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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 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Saturday, July 2, 2011

{Parcel from Greece with Regal Gift}

Well, the first day of July was a special one. Parcels arrived with some replacements of our favorite plants and a special one from Greece... Will tell about the plants later! Let's go first to Greece, to the country so rich in culture and yet with so many problems right now. In a way, they're not unique as we are heading fast into the same direction. But I'm not going to write about our economy.
This was a happy parcel from a dear new friend, a kindred spirit, who was meant to cross my path.
Things do happen for a reason; no doubt! Following Catherine's blog Corner of Cat's Mind I got to meet Joan from God's Little People and I happened to be her 100th follower. Her reply to that was: 'I would love to send you a little something from my own creative creations as a celebration of my 100th follower'... So a parcel left Greece on June 16 but got kind of stranded in Athens because of a strike... Today, the post master did ring the doorbell and asked my signature for a parcel from Greece! First I was amazed at the beautiful, large stamps. Well, I did collect stamps as a little girl and whenever my Great-Uncle 'Heeroom' send us a letter from his mission in Kupang on the Island of Timor, Indonesia, I was studying those stamps in detail. That's how you learn a lot about a given country. Greece has never been on my list of countries visited, only my brother, the author, has been there several times with his family. But now I held a parcel in my hands from over there...
The parcel got roughed up along the way...
Beautiful handwriting... this always does reveal so much about a person.
So sorry that Joan did send it via Express but due to the strike it got here after 2 weeks...
Beautiful handwriting again caught my eye... lovely way of wrapping and a meaningful card with letter inside.
I took it out on the balcony for making these photos.
Joan is such a kind lady as she is rescuing felines and giving them love and veterinarian treatment... A person with a big heart! You have to visit her blog... A reward would be to follow this extraordinary person.
She certainly did create PEACE for those lucky felines that, through her, got to know for the first time in their life LOVE and shelter.
Joan too has studied fashion for three years and she did run for 13 years her own small design company, designing bags and accessories... So this one she created for me. Beautiful silk crêpe de chine and lined in a leopard print silk.
Look at the elegant golden lobster claw and the slide buckle with rhine stones!
Ha, did she know I had an Escada hair calf skirt with leopard and tiger print?
Or that our felines dress up for formal occasions in a leopard bow-tie? Telepathy it looks like!
Look again at that lobster claw and the slide buckle.
And realizing that this poor beauty has been smashed inside a parcel for two weeks...
Once more, it made me almost speechless for the way it matches my wardrobe.
Oh and this silk Escada blouse to the right in leopard print, and the big square Escada silk scarf that can be worn as a butterfly with the ends knotted and made into sleeves... How did she possibly know all this?!
Even with a golden magnetic snap closure, just like the haute couture bags are done.
Joan, I am without words and only can say THANK YOU  ever so much for such a treasure.
The material is regal and knowing it was designed and made by you makes it priceless!
Yes, Joan... my Mami is really without words! So she lets me finish the story. I'm one of those tiny felines, that you call 'God's Little People' and my name is Tiggy-Tiger. Mami said there was in the couture world a model who's name was Twiggy... So for a feline, Tiggy would work better. I am only a mere 6 pounds but I'm very smart and as hyper as they come... I can't even keep my bow-tie straight. Constantly moving and I gave Mami a hard time to capture me on camera.
Mami told me about your Noona and I am really worried about her. I pray that soon she will feel better and finally will know some love.
Oh, and Kimmie's fate made me really get down...
All I ever had was a tiny piece bitten out of my ear; that's nothing. My own fault because I went away to see other friends because my siblings did tease and nag me. Now I stay home more often, close to Mami. She was right but you know, I was young...
Would you PLEASE give Noona a paw for me?!
I soon want to hear from Mami that she's doing better.
All felines should have the life I have; I'm purrfectly happy you know!
By for now and thanks for making my Mami happy!!!


  1. Hi Mariette,
    What a beautiful gift you received from Greece. Simply the most gorgeous designer bag ever. Love your little model in the bowtie. Way too cute.

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comments. I agree with you completely.
    Happy 4th of July my dear friend.
    Love from a very Hot Texas,
    Celestina Marie

  2. OH!!!
    What a treasure you got☆☆☆
    It sure is a FABULOUS bag and happy for you to know you have wardrobe matching with your precious present!!!
    How lovely to read Tiggy-Tiger speaks for you and looks really CUTE. She also sure is deserved to be called "God's Little People",I think.

    I hope you'll have Happy holiday!!!
    Hugs and Love, Orchid.

  3. Wat een mooie tas!!! wat leuk zeg om zoiets kado te krijgen...en achh je poessie...zo liefff met de strik om....geniet van een heerlijk weekend...liefs Ria...xxx..

  4. Mariette, my sweet dear
    Thank you SO much for such a fine thank you. Your appreciation is really felt and I'm so pleased I sent you this little creation. Sorry to see how bashed the envelope got. But how perfect it is with that leopard creation! I just simply had a sense it'd find the perfect home with you.

    And my lovely little Tiggy-Tiger - oh you are a little beauty... Noona is indeed doing so much better and even though we were very sad to see Kimmie go, we're celebrating Noona's will to go on. A big kiss to you.

    Lots of love
    - and now back to my award!
    from Joan

  5. It's very nice of Joan to send you such beautiful gifts!!

    Tiggy-Tiger, you are so cute!! That bow-tie looks great on you :-)
    We pray and purr for Noona and hope she feels better very soon.

  6. Liebe Mariette,

    ich stimme dir ganz zu mit
    deinen Gedanken zum Klimawandel.
    Das hast du sehr schön in einem
    Kommentar geschrieben.

    Herzliche Grüße von uns beiden

  7. Dear Mariette,

    How lovely that you got this fabulous bag from your friend.
    I went over to meet Joan, after she visited me the other day and it was great to meet her and her blog.
    I do hope that sweet Noona will feel better after the care and attention she is getting.
    Tiggy is such a cutie and looks very glamorous with the bowtie.

    Hope that you are having a wonderful long weekend

  8. what a wonderful blog you have, I HAVE to follow you since you are a friend of Joan's. I just adore her and her blog. I am now your newest follower, it is a pleasure to meet you!

  9. Wat een leuke post! Het tasje is mooi en ook jou katje ziet er prachtig uit!

    Nog een fijne zondagavond!

  10. well, she`s really cute! :-) I am in love with your cats, they are very special!

    have a great 4th of juli!


  11. Dearest Mariette,
    I'm here, reading just a few of your beautiful posts trying to get to know a bit more about you! :) And the posts about our dear Joan of course caught my eye... She is the most wonderful, passionate and generous soul! I so love the wonderful miracle work she is doing for those poor kitties on her island... I know the problem of poor stray kitties in Greece only too well, since I'm there very often. It breaks my heart. My beloved kitty Zoe is a rescue kitty from Rhodes! I adopted her 10 years ago as a tiny kitten and took her back to Italy with me :)
    I'm the lucky owner of one of Joan's AMAZING bags too... she is so incredibly talented, and the most generous soul too. I could write on and on and on... I'm so glad you know her too, and that this is connecting us, along with our love for kitties! :) I must read more about your cats! Tiggy-Tiger is adorable!!!
    Big hugs from Anna


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