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Monday, September 9, 2013

{Our Gazebo with Chair Cushions}

On August 29, the day that it was exactly 30 years ago that we immigrated to the USA, from The Netherlands, we did have a mud-free gazebo with the washed concrete tile path and entrance being cleaned by husband Pieter. We felt confident that we will have no more tropical thunderstorms changing our outlook. So finally an entire lovely, sunny week with sunshine and lower humidity and also some wind. Perfect for drying out!
It was on July 8, that I wrote my post about {WHAT is THIS?} when I had rescued our gazebo's cushions.
Link you find below this post, for those that missed it...
Here they are! 
On July 12, they had their 15th birthday but we could not use them yet with all our flash flood warnings and reality.
We forgot to place the table back in the center of the gazebo... I saw this only after I uploaded my photos!
Guess we both were too excited of finally being able to use our gazebo!
Our gazebo got a new aluminum roof from +Interlock Roofing as well.
We did place a new fan from Wayfair after the painters had finished their painting job here as well.
They did such a meticulous job with their two coatings of Benjamin Moore paint!
This Westinghouse Lighting 30" Wengue 3 Blade Ceiling Fan, has an incredible 18 degrees blade pitch!
It is in Chrome with Wengue Beech Blades.
Stepping back, towards the house...
The Vintage Woodworks ginger bread in the top part is adding such charm.
So does the Aluminum Slate roof in Aged Copper from +Interlock Roofing!
This is with the steps in the back, since we live on a slope. The house is now visible to the left.
There is a little patio at the landing of the steps...
Enjoying our tea together! 
With a rice cake and some unsalted mixed nuts... 
The container in the back is where we store those cushions and the top table cloth.
There is a round vinyl tablecloth with elastic underneath. Easy to wipe clean with moist wipes from Costco.
So finally you got to see the cushions in our gazebo!


Related links:
{RAIN and MUD} | previous post by me
{New Power Wiring to Our Gazebo} | previous post by me where you also see the gazebo in wrong spot
{What is THIS?} | previous post by me where I did rescue our gazebo's chair cushions...
{AGRITURISMO & GERANIUMS - PELARGONIUM} | previous post by me, showing the geraniums in optima forma in their planter boxes in front of the gazebo
{French Floral Pillow Set and our Gazebo} | previous post by me showing the gazebo very well

76 comments:

  1. the gazebo looks nice...
    all the links were interesting and were about beautiful and useful products...

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    1. Dearest Jyothisethu,
      Thank you so much! We are so pleased the heavy rains are over with as it looks like!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. really love your gazebo. glad you are finally able to enjoy it for the fall.

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      It is more like summer down here. Still blue skies with sun and hot!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. I'm so glad you are all ready to enjoy your gazebo again.

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      You bet we are glad too! We are still enjoying the sunshine. Our summer came late but it's great.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Liebe Marktete,da habt ihr ein ganz tolles gemütliches Plätzchen .Genießt es !!!!!Habt ein schönes Wochenende Liebe Grüße von Ina

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    1. Liebe Ina,
      Danke, ja es stimmt und wir geniessen da oft mit eine Tasse Tee oder sonstiges. Mit Freunde ist es sehr gemütlich zum plaudern.
      Lieber und sonniger Gruss,
      Mariette

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  5. Liebe Marktete,schau mal wie dein Name geschrieben ist .Das macht der PC von allein ,weiß aber nicht wie ich es abstellen kann .LG Ina

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    1. Liebe Ina,
      Kein Problem; ich verstehe es!
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  6. Wow, what the beautiful gazebo! love it..

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  7. Liebe Mariette,
    nun endlich kannst du den wundervollen Pavillon genießen - ein so
    bezauberndes Plätzchen auf eurem großen Gelände - das Dach ist toll
    geworden - eine Wohlfühl-Oase -

    liebe Grüße - Ruth

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    1. Liebe Ruth,
      Ja, es hat sehr lange gedauert diesen Sommer aber es ist so weit und nach viel Arbeit geniessen wir es. Das Aluminium Dach ist klasse, es sieht immer noch wie neu aus.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  8. ich weiß nicht, was nun wieder mit Blogger los ist - schau dir mal
    in meinem Kommentar aber auch bei den anderen die Worte an!!!

    Oh Mann -

    sorry

    lg. Ruth

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    1. Liebe Ruth,
      Bei dir ist aber kein einziges Problem mit die Worte...
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  9. What a beautiful place to relax! The roof looks very nice and everything looks so fresh with the new paint. Your cushions add the perfect touch. I hope your weather has calmed down and things are finally drying out. What an ordeal you have been through! Hugs xoxo Karen

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    1. Dearest Karen,
      Guess we are on the right track finally. Yesterday however Pieter got stuck in the mud again with his John Deer EZtrack... behind our gazebo, adjacent to the pond it is still very muddy. It takes forever for drying out. In the adjacent lot we still cannot go in with the lawn mower...
      We pray that we never will have to live through such a summer again!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Dearest Mariette ,your gazebo is lovely ! I liked all and a little more ,these beautiful birdcages !!Your are an elegant lady and I would like to had a cup of tea with you !Have a calm moments at this place !

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    1. Dearest Olympia,
      We certainly have been and will be enjoying lots of calm moments in this gazebo over a cup of green tea. It is so lovely to sit in the middle of nature and have an overview of the entire garden and pond. After all the hard work; this is a great reward!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Dit ziet er een stuk beter uit, eindelijk zo als het bedoeld is. Gelukkig dat je er toch nog van kunt genieten deze zomer.

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja, gelukkig ook dat ons seizoen nog een aantal maanden langer door gaat dan in Nederland. Dus hebben we er nog plezier van!
      Het viel ons ook zó tegen dit jaar. Al die regen en modder etc. En nóg is het niet opgedroogd in de natte delen. Maar komt wel goed.
      Liefs en fijn weekend.
      Mariette

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  12. hello
    une très jolie " Gloriette" pimpante et pratique
    je vois dans le font du décor que vous avez aussi de nombreux nichoirs
    bon petit déjeuner
    l'appétit revient après de si forte émotions ::::
    tendresse
    edith (iris)

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    1. Chère Edith,
      Oh bien sûr notre joie est de retour et aussi l'appétit pour le thé et autres repas à l'intérieur de notre gazebo. Nous avons eu toute une épreuve avec le temps pluvieux, mais maintenant il semble bien. Si heureux que nous pouvons être à l'extérieur pendant quelques mois de plus!
      Bonne fin de semaine à vous et tendresse,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Serena,
      Thank you, it is very comfortable and enjoyable again!
      Hugs and happy weekend.
      Mariette

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  14. Dearest Mariette,
    I remember that you had worked really hard to rescue those Gazebo Cushions. Now that hard work is paying off. They look like new!

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    1. Dearest Munir,
      Sure they will serve us quite some more years to come!
      The reason I went through all the effort for rescuing them is because I always LOVED them!
      Thanks for your visit and kind words.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. Hi Mariette,

    Your gazebo looks very inviting and comfortable, a lovely oas in your garden to relax and having your tea.
    Enjoy your weekend! Ireland is getting slightly cooler, we have the winds back today with a few showers of rain.

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    1. Dearest Eva,
      Thanks for your kind words and yes, this is a lovely oasis in our garden. Convenient to reach with a tray for serving tea or any meal.
      Ireland is more in the northern hemisphere and thus your seasons are far shorter. Once the wind comes out, it is no longer pleasant for being out doors. But as always, people in Europe should realize more that we are on the latitude of north Africa and thus our seasons extend a lot more.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Che incanto il tuo gazebo, deve essere una delizia porteci fare colazione, degustare un buon pranzetto, o una cena al lume di candela. Davvero molto molto bello! Complimenti. Paola

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    1. Cara Paola,
      Oh godiamo questo gazebo così molto. È il luogo perfetto e sempre una brezza leggera viene attraverso. Se necessario, abbiamo anche la ventola. Ottimo per godersi qualsiasi pasto o tè e caffè!
      Abbracci,
      Mariette

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  17. What a beautiful place to sit and relax.

    Hugs

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    1. Dearest Elna,
      It sure is a great place and many hours have been spent here!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. Your gazebo looks really beautiful! And the cushions make it lovely and comfortable even more...glad you got to save these cushions :-)

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      After all the waiting for the rains to stop, yes it has been worthwhile for saving these cushions. We enjoy them once more! Thanks for liking our gazebo too.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. Liebe Mariette,
    es ist schön, dass ihr den Pavillon jetzt benutzen könnt.
    Die Stuhlkissen sind so stimmig. Hier einen Tee geniessen,
    ist wirklich schön.
    Einen schönen Abend wünscht dir
    Irmi

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Danke für dein Lob! Wir finden unserem Pavillon auch super und gehen gerne hin.
      Wenn wir nur mehr Zeit zum lesen hätten...
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  20. Dearest Mariette,
    I am thankful that you finally got some nice weather. Your gazebo looks so nice with the cushions and tablecloth. It does indeed make a special place in which to take your tea. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.
    Love to you, ginger

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    1. Dearest Ginger,
      Oh, we were in heaven when we finally could use our gazebo again!
      We had a great weekend, last night we went to the Atlanta Pops Orchestra at our theatre in Dublin.
      Hugs to you both,
      Mariette

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  21. How nice that you can enjoy the gazebo. Glad the weather is looking better

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    1. Dearest Daniela,
      Oh, we're past the ugly weather season it looks like!
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  22. Liebe Mariette,

    heute regnet es.
    Da bleibt nur die Sonne im Herzen.

    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja so ein Regentag ist nicht so schlimm. Meine Eltern sagten das gleiche für abgelaufene Nacht aber nur so etwa 15 mm. Wir hatten 30 cm in 7 Tage mit non-stop Regen.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  23. Hello Mariette, I am so glad to see that everything there is finally ship-shape, and that you are able to enjoy your beautiful yard.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Oh, how much do you think we love this stage! Ship-shape is the best expression indeed. We can start enjoying things normally again.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  24. Dearest Mariette,
    Here's to a long warm fall and enjoying your pretty gazebo.
    Enjoy your Sunday....*s*

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    1. Dearest Suzi,
      Let's hope for that indeed! Making up for those lost summer months.
      We're happy the way it is now and the bad part is forgotten easily with such sunshine and everything clean again.
      Hugs and happy Sunday evening to you!
      Mariette

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  25. Hello my beautiful friend!!
    You look great and so happy enjoying a nice day at your wonderful gazebo. I love it, it looks so inviting and cozy. The cushions are very nice also. I wish you a wonderful Sunday.
    Love,
    Laura

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    1. Dearest Laura,
      Thank you! We thoroughly enjoy it the way it is now. Mud is gone (almost... except for parts in the lawn).
      We had a lovely weekend! Have a lovely Sunday evening yourself.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  26. Good Afternoon Mariette, Firstly, let me say, how lovely you look in your photograph and secondly your gazebo is so gorgeous. I love how you have planted a hedge which surrounds the the gazebo.
    I wish you many more sunny days, sitting under your gazebo, looking out and enjoying the sunshine.
    Have a lovely Sunday.
    Best Wishes to you,
    Daphne

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    1. Dearest Daphne,
      Thank you! Those evergreen box wood shrubs look nice year round and they camouflage the slope that made you look 'through' from underneath.
      We certainly look forward to numerous sunny hours for tea time in our gazebo together and with friends.
      Happy new week to you since you already started yours at this time and hour.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  27. Dear Mariette,i'm glad you can enjoy your beautiful gazebo ,again!!
    I like the bird houses!!!And the roof top!!!You look so charming and happy!!
    Ι hope you'll enjoy more sunny days having a cup of tea under your gazebo!
    Have a lovely new week!!Hugs!!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Thanks for your kind words!
      Yeah I like those bird houses too but not yesterday afternoon when I opened up the one with the heart shaped drawer to check if a bird did nest in it again. I got attacked by ugly tiny wasps and they stung my only good eye. That hurt like hell, in the corner of they eye and below the eye... Did dab it with tea tree oil and that made me tear up too. It scares you as I fully depend on this one eye.
      But we look forward to making again good use of this gazebo for lots of sunny days.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  28. What a perfect place for afternoon tea and a cooke! So lovely Mariette!
    I wish I could join you! :)
    xo Catherine

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    1. Dearest Catherine,
      Certainly would love for you to join. The fun part always is that we are surrounded by our felines whenever we go there. They love having us outdoors near them!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  29. Dearest Mariette,
    Seeing your wonderful gazebo in this beautiful, bright summer light is really a joy! You already know I LOVE your gazebo... and knowing that you can really enjoy it now makes me very happy! You created a little haven, a sweet oasis where you can enjoy your lovely surroundings and dreamy hours... I love everything about it, and those decorative little white houses are so sweet! It's great to see you enjoying your tea... you glow on that photo! :)
    Wishing you many happy, relaxing hours in your gazebo... :)
    Lots of hugs!

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    1. Dearest Anna,
      So glad you enjoyed coming into our gazebo and liking it. It is such a joyful room for having a coffee, tea, breakfast, lunch or supper or whatever! We are joined by our felines and it makes them happy too. Yeah those decorative little white houses were not that sweet yesterday. They made me go to the theatre with some nasty wasp stings in the corner of my 'good' eye and under it. That scared me and it hurt like hell. The one with the heart in I opened up to check for an abandoned birds nest. Instead there were tiny, but very aggressive wasps inside. After treating my eye area with tea tree oil I came back for revenge and sprayed all of them into wasp-heaven. Not so glamorous for getting dressed up with such eye... Today it looks worse though.
      We sure will make good use of our gazebo for the rest of the year through November.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  30. The chair cushions look great, Mariette - nice job. (I remember how you had to repair them after the dry-cleaner debacle.) You look great, too, by the way. I wish I could drop by to share a cup of coffee with you! <3

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    1. Dearest Stacy,
      Thank you for your compliments. We are so happy with the full use of our gazebo again. The view of the garden, pond and even of the house is so gorgeous from there. Even our felines are very happy when we nest there for a while!
      You are most welcome to share a cup of coffee or tea whenever you would be near enough!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  31. Such a lovely gazebo. It's looks to be the perfect spot for enjoying some leisure time.

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    1. Dearest Sarah,
      Thank you and indeed it is a lovely place for enjoying leisure time!
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  32. Espectacular el templete, es maravilloso, parece salido de un cuento!!
    Un lugar genial para relajarse!
    Muchos besos!
    Nika

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    1. Querida Veronica,
      Sin duda disfrutamos enormemente este gazebo. Linda vista y tienes ganas de estar dentro del jardín al mismo tiempo de tener un tejado por encima de ti.
      Besotes,
      Mariette

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  33. Deaest Mariette,
    You have free gazebo with the washed concrete tile path and entrence by being cheened by husband Pieter.
    you forgot to place the table in the center of the gazebo!and you saw this only after you uploaded your photos!You both were too excitied of being to use your gazebo!
    Great see enjoing your tea together with Husband Pieter.
    You got to see the cashions in your Gazebo!
    Best to you and always!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Wish we could enjoy a tea together here!
      We certainly do enjoy our gazebo and also the altered cushions.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  34. Wow the cushions are pretty perfect at your white gazebo Dearest Mariette.
    a cup of hot tea and rice cake yummy;)
    seems really botanical garden in Bogor.

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    1. Dearest Ayu,
      Thanks for your compliments! We enjoy once more our cushions, it was worth rescuing them!
      Yeah, Bogor is a bit more exotic...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  35. Dear Mariette,
    Your gazebo looks stunning with its fresh coat of paint, I love the details.
    It must be so wonderful to sit there and enjoy your wonderful garden with all its blooms and freshly painted house.
    I wish I could come and sit with you and chat, sipping tea and I'll bring cake..
    I found your secret how you stay so pretty and slim, it's rice cakes..
    Hugs,
    Angela.

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    1. Dearest Angela,
      Thanks for your compliments!
      Nah, the rice cake is not a secret for staying slim but I eat it because of my type II diabetes. Did you also see the cashews and other nuts? They have lots of calories in them.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  36. Excelentes fotografias de belo lugar....
    Cumprimentos

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    1. Dearest Fernando,
      Thanks for your visit and compliment, being such a great photographer yourself!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  37. Perfecto escenario para un desayuno especial. Maravilloso espectáculo. Besos.

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    1. Querida Enma,
      Para cualquier comida o bebida que queremos compartir; Este mirador es perfecto! Mientras tenemos sol...
      Cariño,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      This sure is a very nice area to sit...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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