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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 Commercial 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

Friday, April 29, 2011

{Royal Wedding invitation + PIETER's Birthday!}

Today is a very special day as it is the Royal Wedding + my husband Pieter's Birthday!
The latter is a special day because in September things didn't look that good but we both are grateful for having special medical friends who took very well care of both of us. In a previous blog about: {Angels engraved on a lucky calender-coin of 1969} you already saw several photos of Pieter but I have a few more here below...
Those 'Austrian trailing geraniums' we had bought as little plants. But how to bring them into the US? Well, what do you do if you WANT something really bad? We had them canned! And once we let them out and nursed them back to full strength, they thrived. Poor things, when they got canned the snippets of the little green that was on them, kept flying off the conveyor belt. What an idea! Complete with mushroom label and all... but no liquid added.
And yes, I did have once a fuchsia plant but they don't last long here with the hot summers. So I gave up on them. This was in the mid 80s in our previous home in Georgia.
This was in 1986 and now you understand why both of us joined the Fitness Center... We want to get back in shape again! UGA = University of Georgia Football.
 At our present home in the late 90s when our huge Clematis lanuginosa candida was at its showiest. We lost that one, though we still have another. But the good thing is that both of us are still there!!!
That is the most recent photo where Pieter is on top of our balcony.
Less hair but with a bigger heart that has been mended.
May God give him many more years with me as I do love him more and more...
And now to the Royal Wedding!


A very special day: April 29, 2011.


  1. Heartiest greetings on your birthday Pieter!
    And congratulations Mariette becouse you have a beautiful husband, you are a lovely couple!

  2. Van harte gefeliciteerd voor jouw Pieter, met zijn verjaardag!
    Hopelijk hebben jullie n leuke dag vandaag!

  3. Van harte gefeliciteerd met de verjaardag van Pieter lieve Mariette. Dat jullie nog maar veel verjaardagen samen mogen vieren.
    Geniet van deze bijzondere dag.


  4. Dearest Mariette,

    Happy birthday to Pieter and so glad his health is well again. Lovely to see all your beautiful photographs.
    You are a lovely couple.
    I am sitting watching the start of the Royal wedding and can't wait to see the marriage of William and Kate.

    Have a happy weekend

  5. Liebe Mariette,

    wir gratulieren Peter, freuen uns
    mit ihm über seinen Tag.

    Herzliche Grüße
    Angela und Elisabeth

  6. Gefeliciteerd !!! maak je er een mooie dag van !! liefs van mij....xxx.

  7. Mariette,
    ich gratuliere Deinem Ehemann recht herzlich zu seinm Geburtstag. Dieser Anlass ist wichtiger, als die Royale Hochzeit, denke ich.
    Man sieht ihm an, dass er viel Sport getrieben hat und auch noch treibt.
    Liebe Grüße

  8. Happy Birthday, Pieter!!

    Mariette, you have blessed with a loving and wonderful husband. You both make a sweet couple.


  9. Van harte gefeliciteerd met de verjaardag van Pieter, en hopelijk zullen nog vele verjaardagen samen volgen!

  10. Lieve Mariette,

    Van Harte Gefeliciteerd met de verjaardag van Pieter. Ik wens jullie veel plezier vandaag & geniet van het feest!

    Lieve groet,

    Madelief x

  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your wonderful sweetheart.Pieter, sending you many blessings and wishing many , many, more years ahead for you and Mariette! xo HHL

  12. Auguri di cuore a tuo marito, dalle tue parole trasuda amore e sicuramente lo merita! Siete una bellissima coppia.

    Non ho capito bene cosa volevi dirmi sul mio blog... comunque la mia mail è nannarella1960@live.it
    Scusa se non provo neanche a scriverti in inglese ma sono proprio negata!....

    Buon week-end


  13. Olá, amiga!

    Feliz aniversário Pieter!!!!
    Um lindo dia para você dois!!!

    Bom fim de semana!
    Muita paz e saúde!

    •*• ♫° ·. Brasil

  14. happy birthday to pieter, congratulations for your blog ...a kiss lory

  15. Van harte gefeliciteerd met Pieter zijn verjaardag, en... dat jullie nog vele, vele jaren in goede gezondheid samen mogen genieten!!!!!!
    geniet van deze mooie dag!!!
    Een lieve groet van Elly en Martin.

  16. happy birthday to him!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i've just read your 2010 post and was just overwhelmed with the life you both had! what a life!
    you look so pretty and lovely together!
    it was great to see those old photos! it brought some good memories of times styles and colours!
    happy weekend,

  17. Happy birthday to Petier. Wishing you both many more happy years together. I couldn't help but watch the Royal Wedding today as it was on every channel. I think it is such a shame that the world feels the need to judge this day when it has absolutely nothing to do with them. It is all about Kate and William. Have a great weekend. Tammy

  18. Send Pieter a very very happy birthday and much blessings and good health always!!!
    hugs to both of you my dear Mariette

  19. Happy belated Birthday Pieter- and many more happy returns with your lovely wife Mariette!!

  20. Pass on happy birthday greetings to Pieter. They are lovely photos of him. As I'm from Australia I found it interesting that you imported Geraniums into the US. I'm glad they survived for you back then.
    I love your little balcony that comes off your bedroom. I can imagine sitting there sipping on a coffee looking out over your beautiful garden. I'm catching up on some blog reading!!

  21. Hi Mariette .. good to see Pieter and to see some of your memories ..

    Long may you be happy together .. and thanks for the YouTube invite - I hadn't seen that! Cheers Hilary

  22. Mariette, This is such a beautiful post. It is obvious that you and Pieter have a special relationship. I pray that your have many more years together.
    Bob and I watched the Royal Wedding beginning at 4 am Friday. It was awesome and they were such a beautiful couple. I hope that they can had the same love that You, Pieter, Bob and I have.
    Hugs, Ginger

  23. Happy birthday to Pieter!!!
    How wonderful to have such a loving husband by your side :)
    I do wish many more happy years together and many exciting travels and adventures!
    Much love Mariette, enjoy your weekend :)


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