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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/2018/03/1978-pjc-vedders-modern-mushroom.html

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Dad is One Year in Heaven Now

On June 30 it will be one year since Dad went to Heaven for joining my Angel Sister and Mom, who died on January 27, 2015.
1982 Photo of huge Oak named in our dialect 't STRUUKSKE
Brother Martin made this photo and together with brother Piet, they created a Calendar for 1983 which got printed with photos and information about the beautiful local nature.
Dad's handwriting where he stated that after Easter 1940, he got to serve at a Homestead from P. Janssen-Tielen in the hamlet of Veld Oostenrijk in Horst, The Netherlands.
He stayed there till Easter 1942.
Easter time was always the time (planting season I guess...) for changing location while in servitude.
There he got to know Mom, who was in servitude at the Geurts Homestead, just a couple of houses apart.
In August of 1941 they met for the very first time...
This big oak was the spot!
There was the beginning of a long and blissful relationship...
My Sister-in-love Wilma Van den Munckhof made this special photo on April 17, when she went biking together with daughter (niece) Caro.
It shows so beautifully the entire area.
The beautiful fencing has been placed by: Pieter Jacob (Sjaak) Van den Munckhof (1896-1995 Horst, Limburg, The Netherlands)
He was a far relative as there are numerous Van den Munckhof in Horst
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Photo by Geert Van den Munckhof used by permission from his blogpost: Eiken en eikels...
Hail cross at the Gortmolen
In 1915, Gortmolens Hannes had this cross placed out of devotion and in the hope of being spared from natural disasters.
The terracotta corpus was bought in Italy in 1930.
MONUMENT OF PIETY NO. 9
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There are several field crosses in my birth town!
1930 Corpus from Italy
The sign below the Corpus reads:
My Jesus Mercy
Photo from blogpost: Klein mysterie 557 – Christus' lendendoek (Small mystery 557 – Christ's loin cloth)
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My eldest brother Martin, the photographer of the 1st photo, suggested that Mom & Dad's ashes would be dispersed of right here, at this historical spot.
So five of my six siblings met there on Holy Saturday and it was a very warm and meaningful gathering; however complying still to social distancing...
Only my younger sister did not join for whatever reason.
Wish I could have been there!
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This made for a perfect Easter!

See short video about Estate de Gortmeule: Jac Hanssen - De Gortmeule mien Landgoed

Related link:
Our Dining Room where we have a large format of Martin's photo hanging next to the cross from Pieter's Parents

34 comments:

  1. About 200 m from my parents house is a field cross like this. What a nice idea to disperse the ashes on the place that they met.

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    1. Dearest Ada,
      Yes, in both our Province of Limburg, there are lots of field crosses and they are a wonderful remain from our ancestors.
      It surely was a nice idea for making their ashes end up where they met...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Mariette, How you must miss your parents! Your many visits and adventures with them show how close you were. That oak tree surely is a magnificent one, and makes a beautiful and personal symbol for your life, family, and connections to your native country.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Through those many visits, numerous phone calls we made from the USA over the years, we both have peace of mind. We certainly did what we could and by supporting them several times for visiting us here in the USA we did the utmost. Our final visit was so memorable and that made me the only one of seven who really said her farewell to Dad.
      This is good, the way it is and their souls remain close together with special memories forever.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Hello dear Mariette!
    Such a lovely idea to disperse your beloved parent's ashes,at this beautiful place that they met.
    My brother had dispersed my dad ashes near his home,at a lovely park with a lake,that he liked to go for a walk.
    I wasn’t able to travel to Australia ,and feel so sad.Have a lovely day and a happy July! Stay safe! Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Yes, it sure was a lovely idea the way they selected this spot.
      The same is true for your Dad's ashes at the park where he loved and enjoyed his walks.
      You and I understand the feeling for not being able to travel to a far away continent, but actually living within less then ten kilometers from the spot for gathering all together and not being present is weird.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Buen recuerdo, para tus seres queridos. Es muy duro ver como te faltan tus padres.

    Es preciosa la foto de ese árbol, me imagino que guardas el calendario como si se tratara de un gran tesoro.

    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Esa foto es preciosa y tenemos una grande colgada en nuestro comedor, junto a la cruz de madera. Simplemente añadió el enlace de ese post a continuación donde se puede ver nuestro comedor...Ese calendario todavía está en mi poder, sí!
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  5. Special memories of your Dad. A big hug Mariette.

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      Yes, they are and always remain inside our hearts!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. What a beautiful oak tree. The first photo by your brother is stunning! And that is a very special place where your parents met. It's a wonderful idea to disperse your parents' ashes there. Hugs to you as you remember your mom, and dad on his anniversary. xo

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Yes, that photo sure IS stunning, that's why a poster size is hanging in our dining room. A meeting place for my Parents and that's where they both ended up now.
      Fond memories stay forever with us!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Liebe Mariette,
    die Erinnerung bleibt.
    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja die bleibt für immer bis wir uns wieder sehen.
      Eine Seele stirbt nie.
      Lieber Gruß,
      Mariette

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  8. It is good for them now to be there, together.

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes, you're right about that; forever together again at the starting point.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Een speciale eik en plek. In gedachten was je erbij. Hoe komt zo'n grote eik nu aan de bijnaam 't struukske?

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    1. Beste Willy,
      Een heel speciale plek en bijzondere eik.
      Ja, denk dat die naam gegeven is na het planten toen ie nog klein was ruim een eeuw geleden.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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    2. Kleine struukskes worden ook groot.

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  10. Dearest Mariette, what a very special post about your beloved parents! And how meaningful your siblings decision was to disperse their ashes on that same spot they had first met!
    I can understand how much you would have liked to be present on that day!
    Many hugs and best wishes for a happy July!

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Thank you for your meaningful comment and yes this was a very special spot where their love story started.
      Distance kept us away but in spirit we were there.
      Hugs and happy Summer to you as well.
      Mariette

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  11. What a lovely post my father's been gone a year and m
    i miss him so much

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Thank you and yes, this is a way we always remember our Parents... it is so much part of life too.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Ciao Mariette, buona giornata.

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    1. Caro Giancarlo,
      Grazie e altrettanto.
      Un abbraccio,
      Mariette

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  13. Oh so sorry for this painful anniversary for you. How nice the ashes could be spread at such an important spot to your parents though!

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    1. Dearest Mica,
      No, it was not at all a painful anniversary as we said our farewells in a proper manner and told Dad that he had the right to go at age 98.5. No regrets, we talked for hours and Dad was oh so happy!
      Yes, this spot is historically correct for both of them.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. How special to place their ashes there where they met. I know you wish you could have been there, but you were there in spirit. And may I say, your dad had beautiful handwriting!

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    1. Dearest Deborah,
      Yes, a very special place indeed.
      Thank you for the compliment about Dad's handwriting. He wrote his life story all by hand and I certainly do treasure that!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. What a beautiful and wonderful tribute to your parents Mariette 💜💙

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    1. Dearest Gracie,
      Thank you and it was such a special spot...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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Mariette...

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