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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 Commercial 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, October 31, 2023


 It is indeed a special subject Mushroom Cultivation or Mushroom Growing with its very own PROFOUND MUSHROOM GROWING TERMINOLOGY!
Since over the years numerous so–called consultants and other mushroom gurus have surfaced, it is interesting to see their use of the English language.
Showing you some BLOOPERS:
Guess this one got created by someonw with cramped fingers while typing...
fung ic lim ate soultions including
Was it that hard to type including fungi climatic solutions?
Yep, if you don't date nor label your photos—those image numbers DO SHOW...
At the beginning of flash one...
A flash light might have been used when creating this photo but correctly we say:
First Break.
Flushing is done for the transition from vegetative to generative development.
See link below post for indepth information and explanation.

Just like the use of blow–down instead of cool–down or flushing.
Pinheading should be pinning
Spraying should be watering as spraying indicates the use of pesticides.

supplement, to boost, (impregnated compost)
synthetics, synthetic compost, artificial manure
Guess with impregnated compost they just mean at the moment of spawning or after that — full–grown compost...
synthetics is used for fibers but not in here
artificial manure? Really?!
Synthetic compost means compost made without horse manure but other natural ingredients.

Head fillers kept rolling off the production lines... 
Mushroom Business is an interesting magazine!
Check out our new head filling machine
All they in fact try to convey is — the head end filling machine!

Interested in mushroom and plactic eating fungus
Interested in mushroom and plastic eating fungus
Do microorganisms really EAT?

Director Fresh food group/Bio Europe
Handel in Biologische en conveniolnele paddestoelen
Handel in Biologische en conventionele paddestoelen or Trade in Organic and Conventional Mushrooms

Trouble shouting and maintenance on Poultry, Pigs controllers, (national)
Guess he meant trouble shooting?! 

Well, if all else fails you can always get this growing assistant based on artificial intelligence.

The problem often is that it is mainly based on 'borrowed' intelligence... and mostly from just scraped content.

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Sunday, October 15, 2023

Niagara Falls with Sister Diny

 Since my sister Diny would be staying with us for a full month, together with her significant other, we had planned a trip to the Niagara Falls in Canada.
What a sight from our room 2329 at the Marriott
Niagara Falls with Rainbow... on September 20, 2007
A different view and as you can see, we were very lucky with the weather!
Yes, via Internet I'd managed to get us a room with the Niagara Falls view on their TOP floor 23!
Lunch at the restaurant of Marriott
overlooking the Falls
Joop, me and sister Diny
Wearing my favorite silk jacket from Escada...
Feeling happy for having reached our destination...
What a perfect day!
Diny with Pieter
It was quite a trip for both of us!
From Dublin, Georgia via Augusta, Charlotte North Caroline where we ate lunch at a Bob Evans, Dobson North Caroline to gas up, via the Blue Ridge Parkway at Fancy Gap North Carolina. We went to Hyatt Place in Roanoke Virginia  for our first night.
Next day, Pieter drives first and then we let Diny drive into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—a historic moment for Joop. By 18:00 we leave the museum and shops at Gettysburg after an ice cream and beer for Joop at a terrace. A long ride of 310 km for me in heavy traffic to Morristown in New Jersey where we spent the night at the Hyatt Summerfield Suites. 
Next day we went to the Woodbury Commons Premium Outlet.
Then Pieter drives the first stretch towards the Niagara Falls and at Whitney Point, New York he gassed up and I do the rest.
Next day we stayed at the Hyatt Summerfield Suites in East Norristown, Pennsylvania for two nights.
We did go to the Campbell's Headquarters in New Jersey and stocked up on our favorite Godiva dark chocolate with raspberries. 
Over the Ben Franklin Bridge, I drove them to Shillington, Pennsylvania where we used to live and we visited antique stores in Adamstown.
Next day we went to Hyatt Summerfield Suites in Charlotte, North Carolina after a stop at Replacements Ltd. 
Home next day... For our Infiniti FX35 we accumulated 4,896 km with 520 liters gas at $ 416
From my hometown of Horst, The Netherlands that would be the equivalent of traveling to Kiev in the Ukraine.
Or from Horst, Netherlands all the way south to Madrid in Spain.
We sure did go the extra mile!
But we found this in our guest book for an entire month of hosting them...
While visiting my Uncle Louis in Broken Hill, NSW/Australia he discussed the vastness of their country and ours.
He too had to pick up relatives from the airport—the big one long distance, not their local airport where I flew in from Melbourne on a weekend while working there.
My aunt Nelly with her husband came to Australia for two months and Uncle Louis toured 6,000 km with them...
That sure did top off our mileage but he wanted to share that, as there is so much difference between these continents.

Related links:
6th NAMC and Niagara Falls | previous post by me

Thursday, October 5, 2023

6th NAMC and Niagara Falls

 For the 6th North American Mushroom Conference we both traveled on July 15 of 1986 to Pennstate, Pennsylvania where we had the reception at Elks Country Club.
Always great to see many international mushroom friends.
We had lectures at Penn State next two days.
On July 17 we got up at 6:15 AM and after breakfast Pieter's colleague dropped us off at the 1st charterbus stop and we rode by bus towards the Niagara Falls 
Baljit Nanda, Pieter and myself
After lunch near Buffalo, New York, chatting with mushroom friends.
Klaus Grabbe from Germany, me and Pieter
We laughed about the size of that sundae!
We arrived by bus around 17:15 and did walk around
View from our room...
Beautiful gardens below...
Quite a view...
It was already getting dark...
But nevertheless an awesome experience for being there!
Quite a sight
Different angle
Pieter with his Pennstate Unitversity sweater
Sure the climate is perfect for a lush garden!
We enjoyed a nice dinner with view of the Niagara Falls.
Several people from my home town of Horst, The Netherlands were attending the Conference as well.
By 22:00 we went to our room.
Pieter is center photo in plaid shirt and I'm opposite him.
 Next day we left by 10:00 for Vineland Research & Innovation Centre where we got to see their horticulture and fruitgrowing under glass such as kiwis and peaches after wine and beer in their garden with a good barbecue.
Lots of wedding couples came to take pictures in their beautiful garden. Situated 100 m from Lake Ontaria, a peninsula with mild climate.
From there we went by bus to Toronto to our Hilton Harbor Castle and after unpacking we walked into the city.
On Sunday July 20, we got up at 10:00 and went on foot to St. Michaels Cathedral for the 12:00 Mass.
St. Michael's R.C. Cathedral opened in 1848
No iPhone back than with GPS info...
We further enjoyed the Conference where Pieter was speaker and panelist.
Had hoped to receive his lecture from Geoff Price but nope...
Did partially post about it: {Toronto Canada Then and Now} ←click link.


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