Hazel Murray moved to Tuscany almost fifteen years ago, after working at Sky News for thirteen years as a Weather Presenter. Before that she spent five years as Flying eye for Capital Radio, during which time her book, ‘Capital City – Focus from the Flying Eye’ was published. An avid tennis fan, she was once a line judge, umpire and journalist, with fond memories of Wimbledon in particular. Also, a keen gardener, she created a Tuscan garden entitled ‘The View to a Future Garden’ for Chelsea Flower Show in 2003, and won the award for Best Courtyard Garden in Show. Whilst researching and collecting bits and bobs for that garden in Tuscany, she ended up buying a house in Cortona, where she has lived full time since 2006. She is a volunteer at her local stray dogs’ home, and although she already had 3 cats, somehow ended up with four beloved dogs as well, two of which she raised from just two days old. In the first 2020 lockdown, , which was serious and long lasting in Italy, she wrote a series of articles, to raise money for the kennels, and this has now become the book, on Amazon, ‘Covid Chronicles – Lockdown Tails from Tuscany’ – again all proceeds going to the kennels. Her other main activity is painting which she took up when she first arrived in Italy and describes herself as a ‘serious amateur’.