New Beginnings.

magical hummingbird….watercolour/gouache – symbolising the unseen magic in the world. 20190819_113531It’s been a couple of months since my last post.       I have spent this time relaxing, recouping, painting, writing and contemplating.    

I am glad to report that I am feeling very well,  in  fact better than I have in a long time which has brought me to the conclusion that  my recent medical adventure has been a huge blessing in disguise.      It has given me the opportunity to stop and take stock.

Kara Olivia (my cousin’s daughter) bathed in sunlight and shadow in the kitchen at Ty Gwynn – Crickhowell, Wales.     Such a happy memory.   1994.20190822_091130  I have been blessed in so many ways throughout my life.    For the most part robust health, two fantastic children, many wonderful friends, and of course my work which always sustains me. 

In the bedroom of my London flat I have what I call my ‘memory wall’.      As I lie in bed contemplating these images, I am reminded of my grandparents, parents, children, husband, friends, animals and more.    All the people and animals who have contributed so much to my life…… 53062468_10157044824235396_9002121108748500992_oThese images remind me that all the planning in the world doesn’t necessarily give you what you want or expect….rather it’s about living each and every day to the full and not worrying about future or past – or that which we cannot change.      

I have always found that when I get out of the driver’s seat…..wonderfully unexpected things can and do happen.     For me this principle underlies the true magic of life. 

My cottage garden in Crickhowell Wales – a place I had never heard of until my Cousin introduced me to it….and now a place that will forever be paramount in my heart and life. 10583023_10152641107430396_6295196619295273313_oChristeve the Cat allowing a friend to join her on the garden shed roof…..cottage garden Crickhowell Walestil August 10 119In 1993 when I returned home to the UK and specifically Crickhowell (AKA The Magical Town of Crickadoon) I made the decision to stop driving.      

I will always remember my eye doctor in the States telling me to let him know when I am on the roads, so that he could keep off  them…..true story:)        The fact is that during the 28 years that I drove,  I hated it.      One of the only rows I can remember my husband and I having was over my not wanting to use a stick shift!    My brain simply doesn’t work that way…….

After 1993, I designed my life so that I would not need a car.    In Crickhowell, I could walk to the butcher, baker, candlestick maker, and so much more.   If I needed to get to Abergavenny for the train, I took a taxi.      I walked everywhere and loved it, and of course was very healthy.      I continue to be an advocate for efficient and inexpensive public transportation systems and some walking every day…..

Looking towards St. Edmund’s Church and the centre of Crickhowell from the River Usk. 

306064A600000578-3408080-image-a-15_1453287838756Sadly in 2005 I had to move to London (again totally unexpected) for work and to be closer to my Mother in Kent who was not well. 

At the time, I was dismayed to say the least.   I didn’t want to leave Crickhowell.   However, as I look back over the past 12 years since I have been in London, I can see that so many blessings have come about because of this unexpected and unwanted change in my life.       None of us is ever creative enough to know how things will actually work out……

I was reunited with Josie and her many animals. (Josie has known me since the day I was born)…..I learned so much from Josie.   54437101_10157075342345396_1929582768614801408_oI have met so many people because of moving to London, and have been introduced to many new people and lovely places around the UK and other parts of Europe.

All of which reminds me that at any given time, there are people and places in this world that we have no knowledge of, but will ultimately play profound parts in our lives.    

And that’s where I am right now….at another new beginning – I can feel it in my waters:) 

watercolour/gouache from  SW France – from one of my many sketchbooks. 20190818_124327And so who knows what the future will bring.?….The answer to that is – none of us!    

Maybe the magical hummingbirds know…….watercolour/gouache51620254_10157014875500396_2357562279542652928_oWishing one and all, no matter where you are in the world, a lovely September. 

A Bientot














44 thoughts on “New Beginnings.

  1. Katherine

    So beautiful to see your memory wall and your pictures.I hope you continue to feel better and better.This problem was possibly affecting you for several years,Now I hope you wll get stronger in health to enjoy yout amazing creative life

  2. Writing to Freedom

    I’m glad to hear that you are doing better in body, mind, and spirit Janet. I appreciate you, your wisdom and grace in reminding me that we don’t control things, and better things can happen when we get out of the way. Hugs and blessings…

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  4. usewisdom2

    Hi Janet, first time for me on WordPress Blog. I love your story. I’ve signed-up to follow you for other messages. I do certainly admire your paintings. You are very talented. I am not an artist but I do appreciate very much, many forms of art including water colors. (also birds are my favorite) Thanks for sharing your beautiful works and particularly your positive messages.

  5. tidalscribe

    An interesting and colourful blog and a very positive one. I have only driven for a few years in little Perth Western Australia – I was never much good at roundabouts, turning right or parking! I have never driven in the UK . Over the years we often didn’t have a car. Needless to say people have always asked why I don’t drive, but isn’t walking better and buses keep you in touch with reality. BUT public transport is so important.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I laughed out loud at your comment about roundabouts and parking…..I could never handle either!:). I find cars inhibiting – and yes like to walk a lot. Even where I have my flat in London, Hampton, it is more like a village – a place where again I can walk everywhere. I enjoy public transportation for many reasons, not least of which it’s wonderful for ‘people watching’ Thank you so much for this comment. Janet 🙂

  6. Emma Cownie

    Crickhowell is a lovely little town. Being able to walk everywhere is better for us and the environment. I loved the photo of your friend Josie and her dog. There was so much love in that photo. I hope you continue to recover your health and carry on being creative!

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you Emma….Josie is such a character and she loves animals. Boris, (on her lap) came to her early this year from Battersea Dogs Home. This picture was taken at a very happy moment for them both. I enjoy living in places where I can walk everywhere. Getting in a car is a drag….Glad to report that I am painting and writing every day:)

  7. Gallivanta

    Good to know that you are feeling well again. Judging from your lovely memory wall, and photos, you will always be surrounded by wonderful people when whatever the future brings arrives. 🙂

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you. and yes, I do have wonderful people in my life….This coming weekend I am off to Kent to be with two friends who started school with me when we were all five years old!:). Janet 🙂

  8. snowbird

    I am so happy to see you recovering and embracing another wonderful new beginning!!! You are an amazing woman, my dear friend, a one-off for sure. Such an inspiring, I know I always say that, person! This is an utterly beautiful post, I loved the pictures, the amazing art and your memory wall. I have total trust in your waters and look forward to hearing more…even better, meeting up again! xxxx

  9. Content Catnip

    I think many people would enjoy your musings in a book along with your paintings Janet, I certainly would. Glad your health has improved and all is well. Such a reminder to be grateful for what we have instead of constantly striving for more.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning and thank you so much for this comment. Interestingly I am writing two books. One is an autobiographical account of my life and the other a novel based on my life. Both still very much works in progress….but I have enjoyed doing this and so will keep you appraised. My health continues to improve all the time and has definitely be a huge reminder to be grateful for all that I have. I hope you enjoy a lovely day. Janet 🙂

      1. Content Catnip

        So glad to hear your health has improved Janet. And that is really exciting about your books in progress please keep me updated I would love to read them! I have had a lovely day and now snuggling in a soft cardigan on my sofa reading, yes making the most of every moment in life and being grateful for the now is so lovely. xx 🙂

  10. Jet Eliot

    Absolutely delightful and inspiring post, dear Janet. Wonderful words of wisdom, about making decisions but at the same time understanding the spirit and adventure of knowing none of it is controllable. Your photographs here are fun to see (especially Josie and your memory wall); and your paintings, as always are exquisite. I am especially inspired by your ability and willingness to see the brightness in everything, which shines through in that first painting, the hummingbird.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning dear Jet, So pleased you enjoyed the picture of Josie and Boris and the hummingbird. The images we choose to surround ourselves with are so important with regards to our mental and physical wellbeing. I inherited my ability to see the world and life positively from my Father for which I will be eternally grateful. Hope you enjoy a beautiful day….Janet 🙂 x

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you for reading my post and for your lovely comment. So many people I have met during my journey have played profound parts in my life, for which I will always be grateful. Janet 🙂

  11. Namrata D

    It is pleasure to see you back. Future is not be seen or contemplated , present is the best time to enjoy. 🙏🏻. Loved reading your post as always very lively with the images of lovely Artwork

  12. Andrea Stephenson

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better Janet – and that you feel an exciting change in the air. Your memory wall is fabulous – there are many memories there for you to recollect as you move into the next adventure!


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