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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom 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 at Spectrenoir: http://ebay.to/2xI69uc, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy. I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others... 

Friday, February 8, 2019

SO Happy for Having Met Another WRITING Mushroom Wife in the U.K.

Both, my husband Pieter and I myself, have met thousands of mushroom people world wide.
At the Practical Mushroom Training College in Horst, The Netherlands we met thousands of students over the many years. Also short courses in German, English and in Dutch.
Pieter spoke at so many International Congresses and he did Seminars etc.
Both of us always have loved people, guess that is a MUST for doing such a job as we did; educating and training others for making a better living.
Mushroom Wife, by Joan Barton
September, 30 in 1988 during the MGA Conference in Cambridge, she wrote this message for both of us when I purchased her book.
She wrote about their second Farm Walk, in 1962...
In my previous post I did mention husband Pieter going to the U.K. in 1958 with his boss, Pieter Bels  and many other times followed.
It actually was Dr. Jet Bels-Koning and her husband Pieter Bels... but that is not important.
Husband Pieter has been numerous times to the U.K. and he also went with his students there, after finishing their education at the Practical Mushroom Training College in Horst.
He either took his students to the U.K., to Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Belgium and Germany to a large mushroom farm.
Such Farm Visits always proved beneficial for both parties!
Exchanging experiences is a big win-win.
Mushroom Wife by Joan Barton is still available at Amazon, just click.
It sure is a great book, also contains recipes. Have to read it once again - provided I 'EVER' find the time... 
Trying so hard to finish all the writings for husband Pieter to enjoy!
Praying that I will finish them in a timely manner, God willing.
Just came across this:
Slaugham Millennium Seating click link for source.
This gentleman, who meanwhile has passed away, did some research on the Barton mushroom farm, how it came about.
Hugh Barton was a demobbed airman during WWII and lived with his wife Joan in a war-time Nissen hut and set up trials for mushroom growing in another Nissen hut.
Their product was being sent to London restaurants for lucrative profits.
Husband Pieter has been to their Winterpick mushroom farm several times, in combination with MGA conferences and such.
Guess both are no longer alive but no doubt they have children and grandchildren alive!
Very fond memories, more so for husband Pieter since he knew them for decades.
Wish I still had a list of MGA members...

Thanks for your visit!

Related link:
Husband Pieter's Fond Relationship with Mushroom Growers in  the U.K. | previous post about Pieter's very first visit to a Mushroom Farm in England

20 comments:

  1. Dearest Mariette,
    your husband Pieter and You have met thousands,of Mushroom people At the practical Mushroom training college in Horst, The Netherlands You met thought of English and Dutch Pieter spoke so much congresses
    he did seminars etc, Both of your always have loved people, guess is a must for doing such a job as Yours did training others for making a better living!
    Muchroom wife by Joan barton 88-9-30 Happy memory. September 30 in 1988 during the MGA conference in she wrote message for both of you when I purchased her book,
    Your husband Pieter going to the UK switzerland Italy Denmark and Belgium to large Mushroom farm Exchanging is a big win,
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko san,
      Proud of your English writing practice as you cited very well here above.
      Sending you hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Liebe Mariette,
    ein schöner Post erfreut mein Herz.
    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Danke sehr und ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende!
      Liebe Grüße,
      Mariette

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  3. Dear Mariette - I love those concrete mushroom seats and table based on c18th Staddle Stones. My husband grew up on a farm that had an c18th wooden barn standing on Staddle Stones which were designed to keep the rats out of the barn and protect the grain.
    Funnily enough when my husband was a school boy he worked at a mushroom farm in Surrey in his school holidays to earn extra pocket money. He worked for a chap called Millais at Crosswater Farm, Churt, Surrey, who was related to the famous Pre-Raphaelite painter, Sir John Everett Millais. One of his very well known paintings is Ophelia which hangs at The Tate in London.

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    1. Dearest Rosemary,
      Those mushroom seats are very well done in concrete, let's hope they still are up.
      Interesting to read that you husband, as a school boy, did work at a mushroom farm at Crosswater Farm, Churt, Surrey. We both had never heard of Sir John Everett Millais though...
      Sending you hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Very interesting mushroom shaped stools and table. Hopefully the family of Joan and Hugh Barton read your post.

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      Yes, those mushroom stools and table are the best we have ever seen!
      Who knows if my post will reach any of the descendants of Joan and Hugh Barton...
      Fond memories for both of us.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Hello Mariette, The British have their own take on agriculture, to which they give a characteristic quality. The Mushroom Wife book sounds like a good read--the idea reminds me of Betty Macdonald's classic The Egg and I, written when her husband decided to quit his city job and become a chicken farmer. I think that Claudette Colbert starred in the movie version.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      There were differences in mushroom growing also, at least between The Netherlands and England. You will have noticed already the shelf bed system versus the tray farm system.
      Never read the book, The Egg and I but guess I did see the movie.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Meeting many poeople must have been one of the greatest things in your and your husband’s job!
    I love the mushroom chairs and table. They are very cute and fun :-)
    Happy Saturday, Mariette. Have a great weekend! xo

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Yes, meeting so many people all over the world has been very enriching!
      The chairs and table are very unique, wish we had them here some where.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Dearest Mariette,
    I had bad time with unfortunately 2012 years to another bus approaching from the opposite provisional road toll were in the hospital,
    After so long time helping how I can big exchanging one of them.
    Hugs,
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko san,
      Yes, it is hard to believe that your almost fatal accident when getting off the bus, was on December 15, 2011... Time is flying!
      One can only admire how you have tried hard and managed to pick up life afterward and with your new tooth implants have come a long way.
      Love you for that!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. I think that the work always gave you pleasure, but it also enabled me to meet many wonderful people. It is nice to remember with time. Greetings.

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    1. Dearest Giga,
      Thank you for your kind words and it is so true for remembering over time.
      We all are only here for a very brief period. On our journey through life we meet so many and kind other people.
      Each one of them adds to our happiness and well being, giving you satisfaction.
      As long as a person's name is being mentioned, that person is not dead!
      A tight hug,
      Mariette

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  9. The mushroom table and chairs are so fun to see!
    The first line you wrote here is a great expression.
    Meeting many mushroom people is a great memory in your and yours husband's life.
    I believe countless mushroom people have appreciate both of you.

    Have a good new week. Flue is going around here in Japan.

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    1. Dearest Tomoko,
      Thank you and yes, one would wish for such a cute mushroom table and chairs.
      That first line is so true... hind sight and looking back it becomes even more evident how many lives we got kind of entwined in. It adds to feeling very rich inside; a treasure of wealth inside of our hearts and so many fond shared moments.
      We do hope that we got appreciated and so farm by all the letters of gratitude we received it was so.
      It is giving us satisfaction for having done what we could when we could.
      Try to stay away from that nasty flue...!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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