Rushing downstairs from home I snapped the table ready for last night’s barbecue, so much colour, the photo just was asking to be taken.
I know a naked table, I am hopeless at photographing the food we serve, but understand that photos were actually taken by some of our guests at last nights dinner, and hopefully I can get a copy or two to post on my blog. The array of salads by Monica was inspirational and utterly delicious, as was the meat from our local butcher and cooked by me with admittedly a very sweaty brow – the barbecue fire was very hot last night.
The evening followed a hot day, several guys relaxing at the pool soaking up the sun. Others ventured as only as far as our local town of Gubbio where they took the funivia to the top of the hill, to the basilica of S Ubaldo where there is the most glorious simple cloister and in the church the three ‘Ceri’ or candles that are the items of legend every 15 May, and of course fabulous views over the Pian di Gubbio.
At dinner one couple related that they did the climb in reverse and walked up M Ingenio stopping at each of the three little chapels to drink from the cool mountain water, before descending back to the medieval city by the cableway, thence past the duomo and palace of Frederico of Montefeltro before stopping finally at a gelateria for a well deserved ice-cream….
The evening was warm, conversation flowed with guests from America, Australia, Belgium and the UK, as always there was lots to talk about, stories and experiences to relate. Among the guests were a young couple on honeymoon, staying here at Bellaugello as part of their European voyage. They had spent the day at Cantina Goretti near Perugia enjoying a personalised guided wine tasting and cooking class, a great day out in magnificent settings. This is one of the excursions that we operate in conjunction with our private guide, drop me a line if you are interested in finding out more. Needless to say the newlyweds returned with a huge plate of ‘baci’ dreamy chocolates they under the guidance of Nonna Marcella had made themselves, each one heavily laced with alcohol and generously passed round to the guys at breakfast this morning.
Last night we also welcomed Matthieu a young guy from Paris who arrived in Umbria to join the team at Bellaugello Gay Country House for six weeks over the summer before moving on to take up a new job in September. It was in at the deep end for Matthieu, but he swam well, his task cutting and serving the huge watermelon that rounded off the evening was done with aplomb. Matthieu is tri lingual, so great for our French and Italian guests. I am delighted to have him on the team, welcome Matthieu.
This afternoon I need to get out, a morning of paperwork has made me keen to escape down to the river and go for a swim in one of the deep secluded swimming holes that Michael has discovered, it is almost 40˚c again today, but a light breeze is refreshing, the river beckons, so lovely is the life Bellaugello…