Internet on off

I’m able to use the Internet thanks to my good friend Mark, proprietor of the Hotel des Consuls here in Castelnau de Montmiral. However I’ve lots to do here, part business, part fun and games 😀   Of the latter, Castelnau de Montmiral is being prepared for a 4 night music festival starting tonight with … Read more

Castel de Brames

Thinking about life after lockdown, I strongly recommend you visit Castel de Brames.

Castel de Brames

For the rarest of fine wines, Castel de Brames.

61 x 915 cm (24″ x 36″), available, price on request.

If you can’t get there try visiting my upgraded website page
My website page and painting have both had some fine tuning so you can discover more !
Castel de Brames unique among the unique.
Rarest of fine wines
Castel de Brames, a detail

 

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Musée Lapérouse

Lapérouse

The Musée Lapérouse in Albi and my painting of the famous explorer Lapérouse, his ships and their great adventure.

A story I have been meaning to relate for the past couple of years.

Lapérouse
Musée Laperouse

I am prompted by the pleasure of Philippe De Laperouse, a descendent living in the USA connecting with me via Facebook.

This painting is at the time of my writing, the only meticulously researched, accurate portrayal of the Lapérouse and First Fleet ships and the approach to Botany Bay, the only authentic representation of the scene.

Ships of Lapérouse
Ships of Lapérouse, an example of a crewman’s  drawing.

Consequently the museum staff asked to see my painting of “Lapérouse Entering Botany Bay” so I left the painting with them for a few days.

Lapérouse Museum
Musée Lapérouse

I was told they would love to add this work of art to their display however the museum was in the process of moving to larger premises thus no funds were available; then along came Covid 19 … 

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Canoe Conodal?

The warmest day in the Tarn for a week.

Watching the weather forecasts for ‘canoe surgery’, and making very sure we had all the materials and tool we needed, I had all the preparation ready for this day.

Following a deliberately late breakfast Hervé and I ‘blitzkrieged’ his 5 m  kayak.

The first task was to ‘glass in’ the hanging knees we had fitted.

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Family Matters

Today, no painting, soon,  I reluctantly leave the land of sunflowers and vines, Gaillacois Tarn in the heart of ancient l’Ocitainne for the Black Mountains and a rather special visit to my long lost cousin Maureen. It’s been about years since we last met so there is some catching up to do and of course, … Read more

Representing France

A major event, THE festival of Lanterns.
If you possibly can, visit this fete on show for the third and last time at Gaillac.

Fete des Lanternes

This is nothing less than Gaillacois Tarn representing all France to China and vice versa.
Previously the Chinese have always chosen major cities, Toronto, Hamburg, Boston and San Francisco USA and so on.

This year this festival, unique in Europe opens 1 st December for 2 months.

Le site internet officiel = https://festivaldeslanternes-gaillac.fr/ ainsi que la page Facebook officielle = https://www.facebook.com/Festival-des-Lanternes-Gaillac-313632982438151/

Fete des Lanternes

The mayor of Gaillac made a brilliant, inspiring speech.

The evening included lavishing wines, foods and a disco on guests

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To Gaillac

Tarn Friends said “you now are Gaillacois, Tarn, don’t leave”. I’m planning to return later this month. Partly because of an invitation from the Gaillac Ville to attend a meeting about the next Franco-Chinese Festival of Lanterns which starts 4 th December. The previous festival lasted a month and attracted 350,000 visitors. You can discover more about … Read more

Better than Champagne?

As Lily who has now returned to Toulouse, was preparing and exceptional dinner,  sit back and imagine … ,  I decided this should be accompanied by a wine I’d been reserving since my last visit to Gaillac.

Enter CHÂTEAU DE LACROUX.

Château de Lacroux
Methode Ancestrale, demi sec.
A fine sparkling wine produced at the Château illustarted in my painting shown here [available, £4,000 see page https://artfrickers.com/s-w-france/gaillac/chateau-de-lacroix/]
To our surprise and delight this has to be one of the best wines I’ve tried, surpassing any Champagne in my experience.

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France, new two-way speed cameras in unmarked cars

Two-way speed cameras go live in France in unmarked cars just in time fore the Toussaint holiday.This follows discussions proposing many speed limits are cut by 10 kph 

The new mobile speed cameras will be able to catch speeding vehicles in either directions – to pass at speed in either direction means you are ‘nicked’… 

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