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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, September 28, 2019

Netherlands Open Air Museum with Mom & Dad and American Colleague's Wife

For a business trip to The Netherlands, with several of Pieter's colleagues from Campbell Soup, I also took care of the wife of his colleague.
We all went to the Dutch Mushroom Days on the day before and sealed it off with a dinner at the famous Turfhoeve, in Sevenum, The Netherlands.
Pieter's American 'boss' could not end the day and thus we landed in bed by 2:35 AM!
Again, rising early after a few hours and I dropped Pieter off at the Experimental Station where the excursion started (his boss remained in bed...).
Then, I continued with Mom & Dad and Mary-Jo, the wife of his Campbell Soup colleague from the USA.
We were going to visit the Open Air Museum in Arnhem, The Netherlands on May 30 of 1986...
Well, I'd been here before and this photo shows me in October of 1971, when we went with all colleagues from the Practical Training College for Mushroom Growing together as a day's outing!
On one of the old bridges, with a windmill in the back.
Wearing my own sewing creation, dress made from a Burda pattern in a rayon fabric.
Standing on a Double Drawbridge, you will see later in more detail.
Two of my colleagues and me on the right...
Beautiful home and windmill from the Zaan region, North Holland in the back behind the canal.
Husband Pieter made this photo for his photo club, before we immigrated.
Open Air Museum Arnhem had homes from centuries old from most Provinces.
Some of the very special Dutch gavel homes from the Zaan region, North Holland...
Don't really know what this is...
Probably Willy from De tante van Tjorven would know!
And this... It might have to do something with Suriname, Curaçao or other Dutch Caribbean Island or any of the former Indonesian colonial buildings.
Typical Dutch Double Drawbridge from the Zaan region as we have so many over the canals...
Thatched roof homes and a water well in front.
This Open Air Museum is so realistic, all the way! This is a typical Dutch landscape with its black and white cows.
One could stroll around for hours... and probably for days!
Yes, complete with authentic gardens!
Interior with tiled walls...
The following are from slides by G. J. Derksen who also published books about Open Air Museum Arnhem.
It is the Living Room Farmhouse from Budel, North Brabant.
Interior Farmhouse from Staphorst, Overijssel
Interior Farmhouse from Zeijen, Drenthe
Parlor from Hindeloopen in Friesland
Notice the steps to the 'Bedstee' (cabinet bed)?
Also called Box-Bed or Closet-Bed (cupboard bed) and in French Lit-Clos...
Kitchen Farmhouse from Midlum in Friesland
Parlor Farmhouse from Midlum in Friesland
Two Mills from Huizen and Delft in North Holland, picture by F. van Heetkamp
Drainage Mill from Noordlaren in Groningen by F. van de Heetkamp
Sheepcote from Daarle, Overijsel by F. van de Heetkamp
Veluwse Farmhouse from Vierhouten, Gelderland by F. van de Heetkamp
Husband Pieter is born in such a 17th Century home!
Sadly it got destroyed during WWII...
Above photo is also from the Province where Pieter is born!
Interior Fisherman's Cottage from Marken, North Holland by G. J. Derksen
Fisherman's Cottage from Marken, North Holland by F. van de Heetkamp
With Mom & Dad and our American guest we drove back via a bakery in Wanssum for some typical Limburgse 'vlaai' a special pie.
Back home at Mom & Dad's place also Pieter joined us for a farewell coffee with pie...
Mom & Dad enjoyed the American lady and they had so much in common, same size family and same religion.
It was a special day for ALL!

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Related link:
{My Teacher, Mentor, BOSS & Husband over 44+ Years} | previous post by me where you can see my 1st photo...


  1. Hello Mariette, Such wonderful pictures from Holland, giving us a good idea of what all those old Dutch interior paintings looked like in person! I just got a surprise tour of Holland--my friend went there for a vacation, and shared all his photos with me--incredible architecture, water scenes, and such beautiful details on the buildings!

    1. Dearest Jim,
      Yes, it is something I did share here with a certain pride!
      Oh, those Golden Age paintings are exactly about such interiors and it is lovely to see it inside a room with your own eyes.
      Yes, for a person as you, you could live out your interest in architecture to your hearts content. Most in excellent shape also and very clean. The water scenes only add to the total, like a nice framing on a painting... But it is all port of reality. Dutch people have been rather industrious over the ages and things look often well thought out.

  2. Pieter and you have lived quite a life! Your blog story will live on forever .....
    Love, Helen

    1. Dearest Helen,
      Well, we did and barely had the time (ever) to reminisce. But this is a pleasure for putting the stories to the photos and let us both go back to those special times. The American lady really loved it and that made Mom, Dad and me happy also.

  3. Great photos. Really love seeing homes of the past and museums of life as it once was. It's always interesting to see how some people used to live. So much character and style went into everything. Always amazing to look back. You have so many lovely old pictures to cherish along with the memories.

    1. Dearest Tammy,
      That is such a lovely place to visit and to reminisce about how our ancestors actually did live.
      The reason that so much character and style went into everything is that the climate is such that actual life happened inside for the biggest part! It is called in Dutch 'gezelligheid' coziness.

  4. LLebe Mariette

    Liebe Mariette,

    frphe Sonntagsgrüße

    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Auch Dir einen sonnigen Sonntag zugewünscht!
      Liebe Grüße,

  5. Hi Mariette! Interesting buildings. It's fun to see inside the houses how it used to be.

    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes, this is a wonderful history lesson to all of us for understanding how daily life used to be.
      No luxuries and yet a beautiful culture and many hand painted objects and woodcarvings.

  6. Dearest Mariette, I enjoyed seeing the pictures from the Netherlands and especially the old old buildings. I never got to the Netherlands while spending so much time abroad. I know I never shall now, so it is even more a pleasure to see them here with you. Seeing the interior of the farmhouses is wonderful. They look nothing like I would have expected. They are so much nicer than anything I have seen of that type of home. A cupboard bed. That is unusual I think outside of your Country? The craftsmanship is a showcase of the inhabitants abilities. And you...I think you have hardly changed after all these years. Your expertise with a needle knows no bounds. I recall the beautiful work in your home, curtains, draperies, that you have shown us through time.
    Love to the fur babies. I am glad that you too know the devotion of our dear little ones as they show us how much they love us. XO

    1. Dearest Katie Isabella,
      Thank you so much for your meaningful comment and so glad that you enjoyed this journey back in time.
      As for your cupboard bed, cabinet bed or closet bed, the next blog post will be about that in more detail!
      Craftsmanship was incredible back than but people had time as there was nothing like radio, television or whatever!
      Well, size wise I have not changed but I got my wrinkles from laughing mostly and some grey hair. Loved to work with fabric and sew my own and others' clothes but not anymore... Eyes do age!
      Big hugs back from all fur babies and Pieter and me. Still fond memories of meeting you...

  7. Het opelucht museum...zo leuk, wij gaan ertegenwoordig om de paar jaar heen.
    Tegenwoordig staat er ook een Amsterdams straatje/steegje.
    En een rijtje met huisjes, waarvan het ' interieur oploopt " tot de 70/80er jaren. Het thema daarvan is de geboorte en geboortezorg in Nederland van ongeveer 1500 tot de 80 er jaren Dus ' wij' staan' daar ook al :) .... Het laatste huisje, heeft dus veel macrame, oranje passevite ( dezelfde als ik nog steeds gebruik) en hippie rokken etc. Een en al herkenning uit je jeugd als je daar binnen komt.
    De ronde gebouwtjes waarvan je niet weet wat ze zijn, ken ik helemaal niet, heb ik daar nooit gezien.
    Misschien hebben ze er ooit wel gestaan, maar tegenwoordig niet meer. Ze hebben nu ook wel een Nederlands-Indie gedeelte, maar Surinaams , of Nederlandse Antillen bij mijn weten niet.

    1. Beste Marian,
      Ja, het zal best moeilijk te achterhalen zijn na zo'n lange tijd. Ik zag ook op de website dat ze nu een tram hebben en zoveel nieuwe en andere dingen! Wel goed voor de scholen om zo nog eens echt terug te kunnen kijken in de geschiedenis van eigen land.
      Ja, het zou leuk zijn om dit elke paar jaar te kunnen doen! Wij komen aan zulke dingen eigenlijk nooit toe als wij in Nederland zijn. Je zou een half jaar kunnen blijven om e.e.a. nog eens na te kunnen lopen!

  8. Bellissime fotografie, il Mulino a vento è stupendo.
    Buon inizio settimana.

    1. Caro Giancarlo,
      Grazie mille per le parole qui!
      Un abbraccio,

  9. So many great building styles Mariette. The Netherlands is still well ahead in architecture.
    You've always been very crafty, so nice to be able to make our own clothes. I made many of my clothes and kids clothes years ago but no longer do that.

    1. Dearest Sami,
      Yes, The Netherlands has very special architecture, all over it country form the different Provinces and still majestic buildings remain in full function.
      Like you, no longer make my own clothes...

  10. It looks like a great open air museum to visit. I enjoyed seeing all your photos. I especially loved the views of the mills. Those different buildings look very interesting. And fascinating that your husband Pieter was born in the 17th Century home. I'm sorry to hear it was destroyed in the war. Glad your parents enjoyed the day!
    Happy new week to you, Mariette. And happy October!

    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Yes, one should be able to go there more often but the distance is just too far and we have nothing like it here on this side of the Atlantic.
      Sad indeed that Pieter's home where he's born got destroyed in the end of the war...
      My Parents had a ball, together with the American wife of Pieter's colleague and I enjoyed taking them all.
      Hugs and happy October to you as well.


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