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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Check out my google.com/+MarietteVandenMunckhofVedder ABOUT page, where you see my other LINKS and email address; you just scroll down.Thanks!
Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others... 

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

{Breakfast in the Sunshine}

The TRUTH is that we have bought our lot, while driving around and looking for a spot where we would have SUNSHINE at breakfast time!
Yes, that is a true story and let me show you how it worked out...
And yes, Deborah, we have breakfast while viewing our hummingbirds that come right to the window on the right, you see the red cap of the feeder.
Breakfast in our Kitchen Bay Window area with SUNSHINE!
Most of the time...
Add some fresh flowers and the use of the handmade silver container from Indonesia for our margarine and you feel instantly happy!
We use Vegan Cheese as I am not allowed to eat too much protein, due to my CKD stage 3.
Yep, that's my healthy breakfast with supplements...
One demitasse with coffee and cocoa added and coconut oil.
One cup of soy milk from Trader Joe's as it is with the least amount of sugar.
Dutch BOLLETJE RYE BREAD (ROGGEBROOD) from Vander Veen's in Wyoming, Michigan. 
Are you having breakfast in a sunny spot at your home?

Thanks for your visit!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

{Pattern of Our Hand Crocheted Kitchen Curtain with Roses}

In a previous post {More of Our Kitchen} I also did show you our Hand Crocheted Kitchen Curtain with Roses. So here I want to share the Pattern.
You can click the hyperlink above...
This is the curtain...
From the Special Burda M 2018 D 32/88 (1988)
At the time that I did crochet this curtain, we were living and working in Indonesia...
Hind sight, I do regret that I did not crochet the double edging and making it a bit longer!
You start off with 30 (40) squares 91 (121) chain stitches + 3 for the first double crochet.
This is it, rather simple for following this. 
One x is 4 double crochet each and the open squares are each with 1 double crochet and 2 chain stitches.

Hope somebody will be able to make use out of this.
I myself might have to crochet it again and also use the double edging!

Thanks for your visit.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

{Dahlia with Hibiscus and Clerodendrum Ugandese}

We all LOVE to have some fresh cut flowers from our own garden...
Even if it means only a few of them!
On our kitchen table... on June 12.
To the left you see a beautiful Dahlia, to the right a Hibiscus syriacus 'Blushing Bride' that came straight from Our Life in Italy!
In the center, top and bottom is our special Clerodendrum Ugandese or Blue Butterfly Bush.
Husband Pieter also captured them with his camera...
Yes, that Hibiscus syriacus 'Blushing Bride' has a very special story which you can read from link below blog, about our life in Italy.
We are thrilled that we still have it after all those years!
And again and you can see the sunshine that twinkles in the tiny vase.
The Clerodendrum Ugandese came from +Logee's Greenhouses in Connecticut
The Clerodendrum Ugandese or Blue Butterfly Bush flower a bit more in detail...

Together they just made a beautiful and very sweet vase!

Do you love to bring in some home grown flowers?

Our climate is very harsh so we never yield a lot...

Thanks for your visit!

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

{Pot Plants onto Patio with John Deere Helper}

On March 20, this is how all our Pot Plants got placed back on the Patio, with the John Deere Helper...
It is quite heavy for transporting those Pot Plants otherwise!
Pieter does have a knee problem, worn out cartilage, and this little 4-wheel Utility Cart  behind the John Deere is a great helper!
Unloading the Utility Cart...
Now delivering to the front patio...
How pleasant the spring period is!
Longing for cooler days now...

Thank you for your visit and wishing you a peaceful weekend!

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Friday, July 22, 2016

{Our 2016 Rio Negro Lily}

On July 10, we again had a perfect Rio Negro Lily.
Full of Perfume...
Such an intense color too!
Love its stamens...
Yes, it sits next to my cup of green tea...

One of Summer's Joys!

Thank you for your visit.

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{Rio Negro Lily} | previous post by me

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

{Fresh Green Bean Salad}

Guess we all like a lighter meal during hot summer days...
This is one of our 'healthy' favorites!
Found it at the Diabetic Living Online.
Fresh Green Bean Salad←click hyperlink.
We always buy our Red Bell Peppers at +Costco Wholesale as they are so crisp and fresh and the best value.
Very simple and yet refreshing and HEALTHY!

Hope you will enjoy making this as much as we do.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

{Cooler Weather Time for Wearing my Escada Plaid Suit}

Such a tragic week... It kind of throws you off!
Our thoughts are with the French families that lost their loved ones to yet another ISIS attack.
And still 202 injured are fighting for their lives...
May God bless them and give them the strength needed.

So why not go a bit back in time, to February 20, when the weather was still pleasant here in Georgia.
It feels great when it is not that hot and humid...
We can only dream about that time right now!
Due to my series about husband Pieter's trip to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, I did not get to post a lot of things.
Another great Escada Outlet find.
Complete with Escada handbag and pumps.
Wolford pantyhose.
Skirt I bought when we were with Pieter's late brother Toon...
Happy times together in October of 2000!
Pieter in his Joseph Abboud suit and silk tie with Zegna shirt, a score from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in New York.
Of course, our felines are always in the picture!
Sitting next to Pieter is Spooky boy (9) and next to him is our senior boy Barty (12).
We do hope that we will be able to enjoy them for many more years!
Spooky acts more like a doggy... always at our side, like a magnet.

Wishing you a lovely weekend, wherever you are.
Lots of people will be on vacation right now.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

{Foster Daughter Anita on the Other Side of the World}

It has been FIFTEEN years now, since we last went to Indonesia for work... And also it has been SEVEN years, since Anita last did stay with us here in Georgia/USA and traveled with us to The Netherlands and to Germany...
Never easy for staying in touch as they are 12 hours ahead of us.
11 hours in summer time...
When Anita is already starting her day, we are still left in the dark...
Even Europe is still asleep!
To the left of the red word Anita you can see Jakarta, Indonesia's capital and she lives near Semarang
We always did fly in to Jakarta and on to Yogyakarta which is on the south coast of Java.
Semarang is on the north coast, as you can see here above...
That's where we are, in Georgia/USA and we're just tiny people on this big world and far apart but oh so close at heart!
Anita always has been a loyal and loving daughter; touching her Mama's heart when needed most.
When I lost my Mom, she was with me through it all in thoughts and supported me big time.
From my legal 'step-daughter Liz' not a single word...

May God bless Anita, manyfold and I leave all other things into His hands!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

{Our Fragrant Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno' Flowers}

As promised in my previous post, here are the flowers of our very special Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno', that are also Fragrant!
Flowers are HUGE!
Here is a Bud developing...
You can see our home in the back, through the branches.
They still are blooming right now!
I literally did walk all around our huge tree as flowers are everywhere.
Not always at a level where you can easily reach them with your camera...
Below this post I added the link: {Our Bee Happy Magnolia Restaurant} - that still proves valid.
Snacking on the pollen!

Hope you enjoyed these photos and thank you for your visit.

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{Our Happy Magnolia Namnetensis and Update} | previous post by me
{Our Fragrant Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno'} | previous post by me
{Retaining Wall got CURVE} | previous post by me
{Our Bee Happy Magnolia Restaurant} | previous post by me

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

{GIFT from High Heeled Life @Resilientista}

FINALLY... I manage to post about the incredible gift from Blogger Friend +Celia M. High Heeled Life @Resilientista
She offered this Luxurious Beauty Bag from Canada's High End Department Store Holt Renfrew...
Bloom into Spring with a Luxurious Beauty Bag Give-away was her post about this International Give-away.
On Friday, June 3, just before we left for Atlanta to attend my Apple One to One session, the mailman delivered it! 
High End Beauty Bag in leather with a scarf attached to it and filled with luxurious gifts at a $ 240 value...
It sure made me blush!
THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH DEAR CELIA M.!
Look at the beautiful gift wrapping...
Makes one's heart beat faster!
Celia M. does believe in Angels, like I do and she used this incredible card...
I was in heaven!
After carefully removing the beautiful gift wrapping I was delighted to also find her NEWLY DESIGNED & PUBLISHED
'The Resilientista Planner'
The Resilientista Planner - Reveal!!! & How to Get a FREE download ←click hyperlink to get your very own.
Make sure you follow High Heeled Life @Resilientista and Celia M. Resilientista
click both of the above hyperlinks
This is a half year planner for 2016...
Now, let's have a peak inside this Beauty Bag...
WOW, need to start that soon when my nose has stopped peeling off skin from my bad cold this past week!
Feeling so very pampered...
What a lovely Masque Collection!
Here I have to admit that all my life I've never indulged in anything like this...
Living a very frugal life, making do with our budget did not allow for it.
Looking at so much luxury for my skin did create butterflies in my belly...
Pictures made on top of the bed at the +Hyatt House Miami Airport where we had 3 free nights for points...
This is: 
Molton Brown
Delicious
Rhubarb & Rose
Bath & Shower Gel
Made in England
Turmeric & Cranberry Seed
Energizing Radiance Masque by Kiehl's
Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque by Kiehl's
All this will be heavenly!
Laura Mercier - Foundation Primer * Hydrating
Sisley
HYDRA-GLOBAL
Hydration
Intense
Anti-Age
CHANTECAILLE
Magnolia, Jasmine and Lily Healing Emulsion...
Guerlain
ABEILLE ROYALE
Honey Nectar Lotion
CLINIQUE
Repairer anti-gravity eye cream
DARPHIN
Stimulskin Plus
Anti-Age Global
And to top it off:
Signorina eau de parfum
by Salvatore Ferragamo.

THANKS A MILLION SWEET FRIEND!

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