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Welcome to News From Italy, my blog about our Italian Adventure. Although this blog has now ceased publication I will be continuing to blog and I am sincerely hoping that my many followers here will move with me to Travel Tales blog to follow my next adventures wherever they may take me. The links to my other blogs are:-

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Our Garden In June - Il Nostro Giardino in Giugno


How can it be the end of June already?  It is the time once again for me to share some of my favourite garden photos from the last month with you, selecting just a few from the many I have taken over the last few weeks. I think I went rather overboard this month as I have to select my favourites from a total of 207 in all!    

The interested gardeners and photographers amongst you will find the full album on Flickr.  Our Garden in June

Here are my favourite 12 photographs from the month of June for you to enjoy. I found it very difficult to choose so they are smaller than normal, which I do not think does them full justice. You know where to look if you want to see them in their full glory. These are definitely my favourites today but if I look again tomorrow I think some of them would be different.  My extra special favourite this month has already been shared with you here, the last photo in my Cherry Harvest post and also on Beautiful World the new collective blog that I am contributing to.

I will also post one of my choices today over on Beautiful World why not go over there and see which one it is when you have a minute or two to spare.

Kiwi Flower



Sweet Chestnut Blossom



First ripe  tomatoes of the season


Our smaller Orto


Magnolia Tulip Tree

Cactus flower

A full selection of photos I have taken in our garden this month can be viewed at  Flickr.com

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday Song - Cerena and Nek - Laura non c'e


This week's Sunday Song choice was drawn to my attention by Leesa from News From France. She sent me the link recently saying it is one of her favourites. Having listened to it I understood at once, I think it sounds extra special as it is sung in this version in Italian and French.  Thanks Leesa for enabling me to share this with Sunday Song listeners and participants around the world.

Courtesy of finfineau

Cerena is French and was born on the 20th of June 1981, so she has very recently celebrated her Birthday.

Nek is Italian and was born on the 6th of January 1972.

If you would like to find out more about these artists just click on the links inserted below.

http://www.myspace.com/cerenaofficiel          http://www.nekweb.com/


More Sunday Songs can be found by visiting 5 Minutes Just for Me



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As the picture says I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

XIII Cronoscalata Lago-Montefiascone - Montiafiascone Hill Climb



Last weekend was the 13th Cronoscalata and it was a fun event. On the Saturday morning we went and looked at all the cars that were going to be participating in the race. As you can imagine I took simply loads of photos as we strolled along the lake shore looking at the cars, everything from Fiat 500's to impressive looking racing cars.

I have reproduced most of the photos here as mini-photos, but if you want to see them in their individual glory, please  take a look at my album  Cronoscalata Montefiascone 2010 on Flickr.com.

Mini-Photos of Cronoscalata Entrants Saturday 19th June 2010










On the Sunday morning the weather did not get off to an auspicious start with heavy rain.  We wondered if we were actually going to be able to go and watch without getting soaked! Fortunately by mid morning it had stopped raining and  although the weather remained rather threatening we did need the umbrellas we took with us. We positioned ourselves near the start of the race, where I was surprised how close we were actually able to get to the cars! Anyway we had an excellent position from which to watch the cars set off on their ascent of the zig zag hill that is used for the race. Unfortunately I forgot to take my camera on Sunday morning so this second collection of photos are ones taken with my camera phone.

Mini-photos of Cars - Racing  on the Sunday morning June 20th 2010



For full size photos view my album Cronoscalata Montefiascone 2010

This video is a great presentation of this years event from YouTube.  Personally I found the music chosen was not to my taste, so remember you can always view with the speaker volume off. I think some of it must have been filmed on the Saturday afternoon or early Sunday morning by the evidence of the umbrellas!

courtesy of SuperMeis82

For any enthusiasts amongst you I have also included a couple of videos of the two previous years events that I found on YouTube.

11 Cronoscalata Lago - Montefiascone 2008

Courtesy of cleofe93


12^ cronoscalata Lago-Montefiascone 12-13-14 giugno 2009

Courtesy of mhanas

These Hill Race Climbs take place all over Italy and more information can be found about the events at the website dedicated to the Cronoscalata