Light at the End of Every Tunnel

View of the Dales from the trail

Last weekend we went walking among our favourite hills in the Derbyshire Peak District.  And walked the old railway track that has now been turned into a cycle path since many of the country’s railway tracks were sadly ripped up when Dr Beeching Axed many lines across the country in the 60’s. ( I am hoping when you click these photo’s they will enlarge this time for a better view  as it didn’t work previously)

You can see why I love the Peak District with its hills and valleys. A Little like life nothing is ever smooth for we all of us at times have obstacles to climb and overcome.

And like any road map, we are free to choose which road to travel. We can often get side tracked and detour for a time as we come off the beaten track. Some may well get lost for a time too.. But the road is always there just waiting for us to follow the correct signs to lead us to our intended destinations..

Monsal Dale Map

We set off and parked our car at Hassop. This used to be a Train Station. Now it is a bike hire place for the trail along with it being a book store and Café. 

Setting off on foot  (I do not ride a bike), we made our way to the first Tunnel..

 

The Derbyshire Dales are made up of lots of Rocky Hills

When you think that when the railways were built, these tunnels and tracks were hacked out by hand,  unlike todays tunnels which are calved out with giant machinery.

Victorian Engineering of Monsal Trail 1860

When I was a child we would walk among the limestone outcrops of rock along a Dale near my home called Coombes Dale..  And for those wishing to see more about the walk I would often do as a child, there is a wonderful 10 minute video on this Link you may like which also includes some local history We would be fascinated to see fossils of fish within the rocks..

As I walked the Monsal Trail I found a plaque  confirming that at one time the Dales had been at the bottom of the ocean.

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Like us the Earth is evolving. We Humans think we know so much and yet we know so very little about our Blue Dot that is suspended in Space..  All of us are constantly changing..  As we grow we seldom see those changes ourselves.. It isn’t until we look back we see how far we have travelled and come along our own individual pathways in life that we see Change is constant.

Today we talk constantly about Climate change.. And yes we are contributing to those changes with our Carbon footprints.. But our climate is always changing and was changing well before we had cars and aeroplanes..  Sometimes we are just too close to notice that we are now in the midst of yet another large change. Leading to Mass Migrations and Political upheavals.  Yet this too is opening our heart centres and more of us are growing in awareness through compassion and empathy. And are choosing too alternative lifestyles as those that are waking up seek to slow down and get off the tread-mill of life.

Sometimes we have to go through our Dark Tunnels before we emerge back into the Light.

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Speaking of Mills if you look at the Map you will see many on the trail. The Mills below are  Here is a view of Cressbrook Mills which have been now made into flats.

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But I am getting ahead of myself on the trail. Because as you come out of the Headstock Tunnel which is 490 Metres Long. The View is stunning. You are stood upon a wonderfully built viaduct that bridges the valley below.. I didn’t take this picture this walk but have included one of the Viaduct from another source from

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsal_Trail The photo below.

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The Above View is as you emerge from Headstock Tunnel from the viaduct. The River Wye is below.. When I was at school our houses were all named after local Rivers and Dales  .. I was in the house of Monsal, the others were Derwent, Wye and  Lathkill. All wonderful places to visit.

Hassop Bike Trail Nr Bakewell to Monsal Dale.This above photo is also an older one I took some years ago of the trail showing how popular the trail is with bikers.

Continuing along the walk you are flanked either side with wonderful views

Cottages nestled in the valley

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You then approach the second tunnel which is called Cressbrook Tunnel

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This tunnel is shorter than the first one, And I took this as we neared the opening at the other end.  No matter how dark the tunnel may get in life .We are never alone.. As these Orbs testify.. Can you see them in the above photo?

Life can be a series of Light and Dark paths, learning to find our balance as we ride through life and keeping to the paths which lead us into greener pastures can sometimes be tricky.. But it is all about finding our balance.. And learning to go with the flow..

Know there is always Light at the end of every tunnel..

And no tunnel is without an end if we keep moving in unity towards the light..  

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I hope you enjoyed the Monsal Trail and for those interested in seeing how these Tunnels were reopened after being closed for such a long time the link below shows detail pictures how the tunnels were made safe and made into a cycle path..

Have a Wonderful week.. I have another busy week planned with my Granddaughter and a date with the Allotments..  For those wanting to keep up with my Gardening exploits you can visit my Gardening Blog HERE.

http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/tunnels/monsal.html

 

Autumn Harvesting

Beautiful Berries along an autumn walk

Beautiful Berries along an autumn walk

Sometimes you just have to leave technology to one-side as you attend to priorities in life. And Harvesting, clearing veggie beds and looking after our own well-being has to come first.

So I deliberately went off line for a week to get to grips with some of the jobs I had been promising myself I would catch up on..  

Including some self indulgence of one of my favourite pastimes, Walking. 

But before there was time for walking I had some Harvesting to do. Hubby dug up the potatoes, Not a very large crop this year.. We only planted 6 rows this year instead of our usual 10, 2 early and 4 rows of main crop..  It was my job to bend down and sort through them. And wouldn’t you know the big ones always get the fork going through them 🙂 

Potatoes ready for sorting and bagging to store in the shed

Potatoes ready for sorting and bagging to store in the shed

Next the onions had to be gone through, they had been lifted some weeks ago and were drying in the shed, I looked like some one who had come up from the Coal mines after rubbing off the soily skins of what would be 2 barrows of onions and shallots.. The onions haven’t done as well, many rotted before lifting, but the shallots are fine. 

One box of shallots, ( we have 3 such boxes .

One box of shallots, ( we have 3 such boxes)

Then there was the Sweetcorn to harvest and freeze.

Just some of the sweetcorn..

Just some of the sweetcorn..

Sunflowers, view from the bottom of the allotments

Sunflowers, view from the bottom of the allotments

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In between there was some time to relax in the late afternoon Sun in the back garden at home.

Listening to the wind-chimes and fountain in the fish pond

Listening to the wind-chimes and running water of the fish pond

Caterpillars in abundance means butterflies for next year.

Caterpillars in abundance means butterflies for next year.

Above you see just some of the caterpillars off of one cabbage. We usually plant plenty of crops, enough for us and the caterpillars, As we do not use any kind of sprays on our crops..  I put these onto the nasturtiums to munch to their hearts content. 

Munching on the nasturtiums

Munching on the nasturtiums

Wallflowers grown from seed

Wallflowers grown from seed

 

 

 These wallflowers are in the allotments at the moment, Grown from seeds, I will plant out late September, October where they are to flower, along with sweet-Williams. 

I also got 3 pots ready, for the autumn, these contain Cyclamen and Winter Pansies.

 

Preparing the Pots

Preparing the Pots I put some crockery in the bottom along with a brick. This will help weight it down if we get high winds.

I then planted all 3 with cyclamen and winter pansies.

I then planted all 3 pots with cyclamen and winter pansies. These pots are frost proof.

I couldn’t leave out the Kitchen in this post, and also had time to make some Apple and Blackberry Chutney. The recipe for any would be chutney makers is Here on my Recipe pages. 

Apple and Blackberry Chutney

Apple and Blackberry Chutney

Oh and in between all of that I did a little upholstery as I recovered a chair for the bedroom, and did a little dress alterations for my Daughter. 

But I did find time to go walking, And drove some miles to Carsington Water  with my Hubby to walk around the Reservoir which is also a wonderful Nature reserve.  We had a wonderful day. 

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Carsington Water Reservoir and Nature reserve.

Well that was my week.. I hope you all had a wonderful week too. And I wish you all a great weekend.. I hope to be back to visiting you all very soon.. In the mean time..

Take care of each other and enjoy the New Moon.

I hope it heralds in New Beginnings and brings us to be less critical of each other and I hope it brings in  more compassion for our fellow Human beings..

Take Care and Many Blessings

See you All Soon..

~Sue~  

 

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Old Oak Tree

Old Oak Tree

Ask Mother Nature to let you see

All of her wonders created for thee

As you take yourself off for a walk

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Look to the skies

At the Rainbow she supplies

As you take yourself off for a walk

© Sue Dreamwalker 2013-2015

My thanks go to Kim over at Silentlyheardonce  who is a wonderful poet. Kim asked if I would take part in the 5 day photo challenge.. While I have given up accepting Awards this challenge is an easy one for me to take part in, as I had a set of photo’s I was going to post. But now with this challenge I will  add a poem I wrote a few years ago now a couple of verses at a time to each photo.. And bring you the last photo with the complete poem at the end.

The Rules are as follows..

Here are the rules for the “Five Photos Five Stories” challenge: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.
(Sporadic posting is alright if you’re unable to post each day.)

My Third nomination today is Teri over at Masked Native  I hope you go and pay her a visit.  

Re-connecting to our Earth Mother.

“Every part of this soil is sacred in the estimation of my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove, has been hallowed by some sad or happy event in days long vanished.”

The above quote is part of Chief Seattle’s original speech of 1854, as reported by Henry Smith in 1887.

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We spend so much of our time indoors, especially in the winter months, as we become so focused on the busyness of our lives. We become disconnected from our Mother Earth. 

Geese gathering looking for food

Geese rushing to be fed

These two followed us some distance

These two Geese followed us some distance checking we had given them the last of the grain.

It is this time of year that the lack of sunshine can bring on the doldrums of feeling low in spirit  and the  SAD syndrome  And even I was feeling depleted in energy as I missed connecting to my garden and going for walks over the last couple of weeks.

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How our allotment plot is looking at the moment.Looking tired but still full of Goodness yet to harvest. 

I was commenting recently with a fellow blogger as I said the majority of those in cities are now so disconnected to Mother Nature, and this is often what is lacking in our lives… We spoke on how much better we always feel when we connect back with Nature, from either walking or spending time near water or trees.. 

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Snowdrops in the Woodland Walk

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Much of what we truly need can only be found under the naked sky, alongside tall trees, on open plains, or in the sound of running water. As our energy re-connects back to the whole of which we are all a part..

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Feeding a Chaffinch along our walk with bird seed

Being in nature connects us to the earth, grounding us as we walk, unhindered by concrete, upon her. Surrounded by other living beings, both bigger and smaller than we are, we remember that human beings are simply one form of life in this vast universe.Rose Hips.. Natures own Vitimins

We instinctively know that nature is good for us on many levels. Even if you live in a city or find it difficult to travel to a forest or the countryside, there are many ways to reconnect with nature.

                                      

Rose Hips a natural source of vitamin C. 

When you step out of your door each morning,  allow your senses to absorb your surroundings.  Breathe deeply, listen to the wind, or it may be the rain upon the pavements.. So many of us run around not wanting to get wet… Yet the rain is cleansing and is the Life Giver to this planet, smell it on the grass, and if you have no grass, watch the circular ripples in the puddles. See the reflections in the water and watch the droplets run down your window panes..

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Just pause for a moment and take in Nature’s beauty and colours, and remember each breath you breathe Nature has provided we  so take our breath for granted. Allow your senses to embrace the gifts Mother Nature has to offer us every day. As you spend time re-connecting with Nature she is also healing you, that is why we all feel so much better for a walk in the fresh air away from the concrete pavements.

( And preferably watch where you put your feet and don’t fall )

Big smiles..

Many thanks for all your wonderful well wishes.

I am feeling much lighter of Spirit.  

I Will be catching up with you all very soon..

Love and Blessings 

~Sue~  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking the Road to Peace

Walking the Road to Peace

Many of us are now on our Roads of discovery as we walk our own Sacred paths in finding out just who we are…

Before we can get to our  New  Peaceful Beginnings  we are often taken through some rough terrain as we learn to navigate the roads that lead us to our final destination.

Today I just wish to share a little of that Peace, in the form of three walks I have done recently.. Two on Sunny days, and One today within the Mist and Fog.

So too in life we have our Sunny days,

Sun over the Nettles

Lime Leaves shining in the Sun

And life just flows along nicely

Autums Flow

The Flow of Life

 

Could that be a little Orb that is following me from the Sun?

Can you Spot it again??

 

 

 

Autumn Fruits Rose Hips

 

 

Life is full of colour, we just need to open our eyes to appreciate what surrounds us every day

 

 

Standing Tall

 

We may at times think we stand alone..

 

But when you look around you will see many more shedding their past and letting go..

 

Woods shedding Leaves

Releasing and Letting Go means we allow more room for those Golden Opportunities into our lives

Golden Fall

Bridges to Cross

 

We all have our Bridges to cross..

 

 

 

 

 

Foggy HazeAt other times we may seem as if we are traveling through a fog uncertain of what is ahead..

 

 

 

 

We need to keep moving forward and as we do, so too a little more of the road is revealed to us.  All we need is a little Self Reflection!

Reflecting and all becomes Clear

Don’t get caught in the Traps of Fear,

Webs we all Spin

We all have our Warts  We all have our Warts And can carry our loads

( can you see the face? )

Loads we carry

(And How about the Monkey?)

But we all of us Walk our Paths

Trail over the bridge

And ALL Pathways lead us Home!

All paths lead Home

  We really are on this Road Together..

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 Enjoy your Golden Moments Each and Everyone of you..

Golden Moments

You are never Out there on a Limb ..

You are never out on a limb

Don’t forget your roots.. We are All of us Natures Children

Replenish, and Remember your Roots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are not alone.. Our strength comes in standing together

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Rose Hips.. Natures own Vitamins  Vit C

Nature cures all ills, and brings us inner peace..   All we need is be Grounded as we learn ALL things are in Balance. 

Have a wonderful Week all of you.. I  hope you enjoyed my collection of photo’s and Keep Walking on your Path..

And Know the Sun is Always Shinning . Even over the Nettles Patch.

The Sun is always Shinning

Love And Blessings..

~Sue~

Connecting Back to our Earth Mother

Spending time in nature allows us to feel at one with other living beings and to find comfort in the nurturing embrace of our Earth Mother. You can’t help but experience a different sense of self while walking in a wood.

So many of us have waited for Spring, as we have endured either the wettest or coldest winter in a long time.. So when at last the Sun peeps out I am one of the first to head for my favourite walks among the trees.. Just having the Sun revitalise us and enrich our Vitamin D supplies needed for healthy bones makes us feel so much better..

My walk looking out over some of Robin Hood Country

My walk looking out over some of Robin Hood Country. I am standing upon a converted ‘Slag heap’ of waste from a local Coal mine which closed in 2003. This land has now been made into a Nature Reserve.

We spend so much time indoors, focused on the busyness of our lives and disconnected from the earth. But much of what we truly need can only be found  in nature alongside trees or by the sound of running water.  There is so much to be seen.. And it was really good to hear the birds in the tree tops chirping away as they too must have been ready to dry out their feathers.. I saw many busy collecting nesting materials as they began to rebuild their nests..

Being in nature connects us to the earth, grounding us as we walk, unhindered by concrete, upon her. Surrounded by other living beings, both bigger and smaller than we are, we remember that human beings are simply one form of life in this vast universe. The standing ones are now starting to sprout new growth from their long sleep as they wake up revealing their blossoms..

Even if you live in a city or find it difficult to travel to a forest or the countryside, there are many ways to reconnect with nature. When you step out of your door each morning, just pause for a minute and close your eyes long enough to let your senses absorb your surroundings. Listen and breathe deeply, until you hear the wind rustling through branches, smell rain on damp grass, see the sparkle of morning dew, or frost. Enjoy the magical Mist. Take in the sights, sounds, and sensations we experience that are part of nature, which can remind us of all the gifts our Earth Mother brings us each day.

Spending time connecting with nature nourishes the soul, reminding us that you we are never truly alone, and renews us by attuning us back to the earth’s natural rhythm of which all nature is a part.. 

Enjoy Spring!

As we remember we are One with All of Nature

Blessings ~Sue

If you click upon the photos, you will see them in more detail in the slide show.

Life’s Force ~Love

The Wood

Today I took a walk; it led me to a wood. ………………………..

Winter is upon us with frost and it was cold as I stood.

Beneath my feet were oak leaves crisply sparkling

Above my head the rays of light reflecting, glistening.

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I took a breath of clean fresh air that billowed out as smoke

Flung out my arms and turned around, as the woodland spoke.

My heart beat slowly like a drum, to a rhythmic beat.

I listened to it’s sound, while the energy pulsed through my feet.

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My head did spin, I wanted to laugh, instead I hugged a tree,

I’m alive, and was part of that wood, and it was part of me.The Wood 2

Tears of joy sprang to my eyes that glistened like the frost.

For at last my heart sang, my soul I’d thought I’d lost.

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You’re part of me, the trees the flowers and the sun,

The Universe and God, are waiting, we are One.

We are all connected, in a moment I just knew,

The key is Love, Everything, Everyone, Especially You.

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Each of us is special, unique unto his own,

In that moment my heart felt light, as if I’d just flown.

I am the Lord of the Dance said he- echoed in my head,

At last I knew- I’d met the source- We are One it said.

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Peace and Laughter filled my heart, I laughed or I should cry,

I wanted to embrace the whole wide World, and to tell it why.

Love is the answer, Love is the Key,

So simple, yet so hard.

Love is the answer Love is the key,

Grasp it- hold it, Love is now for you and me..

…. Love is the Answer!

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© Sue Dreamwalker – 2013 All rights reserved.

I wrote this poem I back in 2008, but the Wood photos were taken only a couple of weeks ago as we walked a favourite walk.

We can all help the flow of our World’s Life Force.. and that is to start sending LOVE out into it.. Instead of making judgements, we need more tolerance, and compassion, care, and understanding.

For what we give out comes back…

So send out what you wish to come back around

And Help the World Heal

With your Love!

Thank you for reading

~Sue~

Change is the Air and You are It!

I’m always going on about how our thoughts create. How they can lift our spirits or they can be our worst enemy and bring us to our knees..

This weekend I managed to chill out.. Sunday my Hubby and I packed our ruck sack and drove out to enjoy the scenery and walks in the Derbyshire Peak District.. These are the valleys I walked as a child, where you could walk out with out fear and villages would leave their doors unlocked and everyone in the village would know everyone else. How times have changed!…  

As I  walked the tension of the last week slipped from my shoulders as I breathed in the fresh air and basked in the Sun. We walked passed endless wild flowers in hedgerows and meadows, seeing the blossom on trees and glimpses of nesting birds fetching worms and insects to feed their young.

We passed this wonderful Field full of knee high Buttercups, Here it is with a Horse Chestnut Tree standing proud in the Middle of a sea of yellow Buttercups..

Buttercup Field with Horse-Chestnut Tree

Another View of Buttercups in the meadow

And as I breathed the air into my lungs, I felt it fill me up with energy and it got me thinking. How the Air we all breathe is invisible to all, and yet as I looked up I saw the clouds drifting across the sky as the grass swayed in the fields. The birds and the insects and many butterflies I saw all using this same invisible Air all travelling, all busy creating new life to carry on their species..

Headstone Tunnel at Monsal DaleInside the Tunnel

We walked along a disused train track, that is now a cycle path.. A few years ago the  HeadstoneTunnel of this track was re-opened and I think it took us around 5 minutes to walk through its length around a long curve of 490 metres until we saw the light at the other end.  As we entered it was cold and damp, but there are lights installed in the ceiling and although very dark you can see your way… Children on bikes rang their bells and turned on their lamps and screamed and shouted to one another and their parents joined in the fun, as the echo of the Tunnel amplified their voices as they rode through the tunnels length…

It made me think again how Air is the element of communication.. How when we speak it travels, Our voices can be a mere whisper, or we can bellow… Like the Wind it can be but a breeze or a Tornado ..  Our words have power and we can use them to comfort or  to chastise, we can use them to Heal or to Wound.. and I know how often words can cut sharper than any knife, or soothe  like balm…

Air is also the element through which our thoughts travel, Our thoughts in construction travel out like radio waves into the ether using the element of Air to travel.  Our thoughts are Energy,We may not see them, but then neither do we see the Air, but its there!… Invisible just the same..

How many thoughts do we think in a day?. 

Are They Positive or Negative? 

We Can send out a prayer for someone as  we send out healing, and often we send out our compassion through our emotional thoughts. So too can we pick up on others thoughts, we often instinctively know when some one is feeling down.. Or happy, for the energy they emit travels through the air as we pick up those feelings . Some go one stage further using Telepathy or clairvoyance which are deeper levels of this ability which we all have, but have forgotten how to use.

While I was walking along I was thinking how wonderful this Planet is and how Nature no matter what the elements throw at it, It still thrives to bloom and grow to the best it can be…

Here are some wonderful views of Wild flowers and just look at those dandelions which are thriving high up on the Rock ledges..

Dandelions growing in rock face

Wild Flower Mixture

Our thoughts can create harmony or they can be destructive and even bring illness upon ourselves.. What ever we give out comes back.. Such is the nature of creation in its circular cycles.

Air is always in motion.. Air swirls and eddies and whirls back on itself.. It moves things along.. It whips things up, creating Change..

My blogging community  has become a global family, we communicate through technology, we are no longer isolated we are in instant contact across vast distances..

Never before have the events around our world been transmitted via satellite into our homes via the media and TV so quickly.  And in an instant our thoughts are affected with the emotions we are giving out with what we are witnessing as we think! and thus send back out into the ether either positive or negative thoughts! 

The Nature of our Communication with our global family is crucial for a healthy planet.  We are seeing Old patterns of living altering.. We are witnessing the breaking Free.. We need to move beyond Fear and we need to open up our thoughts in non-judgemental ways as we each of us take responsibility not only for our Actions..  We each need to understand the importance of the Power of Thoughts and how collectively they need to break free of old doctrines and embrace Unity and Harmony, that all are equal. And its time that this divide of Rich and Poor be addressed. 

We may not realise the power we all possess , but others do. and so our minds are constantly bombarded with Fear from those communication devices.. Learning how to meditate within our quiet places , going out within Nature and finding our own inner balance within ourselves, we are able to direct out thoughts and intentions. It may not seem a lot.. But our Thoughts DO make a huge difference to the Collective Consciousness.

The more we communicate from our hearts then the more others will want to do the same.. Sending healing love out into the world…

We too can use this Great Communication Tool.. And spread out our thoughts to create a more harmonious Caring World..

So when next you send out your voice into the Ether, Remember it is energy and remember it travels out into the air..

Remember also what we think is also sent out into the Ether. 

Change is in the Air

Let it begin with You!

Blessings ~Sue

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