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June Finnigan


June Finnigan
June Finnigan is an English expat who lives with her man in a lovely old monastery farmhouse overlooking the Chianti Hills, in Tuscany. She is a published Author and her novels, 'My Father, The Assassin', 'The Bolivian Connection' and ‘The Italian Connection’ are available on Amazon. She is also the lead singer of ‘The Rock Chick Band’ in Tuscany. June also shares more information about life in Italy through her blog.


June Finnigan

August In Tuscany: Taking Our Breath Away

Posted by: junefinnigan on Friday August 16, 2019 (09:57:46)   (229 Reads)
August in Tuscany can take your breath away. Yes, it's beautiful, but in reality, I am talking about the heat, humidity and lack of breathable air! Even in properties like our own, which is old and built of thick stone walls, you will struggle to stay cool. The problem is the roof, concrete under tiles, which heats up during the day and fails to cool down sufficiently over night as temperatures have not been going lower than around 21 degrees. Last week, temperatures were up to 38 degrees again and wow, by 4pm we are gasping and changing into our third set of clothes. Today, we are thankfully enjoying a drop in overnight temperature and a maximum of 32 degrees, which is much better.    more ...


June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Summer In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Thursday July 18, 2019 (09:36:34)   (23 Reads)
Well, here we are in mid-July, enjoying a couple of fresher days after a few weeks of heat wave. Unfortunately, it won’t last long as we are expecting temperatures to rise up to 37 degrees again next week.    more ...


Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

Umbrella Movement

Posted by: gwaijai on Sunday July 14, 2019 (13:04:24)   (340 Reads)
The Avengers with John Steed (Uncredited photo from internet)
Growing up in 1960s England, the term Umbrella Movement could only mean one thing: The Avengers TV series and its suave hero, secret agent John Steed, effectively disarming many an assailant with a swiftly yielded British brolly. Today, courtesy of Hong Kong spirit, the humble brolly now stands as a worldwide symbol of peaceful defiance in the face of government intransigence. Agent Steed I imagine would be duly impressed.    more ...


Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Yikes! Bikes! Cheering 'Em On In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday July 02, 2019 (16:46:11)   (175 Reads)
They say nothing much happens at Maré le Bas. Well, on June 23 2019 a man with a bundle of tiny tricolore flags and a box of nougat rang the gate bell. Were we aware, he asked, that the TNM would pass our gate around 2 pm that very day?    more ...


Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

June Is Bustin’ Out In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Wednesday May 29, 2019 (19:00:07)   (336 Reads)
Hands up all those expats who remember June is Bustin’ Out All Over from Carousel. Good old Rodgers and Hammerstein!

They should have added a verse about local happenings. On June 9 St Père’s annual Le Jardin dans la Rue brings in the crowds. Their Troc Vert is a swap shop for keen gardeners. There are exhibitions and entertainments, and a brocante (see my May effusion) with a garden theme.    more ...


Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

The Road To Hong Kong

Posted by: gwaijai on Sunday May 19, 2019 (09:28:15)   (354 Reads)
Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a teeming conurbation and wondered, somewhat despairingly, where on earth do all these people come from? Well, here in densely populated Hong Kong you can find yourself contemplating that little conundrum on a quite regular basis. And from where indeed is a wonder, for when the British first started sniffing around here, eventually taking up residence in 1842, it was little more than a barren rock as Lord Palmerston famously noted.    more ...


Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

The Fun Starts Here

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday April 30, 2019 (19:16:24)   (136 Reads)
Cervon: Spot the treasures among the tat!
May in the Morvan! Bluebells, fields of golden oilseed rape, the first lawnmower of spring – and the Morvan's answer to the British car boot sale, village fête or antiques fair: the vide-greniers, brocantes, foires and fêtes. Most sizeable villages host an annual event, usually advertised in the local free magazine, Le Criquet. Cervon’s vide-grenier is scheduled for May 5.    more ...


June Finnigan

June Finnigan

April In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Sunday April 14, 2019 (15:47:33)   (374 Reads)
Welcome to my new look column. For those who have followed my column over the last few years will know that I have historically written about the previous month and the happenings therein. My new column is looking at the here and now, and the exciting events happening in the near future.    more ...


Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

April In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Thursday March 28, 2019 (17:28:08)   (415 Reads)
Poisson d’Avril!

On April 1 French children stick a paper fish - a Poisson d’Avril - on the back of an unsuspecting victim as a prank. No KICK ME ? How tame can you get? Dennis the Menace could teach them a thing or two.

Why the fish? Always glad of an excuse for a little research, I googled Poisson d’Avril for likely origins. One suggestion is that in 1564 King Charles IX decreed that the year would start on 1 January instead of 1 April. That’s all very well, but April Fool’s Day is celebrated in many other countries.    more ...


June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Life, Love And Events In Our Little Bit Of Chianti In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Sunday March 17, 2019 (12:04:50)   (145 Reads)
Welcome to my new look column. Those who have followed my column over the last few years will know that I have historically written about the previous month and the happenings therein. My new column is looking at the here and now, and the exciting events happening in the near future.    more ...