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Welcome and Benvenuti to all my Lovely Followers around the World,

2018-09-19 09.11.30Yes, it has been Milan fashion week and as my man and I enjoy coffee in our local village of Fiano, the papers & magazines we are reading, are full of it.  As you know I love clothes, but this year I am even more convinced that ninety percent of designers are on speed.  The bulk of the designs are any old bits of mismatched stuff, draped over or stuck to miserable looking models desperately trying to hide their embarrassment.  Basically, the outfits are unwearable.  I will not give up on the belief that it is possible to buy wearable clothes and still be fashionable.  Now, as many of you know, I am a bit of a rock chick, so I am keen on black.  However, I also love Autumn colours, so I have included an Etro picture, which is a compromise and also satisfies the gypsy in me.  The models at least look at ease, despite the fact they are not quite smiling.  Now, I took it upon myself, to go onto Etro’s website and I was impressed.   To see a video of the whole range, mostly stunning, despite the long faces and presented in Milan, go to Website

2018-09-22 10.27.19#1Another of my loves is chunky Jewellery.  To go with your autumn wardrobe, this lovely design by Angela Caputi is right up my street.  You can visit her site at Website

2018-09-22 10.26.24OK, now you are decked out in beautiful autumn clothes and jewellery why not pop down to a local bar for an Autumn cocktail.  Now here’s a great idea, fresh strawberry juice with Prosecco and topped with whipped cream and blueberries!  Mmmmm.  Foto La Repubblica Mag.

And, so to one of our favourite restaurants, Osteria La Gramola in Tavernelle, where yesterday’s menu included Spaghetti con pesto di Barbabietole 2018-09-21 14.04.51Rosse e Mandorle, that’s spaghetti with Red Beetroot & Almond Pesto to you and me.  Foto J Finnigan.  It was a flavour so exquisite I scoffed the lot, despite having had a filling antipasto beforehand!  Visit La Gramola at Website

2018-09-22 18.49.25Whilst there, we bumped into our lovely artist friend Patrizio Landolfi, who has his studio just down the road.  He has just recently sold a huge abstract painting of David Bowie to a Canadian billionaire for sixty thousand euros!  2018-09-21 13.18.47-1Very impressive.  And, to think we were considering buying it ourselves……!  Well done to him and you can see more of his paintings in La Gramola restaurant.   Foto from his book Antologica & cutting from the magazine Panorama.  Visit his website at Website

I was asked the other day, what are the Autumn smells in Tuscany?  Well, right now the air is full of the smell of crushed red grapes that have left dark stains across the local tracks.  You could get quite tipsy on the smell alone!  Then of course the smell of roasting chestnuts will be with us soon and the glorious smell of white truffles (Tartufo Bianco) grated over eggs, pasta and other dishes.  And, the countryside generally smells glorious.  We are desperate for some rain, so the smell of dried grasses still fills the air.  Sadly, sitting outside is still restrictive due to the mosquitos (zanzari) that will eventually go in late October.  But it’s lovely for strolling around in the unseasonable hot September sunshine, with ones arms and legs protected!

2018-09-22 10.11.00Anyway, here is some good news.  With all the fashion fotos around, I have found us the September Hunk of the Month!  Now I may be a Rock Chick, but I do love the Italian classic look and a handsome clean-shaven face.  This is not so trendy here in Italy.  Younger men are tattooed and bearded, somehow I find this unattractive, I know that most Italian women under forty will disagree, but there you go.  I hope you like my chosen man and you can visit the designer Tagliatore at Website

OK, enough already.  Do drop me a line, I love to hear from my readers.  Oh, and do visit my Official Author Site at June’s site

Salute June x

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Welcome and Benvenuti to all my Lovely followers around the World,

2018-07-04 12.34.03Well, the dust has finally settled and we have at last returned to our quiet & idyllic lifestyle in our little bit of Chianti.  Some of our concert going friends are still here, staying in and around Certaldo, and I was delighted to take two of them to visit Anne Shingleton’s studios at Vico D’Elsa near Poggibonsi.  Now I have known Anne for many years but this is the first time I have managed to visit her, see her wonderful paintings & sculptures and to hear her story.  Foto J Finnigan.

P1000442_2_2 Anne, on the left above, as an artist is way up there with the world’s greatest painters of wildlife, being a zoologist herself, this is the medium of first choice for her.  But Anne can paint anything from portraits to landscapes creating better than photographic images.  Then there are the sculptures and her most recent undertaking was a huge Swan, which is currently exhibited in the beautiful Gheradesca gardens of the Four Seasons Hotel in Florence.  Ask at reception and you will be shown through to the gardens, Anne’s swan is next to the pond.  Hotel Website

Without seeing Anne’s work first hand it is difficult to ‘paint the picture’ well enough to really appreciate just how amazing she is.  However, if you visit her website you will get a good idea and she is always available to discuss commissions, sales or exhibits.  Fotos provided by Anne.  Go to Anne’s website


20180708_175325Well, how does one follow that?  As I was musing over this, my man called out “June, you’ve got to come and see this!”  So I  detached myself from my chair and rushed into his study, where he was watching something on TV.  “You won’t believe this and it could only happen in Italy, but they are showing a recent ‘tug o’ war’ match on a bridge over the River Arno in Pisa!  But they have two teams back to back, trying to push, yes push, each other with their feet in strangely wedged trainers!”  It was a contest called Gioco del Ponte and it had as much action as watching paint dry!  They had been in a gridlock for ten minutes already and it was another fifteen before the sweating big guys in red, finally overcame the red faced yellow ones.  This, and they were all dressed in tudor costume!  Crazy Italians!  Ha ha!  Foto P Finnigan.

2018-06-22 09.11.38Of course, not to forget, I did promise you a Hunk of the Month for July, and guess what, it had to be the latest Armani Man!  I have been saving this picture up, but now I think I should share it, I’ve been gazing at him long enough!  Phew, now I’ve completely lost my train of thought!  Foto Giorgio Armani.

2018-07-08 12.57.26Ah, zucchini or courgettes to you.  No, no, no connection you naughty thing.  But here is a bag of freshly picked Zucchini, which was placed on our lunch table today at C’era uni Volta by the adorable Paolo, before we had even ordered our meal!  These were straight out of his orto, veg patch, which is overproducing the things in this lovely weather, forcing me to once again find our kitchen and cook something!  Would love to have some new recipes for Zucchini! Leave your messages below or write to june.finnigan@virgin.net.  Grazie mille.  Foto J Finnigan.

Anyway, time to get this blog posted off to you.  Got a busy week ahead what with the writing and the day job!

Enjoy and have a great week.

Salute June x

Ps Don’t forget to visit my official author site at June’s website


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