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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!
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

My South Africa Publication Around Husband Pieter's Lectures at Congress

Yes, at that time in the mid 80s, I was writing features for our local newspaper The Courier Herald for their Thursday's Tempo. So here is my story about our trip to South Africa where husband Pieter did a series of lectures for the South African Mushroom Growers Association. 
Our very 1st trip to South Africa!
Rhenish Mission Church in Stellenbosch, South Africa
The above is the copied color photo that was in the news paper.
The Pdf at that format was only possible in black and white.
Later I will show the REAL photo, in better quality...
International influence is evident in South Africa's beauty just click for seeing the article in Pdf format, which gives you the option to enlarge it for easy reading.
This was published on January 30, 1986...
Believe it or not, only this year I finally managed to scan some of the slides and we actually never had the TIME for sitting down and RELIVE this fabulous trip.
Always on the move, in the air or doing big projects in the home and garden.
For good reason I want to dedicate my time for completing this South Africa series, so my dear husband Pieter can enjoy reading and viewing them!

Those that can read in English, can do so via the above link to Pdf.
For all other languages I have typed again the full text so it can be translated by the tool at the top of my blog.
More photos to come in future posts!

ENJOY!

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International Influence is Evident in South Africa's Beauty
Dubliner Mariet Vedder recalls her recent trip to South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa ― Curious to see this country after all the television news, we finally landed at the international airport― Jan Smuts in Johannesburg. My husband, Pieter, was invited by the South African Mushroom Growers Association to give a series of lectures. It was our very first trip to the African continent. 
At the airport, everything appeared very peaceful ― no armed guards or police like in Amsterdam lately.
The customs agents were very friendly. At all places of public resort, they speak Afrikaans and English. Afrikaans is originally from Dutch, so we can understand and read it easily. Anyone employed by the government must be able to speak these two languages.
Once in the open air of the countryside, the temperature of the late spring season felt pleasant ― in the 80s but with low humidity.  We were heading for Pretoria, one of the capitals and the administrative capital of South Africa as well. The traffic in South Africa drives on the lift side of the road.
In the union buildings on the slopes of Meintjieskop, one of the world's most impressive government administrative centers can be seen.
We were lucky to get there during November and have a chance to see the estimated 50,000 flowering Jacaranda trees, planted in some 500 kilometers of thoroughfares. They flourish and drape the city in a veil of lilac ― a feature that is world-famous. 
Pretoria is the home of South Africa's diplomatic corps, the military and civil service, as well as a center of culture and education. This city also hosts the official residences of the prime minister and state president.
Pretoria is truly a pretty city of shady streets, lush green gardens and parks. Fortunately, after a two-week period of heavy rain, things looked at their best. The past six years did not provide the Johannesburg area with too much rain so this caused a problem, especially because of its height (1,753 meters above sea level). 
During spring and summer, South Africans arrange a lot of barbecues in their gorgeous backyards. They deserve a compliment for their well kept gardens, which are so colorful and clean! Over here all shades of green can be seen but the people are masters in landscaping gardens and adding color to their beautiful homes. 
Constant amazement await the visitor to South Africa. Everything including the food, was beyond all expectations. They barbecued sheep on sunny afternoons. Sheep meat is used a lot over there; maybe it's an old English tradition.
While having a drink and coffee at somebody's house outside next to the pool (they don't have gnats), there is one more eye-catching thing. It is their walled-in garden which gives just the feeling of a heavenly room for all its fragrance and wonderful colors.
You've probably never seen so much privacy and so much delight from a garden. Most of the houses have walled-in gardens.
In the Johannesburg area, shopping is done in Sandton City, which is one out of three large shopping areas. It includes 250 stores, restaurants and banks. It is an unsurpassed center where you can buy all there is from all over the world. And again, everything is so glossy and clean. Maybe this is because of South Africa's English and Dutch ancestors? It is said that the Dutch are proper, orderly and clean. They should be unmatched in their spotless housekeeping. 
With all the negative publicity, the value of the South African Rand has dropped to only one-third of the US dollar since it was ven about 1½ years ago. So for Americans, it's very cheap to go over there at the moment. Especially the food is amazingly cheap!
While traveling and shopping, one gets a nice view of Johannesburg itself, known as "The City of Gold" with its vibrant expanse of more than 500 kilometers and two million residents. Johannesburg's Radio and TV studios are huge and modern. If they have important visitors from abroad, they try to take  them out there for an interview covering other subjects than just 'apartheid'. They feel very isolated and don't have too much contact with Europe or the U.S.
Johannesburg is the biggest city in South Africa and the third biggest on the continent. It was established in 1886 as a mine camp and developed exceedingly fast. Despite the fact that the golden giant grew so fast, despite the fact that it is the financial and commercial center of the country. Johannesburg succeeded in appearing cultivated, well-kept and even elegant.
In-between shopping, sightseeing and dining, there was a congress going on and we did some farm walks, also. At one of the mushroom farms we had a chance to meet Elizabeth, a very bright black supervisor. Discussing many topics and going with her through the finer points of harvesting mushrooms, it gave us an opportunity to get some inside information about the working conditions and feelings from those black workers. It makes one feel happy that you can enrich those isolated people ab little bit. At least that is something in return for all the delights in this country.
During lunch at one of those farms, sitting outside on a bale of straw at a table made out of trays, there was a stray puppy as elan as a rake. Trying to feed it some of the kebob, the dog was at first very greedy. He greeted the second treat by wolfing down the meat and at the same time biting a finger! Just before the trip there was written in The Courier Herald: Biting the hand that feeds you. That saying in English was new to us but now we understand perfectly all its meanings. 
It takes two hours to fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town. It must be said that South Africans have the disposal of an excellent and reliable transportation system in air travel as well as on the road. The extensive and excellent road system in South Africa contains 47,000 asphalted kilometers. The big population centers are all connected with well-regulated and reliable air, bus and railway services. 
Cape Town is South Africa's oldest city and its legislative capital. It is truly the most spectacular area in all the land and the city of Cape Town is the focal point of its many varied persuasions.
Jan van Riebeeck, of the Dutch East India Company, probably couldn't foresee what he had started when he established a permanent settlement in the shadow of that treat "Table Mountain" (so called for the clouds hanging over it like a tablecloth) in 1652. But there is no denying he must have been enchanted by the beauty of the place in all its raw African splendor. Once called the Cape of Storms, and later the Cape of Good Hope, it is indeed a tavern of the seas. 
Van Riebeeck wanted a port where ships could take on fuel, water and provisions en route to and from the Far East. About 35 years later, the Dutch settlers were joined by many of the Huguenots driven out of France in Louis XIV's drive against the Protestants. 
When Napoleon overran the Netherlands around 1800, the Dutch asked the British to keep the Cape out of French hands. Britain sent troops and at the end of the Napoleonic wars, was awarded the colony. This brought many British settlers. It remained part of the British empire until 1910.
Cape Town and its picturesque peninsula are an enmeshment of all the good things in nature. The blue-green waters of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, the mosaic of mountain gorges, the deep shades of vast forests, the long sun-bleached beaches and the scattered rainbow colors of rich foliage. Cosmopolitan society, derivative of Dutch, Malay, British, tribal Africans, Hottentots and French Huguenots. They are rightly proud of their multi-faced heritage and almost form a country within a country. 
From Cape Town another flight from approximately two hours brings you east to Durban. (We have been brought to the airport in a speedy and very powerful Ford Sierra V-8. Have you driven a Ford lately? Yes, we flew one!).
The beautiful city of Durban was founded by the English in 1824. It is South Africa's principal all-year-round holiday resort and this continent's busiest harbor ― a playground in the sun ― by the warm Indian Ocean. Warm enough to swim all year round!
A very important crop for the Durban area is sugar cane.
After leaving Durban for Johannesburg, to stay there one more day and we got to see a lot of this beautiful country which has a population of approximately 28 million. (About 4 million are whites).
The population is black, white, colored and Asian.
The Asian population is the result of the import of Indian workmen which were employed in the 19th century in the sugar-cane fields; much of them are now well-off businessmen.
The colored population is the result of the 17th century when the East India Company started the colony. At about the same time the first slaves were imported from East-Africa, Madagascar and the East Indies.
The children born of European fathers and slave mothers were the ancestors of the present-day Cape colored people. The slaves who came from the East Indies brought their own culture and religion with them, and this explains the oriental nature of the lifestyle and culture of the Malay people of today that is still very prevalent in Cape Town.
Walking in the beautiful botanical garden of Cape Town you might witness a Malay Muslim wedding-couple. Dressed in exotic costumes they pose with their entire family for pictures. That is really different from our traditions. In South Africa there are also a lot of Africa's-Asians.
― Of the black population, 70 percent is under age 15! That will cause a big education problem.
― Another thing we were told of was that 16 percent of the population is paying 84 percent of the taxes (mostly whites).
― Nowadays the mortality rate is much higher.
― Also, they have a big unemployment problem because of less labor-intensive jobs.
Wines: It is surprising to learn about the galaxy of wines: of the approximately 2,000 labels in South Africa, about 1,300 are local. This makes it No. 13 of wine-producing countries. The big vineyards with their Mediterranean climate from Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Tullbagh, all in the area of Cape Town.
The Huguenots brought the vinery to this part with its excellent hills for growing grapes. 
South Africa has almost all sports of the world: horse racing, golf, soccer, marathon, rugby, cricket, surfing, motor sport. The scream of highly-tuned turbo-charged racing machines... the stench of petrol and burning rubber... the searing heat of a South African summer... 100,000 spectators lining the track... helicopters abuzz overhead: this is the scene for the annual Formula Grand Prix at Kyalami circuit midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria.
On behalf of the Dublin Rotary Club we exchanged club banners with the Rotary Club of Kyalami. Being in such a group of people opens another opportunity to learn about the country.
Minerals and natural resources: South Africa is especially known for its gold and diamond mines, but they dig a lot more! For instance: the largest deprivation of the world not only from gold, but also platinum, chromite, manganese, vanadium and fluorspar. Besides, one finds also large precipitations of antimony, asbestos pit-coal, copper, industrial and fancy diamonds, iron, lead, calcium, mica, nickel, phosphates, titanium, uranium, vermiculite, zinc and zircon.
Fish: Of all summer fish, one alone stands out in their history and probably should be considered the "national fish". When the first Dutch settlers discovered it during the 1650s they saw a resemblance to the freshwater pike of Holland and so they gave it the same name  ― snoek. Such a seafood selection, unrealized by most South Africans, should place this country amongst those known for seafood cuisines. But instead their lifestyle tends more toward beef and beer, probably because most people live inland, far from any seafood tradition. 
South Africa exports thousands of tons of crayfish (called "rock lobster" overseas). Top chefs in world famous restaurants of Europe and America praise the outstanding quality. On Dec. 4, Bo Whaley wrote about "Fine Dining at Le Don"... He serves the South African rock lobster tails! So let's go to Milledgeville, GA to get a better taste of South Africa...
The country, the people, the food, the climate, the exotic stone necklaces and beautiful colorful beadwork, the certified contemporary carvings in verdict and ivory and the hand painted ostrich eggs ― all of it is worth seeing! 
Of course it is known that this country has big problems, although you won't see much of it. TV seems to be especially interested in showing the world just the negative things! Talking with a number of people about their problems you will figure out that there is at least no simple solution for it. We have seen the results of people working hard for hundreds of years. 
Although this country does need some important changes, it would be a pity to destroy all the good things in a revolution.
We went home richer than we left it ― new friends in a "warm" country. It took some time to digest it all and finally let us share it with you...

Thank you for your visit!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Brighten Dark Days with Antique Limoges Table Lamps

When it gets colder and darker, we all love to create a cozy ambiance inside our home!
Time for fireplace reading and for having a warm cup of coffee or tea with friends...
Adding some Old World Charm to that with the soft light of an Antique Limoges Table Lamp.
FREE SHIPPING within the US, just click here: Spectrenoir
Antique French Léonard Bernardaud (1856-1923) Limoges Table Lamp
Not even available at 1stdibs
1940s French Limoges Porcelain Rose Decor Table Lamp
French 1930s Theodore Haviland Porcelain Limoges Table Lamp
French Limoges Porcelain Table Lamp in Wild Rose Decor

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Monday, October 23, 2017

ONLY 3 French Antique Christofle Silver Pieces Left...

Guess that before it will be Christmas, there is none left of my almost sold out Antique French Christofle Silver Pieces.
6 Antique 1900 French Christofle Gallia Knife Rests Art Deco in Original Box: click Antique knife rests.
8 Antique Christofle Knife Rests with Fleur de Lys, just click the above mentioned link.
Vintage French Christofle Gallia Oval Napkin Ring (1935-c.1975): click Napkin Rings
Just in case anyone would love to add any of these to their collection of fine silver ware, for a festive table setting.

Wishing you a happy weekend!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My Sewing Creation - My Bridal Gown with Damsel Sleeves

Just like to show you my sewing creation, my own Bridal Gown with Damsel Sleeves...
No don't worry; it was a long one but I had to climb up here for the photo!
Wearing silver Gabor shoes with my gown.
Found this in the German Burda magazine in a size 34 (4).
Wenn Sie besonders zierlich sind und ein wenig Ausgefallenes lieben, raten wir Ihnen zu diesem traumhaft schönen Kleid aus Qiana-Shantung. Die Extra-Schleppe (mit Druckknöpfen befestigt und leicht abnehmbar), die Saumrüsche und die hübschen Ärmel sind mit zarter Valenciennespitze eingefaßt. Stoffverbrauch für Größe 34 auf der Beilage.

Translated from German into English:
If you are particularly dainty and love a little unusual, we recommend you to this gorgeous dress from Qiana-Shantung. The extra drag (fastened with snaps and easily removed), the hem ruffle and the pretty sleeves are framed with delicate Valenciennes lace. Fabric usage for size 34 (4) you find in the description.

I had put the name of my late 1st husband on the Burda magazine's page... as soon as I selected this!


When I was only 15, as a girls group from the MBL - Meisjes Beweging Limburg - Girls Movement from Limburg, my Province in The Netherlands, we got dropped off from the back of a truck with flash lights and a list of things to ask, gather and accomplish.
That was FUN! Together with my best friend Ellie, we of course met some interesting boys from a town, only some 20 km (13 miles) away.
One of them was Jan Van Maris...
Sadly however, he got run over by a postal truck and killed a year later.
Frans Van Maris was his one year younger brother, whom I married.
This photo shows best the added Train with the lace all around.
As well as a clear view of those Damsel Sleeves.
The Bridal Bouquet was done by Frans' colleague Had Philipsen from Helden, The Netherlands.
Still got a photo from Stan Philipsen, his baby-boy but we lost touch.
Me, seated on the Ford Capri of my best friend Ellie's Dad who did drive us to Church.
Had Philipsen did artfully work in those pink Orchids!
My youngest 1st cousin on the Van den Munckhof side was my flower girl and I did make her dress as well. 
Had Philipsen created for her also a matching bouquet.
Entering the Church...
My 1st cousin turning around to see if I follow...
In-between I did manage to visit my Maternal Grandmother who also was my Godmother in the nursing home.
She was not up to being present all day...
During reception time.
My Paternal Grandmother to my left and me with my very long hair and fresh flowers being worked into it.
Yes, that is Pieter, my present husband - congratulating all of us.
From this photo already 3 are residing in heaven; my late husband Frans, my Mom to his right and my Paternal Grandmother...

Photos are fond memories and keep such special moments alive forever.
By the way, this dress still fits perfectly...

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Related post:
{Mom was only 50 days short of her 7th Dialysis Anniversary} | Here I had shown you some photos of Mom and me on my wedding day...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lovely White Stock & Baby's Breath from Trader Joe's

A week ago we went to a great event with other Dutch, or former Dutch people, in the Atlanta area. We enjoyed some yummy Indonesian food at the home of the Club's President and his gracious wife. That was 30 of us with perfect sunny weather for enjoying a chat on the deck.
Of course I did not drive the 3 hours back home all the way from Marietta!
So we stayed at Hyatt Place Atlanta Perimeter Center, behind the Costco store for making our rounds in the morning.
Great for living here in the USA as stores are open on Sundays as well!
So when we came to Trader Joe's I grabbed these lovely fresh Stock flowers and added also Baby's Breath as a filler. There were no two nosegays of the white stock...
Matthiola Incana or Stock flower. Violier in Dutch...
Oh, how I LOVE their fragrance and so does Pieter.
As a teen, he used to grow them in his Dad's greenhouse for use for the yearly Catholic Sacraments Procession in Groessen, The Netherlands.
They still keep that annual tradition alive, since the 16th Century!
Back then, all the little girls walking in the Blessed Sacrament Procession, outfitted in their white First Communion dresses, got each an armful of Stock flowers to take home after it was over.
Such a Procession was not for First Communion but it was custom then, for wearing the white dresses. I've done so too!
Thousands of Stock Flowers were brought into the Church.
Creating an almost overwhelming heavenly fragrance...
As much as both of us love this, to some people it was too much.
Potted red Geraniums were lined up alongside the entire Procession Route.
A kind of flag pole,  with white/yellow pennant and a small rack holding 3 pots with red geraniums...
Quite a sight! 
Wish there were still photos...
They stopped along the route through the fields.
There was a special made rest altar, full with flowers and there the Monstrance that got carried by the Priest under a Canopy, would be placed down for prayers.
During the Procession they also sang.
Fond memories about growing up in The Netherlands and both LOVING these White Stock flowers!
Here they reside in our veranda.

Do you also love those fragrant White (or other color) Stock?

Historical tradition from 1520 - 1600 - the above is translated by an app in a 'funny' English but you get the info. Pieter's home town belonged to Germany till 1816, just like my Province of Limburg...
Photo shows the white communion dresses I mentioned above... They were worn during this Blessed Sacrament Procession. 
A tradition, still being observed in Pieter's home town!

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Have a great weekend!

Related links:
Processie Groessen 2007 YouTube video from Pieter's birth place where the Blessed Sacrament Procession  still is being done annually!
Processie 1520 - 1600 Groessen en Loo Link to the above screen shot in English




Thursday, October 5, 2017

eBay's Excellent Global Shipping Program vs Postal Service

So glad for having migrated the remainder of my business items to eBay.
You can find me under Spectrenoir, just click this link.
eBay allows up to 12 photos per item and also their listings do rank a lot higher.
Many good reasons for having done so!
The above shown Global Shipping Program from eBay is one of the BEST reasons!
Click on the pink link to find out more...
In August I had a German customer that purchased off my website.
This 925/1000 Giovanni Raspini Silver Key Ring in its signature blue box.
The shipping via regular Postal Service was $ 40.95
SHOCKING for 1.60 oz...
Not in a parcel but in a Tyvek envelope.
Tracking was a horror...
From us it went to Orlando, then to Miami!
Back up to West Palm Beach, Florida
To Louisville, Kentucky
To Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
AND BACK TO Louisville again!!!
And AGAIN to Philadelphia...
From there it crossed the Ocean, to Cologne, on to Frankfurt and finally to its destination!
This Antique German REPOUSSE Silver Angels Napkin or Card Holder did travel far better!
For only US $ 17.51 it went with FedEx to Japan!
Needless to say that the weight of this parcel was about 4 x that of the silver key ring!
Yet very economically!
Of course, it is because of the Global Power of eBay as they find the BEST option available.
Glad for having found this option and also excellent tracking, easy from your account with one click.

Wishing you a happy Autumn or Spring if you are at the Southern Hemisphere!

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Tea with Turmeric Coconut Flour Muffin

Yes, baking Muffins from Coconut Flour makes for a delicious result!
Found the recipe on line one day: Turmeric Coconut Flour Muffin Recipe and had to try it.
Here shown on the tennis tray with teacup, see below post.
I will give you the recipe below...
Ingredients
6 large eggs
½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
⅓ cup maple syrup
1 t vanilla extract
1 cup coconut flour
½ t baking soda
2 t turmeric
½ t ginger powder
pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare a muffin tin with 8 muffin liners.
In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Mix until it's well combined and the eggs begin to bubble.
In a small bowl, sift together coconut flour, baking soda, turmeric, ginger powder, pepper, and salt.
Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet ones, until the batter is smooth and thick.
Transfer the batter to a prepared muffin tin, dividing the batter evenly.
Bake for 25 minutes, until slightly browned around the edges.
Remove muffins from the oven, and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Working with coconut meal is something else!
It can absorb so much liquid - surprisingly!

But in the end, the result is good and turmeric is so healthy as an anti inflammatory ingredient.

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{My 2nd Most Popular All Time Post} | previous post by me showing the tennis tray with teacup by Royal Albert Princess Anne.


Monday, September 4, 2017

I'll Be Darned - I DID IT

We ALL have such projects, tiny and larger ones, that we put off till...
Well, when it rains or when it is a cold winter day?
Nonsense - we MUST just attack them - any time.
This project was laying there since winter...
Yes, I'm honest!
Another hole in one of my favorite house socks for winter!
BUT, I did purchase another antique sock darner from one of our Church ladies that went to heaven... A couple of years ago that is.
Beautiful and practical, that is IF you use it.
Smart ladies that used to work with such an egg shaped sock darner a lot.
Holding on to its sterling silver handle.
Well, I'm sort of old fashioned I guess...
Having such a French antique silver needle case with roses (got another one like this for my baby sister), I was ready to start.
Oh, I still kept some yarn from hand knitted socks for Pieter, done by Pieter's Mom!
Yes, we owe a lot to our Moms as I did watch my Mom many times as a little girl when she was darning socks.
See, a nice hole in my heel!
This is not about dragging my feet... It lay there since winter and now I had to DO it.
That's how Mom showed me, weaving from one end to the other...
Than weaving through from the other end...
Oh, I know mine doesn't look as neat as Mom's used to; she was a MASTER darner!
BUT the hole is filled in!
Once more I can enjoy my favorite BLOOMIES from Bloomingdales.
Grabbed them up once in a sale and I've loved them!
Haha, our kittens loved to attack those pompons!
So, I'm ready for the cold weather for wearing my house socks!

Do you darn?...

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Our Spooky Boy Pondering about Summer...

Hope you all have had a good summer so far, with lots of sunny days for outdoor activities!
Our cats are in heaven when the weather is sunny and warm; not too warm...


Wishing you all a happy weekend to come!
Those readers from the southern hemisphere, enjoy your upcoming spring time.
Life is an endless cycle and we better enjoy its highlights!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bike Rack on Murano Platinum

Both of us enjoy having now our Bike Rack on the Murano Platinum!
Starting out biking from our home, located in Holly Hills, is rather hard.
But it is nearly impossible to find any flat surface in our area...
Here we are, with our 2 Schwinn Bikes on the Bike Rack.
I'm still holding on to my Dachshund Mauzie's wicker basket...
It is handy for putting things in.
The yellow rain coat is peeping out from my basket...
Well, we did get rained on twice, not so much fun!
We just sold our Dutch Batavus Cambridge Sturmey Archer 3 Speed to a gentleman in Houston, TX.
We took it upon us to drop them off at the Atlanta Cycling, on Wednesday August 16.
Bye bye...
Dropping them off and letting go...
Rode my Batavus last on Pieter's Birthday, April 29, and brother Jan rode Pieter's Batavus Cambridge... Sister-in-law rode my Schwinn and our niece rode Pierter's Schwinn - while the birthday guy took his nap! Pieter later joined us at My CoffeeShop where we enjoyed a beverage before biking back home.

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