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

Well, we finally made it over to Tavernelle for lunch, after far too long staying closer to home!

It was lovely to be back at Osteria La Gramola and to see Massimo and Cecilia again.  We became friends years ago, even meeting up in London for an Italian meal whilst they were on holiday.  Massimo is front of house whilst Cecilia, an award winning chef, does all the creative and delicious seasonal meals in the kitchen. Cecilia made some home-made gluten free Pici especially for me, that’s fat spaghetti, tossed in pepper and pecorino cheese; it was absolutely yummy! The Pici pasta recipe originates from Siena. http://www.gramola.it

The walls of the restaurant are covered in paintings by Patrizio Landolfi, a brilliant local modern artist.  I fell in love with his David Bowie picture, but he gets very high prices for his work world wide.  His original Bowie selling for around seventy- thousand dollars to a Canadian billionaire!  One day, when I have sold a lot more books, I will treat myself to one of his very small pictures…….http://www.patriziolandolfi.it

What next? Well, the weather has turned and it is cold, yes cold! We have a quilt on the bed now and I am wearing cosy slippers. I know, you imagine my looking like a rock chick all the time. You’ll be glad to know that I never stop thinking like one. And, we have had some pretty scary storms over the last few days too, lots of thunder, lightening and rain. What! I hear you exclaim, you were thinking that Tuscany was the land of wall to wall sunshine; go on admit it. No, we have four definable seasons just like northern Europe; whilst the climate has become less predictable, you can be assured of a much less damp atmosphere during a cold weather and when the sun comes out it is never a watery one, always bright and hot! Also, the light here is very different. Most mornings the countryside takes on a 3D effect, each tree and ridge becomes clearly defined, as if you were looking through a telescope. it’s quite breathtaking, but difficult to photograph. That’s why artists come here in droves, hoping to capture that special essence of Tuscany on canvas. We are so lucky!

Ah, my man has just wheeled the air conditioning unit out of the sitting room, clearing the front of the fireplace! So, we can look forward to lighting the log fire soon! I love a log fire, but we will try and wait until October at the earliest!

Well, enough for now. it is Sunday and whilst we love Italian food, I prefer that the Italians cook it! So, I will do spinach and feta Ceci pancakes for my man, who loves them and if my man is happy then all is well with the world.

Have a great week and do stay safe. Drop me a line and tell me about your part of the world. june.finnigan@virgin.net

Salute June x

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75543587_2413273775563196_5149283351131062272_oWelcome and Benvenuti to all  my Lovely Followers around the World,

We are delighted to announce that one of our favourite local restaurants has won a well deserved Michelin Star for 2020!  Congratulations to our good friends Cecilia and Massimo at Osteria La Gramola in Tavernelle!  We have eaten there twice in the last seven days; need I say more.  For a high quality restaurant, it is not expensive and it is hugely popular with the locals.  The food is artistic yet the portions are generous and even gluten-free diners like me are catered for.  My man and I love it!  La Gramola

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Ha ha, moving? Photo Discover Tuscany

Meanwhile, we optimistically decided to drop down to our local town of Certaldo this morning, intending to buy train tickets and to order an Italian driving licence from the local ACI.  So, my man pops into a photo booth and gets some pictures.  “My god, do I really look like that?”  He is horrified that he looks like he has just been arrested and decides to grow a beard again!  We go to the ACI and they are closed on saturday mornings, great!  So it’s off to the railway station to buy tickets.  The ticket office closed about a year ago so we have to use a ticket machine; it was not working!  Fortunately, we have lived here for years, so we knew it was possible to buy them at a local tobacconist.  My man got in the queue and eventually reached the front.  The nice lady wanted his identification, National insurance number, email and his telephone number for their records!  He asked her if she wanted a blood sample too!  He thinks she got the joke, but he was serious.  You can laugh if you like, but the thing is, on the day my man wants to travel the airport is on strike, so we have had to change his flight and get new train tickets.  It is becoming somewhat tedious of late, as there are far too many strikes happening here in Tuscany!

78093354_10157984018423083_3275590201665126400_oBut on a much brighter note, whilst reading the news with my morning coffee in Fiano, I found an article about one of Italy’s favourite Rock Stars, Luciano Ligabue, who has written a book about his life.  He is now fifty-nine, poor thing.  But here in Italy we aging rock singers are very popular, as you know, so I don’t know what he’s worried about.  Luciano is a good looking guy, if you like your man a little rough around the edges, and is a great guitarist.  The Italians love his voice, which is gravelly and shouty, not my favourite sound but nevertheless his live performances certainly have an all embracing wall of great sound.  Ligabue

75210797_2441971822733071_7758935871369248768_nOh yes, nearly forgot, a friend just reminded me that tomorrow (Sunday) is an evening of entertainment at the Old Cinema in our local village of Fiano.  There is a great theatre group in the area and you will enjoy this play even if you don’t speak Italian.  There is still time to pop into the bar and get a ticket!  Enjoy!

76771541_10157984895983083_3096044608593854464_oAnd, last but not least, we are relieved to have Paolo and Gaia back at Ristorante C’era Una Volta just up the road in Lucardo.  They had been off on a three week break visiting Instanbal and some other places, where they acquired a nice golden tan!  We were presented with the most delicous platters of pasta with generous shavings of Tartufo Bianco (white truffles) over the top.  Found locally in the woods, Paolo’s supplier of this food of the gods really knows where to look!  Bless his woolly socks and truffle dog.  Yummy!

Well enough of that, must get this blog edited and off to you.  Have a great week and do get in touch, I love to hear from my readers.  Don’t forget to email me a copy of your receipt if you have bought the paperback versions of all three of my books below before Christmas and I will send you a free signed copy of my short story ‘The Man in Black’.  Enjoy!  june.finnigan@virgin.net

Salute June x

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