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June Finnigan

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June Finnigan

A Month in the Life of an English Writer in Tuscany

Posted by: scar on Friday January 29, 2016 (14:19:33)   (757 Reads)

June Finnigan

December 2015 in our little bit of Chianti in Tuscany, proved to be a most unusual month and we are not just talking about the weather. The temperature remained above normal and it felt very much like the end of September through to November. Autumn colours were everywhere, not least the small leaved oak trees that grow wild and thick in this area, hanging on to their golden leaves until the new shoots push their way through in early spring.    more ...


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June Finnigan

A Month in the Life of an English Writer in Tuscany

Posted by: scar on Friday December 18, 2015 (15:34:18)   (728 Reads)

June Finnigan

The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat.

November Reflections

Benvenuti to all my Loyal and New Followers.

November in Tuscany can no longer be described as the beginning of winter. The countryside stubbornly hangs on to late summer and early autumn and does so even into December.    more ...


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June Finnigan

October Reflections Of Life In Tuscany

Posted by: Carole on Saturday November 21, 2015 (02:45:30)   (1340 Reads)

June Finnigan

I can honestly say that October was one of the most fun filled months of the year for me, my man and Farty Barty the cat!

We are a very strong rugby family, so when England went out of the world cup in the first round, my man was very depressed. However, having lived in Italy for eleven years we also support the home team, so we pinned a small glimmer of hope on our team doing better. When they were taken out by Ireland I needed to find a way to get the man out of the doldrums.

So in the early part of the month I talked a lot about the good news in the papers, like the cinghale (wild boar) swimming six kilometres off the coast of Calabria rescued by fishermen and the silly English tourists that got arrested for skinny dipping in The Fountain of The Naiads in Rome.    more ...


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June Finnigan

There's Never A Dull Moment In Tuscany!

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday October 13, 2015 (01:15:41)   (803 Reads)

June Finnigan

The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat. September Reflections

Benvenuti to all my Loyal and New Followers

Well, September is the month for the Vendemia, or grape harvest to you. In the first week the local farmers got started on the white grapes and so the tractors and trailers started their crashing and clattering past our kitchen window.

Meanwhile Laura’s bar and alimentare had closed for a couple of days as she was celebrating the birth of her first grandchild, Alessandro, a new baby for our local village of Fiano.    more ...


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June Finnigan

August In Tuscany: 'Bruto Tempo' And Sunflowers

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday September 15, 2015 (17:27:06)   (898 Reads)

June Finnigan

The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat.

Benvenuti to all my Loyal and New Followers.

Well, in a nutshell, August was the month for ‘bruto tempo,’ bad weather, which ranged from temperatures of 39 degrees and 90 percent humidity to violent thunder storms and heavy rain. On the bright side it was the month for big fields of lovely yellow sunflowers with their faces following the sun, and silence. Yes, silence. The very word makes me feel calmer and relaxed.    more ...


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June Finnigan

July In Tuscany: How To Keep Your Cool

Posted by: Carole on Sunday August 16, 2015 (20:26:26)   (1257 Reads)

June Finnigan

The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat. July Reflections

Benvenuti to all my Loyal and New Followers

Well, there was no other way to describe July other than baking hot, stifling and humid. So much so that at times it felt like the oxygen had been sucked out of the air and replaced with a sleeping drug. Despite this we had a lot of fun moments.

In the first week my man decided never to wear his cherry red Doc Martens again.    more ...


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June Finnigan

A Month In The Life Of An English Writer In Tuscany - May Reflections

Posted by: Carole on Sunday June 21, 2015 (01:45:55)   (549 Reads)

June Finnigan

The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat.

Benvenuti to all my lovely Loyal and New Followers

There is no other way to say it, but the first week in May was awful. For me that is, I’m sure the rest for Tuscany was having a very nice time. You see, my man and I went down with the worst virus imaginable. He recovered rather more quickly, however, I was in bed for ten horrible days! But you don’t want to know about that, I have only mentioned it because in the eleven years we have been living here, I have only had a couple of slight colds and have always boasted about my good health in these dolce colline (sweet hills).    more ...


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June Finnigan

A Month In The Life Of An English Writer In Tuscany - April Reflections

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday May 20, 2015 (02:53:10)   (914 Reads)

June Finnigan

The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat.

The first week of April was enormously satisfying for me as my new novel The Bolivian Connection finally went live! This novel is part two of the series ‘The Continuing Adventures of Joanna Wilde,’ part one being My Father, The Assassin. A week later, a five star review was posted and the sales began to soar!

By the second week the dust had settled and I had written another chapter of The Italian Connection, which is the third book in the series. Joanna is continuing her exciting adventures where else, but here in Italy.    more ...


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June Finnigan

A Month In The Life Of An English Writer In Tuscany - March Reflections

Posted by: Carole on Saturday April 18, 2015 (01:16:11)   (1044 Reads)

June Finnigan

The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat.

Now you probably think that life in the Chianti Hills in Tuscany is very quiet and relaxing. Well, sometimes it is, that is as long as we are not being shaken by an Earthquake, which is so violent that you sleep walk out of the villa and take refuge in the car! Yes, the first week of March greeted us with an almighty rumble and a nerve racking hour sitting in the car, waiting for things to settle down. When we gingerly returned to the villa we were lucky enough to find only little bits of masonry on the landing that had fallen out from between the ceiling tiles.

Then the following night the tempest hit. Horrible strong cold winds that rattled the shutters and brought down trees.    more ...


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June Finnigan

A Month In The Life Of An English Writer In Tuscany - February Reflections

Posted by: Carole on Sunday March 22, 2015 (01:11:44)   (977 Reads)

June Finnigan

The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat.

Benvenuti to all my Loyal and New Followers

February can be a strange month, don’t you think? As far as the Tuscans are concerned, it’s the second month of winter knowing that if we are going to get any severe weather, January and February are the two months to expect it. We had just a fleeting layer of snow, although our daughter and family who live higher up, were stranded for a couple of days.

For my man and me, the month started with the arrival of new storage from IKEA and we were at last able to transfer boxes of clothes to drawers and hangers.    more ...