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Need help in your home or with your children in Tuscany in December ? At Christmas ? Be quick – not many experienced Filipino housekeepers and nannies available
Do you need help in your home or with your children in Tuscany in December ? To help you prepare for Christmas or New Year celebrations ? This is a very busy time for many people and can be stressful and tiring.
We may be able to help you, depending on where you live in Tuscany. We can offer the services of a good, experienced Filipino (Filipina) housekeeper and nanny, and also a caretaker, house manager and gardener.
But we would like to advise you that the availability of our Filipino (Filipina) ladies and co-workers is very limited in December. These hard-working, reliable domestic staff are in even more demand every December, especially before, and at, Christmas.
If you are looking for a top Filipino (Filipina) housekeeper, nanny, cleaner or carer in December you may have difficulty finding one available to work for you. This is due to two reasons: Many Filipino (Filipina) workers go home to the Philippines in December to visit their family and friends. Often they take four weeks holiday.
This creates a shortage of workers. Also, their employers still need help in the home so they seek a temporary Filipino (Filipina) while their regular worker is away.
We can help you with cleaning, tidying, laundry, cooking, babysitting, shopping, gardening, etc in your home or hotel, subject to availability and where you live in Tuscany. It can be as live-in or live-out.
We can work in Lucca, Montecatini Terme, Monsummano Terme, Pistoia, Prato and Florence (Firenze).
Other towns and cities, for example Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio and Pisa will be considered – we can discuss your requirements and the amount of work or childcare involved.
Contact us today to see how we can help you. If your home and children are looked after, you and your family will be able to relax and enjoy Christmas and the New Year holidays.
Telephone now: Italy 3274233161.
Experienced services for busy people and their family: Housekeeper, Nanny, Carer, Babysitter, Property Manager, Caretaker, Estate Manager, House Manager.
A fantastic newly discovered painting by Tuscany artist Leonardo da Vinci attracts big crowds to new exhibition in London
Christina has enjoyed cooking from a young age, when she prepared and cooked food for her family and friends in Korea. She knew they were happy with her efforts when they rubbed their stomachs after meals !
Several years later she moved to San Francisco in America to go to Art School.
After meeting an American man and getting married they moved to Santa Barbara. Now she had time on her hands, so more cooking and writing about it, was the next thing to do. The blog is named after the dog they rescued from kennels.
Her latest cooking session turned out to be a fun time with friends, including John Fernandez, a chef trained in Italy. They cooked homemade pasta, Bolognese and finished by making tiramisu.
Read about the homemade pasta night on Christina’s site: black dog food blog. There are good photos and recipes. Click on this link: http://wp.me/s1UC5Y-715
Four Iovers of Italian food and wine share their Storyteller Experience as guests of DaVinci Wines in Tuscany, Italy
DaVinci Wines held their Storyteller Experience in Tuscany, Italy this summer. It gave four lovers of Italian food and wine a great opportunity to visit and learn about this leading wine growing area in the world.
The four people were chosen as Storytellers from the many applications received by the company and were then guests for a week in and around Vinci, near Florence.
This small town gives its name to the famous Italian Leonardo da Vinci, as he was born here.
The Storytellers met wine growers, producers and workers to learn the different steps required to make a bottle of wine. They also met chefs and saw local food being prepared in favourite Tuscany recipes.
Their hosts, DaVinci Wines is a unique wine growers’ cooperative consisting of over 200 small growers, with their vineyards mostly near to Vinci.
One of the Storytellers was Janelle Maiocco from Seattle in America. She is a mother and loves to cook and write about it in her blog. She was chosen as the Culinary Arts Storyteller by the company.
You can read how the four Storytellers enjoyed their time in Tuscany. Who they met, where they went, photographs and recipes are featured at this page on the DaVinci Wines website. Click this link: http://www.davinciwine.com/Da-Vinci-Storytellers/
Luxury holiday home in Siena, Tuscany, Italy now available for low season rental with good discounts
The heat wave in Italy didn’t finish in August as predicted but carried on, including in Tuscany. September saw many days of hot temperatures and sunshine from early morning to late evening.
As the peak summer tourist season has finished there are many good deals available for people wanting a short break or holiday in Autumn or Winter in Tuscany. Many holiday companies, hotels and property owners are offering big discounts so it gives you the chance to save money.
Accommodation in houses, villas and cottages is now available at much lower rates than in the busy summer months and this is a good time to consider a late holiday. The mild Mediterranean climate is still warm during the daytime (although a sweater or jacket may be needed) and there are still many things to do and places to visit.
One example of holiday accommodation available now at reduced rates is Il Fienile in the beautiful Chianti wine growing area of Tuscany.
This holiday home is located just minutes from Siena. This was once a hay barn but has been converted into a luxury place to stay. During October, 2011 it is available to rent with discounts of 25%.
It can sleep 10 people and has facilities for babies and children. Built in traditional stone, the property is fully furnished and has everything a family may need during a holiday. There is a modern kitchen with all appliances, satellite television, DVD player and internet access. Central heating is available with an extra charge for use.
Outside there is a nice terrace with dining area and a garden with a swimming pool for anyone wanting to enjoy a swim.
Il Fienile is in a good location. The local market is nearby and the historic city Siena is only ten minutes away. From here you can also go to other popular places such as San Gimignano and Volterra or travel further to experience a visit to magnificent Florence.
This property is one of many managed by specialist company Invitation to Tuscany, based in London, U.K.
See more photos and details about Il Fienile on the Invitation to Tuscany website. Examples of rental rates may be shown but it is best to contact the company for latest prices and availability. Note: There are agents available in several countries to help.
One of the world’s most well-known and loved wine producers, Ruffino, has sold 50.1% of its shares to the American company Constellation Brands.
It now gives Constellation Brands full control over the family company. It previously purchased 40% of shares then added a further 9.9% last year.
The deal is valued at Euros 50 million and was agreed by the current Ruffino Managing Director Adolfo Folonari. He will stay on as a company director.
Ruffino is based in Florence in Tuscany and has around 1,500 acres of vineyards in the famous wine growing region of Italy. The business was started in 1877 by Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino.
It has a reputation for producing great wines, including Chianti Ruffino and Riserva Ducale and was one of the first companies to produce Super Tuscan wines in recent years. The wines are sold in over 85 countries.
Constellation Brands is a top seller of wines, beers and spirits and is increasing its sales of Ruffino wines in America.
Read more about the takeover at this Reuters website: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/06/idUS61684+06-Oct-2011+HUG20111006
Son reveals love letters written by his mother in Scotland to secret father in Tuscany, Italy during the Second World War
A new book tells the amazing, emotional story of a long distance romance and the secret child of a young cafe worker in Scotland and an Italian prisoner-of-war during the Second World War.
Gloria Serafini worked in the cafe owned by her parents in Selkirk in Scotland in 1940. Meanwhile Ilio Orlandini was working on a farm in Tuscany, Italy. Neither knew anything about each other but World War 2 would change their lives completely.
Peter Laurie was the child born to Gloria and Ilio, a couple that met because of the war and were then separated by it. Peter decided to research his real father’s identity several years ago and with the help of an Italian with the same name as his father, he was successful.
Peter was 53 years old when he met his father for the first time. He travelled to the historic city of Lucca to meet Ilio Orlandini at the Hotel Celide.
They continued to meet every year and before Ilio died he gave Peter all the letters that he had received from Gloria years earlier.
Now Peter and his wife Barbara have published the letters, over 200, in a book Letters to Ilio from the Cafe de Luxe.
This is a great story with romance, happiness, sadness and tragedy during the difficult period of World War 2.
Read more about the book here: http://tinyurl.com/5r2tj6f
Marchesi Antinori – a world leading wine maker in Florence, Tuscany, Italy and a special sale of rare wines
The region of Tuscany in Italy has some of the best areas for growing wine in the world so naturally one of the world’s leading wine producers has vineyards in the area.
The Marchesi Antinori family business was started in 1385 and its headquarters are in the beautiful, historic city of Florence. Many things have changed massively during the company’s 625 years and 26 generations of making wine. One thing that remains the same is the family’s involvement – a proud father and his three daughters are now in charge.
Another company with a great tradition and history is Christie’s. Started in 1766, it is known as one of the top auction houses. It has offices in 32 countries and handles sales of high value and rare art, antiques and wine.
Its next Fine and Rare Wine Sale will be at 10am on 29th October, 2011 in New York.
Read more about these two companies and some of the special Marchesi Antinori wines to be offered for sale at Christie’s website: http://tinyurl.com/5w2xg97