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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

Monday, May 24, 2021

Blissful Relationship in the Tropics of Indonesia

Happy in the botanical garden of Yogyakarta and wearing the jeans that Pieter came home with from China.
My Mom was most amazed at how well Pieter knew my size... He told her that he had put his two hands around the waist of a Chinese sales person to check and said; that's the size!
He always could just touch his fingers by doing this around my waist...
Pieter very happy looking while standing under a ficus tree...
We both LOVED Indonesia and its friendly people, delicious food and its flora and fauna.
Probably our BEST years...!
Look at the trunk of this tree!
A Gecko that caught an insect...
Turning around the stem of the tree... trying to hide!
A sweet Mother and Child Garden Statue!
Haha, you see behind me some houseplant varieties that we ALL know; just a bit larger!
As long as it does not rain; you think you're in PARADISE!
Well, all that rain makes the plants and trees look the way they do...
Typical stone figures that are being made in the Yogyakarta, Java area.
That's what we loved to do upon arrival, rise early (is quite normal for the tropics!), breakfast and lingering at the pool and afterwards, walking in the botanical gardens...
Pieter wearing his comfy Loints of Holland sandals.
Thanks for sharing the joy!
Bye for now...

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos and great capture of the ghecko. I think people forget that houseplants are actually plants that grow in the wild and have a natural habitat somewhere out there in this great big world. They have to come from somewhere. I miss having true nature to go to. Plus, it's 110 F now which is not exactly pleasant. Take care.

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Thank you and yes, watching that Gecko was fun and glad for having captured him/her!
      You all have been fortunate for having visited many countries with an abundance of plants in a lush habitat, that others only know as houseplant...
      It is hot in Georgia as well but you beat us to it.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. He know u very well :-D dear Mariette

    Best regards
    Bernhard

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    1. Dearest Bernhard,
      Yes, we met this month 52 years ago...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Hello Mariette, You and Pieter discovered and enjoyed everything that made Indonesia a tropical paradise. Even though I have lived here a long time now, I still smile when I see "houseplants" growing wild and to huge dimensions. I suppose you could get up really early to beat the summer heat, but I prefer to sleep in. The lizards in Indonesia are much cuter than those in Taiwan, which are sort of fat and make a lot of noise in the middle of the night.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      We sure did enjoy the wildlife in the tropics and everywhere we went for that matter.
      Oh, we did have those noisy ones too in Indonesia, the Tokeh or Tokay Gecko!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Loved the pics, as always, Mariette. The gecko capture was terrific, especially with the insect in its mouth (ewwwww -- lol).

    How times have changed, at least in the west! You could NOT put your hands around the waist of a salesperson today, to measure size. LOL. I don't think you could have done it even in the mid-'80s to early '90s when I worked in retail selling women's business clothing. Pieter was a good judge of your size; I found that wasn't the case for 99% of the male customers we served. :-D

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    1. Dearest Kim,
      Yes, nature in Indonesia was always full of surprises and you could observe many little miracles.
      Haha, in China it worked for Pieter back then. Not speaking the language and knowing exactly my waist size that way, worked out perfect! Bet your observation of male customers is rather accurate in general.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Hi Mariette! Wonderful posting! Funny lizard.

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes, we caught him/her catching a big meal!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Me gusta el color de tus pantalones. Tengo una falda larga, exactanmente del mismo color.Con tu buena figura, luces todo lo que te pongas.

    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Gracias por el cumplido y sin duda te ven muy bien en tu falda larga, así!
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  7. I enjoyed seeing the two of you and Mr. Gecko! I can well imagine from pictures you've posted that it is a try\opical wonder with it's plant life and animals.

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    1. Dearest Katie Isabella,
      Yes Java and Bali, the parts we do know from Indonesia, are a true botanical paradise. Animals and birds we never got to see much, only once a deer-like species when driving up to the Dieng area. Overpopulation of people is a very negative aspect for nature.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Christina,
      It was just the right moment that we walked in that garden for capturing him/her!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Dearest Mariette,
    What an exciting life you have lived in Indonesia!!! And all those beautiful places you have visited!!(I have enjoyed reading all your latest blog posts).
    Thank you for sharing all those pictures of you both, as well as the fauna and flora of that evergreen paradise.
    Many hugs!
    Marie-Anne

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Thank you and yes, being there was always some kind of adventure and we made many discoveries.
      After living there for three consecutive winters and only seeing an evergreen paradise, it was hard to return to a winter season, however mild in our region but with many bare trees...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Thank you and they bring joy to both of us now!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Wow ... that lizard is big.

    God bless.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Haha, it is not... Overhere in Georgia we have some bigger ones.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. The weather in Indonesia is perfect for growing palms, they get so incredibly huge! Wonderful series of photos here and last posts Mariette, I can see that this trip was a happy and enriching experience for you both ✨

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    1. Dearest Grace,
      The weather indeed is perfect for most trees in Indonesia as they get so much rain and sunshine in the early morning. We went a total of 23 times together to work in Indonesia and enjoyed each one of the trips.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Pretty garden shots of a young fit couple!

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    1. Dearest Janey,
      Thank you and yes, when Pieter was in his sixties he sure did not look his age!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. I love 'two hands around your waist' and how your comments on my poems are poems themselves.

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      Well thank you; that is a compliment, coming from you!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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