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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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Monday, May 30, 2016

{Gladiolus from our Garden for Memorial Weekend 2016}

A very meaningful weekend we have here in the U.S.A.
Memorial weekend with Memorial Day being Monday, May 30.
It is good for pausing a moment and honoring all those that gave all for the freedom of others!
Just had to take this photo outdoors for lack of light.
May your Memorial Weekend 2016 be a meaningful one!

Thanks for visiting.


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Saturday, May 28, 2016

{Rockefeller Center New York City}

On August 28 of 2015, when we did tour NYC by bus, of course one of the stops was at the Rockefeller Center.
Atlas is a huge bronze statue in front of Rockefeller Center
It is just across from St. Patrick's Cathedral.
The sculpture depicts the ancient Greek Titan Atlas, holding the heavens.
Rockefeller Center is a HUGE complex, spanning 22 acres or 8 hectare
Using the New York Public Library Digital Collection (see link below post) we can see the Streetview, Then and Now in 1911 and in 2015.
The Rockefeller Center is build in 1939
Beautiful Channel Gardens
I bet, the view from the Rock is breathtaking!
One only needs more time...
Happy sight to see all those flags waving!

Have you been to the Rockefeller Center?

Thanks for your visit!


Street View, Then & Now: New York City's Fifth Avenue just click the hyperlink.
Rockefeller Center | FB Page for lots of photos



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Thursday, May 26, 2016

{Our Gardenias are Blooming}

On Sunday we had again a full bowl of fresh gardenias from our garden.
Even though they do show some bruise marks from the extremely heavy rain we had for a couple of days.
This Wedgwood Cream Color on Cream Color Centerpiece is perfect for displaying them...
Here you can see the Wedgwood Centerpiece with its foot.

Are you also enjoying any Gardenias from your garden?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

{New York City Police Department on Harley-Davidson}

On August 29, 2015 we walked to the +Grand Hyatt New York for a coffee/tea break at their Starbuck's restaurant in the main lobby.

Just in front of the hotel we spotted these two NYC policemen on their Harley-Davidson.
You can read the sign with Grand Hyatt above the white van...

Grand Hyatt is also next to the Grand Central Terminal, so that would be a great location to stay!
We were at the +Hyatt Place New York/Midtown-South which was not that far away either.

Thanks for your visit!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

{Phallus Impudicus or Stinkhorn}

On December 18, right at our front door entrance Pieter did show me this perfect Phallus impudicus or Stinkhorn.
This perfect Phallus impudicus was discovered just in time!
There are other mushrooms growing nearby.
This photo shows how it looks after Pieter dug it up
It sure does resemble a Phallus...
And in reply to some questions: YES it stinks and has a very foul odor.
On this video you can see how some of these many Phallus species mature, bursting open and releasing their foul odor to attract flies, that will carry their sticky spores...
Dictyophora duplicata and Phallus ravenelii, stinkhorn mushrooms just click the link.
The beginning of this Phallus mushroom, a kind of egg form, is considered a delicacy however!
You can see that here in this video: The Common Stinkhorn, Phallus impudicus click
it...
Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus) for more info click on this link.
Yep, just next to the walkway leading up the steps to our front door!
Mushrooms will keep following us for the rest of our lives...

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Friday, May 20, 2016

{Zuccotti Park with 4 World Trade Center NYC}

On August 28 of 2015, we also did visit in New York City, the Zuccotti Park with 4 World Trade Center

The famous Joie de Vivre sculpture in red painted steel by Mark di Suvero is seen in the front.
To the right you see the One Liberty Plaza, formerly the U.S. Steel Building.
And in the center you see the tall, new 4 World Trade Center just click on link for more info.
Interesting to watch the short 2 minute Official 11 Year Time-Lapse Movie of One World Trade Center by clicking this pink hyperlink.

This was such an impressive area!
Contrary to the belief of many Europeans, those are not 'flats' (Dutch for high rise) for living but purely office buildings!

Thanks for your visit


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

{Castanopsis Cuspidata (Japanese Chinquapin) Japanese Shii}

Around mid-April our very special tree, the evergreen Castanopsis cuspidata (Japanese Chinquapin) Japanese shii, started blooming.
You can click the pink hyperlink for information...
This photo is actually from April 26, where it is already in full bloom!
As for its name Japanese Shii, it is related to the famous Shii-take mushrooms
'Shii' is the name of the tree that usually hosts the mushroom. The tree belongs to the Birch family. 'Take' means the mushroom fruit...
Screenshot is taken from: Medical Mushrooms.net just click it.
The above information you can find: Castanopsis cuspidata (Japanese Chinquapin; Japanese shii by clicking on the hyperlink.
There is very limited information about this very special tree.
You can find more here: Castanopsis cuspidata
These are the flowers (catkins?) about mid April as they start opening up.
The tree seems to be related to beech and oak!
Looking somewhat hairy but very special!
This is on April 26, the Japanese Chinquapin is partly seen to the right of the tall 'Magnolia Namnetensis Flore Pleno', so you have an idea where it is.
Now I'm stepping back, across the road for an overview. 
Our Golden Live Oak 'Quercus Virginiana Grand View Gold is partly seen next to the big Magnolia.
Walking back to the Japanese Chinquapin...
Again, these photos are from April 26 and the flowers start already looking dark.
Except for areas with less direct sunlight.
It is a very unusual and exotic looking tree!
Have you ever seen, or heard of this Castanopsis cuspidata, Japanese Chinquapin or Japanese shii?

Hope you enjoyed this introduction!

Thank you for your visit and time.

Related link:
{RARE Icicles in Our Garden} | showing you this Japanese Chinquapin with icicles on!
Castanopsis cuspidata (Thunb.) Schottky | Common names: Japanese tanbark oak; ita-shii (Japanese) and its Pharmaceutical interest

Monday, May 16, 2016

{How Georgia Peanuts get Harvested}

The way we both bike, in the quiet and rural area, it is also quite interesting to observe the different crops growing along the road.
Now the cotton is being seeded and before that, there were Peanuts growing.
From their harvest on October 22, husband Pieter took some photos with his iPhone 4S, which I love to share with my readers.
You can click the pink hyperlink for more info...
The entire world knows peanuts; right?
This is the actual plant and the peanuts grow underground, hence the word groundnut being used in several countries.
But HOW they get harvested is another story...
Here in Georgia, the biggest peanut producing state in the USA, we produce some 2.4 billion pounds annually! 
That's a LOT of peanuts, and lots of that is for export of course.
Here they are harvesting the peanuts.
It is not actually a true nut but a member of the legume family!
That is LOTS of peanuts!
The farmer is leveling out the top...
Of course there is lots of spill on the corners where they turn the machine.
Wildlife will be feasting on them!
A close up...
 Have you ever seen peanut plants on the field or peanuts being harvested?

It is always interesting to be outdoors; so much to see and to learn from.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

{Saint Patrick's Cathedral NYC}

When in New York City, you have to bend backwards quite a lot for capturing all the tall buildings. Such was the case for this magnificent Saint Patrick's Cathedral. For United States standards, this is quite an old, historic building. The cornerstone of St. Patrick’s Cathedral was laid in 1858 and her doors swept open in 1879. If you click on the above hyperlink, you can read more about its history.
We were so very lucky on August 28 of 2015 with the weather we had!
Sure, we would love to go back to this marvelous city on an equally beautiful day.

Have you visited New York City?

Thanks for your visits.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

{Trump Tower 5th Ave NYC}

Back to our trip to New York City on August 28, 2015...
So many things have happened in-between that I never had time to work these photos in.
BUT, with the world-wide media coverage about Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump, guess it is about time that I show them!
I've taken this photo of the TRUMP TOWER, with my iPhone 6 Plus, from the bus... 
Wish they would have given us time to get inside!
We'll have to go back again and explore this fascinating city a bit more in depth.
Provided, Pieter's knee will get somewhat better so he can endure the walking.
This all-glass structure got completed in 1983, the year that we came to the USA. 
Inside there are luxury condominiums, offices, stores and restaurants and yes, having a cappuccino there for a break would have been great!
You can also find Trump Tower New York on Face Book, just click the pink hyperlink.

Has any of you had the privilege of dining or having a cup of coffee/tea inside one of the Trump Tower restaurants?

Related links:

Donald Trump Shows Kindness To A Little Girl With BoneDisease | the side of this kind man that the media does not show...
Watch at min. 2:05 where Oprah said: This sounds like political, Presidential talk to me...

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