Oh! I am a wee bit angry

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 the Duchess of Cambridge reportedly topless, taken whilst she was holidaying with her husband the Duke in a private villa in the south of France.

Today the story gets worse as the Italian magazine ‘Chi’ is reported as being ready to publish the photos next week.

UK newspaper editors have flatly (and I believe truthfully) denied any intention to publish these intrusive photos of a young couple on holiday.  As the editor of the ‘Sun’ newspaper who published the photos of Prince Harry naked is reported by the BBC as stating  “although it had recently published pictures of Prince Harry naked, this was a different situation, because the duchess had every expectation of privacy as she was on a private holiday in a private chateau as opposed to inviting strangers to a hotel suite.”

I concur with this, I am horrified by the tasteless intrusion to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s private holiday, and by the same token would hate to think that any guy relaxing here at Bellaugello would ever be subject to the same putrid intrusion.

Unsurprisingly I read that both ‘Closer’ and ‘Chi’ are part of the publishing empire ‘Mondadori’ and just guess who of dubiously tasteless low morals is the ultimate owner of the empire…….

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The weather here in Umbria at Bellaugello Gay Guest House continues to be hot.  Uninterrupted sunshine, today 36˚c in the shade, so the guys are making good use of our 15 meter salt treated infinity pool

The weather is forecast to stay hot for the next few weeks, we are fully booked the first week in September but have just received a cancellation for the Giardino Suite – our wonderful south facing duplex with private terrace and outdoor shower, which is now available from tomorrow 25th. August until departure 30th August, hurry, be the one to book and take advantage of a last minute discount! call Alec on +39 075 920 374


Une autre magnifique journée, un autre couple de beaux mecs dans la piscine à la Maison d’hôtes Bellaugello Gay Guest House, en Ombrie, en Italie


Slàinte mhath

A guest from Scotland enjoying a beer and the amazing view from the infinity pool at Bellaugello Gay Guest House


The beer was of course non-acloholic!


The weather in Umbria is still stonkingly hot, guys relaxing at the poolside and today courtesy of guest’s iPads and iPhones and iMacs photos of our first married couple of Bellaugello Backs…..

Tomorrow after breakfast, the shot of the guys together….

Red reflections

Reflections yesterday evening in the infinity swimming pool at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria, central Italy…

Halcyon days….che bella!

Yet another delightful dinner outside on the terrace here at Bellaugello Gay Guesthouse in Umbria, Italy.  I was in the mood for cooking and made the delicious risotto with the recipe given to me by my good friend Max, flavoured with gorgonzola and pears, it is simply delightful, and which we followed with a slow roast loin of pork stuffed with fresh herbs from the garden, new potatoes from nearby Città di Castello, and as they are just so very beautiful at the moment, aubergine parmigiana.

Desert was melon ice cream, I decorated the glasses with rose coloured sugar and loaded small melon balls onto the ice, a simple but refreshing pud.  Conversation flowed, fireflies flitted from bush to bush, it was the wee small hours when I finally got home to bed.

This morning another beautiful day, warm sun, light breeze, the swimming pool is 30˚c

Che Bella Bellaugello!

Quiet contemplation

Caught on camera this afternoon enjoying the splendid panorama from our infinity swimming pool, yet another “Bellaugello Back”

Water – or lack of it!

Perhaps in deference to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s water pageant yesterday our spell of uninterrupted sunshine was broken and it rained here in Umbria.

Unlike London where rain was the last thing required, here we are always grateful for the occasional day of rain, it helps water the garden, and more importantly, replenishes ground water supplies.  On account of the unusually dry year last year several neighbours have wells that dried up and their water supplies have not yet returned, and here at Bellaugello Gay Guesthouse our spring has been trickling, when usually we would expect 6,000 liters of water daily, it is barely yielding that amount each month.

Anyway this morning I awoke to one of those magical Umbrian mornings, cloud and mist hanging in the valley below, the house shrouded in fine mist, quite divine.  Slowly the mist lifts, disperses, and the full beauty of the Umbrian countryside is revealed.  Only that this morning not all that was revealed was good. Yes the greens of the hillsides were refreshed and are verdant, the fruit trees have not lost fruit, and the air is cleaned, but disaster…

The level of water in the swimming pool is considerably down! Why? surely rain would overfill the pool, also the balancing tank, and any excess run off automatically, it cannot happen, there are non-return valves in all the pipework, but yes, the pool level was down.

A quick run to the plant room to discover one of the pumps had sprung a leak and water was flooding out of the casing.  The only possible section of pipework that obviously cannot have  non-return valve had failed and water was pouring into the drain.  The pool level is down, the compensating tank is practically empty and to make matters worse the electro valve that opens the water supply to refill any loss due to evaporation was open and the pipe was running full blast. Annoyingly no alarm siren was sounding….

How long has this been going on? All was well last night, I think, it seemed to be, but might it not have been, I did not check the plant room at midnight, who does…  A call to the pool company was met with the response ‘there is nobody here we cannot do anything today, switch off the equipment’. Gee thanks!

Fortunately the pump has isolating valves, they are now closed, and  whilst requiring two pumps to recirculate the water I am fortunate to have three piped into the system and so the other two pumps will do the job of keeping the pool operational.

Now as the sun shines down from cloudless skies, begins the slow process of refilling the pool, luckily the level was down only 25cms, but that is still a great deal of water, (25cms x 15m x 5m – plus the balance tank, how many cubic meters is that?) probably having to throw in further bags of salt which we use to make natural chlorine, as the levels are bound to be diluted, and then steel myself to go and look at the water meter, that I really do not want to do…….

First of the season 2012

Caught on camera today the first “Bellaugello Back” of 2012

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