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20180505_115604My man came rushing in from the garden yesterday, shouting “The Rose is Out!”  Now what is exciting about a rose being out?  You may ask.  Well, this rose, my friends is very special rose indeed.  In 2004 we packed our whole life up into a furniture van and loaded up our car, in readiness for our journey of no return with Bosun the dog, to Italy.  The last thing to go in the van was a metal dustbin into which my man had put some of his tools.  We took a last look around and then I saw the rose, a beautiful red English climbing rose that had really taken root and was climbing up the front of our old farmhouse.  “I can’t leave the rose behind” I whined.  The van driver said, “Sorry missus, it’s illegal to take plants across European borders, soil contamination and stuff you know.”  I was heartbroken so my man persuaded him to put it in the bottom of the dustbin and surround it with the tools. The driver would be paid well, so he agreed!  So over fourteen years, we moved five times and in each garden, we planted the rose.  Somehow it survived, not very well I have to say, but now it’s liking its current position and is blooming!  Praise the Gods!  Foto P Finnigan

20180418_153446Lots of insects are now arriving.  So far no Zanzari (mosquitos) but they’ll be here soon.  An astonishing visitor was a huge Sawyer Beetle who settled on our outside airer.  Go in close and look at its amazing face.  Now, you clever clogs may beg to differ; so if you think its a different kind of insect, please tell me!  Anyway, what a privilege to see such a stunning creature in close-up.  Since last weekend we have also seen the arrival of Swifts, a cuckoo and have heard the Bee Eaters but not seen them yet.  So summer is now ready to go! Yes!  Foto P Finnigan.

2018-05-05 13.42.12Now, I’m sure you remember talking about the ancient European Oak Tree, which guards our front gate.  Well, on Friday it underwent tree surgery as many of the branches were dead and at risk of falling on our heads!  apparently, the tree is listed and could only be cut by authorised surgeons.  Well, anyway, it still looks stunning and I’m sure it will go on for a few hundred years more!  Foto J finnigan.

2018-05-05 09.24.41As you know we like to go out for coffee every morning and usually to Fiano and La Dispensa.  In the newspaper, was an article about the lovely American Ruth Orkin, who became famous for her iconic foto taken in August 1951, walking through a group of lustful Italian men, in La Piazza Della Repubblica in Florence.  Look at the guy on the scooter to the right and the guy to her right is clutching his vitals!  Almost hidden on the left is a very handsome man at a table;  was she going to meet him?  So good-bye to Ruth who died on 2nd May, but never to be forgotten.  Foto La Repubblica 

2018-05-06 09.38.32Also in the paper was an article about the Trevi Fountain in Rome.  Two pictures are printed, ‘then and now’.  Back in 1975, we see local children frolicking in the lovely clear ice blue waters collecting the coins, a normal and delightful scene during a hot summer in the city.  Now, no one is allowed in the fountain.  It remains beautiful and breath-taking, but the coins are scooped out by the local authorities along with all the rubbish that gets thrown in.  I know which era I prefer. Foto La Repubblica 

2018-05-01 09.16.33Back closer to home, new exhibitions are now open to the public at Casa di Boccaccio and Palazzo Pretorio in Certaldo alto.  If you have not visited this beautiful ancient hilltop town, you really should.  I must go and see for myself soon, but I should warn you that there are often some very strange exhibitions there, sometimes macabre or explicit.  But this is Italy.  Foto La Nazione.

2018-05-05 19.12.21And finally, before I try to find the kitchen, here is a lovely foto of our view from the old English bench under our big Ash Tree.  It was taken yesterday, after my man had cut the green stuff that is supposed to be grass, and a heavy shower of rain.  The distance was a little misty, but lovely anyway.  Foto J finnigan

OK, my man has asked for Sunday lunch at home, so once I remember where the kitchen is (it’s easier for me to find local restaurants) I’ll get some roast potatoes going.  Then whilst things are in the oven, I had better do a half hours voice exercise as it is only six weeks to my next rock concert!

Ok, I’m off, have a really great week and do drop me a line, I love to hear from you.  Oh. and do visit my official author site at My site

Salute June x

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

2018-04-24 11.53.47In a moment I’m going to wax lyrical about the plants and wild life in and around our beautiful garden here on the edge of Chianti.  As before, I am not going to talk about Italian politics, other than the fact that we still have no government; you will just have to keep watching this space.

2018-04-28 08.37.42So, back to our garden and what a wonderful week we have been experiencing.  Last weekend the Acacia trees started dripping with white blossoms and the Fiorentina Irises we planted last year have burst into flower!  We have been swamped with butterflies, including the Swallowtail and the birds, well, the birds!  We now have an owl which we have yet to identify, who hoots in the daytime, pairs of pheasant, Jays, Hoopees, swallows and wood pigeons.  Arriving anytime soon will be the colourful Bee Eaters.  Two visiting hares, deer and the occasional cinghiale (wild boar).  And, the weather has been glorious, so my man and I have been able to spend aperitivo time outside, breathing in all the exotic perfumes!  Fotos J Finnigan

2018-04-22 11.55.40And continuing on the subject of aperitivi, I’m really pleased to tell you that the last two weekends have seen us back over in Montespertoli for cocktails, a lovely village just twenty minutes from here.  It is a year ago that we stopped going as the pressure of writing deadlines had me working away every weekend at the keyboard.  But with the weather having turned to sunshine we have returned, and it is so nice to greet old friends again and watch the occasional vintage car rally hooting past.  Foto J Finnigan.

2018-04-29 09.57.46One friend is the lovely Caterina, or I should say The Baroness Caterina de Renzis Sonnino.  Caterina is a very hardworking lady who entertains guests from all over the world giving guided historical tours of Il Castello, Educational visits and Wine tastings.  Yesterday the newspaper printed this article about a visit by Gucci, the Label having chosen Il Castello Sonnino as one of seven cultural projects.  Now, I will try to find out a lot more when I next speak to Caterina, but in the meantime you should visit Il Castello’s website.  My man and I were very lucky to have been given a private viewing a few years ago, and believe me it is an incredibly beautiful and atmospheric place to go.  Oh, you can also stay there, so check it out here!  Website

2018-04-26 08.51.44Meanwhile, back in the world of Music, I noticed that good old Ringo Starr, or Sir Richard Henry Starkey, was in the news and is doing a tour in July/August.  He will include Lucca, Marostica and Roma.  Now I have been to outside concerts in Lucca, which is just over an hour from us, and the setting is fantastic.  Open air concerts are held in one of the most beautiful piazzas and the acoustics are amazing.  Now, in case you did not know, Ringo does do more than just play the drums; he also sings, acts and paints.  It will be interesting to hear the old boy performing, he is seventy-eight, bless him!  I think it’s great that so many of the oldies are still performing live, so there’s still hope for me being discovered at a late age and being sent off on tour!  Rock on I say.  Foto La Repubblica.  See Ringo’s dates here Website and tickets

2018-04-26 08.45.58Now, lest we forget, the 25th April was Liberation Day and it should be remembered that there are a lot of Partisans still alive today who can tell you all about the German Occupation.  Apparently, we are supposed to say Nazi Occupation these days, strange how things get changed for the sake of the modern lifestyle and the now friendly relationship with Germany.   There are some amazingly heroic stories still to be heard about the fight to rid the country of the nasty Nazi’s.  My novel ‘The Italian Connection’ includes a bit based on a partisan’s real life experience, my having interviewed a lovely man called Gianfranco in Montespertoli a few years back.  Foto La Nazione. Visit my author site at Website

2018-04-20 09.19.59Meanwhile, something else being celebrated last week was the 50th anniversary of La Vespa.  That iconic scooter that we all loved seeing in the sixties films and still to be seen today weaving in and out of the traffic in the major Italian cities, and whizzing through the country villages at the weekend, often in big convoys!  Tourists can also hire bright red ones in Florence and surrounding areas, so I’m told.  Did you ever have a Vespa Scooter or were you a Rocker like me, dangerously hanging off the back of 650 motorbikes?  Hey ho!  Send me some of your Fotos.  Foto La Nazione.  Visit Vespa’s site at Website

2018-04-25 09.51.56And finally, lets end with another beautiful Italian fashion shoot, this time found in La Repubblica magazine.  I just love this casual yet sophisticated colourful summer look.  And, the models are so enjoying wearing the clothes, which as you know is something I strongly support, not the usual miserable lot many designers employ.  Also, the weather here is now warm enough to enjoy having one’s feet back in sandals and flip-flops; wonderful. Visit Oltre’s site at website

OK, must go, things to do, places to go and people to see.  May your week be full of nice surprises and as happy as mine.  Oh, and do drop me a line at june.finnigan@virgin.net or visit my official author site at June’s site

Salute June x

PS Don’t forget if you want to come to my Rock Concert on 22nd June, write to me at june.finnigan@virgin.net and ask for an invite.

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

Well, how are you?

Firstly, you will be glad to know that I will not be mentioning Italian Politics, other than the fact the country remains ungoverned due to no agreement to form a government.  So it looks like we can expect another General Election!  Enough.

2018-04-08 15.55.55So, to much brighter things and especially to our beautiful Tuscan Garden here on the edge of Chianti, which is now full of flowering tubs.  Yes, the weekend was glorious and we were able to get all the pots planted up with colourful flowers.   The grass, or green weedy stuff, was mowed and we sat out in an evening temperature of around 24 degrees centigrade to admire our hard work.  Now it is raining and is likely to do so all week.  A little sad for the tourists that have started arriving in their droves.  But hey ho, life eeez good, life eeez now!  Foto J Finnigan.

2018-04-07 18.13.22Now I must mention the Star of Jerusalem, which is an herb said to be helpful to people suffering from depression, when taken in oil form.  They pop up all over the ‘lawn’ and are really pretty.  I have just read that these lovely plants are the bane of landscape gardeners as they spread like crazy.  Well my man likes them so much, he mowed around them, bless him!  What would you do?  Foto J Finnigan.

2018-04-08 10.12.43Meanwhile, the legend that is Bob Dylan was in Florence on his Italian leg of ‘The Never Ending Tour’.  He performed his first tracks seated at the piano, starting with ‘Things have changed’ his voice in excellent form and singing to a packed Mandela Forum.  His visit to the city was very low profile and the reporters were unable to find out where he was staying or anything about his itinerary outside of the concert!  Well, good for Bob, I say, privacy is everything.  Did you go to the concert?  Do tell me about it, as I could not get a ticket!  Foto La Repubblica.

2018-04-08 10.11.54Back in our local village of Fiano and over morning coffee, I noticed in the paper a mention of World Book Day, which is apparently on 23rd April, so we must remember that.  I’m not sure how one is supposed to celebrate this, other than perhaps buying or reading a book.  Mine are always available of course, assuming you like romantic thrillers and adventures that take you around the world.  Supporting an author is a good idea, me in particular!  I will be in Wells and Exmouth in the  West County of the UK the week beginning 21st May, so if you have a book group or any other club where you would like me to visit, do drop me a line.  Visit My website   I would love to meet you. Foto La Repubblica. 

2018-04-08 09.58.27Now, I think I should mention, if you are coming to Italy and hiring a car, that the roads have never been as bad as they are now.  The recent cold snap, after a few days of early spring weather, has made things considerably worse!  The roads have never been particularly good here, however, we are now reading about it in the papers so things have seriously deteriorated!  In the UK, the local authorities would have paid out millions to drivers for the damage to their cars over the last year, here in Tuscany it’s accepted as the norm.  As we currently have no government, what can we do?  So, I recommend a high wheel based car, particularly if you are visiting me.  Foto La Nazione.

2018-04-08 13.56.40Well, enough of the grumbles, there is a lot to be grateful for, like good restaurants!  With our local one being closed for ten days, we decided to go back to another favourite in Tavernelle, which I may have mentioned before.  I’m talking about La Gramola.  It is newly refurbished with big modern paintings on the wall, and has a fresher and more spacious feel to it.  Thankfully the chef, Cecilia Dei, has not changed and we enjoyed a really delicious meal there on Sunday.  I had Crostini di Cavolo Nero (black cabbage on toast) followed by spaghetti con verdure.  (seasonal vegetables.)  Just to remind you, La Gramola also specialises in gluten-free.  Let me know if you are visiting and perhaps we’ll take you there.  Foto J Finnigan.  Visit La Gramola at Website

Well, must get on with the day job.  People to see, places to go and deals to be done.

Have a really great week and do drop me a line.

Salute June x

Ps.  Visit my official author site at June’s site

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Benvenuti and Welcome to all my lovely followers around the world,

2018-04-01 10.08.07Well, it’s April first, yes really and the sun is shining.  This morning we drove down to Certaldo for coffee as, quite rightly, La Dispensa in Fiano is taking a couple of days off for an Easter break.  Jam Caffe, our favourite bar in Certaldo, was heaving with big family groups, several of which had returned home for the Pasqua (Easter) celebrations.  Few Italians can bear to be away from Mama’s or Nonna’s Easter lunch and the traditional gathering of clans.  In this picture, the caffe looks quiet, but behind me the bar was chocker!  My man waxed lyrical over his pastry, which was freshly baked on the premises, as we met and greeted old friends.  What a pleasant start to the day! Foto J Finnigan.

2018-03-30 13.46.31Looking back to Good Friday, we were invited over to our daughter’s lovely home between San Gimignano and Volterra, for a delicious lunch.  The desert was my man’s absolute favourite, Strawberry Pavlova and the remaining strawberries were dipped in chocolate!    Fortunately our daughter and granddaughter like to cook, so we were extremely happy to be treated.  They live in untamed woodland with a view to the distant sea, such a lovely spot to live in.  Grazie la Famiglia xx  Foto J Finnigan.

2018-03-30 09.06.04Meanwhile, earlier in the week, we were enjoying our morning coffee in Fiano and I found some really nice fashion in La Repubblica for you to enjoy.  All made in Italy, of course, and with a wonderful air of Spring about them.  For the clothes visit Oltre’s Website

2018-03-30 09.08.19       It has been a strange time here in Tuscany, the trees are only just in bud and a number of young trees have not survived the terrible unseasonal cold we have suffered over the last couple of months.  But the forecast is looking good now, so time to think about the Spring wardrobe at last!  I’m going to look through my things tomorrow!  For the shoes go to Frau’s website

2018-03-30 08.48.07  Once you have sorted out your Spring wardrobe, you may wish to pop over to Florence for a great Artisan Exhibition.  There is nothing like viewing or buying products with the ‘Made in Italy’ label or sticker, so this is something you should try not to miss.  This annual, traditional exhibition has been running since 1978 and is to be found in the 16th Century fortress, Fortezza da Basso, in the heart of Florence close to the railway/bus station.  There is lots of parking in the area too, but I would always recommend taking a train or bus in if you can.  Why not stay in Certaldo and travel from here, we could go together!  You have plenty of time to plan for this, as it starts on 21st April.  For lots more information go to The Website

2018-03-29 18.14.10Back at our lovely home, a converted monastery farmhouse, my man has been stacking the latest wood delivery.  He also brought in a pile for our inglenook.  “Look at this!”  He said indicating the most peculiar shaped log.  I stared and gasped.  “It’s a dinosaur’s foot fossil!” I squealed.  “Don’t be daft,” he sighed. “It’s obviously the bottom of a tree, with some of its roots still attached.”  “No, no, it’s a fossil with a tree wrapped around it!”  I argue.  My man goes off to do more useful things.  To burn or not to burn? That is the question.  What do you think?  Foto J Finnigan.

2018-03-29 09.34.47Back again in the coffee bar in Fiano last weekend, I read about the sad loss of a hugely popular TV celebrity, Fabrizio Frizzi.  At only sixty, he has left our screens forever, having hosted numerous TV quiz shows; he was always around doing something entertaining.  His funeral attracted thousands of fans and many celebrities too.  Addio Fabrizio.  Article by Di Piero Degli Antoni.

But enough of that, to happier things.  Next Saturday I look forward to going down to Certaldo’s market to buy lots of pansies, primroses and other colourful plants for our pots, that will come out of the cantina into the fresh air again.  Grazie Tuscany.

Auguri June x

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MAN'S COLLECTION

“I fancy one of those wide-brimmed Italian hats,” my man announced.  “You know, similar to the guy in the Moretti Beer adverts.” “You mean a Mafia style hat?”  I asked, just to be sure.  “Err, not exactly, but black and wide brimmed.” He mused.  So I set about researching Italian hats and found that Florence had a famous artisan hat-maker called Borsalino.  Now, like Italian hand-made shoes, you cannot buy a hand-crafted hat cheaply.  But what you get is a thing of beauty and of a very high quality and style.  So sometime in April, I might take him into Florence and visit Borsalino at Via Porta Rosso 40, 50123, Firenze. (Florence) Foto Borsalino Website

It will also be an excuse to have lunch at my favourite Gluten Free Ristorante, Quinoa.  website website

2018-03-25 08.59.08Meanwhile, back in the world of politics, there are certain romances going on.  Potential government members are wooing each other and celebrating any agreements with hugs and kisses in The House, and in full view of the cameras.  Mind you, this is Italy, the Italians don’t hide their feelings and are very touchy feely.  But I quite like this, and over the years have found myself becoming more and more that way myself.  However, my English man still prefers to shake hands with Italian men, which they find amusing once they have become good friends.  So back to the forming of a new government; well we are still waiting.  Foto La Repubblica.

2018-03-24 09.15.25On the same subject, a Roman Graffiti artist has painted a mural depicting the two potential leaders, passionately kissing.  You know, a bit like the Gorbachev picture.  Note that Luigi Di Maio, the vertically challenged one on the left, was nominated by the leader of the Five Star Movement for the leadership, as he himself (Grillo) has a police record and could not stand for the position of PM.  So nothing new there.  Matteo Salvini, the portly one on the right, who represents the Northern League and runners-up in the General Election, badly wants the leadership, so this romance may not last long!  Watch this space.  Foto La Repubblica

2018-03-24 09.12.26And what about Exhibitions in Florence?  Now here’s one I must go and see.  A fascinating historical photographic collection of ‘Women in Work’.  So, if you want proof of all the hard work women have successfully completed over the years, this exhibition is for you.  Here in the Chianti countryside, there is still an abundance of male farm workers, however, so many are imported and of course there are thousands of immigrants all desperate for work that again are mainly male.  It is easy to spot an elderly countrywoman, as she is likely be very bent over with gnarled hands.  In small holdings or allotments the elderly can still be seen growing their own fruit and veg, often under the rows of olive trees.  But times have changed, even here in the Tuscan countryside. Foto La Repubblica.

2018-03-24 09.03.38Now, I could not resist showing you this gorgeous feminine Rock Chick look, which I found in La Repubblica newspaper, whilst enjoying my morning coffee in Fiano.  As a rock singer myself, black is my signature colour, but I do love a bit of femininity thrown in too.  I’ve always strongly believed that if you are naturally feminine, you know, dresses, skirts and long hair, why hide it.  Fortunately, I was not a feminist in the sixties, I had no money and could not afford to burn my only bra!  But this did not stop me from being successful in business later on, despite the glass ceiling!  But that’s another story…..  Luisa Spagnoli website

2018-03-23 09.22.19The other thing I read in the paper was about the dangerous state of thousands of mature trees, particularly pines and famiglia trees, here in Tuscany.  They are falling over the roads and their roots are pushing up huge lumps in the tarmac!  It makes me very sad to see many of these trees destined for the chop, but needs must I guess.  Foto La Nazione

2018-03-26 08.02.32But never mind, lets end on a cheerful note.  The sun is shining and our spring/summer resident, Signore Cock Pheasant, is back making a racket so the girlies can hear him.  Last year he bedded down with a hen under our tangley  pomegranate trees, safe from the hunters in the countryside that surrounds our garden.  I hope he finds his amore soon.  Foto J Finnigan.

Well, must get on with the day job, amongst all the other things happening here.  Did you get an invite to my next Rock Concert in June?  No, then email me at june.finnigan@virgin.net

Have a great week.

Salute June x

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2018-03-19 09.09.05If, like us, you are suffering yet more miserable weather, you will need some uplifting music to cheer you up!   Now I only occasionally mention Italian singers and rarely Pop singers.  So when I tell you that Italy’s own Laura Pausini has released a new album called ‘Fatti Sentiri’ and is off on a world tour, you should prick up your ears!  Laura has a passionate and slightly gravelly voice, which she is this year taking around the globe at the age of forty-four.  She has been around for a few years here, but now things are really taking off for her and she has my full support and best wishes for what will be an exciting if grueling few months.  Foto La Repubblica.  Visit Laura’s website

Certaldo AltoMeanwhile, and a surprise to we locals, the town of Certaldo has been busy formulating it’s very own Wedding Package as part of its new Tourism Campaign.  we do have a number of wedding planners in Tuscany and Certaldo Alto, the hill-top historical centre (centro storica), has always been hugely popular with Brits wanting to tie the knot.  So it will be interesting to see what emerges.  I have to say, that once you visit Certaldo Alto, you will understand why it is so popular.  When I have more information I’ll let you know.  Foto Official Website.  For now, why not visit  Certaldo

2018-03-17 09.39.31Back in the world of politics, you could hardly ignore the fact that Italy has had a General Election!  The country is now considered badly split and we must wait to hear whether the Five Star Movement will merge with its nearest rival to form a government.  Watch this space.  Foto La Repubblica.

2018-03-17 09.21.43But anyway, I promised to post Italian fashion worn by happy models and I think this one makes that grade.  A lovely relaxed outfit as long as you are 5ft 10ins or more and slim.  Well I’m working on the latter, but I will need six-inch heels to make that height!  Ha ha!  I shall have to stand on a box at my next concert, and probably stick with black, that’s always a slimming and gives the impression of height.  But for the outfit in the picture and lots of other gorgeous casual stuff, go to Amina Rubinacci’s site where, yes, you can buy on-line!  Website

2018-03-16 09.10.36If you don’t mind, I want to pop back to Music as I have just read in the paper that Mick Jagger’s younger brother Chris has been in Italy for four concerts.  Chris Jagger, singer, musician, writer, actor and journalist, tours from time to time, with his trio Acoustic Roots.  Pity, I didn’t know he was here until afterwards!  You can read more about him in his interview with askanews. Visit Chris Jagger interview

2018-03-13 17.46.58Finally, a little something to make you smile and to remind all of us all that Spring will get here shortly.  Apparently, according to the locals, today Wednesday is the first day of spring so I have popped in a picture of our pot of Grape Hyacinths for you to enjoy.

Sorry for the slightly later than usual posting of this blog, but sudden events here in Tuscany needed my attention.

Have a great week and do drop me a line.  Oh, and visit my official author site at My site

Salute June x

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2018-03-01 08.54.56OK, let’s get it over with.  I know that many of you have seen enough snow to last a lifetime and have been dreaming about soaking up the Tuscan Sun.  Unfortunately, here in our little bit of Chianti we were not to escape the same deluge of awful weather and it is hard to believe that our view from here just over a week ago looked and felt like Siberia!  Now it is much warmer and raining, spring flowers are bursting through and when the first tourists start arriving at the beginning of April, they will find it difficult to imagine how cold and bleak it was in early March.  Foto J Finnigan

2018-03-10 09.02.27Anyway, onwards and upwards and to remember just how lucky we are to have the Italian lifestyle of morning coffee and pastries and of course, beautiful handbags.  ‘What has handbags got to do with lifestyle?’ I hear you ask.  Well, everything actually.  Without a beautiful Italian handbag over one’s arm or shoulder, a person would be improperly dressed, even in the local caffè bar!

What else?  Ah yes, I guess I must mention the Italian General Election, held last Sunday, and predictably resulting in confusion.   As usual the locals shrug and say, in Italian of course, ‘nothing will change’.  However, we do expect the new coalition, when it is eventually formed, to be looking towards leaving the European Union.  An interesting time, so watch this space!

Luigi Di Maio, the Italian 5-Star Movement's leader, poses with party founder Beppe Grillo, right, in Rome, Monday, March 5, 2018. With the anti-establishment 5-Stars the highest vote-getter of any single party, the results confirmed the defeat of the two main political forces that have dominated Italian politics for decades - Forza Italia and the center-left Democrats - and the surging of populist and right-wing, euroskeptic forces that have burst onto the European scene. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)ALESSANDRO DI MEO
 Luigi Di Maio, the Italian 5-Star Movement’s leader, poses with party founder Beppe Grillo, right, in Rome, Monday, March 5, 2018. With the anti-establishment 5-Stars the highest vote-getter of any single party, the results confirmed the defeat of the two main political forces that have dominated Italian politics for decades – Forza Italia and the center-left Democrats – and the surging of populist and right-wing, euroskeptic forces that have burst onto the European scene. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)ALESSANDRO DI MEO
2018-02-20 09.17.55OK, and so to Italian Fashion.  In my last blog I promised to only post Italian fashion worn by happy models.  So here for your delight, and mine too, is a beautiful outfit in my perfect colours.  The great thing about the internet is that most of the designers can be accessed and purchased on-line these days.  As much as I like to go to gorgeous Italian designer shops, time is of the essence.  So for this beautiful outfit visit Dixie (pronounced Dixieh) at Dixie Fashion Florence
2018-03-12 09.22.37 Dio, what to say, what to do about Italian Rugby?  Our great team here in Italy has managed to lose six consecutive matches in the Six Nations.  Sadly, the only newspaper foto was squeezed into the bottom right of La Nazione sporting pages and hardly noticeable.  I do wonder if the lack of investment into the sport here makes a difference.  Italy is so orientated towards Football (Calcio) and the children are encouraged to join local teams at an early age.  Another interesting fact is that the schools here do not have their own sports fields;  Children have to go to outside clubs in the evenings or at the weekend.  Siena has a great rugby club where our grandson is playing with the under 18’s.  However, the facilities are pretty dire and, for strength reasons, they have recently merged with Arrezzo, which has not proved too successful.  But the players remain ever enthusiastic!
2018-03-12 09.19.35Don’t worry, I have not forgotten my hunk of the month.  However, having decided to choose the great Sicilian detective, Montalbano, I was devastated to read that he actually gets married in his most recent series!  No, I know that should not preclude him as Hunk of the Month, I was just a little bit shaken, that’s all.  In fact, even my own heroine, Joanna Wilde, gets married in my latest book ‘The Italian Connection,’ which will not preclude her from continuing to have exciting new adventures!
OK, time to get on with the day job and to catch up with all my colleagues in London.  Have a great week and do drop me a line.  I am about to send out invites to my Rock Concert Garden Party here in Tuscany, so if you want to be included send an email to june.finnigan@virgin.net.
Have a great week
Salute June x
PS Do visit my official Author Site at June’s Site
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The Trilogy – The Continuing Adventures of Joanna Wilde.

 

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