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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 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

ESCADA Ivory LEATHER Lace Tiered Skirt

 Just want to share this very unique skirt that I've scored.
YES, lace that is beautifully cut out in leather...
Pieter took this photo of me on Sunday, November 6.
Side view of skirt and also showing my TWENTY Montréal made in Canada cropped sweater in cotton–modal (a variant to viscose a.k.a. rayon). 
Do you see the invisible set in zipper?
Detail of the LEATHER Lace Tiers...
As I lift up one LEATHER Lace Tier, you can see how they are individually sewn onto the fabric below.
With my size 4 (European 34) I often can snatch up real bargains!
Yes, this skirt is a full THREE layers as it is also completely lined with the Escada logo lining.
Lamb napa—buttery soft.
Lamb napa size 4 or European size 34 and original boutique price was US $ 2,800 then got priced down to $ 1,679.99 and my price was $ 274.99.
For the more than 10 years since I purchased this—it is a great score.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Turkey Tail

 On November 19, I've captured these photos of the Turkey Tail growing on decomposing wood in our garden.

Lovely Turkey Tail growing on this piece of wood.
Over the past couple of years we have had to cut down quite some trees and this is how toadstools naturally decompose the wood.
A better closeup picture...
Read more info in my previous post shown below.

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Long Lost Friend Rita FOUND!

Yay—we found RITA after 30 years!
In this regard, social media can be a great help for finding long lost friends.
Just like with our previous lost person from our Life in Italy...
Read below post.
Rita Ruzwan...
It was her husband who first found my post on FB Page and he reacted.
What a joy to find such a comment...!
Rita sure has not aged since we met in 1991.


Indeed, FRIENDS are ANGELS of LOVE!


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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Our Autumn Garden Blooms & HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 The 2022 Autumn has been very brief...
On October 9, our Hydrangea paniculata, Limelight still blooming like it would not end!
More in detail with perfect sunlight.
This was already blooming on September 8—the longest lasting blooms we've ever seen!
Check post below about 'Our Garden Blooms in Summer
On October 21, Pieter did bring in a giant red Hibiscus bloom.
Placed it in our Repoussé Silver Rose vase...
Showing here its proportion a little better...
On October 30 when we left for North Carolina and Tennessee it was very dark and drizzling so I could not capture our Sugar Maple.
Photo got taken on November 4, day after our return and as you see—most leaves are already down and not even turned completely golden yet.
Pieter's open hand gives you a good idea about the size of yet another red Hibiscus bloom on November 7.
Love this red Hibiscus with its very special center.
A detail of its fabulous center—too bad our hummingbirds are already gone to the Caribbean.
Not the best photo taken on November 13—that late into the season.
But what I wanted to show here is that these petunias, the Blanket® Double Chardonnay in our Fiberglass Window Boxes remained like miniature plants...
Very disappointing!
GrowJoy claims that one plant grows to mature size of 10–inches tall x 24–inches wide or 
25 cm x 60 cm.
Our plants sure did NOT do that, they remained very miniature as you can see by my hand as comparison.
In post below you can see them also
On November 19, our Hydrangea paniculata Limelight had turned pinkish from some near frost nights...
There were more buds but they did not turn out the way the first two did!
On our patio the summer blooming azalea still performs well as a pot plant!
Another great performer on the patio as a pot plant is the Rosemary—they bloom year round!
On Sunday, November 20 I captured our regal Camellia Japonica Debutante.
You can clearly see the now raised wooden walkway that Pieter finished in June while I was in Europe solo...
Holding one regal Camellia Japonica Debutante in my hand...
Mariette's Back to Basics wishes you and your loved ones a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING
And all those that reside outside of the USA, THANKS for your VISITS over the years!
Black Friday is always on with FREE SHIPPING at Spectrenoir on line ←click link.

Related link:
Our Garden Blooms in Summer | previous post by me
{Camellia Debutante & Chocolate} | previous post by me
{Let It Be A Happy New Year} | previous post by me
{Our Camellia Japonica Debutante} | previous post by me
Espresso with French Macarons | previous post by me

Monday, November 21, 2022

Tiggy Tiger girl on her Leopard Blanket and Outdoor Cat Friend

Our tiny Tiggy Tiger girl loves to lounge inside, now the sun is less warm.
She really is our Mini Tiger as you can tell by my fingers...
Tiggy Tiger always has a smile on her face...
A cute, almost pocket size kitty...
Her whiskers visible here on October 13.
On October 15... Friend Cat (as we call him) sat next to our oak stump—waiting for Tiggy Tiger to come and see him.
But Tiggy Tiger preferred her Leopard Blanket...
This poor kitty obviously is not enjoying the indoor lifestyle with his human parents, as ours do.
Makes me always sad to see their faces!
Had to take these photos through the window as he runs off the minute I open our veranda door—such a skittish kitty.
Tried often to feed him treats—no luck.
He probably never had one and doesn't know about them...

Do you think that our kitties 'talk about' how they live with their human parents?!

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

How to Force Feed to AUTOMATICALLY Load on Blog List

 For quite a while I've seen several blogs that remained just at the VERY bottom of My Blog List, seen on the right sideline of my blog.
What is a blog feed?
It is a blog feed format that shows us the latest updates from blogs we follow on our side line.
Such links are also great for promoting your own web presence!
BUT—how to get them to work so they DO UPDATE!
At the way bottom of My Blog List there remained several blogs that NEVER DID UPDATE TO THEIR NEWEST POST...
Their Blog Feed remained STAGNANT
Above is an example of how an updated blog feed looks like!
Make sure that you marked to have them sorted by the Most recently updated.
With the Icon—Title—Thumbnail (Blogger at present is not allowing it to show up at ANY BLOG... 😡—Date of last update!
First—you open the stagnant blog feed in order to have their home blog link at hand!
You need to do that because next we go in to Configure Blog List and Delete the stagnant blog feed.
Click on SAVE!
Scroll all the way to the very bottom of your Configure Blog List and click on ADD A NEW ITEM
You now add the removed blog but this time we do it correctly!
By clicking on CONTINUE
DON'T ADD Blog name!!!
After we click on CONTINUE we read:
Feed URL found
We mark Use feed URL and its title and click OK
I've figured out that you cannot click SAVE without first highlighting the Blog URL
Only then the SAVE button becomes clickable.
DONE!
Those that don't yet have a Blog List added, go to Layout
Once inside Layout click on Add a Gadget and select Blog List... 😏

Hoping this will help some of you for updating Blog List on the side bar.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Our Stay at Hyatt Place Downtown Knoxville and Meeting Blogger Friend

 After having that marvelous view of Chimney Tops in Tennessee we ended our day at the Hyatt Place Knoxville, Downtown.
We had booked us 3 free nights for points.
So that felt great!
No rush, just relaxing after that full day of driving 6.5 hours with lots of traffic lights on Highway 441 North.
I also made up my mind for NOT going back that same route of 493 km or 306 miles.
The final stretch was fine, on the Interstate and that went a lot faster!
Hyatt Place Knoxville, Downtown as we saw it when coming back from our walk to Market Square.
That was just across from the hotel and a nice stroll.
Here we just left to walk to the Market Square, only one street further—in front of our hotel.
We both were admiring the beautiful autumn colors!
Immediately I spotted this giant Schnauzer—identical to Jaeger, the dog from dear friends.
Later Mary Louise said it was HIM—even to the detail of his right floppy ear!
Pieter took another picture the next day where you also see the information about the artist.
Created by TRAVIS EMMEN in STEEL WIRE and for $ 36,500
A true metalwork artist and you can find this piece in his portfolio: travisemmen
Pieter near such a golden tree with already a carpet down on the ground.
Still at Market Square.
Now looking from across the road onto Historic Market Square.
We both enjoyed an early supper at the friendly Tupelo Honey at 1 Market Sq and selected their excellent 
Chicken Tortilla Soup
shredded chicken, black beans, jalapeños, shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro and lime topped with tortilla strips.
That looked for both of us the healthiest in regard to our diet restrictions.
Pieter took this photo near the elevators at the Hyatt Place.
After he'd walked across to the Market Square for taking some more pictures...
With one day in–between without any driving, we now were ready to visit sweet blogger friend Carole from the blog Ramblingon ←click it. Just as we did on April 3, 2019 (see 2nd link below this post.
Also Katie Isabella ←click it.
Sweet Katie Isabella is seen in above photo in front of Pieter's feet and stretching out to my shoes.
Katie actually wrote about it: WHAT a JOY! ←click it.
It was almost seven weeks, since Carole lost her eldest son to a long and brave battle with cancer...
Just like in 2019, when we continued on to Ohio near Lake Erie for visiting another blog related friend Patricia and husband Roland, who'd lost their eldest daughter due to surgery complications.
You can read that in the link below, about walking through Knoxville. Needed a short break in–between the long journey of 3,198 km or 1,987 miles then.
Also this time it felt good to visit and I've gifted Carole one of my hand crocheted handkerchiefs for wiping away any tears.
It was a meaningful trip all together with fond memories!
Next day around 8:15 I drove back with my Pieter and we made a break in Atlanta for our usual shopping rounds at Costco, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Market.
Home by 16:15 and meeting with our happy kitties that had been cared for by our cat–sitter.
Then off to choir practice—singing.


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