Those wonderfully pendulous sensual erotic even fruit known as figs were plucked herein the garden of Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria Italy and using my old copper jam pan brought over from Scotland were turned into the most fragrant sweet marmalade which I have been serving here for breakfasts on the terrace here at Bellaugello gay b&b.  pics to follow, and also apricot marmalade when I find the time!

Caught on camera last night at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria, Italy our guests enjoying a convivial dinner on the terrace. It had again been a wonderfully sunny day and the evening brought a cooling breeze, just perfect for dinner ‘al fresco’

A great friend and neighbour had brought me some summer truffles found here in Valdichiascio with the express instructions that I should share them with my guests, so being one to obey I did.

I prepared gnocchi with truffle oil and grated summer valdichiascio truffles as a primo.  For secondo I made my version of Porchetta, the local pork speciality of whole roast pork stuffed with herbs.  The garden is overflowing with herbs, the sage being particularly prolific, so they were chopped and combined with lemon zest and stuffed into the rolled up pork which was slowly roasted.  Stephen had opted for a crostata for pudding this time an apricot flavour.

Guests seated round the table were from Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland, we all found common languages and shared our day’s experiences.  Some guys had been cycling to the river, others lazing by the pool, others walking the ancient streets of medieval Gubbio, and others driven from Venice and Le Marche. Stories were compared and prefered towns and art and artists discussed as the local Umbrian wines from Lungarotti, Goretti, and Arnaldo-Caprai were quaffed, a thoroughly enjoyable evening

I thought it about time to post a few of the comments written in our guestbook here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria, Italy.  I have asked the webdesigners to insert a section into the main website, however we arestill in discussion as they want to charge me for every entry, and I want to be able to post freely, thus the scan pages from the guestbook….   click on the images to read the pages in full

Another glorius sunny day here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria, Italy.  The temperatures are in the mid to high 30s and a soft cooling breeze ruffles the curtains at the windows and rustles the leaves on the trees in the garden.

A gentle but continious sound of a motor horn announced the arrival of the post this morning here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House near Gubbio.

Why oh why when there is a registered letter does the just too pretty postgirl sit in her car and peep the horn, and not get out and deliver the letter to the door?  She can probably see activity, but prefers to sti in the car and have me stroll up to the gate.

However it is better than one of the parcel delivery services who always telephone to inform me that they have a parcel for me and have no idea where Valdichiascio (our valley) is, and so they want to leave the parcel at the local petrol station.  The parcel has travelled the world, possibly a purchase from Amazon or a supplier, and door to door delivery paid for, yet the parcel carrier decides whose door to leave the parcel at.  I tell him i do not have a car – how is he to know he never comes to the house, I ask him how I am supposed to collect the 25kg parcel from the petrol station 5km away and he just garbles some dialectical Italian in reply…….

Tremendous news on the BBC this morning

Whilst same sex civil unions are already legal in the city of Buenos Aires,  the Argentinan Senate is now discussing a proposal to legalise gay marriage and the right for same sex couples to be able to adopt.

President Cristina Fernandez has stated that she would not veto the measures if they arrived in her office.

Of course the ever present Catholic Church is making a large protest

And when the law is passed as in Portugal, we here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria Italy offer to those lucky first couple of guys a honeymoon week here at Bellaugello Gay B&B with our compliments.

Let’s hope common sense and freedom prevails,