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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

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Husband Pieter and his Beloved Honey Bees



 Husband Pieter was a Beekeeper!
Pieter proudly stands next to another bee keeper (and Pieter's mentor), Henk de Ruyter, with his four beehive boxes in the late summer of 1944. 
Pieter was 15 years old and yes, he smoked... Did so till he turned 50.
The bomber jacket Pieter is wearing got sewn by their house seamstress Marie Clabbers from found military material... more than likely German.

Pieter did bring his 4 beehive boxes and those of Henk, to the heath with the horse and wagon.
That now is 19 km Interstate, across the River Ijssel and there was no place for sitting on the wagon, going there, due to all the beehives.
Sadly, Pieter lost all of his beehives while they were out on the heath at Terlet, during the end of WWII.
They were placed near the location where the Battle for Crossing the River Rhine took place.
You all know the movie: A Bridge too Far...
All he found back, was stove wood... That was the end of his beloved honey bees!

Related link:

{The Short Suit for Men - Now and Back Then} | Husband Pieter shown in final photo with his Beehives

Blue Ridge Honey Company in Blueridge Mountains, Northeast of Georgia | Where I took my husband Pieter...

26 comments:

  1. WOW, Pieter hat Honeybees? How great id this!
    Thank you for sharing this great picture!
    Wishing you adn Pieter a wonderful new week!
    Love and hugs, Claudia xo

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      Yes, he was the owner of four hives and loved doing this.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Che peccato,buona giornata Mariette!

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  3. Hello Mariette, What a pity that Pieter lost his hives that terrible way. I am sure that if he continued in apiculture, he would have solved many of the problems that are plaguing the industry (and hobby) today.
    --Jim
    p.s. Good for him for quitting smoking after so many years. I wish fewer people would pick up that terrible habit.

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Yes, he got involved into the apiculture with all his heart and who knows how that might have developed over the years?
      It was courageous for quitting smoking cold turkey, at Pieter's 50th birthday.
      While living in Indonesia, we got re-emerged into lots of smoking instances and we both hate inhaling any of it.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes, it is a great memory of our beloved and often endangered honey bees of the world.
      Pieter loved doing this!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Honey bees! That's amazing (I'd never be able to do that, I'm scared of being stung). Very unfortunate that he lost them, another casualty of the war.

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    1. Dearest Kim,
      Certain varieties of bees are not aggressive and also you can protect yourself by wearing a beekeeper veil. Pieter never had any problems of being stung.
      But indeed a very sad loss due to the war.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Preciosa visión de esta fotografía antigua. No ha necesitado ningún tratamiento, para conseguir el efecto. El paso del tiempo en ella es una pura realidad.

    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Esta es una foto pura de hace bastante tiempo y aún más preciosa ahora. Mi siguiente post trata de visitar una empresa de abejas, por eso presenté a mis lectores a la afición pasada de Pieter...
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  7. What an unique experience to be a beekeeper! Your husband Pieter must have enjoyed a lot :-) It’s sad he lost beehives in wartime.
    Beautiful photo of him and a gentleman.

    Have a wonderful week, Mariette! xo

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Yes, that was very unique and Pieter was so full of it and he LOVES honey... Haha, that never changed! Tomorrow evening you can read another post and understand better why.
      Very sad for the bees to perish in the war, as for any living creature.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Bees are so important I think beekeepers arer amazing not something I c ould do

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Yes, bees are certainly a very important part in nature and their honey is also excellent for health reasons.
      Not everyone can do this but with some training and guidance, yes it is possible.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Pity all the bees were lost. What a shame. It must be interesting keeping bees and collecting honey.

    God bless, Mariette.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Yes, a real pity as so many losses from that era, so many human lives, livestock and so on.
      It is a marvelous job indeed and very rewarding.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Another fascinating tidbit of information! Bees ... I would never have guessed.

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      Yes, it certainly is a big piece of a life's puzzle.
      It shaped a person forever!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. What A Fabulous Moment In Time - Way Cool

    Cheers

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    1. Dearest Travis,
      Yes, those were fabulous times...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. That was sad about the bees Mariette, did your husband ever try beekeeping again later in his life?

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    1. Dearest Grace,
      Very sad and quite a loss for that age... No, with his study and work later in life, he never got back to beekeeping again.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. What a great hobby, they are so important to our world too. What a pity PIeter lost his hives in the war.

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      Yes, it was the start of a great hobby and Pieter loved it so much.
      Indeed a very sad ending to that...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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