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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 1, 2013

{My Teacher, Mentor, BOSS & Husband over 44+ Years}

On September 9, it was exactly 44 years ago that in The Netherlands the 1st and ONLY practical Training College for Mushroom Growing in the world, had its official Grand Opening by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery, a branch of the Dutch Government. My husband Pieter founded it and he was the Principal and one of the active Teachers for decades until he became Vice President Training & Development for +Campbell Soup Company in charge of their Mushroom Division in the USA, Canada and Australia.

  • Here he is: my Teacher; Mentor; Boss and would-be Husband over a period of 44+ Years
  • Sitting in his Dutch office for an interview, shortly before departing to the USA.
  • His office door was always WIDE open and anyone was welcome with questions or whatsoever. 
  • That was his unique policy.
  • I only knew him as Mr. Vedder... my best ever Teacher, Mentor and BOSS.
  • Only years later, I learned his first name, which we never used back than; always addressing him as Mr. Vedder and not Pieter.

  • Here at the Grand Opening with Government Officials.
  • Front row at table, to the left is my husband Pieter; smoking his cigarette of course!
  • Center is the Chairman of the Foundation and his wife. 
  • Far right you see 5 year old daughter Lizzy, with her adoptive Mom beside her.
  • Little did we know at that time, that together with Pieter, as my than husband, we would work together, paying for her education at the Royal Academy of Arts and Design in Den Bosch, The Netherlands.

Pictured here at the Grand Opening's Reception, are from left to right:

  • Thé Vedder, Pieter's eldest brother who passed away on August 18, 2012.
  • Pieter himself and seated next to him is their Mother, who passed away in 1989.
  • The lady behind the table is Pieter's secretary Dora who also passed away.
That secretary worked only part time, as she just lost her husband due to cancer after their 6th child was born. Pieter never wanted to replace her with a full time secretary as she needed this job. So when I finished my Secretarial education, I let my Boss know about it and he had me fill in the afternoons. Together we managed very well.

  • Unfortunately, Pieter's Dad died of cancer; 2 years prior to this Grand Opening... For sure he looked down from heaven being very proud of his youngest! It is a pity that I never got to know Pieter's Dad...
Here Pieter is to the left, smoking his usual cigarette, as did his friend Alex De Zalay from France, who translated Pieter's Mushroom book into the French publication: Culture Moderne des Champignons by P.J.C. Vedder

  • This is just ONE of EIGHT official languages in which his book is published!
  • It is called 'THE MUSHROOM BIBLE'...

  • This was the practical Training College in Horst, The Netherlands in 1974. Complete with commercial growing rooms for production of fresh mushrooms.
  • The formal training was for 3 years and other courses were given for one year and also short courses in both German and English besides courses in Dutch.
  • Upon graduation, Pieter would always take his students abroad, to visit one of the large mushroom plants in the U.K., Denmark, Switzerland or Italy.

  • This is me, weighing the fresh production of the day...
  • I've done a lot of lifting and had very strong upper arms back than.

  • This is me in a self made dress in rayon. 
  • It was an employee outing to the Open Air Museum in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
  • Yes, in the 70s I did wear mini!

  • This is me on a Sunday, planning the work week ahead for all of my harvesters.
  • Calling in my part timers and granting days off etc.

  • Being in charge of harvesting I had to come on Sundays and on each weekday half an hour prior to the rest.
  • In the afternoons I would conduct secretarial duties after my 'weight lifting' task of weighing the product for sending it off to the auction.

  • My BOSS always had a certain sympathy for me but only after 14 years did it blossom into REAL LOVE... We finally did get married and started our life together in the USA.

  • This was used on a brochure for Open Days in September to let the people see how mushrooms grow and how they get harvested. 
  • Later I did write my book about Mushroom Harvesting...
  • Me with my 'Smily' sweater...

Related links:
Pieter J.C. Vedder | LinkedIn profile
Cultivo Moderne del CHAMPIÑON P.J.C. Vedder | still in publication the Spanish version of Pieter's book.
{Our Daughter Liz} | previous post by me
{What YOU should LOOK for when Buying Fresh Mushrooms} | previous post by me about my book publication and info
{Dieng Plateau Indonesia - Where We Worked} | previous post by me about the BIGGEST mushroom plant in the world
{HELP ME FIND ITALIAN ARTIST M. SOTGIU mother of Luigi Tramarollo} | previous post by me showing where in Italy at the biggest mushroom plant we worked and showing Pieter's Italian and English book
{2013 Fiat 500 versus Fiat 500 Topolino} | previous post by me showing my car (Dad's) parked at work in Italy

58 comments:

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    1. Dearest Inês,
      Happy Halloween to you as well.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. What a wonderful post about your boss, mentor, husband Pieter and how proud you are of him and all his amazing achievements! I guess you both fell in love besides having so much in common, also because you were both a very handsome pair! Loved the pictures dear Mariette and thank you for sharing this, I really enjoyed it, so interesting about mushrooms as well.
    Have a fun Halloween.
    FABBY

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    1. Dearest Fabby,
      Thanks for your comment and for traveling back in time with me.
      Have a happy Halloween yourself too.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. that's a great tribute to your husband and your life together. Love the pictures

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    1. Dearest Daniela,
      It is kind of scary if we look back how quick time is passing... But we have had a lovely and very interesting life together with fond memories to 'bank' on! Thanks for your sincere comment.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. i know you are very proud of your husband and your achievements together. :)

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      No matter what; we have so many great memories for looking back on!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Dearest Mariette,

    This is such a beautiful love story. May love always sorround you and bring you many more years of happiness :)

    Hugs
    Pallavi

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    1. Dearest Pallavi,
      Thank you for your kind comment and yes, may God grant us many more years of happiness together!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Dearest Mariette,
    44 years, such a long time, wonderful!
    Thank you for all those lovely pictures of you both!
    Your Champignon Farm, whre hs it been in Limburg? Limburg is very close to us ;O)
    Wishing you both many other happy and common years!
    Love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      Looking back, even 44 years appear like such a short period... Time is passing very fast.
      Glad you enjoyed the photos over this stretch of time.
      This was not a champignon farm but a Practical Training College, complete with growing rooms and as mentioned above in the text, this was in Horst, Limburg.
      Let's hope that we will enjoy many more happy years together indeed!
      Lots of love,
      Mariette

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  7. It's very interesting Mariette, it's harder and harder to find love can last such time now, I don't know how to call my... anyway, wish you both many happy years together coming. Mei

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    1. Dearest Mei,
      You might be right on that aspect about long lasting, or forever love! Our only wish is many more happy years together in reasonable health.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Liebe Mariette,

    das sind wertvolle Erinnerungen.

    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Nicht nur wertvolle, aber auch lebende Erinnerungen weil wir sind beide noch da...!
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  9. Mariette che bella storia!Siete fatti uno per l'altra e il tempo che passa ne è la conferma!Siete una bella coppia!Baci,Rosetta

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    1. Cara Rosetta,
      Davvero siamo fatti uno per l'altra e abbiamo provato questo è vero per un lungo periodo di tempi felici! Grazie per le tue parole...
      Baci,
      Mariette

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  10. Wat leuk Mariette, die oude foto´s! En gefeliciteerd dat jullie al al die jaren samen zijn!
    Fijne Halloween!
    Nicole

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    1. Beste Nicole,
      Oude foto's vertellen zo een heel levensverhaal en het is fijn om ze te hebben, met name digitaal. We hopen op nog een lange tijd van gelukkig samen zijn.
      Halloween is niet voor ons... het is zo'n opgedrongen commerciële dag die alleen maar ontzettend veel vervuiling voor het millieu oplevert. Allerheiligen en Allerzielen is tenminste iets met diepgang; zonder vervuiling voor het millieu.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  11. How interesting Mariette,I never knew you were both into the mushroom thingy. Your love sure did blossom Lovely

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    1. Dearest Jeanette Ann,
      Yes, we both have been for the biggest part of our lives into micro biology. We also did some lectures and training in Australia.
      A love with a strong foundation always will blossom and we hope to have many more happy years together.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Hi Mariette,
    That is some lovely story!! And very interesting too.
    Happy Halloween!

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    1. Dearest Eva,
      Thank you and yes, our life story together still is going on and we hope for many more years.
      As for Halloween, that's not for us. It only causes a lot more pollution to the environment and for what? One more commercial brain washing for the masses that follow like lemming. It is far more important for focusing on All Saints and All Souls and remembering our loved ones that passed on!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Dear Mariette,

    Lovely to read the love story of you and Pieter and seeing your photos.
    Also how you love blossomed over the mushrooms. When I was young my parents used to grow mushrooms in our garage and it was fun going out to pick the white button mushrooms.
    happy Thursday
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      It is always good for being able to go back in time, on hand of some photos that show us how it looked like, back than. Time is passing very fast and if we managed to create fond memories we always will be happy; even more so if sharing them still together!
      Happy All Saints Day for you as you leap ahead in time.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. Wat een leuke post Mariette! Je zag er in je mini net zo uit als ik, lang haar en rokjes korter dan kort.
    Interessant het verhaal over de studie en ontwikkeling van de paddestoelen. En dat je getrouwd bent met je baas, hoe romantisch zal dat geweest zijn je geliefde al die tijd dagelijks te zien!
    Het is altijd zo leuk oude foto's terug te zien.
    Groeten Marianne

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Op hun manier vertellen foto's een levensverhaal en het is altijd interessant om dit naast elkaar te leggen en nog eens te herleven. Beiden hebben we gestudeerd tot we ongeveer 32 waren omdat onze ouders andere plannen hadden. Vaak naast een baan maar we hebben het beiden gered en het doet goed om hierop terug te kunnen kijken. We hebben een hele degelijke fundering onder onze liefde en die heeft al heel wat getrotseerd in vele werelddelen maar altijd innig sámen.
      Volgens mij was jij een stuk langer nog dan ik... uit je verhalen te kunnen opmaken. Maar lange boven benen tonen de mini ook anders!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  15. Liebe Mariette,
    44 Jahre sind eine sehr lange Zeit. Vor allen Dingen, wenn man so viel erlebt habt wie ihr. Das schweißt zusammen und verbindet noch mehr.
    Wunderschöne Fotos aus deiner früheren Zeit. Ganz lieb, dass du uns teilhaben läßt an einer Geschichte, die wirklich gelebt wird.
    Einen schönen Tag wünscht dir
    Irmi

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Ja 44 Jahre ist aber ganz kurz wenn man so zurückblickt... Wir haben vieles zusammen erlebt und bestimmt ist man dadurch seelisch noch mehr verbunden. Fotos können viel besser noch dann Wörter ihre eigene Lebensgeschichte erzählen.
      Dir noch einen schönen Abend wünsche ich dir,
      Mariette

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  16. Was für ein schöner Post, liebe Mariette,
    ✿ܓܓ✿ܓ✿ܓ✿ܓܓ✿ܓ✿ܓ
    eine hübsche Liebesgeschichte - mit ganz vielen Pilzen ;o))
    Habt weiterhin noch viele glückliche Jahre miteinander!
    Happy Halloween und
    allerliebste rostrosige Grüße,
    Traude ♥♥♥♥

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    1. Liebe Traude,
      Ja Danke für dein liebes Kompliment. Ich kann unsere Liebesgeschichte nicht ändern aber es ist eine die sehr lang gehalten hat und wir sind noch immer sehr verliebt in einander.
      Halloween feiern wir nicht...
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  17. Beautiful memories, Dear Mariette and a wonderful testament to true love that withstands the hands of time! So nice to see Pieter's family, his dear brother and mother, and your daughter and how sweet and innocent you look in your pretty dress. Pieter is very accomplished and together you have created a lovely story of love. Maybe your next book? Hugs xoxo Karen

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    1. Dearest Karen,
      Indeed we have many beatiful memories and about my next book, wish I could do that but you know that my sister trashed two shoe boxes full of lengthy letters, written to my dear Parents about our adventures over the years. That is gone... So many people have pressed me to write a book but I'm afraid I no longer can fill in all the details. But at least part of it I can and will memorize in writing so that will not get lost.
      Hugs to you both and stay cozy.
      Mariette

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  18. Dearest Mariette what a beautiful story of memories - I adore you and Pieter even more. Wishing you a beautiful week filled with many blessings. Hugs, C. (HHL)

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    1. Dearest Celia,
      Photos do tell already a story in itself but with some memories added in writing it becomes a better story. Have a lovely week yourselves.
      Hugs and admiration,
      Mariette

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  19. Dearest Mariette,
    Congratulations to you and Pieter for such an interesting, lovely and happy 44 years marriage! Your photos are very interesting, you were always and still are a lovely girl! I wish you still many many years to enjoy each other happily!!!!
    Hugs!!

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Thank you for your sincere well wishes and our love will never end. We have not been married those full 44 years but at least that's how far we both go back in knowing each other. A solid foundation for a true and lasting love. If God now only will grant us reasonable health to be many more years together it will be perfect.
      Hugs to you and glad to enjoyed this journey back in time with us.
      Mariette

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  20. Mariette carissima, non immagini con quanto piacere ho guardato queste fotografie! E quanto mi piace tuo marito! Ma dove tenevi questi tesori???? E per quanto riguarda te... la stessa meravigliosa espressione, lo stesso sguardo dolce e intenso di oggi. Siete una coppia eccezionalmente affiatata ed è bello sapere che ci sono persone come voi!
    Vi auguro giorni sereni, sempre, ed in particolare in queste prossime festività quando il ricordo dei nostri cari che ci hanno lasciato è ancora più presente.
    Un bacio grande.
    mimma

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    1. Mimma carissima,
      Grazie mille per il tuo commento significativo dal cuore. Siamo così fortunati per avere molto vecchie diapositive e foto e lavoro cosi durament a provare ogni inverno per farli tutti digitali. Foto raccontano la storia di una vita e con alcune parole diventa completa. Sì, entrambi stiamo molto vicini che così rimarrà per il resto della nostra vita. Il nostro vero amore e la nostra fede sono i pilastri per la nostra felicità. Hai troppo, un tempo tranquillo ricordare amati che sono andato prima di noi, che sono diventato il nostro modello di ruolo e hanno condotto la strada da percorrere.
      Un bacio grande, grande,
      Mariette

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  21. Lieve Mariette,

    Het is en blijft interessant om te lezen en te zien wat voor mooi en werkzaam leven jullie beiden hebben gehad over vele delen van de wereld.Het kan niet anders dan een fantastische tijd geweest zijn.
    En na al die jaren nog elke dag gelukkig samen....met je leraar,baas,mentor....en fantastische handige en lieve Pieter.
    Dat het nog vele,vele jaren zó mag blijven in goede gezondheid!!!

    Lieve groet,
    Ger

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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Ja, we hebben heel wat achter ons liggen maar ook een spoor van gelukkige tijden sámen. Die solide basis zal ook nooit stuk gaan en we hopen alleen dat het ons gegeven is om nog vele jaren in redelijke gezondheid samen te mogen zijn. Ja, dat fantastische handige is een extra bonus die ik pas járen later ontdekt heb. Echt een geweldige duizendpoot heb ik!
      Bedankt voor je lieve wensen.
      Een knuffel voor jullie beiden en geniet nog lekker na van jullie hele fijne vakantie.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  22. Dearest Mariette,
    You had a beautiful memories of both your familey.
    Love to reading about your romance with husband Pieter I hope had a longlife with both of you.
    Your achieve the gold you wont also you have a balanced eating plan and drink nice bottles of wine.
    I love the mushroom and thinking of you too.
    Hugs and love to both always!
    Michiko























    You achieve the gold you wont also you have a balanced eating plan and drink nice bottles of wine..

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Thank you for your visit and comment on our 44 years of memories together.
      A romance that we hope will not end soon and of course we try with a balanced diet to stretch our health. We certainly don't drink bottles of wine; only a glass with dinner and for me that is very seldom as I watch my sugar intake carefully, being diabetes type II.
      Mushrooms did bring us together, that's for sure! Because of mushrooms we traveled the world together as a team of consultants to conduct training and I loved that time!
      Love and hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  23. Your husband Pieter is truly remarkable person! How kind and wonderful he is not to replace Dora because she needed the job. I'm sure she was very grateful. I can see you love and respect him very much, and he must feel the same way. You are such a great couple!

    P.S. I love your picture in mini :-)

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Thank you for your meaningful comment; you too have a keen eye for kindness and I guess, that's also why I mainly was drawn to Pieter!
      "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these." --George Washington Carver
      Oh, Dora understood full well what this meant to her and there could not have been a more loyal and dedicated 'part-time' secretary than this devoting mother of 6. ALL of her children did excel and it makes one feel good. We stayed in touch till her death!
      Yes, I do LOVE and RESPECT Pieter very much and that is mutual.
      Thanks again and yeah, with my long upper legs, mini looked different on me.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  24. Such great photo's Mariette! I enjoyed your trip back to Memory Lane. You sound so very proud of Pieter and rightly so!

    Have a happy weekend,

    Madelief x

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    1. Dearest Madelief,
      Thank you for your meaningful comment. Yes, it is a joy for making such a trip back to Memory Lane. You already learned the hard way how important happy moments are and remain for the duration of our lives...
      Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age - Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)
      Wishing you also a peaceful and happy weekend, filled with fond memories.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  25. Good Morning Mariette, Congratulations to you both. It was so wonderful to read about your 44 year marriage to Pieter and I have to tell you Mariette, you looked fabulous in your mini dress. I think we are of a similar age as I wore my hair long and wore mini dresses as well.
    You are married to a very kind hearted man. I thought it was so lovely that Pieter took the decision not to replace Dora, his part time secretary, with a full time secretary, knowing that she needed her part time job, to support her children. It must make your heart fill with pride.
    Have a lovely weekend and remember to take good care of yourself.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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    1. Dearest Daphne,
      Thanks for your visit but this is not about our 44 years of marriage... only the total time that we have known each other. It looks like we are from the same age group indeed.
      My Pieter has the biggest heart I know and he always went the extra mile for others, being rather tough on himself though and not at all demanding. Sure, the decision for not replacing Dora did touch me in a big way; it revealed a lot about his character.
      Enjoy your weekend too and so far I am doing real well.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  26. Dear Marriete,what a wonderful post about your husband Pieter!!!
    And you look so preety!!!I really enjoyed your sweet memories!!!
    Have a lovely weekend!!Hugs!!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Thanks for your kind comment with compliments and glad you enjoyed this journey back in time.
      Enjoy your weekend as well,
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  27. Dearest Mariette,
    I hope you are doing well again!
    This is exciting to read about. I feel like I know you by now :)
    In the early '80s, I had a box of mycelium in the basement and was able to pick my own mushrooms indoors. I bought it from an enthusiast.
    Wishing you a great weekend!
    Astrid

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    1. Dearest Astrid,
      Thanks, just got back home from an hour long walk; it is so pretty outside here with 24°c today!
      So glad my nasty allergy has almost gone...
      Funny the way you say that you feel by now you know me... I try to put feelings into wording as to give the reader a real idea about certain situations and times.
      That is a nice coincidence that you were able to grow your own mushrooms in the basement. Oh sure, that worked but not for commercially making a living that way. Fun for hobby to grow your own yield.
      Happy Sunday to you,
      Mariette

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  28. Dearest Mariette;
    OMG; so sorry that I have missed this precious post of you and your husband's life☆☆☆ I never knew your husband is the founder of the practical Training College for Mushroom Growing. You both have had quite a history together♡♡♡ Yesterday my neighbor brought me "maitake rice" knowing my situation. Both of you look really vigorous and active in these lovely pictures. And, yes I love your self made mini dress♪♪♪ Thanks for this post as I could know about both of you better, my friend.

    PS> My father's condition keeps ups and downs. Today, no reaction for touching and calling. It seems his strong heart doesn't want to leave me.

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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  29. Dearest Miyako,
    What a bitter-sweet time for reading this story for you... just as your Father is barely clinging to life.
    Thanks for your always meaningful comments and for taking the time to visit!
    Lots of hugs and love and wishing you strength for the coming period. Sweet of your neighbor for bringing you both some maitake rice!
    Mariette

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    1. Dearest Susan,
      Thank you for reading; so you more and more know about the two of us. It was such a blessing for having met with you and Celia!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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