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June Finnigan

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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)   (2113 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)   (2167 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 ...


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June Finnigan

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

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday April 16, 2014 (17:24:16)   (1806 Reads)

June Finnigan

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

Benvenuto to all my Loyal and New Followers

On the 2nd March, I returned to beautiful Tuscany, after a brief visit to the London Author Fair, loaded up with a bag full of leaflets and new ideas for marketing my books. I quickly cracked on with my second novel ‘The Bolivian Connection’ and by the end of the week had enthusiastically written two more chapters. Over coffee in Fiano, I told my man about the cost of having my books translated into Italian and that they calculate the price on the number of characters, not words!    more ...


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June Finnigan

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

Posted by: Carole on Friday March 14, 2014 (01:10:47)   (1721 Reads)

June Finnigan

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

As I write this column, the sun is pouring through the open studio window and there is nothing like it for being inspired to write. February was a month full of surprises and in particular the early blossoming of spring flowers and trees. We have a beautiful mimosa tree and by mid-month it was in full golden yellow blossom, which was lovely, however, did not bode well for the traditional gifting of the flowers, not due until March 8th on Festa Della Donna. By mid-month, temperatures rose as high as 17º centigrade (around 62º Fahrenheit).

Back in our local village of Fiano, the month included a visit from the carabinieri (police), following an incident in the piazza leaving a lot of broken glass.    more ...


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June Finnigan

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

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday February 11, 2014 (03:54:04)   (2442 Reads)

June Finnigan

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

I love the start of a New Year, particularly in our little bit of Chianti. There is a lot of pruning and tidying to be done in the countryside and by mid-month the only sounds to be heard, were the snipping of vines and the relentless muted conversation of the contadini (farm workers) from the slopes below us. By the end of the month, much of the woodland had been cleared of debris opening up beautiful new vistas for us locals to enjoy on the way to our morning coffee in Fiano. I discovered that the man in charge of the workers at Villa Bacio, which owns vast tracks of land around us, is called Lorenzo.    more ...


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June Finnigan

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

Posted by: Carole on Sunday January 12, 2014 (23:06:37)   (3775 Reads)

June Finnigan

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

Well, here we are again at the top of a New Year and looking forward to a gentle slide down through the seasons in Beautiful Tuscany. For years we had gigantic Christmas trees, however, that was when we had properties to match. Now a small tree takes pride of place on our former dining table, in the sitting room of our lovely little hillside villa. Christmas markets were on in most towns and villages. In Florence, one could visit the German (yes German) Christmas market, which is hugely popular. Germany is said to host the best markets in Europe! However, I do like to support the local shops, where things are very much the same as thirty years ago in England. Small shopkeepers still somehow survive and their window displays are lovely.    more ...


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June Finnigan

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

Posted by: Carole on Thursday December 12, 2013 (03:06:59)   (1871 Reads)

June Finnigan

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

November, in our little bit of Chianti in Tuscany, generally brings a mix of weather patterns ranging from warm and balmy to horrendous rainstorms and landslides. This November was no exception and we enjoyed aperitivi in sunshine one day and then were lighting the log fire the next. By the end of the month, it was freezing cold and we had to warm the Chianti wine in front of the log fire before drinking!

At the beginning the month, I was shocked to discover that my hairdresser of eight years, the lovely Sandra, had left the salon in Certaldo and nobody was prepared to say where she had gone. My man and I set out on an investigation and after some careful questioning in bars; we discovered that she was opening a new shop.    more ...


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June Finnigan

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

Posted by: Carole on Thursday November 21, 2013 (00:29:42)   (2162 Reads)

June Finnigan

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

The highlights of October, here in our little bit of Chianti, included the grape harvest and a visit from my lovely mother-in-law to celebrate her eighty-eighth birthday!

Gi-Gi, my mother-in-law, was welcomed back by the village locals, which made her feel very important. Over birthday lunch at Ristorante ‘C’era Una Volta’ in Lucardo, she enjoyed her favourite ‘lambs chops’ and later burst into song over her digestivo di limoncello. She has a lovely operatic voice, which though now a little shaky, had the whole restaurant clapping and singing with her. Later there were four generations of Finnigans at our villa for afternoon tea.    more ...


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June Finnigan

A Month In The Life Of An English Writer in Tuscany

Posted by: Carole on Monday October 14, 2013 (17:49:12)   (3098 Reads)

June Finnigan

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

I am really excited to be able to share my wonderful life in Tuscany with you and this is the perfect time of year to begin this column. If you have ever visited my little bit of Tuscany on the edge of Chianti, you will know that September is the start of the Vendemmia (grape harvest) and the countryside echoes with the sound of squeaky old tractors and the clanking of trailers carrying big juicy grapes, both purple and green, to be crushed at the local fattorie(farmhouses). Now, please do not worry, this column is not going to be dedicated to the food and wine of Tuscany, despite how delicious the cibo and vino is. No, I intend taking you much deeper in the lifestyle of the region and all will become clear as to why we have lived here for nine years.    more ...