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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, May 30, 2021

Back into the Past in Rural North Georgia

 Coming back from our visit to Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, north Georgia I made a stop here at a crossing I'd passed in the morning...
HAD to capture this!
Don't you love the tractor?
Even if it had no engine...
Right on the crossing with Yellow Creek Rd and Conns Creek Rd in Ball Ground, Georgia
You can see the border line with the State of Tennessee above left and North Carolina above right.  The State of Alabama to the left... South Carolina to the right.
It was about one hour north of Marietta.
We had looked forward to finally visiting in person the Bernhards German Bakery
We always get their fresh baked Spelt bread shipped out to us, sliced and ready for stocking up our freezer and enjoying fresh.
They also have a restaurant but 'Danielle' did not allow us to sit inside... so we took our goodies back to our Hyatt Regency Suites Northwest Atlanta (border of Marietta), only about 8.5 km down the road, where we enjoyed them.
My Coconut Bearclaw was not 'American' sweet so I could sin for once and it was very good.
So was Pieter's Spinach/Cheese Croissant!
As per executive order our Georgia Governor had lifted Covid restrictions...
Unfortunately, many cafés, restaurants and others in the tourism industry have suffered way too long!

28 comments:

  1. The bread looks very tasty. You are so lucky to have a town named after you. Very chic. I like that old tractor - memories of the past.

    God bless.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      The bread sure is good as it is not the usual 'fluff' you get usually.
      Haha, Marietta, the Spanish version of my name was a big city long established before I came along!
      The tractor is quite an iconic monument sitting alongside the road... telling stories on its own.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. I like that real country. The little things that make the difference.
    Have a good week
    xoxo
    Coisas de Feltro

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    1. Dearest Christina,
      Yes, those are little gems to be looked at and captured! They all tell a story.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. I love the shot of the old tractor AND the old cabin/farmhouse. Old, abandoned homes always make me a feel a bit wistful; I wish they could talk. :-)

    I can imagine the bakery is amazing! Yum!

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    1. Dearest Kim,
      Yes, a lot of stories could be told I bet. Photos somehow are telling their silent story. Abandoned homes we see frequently on our bike rides and it makes one ponder...
      Oh, the bread and everything else from Bernhards German Bakery is delicious.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Dearest Mariette,
    You did well to stop and capture this old tractor in front of the small abandonned building!!
    This is an absolutely gorgeous picture!!!!
    As for the german bread, I am sure it is delicious, at least it looks so!!!
    I wish you a happy month of June!
    Many hugs!
    Marie-Anne

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Thank you and I sure could not resist for stopping.
      The German bread is really delicious and healthy.
      Hugs and happy June to you and yours!
      Mariette

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  5. Oh I can see why you wanted that shot Mariette, fabulouso! Gosh the spelt bread looks delicious. Are you in lockdown again? It will be a wonder if small businesses can survive much longer ✨

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    1. Dearest Grace,
      It was begging for being captured so I stopped on the way back.
      The spelt bread and others really is delicious.
      No we are completely OUT of all the Covid restrictions per April 8, 2021.
      Too late for a number of small businesses after about one year... very sad!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Hello Mariette, Things in a state of ruin like that house and tractor can look so evocative of the past. However, if left unrepaired too long they will be completely destroyed. I would love to have an old house out in the country on some acreage--but perhaps a little larger than that one!
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      It is always sad when we pass any abandoned homes, barns and equipment... They could tell many stories, no doubt.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Not so old I bet, but fully neglected and dilapidated...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. El tractor y l cabaña, muy típico de una zona rural.

    Ayer hice una ruta de senderismo por el campo. los girasoles ya estaban en flor.

    Besos

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    1. Dearest Antónia,
      Sí, una imagen rural real desde un lugar abandonado; triste.
      Aquí los girasoles aún no están en flor, creo. Acabamos de regresar de siete noches de distancia y pronto iremos en bicicleta para ver las cosas.
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Yes, entering such a German bakery smelled really good, like being back in Europe!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. I smiled when you said the Bear Claw was not "American sweet." Imagine my shock, and my then husband's as well when we bought a small piece of cake in a German bakery (we were newly there in Europe then...and did not know what would follow)....and we raised a piece of the cake to our lips... chewed quickly, swallowed and left the rest. It was, to our palate, like straw. Beautiful to see, decorated flawlessly, but tasteless. American sweet was what we expected...German bakery goods lacked sweetness... and that was what we got. We did try marzipan and it was alright. The chocolate was, of course so good as to cause us to buy it frequently. Oh, how delicious. The baked goods... we never bought again. I still don't care for the lack of sweet. Just as the Europeans everywhere we went are accustomed to much less sweetening...we here- are used to too much. :-)

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    1. Dearest Katie Isabella,
      Guess you're right about that and we've encountered it over and over during our 37+ years living here. Guess our foster-daughter from Indonesia has the 'most' American taste for sweets of the entire family! She better heeds it... Funny culture differences, too sweet and too salty and yet they don't like the salty Dutch black licorice which is a nice combination of both though nog real salt is used but ammonium chloride.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. The photo is perfect! I have wonderful memories of a day spent in Ball Ground!

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      Thank you and yes, I do recall your story about it.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Dear Mariette - I too am a fan of spelt bread - glad that you both enjoyed your treats from Bernhard's German Bakery. The little old wood building and tractor are both very evocative of times past.

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    1. Dearest Rosemary,
      Yes, we both love this ancient wheat as a healthy bread.
      It is sad though to see any dilapidated building on your route...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. I looove Bernhard's Bakery! It is funny to see a blogger you read be so close by. I used to live by that Hyatt. This is my first comment, but I've been reading for a while. Your life is so interesting! -Molly

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    1. Dearest Molly,
      Thank you and yes, our life never has been boring! Know how to write/say it in seven languages but thanks to God I don't know how it feels!
      We love that Hyatt, it is quiet and a nice area and for travel northbound you've left the city behind already.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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