Benvenuti and Welcome to all my Lovely Followers (A little late in the week, mi dispiace)
On Sunday morning I was overwhelmed with emotion as my man and I set off down a white track, and into the centre of the wilder side of the Chianti countryside. I was particularly pleased because walking any distance has recently been a problem for me. But that morning, I put on my determined hat and was rewarded with the wonderful smell of spring and fabulous vistas that I had not even seen before! Looking back towards our home rather than from it, was exhilarating. You may think you know the Chianti countryside; Vineyards and Olive groves, you think. However, you may not realise that there is a massive amount of wild mixed woodland on the steeper slopes and my man, being an ex-Commando, was able to identify a number of footprints including Cinghale, deer and porcupine. So thank you once again to my man and the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
Meanwhile, back in our local village of Fiano, our local caffè bar and Alimentare had been busy preparing a lovely Easter (Pasquale) table for us all to enjoy. I’m not sure when Easter actually is, but my grandchildren will remind me very soon. The Italians are, of course, very big on Easter.
Anyway, what else. Oh, yes, at last Pisa has a new link from the central railway station to the airport. My man tried it out on Monday morning and commented that the bus was just as easy. Previously, there was a long walk to the bus and then a bumpy ride to the airport! However, let’s hope it makes things a little easier and less confusing for the tourists, who will start arriving soon.
In case you are wondering, the final hard copy of ‘The Italian Connection’ will be with me on Friday, following which, assuming it looks OK, I will give the thumbs up for publication. Then the hard work of publicising and marketing will begin in earnest. I will be doing a book promotions visit to the West Country in England between the 24th and 28th April. Let me know if you would like a book signing event or talk in your own area.
Now, I know this is not a Tuscan thing, but I would like to mention the passing of Chuck Berry, that great Rock and Roller from the sixties. He has just died at the age of 90, so when I saw him on stage in 1964, he was already fifty-three! Hard to believe! My absolute favourite song was No Particular Place to go; ‘Driving along in my automobile, my baby beside me at the wheel….’ So addio lovely man.
Have a great week and keep rocking on.
Salute June x
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