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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 
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Surroundings of Melbourne Mushrooms in Mernda, VIC, Australia

While I was visiting my Uncle Louis in the Australian Outback of Broken Hill, NSW, husband Pieter had a meeting at the University together with the staff from Melbourne Mushrooms in Mernda, Victoria, Australia.
That Saturday afternoon, he ventured off in our Ford rental car, to explore the surroundings of Mernda, which is very rural!
This is the winter view of June 25, 1988. For nature lovers a paradise!
Yes, Pieter was very lucky for stumbling across these Eastern Grey Kangaroos!
When I got back from Broken Hill and driving home from work on Wednesday, Pieter took me to the very location, so I too got to spot them in the wild.
LOVED their long eye lashes and sweet faces!
A meadow with cattle and also wasteland with lots of cacti growing.
As you can see, it is a very rural area around Mernda, VIC.
Showing the road with some rural homes near Mernda, VIC.
It looks like a big bird is in this tree...
Cattle in a meadow...
Vast meadow with grazing cattle and a skeleton tree.
Pieter did capture this beautiful Australian Gum Tree on camera...

Both of us did continue to work another full week for Melbourne Mushrooms in Mernda.
Pieter conducting a General Course for the staff members.
Campbell Soup used to have mushroom plants in Canada, USA and in Australia... 
That meant a lot of traveling and doing training for Pieter!
We did work very pleasantly here.
One more dinner with cousin Liz on Wednesday evening at a Thai restaurant in Melbourne.
It is very hard to find parking spot!
On Friday when we left, Pat, the harvest supervisor called me and came running towards me...
She handed me a handwritten note and a little gift.
Very sweet and meaningful!
G'DAY
MATE
photo taken with some blooming hyacinth...
A perfect keepsake from AUSTRALIA
An old water bag with cork stopper!
On Saturday, July 2, 1988 we got up by 5:30 AM and did drop off our rental car at the airport.
We flew to Sydney with the 8:10 AM flight.

Stay tuned for the next part!

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Trips to Australia | previous post by me
{My Own Design of Brass Mushrooms} | previous post by me

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28 comments:

  1. I wonder if that rural area has remained that way after all these years. It's a wonderful thing to see wild animals in their natural habitat. Have a blessed Sunday!

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      It's a very long time since were were there but I guess it still is beautiful looking and natural.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. I'm back home and doing the blog rounds.
    A nice visit to Australia, I had no idea you had family here Mariette.
    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      Yes, I do have one uncle and aunt and three first cousins with children, all moved to the Adelaide region.
      There also was another brother from Dad, living in the Melbourne area but he went back to The Netherlands.
      My first cousin Liz did show me where he used to live.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Liebe Mariette,

    dein schöner Post schenkt mir Freude.

    Frohe Sonntagsgrüße

    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Danke und es ist auch meine Absicht um andere mitteilen zu lassen!
      Liebe Grüße,
      Mariette

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  4. Hello. You worked and you met Australia and its nature. The tree is beautiful and beautiful kangaroos. I would like to see them in the wild too. Nice gift got and is a great souvenir. * I am very sorry that you have to walk about the ball. It's not nice. Somehow, however, you need this experience. Be careful. Regards nice and warm.

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    1. Dearest Giga,
      Yes, seeing this vast and beautiful continent with its spectacular nature was a huge bonus aside of our work there!
      Gum trees are so unique!
      The gift meant a lot, still have it after all those years...
      Yes, I will be very careful!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Hello Mariette, How lucky you were to see all that wildlife and nature in Australia--surely a land of great contrasts. The thank-you note shows that it only takes a little going out of your way to be thoughtful, but that the results and appreciation last a lifetime!
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Yes, we both got so very lucky for experiencing all this!
      We have only been in the southwestern part of this vast continent, there no doubt is a lot more to explore!
      Any thank-you note is very meaningful and it might result being the most valuable gift; long term!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Beautiful pictures from Australia..

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    1. Dearest Krishna,
      Thank you, it is such a special continent!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Dear Mariette,

    So lovely to see your photos of rural Australia and to see the kangaroos.
    Lovely little gift and note, and hyacinth.
    Happy new week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      Thank you for your comment and yes, we did enjoy rural Australia very much!
      The lovely gift and note is a keeper and together with the hyacinth it made for a great photo.
      Loved the fragrance of this nosegay for a full week.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Dearest Mariette,
    thank you for those wodnerful Memories of Australia!
    Have a lovely and godd week,
    sending Love and Hugs, Claudia xo

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      We both are grateful for having worked there and aside having had the opportunity to explore just a little of that vast continent.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Such cute kangaroos! We have to see kangaroos when we visit Australia, right? :-) They are just so adorable! Beautiful sceneries from rural area. I love the first photo with sparkling water!
    It's such a sweet gift from Pat. Handwritten note is really meaningful. Your visit must have been really special for her :-)

    Have a happy new week, Mariette!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      The kangaroos are very cute and their fur is so soft. We have touched some fur coats in Melbourne at the mall, quite an experience. Did buy 3 wallets from Kangaroo fur for Pieter's Mom, my Mom and one for us. Pieter's Mom lost her as someone took it at the nursing home she resided and Pieter lost ours while biking and having it inside his pocket and it fell out obviously... Don't know where Mom's ended up.
      Yes, the handwritten note from Pat meant a lot to me, together with the very cute and original gift.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Australia is still on our bucket list. Actually our youngest daughter did a semester at Monash Univ,in Melbourne. It is so nice when someone takes the time to write a note of thanks.

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    1. Dearest Janey,
      Oh, if you both are able to travel the long distance, you better go! Australia is a wonderful continent to explore and in a way, your family already connected with the Melbourne area.
      Yes, it is much appreciated when someone writes a note of thanks; straight from the heart.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Has the look of the last frontier ... and hopefully is still being cherished and well cared for, Mariette.🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️ Nature is very beautiful.

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    1. Dearest Debra,
      Oh, there are so many natural parks and areas to visit in Australia and that is great for conserving it for future generations to enjoy.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Dearest Mariette,
    We had still the mushrooms in our younger friends very happy with special for them,
    Sending Lovely and good week!

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    1. Dearest Michiko san,
      Guess you stil have plenty of fresh mushrooms being grown in your region indeed.
      Both of us loved above all the Japanese Shii-take, for its flavor.
      And the small white and closed buttons I've always loved to cook with.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Oh so lovely pictures from a lovely country! Always so nice visiting your blog...
    Have a beautiful and sunny week, take care.
    Titti

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    1. Dearest Titti,
      Glad you enjoyed traveling with us to another continent. So different from Europe or the USA.
      The weather is really getting lovelier.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. I was hoping for some pictures of kangaroos and here they are! Vey cute!
    Lovely scenery you show us and a very nice and original gift you got from your friend!
    Looking forward to your next post, dear Mariette!
    Many hugs!

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Yes, we both got to view them in the wild and it was very special!
      That gift was indeed original for Australia and much appreciated from this grateful harvest supervisor!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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