A Journey is a person in itself; no two are alike……

‘A Journey is a person in itself;  no two are alike.    All plans, safeguards, policing and coercion are fruitless.   We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip;  a trip takes us’    John Steinbeck.   

New England apples…..



I have just visited dear friends and family in the United States.    A trip which has taken me to a new level of love and understanding in my life.     A trip that also warrants my writing several posts.

The View from my window in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  Image


I first visited the States as a young woman in 1966.    My first husband and I set sail on the United States Liner from Southampton on January 28th 1966.    On February 3rd we sailed under the newly constructed Verrazano Bridge, which connects Brooklyn to Staten Island.   We then took a Greyhound Bus to Miami, Florida, where we were picked up by my husband’s Uncle and driven to Key West.   The plan was to stay for two years.      

A very long story, and twenty eight years later, in 1993 I returned to the UK/Europe.   I am currently living just a few short miles from my place of birth in London.   

Ipswich, Massachusetts reflections. 


Reading Steinbeck’s words at this time of my life, I realise that I have reached the beautiful stage, where the ‘trip is taking me’.

This past spring I had a life long block removed.      What it was and how it happened again warrants much more time than afforded in this post, but let it suffice to say, that it has freed me at last to relax, and enjoy wherever the trip of life leads. 


This adventure began with a flight to Boston, where I was picked up by family members, and driven to Ipswich, Massachusetts…..a lovely New England town.       Interestingly the property where I stayed (and I had been there once before) was purchased by my niece and her husband from a family member of one of my dearest friends in Stonington, Connecticut.   Pure coincidence, some might say:)

A wonderful place to dig for clams. 



After a blissful few days in Ipswich, I flew to Atlanta, Georgia to spend the week with some of my dearest friends…..they are also family to me.      The main event was to be the wedding of Catherine and Kevin – and oh what a wonderful event it was. 

I attended the wedding of Catherine’s parents in 1977…..yes, we go back a long way. 

When I arrived at the house in Gainesville, Georgia, which sits on one of the large lakes which dot the area, imagine my delight to find that the hummingbirds were still in residence. 

The veranda where the hummingbirds visited me every day.



I would sit on the veranda, and wait for the humming sound and click as quickly as possible. Image

Amazingly they left for their long flight south right after I flew back to the UK.    

Along with seeing family, friends and lots of beautiful animals and birds….I also got to paint several watercolour portraits.     I will write much more in further blogs during the next couple of weeks. 

Meanwhile, wishing everyone peace, love and may the magical hummingbirds be with you. 


A Bientôt


20 thoughts on “A Journey is a person in itself; no two are alike……

  1. gini

    OH.. the photos were just Grand Janet. I had you so close but so far away.. (smile) Next time. Magical Hummingbirds still surround us. ❤ g xx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Hi Gini……yes, next time I will definitely come to Maine. My daughter and niece both used to go to Long Lake when they were every tiny….I think the first time Christie went she was about 4 months old….and Kate is just three years older. Happy memories. Thank you:)xx

  2. Bonnie Halsey-Dutton

    A wonderful trip: thank you for letting us take it with you!! So glad of the beautiful memories you forded on this trip: you bring me peace through your experiences… I sat on the veranda with you and saw those hummingvirds, too!

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Hi Dear Bonnie…..I thought of you a few times, and particularly when they announced the huge snow storm in Rapid City on October 5th! It was the day of the wedding and 89 degrees and sunny in Georgia and so quite a contrast.
      Also been thinking about you with all your new adventures….Sending lots of hummers your way. x

  3. snowbird

    What a beautiful post Janet, and a simply wonderful painting to round it off. I’m glad you had a good time with family and friends and that you got to see your magical hummingbirds once more. Good to hear your block has finally been removed.xxxx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you so much. It really was one of those perfect trips….wonderful people, fab weather, lots of laughter, and so superb animals along the way:) and of course some watercolour painting. Yes, it was a big block….over a glass of wine one day, I will tell you about it:)xxxx

  4. ShimonZ

    I am so happy to have found this post, even if I was a little late to get at it… It seems my journey was through a storm when it first appeared. But here it is… the wonders of the internet. Very glad to see you’re back. Delighted by the quote you chose to start the post; and bubbling with joy at the beautiful images here. Oh, how I love those coincidences, Janet. And the apples are a god-given riot. What a joy.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I love these coincidences as well and am so glad that you caught up with me and that we are back in touch.
      Did I tell you that I am reading ‘Henderson the Rain King’ from your recommendation, and I am loving it. Still catching up with other people’s blogs, but will get there. Meanwhile give Nechame a big hug from me:)


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