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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, November 5, 2015

{Retaining Wall got CURVE}

As promised, here the finished look!
The official inauguration of the added CURVE to our Retaining Wall!
Speckie walking to the CURVE and Tiggy-Tiger already sitting on it.
Our cat-girls LOVE the new addition, which Pieter built down in steps.
Can you see the markings where the huge Indian Hawthorn and the 25 year old Rosemary have been growing? They covered quite a section of our driveway!
Now it's free again and we both love the new look.
At the end, Pieter placed four solar powered LED lights.
We had some rainy days in-between and the wall might need another coating of Benjamin Moore Golden Mist but for the time being we're fine with it!
Tiggy Tiger showing you the entire wall, while Spicy, just disappears over the wall...
We love the huge Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno' being solitair now.
Tiggy-Tiger and her brother Spooky...
Do you like this new addition, done by a lay-person who is not a mason?

Related links:
{Extending Retainer Wall & Lawn} | previous post by me
{Digging up Huge Indian Hawthorn and More...} | previous post by me

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

{Extending Retainer Wall & Lawn}

In my previous post I already gave you an indication about the changes that husband Pieter was going to make.
At the end of that post, where Pieter dug up the Huge Indian Hawthorn and More, I promised to show you how it looks now.
First of all, here you see a clear view of the Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno' being freed up!
On October 7, at 7:00 AM a truck delivered the concrete blocks that Pieter would need for extending the retainer wall.
Here you see very clearly the dirty part on the driveway, to the right of husband Pieter, where the Indian Hawthorn and the old Rosemary had been.
We regained quite a bit from our driveway; about one meter or over one yard!
Pieter also had dug up all the rattlesnake weeds and planned on extending the lawn.
So a big truck did deliver 2 mᵌ of topsoil on October 16.
That huge truck had problems backing up on the driveway but never mind, Pieter managed to scoop up all the topsoil.
This is where it got filled in... Behind the retainer wall, for extending the lawn.
Almost done and next grass seed was sown.
October 31, already grass has grown here! Some bare spots where we removed the big Black Gum tree on November 5, 2014.
It takes years for patching up such spots but with patience that will happen!
Do you like this extension of our lawn?
Next I will show you the finished retainer wall extension.

Related link:
{Digging up Huge Indian Hawthorn and More...} | previous post by me
{Black Gum Nyssa Sylvatica Cut Down} | previous post by me

Sunday, November 1, 2015

{SWEET Gifts from Celia at High Heeled Life}

SWEET Gifts from dear Celia M. High Heeled Life & Resilientista, a Blogger Friend I very much admire!
We did have brunch with her and with Susan from Ava Grace's Closet, while visiting Toronto, Canada in June.
Look what sweet Celia sent us home with:
Pure Maple Syrup; Orangic Wildflower Honey from her lovely state of Ontario, Canada.
Also 8 Syrup Wafers... So sorry that my husband Pieter had eaten some of them before I even could take this photo!
We ALWAYS do use Pure Maple Syrup with our waffles and/or pancakes.
That's what I did again today, see photos below...
The remainder of those 8 delicious Syrup Wafers.
YES, I got to taste one; when it comes to sweets, husband Pieter will win!
Such delicious Pure Organic Ontario Wildflower honey!
Guess when my husband will ever reincarnate, he will be a 'Honey Bear'
Yes, I baked plenty of Multigrain Waffles, using the Multigrain Mix for Pancakes from Trader Joe's  
We got fresh raspberries and blue berries from Costco in Jacksonville, FL.
Yummy looking out on our balcony in the sunshine!
Generously drizzled with delicious Maple Syrup...
Still lots of Waffle Hearts left over for indulging many more times in Celia's Pure Maple Syrup and fond memories!
Freezing them and reheating in the Toaster...

THANK you ever so much SWEET Celia for so many SWEET Gifts that keep on giving!!!
Please do visit this very special lady as only yesterday she went through the very tragic anniversary of her accident in 2006.

Related links:
{Brunch in Toronto with Blogger Friends I Admire} | previous post by me
Meet Celia M. | How High Heeled Life came to be: About Sunday, October 29 in 2006...
Managing Change with Celia M. | YouTube video Excerpt from Celia M. Speaking at BIST (Brain Injury Society of Toronto) - Oct. 28, 2013   

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