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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, June 26, 2022

Limburg — The Emotional Part

 My second brother Piet, came to pick me up for going to the spot where Mom & Dad first met when they both were in servitude.
Also the spot where my eldest brother Martin suggested to disperse Mom & Dad's ashes.
Of course in 2020 when five of my six siblings came together on Holy Saturday, for dispersing the ashes, I was not present.
See post below about that: Dad is One Year in Heaven Now...
My brother Piet and me...
Arriving at this historical spot with huge oak 't Struukske.
Oh how I indulged in all the wild flowers and wild grasses!
Even the long absent Adderwortel, Persicaria bistorta L., that we used to call 'toothbrush or tandenborstel' in Dutch as children.
Common poppy or Papaver rhoeas with bee inside...
Korenbloem or Kornflower in English — Centaurea cyanus that we used to weave into flower wreaths, when children.
Brother Piet's hand and one common poppy is visible here and lots of Margrieten in English Marguerite or Oxe–eye daisies Leucanthemum vulgare.
Brother and sister at this historic spot...
Now approaching the almost sacred area...
In 1915 the cross had been placed out of devotion and in the hope of being spared from natural disasters... see more info in my previous post below.
Close to my left foot, the ashes of Mom & Dad got dispersed of.
Now overgrown by nettles...
An emotional but very special visit!
Brother Piet searched for his long–time friend Ton Hoeijmakers who with his wife Fien have run Landgoed de Gortmeule.
Here I talk with Sandra Cuijpers-Rijs, half of the new manager couple of the campsite.
Ton and Fien continue living on the homestead from 1600 but are only limited involved.
Piet wanted to take me to the Lollebeek, a project where he was involved with, shortly before his retirement...
A beautiful nature area, near the Castenray fens.
The Lollebeek
Me standing near the Lollebeek... captured by Piet Van den Munckhof
Piet later sent me this picture from October 24, 1965 when we together were for the last time at the Lollebeek in 'De Pes'...
Piet on the left, Mom, youngest sister Gerd, Me, youngest brother Jan and younger sister Diny with Dachshund Wally.
Jan still has bad memories of a horse we had to pass on this narrow walking path...
Well, I was 14.5 then... 
Next we went together to Restaurant De Turfhoeve, a restaurant that was very close to where Mom was born.
To the left bottom part you see STRUIKEN... that's where she got born.
Fond memories with Mom & Dad, as we often took them there for dinner or for eating a yummy pancake.
Piet and I opted for an apple pancake.
The present owners have only a very limited listing of pancakes, compared to the days when we went with Mom & Dad... Nostalgia!
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It was a very special but emotional day.
Took me days upon arriving home for digesting it all.
Never could be in The Netherlands for my Parents' cremation service but this kind of rounded it off for me.
And we did go for seeing Dad one final time; proved to be very well chosen as Dad died only two weeks after our departure back to the USA.
We both said our farewell and did a LOT of talking; felt good.
For Mom it was different, I saw her last about one year before and I knew then, that I never would see her again...
Souls never die and one day we will meet again!

To be continued...

Related link:
Dad is One Year in Heaven Now | previous post by me with link to video about De Gortmeule
{Our Dining Room} | previous post by me with mention of oak 't Struukske
In Limburg with Friends | previous post by me

20 comments:

  1. Enjoyed catching up on your visit home. Sounds like a wonderful visit with your old friend, and a somber and moving visit to the beautiful area your parents chose to be their final resting place. Handsome brother…Janey

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    1. Dearest Janey,
      Indeed, being together with my long–time friend was bliss and this visit to Mom and Dad's final resting place was indeed moving. But like in nature, after each winter there is a new spring, it was a symbolic transition to heaven.
      Yes, Piet is a handsome biologist.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Bellissime foto,buona settimana.Olga

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    1. Cara Olga,
      È difficile catturare l'essenza dell'ultimo luogo di riposo di mamma e papà...
      Abbracci,
      Mariette

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  3. What a wonderful and emotional visit. You are a good daughter and your parents are proud of you. I am praying for you all.

    God bless.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Yes, it was both, like you write here.
      Always tried to live out the life I got raised by my Parents.
      Religion always has been the foundation and may God help all of my siblings.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Se incorpora a la Naturaleza y su espíritu ha volado, hasta el mismo cielo.
    Besos.

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Sí, el lugar donde mamá y papá se conocieron por primera vez y donde sus cenizas fueron devueltas a la naturaleza...
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  5. Mariette, the spot where your parents' ashes are is incredibly beautiful and peaceful. I'm glad you were able to find closure re: their cremation service. Hugs.

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    1. Dearest Kim,
      Yes, this was a meaningful closure and I'm at peace with the closure of this chapter.
      Nature was so beautiful and one could stay there the entire day...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Hi Mariette! Beautiful and touching post.

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Thank you and yes, it was a very touching day...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Beautiful post my friend. Regine
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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    1. Dearest Regine,
      Thank you, at least it helped me to digest it all...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Emotional but in mostly a good way I hope

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Yes, it was but still it tugs your heart being there finally in person and with your brother together; only for so many hours before you part forever.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. I am so glad you found peace and closure, Mariette.
    It's beautiful where your parents' resting place is.

    ((hugs and blessings))

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    1. Dearest Veronica,
      Thank you and I really did; it is good this way.
      Indeed, one of the most beautiful areas near my birth area.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. It's always good to get back to the important places.
    xoxo
    Coisas de Feltro

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    1. Dearest Christina,
      Yes, it is for having peace of mind and out of respect to our dear Parents.
      This is where their love started and they ended up there together once more.
      Souls never die and we will meet one day.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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Mariette...

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