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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Check out my google.com/+MarietteVandenMunckhofVedder ABOUT page, where you see my other LINKS and email address; you just scroll down.Thanks!
Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others... 

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

{1987 Scottsdale Arizona versus 2014}

Yep, we had been to Scottsdale Arizona twice before; long time ago! That was in January of 1986 and in February of 1987. Both times my husband Pieter got invited to present a paper for the SPAWN MATE SYMPOSIUM. Each time we got to stay at the luxurious Registry Resort and even if this meant work for my husband, we did enjoy it very much! 
With the famous Camelback Mountain in the back; to us this was like PARADISE!
The Post Card's front gives a bird's-eye view of The Registry Resort's court-yard pool area. This 76-acre estate in Scottsdale, Arizona has 323 guest rooms, villas and bi-level suite, 21-lighted tennis courts, Health Club, two 18-hole championship golf courses and four of the Southwest's finest restaurants and lounges.
That's the reason that we went here in both years during winter in January and in February!
That's me on January 24, 1986 enjoying some bright blue sky and Arizona sunshine!
There is some glare from the glass in this picture as Pieter took it from inside...
As the above postcard already revealed, The Registry had four of the Southwest's finest restaurants...
Mouthwatering good I can tell you!
Both of us are not playing golf... Maybe next life?
But look at this Paradise-like Golf Course!
Yeah, Pieter is actually pushing this leaning palm trea back up-right.
He used to be mighty strong in his young years!
BUT... Since our last time at the Scottsdale Registry Resort, things have changed!
They completely wiped it off the planet in order to build condominiums and shopping malls, which would render more money. UNREAL but yes, here Pieter is standing in the back of those condominiums and it is ALL GONE.
Pieter said, so is also his full head of dark, curly hair (as is mine!)
Good thing is that nobody dared to move that Camelback Mountain; it is still there!
The above 2 photos were taken on September 4, the day before we flew back from Phoenix, Arizona to Savannah, Georgia. We did stay one night at the +Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town which is excellent and very conveniently located.
We still need to go back to Scottsdale, so Pieter will have a chance to ride their unique FREE Molly the Trolley...
Which I did on January 24 of 1986 - it is a fun experience too. 
See link below post with more info.
When we were in Arizona, 27 years ago, we did not have the money, nor the time for doing some sight seeing.
But we came back this year to see at least part of what is on this 1986 post card...
  • 1. Mission San Xavier Del Bac, Near Tucson
  • 2. Tree-Like Cactus
  • 3. Tucson
  • 4. U.S. No. 80 at Telegraph Pass near Yuma
  • 5. Hoover Dam
  • 6. Oak Creek Canyon
  • 7. Grand Canyon
  • 8. Petrified Forest U.S. No. 66 - The Famous Main Street of America!
  • 9. The Painted Desert
  • 10. Downtown Phoenix
Stay tuned for next posting where I will take you to Williams, Arizona and the WILD WEST!

Related links:
The West's Most Western Town | In 1888, U.S. Army Chaplain Winfield Scott visited the Salt River Valley and he actually founded present day Scottsdale! - Interesting history information!
The Scottsdale Trolley | Scottsdale's unique FREE Trolley that I rode in the 80s...


Thursday, October 23, 2014

{Hibiscus Syriacus Rose of Sharon}

Happy to be home again!
Showing you here another surprising treasure; a lovely Hibiscus Syriacus Rose of Sharon
What a lovely color and husband Pieter captured it so well!
Do you see that ant at the top...?

For those that read in Celcius, our local weather.
Just got back from a long walk; it is heavenly!
For those that read in Fahrenheit
This is from my birth town: Horst, The Netherlands...
Wishing you all a lovely Friday ahead!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{Crinum Americanum - Swamp Lily}

Also in August and September we do have our Crinum Americanum or Swamp Lily blooming at their best.
Sorry for not having visited many blogs; had surgery on my left hand Friday and tomorrow I will get discharged from the hospital.
During the rainy week of September, husband Pieter captured this photo on the 24th.
Earlier, on August 9, I have taken this photo when they bloomed for the first time.
Very healthy leaves and lots of flowers but when it rains it is hard to enjoy them...
Again on September 24th.
They also produce lots of thick seeds!

Did any of you know this flower?


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