After a light short rain shower last night, – yes rain! just enough to clean the air, refresh the garden, rinse the cars and lay the dust on the dirt roads, this morning is utterly glorious, air clean, blue sky, the terrace headily fragrant with the scent of lavender and the guys are on their way […]

Many thanks to two great guys from Livorno for the prosecco apertivio taken on the terrace before we headed in to dinner. Sparkling prosecco, glittering company – as always great guys, a selection of local truffled and ‘drunk’ percorino cheeses and of course bruschetta made with our olive oil, a very Italian start to a […]

One of the biggest joys of running a guest house is the great guys I meet from all walks of life and from so many different countries.  There is always the chance to learn of other cultures, attitudes toward gay culture and freedoms or in some case intolerances.  At dinner conversation flows freely, friend are […]

During a splendid dinner served on a delightful terrace, overlooking the valley of the river Chiascio, as ever to the horror and tedium of partners the conversation turned to building works.  It seems many of us here in Valdichiascio and I guess Italy in general have or are going through the tribulations of building work. […]