It is unseasonably warm here in Umbria, temperatures in the high twenties ˚c and strong sunshine. The leaves are turning deep gold and red, but we are still awaiting rain, of which there has been little this year, global warming is certainly here.
As I prune seemingly never ending bushes I have spent many days immersed in the heady perfume of lavender, still strong after all these months of flowering. The vegetable patch is looking sad and tired. I went down and collected the last of the tomatoes, green now and have made several kilos of green tomato chutney, so delicious with the local pecorino, the sheep’s cheese famous throughout Umbria. Apart from a few small aubergines and courgettes, I think that is it for this year in the vegetable garden. Soon it will be time to dig the garden over and prepare for the next planting.
This is always a funny time of year for me, the rapid change from a house full of guests, a pool busy with handsome guys having fun,
to silence and often having the house to myself. I am so used to being busy looking after guests, cooking, organising, cleaning and chatting, it is weird when the season draws to a close to be once again on my own.
This month I still have a few guys staying, and for the first time I am keeping a couple of suites open throughout November and December so you can enjoy the magic of Umbria in the winter. Looking for a break away? check our Autumn Super Saver on the “Deals” page; Click here for details of the discount offer to enable you to enjoy Bellaugello out of season, and also for our New Year’s Eve Houseparty programme. Do come join me here for a few days.
We are working on a refreshment to the Bellaugello website and blog page. Long overdue is the removal of the various blog categories, I blog, that is it and my posts can pass over many of the categories so you will see a change to the format, bye bye categories! Also less evident will be the blog history, but look and ye shall still find!
Regarding the website our web designers have worked hard to correct the many errors instigated by previous ‘handlers’ and we are now doing some tweaking to make the site even easier for you to navigate. On the mobile version you will have a direct WhatsApp chat link. Shortly you will see new headers in the main menu bar, and some new photos. If you have a photo of your stay here that you think worthy of inclusion in the website or blog please do email it to me, confirming your permission for me to use it, and who knows you may be a contributor to Bellaugello.
Gubbio our local town have a calendar of great events planned for the autumn, winter and spring, something to cater for all tastes.
In collaboration with the Museo della Tortura of San Gimignano in Tuscany the town museum is hosting an exhibition of medieval torture instruments, including some excruciatingly horrid devices that I wonder whose deviant minds thought them up and for what purpose.
This exhibition is currently open and runs until 01 May 2018. Further details are to be found on the Gubbio Website: Exhibition of Medieval Torture, Gubbio
This year the switch on of the World’s Largest Christmas Tree is on Friday 7th December, a great event as the hillside of Mont Ingeno comes alive with coloured lights in the shape of a Christmas tree topped by a huge star and illuminated by a great firework display. As ever the town will be in Christmas mood, craft markets, a huge ferris wheel giving amazing views over the historical centre, and not forgetting the medieval street scenes in the quarters of S Martino and S Pietro. Gubbio is a great place to immerse yourself in the magic of the festive season. Come join the magical spectacle we have suites available at Bellaugello. Book online: Click here to book Bellaugello
For an in depth look at this amazing tree take a look at the website: Albero di Natale, Gubbio 2017
In just over one week for a mere €10 you can even sponsor one of the lights on the tree and become a real part of the event just click on this link and have your credit card handy: Sponsor a light on the Gubbio Christmas tree 2017 Light up the tree with me. When you have sponsored a light let me and others know by posting a comment on the blog and let’s see just how many lights Bellaugello readers can sponsor, remember be quick, they go fast!
Starting in March of next year and running until the end of May, the town is hosting an important exhibition of 14century paintings. The full list of artists and paintings are still to be announced but judging by the enthusiasm in the comune it will be a very important exhibition, for lovers of renaissance paintings a “not to be missed opportunity”.
Lego, that amazing Danish toy that as kids we all played with and still manages to attract adults in the same way that guys go train and plane spotting is coming to Gubbio. April, May and June are the months planned for a huge Lego display in the historic town centre. As the project comes to fruition I will publish more information but for now you Lego aficionados out there keep those dates in your diary for a visit to Bellaugello.