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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/2018/03/1978-pjc-vedders-modern-mushroom.html

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Due to my severe back pain I have recycled this interesting post...

This is an exceptional post about something that got initiated by my husband Pieter, while he was taking care of laundry at the time I was too ill to do anything. He told me that I had to get back in touch with the company that made such extraordinary terry towels that held up for decades. TRUE, they have had at least their 34th birthday all together and lived up perfectly to the name in their label, which reads Vossen International. We took them from The Netherlands to the USA, from there to Italy and also they went with us to Indonesia and back home again to the USA. All the time happily together, lending us a soft and eager absorption any time we needed to towel dry. Well, let's start from the beginning... In The Netherlands at De Beddenspecialist in Venlo on Parade 37 we bought these kind of moss green towels, probably in 1978. Also wash hands (not the usual cloths they use here in the USA) and one large beach towel. Guess I got a total of some 18; one large beach towel and from several guest towels my seamstress in Indonesia did sew together more wash hands. Clever idea, they're just a tad longer than the original hands.
So there we go... I did look up on the Internet the company and found them in a heartbeat still producing their quality Vossen towels.
So I did contact them and got the nicest reply from Ms Nicole Neuhold in Austria, on March 29, 2009; requesting to send her some pictures... Well, that sounds like easy done but NOT so at our home for that time. My German build Miele washer had just quit working and my towels were all in the laundry bin; not ready for such a glamour shot! Pieter, being the handy man he always has proven to be, did change a fuse and it worked again! Only to quit a second time but he did find the problem and did bypass that for occurring ever again. My, was I glad for not yet having to give up on my Miele. So after all, there is a chance it will stay healthy and happy till past its 16th birthday on August 29, 2009. Talking about German quality; WOW!
Back to the terry towels, after they got their Miele treatment, I did fold them, brought them into the freshly cleaned bathroom and started putting them out for the glamour shots. After all, they will be presented to the very cradle where they came from long time ago, before traveling with us the world. But with some sunshine peaking through the windows and with putting my best foot forward, using all my newly-learned photo-lessons from Pieter, I did capture them nicely I think. First I want to introduce them to my blog readers and next, Nicole will get them delivered to her by electronic mail. It is super that my letter with photos will get a place in a kind of Vossen Museum!
Let's start with the year 1978 in which they got adopted... because we had green tiles in the bathroom then, it was the green theme for which the towels were chosen! These photos were taken in May of 1983 so the towel on the rack had already done five years of service then. We immigrated in August of 1983 to the USA.
Below, underneath the two old photos, taken at our home in Horst, The Netherlands, follow the ones taken now at our home in Georgia, USA. So all these towels are living proof to SUPER quality and we wonder IF they ever will give in at all...
Our Bathroom in Horst, The Netherlands with the moss green Vossen towels.
In our present bathroom... our Vossen wash hands.
Rolled up, ready for use...
Luxurious soap bars within reach
White Pelargonium in our Silver Rose Vase...
Ours indeed LIVED to be international, in three continents...
White pelargonium in silver rose vase.


  1. Dearest Mariette,
    wonderful pictures!
    Yes, Vossen are the best towels :O)
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
    hope you feel better again!
    Love and hugs,

  2. Liebe Mariette,

    von meinem Besuch bei dir,
    lasse ich dir herzliche Grüße hier.


  3. My husband keeps asking me to change our towels that we've only had a couple of years. They sure don't last long and are all out of shape. I figure if they still work to dry us off, then it is okay and why spend the money. :) Your towels certainly have lasted long and still look good. Hope your back pain subsides very soon. Hard to do anything when you feel that way. Take care! Tammy

  4. Mooi, in Calm Green.
    Ik stuur healing vibes your way for je rug, lieve Mariette x

  5. Wow they seem to be indestructible. Have a great weekend.


  6. Dear Mariette,

    The towels must be of a really good quality to last so long, and look as good as new ~ love the beautiful green.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend and hope you are feeling better


  7. Cara amica mi raccomando,rimettiti presto in forma!!
    Spero che tu stia meglio!!
    Un caloroso abbraccio!!

  8. Wonderful pictures!Your towels certainly have a style look good.Kalimera from Grrece!

  9. Dearest Mariette
    Nice to hear that your back is better. It's not fun to lie in bed and in pain.
    What wonderful towels! As lovely as new though you had them for so many years. Almost as old friends ...
    My husband says thanks for the greeting.
    Have a nice weekend!
    Hugs to you

  10. My dear friend,
    These Vossen towels are worth buying, they seem to last an eternity. And the color looks the same, this is a very interesting post, thanks for sharing it with us.
    Hugs to you my dear friend

  11. Dearest Mariette
    Wow!! What amazing PR you've just done for this company. They should really send you a whole new batch of towels for such indispensable promotion (not that you would need them!!). And you certainly did a marvelous job presenting them in your photographs. Very nice job Mariette - you make them look like brand new towels!! Amazing.
    Lots of love
    from Joan

  12. Dearest Mariette,
    Your husband Pieter was apples like the green vossen towels.
    I am very enjoy to read your beautiful interesting post.
    Hugs and love to you always!

  13. Ha ha..jij weet ook over echt elk 'attribuut' een postje te schrijven...hoe kom je er op.
    Nederlandse Vossen handdoeken...weet je, het goede spul is hier steeds moeilijker te krijgen, de ene na de andere speciaalzaak gaat hier 'over de kop'

  14. Dearest Mariette,

    Here I am, apologize for being a while. Thank you so much for your comment and wish to my kids, they are much better now even little bit weak.
    I am wishing your back pain has passed a way and you feel better now.

    wow these towels such a long lasting. I arrived in Indonesia? wow.. very very interesting.Love those green moss colors, my favourite color. I would like to find out about these product. thanks for sharing.

    wish you a nice day and take a good care.
    love to you


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