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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

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Sorghum from Birdseed

It looks like our garden critters are taking things in their own hands by seeding some Sorghum plants from Birdseed!
First I thought it was corn, by looking at the plants leaves...
This was on September 8.
Against the repurposed Umbrella Post with Bird Feeder on top.
Pieter always leaves seed out for the mourning doves and for the brown thrasher, they love to search on the ground. Also the Cardinals and others.
So three plants have grown up from sprouted seeds...
This is close to the Bird Feeder that I mentioned in my previous post.
They seem to be ripening perfectly well—this was on September 21.
We just leave them there for the birds to enjoy later...

Do you see plants growing up from birdseed in your yard?

Monday, September 26, 2022

Our Bird Feeder with Dried Mealworms atop Umbrella Pole

 Keeping such a vast estate up to date in every area, is quite an upkeep.
But it is oh so rewarding to see HAPPY BIRDS around.
Bird Feeder with plexiglass front and back so we can see how much they ate...
Dried Mealworms with some sunflower seeds and other bird feed mixed in.
Pieter did start purchasing these dried mealworms for the baby birds from our Eastern Phoebe end of May, that had a nest in our front porch. See post below.
The Carolina Wrens go in there often, pick out one worm and hack it to pieces somewhere on a tree trunk.
We left the thick slice of the oak tree's stump on the ground—for that purpose.
Also the perfectly sawn off oak tree trunk serves as a feeding table for lots of birds—and squirrels of course.
But they too have to live... We saw one with a severe bot fly warbles under its skin—the dreaded Cuterebra emasculator Fitch.
Pieter leaves peanuts in the shell for the squirrels and sunflower seeds.

Are you feeding birds and using dried mealworms as well?

Saturday, September 24, 2022

AMAZING recovery of Japanese Magnolia—after getting LIGHT and FOOD!

 With our HUGE oak tree now gone, there is more LIGHT + FOOD available for this beauty.
On the side, where once that HUGE oak tree took away all the light, and no doubt most of the food and moisture available, now some healthy NEW branches did sprout off!
Our Japanese Magnolia or  Magnolia x soulangeana is next to the vinyl picket fence.
A bird house (a Carolina wren residence) and also a hummingbird feeder make it into a favorite tree for birds.
From our breakfast area, we did notice another NEW shoot off branch right in the middle—look at the size of its leaves!
Vinyl picket fence is visible below...
It was rather hard to capture but here you see its enormous size leaves!
Happy and Healthy...
And, already on September 8, I noticed that all the BUDS for next spring were formed already!
Soft, hairy buds—waiting for the spring and here they bloom as early as February 12; often on my Mom's Birthday...
As I've always said, give a tree about 5 years to restore its shape and health after removing another big tree that stole light, food and moisture.
Looking forward to seeing it in the spring!

Have you seen some trees or shrubs recovering that way after creating more room/space for them?

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Our Variegated Blue Flax Lily + Video from Flaxseed to Linen from Horst my Birthplace

 Rather late I discovered that our Variegated Blue Flax Lily was blooming again.
We have this since 2014. 
On September 8, I captured these...
Such tiny lovely flowers!
That's the entire Variegated Blue Flax Lily on our patio, as a pot plant.
On September 19, they were still there... now they're gone.
You see the blue sky we have!
Having hailed from Horst, a region in the Province of Limburg, in the South of The Netherlands, there is quite a history about Flax and the Linen weavers.
Want to share this very interesting video with you.
From flaxseed to linen (Museum de Kantfabriek Horst) — the old Lace factory!
Translations:
from flaxseed to linen
Horst (my birth place) around 1920
First, the land is made suitable for the cultivation of flax.
Sowing takes place at the beginning of April.
After a few days, the first flax seeds germinate.
The weeds are removed.
At the beginning of June, the flax is in bloom.
Harvesting can begin in mid-August.
With the rekel, the flax bulbs are removed.
The flax is placed underwater to let the soft parts rot away; called retting.
Dad used to have a piece of land at the Rotven. One of those former fens...
The flax bulbs are threshed from which linseed oil is extracted.
Part of the seed is used again for the next harvest.
After drying, the stems are roasted to remove the hard inner core.
By breaking, the hard inner core is broken; scutching.
After the harvest it's time for a party.
With the crank, the remaining wood residues are removed; hackling.
By hackling, only the best fibers remain.
In winter, the fibres are spun into flax yarn.
Finally, the yarns are washed to remove the lye.
After rinsing, the yarns are ready to weave into linen cloth.
By bleaching the linen in the sun, it gets a bright white color.
The linen is now ready for use.
In the meantime, it's spring again. High time to make the land suitable for a new harvest.
This program is composed on the basis of a film (1976) that was commissioned by the Antiquity–Room Horst

Nowadays linen is from Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Poland and of course in China...

But seeing how labor intensive it is—you might appreciate more your linen pieces!
At fashion school we learned how this was being created but the above video is far better for understanding...

Did any of you know this process?

Related link:
{Variegated Blue Flax Lily} | previous post by me with good closeup photo of flower
{Horst my Birth Place, Used to be an Old Linen Weavers Town} | previous post by me

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Coprinellus disseminatus in our Garden

On August 29, the day of our 39th anniversary as an immigrant, Pieter spotted these very special mushrooms in our garden, under our Magnolia Grandiflora.
Coprinellus disseminatus.
Beautiful Coprinellus disseminatus...
Pieter, being a true teacher, placed a US penny next to some of the fruit bodies to show how tiny they are!
Not a clean penny but you still manage to read: IN GOD WE TRUST...
Here they are, growing on the decaying roots of some of the Magnolia Grandifolia shoots that had come up under the big tree.
It was only because of August being like a WET MONSOON...
Perfect climate for any mushroom to develop!

Have you ever seen this variety?

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Meeting with Mushroom Grower Nick Pora in Metcalf, Ontario Canada

 We did rise early at our Fairmont Château Laurier, for having breakfast and to get on our way. 
Nick Pora Sr. on the left, with Pieter at his Continental Mushroom Farm
On Tuesday, August 18, 1998 we had received a fax at the Fairmont Château Laurier, for our meeting next day.
So after breakfast we got on our way for FINALLY visiting Nick's mushroom farm!
Nick Pora, was also a loyal customer of my Lacquered Brass Window Decorations 'Mushrooms' in two sizes.
Below post you find some links for actually seeing them.
Guess Nick came to the Dutch Mushroom Days in June of 1988, where I had a stand for selling those.
Nick Pora, also had enclosed these cards with that letter...
CHAMPIGNON — CONTINENTAL —MUSHROOM
Producers of some of the best mushrooms in the world
Nick Pora, hailed from Romania and in 1972 he came to Canada with only $ 5.00 in his pocket.
With hard work, he managed to build himself up and run a successful mushroom farm.
Already during the 1st NAMC at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco he met Pieter in 1979.
See link below this post with his photo.
Again, at the 12th NAMC Conference in Vancouver he begged us to visit him.
But Ottawa is not a city we often flew into...
So this time, when using our frequent flyer miles for a vacation to Canada, we planned it such, that we would end in Ottawa and then drive to his place.
We first met at the mushroom farm's office where we also briefly saw Virginia Pora, Nick's lovely wife.
Nick Pora Jr. and Nick Pora Sr. at almost 82 years of age (September) and Pieter.
In February, Nick had lost 40 lbs (18 kg) of weight after their return from a vacation in Aruba.
Me, Nick Jr. and Nick Sr. at the restaurant for lunch.
Nick Sr. had taken us via the compost slab, to a first break room, full with product.
His skills for mushroom cultivation proved to be good.
Then he took us to the Packaging area.
THE BEST WE EVER SAW!
They used a barcode with ratings: 1–2–3–4 or cannery (for worst quality). Beautiful white product!
A Chinese 'mama' ran the packaging including a clean floor; no spills! 
We were both very impressed and told Nick so.
They daily handled 13 tons of fresh product.

Both of us felt very happy for finally having fulfilled his request to visit him!
Fond memories of a long time friendship.

Next day we did check out from the Fairmont Château Laurier, drove to the airport and returned our Herz rental car after driving our 987 km or 613 mi. 
By 11:00 o'clock we flew via Newark, New Jersey on Continental Express, to Atlanta, Georgia.

That was the end of our memorable Canada Vacation!


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Friday, September 16, 2022

Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa and Parliament Buildings

 On Tuesday, August 18, we got up in time.
Packing up and breakfast at our Novotel in Montréal Center.
Just as I walked with two glasses of grapefruit juice to our table, a kid bumped into me...
Now I had a wet right bosom.
The mother kind of stupidly asked if I wanted water. 
I said rather angry; NO—making it even wetter?!
With a paper napkin in–between to suck up the juice, I drove to Ottawa.
Back then we used the old State Farm map as there was no GPS yet...
It were 160 km on a rather flat area with lots of corn.
We arrived at Rue Rideau 1, where our Fairmont Château Laurier is.
Right on the Rideau Canal, another WORLD Heritage Site.
Lots of road work and also in front of our hotel...
From our room 403, we video taped the Rideau Canal and its sluices with the Ottowa River visible as well.
Then we walk around and taped the Parliament Buildings that were right next door of our hotel, visible to the left in above image.
West Block was adjacent to our Fairmont Château Laurier as part of The Canadian Parliament Buildings – Ottawa, Canada ←click link

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Mount Royal Park and Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montréal, Canada

 We went to the next place that we wanted to explore in Montréal.
Driving our rental car towards Mount Royal and parked on one of its parking areas then walking up.
Jacques Cartier was there way before us, on October 2, 1535...
The park is 200 hectare. 
The view of the Chalet we show on the video and also the Belvédère Kondiaronk lookout over the entire city.
It was incredible, even though the weather was heavy overcast that day but luckily no rain; our Burberry umbrella kept it at bay!
It was 15:30 o'clock when we reached the lookout area.
Beautiful gardens too; with Pieter's favorite Verbena hybrida Lanai 'Upright Red with Eye'.
Guess the climate there is just perfect.
Jacques Cartier came here only 43 years after Columbus...
Both had NO GPS; neither cell phones!
We also visit the World's Largest Shrine; Canada's Largest Church (Saint Joseph's Oratory) ←click for informative video and at 1:30 min. you see how this little 9–year old André Bessette lost his Dad when a huge tree fell upon him. After staying with his mother for two years, she also died...
This shrine is so overwhelming and no wonder it attracts over 2,000,000 visitors annually!
At the gift shop of Saint Joseph's Oratory we bought this little wall hanging.
It was a very lovely and interesting day spend in Montréal!
One final night at the Novotel and we would leave...

Have any of you been here?

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Notre Dame Basilica of Montréal and Moccaccino at Second Cup Café

 Monday, August 17 of 1998 we continued our walk in Montréal...
Montréal Basilica Notre Dame
Lots of blue inside, very seldom seen
It looks like looking into heaven...
There was noise going on outside as they had scaffolds with nets around, for restoration work.
Impossible for making any outside photos or video.
Wish we could have been there: Luciano Pavarotti – Ave Maria 1978 ←click link for heavenly acoustics from this otherworldly Basilica.
Moccaccino
An aromatic and robust blend,
featuring the deep rich flavours of chocolate and espresso.
Served with whipped cream.
And now it was time for a MOCCACCINO at Second Cup; as is shown in the final part of our video.
It sure was delicious with that chocolate coconut pie.
Those were the days before being diabetic type 2 or having CKD or for Pieter having open heart surgery...
But precious memories!
Hope you enjoyed this and...

Have any of you been there?
Or drank a MOCCACCINO?

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

9/11 BOATLIFT—EVERYONE HELPED EVERYONE—MORALLY THE RIGHT WAY TO GO

Did any of you know about this story of civic heroism
9/11 of 2001...
An ARMADA of HEROES that ONLY followed THEIR MORAL COMPASS!!!

This video got uploaded on September 7: BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience. I feel that I have to share, as the media never did bring this out. Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. This evacuation in only 9 hours, was one of the largest and fastest in history- far fewer (300,000) were evacuated from Dunkirk, France during WWII over 9 days...
Produced and directed by Eddie Rosenstein. Eyepop Productions, Inc.


Quote: A hero is a man who does what he can. - Romain Rolland


Related links:
Tom Hanks Narrates 'BOATLIFT,' Honors Untold 9/11 Story Of Mariner Heroes (winningreview.wordpress.com)
The Unknown 9/11 Story (pochp.wordpress.com)
Forgotten Story of 9/11: World's Biggest Boatlift (newser.com)
Boatlift: More Rescued by Sea after 9-11 than at Dunkirk [video] (speedofcreativity.org)

Thursday, September 8, 2022

September 9, 1969 Grand Opening practical Mushroom Training Center in Horst


On September 9, it will be exactly 53 years ago, that in Horst, The Netherlands the 1st and ONLY practical Training College for Mushroom Growing in the world, had its official Grand Opening by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery, a branch of the Dutch Government. 
My husband Pieter founded it and he was the Principal and one of the active Teachers for decades, already since 1963, until he became Vice President Training & Development for Campbell Soup Company in charge of their Mushroom Division in the USA, Canada and Australia.
Pieter J.C. Vedder
On the way to the front door of Centre for the official opening...
Pieter on the left, holding his daughter Lizzy by the hand.
As published in the Dutch magazine de champignon cultuur nummer 8, oktober 1969:
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 Lizzy Vedder heeft zojuist de sleutel van het Centrum, bevestigd aan een tuiltje champignons, overhandigd aan Ir. P. van der Schans, Directeur van het Landbouwonderwijs van het Ministerie van Landbouw en Visserij, die zo dadelijk het Centrum zal openen. – Ter weerszijden van Ir. van der Schans de heren Vedder en Ambrosius, gevolgd door de overige genodigden.
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 Lizzy Vedder has just handed over the key to the Centre, attached to a bunch of mushrooms, to Ir. P. van der Schans, Director of Agricultural Education at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, who will open the Centre shortly. – On either side of Ir. van der Schans Messrs Vedder and Ambrosius, followed by the other guests.
From the hallway area, now to the other building for the ceremony.
Front row from left: Jan Keysers (architect); Pieter J.C. Vedder; Els Keysers; J.L. Hendriks from Kessel with his wife; P. Keysers from Melderslo.
Second row from left: Riet Uitermark, Annemie Poels and me...
From left to right: ?; Pieter J.C. Vedder; B.J.P. (Ben) Ambrosius; A.W. (Ton) Gijtenbeek; C. Pleunis Sr.; J.G.J. (Jan) van Asseldonk.
Pieter's Dad had passed away from cancer, just two years prior to this Grand Opening.
But he was close to his heart as Pieter wore his Dad's special gold seed pearl tie stick pin...
Fortunately, Pieter's Dad was alive when Pieter's 1st and 2nd Dutch editions of Modern Mushroom Growing got published.
Since there was no educational material available for his Training Centre, Pieter had to write his own...
Translated into 8 official languages it did become the Mushroom Bible.
From left: Pieter's eldest brother Thé Vedder; Pieter J.C. Vedder; Mother Vedder; Secretary Dora Van den Bekerom.
In back from left: Roel Seubring; ?; ?; Jan Huijs; C. Pleunis Sr.
My 2nd cousin Annemie Poels and me, helping out in serving beverages...
Wearing my own sewing creation, made from silver–blue lurex fabric.
Yes, Pieter J.C. Vedder did well, and till today, there never has been a second practical Mushroom Training Center.
In 1993 the CCO became IPC Plant (Innovatie Praktijkcentrum) or Innovation Practice Centre.
In 1999 the Practice Centre for Mushroom Cultivation became completely independent.
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It is quite hard, for having certified and experienced teachers, with knowledge about chemistry, physics, economics and a passion for helping others!
Pieter always had his office door WIDE open and anyone was welcome with questions or whatsoever.
That was his unique policy.
That has remained so over the years, we have had numerous phone calls, even in the middle of the night and Pieter always tried to help others.
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Of course there are various mushroom consultants, that all know 'something' about a part of the total procedure. 
But often they do so, on 'borrowed knowledge' and not so much based on personal, practical experience and by use of original content. 

Related links:
{My Teacher, Mentor, BOSS & Husband over 44+ Years} | previous post by me with more photos
modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting | our long time experience bundled...

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Montréal Old Port and City Hall


On August 17, 1998 in the afternoon we picked up our car in the parking garage below the Novotel Montreal in downtown.
Driving to the large parking area at Old Port of Montréal, from there we walked, with my Burberry umbrella in hand... to Rue Notre Dame.
It sure worked for warding off the rain!
On video you see the Old Port with the Jacques Cartier Bridge over the Lawrence River.
Also visible in beginning of our video is the 1922 Clock Tower, to the right of Jacques Cartier Bridge.
This year the Clock Tower celebrates its Birthday!!!
Now we continue to 275 Rue Notre Dame Est, to Montréal's City Hall.
Such a dream of a building! 
In French it is called Hôtel de ville.
Oui Montréal c'est toi ma ville! or in English: Yes, Montréal you are my city!
The exhibition that was going on was about 50 years of human rights.
Look at the exceptional Fleur de Lys ornaments in the garden design on our video!!!
Also a huge planter filled with herbs, me smelling them...
Incredible garden!
This French culture, including the language, made us feel so much home!
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Then in the very end in the video, I walk towards a linden tree for seeing its seeds...
Thoughts of Dad came flashing back!
Fond memories of me, in the front seat of his bike, as a toddler as Dad took me to a pilgrimage place in Ommel, North Brabant/The Netherlands. There was a huge linden tree.
I let my tiny hands run through them and Dad did pick some for bringing home from that shrine...
Did mention that very fact in an earlier post: Monticello Gardens of President Thomas Jefferson and Mulberry Row  ←click link

Another fabulous part of our visit to Montréal and hope you enjoyed it as well!

Have you been there yourself?

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Montréal Windsor Station and Mary Queen of the World Cathedral

Our final day at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Québec City, was a Sunday on August 16, 1998.
We were already at the indoor pool on the 6th floor by 8:15 o'clock.
There also was a beautiful roof garden with seating areas!
We both enjoyed swimming together.
Then we went to shampoo our hair and enjoyed brunch by 10:30 o'clock.
We checked out from this jam–packed hotel with its 620 rooms!
All the costumed people from Maine (for the re–enactment) also appeared to be staying there.
We waited, as someone from valet parking retrieved our car.
As always, it was quite an art to get out of the old city with its one–way traffic and finding the Interstate.
In front of the beautiful Québec City Train Station (Gare du Palais) with its green roof.
By the way, many green roofs, including Le Château Frontenac, where we stayed; all made of copper!
This seems late medieval—quite beautiful.
And guess what we have on our roof since 2013?
Interlock Metal Roofing, Interlock® Aluminum Slate in Aged Copper—Made in Canada!
So NOW you know what influenced us for doing that; except ours does not turn green from old copper patina... 😉 Our Home Freshly Painted ←click link.
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On August 16, 1998 we drove the 240 km or 149 mi by car from the capital of Québec City to Montréal, both within the Province of Québec, Canada.
Next day on the 17th, we started walking around, in Centre–Ville or Downtown Montréal.
The French language gave us a very 'close–to–home' feeling as we have so much French in our own language due to history under French rulers.
Especially my Province Limburg is very much French.
After first having visited the Saint George's, Anglican Church from 1870, we then walked upon Montréal Windsor Station, one of Montréal's most beautiful buildings.
Such a beautiful neo–Romanesque architectural style by New York architect Bruce Price who also did Le Château Frontenac, where we came from in Québec City and the most famous Banff Fairmont Hotel where we stayed during our Rocky Mountaineer Journey Exploring Banff with Brewster Sightseeing ←click link.
One only can admire such marvels of architecture!
We then entered Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.
There was noise from the lawn mower outside and the doors were wide open.
They also were doing some restoration work.
Bumped myself terribly on front of thigh... when I did slide into one of the old wooden pews.
Montreal's Spectacular Vatican Replica (1894) ←click for 2:54 minute informative video viewing outside from above and around as well as inside explained.
Indeed, successfully created for achieving a sense of sanctity!
It is balm for the soul to see that SO MUCH TALENT by the world's BEST ARCHITECTS AND CRAFTSMEN was put together in HONOR OF MARY, the MOTHER OF JESUS!
Feeling so grateful for having been there... 

Has any of my readers visited these places?

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Friday, September 2, 2022

Sainte Anne de Beaupré Basilica, Québec, Canada

 Beautiful neo-Roman style Church of 300 feet or 100 meters height.
We happened to visit there on August 15, 1998 on the feast of the Assumption of Mary...
Well, with my baptismal names being Maria–Anna–Martha, this was very special!
Sainte Anne was the Grandmother of Jesus and I'm named after her and my Godmother Anna Maria (my maternal Grandmother...).
The original shrine was built in 1658...
The present Basilica is built in the 1920s in a much larger scale, for being able to accommodate all the thousands of pilgrims!
Sainte Anne de Beaupré Québec City, Québec, Canada ←click link for short video explaining more.
Sainte Anne de Beaupré Basilica is the oldest pilgrimage site in North America!
Both of us were so very lucky that at the time we got there, a stretch limousine with bridal couple arrived and we enjoyed the entire French language wedding ceremonial Mass, with organ music and singing in this heavenly Basilica! 
Part of it, Pieter captured in this short video, ending with the Avé Maria.
Unexpected soul food in many ways and we were so grateful.
No miracle happened, except that it DIDN'T RAIN... 😉
Photo by Guy Lessard
Sainte–Anne–de–Beaupré Shrine ←click link.
We ended our day with a delicious dinner at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. The French influence is so obvious, even in the meat sizes, compared to the USA. And the vegetable servings are more generous—which made us feel like being back in Europe again.
Feeling grateful when we returned to our room by 21:30...
Body and soul well nourished!

Virtual Tour of the Basilica of Sainte–Anne–de–Beaupré ←click for very informative video with original history from 1646

Have any of you had the privilege for visiting there?

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{Grandma Kurvers' Grass Linen Twin Sheets Repurposed} | previous post by me about my Godmother Anna Maria...
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