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Orange shade of Autumn

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We are experiencing such a beautiful Autumn at the moment.  Lovely warm days with crisp mornings and fresh nights.  One downside of this time of year is that we have turned our clocks back so it is depressingly dark at 6pm and it feels so late when I leave the office to pick Matteo up from l’asilo nido (day-care).

We had a short week this week as last Friday , the 1st November was a public holiday for All Saints Day or Ognissanti.  How good would it be if the working week was just 4 days long?  The Thursday before was of course Halloween which is surprisingly gaining popularity every year here.  We even had our first trick-or-treaters visiting (luckily I had been pre-alerted so was well stocked).  I also carved my very first pumpkin and have decided that next year I will have better carving tools and create something a bit more impressive than this.  I didn’t need to worry though as the little person that I carved it for was Very impressed and that is all that matters!  He didn’t stop yelling Zucca Zucca for the whole neighborhood to hear!

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My favourite fruit at this time of year is the Kaki or persimmon.  We are very fortunate to have a friend with a huge tree so we invited him over for lunch last weekend and he bought us a huge box full of the fruit.  They have been ripening slowly at the pace of about one a day and luckily for me, Emiliano doesn’t love them as much as me!

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On Wednesday, I had to run out to the cash machine and so walked along the river down to the Ponte Vecchio.  It’s been a while since I’ve been out after dark (the social life has changed dramatically since having Matteo) and so when I noticed a huge group of people running and people stopping the traffic to direct the runners safely past, I, being curious as always (I like to know what’s going on!) had to ask someone what the run was for and Apparently, every Wednesday night there is this run called Firenze Corre.  The group meet at the Duomo and anyone can sign up and run (or walk) the 8km distance.  I’m feeling very sorry for myself as have done something to the tendons behind my knee so no more running for me for a while.

Below are the details of the run for all of you able-bodied people who would like to join in.

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 I can’t wait to write my next post as tomorrow I have been invited to take part in a beautiful day so I look forward to sharing this with you.   I’ll give you a hint……… Fiat 500!

A dopo!

Lisa x

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FOOD OBSESSED, FASHION LOVER, BUSY MAMMA, MAGAZINE CREATOR & WATERCOLOUR ARTISt.

Ciao, I'm Lisa B,
I’m a magazine founder & editor, a private food & shopping guide and watercolour artist who wants to share everything I know about the best-kept secrets in Tuscany with you.

I created This Tuscan Life blog, magazine and experiences to share everything I love about Florence & Tuscany, one of the most popular and visited regions in Italy.   Add a splash of watercolour & you've got a creative mamma of two who wants to show you the true & authentic side of Tuscany.

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These delicious soft square pillows of ravioli filled with mashed potato, cheese, garlic and parsley are more commonly known in Tuscany as Tortelli Mugellani, the famous Tortello from Mugello! If you haven’t tried these yet, then add them to your list of ‘must-taste’ when you next travel to this region known as the ‘Green Valley of Tuscany’. 

Barberino di Mugello is a small town found an easy thirty minute drive along the A1 from Florence or 45 minutes from Bologna. For those of you that know me well, you’ll understand one of the things that I find special about visiting Barberino…….. Did someone say Designer Outlet?

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