‘Overview’ of my trip to the States.

“Travel makes one modest.   You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world”   Gustave Flaubert

During the past month, I have visited seven States, have slept in ten different beds, taken two Amtrak trains, one domestic flight from Washington DC to Atlanta, five car rides and one ferry.

Along the way, I have been with family, dear friends, three babies, numerous animals and have met some wonderful new friends who I am quite sure I  have met in previous lives…..

I dodged some major storms, experienced lots of rain and sunshine in almost equal measure and throughout it all so much joy and laughter prevailed.

After having made plans for the trip, I then let go of all preconceived notions and allowed things to unfold naturally, and they did in the most perfect of ways.    The magical hummingbirds were clearly with me all the way….  20-11-15 - 1 (1073)The adventure began with my beautiful daughter Christie meeting me at Boston’s Logan Airport.      I then got to meet LILO aka Fluff Puff –  He is as beautiful in the fluff as he is on my computer screen:) 20-11-15 - 1 (349)          Harvard Square – virtually next to where Christie lives in Cambridge.   This is where the adventure began.     harvard-squareBoston is looking very healthy and the new water front development is particularly impressive.   When I visited five years ago, very little of it existed.

Next stop Ipswich Mass.…(about one and half hour drive from Boston) where cousin Kate and the now ten year old twins live.   Ten years old is when you still see the world from many different points of view.      They are so much fun. P1250548The view from the cottage window, which changes constantly with the ebb and flow of the tides.      This is an area known for its delicious clams. P1250531Then onto Essex in upstate New York, via Vermont and the Charlotte Ferry which crosses beautiful Lake Champlain. 

Here we stayed with Sandy and Barbara Lewis.   I first met Sandy in New York fifty-one years ago when he interviewed me for a job.  (more about that in another blog)    Last time Christie and I visited the Lewis Family Farm was eight years ago…  20180507_084850The Lewis Family Farm offers the best USDA certified grass-fed beef.     A magnificent farm – from this view you can see Lake Champlain….lewis family farmHere is an early morning view of the Adirondack mountains from the farm….P1250583After two days of stimulating conversation and much laughter with Sandy and Barbara, we drove drove back to Boston.

Our next stop – Stonington, Connecticut  where my friend and fellow artist, RB Jones lives.    Currently RB is building a new studio, which we were pleased to see…plus he makes the best Margaritas ever:)     

Along with being a beautiful town with excellent cafes and restaurants, Stonington is a vibrant seafaring community with an interesting history.      When we arrived the trees were in full blossom.          20180511_144723After three lovely days in Stonington, Christie and I parted ways temporarily….I then took the Amtrak train to New York City,  where I stayed with another good friend, Cyma Horowitz.  Christie returned to Cambridge to make sure Fluff Puff was OK……

Grand Central Station in New York – where Cyma introduced me to The Campbell Bar – tucked away in a discreet corner of the Grand Central Terminal.      Originally the office of American financier, John W. Campbell…this iconic New York institution is now a space where people can meet and enjoy the unusual ambiance, but very few know about it…………..definitely worth a visit. 20180512_171125Cyma Horowitz and Ferne Speiler are the best people to show anyone around New York City.    Cyma has been a volunteer Big Apple Greeter....someone who shows visitors around the city.   Ferne, who has lived and worked in New York all her life is the person responsible for coming up with the name  ‘Crickadoon’.       When visiting me in Wales, she mentioned how much Crickhowell reminded here of Brigadoon….hence the name.

Next stop, via Amtrak to West Chester Pennsylvania  where I stayed with my good friends Tom and Carolyn Comitta.     Carolyn is Representative at Pennsylvania House of Representatives and was busy working on the primaries when I arrived.    Along with friends of long standing,  on this visit I met some new friends – again more about this leg of the trip later in a separate post. 20180518_113040After four days in West Chester, my son Jarrod Reed picked me up to take me to the farm in Nottingham, Pa where he and his partner Kendle live and work and what a magical place it is.

I will be writing much more about this leg of the trip and showing numerous pictures….but for this overview let it suffice to say that for anyone who enjoys the countryside and are interested in the Amish people’s way of life...this is a place to visit.   Jarrod and Kendle will be having an Air B n B at the Farm. –   Much more to come about that.

Jarrod with one of his favourite chickens20180518_171322Jarrod took me around the farm on the Gator to enjoy the stunning views.  Kendle trains horses for dressage and is a fabulous cook.      Kendle, who I have known since she was five years old,  thinks about horses in the same way as I think about painting  and Jarrod thinks about music – in other words it is her life.      20180520_103210-1Sketching Jarrod on their deck while Jarrod played beautiful music….a special  moment. 33194620_1913316375345814_5120458571477155840_oJarrod and Kendle’s three immediate neighbours are Amish farmers.  I had the great pleasure to meet several of their community and will be writing more about this experience in a further blog. 20180524_161748_resized_kindlephoto-302450113

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Anne Buffington, Kendle’s mother is an artist friend of mine going back to 1973 – and so my next stop was Anne driving me from the farm to the Annapolis area.      We packed in a lot of conversation and laughter during that time….

Next day Anne very bravely drove me to Washington DC – taken from the car. 20180523_112458-1-1

Here I re-connected with Christie and Jenifer Gausman.     We had so much fun for the ensuing 24 hours.   Here we are at Whiskey Charley – at the beginning of a superb evening. 🙂

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Next stop Atlanta, Georgia.       After Jen’s lovely mother , Jorjie drove both Christie and I to the airport….Christie flew back to Boston and I flew onto Atlanta where I was met by my friend of many years, Lynn Kearns, and this is where the final leg of the trip began.

Staying with the Kearnsclan, as I call them is like being in the heart of family.    I was at Lynn and Stratton’s wedding many moons ago, knew their parents, have watched their children grow and now their grandchildren…hence this picture.   We have a much shared history. 

Meet Millie the dog, Eva, Charlotte and Miles…..I am laughing so much because all the parents are jumping up and down in front of me getting the children’s attention. image1-3This is where the magical hummingbirds came to visit me every day when I was with the Kearnsclan.    I would sit in a connecting porch and paint as they would fly around.    Beyond is Lynn’s very impressive vegetable garden – all of which is surrounded by acres of ancient woodland…..rolling down to Lake Lanier.    A real retreat. 20180525_094054One day when Lynn and I were out purchasing water colour paper, we bumped into Rosemary Dodd – a real (Steal Magnolia) whose 100 year old father I painted as a portrait demonstration at the Quinlan Visual Arts Centre about 20 years ago.   One of many lovely coincidences on this trip.

Rosemary Dodd – a Southern Lady and super creative artist. 20180528_181749-2

Again I will be writing much more about this part of the trip, but two of the Georgia highlights were visiting the magnificent BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple, and on my final day becoming an anchor woman for CNN!IMG_6149_kindlephoto-507100660-2Although this was not a painting trip per se, I did do a lot of sketching and have returned filled with many thoughts and ideas…..in other words the creative juices are flowing.

I finish this overview with a magical hummingbird.10996309_10153250856200396_1092698130640243063_o

 

A  Bientot

http://www.janetweightreed.co.uk

 

 

55 thoughts on “‘Overview’ of my trip to the States.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you very much Ben. I did indeed have a wonderful time in every way. Thank you so much for reading, and I will now look forward to catching up with yours and other people’s blogs. Hummingbird Hugs my friend.

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you so much Sarah. It was such a joy to laugh so much…..talk about medicine for the mind, body and soul – Hoping all is well with you on the lovely IOW – Sending hummingbird Hugs….Janet

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  1. Lynn

    Sitting on the porch watching the hummingbirds and savoring your blog. Kearnsclan and hummingbirds send love.

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      HI dear Lynn. It’s so special for me to know exactly where you are sitting and what you are seeing and experiencing. What a truly magical place you have there….and I was very pleased to hear that you were back in the woods yesterday. Let’s hope the weather stays dry so that you can spend many happy hours communing with Mother Nature – and please do give little Millie a great big Hummingbird Hug from me and of course one for you and the Doc:) Love to you and all of the Kearnsclan….

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      HI Dear Timi, So glad you enjoyed the trip….it was such a very special one. Every now and then things in life seem to flow without any hitch at all…and this was one of those magical times. Hope all is well with you and that your creative juices continue to flow. Hummingbird Hugs janet

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you Brad…and so pleased you enjoyed. It was an amazing trip and although it seems very rushed..in fact I was able to spend real substance time with everyone I saw….HOpe all is well with you. I will be catching up with yours and others posts soon. Hummingbird Hugs…janet

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  2. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Welcome back Janet! ❤ It was a delight to take this virtual jaunt with you. Your wonderful descriptions and photos made me feel I was there. Thank you. And I have to say the chicken is adorable and Fluff Puff is the most striking cat — those eyes! Hummingbird hugs!

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you so much Teagan. I thought of you when I was in DC. You would love all the animals and kitty kats on Jarrod and Kendle’s farm. It is an animal lovers paradise. Yes, Fluff Puff is indeed a very striking cat and he knows it of course 🙂 I do hope that you and Crystal are both well and that the creative juices continue to flow. I will be catching up with blogs…soon. Hummingbird hugs to you my friend. janet 🙂

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      1. Teagan R. Geneviene

        Thank you, Janet. Crystal is doing well on a new “program” of monthly shots and prescription food. She’ll be 12 in August.
        I wanted to say something when you blogged that you were stopping in DC… but my agoraphobia has become truly crippling. My comfort zone is one mile and sometimes not even that. And you had such a tight schedule anyway. So I enjoyed it through the pictures. Have a beautiful weekend.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you dear Bushka….if you get this twice, ignore:) It was a whirlwind trip, but one filled with substance and I did pace myself – consequently I feel somewhat invigorated from all the stimulation. I will be staying relatively low key through June until July when I go to The Magical Town of Crickadoon to paint for a couple of weeks….Now it’s time to respond to other’s blogs and get into a rhythm of painting. Hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying this glorious day. Janet 🙂 x

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you so much Tish. It was indeed a wonderful trip and I feel totally enlivened from it. I was reminded how important laughter is….food for the mind, body and soul 🙂 I will be catching up with yours and other people’s posts in the next few days…for now I send you magical Hummingbird Hugs – Janet

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  3. Sue

    You write with such warmth, Janet, obvious love for your family and dear friends. Lovely photos, along with your descriptive commentary, your blogs are a joy to read. Your hummingbirds are exquisite, thank you xx

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you very much Sue. It comes from the heart. So pleased you enjoy the blog and the hummingbirds…wishing you a day filled with Hummingbird Hugs. Janet 🙂

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  4. Virginia Porter

    Hand on heart. Wonderful.
    ( I have somehow been deleted from this blog site.) Finding it by accident made my day!!!
    I am reapplying. Smile
    Hugs
    g
    I see many paintings on your horizon.
    Did you make it to ME by any chance?
    💗

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Oh Virginia….I thought of you so much on this trip and almost got to Maine, but time simply wouldn’t permit. Yes, many paintings are to come….the creative juices are indeed flowing….and you my friend are you painting every day???? and how are Reed and Janet hummingbirds??? Next trip to the States wont be so fragmented…I would plan to come to Boston for a longer period and hopefully we can at last get togather. For now I send you loads of hummingbird hugs. Janet 🙂 xxx

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  5. Jane Hart

    Dearest Janet, Love seeing all your photos; Jarrod & Christie & the serene spots you sat and talked, read, dreamt and feasted! Saw Carolyn at a political event and as I ran over to ask her what your schedule was she was swallowed by the crowd! Just knowing you were nearby warms my heart. Much love and hummingbird kisses!.

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      HI Dear Jane, I am so sorry that I didn’t get to see you on this trip. Time, our most precious commodity! I am planning on returning in 2020 when I hope to spend some real time with you…unless of course you get to this side of the Pond? I had a lovely four days at Carolyn’s but all too fast – but the whole trip was quite magical. I think of you so much and send lots of hummingbird hugs. Janet xxx

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  6. roughwighting

    Wow! What a trip! I enjoyed following along with you, particularly since you began in Boston and near where I live. You choose a perfect beautiful time to visit this country and all of its charms. We have many different kinds of hummingbirds visit us at the feeder outside our bedroom window and your drawing exudes their beauty and vibrancy.

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you so much for reading this post and for the lovely comment. How fortunate you are to have hummingbirds coming to you every day….I only get to enjoy them when I am in the States. Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend and that the hummingbirds are weaving their magic. Janet 🙂

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you so much Andrea. It really was a very special trip being with family and so many other people I love, and yes tons of inspiration:) Hope your creative juices are flowing and that you are enjoying gardening weather. 🙂 janet

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  7. ShimonZ

    Loved the quote by Flaubert. Welcome home dear Janet. I no longer have the strength for such travels, but I admire your spirit. It would have been well worthwhile if just to visit with family and friends… but how glorious to find new friends! What truly rings in this post is the joy and laughter. Love the hummingbird picture… and Christie’s cat reminds me very much of my own Nechama.

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning dear Shimon. One of the reasons I did so much on this trip is because I can still do it…..and although fit and healthy at this moment in time, I am also fully aware that the clock is ticking and so am making hay while the sun is shining. There was so much joy and laughter throughout. Laughter being such wonderful medicine for mind, body and soul. I thought the same thing about Fluff Puff and Nechama….they have a very similar look to them…..it’s those wonderful eyes. Hope you both enjoy a lovely day. Janet xx

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  8. snowbird

    Oh my!!! What an amazing adventure!!! I really can’t wait to hear about the places you visited in more detail , especially the Amish neighbours of Jarrod and Kendle! Goodness, how I enjoyed this post and have no idea where to start re a comment!!! But….how wonderful that you got to see Christie and Jarrod, and meet fluff puff in person, your kids are so beautiful, get it from their mother!!!! Good to know you managed to sketch and met old friends, and made new ones….those mountains in Essex blew me away! Loved how you made basic travel arrangements then let it all hang on the wind….way to go friend of mine! Loved the hummer painting…..you do weave majik!!!!xxx

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Dina….YOu would find my son’s neighbours, the Amish, to be so interesting and fascinating. I was fortunate enough to have quite a long conversation with several members of the community. They are known for being superb farmers and stewards of the land, and what we could learn from them about sustainability and the environment…well I can’t imagine. Yes, more about that in another blog. The Adirondack mountains are spectacular and wild. All in all it was a fantastic trip and being with my children wonderful. the Hummingbirds were definitely weaving their magic:)xxxxx

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you Dina…that was such a special moment and time and in so wonderful a setting…just the sounds of nature and Jarrod’s guitar. 🙂 Doesn’t get much better than that. xxx

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  9. Jet Eliot

    I SO loved this overview of your US east coast trip, Janet. Your photos and narrative are filled with so much joy, I found myself chuckling throughout the post. Love that photo of you on the couch with the babies and dog laughing so hard, and the final surprise, you as a CNN anchorwoman. Not sure how you managed to get on the CNN scene, but that too was really fun. Great seeing all the sunny faces and places you visited, both your children and their joys, your many friends and loved ones, and many different places in the U.S. Looks like a whirlwind tour filled with joy. Loved the spirit here…and the Flaubert quote too.

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Jet, Thank you so much for this comment….and yes this was a very special trip. As you know for the past years I have been juggling a lot, and so part of the joy was to go on a trip like this without any concerns and worries. The whole thing flowed from beginning to end and the laughter throughout was fantastic. I am still feeling a glow from it all 🙂 The sun is shining in London and it is quite cool which I like very much – hope you enjoy a lovely weekend. Janet

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