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

2018-07-27 09.09.27Despite the heat of July, the Italians still manage to remain busy with Festas.  In nearby Vinci, north of Florence, today is the last day of La Festa dell’Unicorno.  Now I only know that it is in Vinci because I asked Rossella in La Dispensa in Fiano the other day.  The Italians, and I can only speak about the Tuscans with any real hands on knowledge, have a way of advertising Festas in both the newspaper and on posters, leaving out either the place, day or time, and sometimes all three.  Now the reasoning behind this is that everyone should know these things.  If I ask “Where is it being held?” the facial reaction is one of amazement, the shoulders and hands are raised and the answer is “Why Vinci of course!” Well OK, I have lived here long enough to know these things, but I’m afraid I have not managed to grab the art of remembering when, where and what is going on at any one time.  Then I look closely at the advertisement  in the paper and realise that it is nearly over and the performances are so complex and muddled I have to go and lie down.  But, nevertheless, today is the last day and if you are in the Vinci area, you should go and experience this Festa of music, dance, food, wine and just about everything you might find under the Tuscan sun!  It starts at 9.30 pm so you still have time to get ready!

2018-07-25 09.33.59Now a bit closer to home I see in the paper that it’s time for the selection of the regional candidate for Miss Italia, nestled up to a picture of the band King Crimson.  Italy still considers the Miss Italia contest to be very important, where the mostly olive-skinned contestants parade in bathing costumes reminding us how beautiful the Italian woman really is.

Meanwhile, King Crimson is soaking up the Italian love of rock music and are on tour, stopping off at the Lucca Summer Festival.  An unusual band, famous for having three drummers, and held together since 1967 by guitarist Robert Fripp.  Robert’s history is fragmented having spent ten years doing other things, including backup guitar for David Bowie, but reformed the band in 2013.  They have recently released an album called ‘Live in Vienna’ which has both rock and orchestral tracks, 30 in all!  Best to google King Crimson, or go on to iTunes.

2018-07-23 09.03.25Not to be overlooked, is the fact that we have a world champion on our hands.  Yes, the thirty-five year old golfer, Francesco Molinari, has just won the 2018 Open Championship, the first Italian ever to do so!  Well bully for him I say.  Oh, I think that’s a hocky term, but hey ho!  It seems that Francesco has homes in both Turin and London.  How fantastic to earn a living playing a sport you love and to have homes in two of the greatest cities in Europe.  Visit Wikipedia

Well, must take a break now and get a nice cauliflower cheese bake in the oven.  I’ll finish this later and get it off to you this evening.

OK, I’m back having had a nice Sunday pausa.   So how to finish this blog?  Well, I think to reflect on the fact that I am a writer, yes really, and that I have three novels out there in the ether, just waiting to entertain you over your summer break.  In fact you’re probably so hot that lying on the sofa with a book is all you can do right now!  If it helps we are baking here too.

But life eez good, life eeez now!  Have a great week and do drop me a line, and/or visit my official author site at June’s site

Salute June x

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Welcome and Benvenuti to all my Lovely Followers

Firstly, a big thank you for all those concerned well wishers.  We have only had a couple of minor earth quakes in our area and all is fine here; no damage at all.

Florence then and now. La Repubblica.

Florence then and now. La Repubblica.

Florence – It is hard to imagine that exactly fifty years ago, Florence was under very deep water after the River Arno burst its banks.  1966 was a terrible year for the historic and beautiful city.  There has been much to say in the newspapers and there is still real concern that the defences are not good enough.  Only a few months ago, a riverside road collapsed, along with a row of parked cars.  An enormous amount of money is needed to further improve things and what with the financial crisis, this is now getting very serious indeed.

Mappa Sosmica - Seismic Map. La Reppublica

Mappa Sismica – Seismic Map. La Reppublica

I read an article in the newspaper this morning, which really shows the country’s seismic risk areas.  If it was not so serious, I would have laughed at the little men in black hats on the map, indicating the areas controlled by the Mafia who have been responsible for the building and rebuilding of properties, and blamed for the inferior quality of materials and design. I must add, that our little area of Tuscany, is outside the worst danger zone and hope it will not stop you lovely people from visiting next season.

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King Crimson, La Repubblica

But to brighter things.  Thank you to our good friend Flavio who asked me if I knew that The Cure was currently touring.  I did not know, but it was too late to get tickets anyway.  But I did know that King Crimson were celebrating fifty years in rock with a celebration tour here.  What’s this, you don’t remember them? O Dio!  They were hugely popular between 1969 and 1974, when their progressive rock music stretched across to Jazz and classical.  Robert Tripp, the brilliant lead guitarist, took the band through many changes of members and styles, after reaching number 5 in the UK album charts in 1969.  In 2015 the band, with its unusual front of three drummers and four guitarists, had a very successful tour and their concert in Toronto ‘Live at The Orpheum’ was recorded and released as an album.  I love their track ‘Starless’ a lengthy piece and seriously clever, which will give you goose-bumps.  King Crimson – Starless https://youtu.be/FhKJgqxNDD8  via @YouTube

Italian cheeses at La Dispensain Fiano. Foto J Finnigan

Tuscan cheeses at La Dispensa in Fiano.
Foto J Finnigan

Anyway, that’s got my rock thing out-of-the-way, so back to Fiano and morning coffee.  Today, Sunday, La Dispensa was very busy with locals.  It’s hard to believe that the place didn’t exist three months ago!  The Italians are very quick to turn a place into a home from home, and so we are able to enjoy coffee and catch up on the newspapers in good company.  La Dispensa also has a lovely range of cheeses, which along with local wines, is my biggest downfall, so I had to buy some yet again.  Otherwise we eat very sensibly!

Pasta and white truffles photo J Finnigan

Pasta and white truffles
photo J Finnigan

Meanwhile the olives have been mostly harvested now and the truffle hunters are out an about seeking that illusive Tartufo Bianco (White Truffle).  The best way to enjoy them is thinly sliced, using a truffle slicer, over buttered tagliatelle.  Not spoiled by adding them to a creamy sauce, as a certain local restuarent did the other day and my man had to send the dish back!

Finally, I’m itching to tell you that I have finished the first draft of ‘The Italian Connection.’  However, having read it and edited, I found myself launching into more chapters as my imagination suddenly took off again!  So, another couple of weeks or so and I’ll be satisfied; I hope!

Well, that’s enough for now.  My man is taking me up to C’era una Volta in Lucardo for lunch, where Paolo is currently serving up a delicious leek and potato soup, and he has the latest Tartufo Bianco on the menu.  Mmmmm.

Have a great week and do drop me a line.  I love to hear from you!

Salute June x

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My current Books. Foto J Finnigan

My current Books.
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