.
A few views of Bellaugello Gay Country House taken yesterday. You see the west terrace, a glimpse of the vegetable garden, and in the distance the Apennines, Monte Subasio and of course the river Chiascio which we overlook from the terraces here at Bellaugello. Today spring is certainly in the air.
My dear friend Etain has just published the latest volume of her stories of Valdichiascio, “the life of the white horse” a part of her diary kept at her home, the idyllic organic farm of Pratale here in the valley. Some of my guests have been fortunate enough to meet this wonderful person, and some to have visited her farm which she tends with her partner Martin, Ben her son, and lots of help from her extensive network of friends made through the “Wwoff” and the Sentiero Bioregionale networks, a bit of which she recounts in this latest edition.
The book, written in Italian (and easily read) is a perfect account of the changing seasons, people who touch on her life, and events both happy and sad. There is even a chapter about Bellaugello Gay Guest House, I am so honoured, the first time I have been featured in a book. Etain gives a synopsis below:
E per i miei lettori italiani…. Per ognuno di noi il viso familiare del cosmo è il luogo che conosciamo.
È attraverso le cose ordinarie del nostro quotidiano, nel luogo che chiamiamo casa, che il cosmo ci parla.
Raccontando delle pecore da governare, del letame da mettere sulla carriola, dei ladri nel pollaio, della legna da tagliare per il fuoco, della vita della giumenta bianca e di come morì alla vigilia del matrimonio di sua figlia Melissa, Etain Addey ci dice di fatto che le cose primarie della vita sono porte segrete di un mondo incantato, che la vita povera dischiude al mistero della natura e che uscendo dal sentiero battuto e avventurandosi per le stradine dimenticate e piene di rovi si entra davvero in un’altra dimensione. Per accedervi, però, sono indispensabili concretezza, rigorosità e il lavoro delle mani.
Le trame qui narrate testimoniano che la magia non è finzione e che l’avventura non richiede lunghi viaggi e molti soldi: è qui, sotto gli occhi, a portata di mano, in casa nostra, nascosta nelle piccole cose, nella cura del luogo amato, campagna o città che sia. Il segreto è nel silenzio che permette di fare le connessioni fra il mondo esterno e il mondo interiore, che sono un solo mondo, vivo e aperto a un dialogo con noi.
E l’interiorità del mondo – scrive l’autrice – aspetta con pazienza il ritorno a casa di noi tutti; aspetta che riprendiamo la conversazione interrotta. Se ci rivolgiamo al mondo, il mondo ci risponde nel suo linguaggio elegante e preciso, di corpi e di situazioni, e le sue comunicazioni sono sorprendenti e del tutto personali.
For those wanting to explore a beautiful life in Rural Italy I highly recommend the book. Copies are €17 plus postage. To order click the link which will take you to the publishers website: ORDER HERE – Link al publisher
Selfie, Selfie, what sort of word is that? Why when new words are introduced into the English language can they not be nice words, beautiful words, elegant words? Words should fill your mouth with a sensual pleasure, roll languidly round your tongue, tickle your palate, bounce off the roof of your mouth and trace intricately the tiny spaces between your teeth, in and out up and down and finally when you exhale exit as cascade of joy, sliding over your lips, indeed being pushed joyously ever outward by lips tingled by the excitement of a new beautiful experience and so the sound emits to grow in the open, to give a meaning and pleasure to all around, mix with the sound of birdsong, the babbling river deep below in the valley, the gentle breeze rustling through the trees, the crack of a stick broken by the paw of a dog as he nuzzles deep into a pile of crisp dry spring leaves, the sound adding to and giving pleasure to the daily sounds experienced here at the moment at Bellaugello Gay Guest House.
But no! we have ‘Selfie’ I even want to spit as I type, I really do not want to defile my computer with this word. That kind of word is it? Self-ie? Selfish, Arrogant, Hard, vile. A noise that is as unpleasant to type as it is to say. If spits out of my mouth leaving only an acrid metallic taste, my teeth retreat in disgust, my lips pucker to try and prevent its exit for they know it will not bring pleasure to the other sounds. S E L F I E – selfish, vulgar, cheap. You can now buy a ‘selfie-stick’ those ridiculous pokey things that gives the passing thief easy access to your ever increasingly expensive and short of memory smartphone. A ‘selfiestick’ I ask you how horrible is that? Poke in the eye, tap on the shoulder prod in the back of a head, a danger and selfish object.
Yet, I am a lone voice. Selfie has entered the language of all, even aged grannies are doing it – look at HRH Elizabeth II she’s at it (mind you I would have loved to hear what the D of E said when he discovered, maybe we will), celebrities, now there is another word that leaves my mouth with a bad taste (that’s ruined my chance of ever having one stay at Bellaugello Gay Guest House!) is a horrid word, but ‘selfie’ worse.
However notwithstanding my rant ‘selfies’ have undoubtedly given the world pleasure, and like a huge virus are multiplying exponentially. So it is I feature the first ‘selfie’ on my blog. It is not especially the concept that I dislike solely it is the word. Since time immemorial we have been taking picture of ourselves surely we could have though of a nicer more appropriate word?
Today’s ‘selfie’ is of Vince. Taken on the slopes of Mont Ingeno above the beautiful city of Gubbio, a ‘selfie’ was his only option to capture his presence. Recently I joined the ‘Workaway’ network and Vince is the first workawayer to come to Bellaugello. He is an exceedingly nice guy and is helping me for a month with the onerous task of garden maintenance, moving seemingly endless piles of leaves to a huge heap, pruning the olive trees and discussing food, Italian food, a subject of which he is passionate. Vince is on a break, a tour of Italy to discover his roots and live the Italian life and I am delighted to welcome him to Umbria and to Bellaugello.
I wake to this view, and kind of like it.. Come share it with me…
It is our infinity swimming pool and you are looking over the clouds low in the valley of the river Chiascio south towards the town of Assisi which is over the far side of the hill on the horizon. Bellaugello is a peaceful place, far from the madding crowds, a place to relax, unwind and find the real you.
The peacefulness and tranquillity does not mean that you need do nothing on a Bellaugello holiday, no, you can be as active as you wish, and we are here to help.
By popular request we are offering a YOGA RETREAT, with our resident Yoga teacher all the way from Amsterdam, a week to relax and find your inner spirituality, scheduled for 11 – 18 April. This will be followed on 18 to 25 April by a COOKING COURSE, learn how to make the finest pasta including a tour of one of Umbria’s finest vineyards, and in May back by popular demand our HIKING WEEK, 3 – 10 when Mirko our local guide will be leading guys over the hills in the Monte Cucco Regional Park. May also sees huge celebrations in our local town of Gubbio, which on 15th celebrates the annual FESTA DEI CERI or race of the candles. We have a week of cultural excursions planned 10 – 17 May with our guide Danilo, a native of Umbria, with a phenomenal knowledge of those places one normally cannot get to, you will be visiting hidden abbeys, admiring frescoes and drinking Sagrantino
Now is the time to REGISTER YOUR INTEREST for any of the above weeks. Simply drop me an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you on the mailing list for the holiday of your choice.
Today Fossombrone for fabric. I’m redecorating the living room of the Specchio Suite, and so need new curtains hence a trip to Fossombrone and the Aladdin’s cave of Cocci!
kindly helped by a local lady I have found the perfect material and received a round of applause when I admitted I will make the curtains myself.
A man of many talents indeed!
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