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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

Friday, March 10, 2017

Happy Sunny Days

Did you miss me?
Well, I've been away for 7 days, on a trip to Miami, Florida for visiting three sets of friends.
A lot of driving for me but I needed to be back for choir rehearsal by Tuesday at 5:30 PM and I was home at 2:45 PM.
Sharing with you some more fresh garden flowers...
Photo is from Sunday with fresh azaleas and fragrant daffodils, 3 varieties in the multiple vases.
Yes, the trip to Florida, all the way down to Miami was a lot of driving for me as I'm doing it all solo.
Pieter my elderly husband remains in the passenger seat.
A total of 2,606 km because Florida is such a LONG State, looking on the USA map like an appendix.
But so glad it all worked out and we had meaningful visits with dear friends.
Three couples that used to live here in Dublin, Georgia before they moved away.
BUT we always managed to visit each other; either them driving up north once in awhile or we driving down south.
The days prior to departure we had these white Camellias and I made this photo on February 19.
Not enough light in fact to make a decent photo...
Tried another window sill, showing also the blooming white pansies in the fiberglass window boxes from Flower Framers of Cincinnati.
Teacup with chocolate on the side and a vase with Ehrlicheer daffodils on February 19.
So you know I'm alive and well and will visit you soon.
We did have some very chilly mornings on Friday and Saturday!
33.8 °F or 1°C

Thanks for your visit and wishing you a happy 1st week of March!


  1. That's a long trip for just 7 days. Very brave of you Mariette to do all that driving.
    We also have huge distances here in Australia, but I share the driving with my husband or anyone else going with us if possible.

  2. Dearest Mariette,
    oh, you did such a long drive to Miami .... a really long way, but I am sure, it was worth it and you had a lovely time with your friends!
    Wishing you a lovely Marchweek too!
    Love and hugs and blessings, Claudia xo

  3. Hello Mariette, Glad you had a nice break in sunny Florida. Here, after a warm and pleasant winter, spring is starting out rainy and chilly. I wanted to get some sunny days to try to photograph spring flowers, but none are predicted for anytime soon.

  4. E'stato un lungo viaggio il tuo per andare a fare visita ai tuoi amici. Ma so che ne è valsa la pena! Che incanto questi scatti dei tuoi fiori, un vero inno alla primavera che sta arrivando. Un abbraccio cara Mariette. Paola

  5. The flowers from your garden are beautiful Mariette such lovely soft delicate pastel shades.
    My brother drives to Anna Maria Island in Florida every Spring from Canada, I believe they call them snowbirds - the journey takes them several days.

  6. Liebe Mariette,


    Alles Liebe

  7. Liebe Mariette,
    es ist ganz wunderbar, dass ihr eure Freunde besucht habt. Es ist so wichtig, gute Freunde zu haben. Freundschaften muss man pflegen.Dein Peter hat sich sicher sehr gerne von dir chauffieren lassen.
    Deine Kamelien sind so schön - ich hab welche in pink.
    Ich genieße es, dass nun der Frühling bald einzieht und ich im Garten werkeln kann.

    ich wünsche euch alles Liebe und schicke euch ganz liebe Grüße - Ruth

  8. Wunderschöne Blumen, liebe Mariette! Und die Kamelien mag ich auch ganz besonders gern! Leider komme ich derzeit immer noch nicht so viel in den Blogs herum durch die Erkrankung meiner Mutter. Ich hoffe, daß wir bald Unterstützung finden, so daß mir dann auch wieder mehr Zeit bleibt.

    Viele liebe Grüße

  9. i am glad you went all the way to another city just to meet your friends ,how precious they must be for you i can understand dear!
    i could not get that why you would have to drive alone when your hubby was with you as it was quite long journey ,hope he is doing fine .

    loved the table with inviting cup of tea and beautiful vase with white flowers.
    thank you for such a lovely sharing friend!

  10. So happy for you being able to visit your friends!! glad you had a safe trip ... and made it back in time for choir. Your white Camellias are very beautiful!! welcome home .. wishing you both a blessed week ..hugs, C.

  11. I love a good road trip and as son Carl does not drive, I am full time chauffeur! A role I love, and like you I take my time. Happy Monday dear one.

  12. Liebe Mariette,
    Da hast du eine tolle Leistung vollbracht. Aber der Besuch wird
    euch entschädigt haben.
    Wundervolle Blumenarrangements.
    Einen guten Start in die neue Wochen wünscht Dir

  13. Glad you had a good trip. I got lost in Florida once. Was supposed to be heading to Georgia but made a wrong turn. Oops! Wound up missing the wedding I was supposed to attend. :/ I've been away, too. Another trip to Sri Lanka, so finally just posted after more than a couple of weeks.

  14. Dearest Mariette,
    Did you Miss me? 7 days on a trip to Maiam Tuesday at 5,30 pm and you was home at 2.45 pm.
    Photos from Sunday with fresh azalea and franant daffodils.
    You both had meaningful visits with best friends but always managed to visits.
    You made this photos on February 19 decent photos you both had lovely Chocolate!
    Love & Hugs both of wonderful time!

  15. Dear Mariette,

    So lovely that you were able to take a trip to visit your friends - always great to do.
    Love all your pretty flowers, the white camellia is one of my favourite flowers too.
    Happy new week and welcome home.

  16. That is a lot of driving! I get sleepy when I am behind the wheel. The flower shots are beautiful. I especially like tha white Camellias.

  17. Dankeschön für die wunderschönen Blumengrüße, liebe Mariette, ich liebe sie alle ;-))))
    Wie schön, dass Du so viele tolle Erlebnisse hattest und nun wieder schreibst.
    + 1 Grad, dass ist ja nicht gerade warm bei Euch, hier auch immer noch kalte Temperaturen, z. Zt. + 6 Grad, ich warte auf den Frühling und auf wärmere Tage.

    Alles Liebe von Traudi

  18. Belas fotos de lindas flores...Espectacular....

  19. Meeting with friends was certainly nice. Beautifully look different flowers in vases. Regards.

  20. bentornata!!!!! Fiori meravigliosi, complimenti! Un abbraccio grande e buona settimana Lory

  21. How nice you visited your friends in Miami! It's a long drive but must have been worth it :-) Glad you had a great time! Your photos are stunning. I love how you arranged one camellia in one vase. Daffodils are beautiful, too. They make such a great companion for tea time!
    Thank you so much for wishing Niko a happy anniversary. You are amazing to keep up with all the special days! I've been too busy to make any posts but he enjoyed a special snack on his Gotcha day :-)
    Have a wonderful week, Mariette!

  22. What a long drive from Dublin to Florida!!! It is always nice to enjoy some time with dear friends! Your flowers are gorgeous as well as the way you display them in the little vases!
    Many hugs to you, dear Mariette!!!!

  23. Liebe Mariette,

    meinen Respekt dafür, dass du eine solch weite Strecke noch fährst.*daumenhoch*
    Ich danke dir noch für deine Worte zu Simba. Neben Simba haben wir ja noch einen Kater, den Neo, der regelmässig zum Fressen kommt. Dieser lebt aber nicht hier ums Haus.
    Ich hoffe und wünsche euch, dass sich mit Spicy alles zum besten wendet. Kann doch nicht sein, dass dieser Mann nicht auf deine Anfragen antwortet oder Stellung darauf bezieht. Noch mehr hoffe ich das es der Samtpfote gut geht, denn das ist das Wichtigste. Es schmerzt sehr wenn man ein Tier so innig liebt und es dann plötzlich nicht mehr da ist. Fühl dich lieb gedrückt.

    Ich wünsche euch alles Liebe und Gute.

  24. Dear Mariette,
    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip to see your friends in Miami. Seeing friends is a precious thing in our life.Your flowers are pretty! Happy day to you!

  25. Mariette bardzo długą podróż przebylas.U mnie dopiero kwiaty się pokazują. Serdecznie pozdrawiam.


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