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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

Friday, June 24, 2022

In Limburg with Friends

From Schiphol Airport, I traveled South to Limburg with two Friends that had come with the 5:43 NS Intercity to pick me up...
End station Horst–Sevenum and we're in the South of The Netherlands!
In less than two hours from Schiphol Airport to Horst–Sevenum by Intercity.
Travel by Rail is so relaxed!
Comparing to the hectic traffic and especially on a Monday.
Sure, my original plan was to arrive on Sunday... but some 3,000 flights got cancelled over that weekend.
My happy friend Ellie (friends for 57 years) and her daughter Elvira...
See links below post for reading about our very special relation with her.
This was on May 31 with 17°C or 62.6°F in Sevenum with a maximum of 18°C or 64°F
Yes, that was quite a cool–down for me; coming from Georgia/USA...
Elvira made us a yummy lunch on Wednesday, June 1.
She's a great Lady Chef
After our lunch at about 14:00, we did video WhatsApp with Pieter in Georgia/USA, who had just had breakfast at 8:00 in the morning.
Always great to see, and hear each other over the 8,000 km distance or 4,970 miles!
Pieter enjoyed talking with Elvira's boys.
The youngest, to the right of me, told Pieter that he had to carefully read all the notes...
They'd just overheard me reply to Elvira about her question what Pieter is eating all those days.
I told them that I'd hung sticky notes from the cabinets in the kitchen for each day for getting the meals together from the freezer and such.
Yes, I'd prepared a lot of food ahead of time!
Ellie's granddaughter Famke is into aerial fabric dancing!
Got to see her doing this LIVE.
Quite impressive and don't know if I could do that?!
Weather for the coming days would be lovely with on Saturday as high as 26°C or 78.8°F but on Sunday all rain...
Friend Sissy in her Tesla electric car, took Ellie and me around my home town and we even sat on a terrace in the sun, enjoying a cappuccino or tea. 
Also ice cream with some fruit.
Indulging in those things from the past; for me at least, as I'm out of The Netherlands for 39 years.
Next day we met again with Sissy and Ellie + spouses...
Time for dinner at Restaurant De Kraal in Venlo.
My selection was Heilbot or Halibut in English
And for me also white asperges soup... It still is in season and in the USA we never find them.
My Halibut served over a bed of pasta with a lemon sauce and spinach.
Topped with a fresh Coriandrum sativum.
Edible flowers look beautiful... and yes, I ate them!
Sissy captured this photo of Ellie and me...
So grateful for happy time with friends!

To be continued...


By the way; my humble blog reached 3,500,000 pageviews!


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26 comments:

  1. The arrangement of your Halibut dish is very excellent. The fish is swimming under the spring moonlight.

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    1. Dearest RTC,
      Yes it is indeed and it tasted excellent especially in such company!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. What a wonderful holiday. It is so nice to be with friends again. I say it again; you are very brave to travel all this distance alone. I admire you.

    God bless you and Pieter.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Yes, this is for memories that last for the remainder of our lives...
      Hugs,
      Mariette and Pieter

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  3. Vielen Dank für die Fotos deiner Reise.
    Der Stofftanz in den Lüften ist großartig...
    ich freue mich darauf mehr Fotos zu sehen :-)))
    In die Niederlande hatte ich damals einen meiner ersten Urlaube in den "Westen"...
    wir waren damals in Zeeland zum Tauchen. Es war einfach wundervoll.
    Viele Grüsse zu dir. Habt ein frohes Wochenende - beide -
    Hug Viola

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    1. Liebe Viola,
      Es wurden nicht immer Fotos gemacht aber so entsteht doch ein kleines Tagebuch vom Herzen... Soviele schöne Erinnerungen!
      Ja, Famke tut sehr schöner Stofftanz in den Lüften!
      Schön zu lesen das ihr eine wunderschöne Zeit in Zeeland hattet zum tauchen!
      Liebe Grüße zurück von uns Beide!

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  4. Siempre es agradable, encontrarse con viejos amigos.
    .El medio de locomoción que más me gusta para desplazarme por mi país, precisamente es el tren.
    Besos.

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Sí, tienes razón al viajar en tren; tan relajado. Maravilloso tiempo con queridos amigos.
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  5. Dearest Mariette,
    What a lovely visit. And it looks like Pieter did quite well on his own.
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Dearest Bloggerfriend,
      Yes, I will show at the end what Pieter accomplished, while I was gone...
      It was a remarkable time spent with fondest memories forever!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes I have and Friends Forever!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. It all looked so much fun with family and friends Mariette, and I know that feeling! I would have enjoyed that halibut with you - a fish hard to find fresh around here!

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    1. Dearest Mary,
      Oh, it was a precious time spent all together!
      Just like you and Bob had a wonderful time in England and glad all went well with your trip.
      That halibut was perfection and indeed, very rare here.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Looks and sounds like a bloody good time

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  9. You are so blessed to have such wonderful friends, Mariette!

    ((hugs and blessings))

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    1. Dearest Veronica,
      Yes, I feel blessed and also with those virtual friends!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Wat leuk je bent weer in Nederland!…geniet ervan …een hele leuke tijd gewenst groetjes Ria 🍀

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    1. Beste Ria,
      Ben al weer terug, de bovenste link onder mijn post gaf dat al aan...
      Heb intens genoten, voor de àllerlaatste keer!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  11. What a fun read! So nice to have sweet friends so far away from home. Your lunch made by Elvira made me want the same for myself.
    Elegant and tasty looking halibut with lemon sauce. My kind of meal. The restaurant looks and is I am sure so shiny and clean, the table glistens.
    You had Pieter all taken care of while away with having his meals prepared, frozen and ready to go.

    I love Asparagus and mom always had Asparagus for us growing up as soup or just steamed. We loved it. She grew it for a long time. I see it once in a while at grocery stores here and buy it for my lunch. Only thing about it canned is the sodium. I prefer making it myself.
    Happy Sunday Mariette, Betsy

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    1. Dearest Betsy,
      Oh it was unforgettable being there this time!
      Need to ask Elvira for the recipe, it was so good.
      Yes, Pieter managed well on his own and I always have meals ready to go.
      Fresh white asparagus is so good and too bad that we can't find it here...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    2. I rarely see white asparagus. I will definitely be looking now. Mom had the green asparagus and that is what I have had.

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    3. Dearest Betsy,
      Indeed we see it so rarely here...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. The importance of having true friends waiting for us...
    xoxo
    Coisas de Feltro

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    1. Dearest Christina,
      Oh yes, true friends through thick and thin!
      Both girls I know for more than half a century.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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