Mayragues, Château, Castle

Today’s agenda included a visit to the 12 th century Château Mayrages. Also to see my friend, proprietor Alan Geddes, in part to buy some of their fabulous wine. 53 x 81 cm (21” x 32”), available £ 2,000, Discover more via my page ‘Gaillac Chataeux’ Mayragues is documented to have been wine making … Read more

Woofers and Woodlands

Woofers welcome to the woodlands, tweeters too.

This winter and next season my good friend Hervé Boitel will be opening his estate for you to discover.

Hervé Boitel’s home is situated in the remote valley of Cassanis near Gaillac in the Tarn department, S W France.

There is plenty to do and see for those who fancy a rural work out, so much more satisfying than a gym,  that is actually useful.

There is no shortage of wildlife, birds in particular around the woodlands and ponds … there is also the surrounding countryside rich with nature trails, bastides to explore and a lively social life.

Ideal for a vacation with a difference.

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Tarn on the turn.

The Tarn sky is telling us, after many bright warm days rain and colder weather.
Tarn near Laborie, Gaillac
Exercise and fresh air, a Sunday afternoon stroll near Gaillac in the North Tarn, maybe the last chance for a few days or more.
Tarn autumn near Laborie, Gaillac

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France …

A beautiful and mild day at #Gaillac in the Tarn department, #France . I was researching to prepare a new #painting , with Charles, Count de Noblet et d’Angelure, and including making new friends. More about the new painting soon.


Tarn department (81), Gaillac, a change of scene today. 60 x 92 cm (24″ x 36″), available £2,000. > here bank to bank or with your credit card Purchase Now  < via Paypal, in any currency, or in instalments by arrangement, contact Gordon Frickers. Driving to one of my most favourite places, Gaillac. Wish you … Read more


Fog and sunrise a  view from my bedroom window this morning and typical of this autumn. The weather here this year has been quite unusual with this autumn most days, unusually mild, dry with foggy mornings and warm sunny afternoons. Climate change or just, unusual, you tell me?🙂⚓


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Loss of Halifax D 170 50 x 76 cm (20” x 30“) painted for the sole survivor.

The doomed Halifax started its final dive, only John Loban got out alive.

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Eleven Eleven

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day …

Lest we forget …
Plymouth Sound May 1942
I feel very privileged to have know many veterans and painted for some of them.
Hence this paintings tribute to all who served so we ca be free.
Especially to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who were crippled.
Eye witness, Convoy PQ19 attacked by JU 88’s

My Father and all my uncles served.

We were lucky, they all came home although two were in dreadful health having been prisoners of the Germans and Japanese respectively and a third, marked as dead.

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Painters Three

Painters, artists together, three artists Christine Prisot, painter, poetese,  Margo Le Gall painter, and I think you can guess who else… artists sharing an late autumn late afternoon randonée and wide ranging conversations at Férel, France. Here too is a hint of the beauty of southern Brittany, an area most tourists pass without stopping.