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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, September 30, 2020

Tying Your Tie

Would YOU know how to tie your tie?
Here I am on February 9, 1985 with my soft leather tie!
Always loved tying a tie.
Do you manage?
If not, on my Pinterest, I do have an entire board about SCARVES & TYING YOUR TIE just click for going there.
Yes, we do have very sunny days in February here in Georgia! 
Mauzie girl always near me...
Husband Pieter holding me and my Thai born friend.
These are the hand crocheted curtains, done by me, that hung in The Netherlands, then here at our 1st home in Dublin, Georgia, in Italy and again in our 2nd home in Dublin, Georgia
Everywhere we lived we had windowsills custom made, for having the Dutch feeling with planters in Delft white pots on the window sill.

Do you keep pot plants?

Related link:
{Our Veranda} | previous post by me with same curtains
{After 40 years Something's Gotta GIVE...} | previous post by me about the END of curtains...

Monday, September 28, 2020

Magnolia Grandiflora or Southern Magnolia

Coming from The Netherlands it is quite different in climate and for having already warm days in May, with many exotic looking flowers in the wild, was quite a discovery.
Here I am on a Sunday, end of May, 1984 holding up a HUGE Magnolia Grandiflora or Southern Magnolia.
Also I'm holding a branch of Lonicera japonica Thunb. or Japanese honeysuckle that has been introduced to North America in 1806 in Long Island, NY.
Now it is a national invasive species!
In the spring, even when driving by car, you still do pick up the sweet scent of its fragrant flowers.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Trumpet Vine or Campsis radicans

Another exotic looking discovery in May of 1984, our very first spring down in Georgia, USA
We discovered this exotic looking Trumpet Vine or Campsis radicans when coming out of Mass and snipped off some flowers for a photo, to send to our Parents in The Netherlands.
Pieter's Mom was still alive at that time... Every Sunday I wrote her a letter about the week's events.
Yes, it is a native vine here and attracts hummingbirds!
It can become invasive though as its many suckers grow very fast and also its seeds will grow up again.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists the vine as an invasive weed...
To us it was a new, exotic discovery!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Poncirus trifoliata or Japanese bitter-orange

Sure enough when immigrating to another continent, you want to explore your new surroundings...
We usually did so on a Sunday, afternoons as we would drive around and look what all was growing in our area.
Here, Pieter is holding a little branch from a tree that we were puzzled by.
It turned out to be a Poncirus trifoliata or Japanese bitter-orange.
Mean thorns and tiny green fruits as it was May 24, 1984.
Many more things to be discovered...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

More about Mauzie our Dachshund that Immigrated to the USA

Mauzie with me at Pieter's office after I'd hung my hand crocheted mushroom window decoration.
On my very first Birthday, February 6, happy in Georgia!
Yes, I was having braces...
We enjoyed our mild winter in Georgia!
Wearing my woolen Burberry skirt.
May 18, 1984 Mauzie girl on the new 8 PK John Deere...
Pieter had gotten home by noon with this new 8 PK John Deere
Pieter is mowing together with Mauzie on May 23, using a somewhat more powerful John Deere here!
We had traded the other one in.
Taking his sunglasses down...
Mauzie in her sports back, ready to fly with us to Amsterdam, the Netherlands on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Mauzie peed 7 x outside on the pavement and after drinking some water, she did an 8th time and she made me use the plastic bag for something else!
She fully understood we were flying for a long time and there are no doggy bathrooms...
Mauzie was a smart and cute girl!
She stayed with best friend Ellie and the kids, as both of us drove to Hungary for the Conference.
Sure I was knitting while waiting, needed to have always something on hand!

Related link:
August 29, 1983 We Immigrated to the USA | previous post by me

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Our First Christmas and DEEP Frost in Georgia

On December 24, 1983 Pieter just liked to hose down his car, after lunch.
He could NOT as the water was freezing below his hands... 
It went very suddenly to -3ºC and in rapid tempo to -18ºC or 26.6ºF to -0.4ºF.
At the construction site for the Campbell mushroom plant, a couple was living in the trailer.
They had no water, nothing, and they didn't bring warm winter clothes from Belgium... 
The pipes at the site got all frozen too, cutting them open proved too late already.
On 2nd Christmas day we invited the couple, including their cute doggy Monpetit, to our home.
After a warm meal, I insisted they soak in the bathtub to get their chilled bones nice and warm.
So they went to the guest bathroom and master bathroom and did just that.
I'd provided Addy with some nice warm sweaters to wear.
Also I ran their laundry and put it in the dryer, they had NO water.
With a lidded Tupperware bucket full of fresh water for coffee and such, they went happily home.
You can see the Christmas cards still hanging on the door...
That's me to the left, feeling happy for being able to feed them a warm meal and making them warm again.
We had our fire place burning and it felt cozy!
With a warm Toast Hawaii from the oven, they left for home...
We sure felt very privileged with a warm and comfy home and running water...
Mauzie girl too!

It NEVER has been that cold again here in Dublin, Georgia

We did visit Wil & Addy Buster in 1985 in Achel, Belgium but we lost since track... don't know where they are.
WISH somebody would find them!

Friday, September 18, 2020

Floriade 1992 on a Cold and Windy Day after Earthquake in Limburg

So, on April 11, 1992 we arrived on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in Amsterdam, with our 92 kilos of luggage, coming all the way from Jakarta, Indonesia.
No problems checking in with our courtesy cards in regard to Maximum Baggage Weight...
The customs inquired about the boxes and upon showing once again the photos from the robbery and explaining that all that was left we bring home, they let us pass.
Putting things in the locker and then traveling once more by rail to the South where my Parents lived.
This is husband Pieter posing in front of the tulips at my Parents' place.
Keep in mind that all our clothes got robbed; shoes and everything. Except what we had on our back and inside our luggage, coming from work in India...
We gave away both our hightop shoes to the people working in the hot compost, barefooted. You find link below post from previous adventures.
On April 13, during our 2nd night at my Parents' in my former bedroom, we woke up at 3:22 AM by an earthquake! The rattling and shaking lasted for 20 seconds.
Pieter said very calmly: 'Now THAT is an earthquake!'... Wow.
Yes, in my Province of Limburg... With 5.5 on the scale of Richter!
The above article appeared in the then bi-lingual Dutch/American newspaper the Windmill, a bi-weekly publication.
On April 15, I had my hair cut, the LONG braid got snatched off with the hairdresser's scissors. See post below about it where I show it being framed.
Happy at home and with short hair!
The weather is still inclement and rather cold.
We enjoy a nice Easter weekend and on April 20, on 2nd Easter Day we went to the Easter Concert of Dad's choir with a youth choir; very well. 
On Monday we went to the city for buying a Sharp microwave for Mom & Dad as a gift.
We went to brother Piet's birthday on the 23rd.
On Saturday, April 25, we went with the early train of 6:30 AM to Zoetermeer for the Floriade. The biggest international Garden Exhibit that the Dutch hold every 10 years.
But oh, it was such inclement weather and cold and miserable...
We did not have the clothes for it, aside from our newly purchased leather jackets from the Leather Garment Factory in India.
Above, I'm admiring Begonias.
Cape violets...
I'm happy for being indoors in an orchid greenhouse and out of the chilling wind!
Wearing my newly bought sandals from Malioboro, Yogyakarta/Indonesia...
Remember ALL shoes got stolen. Those leggings were certainly not warming me much!
We both decided then and there to stock up on some warmer clothes, shoes and, all for keeping in The Netherlands...
Pieter was not as cold, even though wearing a short sleeved shirt was also not sufficient...
So typically Dutch with red tulips and lots of fragrant hyacinths.
Being indoors was a lot better, I see that here I swapped my sandals for shoes!
But we certainly enjoyed being there for the Floriade.
On April 26, brother Harry treated both of us and Mom & Dad on a dinner to celebrate his belated 12.5 year wedding anniversary. 
Brother Harry on the left, with his wife and their three little ones...
It was very special, together.
We also celebrated Pieter's Birthday with family on the 29th.
That year, we'd come to The Netherlands early February, en route to our work to Indonesia, for celebrating my Birthday with my Parents and family and next day brother Harry's and also Mom's Birthday five days later.
So now fate had it, that due to our early leaving from Indonesia, also Pieter's Birthday got celebrated in our birth country.
Very special time this visit, for being with family and friends!
On May 1, on Friday, we go by train to the airport.
We had dropped off all the excessive luggage the day before, by car, and placed it in a locker.
There we go on May 1, with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines finally going home to Atlanta, Georgia/USA

We've come a long way with the remnants from our Life in Indonesia as baggage... Our Exodus!

BUT we sure got a Royal treatment with an upgrade to Business Class on our Courtesy Card with KLM
Menu card reads: Inspired by 'Floriade', the greatest flower show on earth.
Our lunch menu
Cold meal
KLM's Wine Cellar in the Sky
Champagne and wine...
Liquors and Aperitifs
Discover Holland flowerland... at Floriade 1992! The World Horticultural Exhibition is the most colorful and breathtaking event of the year. A unique show of flowers, plants, trees, vegetables and fruit. Held only once every ten years, Floriade will greet the world from April 11 to October 11 in Zoetermeer near The Hague.
KLM Royal Airlines is main sponsor and official carrier of Floriade 1992.

They sure did carry us back home in a very comfortable way with our upgrade to business class, thanks to the courtesy card we each had. We felt quite pampered in the upper deck.
A very appropriate way for sealing off our Life in Indonesia..

Related links:
{Did I loose my strength?... Like in Samson and Delilah?} | previous post by me showing my long braid

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

From Singapore to Jakarta and SURPRISE upon arrival at our Villa

On March 2, 1992 we arrived from Singapore (where we spent one night after our consulting work period in India), in Jakarta.
Remember, that I found the magazine with mention of our boss on the cover...
Bad news!
By taxi we arrived at the Hyatt Aryaduta Hotel.
We now had the kitty room decor in the Regency Club.
We go for a coffee with petit-four in the private lounge, with wonderful view from this height.
On March 3, after a good night sleep, we flew to Yogyakarta, Central Java, where we arrived around 15:00 and the driver was waiting for us.
A lovely drive up into the mountains of a good two hours.
Then awaits us a big surprise.
Things looked suspicious, with so many people at the gate of our villa... and the police was there, with security people from Dieng Djaya, our company.
Turned out that they'd robbed our villa for the 3rd time.
What a sight, what a mess, what an experience to find your home like this. 
Pieter's Royal Gift, purchased at Harrods, London, the Tanner Krolle Attaché was cut to pieces... see previous post below.
Ideally, you would love to turn around and fly home to the USA...
Our books and training material they left untouched!
Not only robbing but vandalizing... On the bed are the cut off sleeves (see text I've added) of my most favorite jeans suit that Miss Yati, my couture seamstress did create for me.
It was so soft and pleasant to wear and you can see it here in this short video:

We did move into a guest bungalow on the premises of the company.
We decided to quit, even if our contract said we had to come back three more periods of two months!
The company being in financial trouble...
It's not worth all the stress, aside form having to wait for our travel expenses being reimbursed; we were still waiting on quite a sum of money...
On March 9 and 16, Pieter goes with me to the University clinic in Yogyakarta for having several fillings and also his partial repaired. It was not easy, understanding the dentist when he spoke while wearing his mask! But I managed to translate, and communicate while Pieter just 'opened' up his mouth for treatment! I also had my teeth cleaned.
We laughed a lot also.
We got a copy of the police report and had to hand in our Buku Biru (work permit) for our departure visa.
Pieter read in his new book from Scarlet, the sequel of Gone with the Wind.
(We only last week, finally found the time to watch the two video tapes of the movie... catching up on our life after completing our book!)
On March 19, the six perpetrators of the robbery in our villa got caught...
On March 20, we bring our Brabantia ironing board to Yati, my seamstress, so she can use it.
March 22, we visit the boarding school for saying our goodbye to all the girls that frequented our home on Sunday afternoons.
March 27, in Yogyakarta at Malioboro I found some sandals to wear.
Remember that both of us had given our hightops away to the compost people in India, since we had several pairs of shoes in Indonesia. ZERO!
April 2, on our way down from the Dieng Plateau area where the mushroom farms were located, we saw a cow tied to a beam on the bridge to be slaughtered. Not a very exhilarating sight... In these days around Idul Fitri, there is a lot of slaughter going on.
April 3, we went to Solo and the Kraton.
We also bought our final, fresh durian and ate half of it...
April 5, made photos from my LONG hair. Longest hair ever.
April 8, we say our final goodbye at the boarding school, you feel that there is true affection here, especially with Agnes, Wiwik and actually all of them!
We will not soon forget them...
On april 9, together with our driver Praytno and his wife, we depart for Jakarta, by car.
A beautiful route, via Banjarnegara, Purwokerto etc., in the direction of Cirebon (where Pieter's eldest brother was stationed). We arrived timely in Jakarta via the Interstate, for the final stretch it went rather rapid.
April 10, on Friday we go to the ABN/AMRO Bank for guilders, the Hyatt Aryaduta's neighboring Umum Bank Nasional did not have them. We now have a far smaller bundle of money... Those Rupiahs add up into the millions rather quick.
 We check out and went to the airport with our 92 kg of luggage.
We would have to pay at least a fee over 15 excessive kilos, US $ 430. 
Well, I had a feeling and luckily had put the photos in my purse to show that we got robbed and cleaned out, and this was ALL what was left.
The lady disappeared to discuss with her manager and came back with vouchers for the first class lounge and NO FEE. Pieter had to change his shirt, he got hot from all this. But now we could relax in the first class lounge. Pieter told me that I had to go shop and find me something special since I'd earned it!
That's when I bought the hand painted silk batik stole that I converted into a bolero.
Photo shows my sewing creation from that hand painted with gold silk batik stole...
Around 19:00  we depart on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, from Jakarta to Amsterdam in seats 24 A+B... with mixed feelings but rather relieved, now that all the stress is behind us.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Adventure in Madras India, now Chennai

Yes, we had now worked, high in the mountains of South India, for Pond's India in their mushroom plant. This was during our four weeks off, after living/working two months in Indonesia.
Our first day, February 21 of 1992, driving up to the plant, we had a driver that had to hold the door shut with one hand, while driving in the mountains. So we swapped taxis!
Pieter had fallen on February 24, with one foot inside the goody pit... the entire day being smelly from those anaerobic bacteria. We stayed in a guest bungalow and washed his jeans, socks and hightop shoes, and dried it in front of an electric stove.
On February 25, we bought our leather jackets, from their Leather Garment Factory.
On February 28, we go one final time to the mushroom farm and received a silk chain stitch embroidered wall hanging, each of us the very same. 
They also proceeded to make a professional video about my Techniques for Harvesting Quality Mushrooms. Today, September 15, just received the converted version on a memory stick and will post it some time later...
Both of us had left our hightop shoes at the Pond's mushroom farm, for those poor workers that have to work in the hot (50-70°C) compost with bare feet. That was far easier than having to clean them up for packing inside our luggage. 
We drive back to Coimbatore, and from there we board a night train to Madras (Chennai).
We have a 1st class sleeping coupe with air-conditioning. 
This time, I slept in the top bed...
February 29, after a ten hour shocking and rattling ride, we arrive in Madras and we slept well.
We got told that we should keep the sliding door of our cabin closed, but having to wash up in the bathroom early morning, of course we opened it.
How in the world could we know that before arriving at the Madras station, a giant of a guy had jumped on the riding train and entered it!!!
He stood there, and grabbed our two suitcases and placed them on his head... Those are mine!
Two people from Pond's met us at the railroad station, and after a fierce dispute with the giant, he ignored them and only hollered: 'I have to feed a family of seven!' He then was so brazen to carry our suitcases on his head, at a rapid pace down the stairs. We had a hard time to keep up with him!
Finally the two people from Pond's located their car and the giant put them down, he got paid and left.
What a zoo...
That guy would be the perfect player in David and Goliath!
This Image from Chennai Central, formerely Madras Central, was created by User:PlaneMad.
We both were wide awake now
They bring us to Hotel Chola Sheraton at Cathedral Road.
Now it is called the Welcomhotel Chennai.
After a fresh shower and breakfast, we got picked up by 10:30 AM for a meeting with the manager from Pond's India in Madras.
We visited their Leather Garments Factory and found a better size for our leather jackets, so we swapped them.
On March 1, we wake up at 4:00 AM and depart from this 5 Star Hotel for the airport and our flight to Singapore.
We place our suitcases in a locker and go by taxi to the our Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
We walk to Centrepoint for some shopping.
March 2, we are early, and by taxi we go to the Alberts Centre for reparation of our Rado watches. 
From there we went to the airport and picked up our suitcases from the locker.
As usual, we shop around at the airport and always did stock up on reading material.
My eyes turned BIG however when I found the Malay version of Times magazine and our boss was mentioned on the cover... Not looking good financially!

To be continued...

Related link:
{Our DEEPER Reach In Bedroom Closet} | previous post showing the silk chain stitch twin embroidery

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Mom Made the BEST Onion Sauce - CRAVED for it...

Already on April 23, I made us a replica of Mom's BEST Onion Sauce because I CRAVED for it...
Onion Sauce with Langostino Lobster Tails... tiny red potatoes boiled in skin and green asparagus
Found them at Costco, Langostino Lobster Tails from Chile
On the Internet I found this photo (obviously from 2011...
My next fresh bought, product of Chile Langostino Lobster Tails...

Mine were fresh!

 Onion Sauce

350 gram onions finely chopped 
40 gram butter or oil 
25 gram flour (I used whole wheat)
 2.5 dl milk 
2.5 dl bouillon 
1 bay leaf
few sprigs of parsley
1.5 dl whipped cream
 salt and pepper
 fresh nutmeg

Preparation method:

Melt the butter in a nonstick skillet. Add the onions and fry them until soft and golden. Not brown. Stir in the flour and fry it gently for about 3 minutes. Then stir in the stock and  milk, stir well so that no lumps form. Bring to a boil, add bay leaf and parsley and then cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently on low heat. Otherwise, the sauce will burn. So be careful: take out the parsley and bay leaf. Stir in the whipped cream and season with salt and pepper. Then if desired, some nutmeg.

It sure did bring fond memories back of Mom!

Do you at times crave for a dish that your Mom loved to cook for the family?


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