Friday, 24 July 2020

Princess Leia, welcome!

Good morning and happy Friday, Lovelies!

How are you all managing so far with your various Lockdown regulations? I know that every time I feel isolated and frustrated it helps to know that we are all in this together, in one way or the other. Troubles shared and all that. And a common thread connects us, which of course, is Crochet!
TGFC ( = Thank Goodness For Crochet/Craft ).

Last time, I promised I'd introduce you all to Princess Leia ( aka Lally ). First, her bandages and stitches had to be removed and some of her scars properly healed. I'm sure she didn't want anyone seeing her not looking her best! She's a rescue who's been through the mill judging by old scars but you wouldn't know it by how sweet, playful and smart she is. We've had so much fun getting to know her little peculiarities of character. She loves playing with her ball ( she's frequently stocked up seeing as they regularly disappear to Ball Heaven ), she ADORES Roxy and Roxy has been an absolute angel with her new sister. It's as if Roxy knows she herself is very privileged and generously shares her time, her toys, blankets, space in the car, walks, river splashes and treats with a very deserving little soul. Leia looks a lot like an Alsation but she's half the size ( if not smaller ) possibly a result of malnutrition in her puppy years. A MAJOR bonus: she loves the Cats ( even if it's not reciprocated...yet ). She has amazing hearing...can you tell?



Also, I promised I'd share images of the snow-capped mountains that enclose the beautiful Riebeek Valley where we have our little off-grid "retirement" cottage on the outskirts of one of the villages. I'll be spending ten days there, in August ( a birthday present to myself ), and will make an effort to snap more gorgeous scenes from this lovely part of South Africa. Thing is, once you arrive, it's as if the air and pastoral scenes of vineyards, olive and fruit groves, surrounded by mountains like a warm and welcoming hug intoxicate you, and you are properly enchanted! A day feels like a week there! It's always a rude awakening to arrive back in fast-paced noisy Cape Town which truly is a city that never sleeps ( not even in lockdown ). And so it happened. I did not capture one single scene on my weekend away but gazed at the clouds drifting overhead while lying on a blanket under the Almond trees. You could say I was away with the Fairies but in a good way.  Thankfully, and no surprise, the Valley is home to artists galore and I've taken advantage ( once again ) of Mary Walker's keen eye and professional skills as a Photographer of the area.

























I wish you all a very peaceful and relaxing weekend with lots of fun crochet projects at hand. I'm finishing off another large cushion block pattern! I wonder when I'll ever get tired and/or bored of making them? THANK YOU so much to all of you who have been sharing your gorgeous finished pieces. I never get tired of seeing an Amanzi through new eyes or a new colourway for the Mandalas. I say this often, many of you Lovelies are AMAZING colourists!



































                                           Botanica made by Vassiliki-Vicki Geordiadou

Wildflower made by Nieke Ruhulessen

Thank you so much to all of you who commented on the last post. It's always like chatting with old friends. I really enjoy your comments! For those of you whose names were picked out of the Hat for last Friday's GIVEAWAY pattern by Rosina Plane...you'll find your free pattern at Ravelry! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I'll be giving away 10 x FREE patterns for the new cushion block ( actually not a square but a cushion round ) so be sure to leave your Ravelry name if you do pop in to comment. I'm not exactly sure of the release date but definitely soon!

Take care, stay well, stay safe, stay calm and happy crocheting!
๐Ÿ’› Jen





79 comments:

  1. hi.. my Ravelry name is grazy4you..

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  2. love your patterns!
    Ravelry ID cindyo101

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  3. Hi Jen,
    I can't wait to see the pictures of your off-grid cottage!! It's our dream to build something someday too!! I had a little look through your blog and it looks really lovely... Maybe you could share a "building of" blog post one day - if you haven't already!?! I'm really excited to see your next cushion block as I'm making at least one of each of your cushions for our dream cottage!! :-) I'm working on Amanzi at the moment. Thanks as always - your blog and FB group are always high points in my week!

    Rowan

    aviatrixuk

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    1. Hi Rowan, nice to see you here again! :D Making one of each cushion...my goodness, that's A LOT of crocheting but THANK YOU for your kind words. I love that the patterns find themselves in all parts of our quite mad world ( atm a very sad old world! ). If you look above , just under the cover image there is a Tab marked Off-Grid Life...I don't update it as often as I should but there are some pics of the little cottage. It looks much bigger than it is because we build up but the square meterage is approximately 40msq x 2 ( downstairs + upstairs ). It runs fully off solar energy. The water is municipal until we can live there permanently and sink a borehole. Happy weekend, stay well and safe. xox

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  4. Hi Jen, teary eye here reading about Leia �� she will have a wonderful life with you and yours! Another pattern, woohoo. Ravelry name MadJen ����

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    1. Aw, Jeni, I can't believe how easily she's adapted to our household. She's a sweety!She still has a little limp and a bad scar on her head but both are healing quickly...fur is starting to cover the scar on her head.:D Happy weekend! Stay well and safe. xox

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  5. beautiful CountrySide , love it, finished my Arcadia Block last Night, just amazing Design you create . Nice Dog by the Way, Greatings from Finland
    DartsFinland at Ravelry

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  6. Thank you so much! For sure, such a sight for sore eyes is that place. I would absolutely LOVE to see your Arcadia. Please share it to our group? :D Happy weekend and stay well! xxx

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  7. Wild flower is so pretty. I am very pleased to see the color ways of different patterns in blog. I feel excitement each time I open your blog amazing

    Kiranuzhat

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    1. Thank you, Kiran! I know, right! Every colourway does something different to the design. I love how it changes. Happy weekend, stay safe! xx

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    1. I tell her so too! Her hearing is amazing! :D

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  9. Oh Jen, love your designs sooo much! Thank you for the opportunity to win something ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–Magdaleenza-Ravelry

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  10. Oh Jen, love your designs sooo much! Thank you for the opportunity to win something ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–Magdaleenza-Ravelry

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope your name pops out of the hat! :D Happy weekend, take care! xox

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  11. Hi Jen, I love your photos and can't wait to see your August photos. We are (as well as crochet lovers) very avid 4x4 fans and we are always on the lookout for new places to go. The last time I was in Cape Town was in the '70's and we went to the cinema to see the newly release JAWS with moving seats and water sprays, it was epic, and I will never forget the beautiful Cape flowers. I'm busy with a few of your projects at the moment but my nearest wool shop is a bit of a way so it's taking longer than usual. I love Princess Leia, my kitties would not welcome a new doggo at all, they don't like the one they have even. I was hoping to find a little Chihuahua or something as I lost my Min-Pin in December and miss that closeness that you only get from one of the littlies. Looking forward to any new pattern that you bring out! Love from Pauline (Hackergal) up here in an always humid Richards Bay :-)

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    1. Aw, I'm so sorry to hear about your Mon-Pin! Miss Augusta really prefers dogs to other Cats but Miss Nisha HATES ALL DOGS, no matter how cat-friendly. I'm always stepping in to stop potential cat fights between Nisha and the Dogs ( poor Dogs! ). You must visit Cape Town again, especially the countryside and especially in Winter! Mind you, the Richards Bay area is amazingly beautiful! I literally laughed out load reading your movie experience with JAWS. That movie traumatised me. I have not swum in the ocean since! :D Happy weekend, stay safe!! xox

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  12. Love your patterns now if I could just find some time....๐Ÿ˜‰ Sungazer61@yahoo.com on ravelry

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    1. You and me both! :D I need to learn new things but there's only 24hrs in a day! :D Happy weekend, stay safe! xx

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  13. Hi Jen!! I'm sure it will be a beautiful pattern just like your other patterns! You live in a beautiful country..... My ravelry name is (I guess...) Lisavaneijk.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa!! :D Happy weekend, stay safe! xx

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  14. hi jen, oh wow a new pattern!! jippppeeee !! i am so in love with all your patterns.. ravelry id hlm1312 - have a blessed weekend, stay warm and above all stay safe - love xx

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    1. Yep, a new pattern! :D I can't stop myself! :D Happy weekend and take care! xox

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  15. Hi Jen - thank you for my Friday freebie - I shall enjoy making it x

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    1. I hope so, Diane! I think it's such a lovely pattern. Lots of repeats but the end result is worth it, I think? Happy weekend to you and yours, take care! xox

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  16. The photos in this post ... loved all of them, but especially the one of your new pup! What a beautiful dog! Here's hoping that you have a lovely weekend - we will start to paint ALL of the walls in our new home, room by room. Looking forward to another gorgeous design release!
    Ravelry: kjprice

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    1. We're enchanted by Lally, she's such a fun, sweet good girl! I'll be working on finishing up the new cushion round and Mr HooksnTales is working overtime from home ( again...booorrrring ). But the weather is glorious, so that's a plus! :D Wishing you the same, Kris! Happy weekend, stay safe! xox

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  17. Hi Jen!! Love the photos and your news, I really enjoy your posts ❤️
    Looking forward to your new design ๐Ÿ˜˜

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    1. Aw, thanks so much! My blog has become an old friend and I love connecting and sharing with all of you here. :D Happy weekend, take care! xox

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  18. You are so creative! Love the beautiful, intricate details.
    Bluebird2320

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Karen. Happy weekend and stay safe! :)

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  19. Wow. I'd love to visit south Africa one day. It kind of reminds me of where I live in Canada. The prairies. And we are only 2 hrs away from the Rocky Mountains. Some days you can see them in the destance...AmyTheGR8

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    1. Amy, so many South Africans are settled in Canada and I'm sure it's the wide open spaces that are so appealing to us. Canada is on my youngest son's wishlist! :D You never know...I might one day visit! :D Happy weekend, take care. xox

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  20. Hi Jen, I absolutely adore your patterns! Thank you for the chance to win one! My Ravelry name is figgy25.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! Happy weekend, Figgy! xox

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    2. Jen, Your crochet patterns are beautiful. Thank you for your free patterns giveaways. I would love a chance to win your free patterns.
      Raverly ID : MariaParrishOtt

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  21. Raverly name n2qbq and just love your designs, I've done i Karoo queen size coverlet, 9 lap robes, 13 blocks, 6 hats, and am working on your latest blaco and creating a lap robe. I love your videos and feel like we are having a friendly visit especially being in lockdown since February. Keep up the good work/ Look forward to your new block and am going to continue with the Acardia am going to try the new tassel that was just released. Stay well

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    1. Hello Mary Ann! :D Wow, you are definitely keeping your hands very busy! Thank you for your kind words. Stay well, stay safe and happy weekend. xox

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  22. Hi Jen, Leia is just beautiful. She is lucky to have found you; I'm sure you will make her very happy. Also thank you for your generosity.

    My Ravelry name is cksteffen

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    1. She's definitely sparked joy in the household. Even the Cats like her. :D Happy weekend, take care. xox

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  23. Hi Jen, my Ravely name is JanLeatherland so thanks for the opportunity to win one of your lovely patterns. Lally is amazing, what a sweet nature she has

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    1. Thank you, Jan! Happy weekend and stay safe! xox

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  24. Hi ! That's so generous of you to share your beautiful patterns. I have an always expanding collection of these beauties.
    salehawaseem @ ravelry

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Saleha! I hope you have a happy weekend and that you are staying safe. xox

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  25. You must either not sleep or dream of patterns while you're sleeping, because I don't see how you can make all these lovelies! Seriously, I keep collecting your patterns and doing them in different colorways and they all turn out just gorgeous!
    My Ravelry name is Mercy710.

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    1. I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever try and crochet something else, like a garment. I try but get bored whereas the floral blocks keep me interested...I never know how they are going to turn out. It's always an adventure! Happy weekend, stay well and stay safe! :D xox

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  26. Lally is a beautiful girl! Thank you for sharing the pictures also.
    My Ravelry username is LunarMaria

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  27. just the other day, I binge watched the original trilogy of star wars and laughed at some of princess Leia smart remarks. And now, I'm reading a story of another princess Leia.♡ Jen, Lally is so adorable. Good to hear that she's getting along with the cats ♡♡. .. and I really love the country side pictures. I've never seen snow before as I live in a tropical country. But reading this, I'm imagining a mesmerising view of snow-caped mountain :).
    I have finished my Pondoland Square and would love to start another projects of your design. So many to choose from and they're all wonderful.♡♡
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    Have a great day to you, Jen.
    Love from Indonesia.♡
    Yunita.
    my ravelry name is Yunsup

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    1. Hi Yunita! Thank you for your kind words! Lovely that you popped in, all the way from Indonesia too! :D I'm so relieved Lally loves Cats. It makes all the difference! Snow is a very magical, special occurrance here in South Africa, so when it happens we all go a little ( I mean A LOT ) mad! :D Happy weekend, stay safe! xox

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    2. Aww, they're cute, aren't they?. It must be lovely and lively there with all the little furballs around you.♡ I wish you a happy weekend too, Jen. Stay safe and healthy.xoxo
      Cheers

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  28. Hi Jen, Lally is so adorable God bless you for rescuing her. Love you wonderful photos, they are beautiful. I'm almost done with Golden Tea :-)
    Take care and greetings from Greece.
    Sofia
    My ravelry name is Wisdom61 xoxo

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    1. Hello dear Sofia! Hope all is well your side? I bet you are excited for the birth of your second grandbaby? Take care, stay safe!! :D xox

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  29. Hi
    Thank you for rescuing Leia. It's always so heartening to see what love can accomplish. Glad you have been able to get away for a bit of R and R, and, what a lovely place to escape to. Certainly good for recharging your creative batteries and we also get to share in that creativity. Thank you.
    Adrรฉ

    Ravelry name: doidgea

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  30. Hello Adre! :D I'm so looking forward to spending more time there soon. I'm feeling the oppression of lockdown very keenly at the moment ( as we all are I'm sure ). I'm hoping that sooner rather than later we can move to RK so that we can rescue a few more furballs. Atm we just don't have the space for more which is heartbreaking...so many furbabies need a home! Happy weekend, stay safe!! xox

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  31. Hello Jen. I am a big fan of you because of your gorgeous patterns but I especially adore your beautiful heart, and your sweet energy that warms up my heart every time I read, see, or watch anything from you. Sending lots of love to you. -ร–zge from Turkey- Ravelry: cadalost

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    1. Aw, thank you, Ozge for your heartwarming words! Always appreciated. Take care and saty safe. xox

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  32. Hi Jen. Beautiful Lally. Love your work. Thank You. My Game Raverly is nancygortiz.

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  33. Beautiful dog, I have 2 rescues, I like to think they love their pampered lives with us. My username (I believe) is Lexigirl. Im new to your patterns, so I'm a bit agog at all the lovliness and color.

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  34. Stopping by to admire!
    Ravelry name is PettigruHooker

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  35. I am so jealous of your South African Cottage! We are hoping to get one very soon in Punta Mona, Costa Rica and I cannot wait! My soul sings just thinking about it! Your designs are to die for and I can't wait to see your new cushion pattern! My ravelry name is DanieHallBDD. ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ–ค Keep hookin' sista ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  36. luckily we moved into our retirement property 37 years ago and intend to die here eventually , only in our 70,s now, too many of your lovely crochet patterns left to do. Looking forward to your new pattern, I have a very full pattern folder but am sure I can fit in afew more. Ravelry name chtien

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    1. Hello Christine! Yep, always room for just one more, right? :D Hope you are staying safe and healthy? xx

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  37. Hi Jen, I'm a fellow Saffa and love your pattern names. I live in Durban also with a half sized alsation looking rescue, three other dogs and 6 cats. I'm a pandemic crocheter working on my 2nd Jen Tyler pattern (I've bought the 3rd already, lol). Thank you so much for the video tutorials I would never have managed otherwise. My Ravelry name is Dawnrichards

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    1. Hi Dawn! I sometimes struggle to descibe in writing how to make certain parts of the patterns...hence the videos! I usually follow the videos while I type out the pattern but sometimes words fail me. Lol! I hope you've joined our HooksnTales Pattern Workshop Group? You'll find lots of help there too if you need it. Stay safe, take care! :D xx

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  38. Hi Jen, you make marvellous designs. After finishing my current projects I'm planning to make one if your patterns. It's only so hard to choose... ��
    My ravelry name is tulippa4

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    1. My advice would be to start with a small square like the African Valentino...this way you can check out if you like my style of doing things! I'm not everyones cup of tea! :D xx

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  39. Beautiful lively dog. Can not live without them. They fill our house.xxx
    Id Sandravaessen

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    1. Like books and music, they make a house a home. xx

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  40. Rescues are blessings to us. Both of my cats are rescues and I couldn't be without them. Ggeight

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    1. I couldn't be without mine either. I'm grateful my two dogs love them too. xx

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  41. Good morning Jen, greeting from Indonesia, I wish you are good & healthy. You are great in crochet's design & good in writting so I can enjoy your story, I learned phrases or vocabularies & I noted it. So I enjoy your story while I learn english, great.
    I am so happy that princess Leia has recovered & good to hear that she likes the cat��, I have some cats but since this year doctor not allowed us to have any pet since my husband had kidney transplant, my cats have been adopted by my sister so now I just give a meal to homeless cats. I love the picture of your country side��
    Looking for your other stories & thank you very much & best regards������
    My ravelry name is yunitarismawati


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    1. Hi Yunita, aww I am so sorry to hear about your Husbands condition and that your Cats were rehomed! Thank you for your kind words and also, THANK YOU for feeding the street kitties! Take care and stay safe. xox

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  42. Looking forward to seeing your new pattern!
    kaderus (Raverly)

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  43. Love your work, Jen - especially that Wildflower cushion! Thanks for your amazing patterns. My Ravelry name is FrancoiseHurt Stay safe x

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