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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

Monday, August 31, 2015

{Edward Bok Quote}

Last year on May 6, while visiting the Bok Tower in Lake Wales, Florida, we did buy some nice things at the gift shop.

Make you the world 
A bit better
Or more beautiful
Because you have 
lived in it.

Edward W. Bok

Related link:
{Bok Tower in Lake Wales, Florida} | previous post by me
{1903 Ladies Home Journal by Edward Bok - The Mother of America & Dutch American Heritage Day} | previous post by me with more information about Edward Bok

Saturday, August 29, 2015

{KLM Delft Blue House 95}

When my dear friend Mariëlle, did come to visit us in early May, she also gifted us with the latest of Delftware houses by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. So now we have the series complete with this number 95!
{Royal Dutch Airlines 91 years on October 7}

This number 95, is the Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam and that did celebrate its 150th anniversary last year.
It proudly resides on the narrow ledge of our veranda windows.

On October 7, is the 96th Birthday of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and the next house will be presented to the public...

Very interesting short video about several Canal Houses and the Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

At KLM-HUISJES.NL you can purchase the entire collection.
We both were lucky that we got lots of upgrades to KLM's World Business Class, while being International Consultants.

Related link:
{Angel Candle Snuffer Gift} | previous post by me
{Royal Dutch Airlines 91 years on October 7} | previous post by me explaining about our many flights as international consultants.
{KLM Royal Dutch Airlines miniature blue Delftware houses 1 to 90} | previous post by me

Thursday, August 27, 2015

{Quinoa Tabbouleh}

Quinoa, being a very healthy SUPERFOOD, makes us look for new recipes.
In the Canadian Living I did find one!
A delicious, quick and easy to make Quinoa Tabbouleh
Just click above link for the recipe.
When ingredients have been able to fully blend, taste is best.
Hope you liked it!
Related links:
{Tuscan Red Quinoa Salad - Whole Foods Sarasota FL} | previous post by me
{Shaved Brussels Sprouts &Tofu With Tri Color Quinoa}  | previous post by me

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

{Pure Coconut Oil a Superfood and Recipes}

Maybe several of you already have added Pure Coconut Oil, a Superfood, to your daily diet.
If not so, maybe this will help in explaining its many benefits for our health and I also provide some RECIPES towards the end.
We find ours at +Costco WholesaleCo and always stock up on it.
Important is to buy the PURE Coconut Oil
Nutrition Facts
Important is that the Pure Coconut Oil has *No Trans & Hydrogenated Fats
Many health benefits...
Towards the end in the video you can read the above:

My personal introduction came through a dear friend from the Philippines.
She gifted me some Virgin Coconut Oil that she'd brought back from a trip to her birth country.
That made me purchase the book: Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut 
As promised some recipes: Coconut Oil- Belly Flattening Muffins and more, please do visit my Pinterest board: COCONUT OIL A SUPERFOOD
Hope this did inspire you!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

{Heavenly Jardins de Bagatelle Rose}

Even though the HOT summer heat here in Georgia/USA is not very suitable for roses or any flowers for that matter, we did yield some Heavenly Jardins de Bagatelle Roses from the new supply via Roses Unlimited, planted on May 2nd of this year.
Tender leaves have been burned from the hot July 8 sun...
But still, this heavenly perfumed rose is such a joy to have!
We also harvested two perfect Jasminum Sambac - Jasmine Grand Duke of Tuscany buds.
The first, and larger flower on May 5, when it was not yet that hot...
A Baccarat perfume bottle is perfect as a vase.
Such soft pink touches...
Wish we could have them more often in bloom but it is really hard here in the Southeast.
These Jasmines were perfect!
Hope you enjoyed our treasures...
Related link:
{Jasminum Sambac - Jasmine Grand Duke of Tuscany} | previous post, showing you the jasmine

Friday, August 21, 2015

{Cat Dining Room}

Our six felines are very mannered when it comes to breakfast and dinner in their Cat Dining Room.
From left to right: Spooky, Bandido, Spunky, Tiggy-Tiger (all are siblings), Barty and Speckie
This is the actual 2nd photo!
It is such a happy time in the Cat Dining Room and then out on the driveway for grooming!
Lying on the concrete with a happy tummy is pure bliss.

Related link:
{You like to meet our 3 Feline Boys?} | previous post by me showing you also 6 diners...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

{204 Countries Visited - Welcome Dominica}

Already on July 21, the 204th Country Visited my humble blog - Welcome Dominica!
Dominica is a tiny island in the Caribbean.

Monday, August 17, 2015

{Royal Ontario Museum}

Dear Friend Celia had arranged a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum for us on Monday, June 8.
It could not have been better arranged as it was a rainy day.
Talking about a very modern concept for architecture, the ROM is an example.
The modern 'crystal' addition, designed by Polish born and US raised architect Daniel Libeskind, has been merged with the existing, turn of the previous Century Royal Ontario Museum.
You can read more here: Our History | Royal Ontario Museum
And about the design here: Michael Lee-Chin Crystal 
Just before we left to the ROM, this was the weather.
From our room at Hyatt Regency Toronto on King we could only see half of the CN Tower...
Showing the side and front of the original ROM.
Husband Pieter standing in front of the Rotunda...
The Rotunda with the four bands, symbolizing the four corners of the earth. It comes together with the eternal knot and it says: 'THAT - ALL MEN - MAY KNOW - HIS WORK'
Incredible Mosaic!
Blogger friend Celia M. High Heeled Life & Resilientista arranged that her friend Janice did meet us inside the crystal entrance.
Around 13:45 it still was raining.
After enjoying the ROM for 3 hours and 45 minutes, we walked to the Park Hyatt Toronto just across the street for going to The Roof Lounge on the 20th floor, from where we also had a great view onto the building.
Another great tip from friend Celia!
Restoration work going on.
The ROM is quite a futuristic building in this Toronto city setting.
I will show you later something from the exhibitions.
Thanks for your visit!

Related links:
{Brunch in Toronto with Blogger Friends I Admire} | Previous post by me

Saturday, August 15, 2015

{Ixora 2015}

On July 3, I made these photos from our blooming Ixora...
An ant is crawling on top of its sweet flowers, snacking on some nectar I guess.
And something even bigger - a caterpillar with long hair!
As long as they don't eat the entire plant, that is fine!

Related link:
 {Ixora} | previous post showing our 2014 plant

Thursday, August 13, 2015

{Toronto Canada Then and Now}

Yes, we have been in Toronto in 1986, for the 6th North American Mushroom Conference on July 20-23.
Pieter was the speaker on July 22 and also a panelist.
This is husband Pieter on Sunday, July 20 of 1986 with the Old City Hall Tower in the back ...
This is me on Sunday, June 7 of 2015 in about the same spot.
6th North American Mushroom Conference
Hilton Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, Canada
July 20-23, 1986
On July 22 of 1986 Pieter was one of the speakers
Also Pieter functioned as a Panelist
and your participation as a speaker was a major contribution in making this conference the most successful on records...
That's me, standing near Harbour Castle Hilton Hotel, where we were having the Conference.
Notice the Canadian way of writing 'Harbour' - just like we studied our Oxford English!
Now it is called The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
Husband Pieter in the Toronto Financial District on July 20, 1986
Toronto Financial District on June 7, 2015
The Bank of Nova Scotia to the left.
The Bank of Nova Scotia to the left and the Old City Hall Tower in sight on June 7, 2015
This is me again, now to the side of the Old City Hall on Sunday, July 20 of 1986
This is the front view of the Old City Hall with Tower on Sunday, June 7 of 2015
The little pink dot in the center, that's me, wearing my Escada polyester/silk jacket.
Just to the side of the Old City Hall is the Toronto Eaton Centre where we went in June, like we did in July of 1986
Me, studying the directory at Eaton Centre.
 We walked back to our hotel in about half an hour; just before the rain!
That was a nice Sunday afternoon for going back to areas where our foot steps were.
Do you also like going back to certain places you enjoyed previously?

Related links:
{Brunch in Toronto With Friends Blogger I Admire} | previous post by me
{Arriving at Hyatt Regency Toronto on King} | previous post by me
{Port Huron, MI - Meeting with Blogger Friend I Admire} | previous post by me
{Livonia, Michigan - Meeting with a Friend Blogger I Admire} | previous post by me
{Our Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Michigan Afternoon Tea} | previous post by me
{Mackinac Island Flora} | previous post by me
{Mackinac Island Carriage Tours} | previous post by me
{Patriotic & Romantic Mackinac Island} | previous post by me
{Shepler's Mackinac Island, Michigan Ferry} | previous post by me
{505 S Huron Avenue, Mackinaw City, Michigan} | previous post by me
{Delta Annual Companion Certificate Flight to Detroit, Michigan}  | previous post by me


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