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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... 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

7th North American Mushroom Conference at The Roosevelt in New Orleans

On Friday, March 4, in 1988 we had dinner with our dear friends at our home in Dublin, Georgia.
We did inform them that Campbell Soup was forcing us to move to the Reading, Pennsylvania area... 
SAD
On Saturday, March 5, we left by car at 9:30 AM for New Orleans, Louisiana and with once stopping for gas and twice for eating a bite, we got there by 7:15 PM (there is 1 hour time difference). It was 590 miles or 950 km.
Husband Pieter had to lecture at the 7th North American Mushroom  Conference.
We did live at that time in our previous home, at 304 Fairmont Drive, Dublin Georgia/USA.
The Conference was being held at The Fairmont Hotel...
Yes, The Roosevelt New Orleans, used to be called The Fairmont back in the 1980s.
It has been our privilege for having known it in its full glamour!
The Roosevelt still looks just like the Fairmont in the 80s, it has been restored after Hurricane Katrina damaged it severely in August of 2005.
Across from the street is the in 1851 established Immaculate Conception Jesuit Parish by Jesuits from Lyon, France.
The present, rebuild Church (1929) is in Moorish architectural style and is really beautiful.
We did go to Mass on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM and talked with the priest who had served on Dutch ship, The Rotterdam and he'd visited over 50 countries. Such a wise man and I've mentioned him in a previous post, see below under Related link.
This beautiful 1929 Moorish architecture style Church is opposite The Roosevelt New Orleans and it is visible from the pool area.
We really were in another world, at The Fairmont Hotel...
On Monday evening, March 7 of 1988, we did have dinner at the famous Sazerac Restaurant and I had a delicious Steak au Poivre...
As you can read here below from a post, Sazerac had big banquette tables covered with what looked like lace and beautiful china and silverware.
Also dishes received tableside preparation!
Extinct Restaurants - Sazerac Restaurant click on the pink hyperlinks.
Now, back to the REASON of this stay at the Roosevelt hotel.
7th North American Mushroom Conference
That includes the USA and Canada
RIGHT ON TARGET was their chosen theme, all around MUSHROOMS
printed on this beautiful parchment paper that encased the Grand Ball menu card
On Monday, March 7 of 1988, my husband Pieter had to give his lecture.
On Tuesday evening, March 9, we had the Grand Ball with Dinner
We sure got a royal treatment in those days.
The Menu Card with its sponsors mentioned on the back, elegantly held together by a gold cord
So many familiar names on this complete list... Some of them no longer are with us today.
On March 24, 1988 husband Pieter received this thank you note from American Mushroom Institute.
Fond memories and we both look back on it with pride!
We made a lot of great friends all over the world...

Stay tuned for more about New Orleans!

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Kitchen Bay Window New Crocheted ROSE Curtains & IKEA Roller Blind

At the time that we lived and worked in Indonesia, I had crocheted the Rose Curtain for our Bay Window. Well, that was without ever being able to see the results on the actual window... I've always felt they were a bit 'skimpy'... So in 2017, after completing the new curtains for our Veranda, I knew I had to replace the Bay Window's as well!
Well, first I had to find new Roller Blinds for replacing the old ones.
That worked with IKEA's SKOGSLÖVER Roller Blinds in white.
Except, they did NOT have the size for the large window; only for the sides....
So I had to order that from Europe!
It arrived via my brother Jan in The Netherlands, on July 13.
On July 23, Pieter hung them all three in a perfect way!
Since the Ikea Roller Blinds are with aluminum, I could not use brass curtain rings to go with that.
So I found 20.5mm Sterling Silver CLOSED Jump Rings on Etsy.
Last week's white roses that came home from Trader Joe's Atlanta...
Let me show you first the IKEA SKOGSLÖVER Roller Blind in white that I'd found.
Ikea.com as always has great pricing and the size for our side windows, 32" was perfect!
BUT... they did NOT have the size for our large window... ARGH!
So what to do?
Ordering the large size of 140 cm or 55" in The Netherlands and having it shipped to my brother (nope they do not ship to the USA!) and he did forward it to us.
Worked very well, no custom charges either as I ordered it in my name, having used my brother's address as p/o address for delivery.
They arrived on July 13.
So now we could start working with them.
Pieter hung all 3 of them on July 23.
Most important thing DONE!
Meanwhile I had ordered more of the HH Lizbeth thread because I had still some left over from the Fleur de Lys Crocheted Curtains in the Veranda...
This time it was only 16 hours of speed crocheting for the center window and 8 hours each for the side windows.
 With one additional 1 kg cone, yes I had enough thread!
Let me show you first the before:
Never liked this but this was the previous roller blind, hidden more or less behind the white rod with brass ends. Curtain hung on rod with plastic clips!
Aside from these curtains being rather skimpy, it didn't look RIGHT!
ARGH those white plastic clips broke so easily and new ones are white but the old ones turn ugly yellow.
To the left the new IKEA SKOGSLÖVER Roller Blind versus the old on on the right...
Here you still see to the right (through the roller blind) the holes from previous roller blind and rod not yet being filled in.
Looks so much better and flat against the window, not gaping any more and the entire window gets covered now.
Using the same crocheted filet lace rose curtain that I made before but now with 2 edgings instead of just one. See link below blog {More of Our Kitchen}.
Yes, RAND MET BLOEMEN in Dutch or EDGE WITH FLOWERS
Roses that is!
So glad I'd saved my magazines and got them now scanned in, to go back to.
Where the arrow is to the left, that's the length of my 1st curtain.
Now I was going to make it full length.
Since these IKEA Roller Blinds were out of aluminum I could not use brass curtain rings like I did in the veranda where I used Mom's old ones.
So I searched and found them at 5starFindings.etsy.com just click hyperlink.
20.5mm Sterling Silver 18ga CLOSED Jump Rings, Made in India
Excellent for using with the crochet thread as these will not stain the cotton when being laundered!
On July 23, showing you the large curtain, almost being done. Well, 3 more points that is... of total 8 = 16 hours at high speed!
I've used a low oak bench on top of my sofa, for having the pattern right next to me at proper height for eye movement.
You see also two more cones in the corner as I did set up for ALL 3 at once. The beginning is the hardest thing to do, counting all those stitches and getting it RIHGT.
Next day, on July 24 I started sewing on those Sterling Silver CLOSED Jumper Rings, for hanging.
July 24, just before dark the largest curtain HANGS!
Now the side windows, each 4 points or half of this one = 8 hours each...
On August 8, almost a small curtain done... Other projects do lie lined up on the sofa...
Wearing my biking gear, as we did keep up with that too!
Did not wear those sandals for biking though.
Pieter made me look up from my speed crochet as he placed a cup of tea in front of me...
Later on August 8, the small one for the side window was hanging!
Only one more to go = 8 hours of speed crochet.
August 10, staying in my silk Laurèl nightgown after breakfast to continuously speed crochet.
Wanting to get it DONE!
Yay, August 11, the last filet crochet rose curtain was up and hanging!
SO HAPPY...
This shows two curtains hanging...
Stepping back on August 11, to show the entire bay window area with the 3 SKOGSLÖVER Roller Blinds and the 3 crocheted rose filet curtains.
So happy that got all DONE!
Finally I managed to share this mega job with you.

Thanks for your visit!


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{More of Our Kitchen} | Previous post by me
My 2nd Fleur de Lys Crocheted Curtain is Hanging | Previous post by me

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

South Africa's GENOCIDE Against the White People

In my previous XVI posts I did show you the beauty of South Africa, which we were fortunate to experience.

Just like my earlier post about Kashmir, where only husband Pieter did visit, {Shocking, Tragic and Horrible untold story of Kashmiri Hindus} it does affect us in a major way for knowing the untold story of South Africa's GENOCIDE against the white people.
Both of us actually WORKED and interacted with the people and that is quite different from being a TOURIST!
That gives you insight through the contact you have with the real people.
No cover up by the liberal Main Stream Media reporter...
A very sad fact is that over the October month in 2017, there were 18, mainly Dutch named farmers killed in South Africa.
This is from Thierry Baudet's Twitter account, a Dutch politician, writer and historicus and one of the FEW that speak out on behalf of those murdered!

Aantal moorden op blanke boeren stijgt: over het waarom is Zuid-Afrika verdeeld from a 2017 Dutch Volkskrant article.
Murder rate on white farmers rises: about why - South Africa is divided.
Screenshot above is translated segment of the above Dutch Volkskrant article, by Safari, into English.
Husband Pieter and I have lived and worked in Indonesia and there, I also followed the entire trial of Winnie Madikizela Mandela and that was most shocking!
Doubt if the liberal MSM did show all that to the western world as well.
This was in Bahasa Indonesia, not easy but I did manage. That's how you really LEARN!
How people have suffered and how things get covered up.
Both of the Mandelas have blood on their hands!
Early on Nelson Mandela was singing about killing whites click for video.
Jacob Zuma sings "Kill the Boer" at ANC Centenery Celebrations in Bloemfontein, South Africa click for video. Also here.
"Saint" Mandela? Not So Fast! click for story. Chilling video footage above, of Mandela singing the ANC/MK genocide song about killing whites is NOT a saint-like image...
Those Mandela/Zuma genocide endorsements have caused already thousands of deaths.
 South Africa: Where Corruption, Rape and Murder Are Normal... is what Mandela/Zuma and their ANC have yielded!
THE GRUESOME REALITY OF RACIST SOUTH AFRICA
KILL THE BOERE!!!
KILL THE FARMER
Leftist silence on the genocidal race hatred of the Marxist government they once supported.
The international community looked away, satisfied that justice had prevailed. They continue to look away, even as South Africa has degenerated into another racist pit, best described by an Afrikaner farm owner: "It's politically correct to kill whites these days."
While we lived and worked in Indonesia in the 1990s, we so many times have listened to the Dutch World Radio and the horror stories of those Dutch Farmers in South Africa, and some British too.
Helping each other out by using radio to signal that they need help when being attacked and often brutally murdered.
And the world remained SILENT and still!
Some brave people do blog about these barbaric atrocities, to let the world know.
NO MSM is ever covering this!!!
Yes, it breaks our hearts knowing how this once so beautiful country is going down after more than 350 years.
Click for: Graphic images of Farm Murders in South Africa
NOT FOR SENSITIVE VIEWERS.
The government claim these attacks are normal criminals
Criminals that want to steal from the farms
'Bury them alive!': White South Africans fear for their future as horrific farm attacks escalate click on link
Nearly every day, horrific acts of rape, torture and murder are carried out on a community under siege. WARNING: Graphic


SOUTH AFRICAN White Squatter Camps click for horrific video, showing you how the poor whites live because they are refused any support from the government...


On January 8: Tourist in Noordhook stabbed with sharp object from South Africa Today - even Cape Town is no longer human friendly!
70,000 Whites Murdered in 'Modern' South Africa; Obama's African Legacy just click on link to see the reality since power has changed to the ANC.
Just as recent as September, 2017 Massive blow to tourism as 36 Dutch tourists robbed at gunpoint by 'police'  - Within 49 hours of their arrival!

Young Canadian Lauren Southern is speaking out about South Africa - Why White People? and daring to say that it is not talked about in the international press... 
South Africa - Why White People? Published on Jan 20, 2018
Click on hyperlink to video.
The Reality of South African Farm Murders just published on Jan 24, 2018 by this brave Canadian journalist...


Thank you for your visit and please keep these White Farmers in South Africa in your prayers and may the word come out on behalf of those that no longer have a voice...

Related links:
Part XVI - Zulu Beaded Knobkerrie and Other Gifts from S.A. | previous post by me
Part XV - Flora from South Africa | previous post by me
Part XIV - The Royal Hotel in Durban, South Africa | previous post by me
Part XIII - Medallion Mushrooms, Stellenbsoch, South Africa | previous post by me
Part XII - Cape Malay Wedding in The Company's Garden, Cape Town, S.A. | previous post by me
Part XI - Rhodes  Memorial on Devil's Peak in Cape Town, S.A. | previous post by me
Part X - Cape Town, South Africa | previous post by me
Part IX - BLAAUWKLIPPEN Homestead in Sellenbosch, South Africa | previous post by me
Part VIII - Stellenbosch, S.A. with its Cape Dutch Architecture | previous post by me
Part VII -  Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch, South Africa | previous post by me
Part VI - Interview at South African Broadcasting Corporation in Joburg | previous post by me
Part V - Tongaat Mushrooms in Bryanston, South Africa | previous post by me
Part IV - INDABA Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre in Bryanston, South Africa | previous post by me
Part III - Highveld Mushrooms in Bryanston, South Africa | previous post by me
Part II - Pretoria and Sandton City, South Africa | previous post by me
Part I - Johannesburg, South Africa | previous post by me
My South Africa Publication Around Husband Pieter's Lectures at Congress | previous post by me


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