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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

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Our Agapanthus and Wood Trail

 Both of us loved the green intersections in México City, often with Agapanthus.
On our way to work we passed by numerous parks.
Link below post leads to a video of them at 2:07
On May 24, 1993 Pieter is standing next to one of our blue Agapanthus.
This was one year before we started consulting work in Mexico.
Everything grew in our garden when we had access to the spent mushroom compost... Such a great end product from mushroom cultivation!
Saponaria officinalis in the front or soapwort. We also had Saponaria ocymoides or rock soapwort.
Tall blue Agapanthus and Saponaria in the front.
On March 9, 1993 the same year! Pieter dug ditches for getting rid of the excess water, letting our lot drain.
He also built the first Wood Trail.
Lowes at that time sold ready built squares in treated wood.
And then, in 2004 ALL ditches got filled in with the 60 metric tons of dirt, which Pieter shoveled out from under the house, where he built the Rose Suite!
On April 18, 1993 Pieter with the wheelbarrow full of spent mushroom compost, adding to all plants and shrubs that we planted.
To the left you see already one blue Agapanthus blooming here.
Several of those trees we had cut down, way too many and they compete for food with plants and shrubs more than anything else!
Thursday, April 29, 1993 on Pieter's 64th Birthday...
Even in–between the cross tires that we both placed here (they were put somewhere but NOT in the right spot while we worked in Indonesia), with the help of spent mushroom compost perennials thrived.
This is alongside the driveway and retainer wall.
Our Wood Trail on April 29... what a huge difference with March 9 in photo above; lots of hard work planting and tending for plants and shrubs.
A happy Birthday guy and gardener!
Pieter with our Azalea Helena Curtis
Pieter with  the Saponaria officinalis.
Our young Mock Orange
On the cordless phone in the garden...
Wood trail, ditches and to the left in the back you see our veggie garden.
All grew so well on the spent mushroom compost!
Wood trail and to the right you see the gazebo steps and the pond in the center.
Wood trail end and again, our veggie garden.
We sure enjoyed our Paradise, always together with Squirrels and Chipmunks as they were rather tame.
Remember, we did NOT have kitties at the time...

Related link:
Our Mushroom Friends took us Sightseeing in Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque in Jalisco, México | previous post with link below for video with Agapanthus flowers in México City.
{Our Wood Trail in 1994} | previous post by me
The FIGHT of Growing Grass in Subtropical Georgia/USA | previous post by me about the cross tires being in wrong place

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Pieter's Outfit from Khazana at Taj Palace New Delhi Hotel

 On February 29 of 1991 we were at the Taj Palace New Delhi hotel after our two–week consulting work for Pond's India. This before flying to Indonesia where we worked and lived at the time.
With a guide from Pond's we did go to the State Emporia where we found a whale for Uncle Bo Whaley, and for us a sandalwood carving with balls inside. 
Also a bird painting on rice paper. 
Back at our hotel we found for Pieter a very nice fitting greenish cotton pair of trousers and a striped shirt.
This was on our patio in Wonosobo, Indonesia where Pieter put on the entire set.
Perfect fit!
Admiring our orchids that just hang on wood wool planks against the wall.
Happy times during our life in Indonesia!
The climate was so perfect for our hair...
We also found a perfect pure silk black tie at the Taj Palace New Delhi Khazana Shop.
India has so much!
It is real black, the shine of the silk made it look a bit different... 😉
Pieter wearing his Khazana trousers on his 69th Birthday in our front porch.
The same guy, same trousers only 31 years later... 
And yes, those comfy Loints sandals are still alive as well!
Notice the Moonflower vine, to the left of Pieter's knee?
Home grown by Pieter from seeds and it is opening its very first flower!
They too are HUGE and bloom at night mainly; hence its name Moonflower — Ipomoea alba.
Photos taken around 9:00 so it was closing.
Pieter on the back step of our gazebo. The white gingerbread from Vintage Woodworks looks so nice after it got painted again.
From inside of gazebo facing the pond area.

Related link:
COME Cross the Tengger Sand Sea to Volcano Mount Bromo, Indonesia | previous post by me both wearing our Loints sandals
True Indigo Indigofera Tinctoria in Pieter's Favorite Color | previous post by me with Loints sandals
Blissful Relationship in the Tropics of Indonesia | previous post by me with Loints sandals

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Pieter Built our Greenhouse

 Never actually showed you how our greenhouse came about...
Of course, husband Pieter built it himself and I helped.
First the foundation got built.
Pieter had built the roof part together and I helped him lifting it on top of the aluminum frame!
Just the two of us... 😉 on Wednesday, November 17, 1993
Good team work!
Thursday, November 18; proud greenhouse builder! Putting the aluminum Alcoa parts together.
This was a gift from Krijn Leendertse, Voskamp.
We had to move to Pennsylvania at that time so now it finally got build!
Monday, November 22nd, Pieter was in a happy mood, doing something that he'd done before, as a young man.
Immediately after the war, Pieter worked for a few months in greenhouse construction, glazing in his area.
Pieter's Dad, after WWII bought two greenhouses in the West of The Netherlands (Westland area) due to urban expansion they had to clear. Pieter and his brother Toon did break them down and carried them to the road. Lots of water ways where no truck could go! Pieter and Toon had to cross a narrow bridge.
They had stuffed wood wool in their jacket, to support their shoulder! Also for carrying the iron rods and ledges.
Final segments...
We're getting there!
We almost got a greenhouse...
Friday, November 26 we have a greenhouse!
First resident for winter...
Yep, it is DONE!
Plant table is done!
More residents got moved inside...
A Minimum–Maximum thermometer hangs down on the left near planter.
Another wood trail as a walkway towards the greenhouse.
Let the weekend begin!
Only 8 years later, on Tuesday, April 17 of 2001 Pieter did rebuilt the greenhouse with the help of my Dad.
Somewhat bigger this time!
Pieter dug up the entire foundation and built it all new, from scratch.
Mom is watching as Pieter is caulking.
Dad standing in front of the greenhouse, wearing a Campbell cap and one of Pieter's old work shirts.
Did you notice our roses?
We always have had electricity in our greenhouse as well, for our heater in winter time.
Pieter installed it all.
Thursday, April 19, 2001. Being creative... 
I was weeding and did serve some Dutch rusks with chocolate flakes and coffee.
The wheelbarrow with the old greenhouse door on top functioned as a table 😜

Related link:
{Fall & Winter Preparations} | previous post by me where Pieter added brick patio and addition 
{SHATTERED Winter Dreams...} | previous post by me where addition got shattered...
{New Heater for Greenhouse} | previous post by me

Friday, May 13, 2022

Our HUGE Clematis lanuginosa 'Candida' in 2022

Always a happy sight when our Clematis lanuginosa 'Candida' shows its flowers!
Yes, they are HUGE as they can reach 9 inches or 22.8 cm in diameter.
Captured this photo on April 14 against our garage wall.
Like a work of ART

Related links:
{Our Clematis lanuginosa 'Candida'} | previous post by me  

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Husband Pieter Finished Restoration Work on our Bridges on Wood Trail

When we purchased our lot in 1990, both of us were still 'young' enough to handle its size.
Over the years, as we both age and decline in health; it has proven to be more than big enough!
BUT we still take pride in our Estate:
Photo taken on May 3 and our lawn is nice green again.
This is the bridge closest to the road where Pieter used vinyl picket fence parts, that got damaged from the tree cutting.
Our center bridge restored and wood treated.
Our 3rd bridge that Pieter managed to complete on April 30.
Yes on the day that we had his Birthday dinner in the evening...
Just walked over JIT = Just In Time before it was DONE.
Yep, a 93 year old + 1 day...
Okay, let me take you back into the wood garden after the tree crew cut down several ugly ones or those that were not so healthy.
We let them decompose naturally and it will take but a couple of years.
This was on March 23, just for the oversight of our wood trail.
The trail makes a kind of |_|_| through our wood garden, towards all 3 bridges.
The creek is very calm here and it is forever changing over the years.
We look towards the road, standing on the 3rd bridge and you see the center bridge and the one closest to the road with the vinyl picket fence.
Now looking towards the house and gazebo...
Also on March 23.
On April 30, our Quercus Virginiana Grand View Gold was once more at its best.
Each spring the new leaves are golden.
Yes, even live oaks do shed their leaves and renew in the spring!
Our palm trees are growing fast and to the right you see the White Oak towering tall over the more compact Grand View Gold.
Such a perfect day with blue sky and here, you see the Grandview Gold seen from the front.
On May 3, we walked the Wood Trail over the bridge closest to the road and when we bend left, we come past a damaged mailbox that Pieter used for bird house, with a hole made in the pull down lid.
When I opened it, not knowing that it was occupied, a Carolina Wren flew out!
There are 4 eggs but a bit strange that there is one white one...?
Looks like a brood parasitic bird has been in action here.
In certain areas there are short bridges on the wood trail... This one is the first after passing the bird house.
Those are now all repaired and treated in order to preserve the wood.
There were initially ditches dug for letting the water flow down towards the creek, so here is another bridge for walking over.
One can tell that it has been quite windy on and off and blossoms fall from trees down.
And the next one, passing over a former ditch or area where it can be wet in winter time.
This section used to be wet and had a bridge but Pieter is not replacing this one as there is no longer a need for.
A short section.
And now were coming almost out of the woods.
Our gazebo is visible and to the left our house.
But 3 days later, on May 6, this happened in that corner at our neighbor's yard!
We were for 7 hours without power as there were lots of trees down in our area and we had a lot of wind gusts, no tornado warning but a severe storm passed through.
Scary when you see such a giant being toppled!
We're grateful for having cut our weaker trees down early November last year.

Related link:
Bridge and Underbrush Clearing | previous post from January
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