The almost never ending sunshine has warmed the trees and despite the serious lack of rain all our fruit trees here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House deep in the delightful tranquil Umbrian countryside are laden with fruit.

The two venerable old Apricot trees are no exception and this year they have given generously of their fruit.  Guys have now become accustomed to apricot pies, apricot cakes and of course apricot marmalade, all home made.

To enable this enterprise my friend Thomas was sent to scale the ladders to pick fruit, a task which he accomplished with alacrity

And of course I have been busy in the kitchen with pans boiling and bubbling away making jams and marmalades.  Home grown fruit, home-made Marmalade, yes!

The recent opening of a trattoria in our neighbouring village of Colpalombo was all the excuse needed for all of us from Bellaugello Gay Guest House to jump into our cars and drive in convoy along the dirt roads, cross the river and head up into the picturesque village

It was an immensely enjoyable evening, great company and a chance for all to dine on local foods in what turned out to be our own private restaurant.

Just one small problem….. the portions were huge! 

but it was exceptionally good…..

Many thanks to two great guys from Livorno for the prosecco apertivio taken on the terrace before we headed in to dinner.

Sparkling prosecco, glittering company – as always great guys, a selection of local truffled and ‘drunk’ percorino cheeses and of course bruschetta made with our olive oil, a very Italian start to a great evening.

Dinner was indoors, because it rained, yes it actually rained!  There was vivid lightning, and distant thunder.  This morning the plants are once again breathing, clouds are scudding across the blue sky and the air is fresh with the perfume of lavender