Whether it was the euphoria of returning back to Bellaugello after a comprehensive two day sightseeing trip to Florence – Bottacelli, Piero della Francesca, Zoffany, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Titian, Il Perugino, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, the painters and paintings just go on and on in the Uffizi galleries, add to that Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia museum, Filippo Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome, Ghilberti’s incredible bronze doors of the baptistry, or the intimate dinner enjoyed here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House by other guests recently arrived,  it is little wonder that a couple of guys took minimal persuasion to brave the chill evening air and decided on a midnight dip…

Florence is an easy 2 1/2 hour drive or train ride from Bellaugello, the guys booked entrance tickets online here the day before they went, and as well as seeing plenty of canvas and marble also managed to cram in a significant amount of shopping and there is no obligation for a midnight swim upon return to Bellaugello!

Yesterday was my Birthday and the fifth consecutive day of a flu like fever, so as much as possible of it was spent trying to get well so whilst still maintaining ‘normal service’ for the guys here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House I tried to steal some hours to sleep or just lie on my bed.

I am not a lover of Facebook, indeed I really do not like or trust it, and certainly do not understand it – for ages I have tried to attract visitors to my “Bellaugello Gay Guest House page on Facebook” but don’t seem to know how to do that – any technowizards out there guys?…  however just for once it was a friendly companion as my ancient iPhone pinged yet another receipt of a Happy Birthday message.

I am of an age when Birthdays were celebrated with the sending of cards, traipsing to the card shop, not seeing any card that was reasonably suitable, choosing something vaguely appropriate, sitting in the car writing the greeting and trying to memorise postcodes and then queuing in the post office to buy a stamp, but these days electronic cards and messages seem much more appropriate, they arrive through the day, not days late as by conventional post.  So to all who sent me kind messages on Facebook a very big thank you!

Temperatures here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House are still in the high twenties approaching low thirties, warm enough for guys to be soaking up the rays around the pool, and nearly warm enough for dinner still to be served outdoors on the terrace, but autumn is on the way, it is a delicious time, crisp misty mornings, golden yellow and ochre sunrises herald yet another glorious day here in Umbria

I am so lucky here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria.  Not only do I have great guys staying but I also have great guys  asking to use the house and pool and grounds as location for their photoshoot.

Recently a photographer asked on behalf of a young guy from the area to come and shoot some photos and here is one of them taken in the swimming pool here at Bellaugello…

I was at Perugia airport this afternoon to collect a friend off the London Stanstead flight, and noticed a few drops of rain on the windscreen, on the way home to Bellaugello Gay Guest House wet roads….  It took me a bit of time to find the windscreen wiper switch it has been so long here in Umbria since we have seen rain.

On turning into Valdichiascio even a few puddles and trickles of water at the roadside.  Hooray!!!

Over three months without any rain to speak of, countryside tinder-box dry, indeed yet another plume of smoke from a fire rising deep down in the valley, everyone you speak to is worried about fire risk and talks of dying trees, and today there is a splatter of rain.  Coming from Scotland where rain is a regular occurence I never thought I would be delighted to see rain, but indeed I am, and the winds and racing clouds tonight bring the additional possibility of further real rain tomorrow.

Strange, I know for my guests sunshine is much wanted, but for the ground water is what is wanted, to date our spring is holding up and still running all be it at a much reduced volume, but plants are now really suffering.  Here’s hoping rain tonight and sun tomorrow or is that being greedy?