Snow arrived late last night and for the first time this year it stayed.  All be it there is a mere smattering but the ground glistened, sun sparkling in the icy crystals, and great reflections in the swimming pool here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House. The day is cold and crisp, and until Jenny started […]

As regular readers and guests of Bellaugello will already know one of my passions is lavender.  The gardens at Bellaugello Gay Guest House abound with the glorious heady perfume of lavender from the many many lavender plants that I have in the garden.  I also use the lavender for cooking, it gives a subtle flavour […]

It is the most beautiful morning here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in the lovely Umbrian countryside.  The sun is already warm and the last remnants of mist in the valley below the house are gently dispersing The fruit trees are at their best, plums, peaches, nectarines, pears and almonds, the blossom intense, wonderous pinks, […]

As is my wont when time is my own at breakfast I was scanning the BBC news website, picking pieces of news, some good some bad, some pleasing and some downright irritating when I came across a set of pictures showing The devastation caused by the earthquake and ensuing tsunami, and the same views today […]

Yes, unsurprisingly we still have snow here in Umbria, central Italy, at least places like Gubbio, Gualdo, Norcera and Norcia in the foothills of the apeninnes.  The cold wind continues to blow from the east, and the road to Bellaugello Gay Guest House is blocked by a snowdrift.  So, to quote a line from one […]