Benvenuti and Welcome to all my Lovely Followers
“Arrgh, I’ve broken a fingernail!” I wail. My man is driving us towards our local village of Fiano for coffee and only a few days before I had enjoyed a manicure and had my nails painted a permanent & glorious metallic red! The car stops. “Do you want to go back home?” He asked, not batting an eyelid. He understands how important my hands, feet and hair are. “No, no,” I groan, “but I do feel the need to lie down….”
We arrive in Fiano, and I have carefully removed the bit of broken nail, but keep my left hand in my pocket. Then I am cheered to see that the papers are talking about two of my favourite bands, Deep Purple and The Patti Smith Band. Now they are both in the ageing rocker club of course, but the Italians just love them. Deep Purple are doing their ‘final’ tour, but they all say that then turn up a few years later on a reunion one!
Patty, who at the age of seventy-one is back here on a world tour, is just amazing. Never one of the pretty girls of rock, but her voice makes up for it. I have performed cover versions of her songs with my own band over the years. I particularly love ‘Because the Night’ (belongs to lovers). She will be here between 6th and 13th May, starting in Parma and finishing in Roma. There are just a few tickets left for Cremona, Bologna and Rome. Rush to http://www.viagogo.com
Meanwhile, Charles & Camilla have been doing a grand tour of Italy, Charlie visiting earthquake sites and Camilla her grandmother’s old home in Florence. I can honestly say that I have never seen Charlie smiling so much as he is in just about all the photos in the papers. This is the effect this wonderful country has on everyone, of course, myself included.
However, down in Roma, the Romans are feeling very depressed about the new white street lighting. The gentle orange lights that washed the city in a romantic glow have been replaced by horrible things that have turned the city into a creepy looking black and white horror movie. People are scurrying home as if they are scared to stay long, and you can see why in the picture!
Back here in our lovely bit of Chianti, I am gearing up for a Book Promotion Tour in the South West of England. I will be at The Oddfellows , 60 New North Road, Exeter between 5 pm & 8.30pm on the 27th April, and The Oddfellows, High Street, Exmouth between 5 pm & 8.30pm on 28th April. I would love to see you at one of these events.
‘The Italian Connection’ is now available in paperback and E-book. However, the official launch will be on 1st May. If you can’t wait to read it, visit My author site or any Worldwide Amazon site of your choice.
OK, enough already. Must get the photos uploaded and get this off to you. Then I shall pour myself a nice glass of Pinot Grigio and go down to our lovely lower garden and sit under the ash tree.
Salute and do drop me a line; I love to hear from you.
Salute June x