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

2018-11-20 18.02.15Firstly, I’m delighted to announce that my beautiful daughter Sharon and her friend Rosie have officially launched their new Magazine EnvyItaly. A cross between an upmarket magazine and a high quality coffee table book, EnvyItaly brings you everything you need to know about Luxury lifestyles, travel, food, wine and love in beautiful Italy. You can also read it online. I love it.  Her Dad and I are so proud. Let me know what you think!  http://www.envyitaly.com

OK, what next?  Oh yes, last Wednesday, due to our regular ristorante C’era Una Volta being closed, and whilst Paolo and Gaia take a well-earned holiday somewhere warm, my man and I went off to San Gimignano for lunch.  This famous City of Towers is just half an hour from us and, now it is out of season, it’s possible to walk the cobbled streets without having to weave in and out of dense crowds of tourists.  Wednesday proved to be a day when lots of restaurants and shops were closed.  And, we shyed away from the Michellin starred places as we really just fancied a big plate of pasta.  

superbe-decouverte-enFinally, on the way back to the carpark, we were relieved to find Olivieri Bistro open! On the outside it did not look very much, but once inside that all changed.  I adore Burratta cheese (a big round soft creamy ball) and it was on the menu.  Foto from Trip Advisor. Then I had a big dish of fresh porcini mushrooms with pasta.  Yummy! Good coffee too.  You can visit them on Facebook and Trip Advisor.  This time of year ‘San Gim’ is really beautiful in the evenings, so I would recommend you go then.  Have you been there?  Let me know.

Anyway, back in our local village of Fiano we caught up with the newspapers over morning at La Dispensa.  The music scene remains active, despite the season, and I noted in La Nazione that Jethro Tull is back and to support sufferers of Alzheimers.  The band will be performing on 12th December at the Chiesa di San Salvatore in Bologna.  Hearing Ian Anderson’s wonderful flute playing in this magnificent church would be fantastic.  Sadly, like many of their up a coming performances, this event is sold out.  On the band’s website you will find some concerts where tickets can still be bought, in both the UK and Europe.  I must download more of his music for Christmas!    They have a cute Christmas album you might like.  http://www.jethrotull.com

2018-11-19 08.20.30Also in the papers and magazines I found some gorgeous fashion.  Just to remind you I only post pictures of fashion shoots that are advertising ‘made in Italy’ designs.  Also where the designers are using happy models.  So  here is a lovely cosy outfit for winter by the lovely designer Carla Ferroni.  If you go to her site you’ll find a fun video with a catchy Italian Montalbano type soundtrack.  http:www.carlaferroni.it   Being cold now, I have been swapping my clothes around from one wardrobe to another. In my dressing room wardrobe is my ‘currently wearing’ stuff, so this is now all wintry.  For the first time this season, I wore my waxed padded coat today, and was really glad to be in it.  It was minus 2 degrees centigrade in Certaldo!  Despite the fact that I am not a cold weather person, I do enjoy getting all my warm scarves and sweaters out.  My daughter loves Aautumn and Winter!

I don’t know about you, but I have already ordered in a load of Xmas DVD’s and presents from Amazon.  If you are thinking of moving to Tuscany, you should be aware that postal deliveries can be pretty dire.  Ordering from NEXT and M&S Italian sites are quite good because the delivery companies they use are very fast and efficient.  I am holding my breath as regards the Amazon deliveries, fingers crossed the stuff actually arrives!  The last order was returned as the driver could not find us on SatNav!  Whatever happened to rolling down the window and asking directions?

46440360_1154610761355949_1652988184717426688_nAnd finally on a much lighter note, I have pinched a picture from Beautiful Italy’s Timeline fotos as I could not resist sending you a copy.  Seeing this gorgeous Italian Poliziotto is enough to make one rush out and get arrested!

Have a good week and do drop me a line.  I love to hear from you.  Visit my Official Author site at http://www.junefinnigan.website

Salute June x

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Benvenuti to all my Lovely Loyal and New Followers

Holiday crush Chaos! La Nazione

Holiday crush Chaos!
La Nazione

“This is where he went on holiday or the commune ran out of money!  Or, there may be a demarkation line here…”  Of course my man is driving us to Certaldo and talking about the mechanical hedge trimming guy who is late trimming the roadside hedges this year, and seems to have done a bunk, as we English say.  Now in my view, the most likely reason for him disappearing having only completed half the job, is the mad dash to the seaside and mountains!

Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull wow the crowd in Cortona. La Nazione

Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull wow the crowd in Cortona.
La Nazione

Would you believe it, La Nazione has reported that 33 Million Italians have joined the fuga (escape) causing traffic, train and flight chaos.  Now this does happen every year and the last place you want to be in the first two weeks of August is here in Tuscany.  However, this seems to be worse than last year.  We went to our local Osteria for supper last Friday, and all the tables and chairs had been moved outside to cater for the non-Italian visiting tourists!   This was unfortunate for we locals, as we  actually like being inside in the cool, without having to compete with the zanzari (mosquitos) for air space.  But hey ho, life eeez good life eeez now….

But on the bright side, I read that Jethro Tull has had a brilliant concert and wowed the crowds with a whole new repertoire of tunes.  It seems that Ian Anderson the flutist has gone rather political in his older years.  But anyway, great to have him and his band here, performing in Cortona.

Silvio Berlusconi hands over AC Milan to the Chinese. La Nazione

Silvio Berlusconi hands over AC Milan to the Chinese.
La Nazione

Meanwhile Silvio has officially handed over AC Milan football club to the Chinese who may change the name to AC Peking; ha ha, only joking.  But god only knows what effect this will have on the team and the fans.  I can visualise chinese faces filling the stands and replacing some of the team members.  What do you think?

Fabulous sunset with moon last night. Foto J Finnigan

Fabulous sunset with moon last night.
Foto J Finnigan

But let’s remind ourselves how lucky we are living here in Beautiful Chianti.  It’s the time of year for fabulous sunsets and aperitivi in the shade of the Ash tree.  The humidity has gone and a breeze is wafting across these dolce hills.  So much so that my man decided to get his fitness regime going and walked across country from Fiano via Sticciano and Bacio to home after coffee last Sunday.  It took an hour and twenty minutes; Bravo to him!

Allora, time to think about getting this post to you and popping out for lunch at ‘C’era Una Volta in Luccardo’.  At least Paolo and his staff are not away on holiday!

Have a great week.

Salute June x

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Chilled Aperitivi under the Ash Tree. Foto P Finnigan

Chilled Aperitivi under the Ash Tree. Foto P Finnigan

'My Father, The Assassin'. Book one in the series.

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