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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

{Our Home of almost 20 years}

Today I want to welcome you to our home of almost 20 years. It is constructed after Pieter's own design.
In November 1990 we did move in, while still living and working in Indonesia. We just were off one month and together with my Dad, who did tag along from The Netherlands, we did move in.
It was hard to leave once we'd settled in for just a few weeks... 
But we did live a gypsy life and that's what we had to do for almost three years: commuting from Atlanta to Jakarta four times a year for two months at a time, living in the center on the island of Java, in the mountains.

As certain trees have grown too big now, for standing back and capturing the entire home, I will take you a bit back in time. Below this post you find a link as to see how the home looks at present!
This is in the spring of 1994 the veranda and bay window area with part of the balcony to the left. I am weeding the gardenias that we had back then, till they blocked our windows...
Spring 1994; see the little magnolia here? Now we can no longer take such a photo with the entire front view of our home.
Detail of our front porch with Vintage Woodworks ←(click it) from Texas.
Also you see our young Clematis lanuginosa 'Candida'.
Front porch. If you click to enlarge photo, you can see the hand crocheted filet lace rose curtains on the front door that I designed and made. Will show those later.
Still taken in 1994 with all Wakaebisu Kurume azaleas. Sadly we lost most of them and had to plant something else. Our summer climate is so harsh with temperatures from 35°C to 42°C (95°F - 107°F) and not very forgiving with a soil that has poor water holding capacity and we are on a slope.

The tree on the right got the death penalty since this photo was taken.
The garage doors also have been replaced by insulated ones.
1997 with the gardenias already being moved to the wood garden. Veranda windows have now white fiberglass window boxes ←click it, just like the bay window from the kitchen. They do come in hunter green and satin black as well, but we opted for white, just look Flower Framers of Cincinatti ←click it.
September 1999; notice the huge magnolia to the left? The bay window is no longer visible.
May 2004 with a view to the road.
A May 2004 view on the road for giving you an idea of the space for living here in the heart of Georgia. On the front we have 200 m length, including the wood garden that you see behind the house.
This photo I took on September 26 and now you see how huge that southern magnolia is. Meanwhile Pieter did put a vinyl picket fence between the neighbors and us, you see it on the left.
Another huge, double flowering magnolia to the right.
Let's turn into the driveway...
Too bad that one of the Italian Cypress turned brown from the drought and heat we had during the last month.
The day I took this photo we had finally had a good rain; too late!

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  1. Dear Mariette,
    oh yes, I know. Time is running. This is best seen
    on the growth of trees and children. But your house and garden looks still wonderfull and is very well in shape.
    Greetings, Johanna

  2. Liebe Mariette,

    wollte gestern schon was zu der schönen Tasche schreiben...die ist echt schön ..., sieht nach Sommer aus...hier regnet es im Moment sehr viel...

    Was habt Ihr für ein tolles Haus...an amerikanischen Häusern fasziniert mich immer wieder die Größe und Weitläufigkeit des Geländes, ...Ihr habt soooooviele Platz !!!
    Toll !!!o.k , dafür sind die Distanzen zu den anderen größer, aber ich könnte mir das auch gut vorstellen...und Euer Haus, besonders die Veranda ist so schön...

    Wünsche Dir noch einen wundervollen Tag,
    liebe Grüße,

  3. Wow Mariette, prachtig huis!! En jullie woonden ook in Indonesie? Daar zou ik ook wel ns foto's van willen zie hoor, lijkt me ook prachtig. Ga je er nog wel ns naar toe?
    Fijne week wenst je,

  4. Liebe Mariette,
    das ist wahrhaftig ein Traumhaus und -grundstück!
    20 Jahre - so lange habe ich noch nie an einem Ort gelebt. Es ist bestimmt interessant, das Gedeihen und die Veränderung über so einen langen Zeitraum beobachten zu können.

    Danke auch für Deine LinkedIn, ich habe sie mir angesehen. Da hattest Du ja einen spannenden Job. Aber bestimmt auch wahnsinnig stressig - auch wenn man so hin- und herpendeln muß zwischen zwei Ländern. Andererseits ist es auch wieder schön, andere Länder kennenzulernen ...

    Ja, auch bei den Zuchtpilzen war das doch immer meine größte Angst, daß da mal etwas Verkehrtes dazwischen geraten könnte. Dann kann ich ja jetzt beruhigt sein. :-)

    Bei uns ist alles grau-in-grau und es nieselt den ganzen Tag ;-)

    Liebe Grüße "über den großen Teich"

  5. Liebe Mariette,

    das ist ja ein wahres Knusperhäuschen!! Das könnte mir auch gut gefallen. Die Vintage-Verzierungen sind total romantisch. Überhaupt gefällt mir eure überdachte Veranda sehr. Es muss schön sein, dort abends zu sitzen und in den Garten hinaus zu schauen. Euer Garten sieht wunderschön aus. Es muss eine Pracht sein, wenn die Magnolien im Frühling blühen. Aber auch den Sommer über sind es sehr schöne Bäume. Ich mag Magnolien sehr. Leider ist unser Garten dafür zu klein, denn wir haben ja auch noch unsere riesige uralte Kastanie.

    Liebe Grüße von Elvira

  6. You have a beautiful home! I'm curious about the inside now. I want to see what one can do in 20 years...

  7. Liebe Mariette,
    was für ein wunderschönes Haus, es gefällt mir sehr gut!
    Der Entwurf und die Ausführung einfach toll, hier kann man sich wohlfühlen!
    Ganz lieben Gruß

  8. Wat een prachtig huis hebben jullie, daar kan ik alleen maar van dromen! Mooi om te zien hoe het in de loop der jaren is veranderd!

    groetjes uit Nederland,

  9. Hi Mariette, your house is beautiful. Curious to see how the ground and all around is changed or modified. I love the balconies and windows, large lot you have. Greetings Rose marie

  10. Hi Mariette, Your house is charming!! You and Pieter have really built a special home and garden!! I love to look back at old photos of mine and see the trees when the were newly planted, time moves so slow and so quick at the same time!

  11. Beautiful, Mariette! I love the design, especially all those windows to flood the light in. Thanks for the open house and stopping by yesterday to leave your sweet words!

    Have a perfect day,

  12. Dearest Mariette,
    Thanks for the tour! What a gorgeous home... a doll house!!



  13. Wow!! Das Haus ist soooo traumhaft schön! Wirklich wunderhübsch!

    Und eure vieeeeeelen Katzen! :-)
    Die Babies sind entzückende!

    Liebe Grüße!

  14. Oh your house is so pretty. I LOVE it!!!! Thanks for the guided tour. This house is in Georgia USA? Lovely. I believe you get very hot summers there? I would so love to visit the USA and hope one day when my back is fixed up I might be able to do so.


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