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June Finnigan

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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 (21:56:30)   (2954 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 (02:08:43)   (2021 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 (04:49:11)   (1654 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 (02:13:02)   (2030 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)   (1431 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)   (1630 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)   (2886 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 ...


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June Finnigan

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

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday July 16, 2014 (00:58:50)   (2025 Reads)

June Finnigan

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

Benvenuto to all my Loyal and New Followers

I have to say that June is my most favourite month of the year. It is my birthday month, I know, my mother couldn’t think of anything else to call me, and the countryside and the garden are at their most luscious and, most importantly, it is the month of my annual Rock Concert!

In Laura’s Bar/Alimentare in our local village of Fiano, things were ever changing.    more ...


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June Finnigan

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

Posted by: Carole on Monday June 16, 2014 (01:26:02)   (2083 Reads)

June Finnigan

The continuing Adventures of June Finnigan, Her Man and Farty Barty the Cat.

Benvenuto to all my Loyal and New Followers

The month of May, here in beautiful Tuscany, is generally lovely and everywhere wild Acacia trees are dripping with blossom. We are also surrounded by heavily blossomed Horse Chestnut and Lilac, so driving along the country lanes is like cruising through heavily scented temples. Unfortunately the high level of pollen can cause problems and my man could be heard saying “My nose must be the fittest part of me, because it keeps on running!”    more ...


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June Finnigan

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

Posted by: Carole on Thursday May 15, 2014 (02:09:42)   (2141 Reads)

June Finnigan

The continuing Adventures of June Finnigan, Her Man and Farty Barty the Cat.

On the first day of April, and right on cue, we heard the first cuckoo of the year. Swallows swooped in front of us as we drove back from coffee, and Wood Pigeons began building a nest in one of the fir trees next to the villa. Spring had definitely arrived.

By some small miracle, we managed to grab Farty Barty the cat and take him in his red cage to the vet. He had a swollen knee and was due for his jab; or so I thought.    more ...