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

The view 070320Well it can take one’s breath away and I’m talking about the stunning view from our lovely home, which we see every morning in different colours.  This picture was yesterday morning as the sun was rising and encouraging the mist to form in the valleys below us.  We have had a lot of cold damp weather and this combined with sunshine, is the time of year to see fabulous misty sculptures, ‘lakes’ and hilltops resembling ‘islands’ cut off by the mist.

Fiano treeAnd yes, today Sunday, is yet another beautiful day in Tuscany.  It’s cold but the air is fresh and a little damp, which accentuates the gorgeous winter smells of the countryside around us.  Blossom is now everywhere, various fruit trees, hawthorn and the tree in the picture, please remind me of it’s name, in the piazza.  Our local village of Fiano was it’s usual self.  Everyone still smiley if keeping a respectful distance apart and, of course, doing jerky movements that should have ended in hugs or handshakes, but didn’t for the obvious reasons.  This last week was a little strange without the sound of children laughing and squealing in the village playground.  We met young Giacomo, who is about eleven or twelve, maybe thirteen, kicking a lonely football around the village.  He’s the lovely boy who found my stolen purse a couple of years ago after we went to the theatre.  Ah, and our local ceramic workshop and gallery, Ceramiche D’arte Carbini, is open today, so that’s another good thing!  I always wave to Gabriella who today was hidden behind a massive vase she was painting!  Do call in if you are passing through.

David BoweyI have worked hard at finding some good news for you as the papers are dominated by the virus.  Firstly, I see our very good friend from Tavernelle, the modern artist Patrizio Landolfi is exhibiting in Florence.  He painted this beautiful David Bowie picture, which I would love to own but is too big for my limited wall space.  You will find more of his paintings hanging on the walls at Osteria la Gramola in Tavernelle.  I love his work.

CheeseI have also found a promotion for Italian Cheeses.  I absolutely adore Italian cheese, from the squidgy buffala mozzarella to the mature pecorino.  I confess to have stocked up a little as cheese will keep us going indefinitely, come what may!

But what’s this I hear? Ah, my man has snuck out to play with his strimmer!  Well, it’s a good day for it, currently dry and sunny, if cold.  It’s a nice spring sound, the strimmer, makes one feel as if winter is starting to slip away.  It’s also like the sound of a small aircraft going over on a high pressure summer’s day; I used to love that sound as a child.

Do you know, I seem to have completely lost the thread; what was I about to tell you?  Oh yes, did you notice my Rock Concert invite for June?  No, then drop me a line at june.finnigan@virgin.net and I will send you one.  Can’t wait to see you all there.

Torta di CeciWell, must start thinking about Sunday lunch.  We are well stocked with food, no evidence of shortages here in Tuscany.  Ah, I think I’ll do Ceci Pancakes stuffed with spinach and feta, that’s a firm favourite.  I must confess that it’s all very easy, as I buy the ready made Torta di Ceci at the Coop.  Judy Witts Fancini, our local celebrity cook told me how to make my own, and that’s also easy.  One cup of ceci flour to an equal amount of water, whisk and fry like normal pancakes.  (Ceci translates to chick Peas)  But I have a stock of the Coop ones, so today…….sorry Judy.  You should look the lovely Judy up, she’s got a fabulous cook book of Tuscan favourites.  Judy’s site

Well, enough for now.  Do send me any good news stories from around the world whilst I raise a lovely room temperature glass of Tuscan Chianti Wine to you all.

Salute June x

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