I started blogging in back in June 2009. Nobody taught me, to paraphrase the late great Eartha Kitt sang “I sat down at my typewriter and spoke to my daughter.” Daughter I have not, and the typewriter is a computer, but the sentiment is spot on. I write for pleasure, from the heart, at times my writing is cathartic, at times to share or publicise an event that might be of interest to future guests at Bellaugello, or to recount “la mia vita quotidiana”.
Life was very different then. We had newly arrived in Umbria, the long abandoned farmhouse as we discovered in 2007, took a year to buy and was now a building site, chaos reigned, watched over by our two English Setters, Milo and Edo the ‘muppets’ seen at an upper window.
Bellaugello was an abandoned farmhouse
After eight years I am still blogging
What has surprised me is that after eight years I am still blogging. My output may have changed, despite their popularity I jot down less of the angry rants, and to be able to include a record of guys who have stayed here I added a section titled “Bellaugello Backs“. Now this section is fun, it started early morning with my asking a guest who was in the pool gazing dreamily to the far distance if I could snap his photo. That photo is now on the home page of the blog and spawned many many more photographs of guys in our infinity pool.
My one criterion is that (though some guests might want to) there is no frontal nudity allowed, I want my blog and site accessible to all. It started off with guys looking south so I only snapped the back of their heads, thus preserving anonymity, one guy volunteering said ‘my face must not be visible’ yet he kept looking sideways, and approved the photo. To me he is easily identifiable to anyone who knows him 😉 Backs at the request of a handsome Italian became backs and butts, and thus it remains. You too can be featured, the only requirement being a stay at Bellaugello.
At my kitchen table or downstairs
Most of my writing is done at one of two places, at my kitchen table in front of the window which gives 180˚ views southwards and is inspirational, a great place to blog, or downstairs whilst I am serving the guys breakfast. The latter posts tend because I do pretend to offer a decent level of service, to be more disjointed.
Bellaugello is situated in the most magical of places. It may not be easy to get to, but, boy it is worth it! The peace and tranquillity and utter beauty of the area are part of its appeal and would be spoilt if we were easily accessible. Similarly I have wonderful guests here, many return and have become great friends. I put it down to them being just amazing determined people. I am glad not to be in the South of France or Gran Canaria, what we offer here is a break from ‘la vita quotidiana’ ‘the daily grind of life’ and to paraphrase John Fothergill late of the Spread Eagle Hotel in Oxfordshire ‘only beautiful interesting guys’ come.
So much has my life progressed. So too has my blogging format
Reviewing some of the entries, I know that sadly the early posts are lacking their photographs. When I commissioned the current website the then designers were incapable or too lazy to load the photos, it is a shame as the posts lack some magic. I read my early rants about the poor telephone and internet service, the uneven road, and struggles to make myself understood, so much has my life progressed. So too has my blogging format.
Today is my first post on a new template. I have commissioned a new energetic web master and he has me writing on a new format, it is quite scary. As well as words I talk with pictures, inserting them as I go along, now it seems this is not possible and he will insert the photos of my choosing sent separately, today’s is of the work in progress as I started writing in June 2009. My spell check is only in Italian, I cannot change font colour, or type styles, and I cannot see a draft, but I believe this is the way forward for my blog, maybe the webmaster will do all that, but then I will lose editorial control, not good… Btw.
I’m supposed to write only 300 words, this is now double that number. As I have written in the past sometimes it seems as if I am writing to the great vast empty stratosphere, nobody reading my posts, but I know that to be untrue. Panic! Update; I have spoken with my webmaster and he has shown me a way of blogging in my original format and he will make the necessary updates to my post, I am relieved to be able at least to spell check! Like my blog progress has also been positive here at Bellaugello, the house has been open some years, I welcome great guys from all over the world who seeing this today, probably cannot conceive of the pleasurable journey I have been through.
It is day one of the new blog post format, I am feeling positive and have faith in Riccardo my new webmaster, he is young, professional and enthusiastic and very thorough. So I ask you guys, subscribe to my blog, keep reading and commenting, and to those of you who have been with me on my voyage a huge abbraccio.