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

Saturday, June 17, 2017

{Angels engraved on lucky calendar coin of 1969}

It was in June of 1969, when I had read the weekly local paper 'De Echo van Horst' and spotted an advertisement from the practical Training College for Mushroom Growing. So before lunch, I did go over there to apply for the job; and got it. The founder and principal, Mr. Vedder, told me that with my long hair I reminded him of his daughter Lizzy... Later I got to know that cute little daughter of age five. Well, I loved the job, attended also the very first ladies course ever given on the subject of mushroom growing. That was in 1970! Sounds like ages ago that women were not considered to do the very same things as men do... Mr. Vedder turned out to be one of my most favorite teachers. Over the years, thousands of students would agree with me on that! His book, translated into eight official languages, has often been called the Mushroom Bible. It is still available in print in Spanish, as well as in English, at least here in the USA and in Spain. He wrote his first Dutch edition in 1961. And the new English version: modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting available worldwide. 
There certainly was a mutual sympathy but nothing else. As I've mentioned before in the blog: {Our Daughter Liz}, that my first cousin Bertie was Lizzy's friend; my paternal grandmother was Pieter's Mom's best friend and my paternal uncle was Pieter's friend at the photo club... I had no inkling that fourteen years later I would become his wife! 
Up till 1980 I didn't even know his first name as we always referred to him as Mr. Vedder...

Okay, let's pull the curtain of that special year 1969 and have a look: 

Angels are my favorites and on this huge 3.75" (9.5cm) bronze coin they playfully open the curtain ~ so the year can begin! Famous French Engraver G. Simon, designed it and he also had become instantly famous with the design of the 50 cents (centimes) coin for Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco. That made him become the Royal Engraver! He has done numerous coins.
My angel coin is in French, listing the beginning of Spring; Summer; Autumn and Winter. As well as the dates of Pentecost and Christmas.
Things have changed in 41 years!

As the angels pull the curtain at the end of the year 1969, let's have a look at some of the highlights since then:

That's me with the long hair at that time... loving roses already! Some antique French roses from an elderly lady that I helped out for some pocket money at the time.

Pieter at the same age as I am in the above photo... in the Dutch military.

Pieter a couple of years later with a head full of hair...

Our civil wedding at the City Hall in Horst aan de Maas, The Netherlands

Happily married, regardless the jet-lag as we landed the day before from a flight back from Atlanta, Georgia USA to The Netherlands...

After our Church wedding in a parish near Osorno, Chile
Wearing my Laurèl, Escada lace blouse.

Honeymoon in Chile, looking into Argentina. I am proud to have readers from both countries!

Pieter wearing his wool Burberry tie and I the silk Burberry plaid scarf.

At the harbor of Cape Town, South Africa on November 24, 1985.

In front of The White House, Washington DC 1987.
Pieter in his Burberry suit.

After having lived and worked in Pennsylvania and Italy, we moved back to Georgia, USA into our new build home and my Dad from The Netherlands helped us move in.

With our foster daughter Anita, in Indonesia where we lived and worked in Central Java.

Photo taken for the book: A Profile of Dublin & Laurens County Georgia where our story appeared.

At the banquet of the millennium Rotary District Conference.
Wearing a silk Escada top with Majorica pearls.

Trip to the Geuldal in South Limburg (my former Province), The Netherlands during the May 2000 Mushroom Science International Congress.
Wearing my Laurèl Escada suit with top.

Going to our annual Crescendo of the Dublin Laurens Arts Council.
Wearing my favorite Escada silk rose evening gown with Majorica pearls.

Even get to wear my Dirndl to go to the Oktoberfest that was held bi-annually by our best friends Col. John A.Whigham and Dr. Rebecca Whigham.

Picture taken by our foster daughter Anita after midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Spooky our cat is in the picture too, on the left of me... he passed away because of heart-worm!
Wearing my Escada calf hair skirt and leather coat with calf hair boots.

Again for a reception of the annual Rotary Club's District Conference. Since we no longer are International Consultants we at least get to go! We missed so many opportunities while being abroad someplace else... weddings of friends and such.
Pieter in his Ermenegildo Zegna suit and I'm in Escada.

This picture is taken at a wedding in Dublin, Georgia.
Pieter's matching silk tie with gray roses with my Escada dress and jacket with rose embroidery and Majorica pearls.

Another Rotary District Conference banquet where they always ask for wearing the 'Dublin' green jacket. Got Pieter a Brioni 30% silk with 70% cashmere jacket from Neiman Marcus Last Call that is a brighter green than they wear here. The Dublin green jacket we once took to the Rotary Club of Dublin Viking in Ireland to the their Club meeting. When they asked what an ugly color green Pieter was wearing we got cured! They were not in agreement in Dublin, Ireland with that being their Irish green. Indeed, from my fashion education I know better so I've taken care of that one.
Wearing my favorite Escada leather jacket with rose embroidery cut work on silk with silk top.

Anyway, Pieter looks a lot sharper in a Burberry tuxedo than in the green jacket! I am wearing a silk batik top that I've made from an Indonesian formal shawl, being hand painted with gold. Added frogs closures (Brandenburger sluiting in Dutch or Brandenbourgs) that I found in Spain while on a tour there. Lined it with black silk lining from my favorite West Coast specialty store (HUGE!) in San Francisco Britex. That are the perks when you travel the world; you find all the luxury that is out there and happen to come upon the most unique stores... For those of you that sew or design, check out Britex Notions at the very top from their home page.
Let's end with this and toast to many more happy years in good health!


  1. Dear Marietta! Thank you for this story - it sounds a bit like a fairytale. But I know that every life has ups and downs ;)



    P.S. Thank you for your comment with the link to my blog (Amazon) !

  2. Hallo liebe Marietta,

    ich möchte mich ganz herzlich für die lieben Glückwünsche zu meinem Geburtstag bedanken, hab mich sehr darüber gefreut!!!

    Deine Geschichte werd ich ein anderes Mal lesen, bei mir dauert das immer sehr lange, bis ich alles verstanden habe ;o)

    Wünsch dir noch ein wunderschönes Wochenende und schick viele liebe Grüße


  3. Dear Mariette and Pieter,
    Isn't it amazing which events determines our fate. If you had not read this article...?
    Congratulation for this sympatic and pretty couple for standing together this long time. And hopefully you will add another long time to that. Mariette, I wish you a good recovering from your bronchial problem.
    Greetings to you and Pieter, Johanna

  4. Liebe Mariette,
    was für ein faszinierendes Leben! Dagegen ist unser Dasein hier überaus langweilig und gleichförmig.

    Liebe Grüße

  5. Thank you for sharing Mariette! Love to read your story about the past-time. My was a bit pain... but life got to move on, I am still learning... to enjoy life! The love n freedom! And my friend PolarBear - Bipolar! LOL!

  6. Dearest Mariette, what a lovely story your life together makes. So many wonderful memories and adventures together! I wish you many more happy years! xx

  7. Beautiful and elegant couple before, during and now! Love that special coin from 1969.
    Thank you for sharing your story, you and Pieter lived and live a very full and interesting life, not one dull moment.
    Thanks for your lovely visit. My mom is not good about smiling in pics. This was a luncheon so she was fine. She's not good in the evening...but yes, they're not getting any younger, she was 85 last Dic. 27th.

  8. This walk down memory lane made my entire night!!!! Loved seeing these.
    It is truly amazing to see a couple in love (so few have made it for the long haul!!) through the years - so many memories. Just amazing. xox

  9. Liebe Mariette,

    die schönen Fotos erinnern an schöne Zeiten.

    Sonnige Grüße

  10. Dearest Mariette,
    Rotary club of Dublin Ireland being yours Irish green. 2006 Mushroom science in Ternational congress.Mushrooms did championera spanish edition juLy 1999. I love so much of your ReveLy frind Dear Celia was wonderful book to gift your-Hi-T Celia M and Mariette are both good looking lady Healet life. Your church ladys very sweet and they sure do help you Mans.your very much for coffers is smaller in sugar. My teeth was good my life.
    Your both having are Happy years!
    Love and Hugs to both of always.

  11. Hello Mariette, I loved the retrospective of pictures of you and Pieter. Both of you look great, and seem so happy over the years filled with many adventures. A true romance and shared life together.

  12. Dear Mariette.
    The same smile. Don't change, you are beautiful.

  13. Deareset Mariette,
    thank you for this wonderful picturestory of you and Pieter :O)
    The Calendercoin is beautiful I have never seen one before!
    Happy weekend ahead, take care,
    sending Love and hugs and blessins, Claudia xo

  14. Hello,Mariette,
    What a beautiful couple of you!! You have been always a charming lady with Pieter.
    Such a pretty angel coin. 1965 year,it is a long time ago but I feel like just yesterday. Now I have become your blog friend. It is hard to believe that! Happy day to you.

  15. Liebe Mariette,
    wasa für eine schöne Abfolge eures bisherigen Lebens.
    Wunderschöne Erinnerungen.
    Liebe Grüße zu dir

  16. What an interesting life story Mariette. I enjoyed seeing all your photos through the years, may you have many more years together.

  17. Ohhhh dear Mariette, what a heartwarming post. Loooved following you and your loved one through this journey this post is. Long live life, love and good relationship - that's what I feel now. All the best and lots of love to you:-) Huuugs

  18. What fun to see the photos of your exciting life.

  19. Dearest Mariette:
    This is such a lovely story, and I really enjoyed seeing your pictures through all those years, and in each one of them, you and Pieter make a loving couple. May God give you both many years together, many blessings and much love,



  20. Amazing photos of a true love story. That coin is pretty special.

  21. Dearest Mariette; Oh, I remember you love angles; special coin isn't it♡♡♡ Great post with wonderful pictures which excerpt your history♪
    Thank you so much for your sweet comments, Dear friend. Have a wonderful coming new week.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

  22. Hi Mariette. You have such a wonderful and interesting life! You and your husband Pieter have been all over the world. You are such great couple, with love and respect for each other. I enjoyed all the photos. Love the outfit for Oktoberfest :-)
    Have a lovely day! xo Tamago

  23. How special that french coin with the angels must be for you, dear Mariette!
    You are such an elegant and beautiful couple with your dear Pieter and I always enjoy looking at the photographs of you during your very interesting life. May you live together healthy and in love for many years to come!!!
    Many hugs from the very warm Athens - we are going through a heat wave this weekend!

  24. Eine Mode-Ausbildung lese ich, aber wie bist Du zu den Pilzen gekommen? Durch Deinen Ehemann?
    Das pinke Kleid steht Dir hervorragend!
    Ja, wie Tine Fischer ganz oben schreibt ... (was ist überhaupt aus ihr geworden? Der Blog exisitert noch!) es klingt wie ein Märchen, aber jedes Leben hat Höhen und Tiefen.
    üuße noch einmal


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