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

20180623_010019 copy-1.jpgNo, I don’t have a personal assistant.  I was asked this the other day and it got me thinking, perhaps I need one.  The thing is, I work out of a private studio and I like the privacy and quiet.  Having finally finished typing up the lyrics of  my repertoire for The Rock Chick Band’s concert in June, which has taken weeks due to my hectic schedule, I am beginning to wonder.  However, each song needs a lengthy period of concentration as I note every beat and bar, as well as the lyrics themselves.  So passing this to an assistant just would not work.  Then there’s the current book I’m writing, the Expat column and this weekly blog, it is all hands-on stuff.  Oh and the day job!  Enough already.  But life eeez good, life eeez now!  Foto P Finnigan – The Rock Chick Band.

download.jpgNow, I’m just preparing for one concert, whereas Vasco Rossi is about to embark on his ‘Vascononstoplive2019’ tour!  The Italians can’t get enough of this aging gravelly rocker.  Looking at his site, it was interesting to look behind the man and to check out his band and back up team.  He has two Americans in the band.  Matt Lang is a very good singer and guitarist; you will find him doing his own thing on You Tube.  And, Stef Burns is a really good rock guitarist.  Since 1998, Vasco has also been fortunate to have the support of Italian trumpeter, Frank Nemola; what an amazing sound he makes.  Whilst I am not a great fan of Vasco’s voice, his band is second to none.  Foto from Frank’s website.5d1053ff36ed7445ea28aa69d2f67fcb

So what next?  Ah, yes, my other love, which is?  Yes, you guessed it – Fashion and particularly the Rock look.  Now for me it’s important to stay feminine, I wear skirts that are mid or long, and my signature colour is black.  All one needs is a flash of colour and this can be found in a scarf or jewelry.  I also like biker jackets, as many of you know, so this simple outfit really caught my eye.  Personally, I do not wear trainers, it’s a me thing, so with this outfit it would be black flats or sandals.  Foto from PinInterest.

2019-04-05 09.02.06But what about the guys.  Have you noticed how men wearing shoes or trainers without socks, can look a little err unstylish?  This is not the case with Italian men, it suits them perfectly.  In fact I have yet to find a nation of men who can better the Italians for wearing their clothes well.  I recently read an article which declared the results of a world pole proving that Italian men were the best looking and the country was voted the most beautiful in the world!  Well, I’ve been here for fifteen years and am in no rush to leave!  Say no more!  Foto La Reppublica.

2019-04-07 13.01.47Meanwhile, back in our lovely Tuscan garden the Ash tree has taken centre stage.  This year its new leaves are looking particularly lovely.  It is a big tree and offers shade during the summer months and a nice vantage point for the views across the Chianti hills.  If you enlarge the picture you’ll be able to spot our English park bench hiding underneath the tree!  Today, Sunday, it is raining so we have not been able to get back out there to finish tidying the pots.  Also, our favourite plant lady was not in Certaldo’s market yesterday, so we will have to get the new plants next weekend.  The rain was needed of course, we’ve had weeks without it, and the countryside certainly looks a lot greener and fresher now.  And, it is the start of the tourist season so everything is looking good for the visitors. Foto J Finnigan – from kitchen window.

Anyway, enough of that.  Need to think about Sunday lunch.  Do you think my man could be persuaded to go out to eat?  We went out yesterday but for some strange reason, he seems to like my cooking!   I could pretend that I have forgotten where the kitchen is again, but I’ve tried that one time too often.  He has occasionally offered to cook, but I haven’t got the patience to supervise his painfully slow preparation in the kitchen!  He has to weigh everything, then line the ingredients up in little bowls even before he turns the oven on! Bless him…….Watch this space.

OK, let’s get the fotos uploaded and send this off to you.  Have a great week and do drop me a line.  Visit my website for all the news and my contact details.  My site

Salute june x

Ps Glad to read that Mick Jagger is recovering well after his heart surgery.

 

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