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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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Friday, November 21, 2014

{New Heater for Greenhouse}

Sure it is that time of the year again that our pot plants have to stay inside the greenhouse, due to frost at night. A sudden drop in temperatures makes tropical plants very sensitive, because they do not have time to harden. 
A brand new Heater for our Greenhouse...
Outside you can see a blooming rose peaking through the door in this November 5, photo.
You can also see the steel utility cart that is being used to transport the pot plants down hill, into the greenhouse and up hill back to the gazebo and patios around the home in the spring.
Husband Pieter added additional shelves on the sides, so we can store more pot plants.
He also put bark on the floor.
Repairs to the greenhouse have been made.
Shelves also on the other side.
A wooden walk way on the floor in the center.
There is the old heater, now functioning in the addition, that Pieter build last year, for sheltering some bigger pot plants.
Meanwhile all plants have been brought inside, all our jasmines, hibiscus and geraniums.
So once more, we are ready for winter!
And yes, our new heater performed well as we had our deeper frost, due to the Polar Vortex hitting the South.
As you can see, November 19, 2014 at 7:34 AM it was -8°C or 18°F.

Related links:
{SHATTERED Winter Dreams...} | previous post by me
{Fall & Winter Preparations} | previous post by me

Thursday, November 20, 2014

{Gift fromT's Daily Treasures}

Early in August I did receive a surprise in the mail... A lovely card with a sweet hand crocheted gift from Tammy author of T's Daily Treasures blog.
Tammy, who lives in Kuwait, never did crochet before but about a year ago she started creating and LOOK what she is up to now.
This makes such a lovely doily for my little Japanese wooden tray for tea.
How did you know the exact size Tammy?
Enclosed was a lovely card from Tammy!
Thank you ever so much dear friend!
Just playing with it outside on the little table in front of the Rose Suite...
I've added the little Kyusu teapot for one.
Also for fun I  added the Red Buckeye nuts (Aesculus pavia), that are family of the horse chestnuts. They might look like chestnuts but they are deadly poisonous when eaten! Click above link.
On the table are some fallen down acorns and hulls from our live oak tree...
Those Red Buckeye nuts are huge this fall.
Playing with nature... Look after two days how much those hulls have opened up!
Shiny nuts, not edible but very nice looking ones!
Hope you also liked this lovely doily...
Related link:
{Our last Datura Angel's Trumpets and TEA with a Twist} | previous post by me showing my Kyusu teapot from Japan, pictured above

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

{Scottsdale Arizona's Skyline Solar}

While driving to The Boulders, we did pass some impressive solar carport structures on N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale Arizona. That looked really neat and just imagine with those high temperatures how 'cool' it will be to get into your car. So back home I did some research because in our town, right here in Dublin, we do have a company that produces Photovoltaic Solar Power Panels. The company is from Germany and is called +MAGE SOLAR USA.
 Jewish Community Center, Scottsdale, AZ ←click it and you can enlarge photo # 4 which I used here above. This is the Scottsdale Arizona Skyline Solar we saw when passing by.
Yep, this is the one we drove past, I googled it and it sure shows the Going Solar: JCC Scottsdale, AZ ←click it. 
For such a sunny state as Arizona it is of course no surprise to find that AZ Top in Nation for Solar Energy… ←click it.
Here above you also can see that the Arizona State University is having a huge parking space that has solar panels installed!
Both of us were very impressed with Arizona!
Clean energy and in general very clean environment.
Kudos to female Governor Jan Brewer

Related links:
{Lunch at The Boulders A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Carefree, Arizona} | previous post by me
{1987 Scottsdale Arizona versus 2014} | previous post by me

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