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June Finnigan

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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)   (961 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)   (1085 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 (00:11:44)   (1012 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 ...


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June Finnigan

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

Posted by: Carole on Monday February 16, 2015 (20:56:30)   (3010 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, despite the agonising pain in the jaw after a ‘brutto’ time at the dentist, I am writing to you with all my updates in our little bit of Chianti.

The first week was an overlap from the New Year celebrations, which my man and I enjoyed at our daughter’s new home between San Gimignano and Volterra. It is a wonderful old farmhouse on the edge of woodland with panoramic views to the west coast. We were actually granddog sitting whilst the family went off skiing on the Italian French border. For us it was unconditional love from two gorgeous big dogs, providing we fed them and took them for walks of course.    more ...


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June Finnigan

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

Posted by: Carole on Saturday January 17, 2015 (01:08:43)   (2078 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, where to start? How about the beginning of the month? Err yes, you say, but then some of the most exciting and frightening things happened later in the month, like the Earthquake! No, it was nothing to do with my man’s amorous intentions, we actually did experience a nasty tremor several times in one day in the middle of December. One minute I was happily writing, the next me and my desk were wobbling about like we were on a jelly. At the same time, my man was sat outside on a heavy wooden bench that shook whilst he was eating his breakfast cereal.    more ...


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June Finnigan

A Month In The Life of an English Writer In Tuscany - November Reflections

Posted by: Carole on Monday December 15, 2014 (03:49:11)   (1743 Reads)

June Finnigan

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

Benvenuti to all my Loyal and New Followers

Now you will have heard me mention before that here in beautiful Tuscany and indeed throughout Italy, the Italians will always find an excuse for a Festa.

At the very end of October we were celebrating the Day of the Dead when half the population was found parking all the way down the road below the cemeteries. Then in the evening they dressed up in amazing costumes that bore absolutely no resemblance to Halloween. The theme in our area was animals or cartoon characters!    more ...


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June Finnigan

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

Posted by: Carole on Saturday November 22, 2014 (01:13:02)   (2080 Reads)

June Finnigan

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

Benvenuti to all my Loyal and New Followers

Here in beautiful Tuscany, the first week in October heralds the buying up of loads of winter plants to cheer up the pots that are now in need of refreshing. So on the first Saturday morning, we dropped down to Certaldo’s fruit, veg and plant market to check out our lovely plant lady. She loaded us up with trays of clematis, pansies and heathers and threw in a few freebies as is her wont.    more ...


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June Finnigan

A Month in the Life of an English Writer in Tuscany - September Reflections

Posted by: Carole on Friday October 17, 2014 (03:43:00)   (1490 Reads)

June Finnigan

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

Benvenuti to all my Loyal and New Followers

Big fat juicy grapes, noisy tractors and trailers thundering past the villa, the air full of the smell of grapes being crushed and the smoke of bonfires burning the debris. That just about sums up September in our little bit of the Chianti hills. Hang on a minute, I jest, there is actually a lot more to tell you! It was the very last week in September when I finally got a photo of a trailer full of grapes. I could hear the tractors coming towards the villa, but never quite got myself hung out the window in time with my camera ready.    more ...


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June Finnigan

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

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday September 16, 2014 (02:23:45)   (1665 Reads)

June Finnigan

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

Benvenuto to all my Loyal and New Followers

Here in Beautiful Tuscany, August is the month for winding down a bit. Nevertheless, it remains busy from a tourist point of view, despite the fact that eighty percent of shops, restaurants and café bars are closed as the owners disappear off to Il Mare (the seaside) or the mountains. It’s a peculiar thing, Italians never think to take advantage of the potential trade as they are too driven by tradition, and in August off they go again. It is particularly evident once Ferragosta begins on the fifteenth, the celebration of the summer’s toil before the Vendemia (grape harvest).    more ...


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June Finnigan

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

Posted by: Carole on Saturday August 16, 2014 (02:40:24)   (2943 Reads)

June Finnigan

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

Benvenuto to all my Loyal and New Followers

As you know, we ended June with a fantastic Rock Concert Garden Party. It was a brilliant evening, the band performed outstandingly, reminding me just how lucky I am to have such talented musicians in the Rock Chick Band. I would like to quickly say, before moving on to July, a big thank you to the band, particularly Stefano Bartalesi, the lead guitarist and organiser, and to all our friends and followers for their support, amazing dancing and appreciation of good wine and food.    more ...