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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!
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

One More Patio Added

In the spring of 2014, I've written the post: Our Patio Tiles Are DONE! (see link below post...) and that was it we thought. All part of our Water Control program. We did leave out ONE corner without tiles because we still had our healthy Hibiscus syriacus Jeanne D'Arc living there. See a post from a healthy shrub in 2011. 
BUT... our Hibiscus started looking bad and husband Pieter took starters last year, in order to rescue at least some 'Offspring'...
Meanwhile, with the photos of the tile boxes and all info, in front of me from the post about: Our Patio Tiles & Freeze Warning, I found them on the Internet! Home Depot had long discontinued them...
Yep, at a STOVER'S LIQUIDATION warehouse in Knoxville, Tennessee at some 7 hours driving distance from our home. They even were open on Sunday! So I drove there on June 11 of 2017, to pick up our order of 10 boxes with the Marazzi Orizzonti Sunset 12" x 12" tiles
We'd spent a night at a Hyatt hotel in Atlanta and from the warehouse I did drive straight home.
Photo is from April 26 after our pot plants had been moved back from the greenhouse and after all patios had been scrubbed clean to match this NEW one!
This is on March 10, a day that it was not 'wet'... We have had our share of rain this spring! 
Materials are inside front porch for protection.
Concrete is being poured by hand...
Our workers did a neat job!
See how green the wood work in our front porch was from all the rain and pollen...
That has been scrubbed clean too.
The old wheelbarrow functioned for mixing the concrete.
April 26 from the bay window area to the front with all our pot plants already out.
There are dwarf Mondo grasses growing along the edging.
New Patio Corner where the Hibiscus syriacus Jeanne D'Arc once stood...
Left and right are now both tiled and looking a lot better!
May 20 and you can see that husband Pieter took this photo in-between showers.
We have had such enormous rain for weeks on end and more to come!
Our Quercus Virginiana Grand View Gold is therefore not looking its GOLDEN BEST...
Sunshine makes all the difference!
We also missed good photo options for the blooming Yucca lilies... They're all gone due to so much rain.

Hope you enjoyed this update!
Will visit you within a couple of days, have been rather sick but am on the mend.

Thanks for your visit and comment.


{Our Patio Tiles Are DONE!} | previous post by me
{Our Patio Tiles & Freeze Warning} | previous post by me where you see the tile boxes and name info
{Our Hibiscus syriacus Jeanne D'Arc & Our Life in Italy} | previous post by me

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36 comments:

  1. Hello Mariette,
    I enjoyed seeing your new patio. The tile work looks so nice and a fine job the workers did. I would like to have a patio such as yours at the front of my house. Tired of pulling weeds and keeping up the boxwood. I would do the same as you and put large pots of greenery and flowers. I like the clean look. You have a lovely piece of property. Love that long brick walk too.
    Raining again here. Don't think it will ever stop. Hard keeping up with the mowing of lawn here in all this wetness.
    Wishing you a great week ahead,
    Betsy

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    1. Dearest Betsy,
      Thank you for your compliment and yes, they did dan excellent job!
      You are so right about keeping such spots free of weeds, this sure solves that problem but keep in mind, leaves and such still end up falling there. So there always is maintenance no matter what you have.
      The brick walkway to the front door is something we wanted. We had seen so many homes where actually is NO walkway to the front door. Guess being European it is a different thing, also it is the 'WELCOME' to any home.
      Often we arrived at homes where you have to walk from the driveway to the front door.
      The rain is not stopping here the entire upcoming week... We almost drown!
      The lawn looks awful but there is no way you can have it mowed, too soggy and not in the rain.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Hello Mariette, Your neighbors must find it a joy to live near a house so beautifully kept. You were lucky to find the discontinued tiles. You perhaps should have anticipated adding this section, and ordered the tiles at the same time as the others and kept them in a shed, but that is probably the hoarder in me speaking!
    --Jim
    P.S. I am glad to hear you are doing better!

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Thank you for your compliment and we love living in this neighborhood too. Our huge garden is a bit too big right now but so far, we've done it.
      You are so right about storing the extra as it were only 10 boxes but the problem is, we have no shed! The one storage room we got is for the riding lawn mower and the greenhouse is way too full during winter.
      They got stacked under the fiberglass window boxes along the retainer wall of the driveway... So glad we got them out of the way there!
      But I sure felt proud for having located them, without our PC this would not have been possible.
      And yes, I've now slept 3 nights without pain and feel happy!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Liebe Mariette,

    einen frohen Tag wünscht dir

    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Danke sehr und gleichfalls!
      Liebe Grüße,
      Mariette

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  4. Your home looks so lovely and inviting. The tiles are a great addition along with the cheery yellow pots and plants. Sending healing wishes your way.

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Thank you and especially the entrance should extend a very warm welcome to visitors.
      Pieter has been spray painting 'on sale' pots that he collects year round; always on the lookout!
      Thank you dear and I'm now sleeping very well, without pain.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Hello,Mariette,
    Your home is so lovely and I like to see that your plants get beautiful sunlight on the patio.
    I enjoyed your new header too!
    I hope both of you have a good time together.

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    1. Dearest Tomoko,
      Thank you for your kind words and compliments!
      We are still forced to live indoors mainly due to an unusual wet monsoon we're having all of May here in Georgia!
      So longing for sunshine...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. I hate having jobs done around the house, but it is such a joy when all is finished, the men have left, and you are happy with how it looks.
    Your home looks very smart Mariette, the terracotta beautifully complimenting the ochre colour of your home.
    Sorry you have not been feeling well, and have had to contend with lots of rain. Strangely we are actually desparate now for some rain as we have not seen any at all during the month of May.

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    1. Dearest Rosemary,
      You are absolutely right but we always should focus on the end result and know that it will be far better!
      We need to have some more indoor jobs done that have been postponed due to my condition but that too shall pass.
      One certainly can match the paint color with the Golden Mist form Benjamin Moore that is on the house and Pieter managed to do that by spray painting those planters.
      Oh, please receive our rain; it still goes on and no relief for the entire upcoming week...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Your new patio is looking great Mariette. You're lucky to be able to find the discontinued tiles online.

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      Thank you and yes, we were very lucky to find the very same tiles! Guess such companies can only exist because of the computer period. And we all know that Home Depot and companies like them, change every season!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. You have such a beautiful home and your new patio is looking wonderful. I love all those plants in pots in matching colors!
    I'm sorry to hear you were sick. I hope you feel much better soon xo

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Thank you and yes both of us are very pleased with this final addition!
      Our fur babies enjoy the patio too, they love to lounge their, cool when it's hot and nice for observing birds and things.
      Guess I'm on the mend now and soon back to my old self!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Oh good Job, The result is very beautiful!
    I think we also have tiling to do on the terrace ;-)))
    Hugs dear Mariette !

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    1. Dearest Nathalie,
      Thank you and yes, tiling gives us almost an added outdoor room as we can keep up with it a lot better!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. I love the color of your house..

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    1. Dearest Krishna,
      Thank you and so do we. It was rather daring for selecting this but I'm not disappointed.
      Guess I loved this color due to having traveled the world as international consultants and admiring the sunny colors in far-away places. It adds to happiness, even on a rainy day!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Deaerest MAraiette,
    thank you for this update :O) I remember, when you workd on your new patio! What a work!
    Your house looks so beautiful, all the trees arround ... I really love it!
    Habe a wonderful rest of the week,
    take care,
    Love and hugs and blessings, Claudia xoxo

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      Yes, that Mega job got completed four years ago but this one corner was left out because the Hibiscus shrub, almost a little tree, that resided there. But it went down and so this idea became a strong one and happily got executed too.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Liebe Mariette,

    schön zu lesen, dass es dir wieder besser geht. Schicke dir Heilkraft, damit es bald ganz gut wird.
    Ihr habt ja ein so schönes Zuhause. Passend das euer Haus gelb ist...so scheint die Sonne trotz des vielen Regens.
    Sieht gut aus mit den Fliesen. Hat man weniger Arbeit zum Mähen und es bleibt direkt am haus Unkraut frei.

    Herzlichst
    Julia

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    1. Liebe Julia,
      Danke und ja ich habe schon drei schmerzfreie Nächte hinter mir also bin auch viel besser ausgeruht dadurch.
      Habe grad hier oben bei der Krishna noch geschrieben das unser sonniges 'Golden Mist' von Benjamin Moore funktioniert auch mit Regentage!
      Ganz ohne Arbeit sind Fliesen auch nicht da der Wind die Blätter da hin weht und damit hat man auch Arbeit.
      Ganz liebe Grüße,
      Mariette

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  13. Ben altijd al weg van jullie huis zo mooi dat geel En een tuin altijd veel werk maar dankbaar werk want zo mooi

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    1. Beste Joan,
      Ja onze Golden Mist is inderdaad een heel zonnige uitstraling, zelfs tijdens onze natte moesson die we nog steeds hebben. De hele week nog... Dus verplicht binnen blijven!
      Maar de tuin is toch nog mooi, ook van binnen uit gezien.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  14. Ciao Mariette, leggerò a casa il tuo post perchè il tuo translate non traduce. Buona giornata.
    Lorena

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    1. Cara Lorena,
      Mi spiace che non funziona per te!
      Un abbraccio,
      Mariette

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  15. Olá, tudo bem?
    Linda sua casa, amo essa cor. Irradia alegria e aconchego. E o jardim muito bonito. Adorei as plantas em vasos.
    Bjos, tenha uma ótima sexta-feira.

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    1. Querida Anajá,
      Obrigado e, na verdade, a cor irradiaram calor e felicidade e ainda amo ele. Sim, estou a recuperar de uma fratura do osso pélvico duplo. Fraturas fechadas que cicatrizam lentamente ao longo do tempo... É que o problema, o que não tinha paciência! Mas eu consegui digitalizar todas as velhas cartas de entes queridos, um mega tarefa concluída e sinto-me satisfeito. Ah e há uma semana, que eu também tinha um sótão da gota. Pé doloroso, não poderia andar, mas que a dor se foi, já dormiu 3 noites sem qualquer dor. Estou muito feliz. Minha muleta vai se aposentar em 12 de junho.
      Abraços,
      Mariette

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  16. Oh Mariette, neanche dal PC di casa funziona il tuo Bing traduttore. Che peccato! Comunque ho visto le belle fotografie della tua casa e del bel patio, ora così hai più spazio da godere.
    Un grosso abbraccio e buona serata, Lorena

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    1. Cara Lorena,
      Spero che algo ha funzionato per te! Grazie per le tue complimenti e quando fa sole andiamo a godere il patio!
      Piove e piove più...
      Abbraccio grande,
      Mariette

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  17. Dear Mariette,
    I just read you were not feeling very well, and I hope you are by now already much better! I am never tired of admiring your beautiful house and garden but I admire you even more for having driven 7 hours to go and buy the tiles you wanted so much!
    Many hungs,
    Marie-Anne

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Yes, now for three nights in a row I have been sleeping very well, without any pain! My gout attack is letting down and I'm also adjusting my diet for not again feeding it in the future. Don't want to go through that again.
      We love our home and patios and yes I was very proud of myself for having located those tiles and having driven the entire distance = 14 hours for getting them home! Now it's done and we can enjoy.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. Dear Mariette,

    Your new patio is looking great and lucky you found the tiles even though it was a 7 hour drive.
    Sorry to hear you have been sick. Take care and hope you are feeling better.
    Sending hugs and get well wishes
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      Thank you and yes, we both are very pleased with this great job and I know I was so lucky for finding this needle in a haystack. Thanks to modern PC era one can locate almost anything and thank goodness I had all the information saved. I'm healing and my gout attack has almost left me too so feeling great after 3 tpainfree night sleeps now.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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