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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

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

{I am in the Public Eye - New York Public Library}

New York City has so many spectacular buildings; not enough time to see them all!
One of those architectural gems for sure is the New York Public Library
Remarkable photo taken from the reflection in a mirror at the entrance!
Complete with the hashtag #publiceyeNYPL
Another 'WeFie' from husband Pieter and me...
See that my watch is on my 'right' wrist?
Also on the outside, there were huge posters about this 'public eye' exhibit.
The poster reads:
Public Eye - 175 Years of Sharing Photography
Outside were French Bistro folding chairs and HUGE begonias in planters!
WOW, what a lovely architecture inside and outside!
Look at those impressive arched windows and those huge ceiling lights that are in the front gallery outside...
A list of Benefactors from 1848-1918
and again a list with engraved names of Benefactors...
What a precious gift to the people for FREE USE!
A very luxurious library in marble and with such decorated ceilings...
So much art work to admire!
Pieter has been a life long photographer so he enjoyed this 175 Years of Sharing Photography tremendously - so did I.
Both of us have also been avid readers for a life time, so we do appreciate such a library!
With books, there is no limit in learning - literally 'no ceiling'...
This was a very pleasant visit and we hope you enjoyed these photos.

Do you also love and appreciate historic libraries like this?

Thanks for your visit.

Monday, June 27, 2016

{Our Jardins de Bagatelle Rose & Tea}

As told before, my BLISS is Tea with Flowers! So when we did have some of our Jardins de Bagatelle Roses, I had to capture them for you to share...
This is pure BLISS!
Wish I also could transmit their strong perfume...
They are such perfect roses in color and in shape and even more so by fragrance!
Yes, one of our Gardenias is also put in a tiny Baccarat crystal vase.
Add tea and some fresh pear slices and you create heaven!
Great moments for reflecting on the day and sharing some thoughts during a blissful moment.
Exactly like dear friend Celia M. writes about in her Resilientista
Perfect for recharging body, mind and soul!

Thanks for your visit and are you also daily recharging like this?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

{Grand Central Terminal New York City}

On our way to the 1930 Chrysler Building, we walked past the Grand Central Terminal (click hyperlink for more info) of New York City.
Photo got taken at 11:10 AM...
This Grand Beaux-Arts building was constructed in 1903-1913.
With Hercules, Mercurius and Minerva in the center top.
Here it is, nestled between the Grand Hyatt to its right with the Chrysler Building visible in the right top corner.
Its elevated road is very unique, separating cars from pedestrians.
A majestic building don't you think?
We did enter its underground corridor but did not make any photos.
Its architecture is as spectacular inside as outside.
Traveling with an 86-year old heart patient restricts you in doing a lot of things but I'm feeling blessed for having been here together!

Thanks for your visit.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

{1930 Chrysler Building New York City}

On August 29 of 2015 we both did walk from our Hyatt Place New York/Midtown-South to the 42nd Street in New York City, to view the 1930 Chrysler Building (click the hyperlink).
That's what we loved about this hotel, conveniently close to most areas!
Yep, for Walter P. Chrysler, the car manufacturer it was a status symbol to build the tallest building in the world!
It remained the tallest building until 1974 when the Sears Tower in Chicago won that title.
There it is!
Against a perfectly blue sky again; we both got so very lucky with the weather.
Can you imagine that his building is from 1930?!
Quite a challenge for that time to build such a tall structure.
Being in such a high rise city, it is a constant struggle for capturing these giants as often they are partly hidden from view!
But contrary to what many Europeans still think; these buildings are ONLY office buildings and not for living!
There always is another tall building in the way...
Here it is, adjacent to the Grand Hyatt of New York City.
Still towering tall above the hotel as the 1930 Chrysler Building has 318 meters (1045 ft) including its spire!
Or 77 floors...
The Grand Hyatt has only 26 floors and is 90 m or 295 ft tall.
It is very hard to get it into perspective...
The Gargoyles you see here, depict the Chrysler car ornaments on this Art Deco style skyscraper.
Indeed, a very interesting piece of architecture and it's only one year younger as my Pieter is!
Hope you enjoyed this little walk to one of New York City's skyscrapers.
Thank you for your visit!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

{My BLISS = Tea, Chocolate & Flowers}

For taking time to sip tea together with preferably chocolate and some fresh flowers really is My BLISS!
Don't you agree?
These fragrant Narcissus Obdam we had on March 5th...
A time to slow down and savor the goodness of chocolate with tea.
Having a nice conversation and feeling blissful!

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead and thanks for stopping by.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

{FREE Ferry to Staten Island, New York}

One of the highlights of our sight seeing trip with OnBoard Tours to New York City was for sure the included Staten Island Ferry (click the pink hyperlinks for more info!). What we didn't know was that this Ferry is FREE for everyone! 
Here we are, just leaving from the Whitehall Ferry Terminal with a spectacular view of Lower Manhattan
To the left you can see the docking station of White Hall where we all got on board
Here you can see those three bridges across the Hudson River, as I zoomed in a bit.
Brooklyn Bridge is in the front with the Manhattan Bridge behind.
In the far distance you even get to see George Washington Bridge!
Sorry, this is all from my iPhone 6 Plus
Here we are looking at Staten Island Ferry's White Hall Terminal from where we departed.
We had such a perfect sunny day on August 28!
The view of Lower Manhattan looks spectacular, seen from the Ferry.
This is zoomed in as we passed Ellis Island with the Statue of Liberty...
When we were going back, I took this photo from the Ferry docking at the Terminal on the Staten Island side in St. George, NY.
There is seating inside the huge Ferry and here Pieter is seated on a bench on the upper deck outside.
Some 6,000 passengers can be transported and that 109 times daily!
That is me, standing on the upper deck for a spectacular view!
Going back to Lower Manhattan, New York City...
Riding this FREE Ferry I can only highly recommend!
Have you been across to Staten Island?

Thanks for your visit.

Related links:
Whitehall Ferry Terminal
  Top 5 Bridges in New York City

Friday, June 17, 2016

{Broadway Canyon of Heroes - Marker 98 for Dutch Queen in NYC}

On Broadway, across from Wall Street is Marker 98, for Dutch Queen Juliana who visited New York City on April 7, 1952.
When we were walking there with our tour guide, Pieter and I just spotted this by accident... I ran back for capturing it.

Close to Trinity Church, that I posted before, and across from Wall Street is Marker 98.
To the right you see written: 98 April 7, 1952 * Juliana, Queen of The Netherlands, and Prince Bernhard
During their busy day in the city, the royal couple stopped at St. Martin's Episcopal Church at 122nd Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem, where they were greeted by a crowd estimated at 7,500.
Link: BROADWAY THE CANYON OF HEROES, just click it and you can see the entire map.
Thousands Cheer Dutch Monarch on Broadway (just click the hyperlink for scrolling down to page 17 of Chicago Tribune, April 8, 1952).
New York, April 7 - The city that grew from a small Dutch settlement gave its traditional ticker tape welcome today to a Dutch queen--Juliana of the Netherlands...

Indeed, New York City is full of Dutch history!

Thanks for your visit.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

{WISH we had a Certified Podologist in our area}

For 33 years I've MISSED my Dutch Certified Podologist or in other terms a Certified Master Pedicurist.
Not to be mistaken by 'a pedicure' as that is by far not the same!
The NORTH AMERICAN SCHOOL OF PODOLOGY is in Toronto, Canada. Just click on the pink hyperlink.
You can also find them on Facebook: NASP.
The usual Pedicures could lead to dangerous infections as you can read following this link.
Especially for retired, older people or people with diabetes there is a risk for infection.
My right foot has been injured when a horse that I just had been riding, stepped on my toes.
Very painful and the big toe's nail was loose and black.
It still is not a normal toenail...
So I would LOVE to go to a Certified Podologist but my nearest is 234.8 km away!
One way that is a 3 hour drive.
That leaves me no other option as to take care of my feet as well as I can do myself...
For decades I've been using the buffing tool that you see under my Chanel toilet bag. I had it already back in The Netherlands and it runs on batteries.
Also different types of Diamancel (click the hyperlink) Files that I purchased at Neiman Marcus, decades ago...
The top Diamancel Diamond File for Foot Calluses #20, I seldom used, my husband did use it more often.
My choice is the Diamancel Diamond Foot Buffer #11 (the black one at the top in 1st and 2nd photo) and that gives you silky smooth heels or as I use them also, under my big toe and below.
For smoothing the skin where you removed some callus around toes or fingers, Diamancel File #5 is perfect!
So together with my Mehaz tools, that's how I care for my feet.
These are the other tools that I use.
Top is a 24k gold plated scissor from Toledo, Spain.
A rather course tweezer for pulling up any loose parts after carefully cleaning around nail with my pointed scissor. I do start out with a foot soak to soften up my feet.
My MehazProfessional Cuticle Pusher and Straight Spoon, made in Germany.
My Mehaz professional stainless steel nail clipper. Similar with two springs here: Mehaz Professional Corner Nipper (click on the pink hyperlinks to see info).

Sure, I am by far not a Certified Podologist myself but my feet did feel great after this treatment and I did give them a coating of my Chanel 'Party Pink'...
Using some body lotion makes them feel baby soft and sandal ready for summer!

Are you seeing a Certified Podologist?

Thanks for your visit!


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