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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... 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Our New Caribbean Light Comforter & Biking at Sea Pines Resort Bike Trail

July 14 was French Bastille Day and due to that Yves Delorme Outlet was offering a 20% off...
That was the perfect time for investing in our new Carribbean Light Comforter, the lightest down duvet they offer! We had already the Mediterranean but that was still too heavy for our summers here in the South.
Happy with the purchase and even if they did not have it at their store, they offered free shipping as part of the Bastille Day Offer.
So we went to our Hyatt Place Hotel and had a lovely dinner at 201 Seafood Restaurant which is within walking distance.
 Happily eating my Tuna Steak with Carrot-ginger purée, seasoned red rice, cucumbers and carrots!
A rather oriental flavor.
Forgot to take a photo so I'd already eaten a bite...
Pieter enjoying his Seafood Risotto
Fresh scallops, shrimp, mussels, tossed with vegetables and risotto dancing in a hot wok with a saffron sauce, a pepper aroma and a touch of parmesan cheese...
You sure don't mind walking a little after such a meal!
French Bastille Sale was a good one for us!
Our New Queen: Caribbean Light Down Comforter from Yves Delorme and probably the down came from Eastern Europe...

They shipped it out FREE and it arrived with nice card enclosed.
You bet, we slept like roses under them already!
The weather forecast was excellent!
On the 15th of July, it was just one centigrade cooler than in Dublin... where it was 37ºC or 98.6ºF
We went biking on Sea Pines Resort Bike Trail...
Here we have our break with some chocolate dessert and mandarins; nice combination!
 There are benches and you almost constantly bike in the shade under a canopy of trees.
I did walk to the beach...
This is along the bike trail a Great blue heron fishing for his noon snack!
It feels so lovely to be in nature!
A very lovely route we biked!
It was exactly 15 km so not too much... or 9.3 miles.
Back to our Hyatt Place and you can see our bikes on the bike rack, parked opposite the hotel's shuttle bus.
Lazy afternoons at the pool and swimming. Then a shower and our walk to 201 Seafood Restaurant again and next day we drove home after a lazy morning at the pool...

It is great for having this within 1 hour and 45 minutes driving distance and that is also where we depart for our flights, from Hilton Head/Savannah Airport - so convenient!

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  1. I love the comforter. It looks so cozy!

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    1. Dearest Krishna,
      Oh, this super light down comforter makes you sleep like a dream!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Hello Mariette, I agree with you how great it is to be in nature and observe its wonders. But I prefer to do it in less roasting temperatures! Those relatively simple pleasures--a walk in the park, some good food, and a comfortable rest, can be so totally satisfying.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      No, when biking under a canopy of trees, those temperatures don't feel like roasting!
      Also the movement of you biking, creates a nice wind...
      Both of us can handle far better warm weather than cold days; we loved living in tropical Indonesia.
      Indeed, simple pleasures like walking or biking and good food are very satisfying.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Carol Giancarlo,
      Grazie per il tuo saluto.
      Un abbraccio,
      Mariette

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  4. Dearest Mariette,
    you did a lovely biketour! Thank you for wonderful pictures! But I would not do any biking in 37° hot weather ...For biking I prefer cooler temperatures ;O)
    Wishing you a happy week!
    Love and hugs, Claudia xo

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    1. Liebe Claudia,
      Yes, that was indeed a lovely one and also the time after the biking.
      It does not bother us at all and especially near the coast with a soft sea breeze it feels perfect as we also bike in the shade of trees!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Liebe Mariette,
    herzlichen Dank und sonnige Grüße
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Auch sonnige Grüße zu dir rüber!
      Mariette

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  6. Nice comforter. Your meal looks delicious and healthy......those or pretty bowls too.

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    1. Dearest Janey,
      Yes, the comforter is so perfect for mid-summer days.
      The meal is a healthy choice and 201 Seafood Restaurant always serves in these piping hot bowls!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Looks like a nice get away. I have always liked to shop Yeves Delorme.

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    1. Dearest Sarah,
      It was such a perfect combination of everything.
      Yes, I bet you love all things French and we have also lots of their Le Jacquard Français table linens.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. OH that COMFORTER!!!!!!! I LOVE it. And your dinner looks luscious too!

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    1. Dearest Katie Isabella,
      Oh sure you love that COMFORTER; so do our kitties... they love to snuggle on our bed.
      Dinner was really excellent as always there.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Wonderful dinner, love tuna steak and risotto too.
    Enjoy the new comforter.

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      It was perfect food after a fun filled and active day.
      You bet we have enjoyed this super light down addition; just in time for summer.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Sounds like a wonderful time. And your dinners look delicious. Tell Pieter I like that "tie" he's wearing! ;) xo Deborah

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    1. Dearest Deborah,
      Haha, that 'tie' has received numerous compliments and I wish we had bought several of those at the Outlet of Ben Silver Charleston!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest R's Rue,
      Yes, it truly was yummy and we both felt like we earned it by being active.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Oh my goodness, I wish I could eat that meal. Love spicy food! You bike path is lovely too.

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    1. Dearest Debbie,
      Guess you would indulge in it as well!
      First the work out on the bike path and then the reward; perfect days.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Good looking lunch! I really like Pieter's tee with the tie. Steve has one similar. We need to get bikes here. The best exercise I believe.

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    1. Dearest Betsy,
      Yes, that dinner was delicious and we both did work for it!
      Haha, we found that tee with the tie at the Ben Silver Outlet on Hilton Head Island... WISH I'd snatched up more as it is really fun.
      Guess you are even in a reasonably flat area so you actually could bike.
      It is such a healthy exercise and you spare your knees.
      Pieter got advised by his orthopedic surgeon to bike instead of walking in order to not put pressure and weight on his knees but removing the fluids. Works perfect, he's never had those pains back.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. It looks like a lovely restaurant. Such yummy looking dinner in big lovely bowls :-) Walk after that must have been very pleasant!
    You and your husband Pieter are so active. I see you enjoyed riding bike in a beautiful nature. Chocolate and mandarin make nice combination indeed and also a great snack :-)

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Yes, the big bowls are kind of closed up in the back and guess they keep the food longer warm as well.
      It was just a short walk back to hotel but it was very pleasant after such a meal.
      We try hard for staying active, not always easy for making time for it but for both our health conditions it is an absolute MUST.
      Love the combination of chocolate with orange or mandarin and it was a healthy home baked snack.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. Mariette, what beautiful photos! I especially love the first heron photo. And I *love* Pieter's shirt with the tie!

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    1. Dearest Jean,
      Thank you, those Great blue herons were a pleasant surprise to find being active right beside us!
      Pieter's shirt with the 'windy' tie on is a big hit.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Dear Mariette - there is nothing better than being out in the countryside enjoying the fresh air in the sunshine, and then sitting down to a delicious meal at the end of the day, especially one that you don't have to prepare yourself.
    I am pleased to see that Pieter took the time to dress properly for his evening meal and wore tie!!!

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    1. Dearest Rosemary,
      Well, even better was for being out in the countryside but still sheltered from the sun, under the trees!
      Such a meal is a perfect reward after all your exercise on the bike and in the pool.
      No preparation and no dishes having to put away, it is nice.
      Didn't he dress semi-formal though? You gotta love Ben Silver for having add that to their classic line of clothes!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  17. Mariette piękna wycieczka rowerowa tylko pozazdrościć. Jedzonko tak apetycznie wygląda. Dziękuję za odwiedziny. Mamy dużo do zdobycia szczytów górskich. Wykorzystujemy chodzenie jak mamy wolna niedzielę z grupą znajomych. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.

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    1. Drodzy Malgorzata,
      dziękuję za wizytę i miły komentarz. Zawsze uważamy, że trawa jest bardziej ekologiczna po drugiej stronie, ale bez wątpienia Twoje otoczenie jest wspaniałe do zwiedzania ze znajomymi razem. Uściski
      Mariette

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  18. Wortelpuree met gember..klinkt erg lekker, was het ook lekker? Het ziet er tenminste van jullie beide erg goed en lekker uit..
    Aan een dekbed moet ik nu niet denken..veel te warm, maar wel slim om het nu/dan te kopen, in de 'uitverkoop'. Maar dat T-shirt van Pieter is 'helemaal het einde".. :D

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    1. Beste Marian,
      Ja, dat was nou eens héérlijk en smaakte eigenlijk echt Oosters.
      Zo'n super dun en licht dekbed hebben jullie in Nederland niet, je moet het zeker niet verwarren met het gewoonlijke 'winter' dekbed. Wij hebben denk ik nu 3 verschillende qua warmte/gewicht.
      We hebben het tenminste sinds die aankoop lekker in gebruik.
      Oh, we kochten samen met vriendin Ellie en haar man Jeu voor de mannen elk dit T-shirt en Pieter grinnikt alitijd als hij het draagt en al zóveel leuke reacties erop gehad. Hadden we er daar ook maar twee of meer van gekocht...
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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