We have been having a roaring time here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House. The sun has been shining generously and I have been rushed off my feet, so little time to sit at the computer and write.
Earlier this month we were delighted to have a wonderful newly married couple come and stay for part of their european honeymoon. A bottle of pink bubbles, red roses and chocolates awaited the guys on arrival in the Diva Suite. Following a private candlelit dinner served on a terrace deep in the garden the husbands returned to their suite to a trail of red rose petals carefully placed by Mauro.
We had such fun hosting the newlyweds, who enjoyed relaxing massages and who both took to the skies in a microlite with Aimaro of Polaris motors, flying over Bellaugello and the countryside around our local town of Gubbio, as did one of our intrepid British guests.
Do check our Bellaugello YouTube channel for videos of some of the flights including a guest landing with the engine switched off, a really awesome experience.
and of course the guys have been enjoying our infinity pool. The water temperature finally reached the magical 30˚c as the sun bronzed and started to bronze beautiful bodies.
The Bellaugello team even managed to find time a group pool photo…
and to head into our local town of Gubbio for a well deserved cocktail or two
Back on the farm we have been harvesting, and a huge crop of juicy apricots are now made into marmalade which we are serving at breakfast. Fine sweet succulent green beans or fagolini were delivered by one of my dearest neighbours and friends and served that evening at dinner.
and on the subject of food we hosted a birthday celebration, an excuse to go mad with the balloons and for Isabella to make another one of her delicious semi-freddo cakes
A not so good experience happened a couple of weeks ago when Bobby my dear English Setter had a stroke. One morning he simply could not walk and a visit to the vet confirmed my worst fears. Why is it that he is such a gentle soft and devoted dog, so brave and with such a strong will to live and so much love that he gives me and he is beset by problem after problem, it is just not fair. Luckily the care of the Carmella, Melania and the team and after a two night overnight stay he returned home with a bunch of medicines and very wobbly legs headed to his basket. Slowly he is making progress, he has good days and bad days, so very much wants to come downstairs to where the action is, but steps are still a problem for him, and in his enthusiasm he tumbles, in the past few days twisting his front leg which is clearly painful, but yet he determinedly continues to make progress and thankfully is eating well. Jenny ever greedy is constantly knocking into him, putting him off his balance, I wonder if she will ever learn manners!
Oh! I nearly forgot.. one week late in June with the house full of returning guests my arm was severely twisted and I was persuaded to cook a supper for the last night of two Dutch couples, and of course to include all our other guests. So after returning from yet another microlite flight we sat down to home made pasta filled with radicchio and spek liberally doused in a fresh tomato sauce that I had made and left gently simmering on the stove all afternoon. It was a hugely enjoyable evening, and so lovely to be in the company of returning guests from the UK and the Netherlands, as well as two new faces.
And we have been barbecuing, this year Daniela who as well as keeping as ever the suites here at Bellaugello spotless has been helping in the kitchen on barbecue evenings captured here in a set of photos showing her immense skills in making crescia our local bread which we serve hot from the panaro.
as the guys will confirm it is utterly delicious, Dani you are a star! At the bbq were two guys who had travelled up from Puglia, and had visited (with a little bit of help from me) the fabulous cantina of Schola Sarmenti deep in the south at Nardò. They had been given a comprehensive tour of the vineyard and cellars and as a thank you brought me a tin of exquisite Peter Bier chocolates, the last of which I scoffed tonight, a guest arriving today brought me a box of handmade macaroons from Vienna, , last month a tin of delicious chewy Dutch stroopwafels which I melt over my morning coffee, so lucky am I, even if they are hopeless for my (non-existent) diet haha! Thanks guys for your generosity it is really appreciated.
Anyway drifting back to the infinity pool, sun still shining and guys relaxing…
Meanwhile for some reason I seem to be carrying flowers…
it must be another evening for dinner, this time an aperitivo of delicious fresh buffalo burrata from Puglia, rich creamy and indulgently good. Just another typical Bellaugello day.