giovedì 4 gennaio 2018

Sheltered for the Winter.


Sweet life! how lovely to be here 
And feel the soft sea-laden breeze 
Strike my flushed face, the spruce's fair 
Free limbs to see, the lesser trees' 

Bare hands to touch, the sparrow's cheep 
To heed, and watch his nimble flight 
Above the short brown grass asleep. 
Love glorious in his friendly might, 

Music that every heart could bless, 
And thoughts of life serene, divine, 
Beyond my power to express, 
Crowd round this lifted heart of mine!


Claude McKay (1889 - 1948), Winter in the Country




They're clear and sunny days those of this first decade of the Winter and the beginning of the new year, serene, but also rather cold.




Nothing better for the rest of our succulent and Mediterranean plants that are now recovered in our ORANGERIE at the beginning of December to preserve them like every year from the cold season, sheltered from the frost and the most intense frost that they cannot stand.
The most delicate plants do not stand out here, but it is enough to give them a shelter to allow them to spend their Winter healthy and to find themselves in Spring looking very good.
Just follow me, I'm leading you in our 'tools-and-plants-shed' located in the heart of the Tenuta Geremia park.








It is quite small in size - around 20 square metres - but it is enough to accommodate the plants and furnishings that in the Summer show themselves among the foliage of the perennial shrubs and the trees populating our gardens.

On the outside, a sober Palladian style suggests an extremely rigorous setting inside too,


actually, with chalk and wooden walls and ceilings, in its inside simplicity reigns sovereign making it every year welcoming more and more ... obviously it is not heated and, when outside the temperatures have to go down even a lot, here the mercury column does not go beyond the thermal zero, which is static, harmless even for the most delicate plants.

And it's just here that succulents, with the cold, the sunlight and their vegetativ rest, get themselves ready for their Spring blooming 








“Never are voices so beautiful as on a winter's evening, when dusk almost hides the body, 
and they seem to issue from nothingness 
with a note of intimacy seldom heard by day.”


Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941), Night and Day




And on these verses that recreate the characteristic charm of the Winter late afternoons,

I'm sending you my warmest hug,



see you soon 💕












Dolce Vita! che bello essere qui
E sentire la leggera brezza rorida di mare
Colpire il mio volto arrossato, l'abete se ne giova
Ha arti liberi per lasciar vedere gli alberi più piccoli

Ha mani nude per toccare, e prestare attenzione al trillo del passero
E osservare il suo volo agile
Sopra la corta erba bruciata e addormentata.
Amore glorioso nella sua forza gentile,

Musica che ogni cuore può benedire,
E pensieri di vita serena, divina,
Oltre il mio potere di esprimere,
Si accalcano intorno a questo mio cuore risollevato!


Claude McKay (1889 - 1948), Winter in the Country



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Sono giorni sereni quelli di questa prima decade dell'inverno e dell'inizio del nuovo anno, sereni, ma anche piuttosto freddi.



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Niente di meglio chiedono le piante grasse e mediterranee che all'inizio di dicembre ricoverai nella nostra ORANGERIE per preservarle come ogni anno dalla stagione fredda, al riparo dalla brina e dal gelo più intenso che non reggono.

Non resistono qui all'aperto le piante più delicate, ma è sufficiente dar loro un ricovero per consentire loro di trascorrere l'inverno in salute e per ritrovarsi in primavera in gran forma.

Venite, vi accompagno nel nostro 'ricovero attrezzi e piante' situato nel cuore del parco di Tenuta Geremia.


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E' di modeste dimensioni - copre una superficie di circa 20 metri quadri - ma è sufficiente per accogliere le piante e gli arredi che in estate fanno mostra di sé tra le chiome degli arbusti perenni e degli alberi che popolano i nostri giardini.

All'esterno un sobrio stile palladiano fa pensare ad un ambiente estremamente rigoroso, 



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in realtà al suo interno, con pareti e soffitti in legno, governa la semplicità che ogni anno lo rende sempre più accogliente ... ovviamente non è riscaldato e, quando le temperature all'esterno dovessero scendere anche di molto, qui la colonnina del mercurio non si spinge oltre lo zero termico, statico, innocuo anche per le piante più gracili.

Ed è proprio qui che le succulente, con il fresco, la luce del sole ed il riposo vegetativo, si preparano per la loro fioritura primaverile.



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Mai si danno voci così belle come quelle di una sera d’inverno, 
quando il crepuscolo quasi nasconde il corpo, 
e le parole sembrano provenire da una assenza 
con una nota di intimità raramente ascoltata durante 
giorno. 


Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941), Night and Day




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E su questi versi che ricreano il fascino caratteristico dei tardi pomeriggi d'inverno, 
vi invio il mio più caloroso abbraccio,


a presto 💕





78 commenti:

  1. The plants are beautiful.

    Winter is cold, but it's a rebirth come spring and I'm waiting for spring to arrive. My favorite time of year.

    Have a fabulous day, Daniela. ♥

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ Sandee
      I welcome you with the warmest hug ever, Dearie !

      May your day be as lovely as you, sweet friend,
      sending blessings across the many miles ❥

      Elimina
  2. Dear Dany: Your plants do look happy in that sweet building! So tranquil here at your blog. It is delight to visit and refresh!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ Bernideen
      it is I who be delighted to welcome you here, Dearest One, blessed be !

      Thanking you heartily for your so beautiful words of appreciation,
      I'm sending hugs and ever much love to you •♥✿ڿڰۣ✿♥•

      Elimina
  3. What a beautiful tour Dany. It's so refreshing to see flowers in Winter.
    We are covered in snow here with very cold temperatures.
    Wishing you happiness and health for 2008. xo

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ thel day
      oh, how I'd love to have snow here too, we do need it so much during our Winters, but for a few years it snows so little, alas !

      Wishing you too all my best for the New Year just begun,
      always thinking of you with love and gratitude, Sweetie ღ❀ღ

      Elimina
  4. Winter certainly has us in its icy grip here. Today's high temperature - minus 14!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ David Gascoigne
      I envy you and your so cold temperatures, that's the Beauty of Winter ... to enjoy our hearth, to stay warm and cozy beside the fireplace while sipping some hot tea ... that's the meaning of this so wonderful season to me !

      Enjoy your nest, dearest friend of mine,
      and keep warm ♡ஐ♡

      Elimina
  5. It is so cold here, I wonder if anything will make it this winter. Although the mild winters with the light freeze and thaw cycle can do way more damage, than an entirely dormant winter. Your photos are lovely---and so remind me of Monticello and Jefferson's Orangerie...where he actually had Orange and Lemon trees.

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    1. @ BarberryLaneDesigns
      you're always so heartily welcome, sweetest friend !
      Honestly it's the first time I hear about Jefferson's estate called Monticello, located in Virginia I suppose, I wonder how lovely it is and such a comparison makes me feel flattered !

      Thanking you heartily, both for visiting and for commenting,
      I'm sending all my love to you,
      Dear Sandi ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  6. beautiful flowers in winter, as always your blog is an oasis of peace :)

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    1. @ Alicia
      as usual your so beautiful words fill my heart and bless my day, thank you cherished friend !

      May your day be as Beautiful as you,
      lovely lady ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
  7. May you and your plants stay warm and thrive through the winter!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ messymimi
      Dearest One, let's hope in a good and healthy Winter for us all !

      Trusting you had a most wonderful Christmas Time,
      I'm sending blessings on the New Year just begun,
      with utmost gratitude ♡❤♡

      Elimina
  8. Dear Daniela,

    Happy new year dear friend. Loved seeing your beautiful plants and you have such a gorgeous orangerie.
    Stay warm and sending love and hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. @ Carolyn
      love and hugs are sent on your way too,
      with sincere thankfulness, sweetest friend,
      I'm so glad you loved this article of mine !

      Sending blessings on your New Year ♥∗✿*✿∗♥

      Elimina
  9. cara dany mancavo un po dal tuo blog... e già mi mancava l atmosfera sognate e romantica che qui si respira sempre... le note di virginaiwoolf sull inverno sono uniche...
    ti abbraccio e ti auguro un dolce fine settimana
    daniela

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    1. @ daniela
      che il weekend sia dolce e intriso di atmosfera invernale anche per te, mia cara,
      sono sempre talmente felice di accoglierti qui ed, ogni volta, di leggere le tue parole di entusiasmo per ciò che trovi, ... davvero, mi colmi il cuore di gioia !

      Ti abbraccio forte forte ...
      come non mai,
      ♥♡♥ grazie ancora ♥♡♥

      Elimina
  10. I love the look of your orangery, dear Dany, and those blooming cacti are gorgeous. I hope you're having a happy and cozy start to the new year.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. @ Amalia
      actually, little by little, we're recovering after such a bad influenza which affected us all during Christmas Time, alas !
      All the people we do know did have influenza at Christmas, relatives and frined, it was something epidemic and it's so longa nd so hard to come back to everyday's life ...

      In he hope that you had a most wonderful Christmas Time,
      I'm sending blessings on the New Year just begun,
      thanking you heartily for your so beautiful words of appreciation ♫♪☆❄☃❄☆♪♫

      Elimina
  11. I love the poem. You have a beautiful home and garden area. May 2018 be kind to yo and your plants. Happy New Year!

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    1. @ Joyful
      may you too, Dearie, enjoy a wonderful New year, filled with love and many blessings,
      I'm sincerely happy to read that you loved this article of mine !

      *♥* Cheers *♥*

      Elimina
  12. Carissima auguri di buon anno!La tua orangerie è uno splendore tanto che verrei a viverci io stessa,immagino quanti tè potrei bere guardando fuori da quelle splendide vetrate.Ebbene sì sono invidiosa delle tue piante!!!Come sempre tanti complimenti e che gioia accendere il computer e trovare un nuovo post da poter leggere e i versi di Virginia....che dire..GRAZIE

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    1. @ Anonimo
      ma grazie a te, carissima, il tuo entsiasmo ha acceso una luce in questa cupa e lunga serata d'inverno !

      Ti abbraccio con tutto il cuore augurandoti un sereno weekend
      ed un bellissimo Anno Nuovo,
      colmo di amore, gioia, salute, speranza ⊰✽*♡*✽⊱

      Elimina
  13. Bellissima atmosfera e luogo!
    Buon fine settimana.
    Stay warm!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ italiafinlandia
      sei dabvvero gentilissima, grazie di cuore Luisella !
      Immagino il fascino che devono avere i luoghi dell'estremo nord in cui mi sembra di aver capito tu viva, specialmente in questa magica stagione.

      Ti invio un grande abbraccio,
      forte di gioia e di gratitudine ✿⋰⋱✿

      Elimina
  14. What absolutely gorgeous fotos. I got an idea from the spider plants on the ladder. Thank you, sweet Lady, for sharing. Stay warm and safe on these cold winter days.

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    1. @ Debbie Huffaker
      thank you for gracing my blog today, Dearest Friend, both with your lovely presence and your so beautiful words of enthusiasm, and I have to add that I'm sincerely glad to have suggested you an idea for setting your own plants !

      Wishing you a most lovely Sunday,
      sending blessings on your way ༺♡❀♡༻

      Elimina
  15. Carissima Daniela, innanzitutto tanti auguri di buon Anno Nuovo a te e consorte. Che dire? Non mi stupisce ammirare che ANCHE il tuo "ricovero attrezzi" sia bello,confortevole e luminoso, pulito, elegante e raffinato come...tutto ciò che viene da te! ;)
    Un grande abbraccio Susanna

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    1. @ Susanna
      contraccambio di vero cuore gli auguri per il Nuovo Anno, nella speranza che il Natale da poco trascorso abbia donato a te e alla tua famiglia momenti di gioia e serenità !
      Grazie come sempre per le parole di apprezzamento, proveniendo da te mi sono particolarmente gradite, carissima !

      Ti invio un fortissimo abbraccio
      per augurarti una serena domenica d'inverno,
      qui tanto cupa e piovosa •♥•♥•♥•

      Elimina
  16. I am dazzled and feel rather privileged to be able to step into your orangerie with you in these beautiful photos. How wonderful to have a spot to care for your plants in this season. (I fear all mine shall die -- it was -7 F when I got up this morning. Even my garage is below 0, I think!)

    Your space is so elegant and I love that inside you have chalk walls and ladders and that wonderful clock. Someday I must see it in person.

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    1. @ Jeanie
      oh, Dearie, I'm waiting for you for so long, I hope that that day is going to come very soon !

      May your Sunday be blessed with joy,
      with sincere thankfulness,
      you're always such a bright light to me ♥¸.•*´¨`*•.♥

      Elimina
  17. What a beautiful tool and plant shed and those flowers are absolutely gorgeous!!!!

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    1. @ Cathy
      I welcome you with a big hug, thank you, I'm so so glad to read that you loved it !

      Wishing you my very best ❥

      Elimina
  18. Dear Dany,
    It's been a while since I visited and as soon as I arrived here, your beautiful images and music warmed me right up. We got buried in snow yesterday and it is frigid, below 0. Your flowers and plants are gorgeous and a sight for sore eyes. I am looking forward to the arrival of spring! Always a pleasure to visit you in your world....now back to reality! haha! Love and xx

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ Linda Walker
      I've been missing you so much, Dearie, you mean so, so much to me !

      With utmost gratitude
      - your so nice words are always such a sweet blessing to my heart -
      I'm sending my dearest love to you ♡❤♡

      Elimina
  19. Oh my goodness, Dany, your potting shed is just beautiful!!
    So much glorious light, and your plants look so happy there.
    Thank you for taking us on this tour.
    I hope you had a blessed Christmas, and I wish you all the most wonderful things in the New Year, sweet friend.
    Sending you hugs from across the ocean.
    xo.

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    1. @ Lisa Gordon
      thank you for blessing my day, dearest, precious friend of mine,
      your words always fill my heart with joy !

      Blessings are sent on your way, today ✻ღღ✻

      Elimina
  20. Beautiful my dear friend. I could spend the day there looking at all the pretty plants. I love the lights on in the evening in the orangerie.
    Hugs

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    1. @ annie
      it's always such a delight to welcome you here and to read your so beautiful words, thank you, your enjoyment is my gladness, Darling Friend !

      Wishing you again a most lovel New Year,
      filled with all the blessings you deserve and want *•♥♥•*

      Elimina
  21. Gorgeous plants Daniela! Is that a squirrel sleeping on one of your succulants?!!!
    Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm :)

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    1. @ Prunella Pepperpot
      that's not a squirrel, but a 'relative' of his, Dearie, he's a dormouse, we have so many of them under our roofs and into our woods.
      During the Autumn they look for a comfortable place where to spend their Winter, and sometimes they wake up to eat just a little, and then come back to sleep again, until Spring arrives.
      Well, this so wonderful creature has chosen our Orangerie to spend his Winter, I'm feeling so, so happy looking at him :)!

      Wishing you a most lovely Sunday,
      always thinking of you with love and thankfulness ✿*✿

      Elimina
  22. Oh such a lovely post to see in the middle of winter, all those lovely flowers blooming and wonderful green plants are so good to see right now!! That shed looks so neat, how special to have that on your property :) Love how you have decorated the inside!
    Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. @ Conniecrafter
      I'm sincerely overjpoyed after reading your words filled with enthusiasm, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, Sweetie !

      Wishing you too a blessed New Year,
      sending hugs and ever much love to you ۩۞۩

      Elimina
  23. Happy New Year, Dany! I hope you had a very happy and blessed Christmas. Your plant shelter is very elegant. Winter is a time of quiet and waemshelter for us all.

    Hugs,

    Pat

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    1. @ Pat
      dearest friend of mine, I welcome you with such a big,warm hug, thank you for taking the time for visiting and commenting !

      I pray your Sunday
      and new week ahead are blessed ones ಌ•❤•ಌ

      Elimina
  24. Hello, Dany! Lovely poem and flowers. Your garden shelter is wonderful. I especially love the cactus blooms. What is that critter sitting in your plant. I hope it was not eating your plant. Lovely photos. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year. I wish you all the best in 2018. Thank you so much for linking up your post! Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. @ eileeninmd
      as I wrote in my comment on your blog post and party which I linked this article with, he's a dormouse, he's completely harmless, he just need to sleep quietly all the Winter long, ... he has just the same needs of my plants ... probably he has chosen the one he liked most and began to sleep ツ!

      Glad you liked the article,
      I'm sending al my love across the many miles ✿⊱╮

      Elimina
  25. Dany , ma che splendore di luce e amore !
    Lieta Epifania ,
    Franca

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    1. @ Franca
      le tue parole mi colmano il cuore di gioia profonda, grazie per comunicarmi una tale letizia, mia cara !

      Ti invio un fortissimo abbraccio,
      nella speranza che anche le tue ultime feste siano state connotate da serenità e gaiezza ❥

      Elimina
  26. Enjoyed this post !
    Thanks for taking us on this tour of your most wonderful garden shed, Dany !
    Wishing you all the best for a Happy 2018, dear friend !
    Hugs,
    Sylvia

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  27. HAPPY NEW YEAR tto you. I love that fountain and those blooming acti are gorgeous

    RispondiElimina
  28. Wonderful flowers and colors. Thank you so much for sharing with Through My Lens. Have a great start into the new week!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  29. Beautiful images. So glad you stopped by https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/01/ill-never-be-cotton-farmer.html to share them!

    RispondiElimina
  30. Wonderful photos - of winter and of your plants. Made me smile to see the spider plants. Love them and your blooming succulents.

    RispondiElimina
  31. What a sweet and welcoming place that appears to be. I love it. Would so love to have a SHE SHED just for doing my crafts in. So cool.

    RispondiElimina
  32. At least we have one thing in common-love of plants and flowers. I have some like yours, but not all. Truly enjoyed your post and always thrilled when you drop by and say hello.

    RispondiElimina
  33. I wish I had a place to bring my plants indoors during the winter. I have to buy new plants each spring. - Margy

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  34. Dear Daniela, your Orangery is very lovely! Those flowers are so beautiful!
    The fountain is amazing. I haven’t seen a working fountain with icicles yet. :-) They don't work in our country in winter.
    I love the poem.
    Have a delightful week! Hugs!

    RispondiElimina
  35. ..Dany, such a lovely post filled with treasures. The beautiful flowers on the cactus are among my favorites. Thank you so much for sharing this week, I hope that you will stop by again.

    RispondiElimina
  36. Hello dear Dany! Oh my, your plants have the most gorgeous house of their own... I think I could very well live there myself (with a bit more heating of course, lol). A beautiful place you shared with us, thank you sweetie, it lifts the spirit and warms the heart. Sending you big hugs and wishing you a most wonderful 2018 filled with love, peace, and joy. xx

    RispondiElimina
  37. You live in fabulous and idyllic settings dear Dany. So good that you can storage the delicate plants away from winter colds. That pale pink cactus flower is stunning indeed. Thank you so much for sharing - wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018 💕

    RispondiElimina
  38. What a beautiful place and wonderful pictures!

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  39. What joy it gave my heart to visit your dear spot here today dear Dani! Such a delightful little spot outside for all your plants over the winter months, oh my goodness! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this lovely peek into your sweet little old world :) I wish you a blessed and very Happy New Year my dear friend!

    RispondiElimina
  40. Lovely post! A warm hug to you, dear!

    RispondiElimina
  41. Your beautiful flowers brighten my day! Especially since our temps have been around 0 degrees! Wish I had such a winter haven for my plants:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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  42. Don't think your cat is doing that wax plant any good laying on it. Lot of nice plants in there

    RispondiElimina
  43. How beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  44. The photos are simply lovely...however I miss my Mozart ;)

    Thank you for sharing such beauty.
    - Lisa

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  45. Heated or not, I think you'd find me spending time in there a lot! Looks like a lovely place to "overwinter."

    RispondiElimina
  46. Lovely poem and images! Have a great weekend!

    RispondiElimina
  47. What a lovely orangerie! I would love to spend time relaxing there!

    RispondiElimina
  48. What a lovely building and yard! It is a wonder to me, as we go through some extreme temperatures, that anything survives. Spring is such a miracle after our long, cold Canadian winter.
    Sending you warm hugs,
    Andrea

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  49. Beautiful post, Dany. How nice to have a "winter house" for the plants. The succulents took my breath away. I will have to do a lot of replanting in the spring. The bad weather has really done a lot of damage to the tropicals in my garden.

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