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Welcome and Benvenuti to my lovely Loyal and New Followers,

Yes, I know, I’m a little late this week!  My apologies, but here we go.

'Il Fonti' the winning team. La Nazione

‘Il Fonti’ the winning team.
La Nazione

The victor's beautiful Banner on display at Fiano. Foto J Finnigan

The victor’s beautiful Banner on display at Fiano.
Foto J Finnigan

The highlight of last week was Fiano’s victory in the ‘Calambur’.  Just to explain, the Commune di Certaldo is divided into five ‘villages’ so to speak and all have their own flag.  These are really districts and every member of the commune belongs to one of them.  Fiano is the main village in ‘Le Fonti’ and the team was made up of many friends and family from Fiano, our local village.  ‘So what’s it all about?’ you ask.  Well the teams compete against each other in a complicated day of races, obstacle courses and intelligence tests, hoping to win the coveted Victory Banner.  Well, guess what, our team won and the beautiful banner has been on display in La Dispensa, our still fairly new bar and alimentare, in Fiano.  It really is a beautiful thing and I have enclosed a foto for you to see.  Wow!

The anticipated olive production. La Nazione

The anticipated olive production.
La Nazione

Well, what next?  Oh yes, the olive harvest.  The grape harvest has been going full pelt since the beginning of September and is the busiest time of year for the country folk.  Then it’s the turn of the olives and the countryside changes once again as multi-coloured nets are spread around the olive groves.  Sadly, I read in the paper that the production is estimated at 30% down on last year due to the pesky olive fly.  So the price of Extra Virgin will likely be higher in the coming months.  Whilst we love freshly cold pressed oil, we still have a huge demijohn from last year in the cantina, so we won’t go short.

The Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, makes the announcement. La Repubblica.

The Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, makes the announcement. La Repubblica.

Meanwhile, down in Rome, there has been a big debate about whether the City should host the 2024 Olympic games.  Now I am a great one for sport, but when I read the announcement from the Mayor of Rome, Virginia Reggi, that the city was withdrawing from the race, I was quietly pleased.  The locals all talk about the lack of money spent on long-term employment, pensioners and the country’s infrastructure.  So good for Virginia and the Romans, lets see some government reaction and some more money put into the economy!

Autumn Italian Fashion, beautiful. La Repubblica.

Autumn Italian Fashion, beautiful. La Repubblica.

Anyway, back to my world and fashion.  Yes I know, I’m a great lover of handbags, scarves, shoes and gloves and this time of year it’s all about autumn colours too.

Then of course, we have the wonderful sunsets as the sun has slipped lower in the sky, or has the planet moved up a shade?  Probably the latter. I sat out on the lower terrace yesterday evening and not one mosquito!  So the imminent arrival of house guests will be pleased to hear that.  August and most of September kept us inside in the evenings to avoid getting bitten, so we’re looking forward to enjoying aperitivi outside.

OK, enough of that.  Must crack on with the day job and the thousand words a day for my third book in the Joanna Wilde trilogy, which I know you are desperate to read!

Have a great week.

Salute June x

Visit my author site at http://www.amazon.com/author/junefinnigan

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

‘My Father, The Assassin’. Book one in the series.

'The Bolivian Connection' Book two in the series.

‘The Bolivian Connection’ Book two in the series.

 

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Benvenuti to all my lovely Loyal and New Followers

The Village People in Lucca surround the concert presenter. La Nazione

The Village People in Lucca surround the concert presenter. La Nazione

Now if you regularly visit my blog you will know that I like to follow the music scene here in Tuscany, and in particular the aging rockers that are visiting or touring in our lovely region.  Yes, the Italians seem to love the oldies and the latest visitors are that great band ‘Village People’.  Now you must remember them, you know, the American guys who dressed up like red indians and construction workers hammering out songs like ‘In the Navy’ and ‘Go West’ back in the 80’s.  They have been performing in Lucca, that fabulous town with its ancient walls all wrapped around gorgeous curving alleys and great piazzas for concerts.  Love it!

Diana and Chiara with gold and silver medals. La Nazione.

Diana and Chiara with gold and silver medals. La Nazione.

Meanwhile, a number of our athletes have been having great successes at the Olympics in Rio.  Whilst I don’t follow this event in-depth, the newspapers are full of it, which is very useful for me to keep track.  It was gold for the lovely Diana Racosi beating her fellow Italian Chiara Cainero who won silver, in the shooting event.  Many more successes, too numerous to mention have come Italy’s way!  I used to be a runner, don’t laugh, but not at this level.  That was a long time ago, but I still dream about it.  Do you dream at night that you can still do all the things you could do in your teens and twenties?  I do.

Celebrity Wedding. Chi magazine.

Celebrity Wedding. Chi magazine.

Back here in Tuscany, which is one of the most beautiful places in the world to tie the knot, we also attract the beautiful and famous for their weddings.  Waiting for my hair dye to set in the Sandra’s hairdressers, I was reading the popular gossip magazine called Chi, which is a bit like Hello but in Italian, and there were pictures of the very beautiful model Minttu Virtanen who had snared the Ferrari racing driver Kimi Raikkonen.  Stunning people, stunning backdrop, stunning hole in someone’s bank account!  But lovely to see.

Aperitivo con Prosecco. Salute! Foto P Finnigan

Aperitivo con Prosecco. Salute!
Foto P Finnigan

Meanwhile, back in our beautiful hillside garden, the weather has been gorgeous.  The humidity has gone and whilst still warm it has been perfect for enjoying a Prosecco in the early evening.  This is when we reflect on how very lucky we are to live here, and whilst we still work hard, I cannot imagine a better setting to end the day in.  So to you, my lovely readers, Salute!

Have a great week and do drop me a line or visit my author site at http://www.amazon.com/author/junefinnigan

Amore June x

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

‘My Father, The Assassin’. Book one in the series.

'The Bolivian Connection' Book two in the series.

‘The Bolivian Connection’ Book two in the series.

 

 

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