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June Finnigan

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June Finnigan

October Reflections Of Life In Tuscany

Posted by: Carole on Saturday November 21, 2015 (02:45:30)   (1500 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)   (951 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)   (1020 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)   (1468 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)   (684 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)   (1073 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)   (1160 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)   (1106 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 (21:56:30)   (3163 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)   (2225 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 ...