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

86190121_10158256389728083_4300638138889404416_oWednesday 12 February.  I would never have guessed that a beautiful fallen bloom, from an early flowering shrub, could have given me such a lift.  It wasn’t just the beauty of the thing but how I received it that made all the difference.  I have had three weeks of feeling pretty run-down after a minor operation, due to my pathetic immune system.  I went to Fiano this morning for my usual espresso, newpapers and chat; then Roberto our local sculpture walked in and presented me with the bloom!  Bless his lovely kind heart, the site of it in the palm of my hand sent a wave of sheer joy through my still fragile system!  I knew there and then that my head was sufficiantly clear to start writing again!  Thank you dear Roberto.  (someone, please let me know what the flower is; thank you x)

So off I went, with the bloom on my dashboard, down to Certaldo and an overdue visit to Sandra to have my hair coloured.  Although tired, I felt even more invigorated  as I was now looking more like my old self.  Also, Sandra has a batch of the usual glossies and I indulged in some trivia reading and fashion drooling.  A bit of pampering and time wasting, can do one the world of good.  I left Sandra’s and walked into bright warm sunshine and the temperature guage registered 17 degrees on the dashboard!  Great!  Back home in our lovely monastery farmhouse, I see that the forecast for Friday and Saturday is for sun and a high of 19 degrees,  then good weather right up to the end of February; hurrah!  So things go from good to even better!  What a great day.

IMG-20200205-WA0007Thursday 13 February.  Well, its the next day and I’m still feeling in a good mood.  I decided that I would scour the papers for some good news to post and, yes you guessed it, nothing.  But then I saw a big red heart and an advertisement for San Valentino in Florence.  Yes! ‘All you need is  love, da da da da da’  Just when you think things could not get more depressing, up pops San Valentino!  Hurrah.

The Florentine on-line magazine has come to the rescue with some lovely locations for Helvetia-e1581345841702-680x728celebrating with your amore.  But what’s this?  Somewhere called the Bristol Winter Gardens (yes Bristol) in Florence!  Sounds like a great place to eat, you only have to look at the dish in the foto.  Mmmmm.  The Florentine

Well, going to finish here as I am still not one hundred percent, but by next week you can rest assured that I will be rocking.  Have a great weekend.  Oh and Happy Valentines Day!

Salute June x

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

Italy is said to be the land of romance.  Having lived here for fifteen years, I can honestly say that if you want to find romance, Tuscany is as romantic as it gets.  I have been inspired to write every day since I arrived here and I cannot help but write ‘Romantic’ thrillers.  Yes, Italy has its dark side too, but that makes it all the more exciting.

961db7f4-40e3-4875-b1d5-a8478c4edf3eAlong with the rest of the western world, we have just celebrated San Valentino, when the single men chase replacements for their Mamas and single women chase men for love and romance.  Maybe that’s a little unfair, we do have a number of single men locally who are happy to stay at home with Mama and have the occasional dalliance.  I hope you found your valentine last week!

images.jpegBut back to romance; I have just read a lovely article in The Florentine Weekly  all about the origins of ‘Bacci Chocolates’ in which it features this gorgeous painting called, yes you guessed it, ‘The Kiss’, by Francesco Hayez (1859).  Bacio means kiss and I was really surprised to read that the chocolate was invented in 1922 by the founder of one of my favorite clothing designers, Luisa Spagnoli!  You can either bite the top off for the hazelnut, or put the whole thing in you mouth and let it slowly melt and disintegrate leaving you to crunch on the nut later!  Yummy.

cover-issue-2Gosh, how does one follow that?  Well, if you are not already here, you are likely to be dreaming of Italy right now.  A fabulous magazine that will have you drooling even more is Envy Italy Magazine, a gorgeous hard copy and on-line publication, which brings you everything that is luxurious about this beautiful country.  Issue two features an interview with the fabulous Andrea Boccelli, and that’s just a taster.

Well, back to my own daily living and simple things like enjoying morning coffee at La Dispensa in Fiano, reading the papers, greeting the locals and driving back through gorgeous vineyards and olive groves to my heavenly spot on the edge of the Chianti Hills.  Oh, am I still at it, painting a glorious picture again. So sorry, just can’t seem to help it!

2019-02-18 09.04.50Now, most of you know that my other love is Italian Fashion and I spotted this beautiful cardigan by Elena Miro  worn by a happy smiley model, and just waiting to be ordered on-line.  It has fringes, which I really like.  I know, I’m indulging again, but a bit of shopping therapy does me the power of good.  Where do you shop?  Send me your recommendations.

Well, enough of that, the sun is shining, there’s washing flapping in the wind, a pheasant calling and, if I were to start drinking again, a very nice glass of Chianti is in easy reach.  But I’ll just dream about that for now.

OK, time to get this blog edited and send off to you; am already a day late!

Do have a great week and drop me a line, I love to hear from my readers.

Salute June x

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

2018-02-11 09.27.41OK, I have warned you about Italian Romeos in the past and this week girlies of all ages should take extra care.  Anyway, from now up until the fourteenth, beware of Italian men offering you red roses.  One rose is supposed to be very romantic, however, it might also indicate the size of his wallet!  Ask immediately if he lives with his mother.  If yes, then he’s probably after a bit of slap and tickle.  If he gives you a sob story about his aging or ailing mother, he may be looking for a replacement!  Either way, if he’s good-looking and invites you to dinner in a decent ristorante, why not!  Enjoy!  Foto La Nazione.

2018-02-11 09.30.28Meanwhile, the papers continue to be full of the forthcoming elections.  Villages and towns have had the big metal boards erected ready for the posters that go up shortly.  Matteo Renzi, the former Prime Minister, seems to be talking himself into a big political hole, rather like David Cameron did in the UK.  Both he and Silvio Berlusconi are now paying heed to the female political advisors, I’m glad to say, however, no sign of a likely candidate from their ranks for PM yet.  Foto La Repubblica.

Meta and Moro suspended

OK, so how did the Sanremo Music Festival end? I hear you ask.  Well, the winning act was Meta and Moro.  Meta was obviously doing a Doctor Who impression, aka Tom Baker!  The guys nearly didn’t make it after they were suspended pending allegations of violations of the festival’s rules by the song presented by them.  But all turned out rosy in the end.  To watch the video and get an idea of how ‘high’ the standard of entries were, go to Youtube Video No comment.  Would you believe, 12.2 million Italians watched the final on TV , the highest recorded since 2002!  Foto Sanremo official website. 
2018-02-08 09.49.27Guest appearances at the Festival included Sting.  The music man is fully entrenched into Tuscan life having a villa and land just a few valleys away from us, and the Italians love him.  His music is regularly played on the radio and he holds the occasional private concert party in his garden.  He has obviously taken a lead from me and my Garden Rock Concerts in June each year.  More news on that soon!  Foto La Repubblica
2018-02-11 09.32.36Well, back here in our beautiful bit of Chianti, it is cold and raining.  Contrary to popular belief outside of Italy, February can be chilly and wet.  Despite that Crocuses are beginning to show their heads, the Mimosa and some Cherry trees are in full blossom and life is good.  Local towns and villages are finally getting over the Carnivale Period and things are finally a little quieter; until the elections of course!  Foto La Nazione.
Soon, you will have more news about my books.  I will shortly finish and publish my short story, The Man in Black, and am making big strides with the fourth book in the series ‘The Continuing Adventures of Joanna Wilde’ called ‘Assassins List.‘  So watch this space!
Have a great week and do drop me a line; I love to hear from you.  Oh, and do visit my official author site at June’s website
Salute June x
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