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Welcome and Benvenuti to all my Lovely Followers around the World

Well, things are definitely improving for our local restuarants, agriturismos and Hotels.  It is a slow process, but tourists are now making bookings and some are already here in near empty accommodation.  We met two nice Swiss guys at lunch last Thursday, who were the only guests at a large Castello near San Casciano!  Also a young family from Denmark staying at a local agriturismo.  And, yesterday our fellow diners were all from Holland.  One lone traveller was a long distance cyclist who had biked all the way from Holland on a recognised cycle route and was heading for Rome!  He had set out on 15th June and had just under 300 kilometres to go, phew, very impressive!  We were glad to hear that he had organised a bus ride from Rome, to take him back home with his bike on board.  I would love to do a trip like that, but I would need to be one hell of a lot fitter and it could be a little perilous on the Italian roads!  No offence to Italian drivers……but.

Cinema D'Estate CertaldoNow, one thing that has been missing over the last four months is entertainment and the Italians so love cinema.  So I was delighted to see that Certaldo Alto, which is the historical walled centre of our local town, is starting Cinema D’Estate from 9th July starting at 9.30 in the evenings in Palazzo Pretorio.  What a beautiful setting for some great films.  You can park down in Certaldo and get the funicular train up the hill, which runs until midnight or drive around the back of Certaldo Alto and park there.  You’ll also find some lovely places to eat and drink there too!  Picture from Facebook.  For more information and to buy tickets visit The website

Badger-30Back in our lovely little bit of Chianti countryside, the phantom digger has returned.  We have whittled the evidence down to being a badger.  It has very strong claws and is able to move some biggish stones and bricks lining one of the flower beds.  The badgers here are pretty big, we only got a close up once!  This one also has an attraction for the bottom of one of our acacia trees, having already destroyed all our Iris tubers.  There’s not a lot we can do about this really, just tidy up the mess it leaves behind.  During the four months of lock-down the wildlife became much more invasive!  But we don’t really mind, it’s lovely to see animals and birds that were previously very shy.

La DispensaWell, I have to say, it’s far too hot for me now.  The sun is scorching so if you are coming this week, slap on the protection!  We can hear the faint splashing of bodies in a nearby pool, so tourists are out and about in the sun!  This morning at our favourite alimentare and bar in Fiano, La Dispensa, we actually stopped for coffee seated at the one inside table.  It was quite busy, including tourists buying meats and if you are veggie, like us, you’ll find lots of fresh vegetables and cheeses too.  We were glad to see everyone still wearing masks and keeping a safe distance.

unnamedBack at my desk, I can hear the Ciccada’s making one hell of a din outside my window!  But I like it; it is the true sound of Tuscany in the summer, along with the squeaky tractors and the noise does not interupt my creative writing.  In fact, as soon as I finish this blog, I must get down to some more serious progress on   ‘Assassin’s List’, book four in the ‘Continuing Adventures of Joanna Wilde’.  I try and reserve Monday’s and Fridays for writing, however work related tasks are also becoming pressing.  But we don’t mind, life eeez good, life eeez now!  Nothing beats a long working holiday in Tuscany!  Foto Cicada Orni

OK, time to get this blog off to you. I’m sure there is a whole lot more going on outside that I haven’t told you about, but the heat is getting to me, so tune in for lots more news next week!  And, do let me know if you are coming to Tuscany this summer, you will be made very welcome by all our lovely Tuscan friends!

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Have a good week

Salute June x

 

 

 

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Buon anno and Welcome to all my Lovely Followers around the World,

2018-12-15 09.05.25Yes, I’m back and what a pleasure it is to be writing again after all the flus and viruses of last year.  As I sit in my studio, the sun is pouring through the window, brightening up the day with all the promises the New Year will bring!  But before we move on into 2019 properly, I would like to thank the lovely family at La Dispensa in Fiano, Fabbio, Sandra and Rossella, for providing that lovely warm atmosphere where we can enjoy our morning coffee and read the papers every day.  In the picture, beautiful Rossella stands next to the hand-made designer Christmas Tree on which we happily hung our names like all the other customers.

2019-01-08 09.44.25So what is happening now? I hear you ask. Well down in Florence it’s the time of year for the male fashionistas to be strutting their stuff.  Yes, it is the annual Pitti Uomo, when mens’ fashions are celebrated and anyone who is anybody will be proudly walking the streets hoping to be photographed.  Yesterday was the last day and we went into the city for Lunch.  We did not strut, but there were many that were.  This foto is obviously not in Florence, but purely on the basis that they are real men & gorgeous fashion models, I shall nominate them as joint Hunks of the Month for January!

2019-01-11 13.44.10Now lunch was a bit special, because our beautiful daughter the editor of Envy Italy magazine took us to lunch at the iconic restaurant, Sabatini Firenze, which is under new management.  The restaurant is about to undergo some modernisation, but limited by the fact that it is a historic building and its interiors are to be retained for posterity.  It has a fascinating long history and just about every famous person has dined there from Frank Sinatra to J.F.Kennedy.  A new website will be launched shortly and an exciting future awaits the new owners and staff.  We enjoyed a very artistic tasting menu and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  Thank you Sharon. Envy Italy magazine

20190107_153007#1Meanwhile, back in our local town of Certaldo, I finally got around to framing some pictures as a little New year treat.  I just love artisan framers, the smell and the atmosphere just sends me into a heavenly bubble.  Bologni Arreda, another well-established family business, are framers to the world.  Eighty percent of their frames are shipped overseas.  It’s so good to find a successful business in our own back yard.  Here is a framed picture of Farty Barty my former writing buddy, who went up to cat heaven a couple of years ago, drawn in coloured crayons by my talented sister-in-law Jane. Framers

2018-12-25 12.58.45Back in our lovely, if rather overgrown winter garden, a stroll around revealed all sorts of colourful wild flowers and weeds.  Also, what with all the damp morning mists, some fascinating fungi.  It’s really cold at the moment, so gardening may have to wait a little longer.  My man and I would quite like to start a raised vegetable garden, but that’s another project for another time.  I would love to hear from you if you already have one!

2018-12-31-09.15.15.jpgOh yes, lest we forget, Italy and Tuscany in particular, is also celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo di Vinci’s death.  So 2019 is going to be teeming with tourists visiting all the exhibitions and celebrations.  Leonardo of course, was born  near Florence at Vinci, just north-west of the city.  We visited some years ago, a lovely place.  So if you are fascinated by this historic genius, get booking your hotels ASAP.

46813756_2030275983685025_7214526595980066816_oAnd what of the Music Scene?  You ask.  Well, as you know rock music is my main passion and from that point of view I can tell you that a lot is happening.  You may be interested to know that I follow D’Alessandro & Gallo’s site which is smack up to the minute with touring bands and performers.  In March we will see Tears for Fears, Mark Knopler, Elton John and many more.  The Lucca Summer Festival and Firenze Rocks in June/July have line-ups to die for.  And, of course, my own band will be playing on 21st June near Certaldo!  Watch this space.  Music Scene site

OK, time to get this blog off to you and to wish you all a fantastic 2019.

Salute June x

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