'ON THE VINE'

'ON THE VINE'

By J. Berthaume 04 Jul, 2017
The Foundry Arts Space opened recently, filling a much needed gap in Echuca for a contemporary art gallery and community space. 

Founded by EMAI, the space exhibits work as part of group or solo shows and holds cultural workshops.

It's in a great location, nestled in the Port of Echuca's historical precinct, close by to cafes, bars, bookshops and the paddlesteamers on The Esplanade. So drop in or take a special visit into town to check it out. The friendly group of volunteers from Echuca Moama Arts Initiative have a Facebook page  and website which they keep up to date with current shows, workshops and opening hours. 

Highly recommended for those who fancy eclectic pieces executed thoughtfully. An array of very talented artists exhibit here and sell their work.

  • LOCATION
  • 11-17 Murray Esplanade
  • Echuca, Victoria
  • PHONE
  • Call 0429 168 424
By J. Berthaume 22 Jun, 2017
Salivating already? We forgive you. 

If you're looking for an entire menu of sumptuous, beautifully crafted dishes and fine wines, we can highly recommend The Mill  in Echuca. Staying in a villa at Perricoota Vines Retreat  obviously includes your own fully self-contained kitchen for cosy nights in cooking. But there's nothing like a night out at one of Echuca/Moama's finest restaurants before coming back to your private villa and spa.

The beautiful thing about The Mill is that the atmosphere is incomparable with the bricks and chandeliers, the service is impeccable, the dishes are works of art, but it's affordable and there's a lovely casual vibe that allows you to relax into a long night out with your partner or friends without feeling the stuffiness that usually comes with high class dining.

From their website:

In the heart of Echuca ,  this iconic landmark offers the perfect, unique and exclusive restaurant to enjoy beautiful dining with family and friends… The old brick five storey former flour mill built in 1881 bestows the most sensational atmosphere to set the scene for any day or evening! With its timberwork and it’s brickwork is a gorgeous old utilitarian building is full of charm, with plenty of history and makes the perfect setting for enjoying a glass or two of wine.


By J. Berthaume 22 Jun, 2017
We're absolutely thrilled to bring you this very special offer in conjunction with our friends at  Endota Spa Echuca . Combining on site yoga, lakeside villa accommodation and breakfast for 2 at Perricoota Vines along with your choice of either a relaxation massage (60mins) or organic Infusion facial (50mins) at the brand new Endota Spa in Echuca, this is the ultimate escape package for those who need some time out of their busy lives.

We welcome visitors to the region as well as locals who are seeking true me time for a midweek night and day of pure indulgence in Echuca/Moama.

PLAN THE PERFECT AUTUMN/WINTER ESCAPE

BOOKINGS OPEN.
Call 0354826655
By J. Berthaume 22 Jun, 2017

As we begin to introduce wellness options at Perricoota Vines with on site yoga classes and  in room healing massage with Mi-Yoga's Ali Connelly, we thought it an opportune time to mention a sweet and very nourishing little find just over the bridge from us.


The Sweet Meadow is a brand new plant based, vegan health bar that opened in October 2016.  Created by the ever so lovely, ever so clever, Kyabram born Aishe Besim , The Sweet Meadow is based on the core truth that plant-based food is medicine.

"Food should not been seen as something to just quickly eat to keep hunger at bay, but instead as something that can nourish and protect us, and help us get the best out of every day"   she says.

This is no pop up experimental venture, rather a dedicated lifestyle experience catering to the increasingly popular philosophy of conscious living. Aishe's vision is to build a healthier community through awareness around the food we eat, our health and living sustainably.  And she sees it through to the very last detail.

It's not just the beautifully presented (and hotdamn tasty) plant based meals and beverages (Aishe was the first to bring Melbourne's favourite, All Press Coffee to the region - a must try, and is one of the first in town to serve cold pressed juices), its the entire cafe experience. The detail Aishe has put into the establishment - from the hand crafted artistan ceramics and organic aloe vera and teas for sale on the far right shelves, to the gorgeous, beaming staff she's hired to serve, to the pastel pink walls and flourish of native flowers that embrace you on arrival, and even the design and health-conscious magazines she presents on the window sills. There is not one detail that isn't beautifully conceived and executed at The Sweet Meadow. Even the sustainable take away boxes and petite pink stickers that hold them together for those on the run hint at a particularly thoughtful, caring and wholistic charm.

For those who prefer your average everyday serve of dairy and meat, we would still recommend that you try this purely vegan experience. Their soy or coconut tumeric lattes are delectable to the tastebuds - as is their hearty, smashed avocado toast served with lemon, their brown rice sushi rolls, the grain free granola and baked donuts with dehydrated berries.

The Sweet Meadow puts pay to Jamison Scala's philosophy, “With veganism you give nothing up. You just stop taking that which is not yours.”  The food here is ablush with flavour, substance and screams nourishment without compromising on taste.

The eatery is situated near the Bridge Hotel in the midst of the Port precinct; a lovely spot to drop into when strolling near the Wharf and Esplanade. The public garden walkway beside the cafe gleams with morning and afternoon sunlight through a weeping willow tree and is the perfect quiet corner for a casual outdoor experience, along with the vintage-inspired seating area at the front.  

We highly recommend treating yourself to The Sweet Meadow. Join them on social media and check out their highly educational website.


​The Sweet Meadow
640 High Street, Echuca Victoria 3564
(03) 5482 4099

Open Thursday to Monday.
7.30am - 4pm weekdays - 8am - 4pm weekends - Kitchen closes at 3pm.

By J. Berthaume 15 Jun, 2017

Because you've earned yourself a break, even with the family in tow or the bustling burroughs of Echuca Moama at your footsteps, we've introduced a range of In Room Healing Massages for the convenience of all our guests.

Perricoota Vines Retreat's very own masseuse, Ali Connely from  Mi Yoga  offers a range of simple but therapeutic treatments including traditional Relaxation and Hot Stone Massages to Chakra or Reiki-based massage sessions. Discover our menu of options on our dedicated booking page.

Due to the popularity of the service, we do ask that you book in advance of your stay in one of our spa villas, to avoid disappointment.

By J. Berthaume 15 Jun, 2017
With Mother's Day coming up, you can enjoy a deep sigh of relief - we've got you sorted.

An  Escape Gift Certificate or Yoga Gift Certificate  from Perricoota Vines can be ordered online direct from our website and delivered as a stylish E-Certificate. 

Choose from a 1,2 or 3 night getaway in a lakeside or garden villa for mum which comes with a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival and a private spa suite for her ultimate indulgence.

If she's had a busy year and would like to learn how to unwind and invest in her health, a Yoga Gift Certificate will give her the incentive to join our popular on site classes with guru Ali Connelly of Mi Yoga.

Order online and we will get back to you with a quote on the best package deal based on current specials.

Our Endota Spa & Perricoota Vines Retreat promotion is another irresistible gift idea for Mum.

Email us  or phone (03) 54826655 and let us know what you and your siblings would like to spoil her with. We'II do all we can to assist.


By J. Berthaume 15 Jun, 2017
Echuca Moama is fast becoming a hub for clean living and this brand new store in the port's retail precinct is further proof.

Echuca Food Store & Organics stocks a refreshing range of deli goods, jarred pastes, mueslis, relishes and teas as well as organic cotton clothing, eco-friendly cleaning products, health items, skin care and crafty oddments for conscious living.

We highly recommend guests of the retreat to drop in for some locally made preserves and edibles to use in the   self-contained villas   or to purchase some pure grade beauty products.

Everything from the fluoride-free range of toothpastes and bamboo toothbrushes to the   Simple As That    skin care range and organic cotton lounge wear has been hand selected almost as a curated selection of the most lovingly produced market items available.

You'II love the Organic Soapberries and the crafty Beeswax Wraps (perfect to preserve a block of cheese or to wrap fruit or kid's school lunches as a sustainable alternative to cling wrap) and the delectable organic lip balms. We highly recommend the fresh sourdough loaves of basket bread and health balls (which you can purchase in a jar, or as singular treats).

The store is beautifully designed, spacious and minimal yet abundant with variety, both nutritious and luxurious. Its the kind of place you wander into for a quick look but linger in for much longer, reading labels, feeling textures and gathering hard to find items for home.

  • STORE LOCATION - 529 High St Echuca, Victoria
(Near The Black Pudding, opposite I Want I Need homewares)
  • PHONE  - (03) 54802921
By J. Berthaume 05 Mar, 2017
Winter is well and truly setting in here in Echuca/ Moama but there's always an excuse to venture out of your spa villa at Perricoota Vines Retreat and meander into town for a spot of shopping.

Two of the most popular boutiques in town - Prato and Honey - are hidden treasures, tucked away in Nish and Pakenham Sts in Echuca (a stone's throw from each other). Run by lovely local lassies and always warm inside, they both stock beautiful boots, woollens and accessories.  

Check out some of their gorgeous winter wares next time you're in town.
xx

HONEY
54 Nish St Echuca
WEBSITE: https://honey.vendecommerce.com
OPENING HOURS -
CHECK VIA FACEBOOK: ​https://www.facebook.com/honeyclothingechuca

PRATO
​225 Pakenham St Echuca
OPENING HOURS -
CHECK VIA FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Prato-Echuca-118644004901712/

By J. Berthaume 01 Jan, 2017
We are absolutely thrilled to launch Mi Yoga At Perricoota Vines with local instructor and long time friend of the retreat, Ali Connelly.

Ali has introduced several different classes, ranging from Mums and Bobs to Vinyasa and many more. The tranquil Vines Lakehouse setting is perfect for this popular activity and the fees are more affordable than you'd ever imagine.

Please check our  Yoga page on this website for timetable information and enrolment forms.

We hope to see you there!

By J. Berthaume 11 Oct, 2016
Perricoota Vines Retreat were thrilled to be the recipients of this year's GOLD award for Deluxe Accommodation on Saturday night at the Regional Tourism Awards. So many years of hard, but rewarding work have been recognised with this award, adding some real fizz to our flutes of bubbly on Saturday night. PVR congratulated their team, their staff, their families and J. Berthaume who runs their popular booking website www.perricootavines.com

"The highlight of the night was sharing it with one of Echuca's most selfless advocates, Maureen Baker and actor/singer John Waters who were on the table with us. What a lovely man and what a wonderful singer! His tribute to the treasured skipper, Kevin Hutchison who we lost earlier this year was truly moving. What a night. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us along the way and also to the visitors who continue to come back and write such wonderful reviews. It makes it all worth while when nights like this occur." 

FROM PRESS RELEASE:

2016 Regional Tourism Award Winners Announced

New South Wales and Victoria’s best regional tourism operators and attractions were named this evening at the 2016 Regional Tourism Awards in Moama.   Attendees from across New South Wales and Victoria gathered together at the Moama Bowling Club on Saturday 24 July to find out which of the finalists would take home a coveted 2016 Regional Tourism Award. The annual award ceremony is hailed as the ‘night of nights’ for the Regional Tourism Industry. The winners are now able to compete for finalist positions at the NSW Tourism Awards, which will be held in Sydney in November.

“The 13th annual Regional Tourism Awards showcased some of the best tourism attractions, products and operators in NSW and Victoria”, said Chair of the Awards, Jane Barnes. “This year, all entrants were of a high calibre. In some categories the marks between finalists were so close that a silver and bronze award was given. The winners demonstrated a high standard of professionalism and innovation in their field”.

The Regional Tourism Awards Board would like to congratulate all winners and finalists for their contribution to regional tourism
By J. Berthaume 12 Sep, 2016
Is there anything better than the sound of crackling fire? The warmth it generates, the feeling in the air, the light scent of burning wood. People tend to be drawn to it and it sets the perfect atmosphere for small intimate group workshops, winter health retreats and private functions. The bonus of 360 degree views of the lush green gardens and vineyards over the lake makes the flames in the fire even more appealing.

Perricoota Vines is famous for its lakeside function and conference room, where thousands of people choose to host their special events at different times of the year. When we planned the opening of the room with bar and conference facilities, we had no idea how successful it would be.  People tend to love it because it can cater for small groups or larger groups of 100 people in a theatre style layout. With views to the vineyard and lake, it tends to be the perfect place to brainstorm (the fresh air helps!) And the fact that there's onsite accommodation for delegates to relax in afterwards, puts a luxurious spin on the idea of going away for work.

We've found our health retreats on site have become enormously popular due to the tranquil setting, fresh air and the convenience of on site parking, a supportive function co-ordinator while relaxation becomes a priority.

People who come to Perricoota Vines once tend to come back regularly, for years after. Some of our most loyal guests now choose to have their private functions in the Lake house. We've hosted wakes and celebrations of life after touching family funerals. We've also hosted birthday functions, wedding vow renewal ceremonies and parties and even cooking classes!

​Wholesome, home cooked meals tend to add to the feeling of country hospitality during events (as seen in the gallery below). We'd love to hear from you if you're from out of town or a local thinking of having an event in the Echuca Moama area. It's what we do best and its surprising affordable.

Check out our  functions page  for all the deets.
By J. Berthaume 01 Jan, 2016
Holiday planning always comes with the perennial question: "What are we going to do with the kids?" We've put together this handy guide to assist you in keeping the little tackers entertained in and outdoors this season (while enjoying the outdoors yourself.)

"Hire a canoe or take a horse and carriage ride, a horse riding adventure, an adrenalin-fuelled water ski lesson, laser or paintball, explore a maze or play a round of mini golf, ten pin bowling or go for a swim. Visit the Fauna Park, take an eco tour through the wetlands, explore a food and wine trail that will re-ignite your taste buds. Investigate the regions rich and diverse history at one of the many museums while taking a stroll through the famous historic Port of Echuca. " - Echuca Moama Tourism

RECOMMENDED FAMILY FUN IN ECHUCA/MOAMA

Tried, tested and approved by management, staff & resort guests.

  • Moama & Echuca Adventure Playpark
Moama & Echuca Adventure Playpark is a world class facility, providing a safe environment for families to spend quality time with their children and a meeting place for families, friends and groups.
More Info & Special Deals 

  • Five Mile Mountain Bike Trail
Five Mile mountain bike trail provides 7km of purpose-built mountain bike trails to discover and enjoy.
More Info & Special Deals 

  • Echuca Paintball and Laser Tag ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PERRICOOTA VINES
Laser Tag Games for Kids of all ages and Paintball Games and Mobile Laser Tag. Group Activities or small family groups and special occasions, Birthdays, School holidays Social groups or just some fun for the kids..
More Info & Special Deals 

  • Riverboats Music Festival
Held annually in February this is probably one of the prettiest, most inexpensive, laid-back, family-friendly festivals in Australia.
More Info & Special Deals 

  • Moama and Echuca Botanic Gardens
The Moama and Echuca Botanic Gardens is an up and coming community built project and are only the second designed native gardens in Australia.
More Info & Special Deals 

  • Horseshoe Lagoon Reserve
Horseshoe Lagoon is Moama's Wetland and Floodplain Reserve, which is one of 7,000 wetlands along the Murray River, and is home to native birds, animals, plants and fish.
  More Info & Special Deals  

  • Moama Echuca Community Skate Park
The Moama Echuca Community Skate Park has become a very popular community facility for kids of all ages. Aus-Air Australia
Address: Lot 8 Cessna Crt, Echuca
Phone: 03 5480 3100
Email: ausair@ausair.com.au
Website: www.ausair.com.au
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  • Billabong Ranch Adventure Park & Trail Rides   ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PERRICOOTA VINES
Address: 2831 Tehan Road
Phone: 03 5483 5122
Email: billabong@justhorses.com.au
Website: www.billabongranch.com.au
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  • Boab Boat Hire
Address: 72 Northern Hwy, Echuca
Phone: 03 5482 1992 or 1300 00 2622
Website: www.boabboathire.com.au
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  • Brett Sands Watersports & Wakeboard Centre
Address: Merool Lane
Phone: 03 5482 1851
Email: brett@brettsands.com.au
Website: www.brettsands.com.au
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  • Cactus Country***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PERRICOOTA VINES
Address: 4986 Murray Valley Hwy, Strathmerton
Phone: 03 5874 5271
Email: julie@cactuscountry.com.au
Website: www.cactuscountry.com.au



  • Chanter Estate & Military Museum
Address: Lot 1, Chanter Street, Moama
Phone: 03 5480 0334
Email: chanterestatewinery@bigpond.com
Website: www.chanterestate.com.au


  • Donkey Shelter Inc.
Address: 1949 Matheson Road
Phone: 03 5859 1410
Email: donkeyin@tpg.com.au
Website: www.donkeyshelter.org.au

 
  • Echuca Boat & Canoe Hire * ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PERRICOOTA VINES
Address: Scenic Drive, Victoria Park
Email: info@echucaboatcanoehire.com
Website: www.echucaboatcanoehire.com

  • Echuca Heritage Sweet Company
Address: 606 High Street, Echuca
Phone: 03 5480 6072
Email: lollies@echucaheritagesweetcompany.com.au
Website: www.echucaheritagesweetcompany.com.au

  • Echuca Historical Society Museum
Address: 1 Dickson Street
Phone: 03 5480 1325
Email: eh.soc@bigpond.com
Website: www.echucahistoricalsociety.org.au


  • Echuca King Pin Bowl ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PERRICOOTA VINES
Address: 194 Annesley Street, Echuca
Phone: 03 5482 5722
Email: kingpinechuca@bigpond.com


  • Echuca Moama Artists Inc - Alton Gallery
Address: Alton Gallery, 111 Hare Street
Phone: 03 5482 1458
Email: barbarapavone@bigpond.com
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  • Echuca Moama Wine Tours
Address: PO Box 640, Echuca
Phone: 0407 735 743
Email: emwtours@bigpond.com
Website: www.echucamoamawinetours.com.au

  • Echuca Port Blacksmith
Address: Located in the Echuca Port Precinct, Murray Esplanade
Phone: 5483 5122
Email: billabong@justhorses.com.au
Website: www.billabongranch.com.au

  • For The Love Of Grape
Address: Echuca Moama Wine Region
Phone: 0408 388 332
Email: Find us on Facebook
Website: www.fortheloveofgrape.com.au


  • Heartland Raceway
Address: Cobb Highway
Email: office@heartlandraceway.com
Website: www.heartlandraceway.com


  • HorseHand ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PERRICOOTA VINES
Address: 8518 Northern Highway
Phone: 03 5482 1837
Email: jodie@horsehand.com.au
Website: www.horsehand.com.au


  • Iwaterski Pty Ltd
Address: Echuca Moama Area
Phone: 0400 290 718
Email: josh@iwaterski.com.au
Website: www.iwaterski.com.au


  • Kingfisher Cruises ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PERRICOOTA VINES
Address: The Day Visitors Area, Barmah NP
Phone: 03 5855 2855
Email: info@kingfishercruises.com.au
Website: www.kingfishercruises.com.au


  • Kyabram Fauna Park
Address: Lake Road, Kyabram
Phone: 03 5852 2883
Email: enquiries@kyabramfaunapark.com.au
Website: www.kyabramfaunapark.com.au


  • Kyabram Parkland Golf Club
Address: Racecourse Road, Kyabram
Phone: 03 5852 3146
Website: www.kyabramparkland.com.au

  • Limelight Limousine Winery Tours
Phone: 0498 546 644
Email: book@limelightlimo.com.au
Website: www.limelightlimo.com.au


  • M.V. Mary Ann - Cruising Restaurant
Address: Riverboat Dock, Echuca
Phone: 03 5480 7000
Email: functions@maryann.com.au
Website: www.maryann.com.au
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  • Murray Life Adventures
Address: 174 Fulham Road, Torrumbarry
Phone: 0411 261 606
Email: moik061@yahoo.com.au
Website: www.murraylifeadventures.com.au

  • National Holden Motor Museum
Address: 7-11 Warren Street, Echuca
Phone: 03 5480 2033
Email: holdenmuseum@bigpond.com
Website: www.holdenmuseum.com.au

  • Paramount Cinemas & Performing Arts Centre ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PERRICOOTA VINES
Address: 392 High Street, Echuca
Phone: 03 5482 3399
Email: cinemas@echucaparamount.com
Website: www.echucaparamount.com

  • Port of Echuca Discovery Centre   ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PERRICOOTA VINES
Address: 74 Murray Esplanade
Phone: 03 5481 0500
Email: info@portofechuca.org.au
Website: www.portofechuca.org.au

  • Pride of the Murray
Address: 57 Murray Esp, Echuca
Phone: 03 5482 5244
Email: info@emmylou.com.au
Website: www.murrayriverpaddlesteamers.com.au

  • PS Alexander Arbuthnot
Address: Kotta Station, 30 Murray Esplanade, Echuca
Phone: 03 5481 2832 or 0408 341 224
Email: enquiries@echucapaddlesteamers.net.au
Website: www.echucapaddlesteamers.net.au

  • PS Canberra
Address: 57 Murray Esplanade, Echuca
Phone: 03 5482 5244
Email: info@emmylou.com.au
Website: www.murrayriverpaddlesteamers.com.au
 
  • PS Emmylou
Address: 57 Murray Esplanade, Echuca
Phone: 03 5482 5244
Email: info@emmylou.com.au
Website: www.murrayriverpaddlesteamers.com.au

  • PS Pevensey
Address: Kotta Station, 30 Murray Esplanade, Echuca
Phone: 03 5481 2832 or 0408 341 224
Email: enquiries@echucapaddlesteamers.net.au
Website: www.echucapaddlesteamers.net.au


  • Rich River Golf Club
Address: Twenty Four Lane, Moama
Phone: 03 5481 3333
Email: rrgc@richriver.com.au
Website: www.richriver.com.au


  • River Country Adventours
Address: Echuca/Kyabram District
Phone: 03 5852 2736
Email: info@adventours.com.au
Website: www.adventours.com.au


  • Sharps Magic Movie House and Penny Arcade ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PERRICOOTA VINES
Address: 43 Murray Esplanade, Echuca
Phone: 03 5482 2361
Email: smmhpa@bigpond.net.au
Website: www.sharpsmoviehouse.com.au


  • Squiggles Play House and Jurassic Water Park ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PERRICOOTA VINES
Address: 69 Dungala Way, Moama
Phone: (03) 5480 3031
Email: info@moamaonmurray.com.au
Website: http://www.moamaonmurray.com.au/squiggles


  • The Backroads Trail ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PERRICOOTA VINES
Address: Murray Shire
Phone: Call ahead for each business in advance
Website: www.backroadstrail.com.au
 
  • The Big Strawberry ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PERRICOOTA VINES
Address: 7034 Goulburn Valley Highway
Phone: 03 5871 1300
Email: sales@thebigstrawberry.com.au
Website: www.thebigstrawberry.com.au

  • The Great Aussie Beer Shed
Address: 377 Maryann Rd, Echuca
Phone: 03 5480 6904
Email: neilsbeershed@bigpond.com
Website: www.epak.com.au/beershed/

  • The Old School Winery
Address: RMB 2405 School Lane, Womboota
Phone: 03 5489 3249
Email: oscwinery@mcmedia.com.au
Website:   www.farmhousedirect.com.au/theoldschoolwinery

  • twistED - science at play ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY PERRICOOTA VINES
Address: 2 Radcliffe St, Echuca
Phone: 1300 984 823
Email: info@thescientwists.com.au
Website: www.twistedscience.com.au

  • Whistlestop Studio Gallery
Address: 34 Murray Esplanade, Echuca
Phone: 0428 662 882
Email: cockatoois@bigpond.com

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FOR MORE INFO VISIT

www.echucamoama.com/things-to-do
AND

www.todokids.com.au/regions/kids-activities-echuca-moama
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