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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Twinings Lady Grey Tea and our Sense of Smell

Welcome to Tuesday, tea time in blogland and welcome to NatashaInOz.com! I am so happy that you came to visit. I have just put a new candle melt in my burner and the house smells like Autumn!

Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell, Aromatherapy


It is so important for me to be able to smell nice things. I don't think that I would say that smell is the most important of the senses but for me it, and taste of course, are the two senses that my life seems to revolve around.


Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell, tea party image

Taste and smell are part of our chemosensory system, or the chemical senses. When it comes to taste, the four taste receptors that we know the most about detect sweet, salt, sour, and bitter. A fifth receptor, for a sensation called umami, was first theorised in 1908 and its existence confirmed in 2000. The umami receptor detects the amino acid glutamate, a flavour commonly found in meat and in artificial flavourings such as mono sodium glutamate.

For me though, the most interesting thing to remember when it comes to taste is that taste is not the same as flavour; flavour includes the smell of a food as well as its taste. Smells reach the olfactory sensory neurons by way of two pathways. The first pathway is through your nostrils. The second pathway is through a channel that connects the roof of the throat region to the nose. When we chew our food, aromas are released that access the olfactory sensory neurons through this channel. If the channel is blocked, such as when our noses are stuffed up from a cold or flu, odors cannot reach the sensory cells and much of our ability to enjoy a food’s flavor is lost. Source: NIDCD

Which leads me to the sensation of smell, something that I am passionate about!
Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell, Yankee Candle melt


Humans can distinguish over 10,000 different odor molecules! We utilize our sense of smell for a multitude of activities from enjoying the aroma of freshly brewed coffee to deciding where to sit on the bus or train on a hot summer afternoon!

Now, I am not a scientist! I am an english and religious education teacher so I am not going to tell you about the science of smell because most of the information goes right over my head!

What I do know is that when I used to light scented candles in my classroom my students loved it!

When I wanted them to relax I would burn lavender candles. When I was teaching them something new and I needed them to concentrate I would burn citrussy candles and in cold and flu season I would often burn candles that contain Basil as it is a well known medicinal herb with components that stimulate the nervous system and contribute to general well being.

 
The new range of Jo Malone Candles.
Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell, Jo Malone Candles


When I would occasionally forget to light the candle at the beginning of a lesson my students would be quick to remind me to do so!


Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell, L'Occitane Cannelle Candle image


Some studies have shown that vanilla and pumpkin pie scents are the most desire enhancing. Many also believe there's romance in the air if you burn floral and woody scents as they give a romantic feel to a room.


Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell, candles, shells


Autumn is a great time for burning pumpkin spice candles, as well as other baked-good candle scents, as is winter. Fresh candle scents such as cucumber melon are great for spring, as well as fresh cut grass candles which carry into summer. Source:Article emporium

I also think that our senses of smell and taste work closely together and that is why an aromatic cup of tea in the afternoon can really invigorate you and give you some energy for the rest of the day.

So, now that my house smells like Autumn I think I need a cup of tea and some spiced biscuits for an Autumn morning tea!


Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell, tea

Since I need a dose of aromatherapy I think I will have some Lady grey tea and almond biscuits.

Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell, Almond Thins image


Lady Grey tea is a delicate, fragrant variation on the more famous Earl Grey blend. It consists of black tea scented with oil of bergamot, lemon peel and orange peel.

Very citrussy indeed!
Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell, Lady Grey Tea leaves

Lady Grey tea was named after Mary Elizabeth Grey, the wife of Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, for whom Earl Grey tea is named.

 
Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell

Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell, tea leaves

Here is a rather beautiful TV advertisement for Twinings Lady Grey Tea. It captures an extraordinary performance by the artist, Ilana Yahav, as she draws in tea and light.

To engage more of the senses today I am taking my tea in china cups. I am sure you agree that tea always tastes better in vintage tea cups, especially when both sets only cost me $20! I love going to antique shops!

Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell, Tea Cup, Natasha in Oz


Lady Grey Tea, Noritake tea cup, Natasha in Oz


Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell, tea cup, Natasha in Oz


Lady Grey Tea and our Sense of Smell


Now I think that I need to have some more pretty things around me so as to delight my sense of sight!

I think a pretty crystal dish might look nice on the table.
Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell, Stuart crystal Compote image, Natasha in Oz


I bought a new Stuart crystal compote when we went antiquing. It was not as cheap as the china but I feel in love with the beautiful bird etching and knew I had to have it!

Lady Grey Tea and our Sense of Smell




Lady Grey Tea and our Sense of Smell


Lady Grey Tea and our Sense of Smell, Natasha in Oz


I just have to find a special place to put it. I have just decorated my sideboard so I can't put it there.

Lady Grey Tea, Sense of Smell, tulips, Natasha in Oz


Lady Grey Tea, Silver Bird, Natasha in Oz


Lady Grey Tea, Cloche, Vintage Silver image, Natasha in Oz


Lady Grey Tea and our Sense of Smell


I think it can stay on the dining table for now....

Lady Grey Tea and our Sense of Smell


The final sense that I think I often take for granted is the sense of hearing. Music means so much to me and I think it is important to have an appreciation for all kinds of music. I have been selecting some songs each Tuesday for my weekly #TuesdayTune Post.


Lady Grey Tea and our Sense of Smell

 If you share a song on your blog, even if it's only once in a while, please feel free to link up with me on Tuesdays so we can share some songs and perhaps even find a new favourite artist!

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons.  
You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.  
Oliver Wendell Holmes


Thank you also my dear friends for visiting today and for spending time with me. I know your days are busy so I am so very happy that you chose to spend time with me today!

You have made my day!

Best wishes for a beautiful week,
Natasha In Oz 
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55 comments:

  1. That was 5 mins of my time well spent.
    It's almost midnight here in VA, USA. and fall there. This is why I love blogging and finding dear people across the ocean that also love Lady Grey Tea, my favorite.
    Best wishes Natasha.

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  2. Hi: I just love the antique tea cups you have shared. Thank you so much for being a part of Tea Cup Tuesday. It would not be the same without you. Blessings, Martha

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  3. What a great post. I loved all the information and the pictures you posted. Also, love Lady Grey Tea, she has been a part of each of my days for a few years now. :)

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  4. What a sweet post, Natasha. I just love pumpkin candles and Anna's cookies. Especially...their pepparkakor. Yum! I don't know if I've tried the almond. I've been seeing your smiling face around blogland and thought I should pop over again and say, "hello!"

    I hope you are having a beautiful week!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  5. Natasha
    What a great post! All these scents and flavours are some of my favourite. You are so right....aromatherapy is a wonderful thing, it can take you so many places. Yankee Candles is not far from where I grew up. I imagine Autumn Wreath is wonderful. I have become obsessed with candles recently. My husband purchased Thyme products while in the USA. Frazer Fir is my favourite along with Eucalyptus (to remind us of Australia) and Lavender. I was in Jo Malone's store in Sloane Square yesterday checking out her new candles...they smell heavenly!
    In autumn I like to simmer a family favourite on the stove. To a pot of water add nutmeg, cloves, vanilla pod, cinnamon and a few other autumn scents and simmer away. It is divine smell to come home too:) My mother always baked brownies for an extra welcoming touch for guests.
    Love your recent finds....you have been one busy lady!! Glad I spent 5 minutes with you this morning..all the best.
    Jeanne :)

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  6. Thank you so much for your sweet comment Helen! I love both Earl and Lady Grey teas but I adore the colours in the Lady Grey leaves!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  7. Natasha, I was thinking how good it would be to have a cup of Lady Grey until I saw the Veuve on the drinks cabinet!! Good score with your trios and the Stuart crystal piece is lovely. xxAnita.
    p.s Jason brought home another R&B shirt!!!

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  8. Great post Natasha. It's amazing how our senses are inter-connected. I'm a sucker for a hot cup of Earl Grey. I start every day with one. I do need to get myself a china tea-cup though and have been on the lookout for a while. I'll know it's "the one" when I see it.
    Angex

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  9. You've set it up for the most delightful and satisfying Tuesday tea!

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  10. Hi Natasha,
    I never knew there were so many Tea parties held in blogland, as a tea lover myself I will certainly check them out. I saw so many things in your post that appeal to me too. The Yankee Candle "tarts" I always stock up on when we visit HHI, Jo Malone is a bit pricey for me!
    Maggie

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  11. What a WONDERFUL post, Natasha! Very informative & beautiful, as well. The china tea cups are just lovely.

    I didn't finish my tea party set up, so I'm behind this week.
    Thanks for stopping by & for your sweet comments on my spring wreath.

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  12. Natasha, This is a lovely and interesting post! Great job!
    Beth

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  13. A beautiful post.
    I have not encountered Lady Grey tea so must go and search for it.
    You have started my day off on such a positive note.
    Judith

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  14. I love candles and use them a lot indoors during the winter and in the garden during the summer.

    Your tea cups are beautiful so much more elegant than the mugs we tend to drink our tea from these days.

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  15. Well,, darling girl..this is the most interesting and delightful posts. I loved every minute of it and can tell you put a lot of time in on it. I really appreciate it, too.
    Your beautiful cups are really nice and I LOVED you adding all the info on senses. Fabulous...
    xo bj

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  16. Hi Natasha,
    What a wonderfully informative post about candles! I love them myself and usually use them in my tea post. I love your birdie etched compote; it's beautiful! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday. I have added your link and I also removed the Copywrite so you can take my button. Sorry about that! I have company coming so I will have to come back later and take another look at your lovely post today. Have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  17. Super Fabulous post Natasha..woah..awesome read!! Gorgeous photos too..lovely!! Great work!
    Kiki~

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  18. What a lovely stop for my morning tea! I love your delicate china tea cups and that little silver bird is so sweet. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Love all the sweet smells and scents. It really can change a mood or an envoirnment I think. Love the tea cups and the tea and biscuits. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

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  20. Natasha,
    Good morning! I don't know where to start so i will just say that i loved it all. The tea cups are divine and give me a cup of Earl Grey anyday!
    Debbie

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  21. Thank you Natasha!
    What a beautiful post you have; I am a tea lover and interested everything tea.
    Love what you added about Umami; I now try to add that Umami taste to my food. Yuu have a way of writing to make everything so interesting.
    Hugs,
    Rita

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  22. Lovely post. I really enjoyed it!

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  23. Nice post! Can't even comment on all of it but I'm soaking it in. I've always believed candles transform your life and space.
    You have a lot of pretties. Love the bird etching! Have a great week!

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  24. Hi Natasha!

    What a lovely tea you have prepared for us today! I love your two teacups. They arejust so pretty! And the candle melt you chose is my favortie scent! I bought one of the large jars in the Autumn Wreath scent last fall and fell in love with it! And then Yankee candle had a sale a month or so ago and so I got several more jars of this scent. Love it!

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  25. Natasha.i am glad that we drinks a cup of tea together this day...i enjoy !!! have a good calm week.......hugs from me.... bye!

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  26. Hi Natasha!
    This is my first time visiting your blog (thru teacup tuesday) and I'm loving it!
    Your photos have all my senses hightened from sight to smell and taste too from those almond cookies :-)
    Yankees Pumpkin Spice is my VERY favorite candle! They had one called Black Licorice which was fantastic but its no longer available :-(
    Thanks for sharing all those wonderful photos!!
    Lynn

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  27. That settles it....I'm coming by for a spot of tea with you!
    WOW! I loved your post with all the wonderful 'stuff' you let us see and know about. Your home is so pretty and your photos are delightful!

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  28. Lovely post~ I love the etching on the glassware of the birds. Such a delightful tea~ All my best, Theresa

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  29. Hi Natasha,

    this was really an interesting post for me and it my senses remember the scent and taste of autumn. First I was amazes that you write about autumn, but then I realized that you are in Australia. Well, here in Germany is just spring and we can hardly await the summer. Isnt that funny, that we virtual can have a cup of tea together? Your teacups are very lovely and so is the Stuart crystal compote. You arranged it so nice and Earl Grey is my favorite tea. I have to try Lady Grey also. Thank you for sharing, I will come back as a new follower.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  30. Hi Natasha
    This post was a delight for the senses. I was confused for a minute when you began to talk abut the smell of autumn until I realized that you are in Australia! Such pretty china cups too. Tea always tastes better in a china cup.

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  31. Hi Natasha! How lovely! You have a beautiful style!

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  32. Wow! What an interesting and informative post! I really enjoyed reading it and visiting with you.
    The tea looks delicious, and your cups are very pretty.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us today!
    Hugs,
    Terri
    artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com

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  33. Did you know that the most powerful memory trigger is the sense of smell...a smell can trigger a memory more quickly than any other sense.

    You were probably helping your students retain what they learned better.

    I used to burn a vanilla candle in my daughter's room when I was nursing. I hoped it would make calming associations for her. Then I would take it with us when we traveled. I don't know if made a difference or not. ;0

    In fact (and I find this very offensive), one of the newest and most effective new marketing strategies is scent marketing - things that aren't necessarily associated with a scent are given a pleasing scent to make them more appealing to the consumer.

    Oh this was tea, wasn't it. I am sorry. :(

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  34. You have made some excellent points Melissa! I also used to burn vanilla candles when my kids were younger and whenever I burn one now they are instantly calm! :)

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  35. Enjoyed my five minutes visiting here, Natasha! Smell is my favorite sense. I revel in the wonderful smells of fall... and spring, as we are enjoying now. Hope you have a wonderful fall week!

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  36. Natasha~~~

    This was a very interesting post and I feel I have really learned something. Your students must love you!! I enjoyed learning that you have burned candles in your classroom, how your students loved that!! Something new and different !

    I always love seeing new pictures of your home and you didn't disappoint, Love all of your tea things. I have been meaning to try Lady Grey tea...have always been a fan of Earl Grey!

    Hope you are having a fabulous week, my friend!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  37. H☺La!

    Lovely Post!! Everything was so Beautiful!
    Thanks for stopping by the "Communal Global"

    【ツ】~Rocío from the Border of México
    a.k.a. Mamí♥Picture

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  38. Oh wow.. I am so impressed about how you used scents to benefit the kids in you class! It makes me wonder if all teachers are even allowed to do this, due to fire/safety concerns??.. but I admire that you would do that for your pupils! My daughter is only 22 years old, and already a full time teacher!! With all the layoffs and hiring freezes going on, she is VERY LUCKY!!.. but she's definitely earned it! She would love this idea.. I'll have to mention it to her! My son has a harder time in school, and it makes me wonder what the effect(s) might be on him. Very interesting! ~tina

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  39. Yes, me again!.. I just meant to say, Sunday Songs sounds nice! So, I just might like to join in once a while! ~tina

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  40. Hello Natasha!!
    I just love tea and candles so much, as do you!! There is something so wonderful about the soft and soothing aromas that just hook me in! I especially love the scent of citrus and orange in both candles and tea. It's so funny to see you talking about the arrival of Autumn. It is so fun to see the leaves begin to change and the chill in the air. It certainly makes you want to sip a warm cup of tea and light a cozy candle. But I keep forgetting it's getting cold there for you, because we are so excited up here to see the sunshine, warmth and the leaves on the trees!! We're saying hello to Spring and Summer and you're saying goodbye to it:) It's sounds so funny.
    Keep enjoying your warm cups of tea. Up here I think I'm going to have to start making mine iced!!
    No matter what the weather, tea is so yummy and we'll ALL keep enjoying it, that's for sure
    Stay warm and enjoy!!!!
    XoXo
    Gail

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  41. Tina, thanks for your lovely comments. I definitely monitored the use of the candles in my classroom; always on my desk and in a glass container! I also had an electric oil burner though, which doesn't require a candle and uses essential oils and water. It would often get used by other teachers so I ended up leaving it behind when I quit full-time teaching so others could reap the rewards of aromatherapy in the classroom!

    Hope to see you one one Sunday!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  42. Hi! Long time since I've been by. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note on my blog. As I was sittng here enjoying the fragrance of a spring evening shower outside, I read about your "autumn" candle. It shocked me for a second. Then I remembered, season differences. Made me smile cuz I thought about my first few visits to your blog ... great profile photo by the way. I love the seashells in the tray w/the candles. And, all the rest of the decorations - beautiful and wonderul. I enjoyed my visit as always. ANd thanks for the special cyber hug you sent because of our little short-lived adopted pup. See ya next time! Jenn

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  43. Hi, Natasha,
    Your home must smell heavenly with that wonderful candle and fresh brewed tea! Your teacups are pretty as can be! Thank you for sharing with us, and I hope you are having the loveliest of weeks! Vicki

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  44. How beautiful! I love the birds one the stemware. The lady Grey...I may have to make a special trip to buy some of that. I am about to enjoy a cup of tea before I go bed.

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  45. My darling Natasha, I am late for tea with a very legitimate excuse, you see darling I had one of my nasty migraines, which kept me from you sweet smelling, delicious tasting and gorgeous blog, do forgive my luv. What is it they say… better late than never!! I am totally in love with your Stuart crystal compote dish. I have a similar one in my bedroom that houses my rings, truthfully yours is lovelier, enjoy it.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  46. Candles and tea and accessories. All so romantic and lovely. Jane F.

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  47. Natasha, did you change your profile picture, or are there 2 of you? lol. I love those Yankee tarts. Melting them in my home always puts me in such a much better mood. I love the smell of Pinesol, too. I think it deludes me into believing my home is bacteria-free. Great post.

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  48. How lovely are your tea cups, Oh, the silver platters! I loved hearing about all the wonderful smell you use in your classroom, how I do agree it makes such a difference! Love all the info. such a great Tea Posting! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday! I love your comments on my blog! The Etching of the birds, I am in love too! Just lovley!

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  49. It did work Lady Katherine and thank you for your sweet comment! I love coming to your tea parties!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  50. Thanks for the little lesson on smells! I will have to keep that in mind next time I am trying to get my family to learn/do something new!

    Hope you enjoyed your tea. Love the new teacups and the compote! Have a great day. Hope the first day back at school went well!
    Kate

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  51. Nice post as always! Loved your recent profile picture too.

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  52. Fun tea party! =) I love candle scents with baked goodness smells! I love a good cup of tea and the Ginger Thins cookies! =) You have a lovely blog!

    Jenn ~ www.seizingmyday.com

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  53. I love having tea with you every week Natasha! Your posts are always so detailed and inspiring! Thank you again for another lovely tea party!
    <>< Concetta

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  54. Hi Natasha,
    this is my first visit to your blog and certainly won't be the last.
    I'm loving the wonderful vignettes you have shared - all of them so full of style and charm - and your cups OMGosh, simply amazing.
    Until my next visit, have a fabulous weekend!
    fondly
    rita

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