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

Yes, Italy is well and truly open to Tourists, subject to some border restrictions of course. The rules are a little confusing and are changing all the time. However, the hospitality sector is desperate for the return of tourists and in our own little bit of Tuscany we are seeing groups of walkers and visiting camper vans going past. In our local village of Fiano, the visitors are getting in early and grabbing all the pastries! Twice this last week I have been told that they had all gone! You can also guarantee that outside dining restuarants will be full; we are not even going to try and book. But this sounds like I’m grumbling, well maybe I am, but only a little bit…. STOP PRESS – inside dining has started from 1st June in low risk zones!

I spotted a number of things on FB this morning. Firstly, http://www.this-is-italy.com has posted an Italian Food Itinery. This will really help all you foodies to get a feel for the regional palates. And, believe me there are many differences in Italian restaurants throughout the country. Of course the Tuscans have always claimed to produce the best dishes in Italy and perhaps they do! My man and I have lived here for many years and can certainly recommend it! Also the markets are a joy to visit now, local fruit, veg and cheeses so the dishes produced are all seasonal again.

Meanwhile, here in the glorious Tuscan countryside we are breathing in the heavenly smell of Jasmin and roses. Roses are planted in gardens, at the end of rows of vines and wild in the countryside. Wild flowers are everywhere as the hedgerows are long and will not be trimmed until the blooms start to go over. And, yes, if you want poppy fields, now’s the time to be here! I have borrowed this foto from La Poggilaia’s post on FB; I know Paola won’t mind as she is a friend and my next door neighbour. It shows you just how stunning our area is right now, we are so very lucky.

Back indoors and in fact in my wardrobe, I’ve been swapping my clothes from winter to summer. Lovely that I can ditch the tights and wear sandals now as it is getting really warm. The forecast is for temperatures up to 30C by Friday, that’ll bring even bigger groups of tourists. I have three really comfy Tea Dresses that I wore to death last year and will do the same this summer. Black remains my colour of choice, my being a rockchick, but the dresses have lots of colourful flower patterns to offset this! As you know I adore fashion, despite my figure not being that of a model… But fashion includes shoes and handbags, so no worries there. It’s my birthday month so let’s see what’s currently available ‘made in Italy.’ Oh no, I just died and went to heaven! Almost immediately I found Lorius of Firenze (that’s Florence to you and me)who make absolutely gorgeous hand-painted handbags and, they have a massive sale and free delivery in Italy! Thats me finished for the day then, need to go back on-line before I stop breathing! http://www.loriusfirenze.com

OK, I’m back, but it is time to stop for an aperitivo to calm myself down. Sorry I’m a bit late with this blog but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. See you in Tuscany soon!

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Salute June x

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

Well, lets get that subject out of the way. Yes, you know, the subject that effects us all, the Covid thing. Here in Italy we are feeling excited yet a little apprehensive. The Government has chosen to open the borders from today to try and help the tourist industry recover from what has been the most devastating time since the Second World War. But, thank God, strict border requirements remain in place and only Europeans, Brits and Israelis will be able to visit without having to undergo a 5 day quarantine when they arrive. So, you will have to check your travel arrangements to see what you can expect at the borders. Foto Il Tempo.

Super Mario (Mario Draghi) who is currently in charge of the country and is expected to help regenerate the economy, has had a diffiicult start to his reign. I read an interesting article in the Economist yesterday posted on April 24th in which it was felt he had been unfairly expected to make miraculous changes overnight! But the general feeling is that he is making a difference and that the tourist industry in particular, should see a vast improvement over the next few months with new measures coming in on 12th June. Sadly, we are still unable to dine inside restuarants, which excludes a lot of places from re-opening. But watch this space. Foto The Economist.

On a much happier note the streets are looking much brighter as the bars, hotels and restaurants are readying themselves for the expected surge in tourists and the curfew has been been extended to 11pm! So, book your outside dining table now! I noticed that Osteria di Casa Chianti , just up the road from us, has their dining garden open and you can expect a fabulous view and sunsets there too! Booking essential. http://www.osteriadicasachianti.it/home-eng/

Meanwhile, here in the Chianti Hills we are enjoying everything that one can expect in May. The arrival of all the birds that we take for granted including the Cuckoo, Bee Eaters, Golden Oriel, Night Jar, Hoope and, after dark, the flashing lights of the Fire Fly. We have had a lot of rain and the weather is a little cool, however, this in turn provides more food for the birds and a gorgeous damp smell, particularly in the early morning.

In just over a week’s time, we are having the front garden area landscaped and planted with lots of flowering shrubs to enjoy. These will attract more butterflies; we have already spotted the Swallow Tail. This year has been particularly good for the roses and our English red rose is heavy with blooms. Mind you, it’s very difficult to compete with our next door neighbour at La Poggiolaia who has hundreds of varieties and, if you get the chance, try and book a a holiday there. You’ll love it! Foto http://www.poggiolaia.it

OK, time to think about Sunday lunch. Can’t wait to be able to book a restaurant inside table, but that’s probably not before 1st June. Hey Ho.

So to all my family and friends in the UK, enjoy your new freedom from tomorrow. However, please be vigilant and stay safe.

Salute June x

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under the oak treeWelcome and Benvenuti to all my Lovely Followers around the World,

Well, despite the need for facemasks and social distancing, we are thoroughly enjoying our early morning walks in the Tuscan countryside.  We have had some heavy rain but mostly sunshine, so the trees and plants are looking lush and green.  The farm labourers start work at around six in the morning now, as it’s a very busy time of year, strimming and clearing out the hedges and gullies.  So by the time we are out they have been working for two hours and are stopping for their coffees and pastries!

QuercetoWe have developed a liking for Il Bar Querceto, which is an easy walk for us.  They serve up the most delicious LavAzza Espresso and you get free biscuits too!  You can sit inside, but it is tiny, so for social distancing it is a maximum of four people.  The bar is rather beautiful with an inglenook fireplace and wall murals.  Over the fireplace is a painting of Oak Leaves from where the name of the bar is derived, The Oak Tree is called Il Querceto in Italian.  And, where is this bar?  Ah, now that’s our secret, can’t have the place filling up with tourists, now can we?  We still pop up to Fiano once or twice a week for coffee but things have yet to return to the easygoing breakfast visits we made every day before lock down.  However, there is a lovely new assistant called Ullie, who works from Monday to Friday.  She is Austrian and is trying to learn Italian; so we speak in English…..

Mozzie curtainsThis last week we made the decision to go to Brico and buy fixed framed mozzie curtains; Tende per Zanzare.  We bought three and allowed half an hour for each one as they have to be assembled and cut to size if necessary.  Three hours later we had managed to put together one in the kitchen, it was worse that putting together IKEA furniture and the instructions were severly lacking!  We worked out the hard way about measuring the opening!  What the instructions did not say was to reduce your upright measurement to cater for the plastic foot on the uprights and curtain roll container at the top!  Fortunately everything can be cut to size, but what a headache.  We have two more windows to do, but we’ll leave them till next weekend!  Phew……

TomatoesWell enough of that.  We have been enjoying lunch at least twice a week at Paolo’s, that’s Ristorante C’era una Volta for the uninitiated, and coming away with loads of Zucchini as his vegetable garden is overloaded this year.  Our daughter says her sweetcorn are five foot high and she doesn’t know what to do with the huge quantity of tomatoes!  There is a limit to the number of bottles of passatta she can fill!  So it’s a good year for the Tuscan ortos (vegetable gardens) and the fruit and veg markets too.  So, no need to grow my own, I just love it!

Well, I have a busy week ahead, what with the pedicure, manicure and hair colouring.  It’s so good to have everything opened again.  My poor feet are desperate for attention!  I must also try to relax after waiting on the phone to Easyjet for half an hour, trying to sort out the fact that they had given my man a frequent flyer ‘Flight Club Membership’ which means free flight changes, only to find that they had registered it for me and not him, even though he is the registered frequent flyer and has a Plus Membership number, so they would not make his changes free of charge!  So it’s bye bye to Easyjet, they have now completely blotted their copy book!

Well enough of that, must get this blog off to you and get back to work!  Do drop me a line, I love to hear from my readers.  june.finnigan@virgin.net or visit my website at My site

Salute June x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zanzare huskSo sorry, but unforeseen circumstances prevented me from blogging last weekend.  But you’re not forgotten and here is a beautiful picture of the discarded husk of the reborn Cicada!  We found lots on our garden bench this last week.  Enjoy and I’ll be back this coming weekend.

Stay Safe, wear that mask.

Salute June x

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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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Three girliesLast Tuesday was my official birthday.  My unofficial birthday is when I celebrate with The Rock Chick Band and perform in our garden surrounded by fabulous family and friends, but as you know, not this year.  I had a great day, spoilt by my family with cake and presents after a morning setting up my new Sound Studio downstairs.  More on that in a minute.  That’s me in the middle sending an air kiss and ready to go out with my beautiful party girls!

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Foto J Finnigan

In the evening we went to Osteria Casa Chianti near Fiano, which is just ten minutes away from our home.  It has a great outdoor setting with sunset views, a perfect place to go in a group as there is also an entertainment value in the way you are served at table.  Also very good local wines and a menu specialising in Tartufu (truffles).  I ate far too much, but it was sooo good! Website

Sound Studio June 30 2020And what about my new sound studio? I hear you ask.  Well, my man and I set about working out the complexities of strange yet familiar new equipment and linking it to bluetooth.  My man is a lot cleverer than me, so he was somewhat less confused.  Importantly, I wanted to play backing tracks and to sing along to them over the mic, so I could hear how good or bad I was sounding!  Wow, the big speakers blasted out really good quality sound, I was so excited! But the mic was very sensitive so some adjustments were needed.  I think we got the hang of it.  You saw the piano room before the equipment arrived, so here it is all set up as a sound Studio.  The other speaker is just out of shot on the left and the 6 Channel Mixer/Blue Tooth Player is the larger black box on top of the piano.  It’s all very neat and tidy!  Now it’s down to me to get to grips with it on a regular basis and write some more song lyrics!  Watch out for some active pics later on!  Wow, I am so lucky.

Radley BagNow it’s still my birthday month and today, Saturday, I succumbed to buying yet another handbag on line.  Now, I know I normally push everything made in Italy, but the odd Radley Bag from London does seem to occasionally slip into my collection!  Oh, dear, my man will be editing this blog for me, he reads all my stuff, and I will hear him groan when he reads this, because I haven’t told him yet!  But it will go with the lovely little Radley clutch bag he bought me for my birthday some years ago, which also has a ‘data dog’ running across it!  That’ll appease him and oh, the new bag was also in the sale; you must take a look!  website

ec113746abdae43199822e686db6465dAnyway, what you really want to read about is Tuscany, don’t you? Well, the Ciccadas finally arrived this last week, rather late but they do like the hotter weather.  So now we have both the chirping of these noisy but friendly insects and the toad’s chorus to listen to whilst enjoying an aperitivo outside.  We have just heard that our neighbour Paola has a full house of tourists next week in her beautiful Agriturismo, La Poggiolaia, so we’ll soon be hearing the distant tinkle of laughter and splashing in the pool too!   Visit Paola’s website Here   Yesterday we drove past a huge field of sunflowers, which previously had been a field of poppies! The countryside is looking really beautiful here now, so it’s a great time to come to Tuscany!

OK, time to get the pictures slotted in for you to enjoy!  And, please do send me your comments and good news!  Pop them on the bottom of this page or email me at june.finnigan@virgin.net   Oh, and do visit my author site at june’s site

Have a great week and stay safe.

Salute June x

PS  A very Happy Birthday to Sandra Cirri at La Dispensa in Fiano!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Golden OrioleThanks to our neighbour and friend the potter Terry Davis, we have finally been able to identify the bird with the most beautiful haunting song now in our garden.  We have heard it every year since we arrived in Italy, usually in the distance but never knowing what it was until now.  It is the Golden Oriele, almost impossible to spot, very secretive and beautiful.  We have plenty of birdsong in and around our garden but this song is really special.  You should google it and listen for yourself!  Picture downloaded from Facebook.

Rock My world cardMeanwhile, I have been enjoying my unofficial birthday.  Yes, I know, very Queenie like.  To be honest, I start celebrating at the beginning of June as, after all, I am named after the month I was born in.  Story has it that my mother casually said ‘Oh, lets just call her June rather than faff around looking for other ideas.’  I was a second child and the rebellious streak erupted as soon as I could walk.  Yes, I was a wild child and I’m still wildly rocking on.  Last Friday evening should have been The Rock Chick’s Band’s 10th concert.  My man and I sat outside the front of the house feeling very strange, afraid someone might turn up who hadn’t got the cancellation message! But no, we were alone with the birds, toads and occasional hornet.  So, I now look forward to my official birthday on 23rd.  My man has just given me this fabulous card, he saw it earlier in the year in London and realised it was perfect.  I think he’s perfect too.

POTS june 2020The weather here is also perfect and the house should be full of friends and family.  Instead, we are enjoying all the newly planted pots thanks to my darling daughter who not only came with me to buy them, she planted them too!  Afterwards she went down to Umbria for a couple of days staying near Lake Trasimeno; she deserved a nice relaxing break with the family, bless her.

Northern Europeans have arrived.  I went to Fiano last Saturday to find the entrance to La Dispensa, our lovely alimentare and coffee bar,  blocked by a big 4 x 4 and an overweight German family.  Now, I have to remind myself that the tourist industry is the life blood of our community, but I can’t say it’s always easy to deal with.  My man and I have actually enjoyed the peace and quiet of the lock-down, whilst at the same time feeling the anxiety of our Italian friends who rely on the tourist industry.  One has to find a compromise.

Gabor shoesAnyway, it’s my birthday tomorrow.  I have spoilt myself with new shoes from Gabor who have great styles without losing the comfort one needs to survive!  I’ve started drinking wine at noon and my man has planted three rose bushes in a nice trangular bed in the front garden.  Lovely.  Any minute now, DHL will arrive with all the electronic equipment I need to set up my new sound studio in the downstairs guest apartment, now that is really exciting!  I’ll send you a foto next week!

But for now, I need to organise a nice lunch for myself and my gorgeous man who’s hair is nearly long enough for a pony tail, bless him.

Have a great week and do drop me a line, I love to hear from my readers!  june.finnigan@virgin.net and/or visit my website at my site

Salute June x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wet morningWell, this morning’s walk around the boundaries was very soggy indeed!  Just when we thought things were warming up it was back to heavy rain and storms.  Now of course the vineyards and olive groves need rain, but it has become impossible to predict the weather in recent years.  Not much more than five years ago we were having months of drought, one year we went from May through to October without a drop of the wet stuff. Our daughter, who lives near San Gimignano. has just sent videos of the track to her house, which is now a raging river!  So enough of the rain, we want aperitivi in the garden please!

Big broken pot and GeraniumsNevertheless, sodden as it was, the countryside was glowing with various greens that against the grey sky seemed to be luminous and the colour of the flowers were extra vivid.  The dampened perfumes were also wafting over us, so it was still another beautiful day in Tuscany.

GuitarsNow, you will probably be aware that myself and the Rock Chick Band have had to cancel our concert for this coming Friday, 19 June.  This is very sad indeed as we would have been celebrating our 10th annual concert.  I got together with Stefano our brilliant lead in 2010, he organised the band and we performed our first concert in June 2011, to celebrate my birthday.  I enjoyed it so much we decided to do it every year, until now!  As you can guess, I’m feeling a little bereft, but am really looking forward to the arrival of a complete sound system for my piano room, which will be renamed the Sound Studio.  This means I will be able to sing to my heart’s content at the microphone, with downloaded backing tracks, whenever I choose.  Now my man has threatened to leave me if I don’t consult him first about my timing, as it will be very very loud.  I think thats only fair…..

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OK, back to the world outside!  You will be glad to know that all the borders are now open and you can travel the length and the width of Italy without restriction!  However, you must still remember the rules and are in fact laws;  wear masks, keep your distance and wash/cleanse your hands at all times!  Slowly, things are returning to normal but you will still find queues outside the shops, banks and supermarkets due to distancing restrictions.  We have been so well looked after by our local alimentare in Fiano for the last four months that I intend continuing to support the small shops, some of which are struggling, but with our support will survive.    Also, the Saturday morning fruit and veg market has reopened in Certaldo where they also sell locally made cheese.  What more do we need?

Back in the kitchen, I have a recipe for Aubergines called ‘White Aubergine Parmigiana’ the peculiar thing is it does not actually include parmigiana!  Anyway, it looks easy even for a dead head in the kitchen like me.  Aubergines are English for Eggplants or Melanzane in Italiano.  My man gets very nervous when I try something new, it will either be delicious or horrible.  If the latter it goes straight out the kitchen window and we have a liquid lunch.  I’ll let you know next week.

Have a great week and do drop me a line.  I love to hear from my readers!  june.finnigan@virgin.net or visit my website and leave a message there.  My site

Salute June x

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PianoTo be honest, when the month of June arrived I felt a little deflated.  As many of you know it is my birthday month and I normally celebrate with a live Rock Chick Band concert in my garden.  But, for obvious reasons, we had to cancel.  Then I had an inspiration!  Downstairs we have a guest apartment which is only used occasionally and always when we have concert guests.  One room houses our old upright piano and nothing else but a tapa cloth hung on the wall, which we bought back from Fiji in 1984.  I know, the tapa cloth is just incidental, but it’s rather beautiful.  Anyway, what I was about to say was, I decided to make better use of the room and turn it into a sound studio!  Yes!  But I need all the right Tapa clothequipment microphone and speakers etc.  So I decided to spoil myself and thank you to our good friend John for his advice, I have ordered a PA System, a PreSonus PX-1 Large Diaphragm Microphone and a TC HeliconVoice Tone C1 Hardtune and Correction Vocal Processor.  Unless you are a musician, you will now be as confused as I am.  I am just a singer who is struggling to learn the guitar.  I have always left the technical side to the guys in the band and turn up when Stefano shouts ‘June, soundcheck!”  So now I am really excited, this wretched virus may have opened a whole new world to me, the real confusion will start when all the equipment arrives in about ten days time!  But I will have the help of my ‘long-haired lover from Bristol’  which is the name I have given my man who is looking like a long-haired rodie  from the seventies!

paul and june in facemasks 27.05.20OK, so what next?  Oh yes, so what has been happening in Tuscany this last week?  I hear you ask.  Well, the borders are now all open and it is a huge relief for those in the tourist industry.  Second homes owned by northern Europeans, who will be driving across the border at this moment, will soon be occupied.  It also brings with it a certain amount of risk as the virus here is by no means over.  But, at the end of the day, we must continue to be vigilant and the rules are still mask wearing and distancing, which the Italians have mostly supported without argument.  But how I long to see everyone hugging and kissing again, it’s been especially hard in Italy as Italians are a naturally demonstrative and warm.  We currently greet old friends by tapping elbows together or blowing kisses through our masks!  Hey ho.

Big oak tree and brollyBut you would never believe that there has been a lock-down in our little bit of countryside on the edge of Chianti.  Everything looks the same, from the land changing with the seasons to the wild life finding mates and reproducing.  The male toads in our pond have been incredibly noisy over the last few days and fascinating to hear, even if we can’t manage to spot one!  The number of birds in our garden, which has lots of mixed trees like our ancient Oak, has been incredible this year.  Just about every european species imaginable.  Bee Eaters have been gathering on top of the bare branches of an Acacia tree, woodpeckers, a pair of Jays, masses of tits, finches and redstarts.  Wood pigeons and Doves, I could go on but I am not an expert and could get some names wrong!  So we sit under our sun brolly every evening, with a nice aperitivo, to watch and listen.  Needless to say, it’s an absolute joy living here.

Now, I hope to venture out a little further next week.  I have so far stayed close to home and getting supplies from our local village of Fiano, where la Dispensa (translates to The Larder) has been fantastic support to the village for groceries.  Now the coffee bar has reopened too, but with the usual restrictions.  So I am going over to Tavernelle and the Co-op to get a few things we can’t get locally, but if there is a queue I won’t hang around, I’m not starting that lark!  Oh no.

42366139_2069341183116386_8416172868177494016_nMeanwhile, my man who miraculously ‘mostly’ enjoys my cooking at home, has agreed to go to the restaurant twice a week.  Now for some reason, during the last couple of weeks I have gone brain dead over cooking and have found it an absolute chore.  But I seem to have taken the pressure off myself by reading and writing again!  Yes, ‘Assassin’s List’ my fourth novel is flowing like a bubbling brook as my heroine Joanna Wilde goes off on another exiting covert mission!

So I guess I can honestly say, life in Tuscany is once again very good, not that it has ever been bad!  I will keep you posted on the progress with my Sound Studio and my writing.  And, don’t forget, I love to hear from my readers so do drop me a line.

Have a good week and stay safe.

Salute June x

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Well, what a surprise that was!  Last Monday everything opened up including bars, restaurants and thank god, hairdressers!  I managed to get an appointment with SandraRock chick Red on the Thursday and, bless her, she had opened despite the stringent rules of distancing and hand cleansing.  She had cleared the salon of all the furniture, bar two chairs for the clients and an armchair for a third person to wait in.  Of course, the experience was not too pleasant as there were no magazines or an offer of coffee.  But I will be forever grateful for returning to Rock Chick red having slowly sunk over nine weeks, into a depressing Granny Grey!

Tabby's Choc Cake 240520To celebrate my return to normality, and being able to stop and look in the mirror without cringing, our lovely family came over for lunch yesterday.  Whilst, as always, my big tray of garlic potatoes failed like most of my meals, this was more than made up for by the delicious egg and gluten free chocolate cake made by our brilliant and gorgeous fifteen year old granddaughter!  Yes, here in Tuscany we can at least enjoy the normality of family meals again.

We have not been back to a restaurant yet.  I know, this is so unlike us, but the idea of face masks and two metre separations does not appeal.  The only thing concerning me is that we are 2015-05-10-13-35-29not supporting our local restaurants and how many others are doing the same.  I think we probably should go to Paolo’s at C’era Una Volta soon, just to make sure he and his lovely wife Gaia made it back from the Maldives at the beginning of the lockdown, and to let them know we care!  Also, it’s that time of year for Burrata and grilled veggie!  What do you think, should we go?

What else?  How are things with you?  I have to say, I am so glad to be in Italy and not the UK during this pandemic.  Whilst one cannot believe everything in the papers, the UK seems to be in a right mess!  Meanwhile, on Saturday, our granddaughter met up with a group of teenage friends in Siena, after nine weeks of on-line schooling.  They all had their face masks on and kept a sensible distance.  Unfortunately, this has not been the case with some young people.

Nanny's 96thMeanwhile, in Exmouth, Devon in England, my mother celebrated her 96th birthday just with the staff of the nursing home, who thankfully are very kind to her.  Her main carer Jade sent some lovely pictures, which I was glad to receive as I would have been there in normal circumstances.  But down on Exmouth beach, my brother reported that people have been swarming and not taking any care over face masks or crowding.  It all sounds pretty horrifying.  However here, the locals in our nearby village continue to wear masks and keep their distance and coffee is only served to take away.

Anyway, enough of that, the sun is shining and the Strimmed walk under the blackthorngarden and countryside looks gorgeous.  We have so many birds now, the morning chorus is deafening!  But we love it. Our plans this week?  Well, it is work as normal from tomorrow, still remotely of course, but we are quite enjoying it.  I need to put more time into completing my current novel and learning the guitar.  What with our having to cancel the Rock Chick Band Concert in June, my man has asked me to do a performance just for him, so I will.  If any stragglers turn up who did not get the cancellation message, at least they’ll find me doing my lone performance.  I have asked my man to buy me a microphone and speakers for my birthday, watch this space….

OK, time to get on with the writing and then to rescue the leftovers for lunch, that saves me having to cook another meal.  Should I ring Paolo?

Have a great week and stay safe.

Salute June x

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