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Paradise Plantation from Ringgold, LA
Paradise Plantation

Farm Name: Paradise Plantation

Year Farm Established: 2004

Location: Social Springs Community, LA

Years I’ve been farming: 11 years

Animals I raise: Cattle, Chickens, Guineas, Pigs -- and hope to add Pygora goats and Angora Rabbits soon!

Crops I grow: We have a vegetable garden that includes a wide variety of good fresh-from-the garden produce!

Hobbies I enjoy: Anything creative -- weaving, knitting, redwork, baking, canning, cooking, and anything else that's farm related!
Read more about us at thefarmwife. com!

Club/Associations memberships: LCA; NCBA; Master Cattle Producer; Texas Belted Galloway Association

The proudest moment on my farm: The first day we drove throught the gate, knowing we were now the proud owners!

Pets: 3 dogs - Lacy, Hootie and Pete; 3 cats - Belle, Blackfoot & Little Bitty

Farm Motto: Do everything you can to lead a quiet life. Mind your own business and work with your hands... 1 Thessalonians 4:11

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  In an effort to improve our website for our visitors, we will be changing some of our service providers. We do not expect to experience any technical difficulties. However, if you are unable to access our website, please be assured it will be temporary as we transition to the new service. 10/19/2013 12:00.00 AM  
  Great news about chicks.

We collect through the school year for all of the school tops. Deadline is May.

With 4H/FFA show season on us its just hard to keep up witheverything.

Coke should have her litter in March. 4 weeks and counting down.

P2 having a devil of a time with the breed of chicks he decided to show as a display for 2014. I guess he had to pick the puckiest breed Ideal has to offer besides the quail and ring neck pheaste.

Sure hope you all are doing alright in the rainy weather. Have you been getting a lot?

Thanks so much for thinking of us. If you need our address again just let me know.

Come visit me, The Homestead.

01/31/2013 04:41.49 AM Report This Comment  
  P2 and I are in a bind, can you mix 3 day chicks with week chicks. If they 3 day old chicks make it they will out number the week old chicks. Two brooders are already full and I have no other place to put them besides the with the week old chicks....UGH

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01/29/2013 08:51.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Love your last missive! If you post a photo of your Winchester, I'll post one of my Pa's shotgun. Your's is a great story! I'm guessing Orpingtons is the way to go. I like the lamp idea. We'll be visiting my son's friends who raise chickens and I'll pass on what they say. Gonna mention you in my next blog or two so keep me in mind. --Gary

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07/10/2012 08:15.34 PM Report This Comment  
I need your advice. I was researching chicken breeds and I was thinking of Plymouth Rocks. That's what we had when I was a kid. What do you think would work in Wisconsin winters and what would be a good way of adding warmth to the coop in the dead of winter. I know I'll have to put some hay and straw in there for inuslation and warm their feed in winter. Would a sunlamp or safe space heater be feasable? --Gary

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07/04/2012 07:10.42 PM Report This Comment  
  What a lovely post, Friend! I'd love to hear about the rifle! I'm gonna read the Hobby Farms article about heirloom chicken breeds. We want tough ones who also taste good. What do you recommend? We had Plymouth Rocks when I was a kid but they were mean. --Gary

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07/02/2012 06:59.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Such a delight
Such a delight to read your post, my friend! The part about God Himself alongside me is encouraging. When you talk about bringing ice to cool the chickens' water I am reminded of reading how Laura Ingalls Wilder, as a middle-aged woman in Missouri, would be the only woman to get her hens to lay in winter because she would heat their mash in the kitchen before bringing it out to them. It's amazing how simple husbandry can make a difference. It just occurred to me; how "husbandry" can be used as a term for basically "mothering" one's stock. I should use that in a future blog.

Anyways, I can understand how a person hates to waste the excess of produce, like with your "tomates". The wild raspberries are in full force and tomorrow night I will pick them just so they won't go to waste. I'll probably have to make myself eat them or bring them to my brothers' houses but I can't seem to let them rot. Adrian Monk would've made a good Countryman.

In looking at your posting history, I found the answer to a question that was haunting me; how to add photos. Thank you for that. Talk to you again, --Gary

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06/29/2012 09:02.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Glad to hear from you! Sounds like you are living the dream. I would love to be able to put up most of my food by I have to content myself with freezing some corn and blanching some beans. I hope to get some chickens in a year or two. At least we'll have our own eggs and chicken to eat. --Gary

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06/27/2012 06:21.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Cows n' stuff
My parents had two Holsteins in the 50's. I'll post a photo of our "barn" someday. My Ma, who's 92, remembers that when they were allowed to graze in the woods, they would eat acorns and their milk was bitter but had high milkfat. I worked for a dairy farmer in the 70's. He milked 40 head. I loved being a "hired man".

If I could have a cow or two,it would be a little Jersey, because of those deep brown eyes. I understand that they give high milkfat for lesser produce but in a perfect world, for a family subsistence farm, I think it would be perfect. I love those cute Angus steers too but I remember a Charlais steer that was a pet on that dairy farm. He would lick my cap off during chores and I would put my arm around his neck and hug him. Of course, the weekend I showed up to work and he was gone I then realized the reality of farming but still, I'll remember him the rest of my life and that, I suppose, means something. Talk to you again. I'm gonna post something about our favorite birds in the future. --Gary

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06/26/2012 08:31.41 PM Report This Comment  
I love your motto! If only everyone would follow that admonishment. Again, how many acres and heads of cattle do you have? -- Gary

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06/25/2012 07:51.21 PM Report This Comment  
  I would love to have a place like that, then I could have all the farm animals I could handle, beautiful just beautiful.

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06/21/2012 06:22.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Just a note the say that we got P2's Community Coffee UPCs in the mail.

P2 and his crew just got through with Parish, District is coming up in a wk and then State in three. Then clear sailing until May unless I find some place close by to travel him and his cattle crew to show.

P2 refused to put an ear tag in Hannah's ear, he said he wanted home to grow and if she doesn't take in April she's sausage....talking about high standards here...LOL

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01/23/2012 11:12.37 AM Report This Comment  
  10/09/2011 04:34.13 PM Report This Comment  
Do you all raise belted galloways? We sorta accquired her on accident. But had her bred to a full blood registered bull around the jonesville area. She just had a heifer in july, so we excited about that. Our "Oreo" was not registered. So we working to breed back her baby and work on getting her registered as a 50%er. Thanks for your comments.

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09/04/2011 09:08.04 AM Report This Comment  
  good evening,
thanks for the dog breeds thoughts, every little bit helps.
i sew on an old treadle sewing machine i was given (lucky me!) i also crochet and knit and do needle work, embroidery and crewel and such. i have a bag of wool from the romney sheep i lost this spring, it was just shaved off and i have done nothing with it but i need to as it is just taking up space and i imagine won't last very long just sitting there. any thoughts? i have no idea how to spin or weave and there seems to be a lot of hay in one area on the back of her neck. it seems like a lot of time required to pick it out to use it, hence why i haven't yet. been too busy knocking down trees to make a pasture for the cows. oh such hard work but i keep thinking of green grass instead of all woods, lucky cows.
hope your day was a great one.

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07/28/2011 05:11.42 PM Report This Comment  
  thanks for your kind comments. i have fun with my critters, what kind of dogs do you have? have you found a breed that is a good all around dog with your animals?
we had or old dog before i had the chickens or cows and i kept them apart as she did kill a rooster when she was younger, but if i am going to get another dog i want to have less "drama" if i can. my first thought was to get a herding dog but that might be the worng way to go with chickens that come out and go everywhere.
have a great farm day.

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07/27/2011 05:08.18 AM Report This Comment  
  P2 is still collecting the community coffee labels. So send them when you can. Please. The school's library is using the extra cash to purchase lower elementary books. P2 has turned this into part of his 4H community service hours.

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06/23/2011 01:23.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Just checking in on you. Don't know if you got the newest pics of P2 and his new show crew. Ruby is 3 wks away from having her piglets. Don't know about you part of the woods, but boy we have been DRY.

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06/16/2011 06:06.49 AM Report This Comment  
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  Thanks for your comments, fellow Louisianian! I spent most of my life in New Orleans (and still miss Mardi Gras and a decent King Cake!). I'm going to look into the chicken breeds that you mention. You are RIGHT to build the Fort Knox of Coops!! I was so devastated when I walked into ours to find the dead hen and the broken eggs...and I felt so guilty that I hadn't well protected these poor little ones! We've been blessed with a lot of acreage and a creek running on the boundary of our property, so I am always pushing to turn more pasture into fields! (The farm was originally a horse farm. We board a few but that's all).

We've had good luck with everything so far so that just reinforces me to keep trying new veggies and crops. I'm also going to try some cotton too. ( I have a very patient husband who continues to till, build and fix fences, etc.) Have you tried Mirilton? My mom used to grow that in Covington and boy is it delicious stuffed with shrimp. Hmmm, wonder if it would grow here!

I really want you to know that I admire your ability to weave. It's so incredibly precise and time consuming. I have a high regard for those of you who weave. I took spinning lessons about a year ago. I was started on a drop spindle...it's great fun! My teacher suggests that one learn that way and then try a number of different wheels to determine which is the better fit. In the meantime, I was at the SouthEastern Fiber arts show and found a small, portable electric spinner!! I was amazed.

I've got bags and bags of washed sheep fleece and have finally admitted that I'll never ever have all the time to hand spin it. So, I've researched a number of mills and found a small, woman owned one to which I'll send this for processes...heck, in May I'll have 6 more fleeces to wash! Sheep fleeces from meat breeds (dorsets and suffolks) sell really cheaply up here...about 35-40 cents/pound. And, as I said, I've got bags of both washed and raw. If you'd like a sample to try with the spinning or even dyeing, let me know and I can send some to you.

Dyeing...that's something else I want to try. We've black walnuts on the property and they make great dyes.

Are you familiar with the magazine Sheep! ? There might be additional info for you as you research breeds for your area. I initially wanted Old English Southdown Babydolls for they are too cute and don't get so big.

Well, the Good Lord above had a different idea and thank God he did. There are coyotes in this area. Two Dorsets were already on the property when we purchased it and for a going away present when we moved here, my former colleagues gave me 2 sheep, both Dorsets from the same farmer as the first two). Then two years ago we bought two ewe Dorsets from him. The moral of this story is that these wonderful sheep are now between 150 and 200 pounds. Our vet has told us we really don't have to worry about the coyotes because the sheep are so big. I can only imagine the problems we would have had with

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03/15/2011 06:18.17 AM Report This Comment  
It sounds like you really enjoy weaving. I have never made a throw or blanket. It sounds like I will have to try it. I am so hung up on rugs! I also make mug rugs on my small loom, they are quick and make nice gifts. I buy 'worms' from a wool mill. they are strips that they cut off blankets etc. in their factory. They are already the right width. They sell them by the pound in sacks. Very reasonable.
Have fun!

Come visit me, Wild & Wooly Acres.

03/12/2011 04:17.59 PM Report This Comment  
Good Morning to you. My loom is a 4 shaft, it is an Orco, it is a work horse for making rugs. I have been making rag rugs probably 20 years. I also sell them I have 2 other looms, a Toika which is 8 shafts but you can add to it, it is very large, and an Allen which is a small folding loom. I have fun with all of them. I do not join my weft, I trim them to a wedge an overlap about 1 1/2 inches. I have found that to be just as efficient and strong. I use all fabrics and recycled clothing. I use 8/4 cotton/poly for warp and get it from Great Northern Weaving..you can google them. They sell it on huge spools but it is not on their website, you have to call them. They are very nice folks to deal with. Spinning is also fun and a great satisfaction when you knit or crochet with your own made yarn. If I can be of more help just ask. I love your verse and your picture! Maryanne

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03/02/2011 10:47.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Your comments
Thank you for your encouraging comments on my farm blog today. I really needed to hear what you said.

What a supportive husband you have! All those cages should come in very handy. Frankly, you will probably want to raise your rabbits in a shelter outside of your house. The urine smell is very strong, even with one rabbit. That is why I am so happy that Neelix is finally using his litter box! That takes care of the odour quite a lot. Still, I would probably not want to have more than one rabbit in the house.

Thanks again for your encouraging words. They were very timely.


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02/23/2011 06:51.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Angora Rabbits
I love how you described your proudest moment. I have not yet experienced that moment, but I hope to soon.

I have one English Angora rabbit. He is my experiment to see if I have what it takes to raise a few of these beautiful animals. If my experiment fails, I will still have a fluffy, adorable pet.

Great scripture! Blessings, Teresa

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02/18/2011 05:07.26 PM Report This Comment  
  hello again
I love white enamelware as well. One of my favorites here at the farm is a trio of white with blue rim and wood handles bucket, pail and tub. I especially love pieces that look great and are useful too.
In regards to fiber animals, we currently have dairy specific breeds. We did have some angora goats which are gorgeous and we will keep the wool from our dairy sheep. We mostly dabble when it comes to fiber, my mom does have a spinning wheel and hand wool carders. When we were kids she used to send us out to collect pokeberries for dying the wool. I'm hoping to make a bit of yarn from our two sheep this year and maybe do some felting projects or use it for gift bags with our soap and cheese.
There is a fiber farm near us her website is www.hmffarm.com, she has quite a bit of information on her site and I'm sure you could contact her through email too.

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02/10/2011 07:29.51 AM Report This Comment  
  February Storm of 2011
I believe the storm of the year is finally over. Here in Nebraska the snow accumulation was only about 12 inches but the wind chill was brutal with chill temperatures of -20+ recorded. The last couple days have been quite pleasant after being so cold with highs in the 30s above freezing. When melting happens during the day, the danger becomes thin layer ice called black ice on the streets during the freezing nights. I'm already getting set for the spring garden flurry. My favorite season is spring when everything is so fresh and new.

Have a great day.

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02/06/2011 10:29.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi everyone
We raise nubian x saanen goats and east friesian sheep. I am just beginning the cheese making adventure. So far, our favorite has been a fresh chevre style goat/sheep blend. I would eventually like to get a dairy cow too for butter, but we'll see :)
I like vintage kitchen/house wares, some danish modern stuff and antique primitive pieces. I just picked up a vintage double washstand the other day with chippy blue-green paint that is one of my new favorites.
That is the farmhouse in the background, it's kind of unusual for the area. It was built in 1899 out of limestone stucco, the walls are nearly 18" thick layered with rocks and gravel from the nearby riverbed.

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02/03/2011 03:58.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the Welcome!!
We don't have any Belties although they are so very cute. The picture posted is of the only red Galloway we've ever had. Ours are black with some of them having brown tinges. We love the hairiness. People are always slowing down to get a closer look...they can't figure out hat they are! We have a small herd 16 right now. 5 purebred Galloway mommas, 6 cross yearlings and 4 cross babies. We bring in a friends Angus bull each year for breeding. We only have one pair of Guineas...very quiet. They are very social with us, both lavenders. Love them!!!

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01/04/2011 09:41.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Just saying Hi
I have been out of the loop for almost a month, my how time does fly by. Not sure where Dec went but now it is January 1 already. Starting looking at seed catalogs and planning my garden this morning. Need to keep it smaller than I would like to be sure I can keep it under control. Thanks for the input on the bats, still not sure what I am going to do. I can't seal up the whole barn, it way to big and with the bats hanging out in the upper most roof rafters they are quite out of reach. That's all for now have a blessed new year.

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01/01/2011 05:57.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for visiting Howell Farm
I like what you are doing with the farm. Good luck. What breed of dairy goat are you planning on getting for your place? Also how many would be a good start, I have read two or three milkers at first then get them bred, what do you think? Any clue on what to do about bats in the loft of my barn? I know they are good to have around but they are messy and making that part of the barn pretty much useless. I have read and heard about bat houses but still do not know much.
Thanks again for visiting

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12/05/2010 07:46.34 PM Report This Comment  
I just read your comment at another site and just had to tell you that you have found another kindred spirit.I make soap(just started this year),paint,weave baskets,crochet,sew,have a angora bunny.Would love to have either a angora sheep or goat!Thinking could use goats milk in my soap!
Hope you have a great day!

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11/14/2010 06:21.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for visiting our farm page
(I'm still learning how to answer comments, I answered you on my page, then realized you probably wouldn't see it, so I re-posted this on yours, I'm not sure if you'll get this twice?)
Paradise Plantation, your farm is beautiful! I love Cochins, they are my favorite chicken. I think they have precious little personalities and are beautiful birds. I will have to look up the blue color. I've always wanted to try making soaps. We almost got a dairy goat this past spring and I would love to try goats milk soap. That's awesome that you have a good turn with your eggs. I'm really interested in the breeding aspect of chickens, but with so many laying, I'm feeling like we need to do something as far as selling our eggs as well. Do you sell to local restaurants, grocery stores? As far as the goats, yes the whole process is somewhat addicting, husbands beware (wink). This year is the first year we will be sending our wool out to be commercially processed. We've been doing it by hand for the past two years, and I get impatient because I want to get to the fun part (dying, spinning, knitting) faster. I used to wash it, and card it into rollags by hand, but I would sell out of the raw fleece before I could get anything done to work on myself. We love our goats, and I have to say they are fairly easy to take care of on a daily basis. Get your goats from a reputable breeder. I looked for 8 years before deciding on a breeder, they are far and few between in Michigan. I was getting ready to high-tail it down to Texas when I found our girls a week before our wedding. I really feel like you get what you pay for, (I've heard horror stories) and get them young and bottle fed if at all possible. Ours were not bottle fed but they have darling personalities and love being with us, in fact when we leave to go up to the house they stand at the fence and call us..so cute! Shearing is the most difficult part, I'm not going to lie, it's hard work, but it's only twice a year, and we are not experts yet (by any means) Each shearing gets easier, and the girls are getting more used to it. Other than that we give them a grain ration, de-worm once a month, (you don't have to do it this often) trim their hooves every 3 weeks and they get two vaccines once a year, one is for Tetanus, and the other for White Muscle disease. Other than those few things, we spend most of our time enjoying them, taking them for walks through the woods and loving on them. I'm not sure how this whole community works, but we have a blog that shows some detailed photos of how we care for our goats and I would love to see some of your weaving!

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09/18/2010 08:48.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, thanks for visiting me. I just love to bake anything. I also love to eat it. That's my downfall. So I don't bake too much. My hubby doesn't like sweets, so our son and I end up eating it all. Our son can handle it, I can't!

I just love writing anything. I have a blog for my writing outlet. I used to write poetry when I was younger and full of hormones. lol.

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09/09/2010 05:08.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Sounds Wonderful
The first day you drove through the gate. Love it.

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07/26/2010 11:45.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Quiet, for now!
Have a little quiet time for a couple of days. Hubby and I have a few doctor's appointments, but no company for a few weeks! Going up to visit my folks soon to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary!!! Taking advantage of this "down time" to do some canning and start prepping the garden for Fall. Are you doing a Fall garden this year? What do you like to plant in the Fall? Did a little blurp today on our Summer garden coming to an end... Jump over and give it a read when you have time!

Hope you're having a safe and happy summer! Stay COOL!

Come visit me, Dancing Moon Farmstead.

07/23/2010 08:18.26 AM Report This Comment  
  New photos: HOSS, Handsome Henry and Kit Kat!
Had to update the photo of HOSS as he's no longer such a little puppy! Oh, but he is SO rotten! Come see the photos and FULL note on my page...

Hope you're having a good summer! Small break in company, but having doctor's appointments the next few weeks instead - UGH! Next month we're also going up to Oklahoma for my parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary!!!

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07/17/2010 10:16.49 AM Report This Comment  
This week we added some chicks to our little farm. They are so cute when they are little, but I am looking forward to seeing them grow up. Thank you for visiting my page!

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07/14/2010 12:50.08 PM Report This Comment  
Love the verse on your profile. I learn it to be truth every day!! :)

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07/07/2010 04:13.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Quilt Show
The Quilt show was WONDERFULL! Took an applique class with Susan Cranshaw and made a "horned toad". You can Google her name and see them on her web-site. Are you on Facebook??? Is there a place on here that I can send you a private message with my real email addy???

Went to the Veldhuizen Dairy again when my sister and her two sons were down to visit! REALLY want to start making our own cheese... Guess I need to start looking for a buck to breed my two does with this fall!

Garden is doing well! Cukes and squash aplenty with corn now ripening and some potatoes, too... Have even gotten a couple of tomatoes! Pears and grapes are slowly coming along and if the birds, squirrels and raccoons will leave them alone we should have a fine fruit harvest as well.

Hope you are having a nice, safe summer!

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06/28/2010 06:20.10 AM Report This Comment  
  unexpected company
Our best-man is here visiting for a couple of hours! Tomorrow I'm off to Abilene for a quilt show.... taking an applique class, too. Cannot wait! Will tell you all about it in a couple days!!!

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06/12/2010 03:16.19 PM Report This Comment  


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