Monthly Archives: March 2014

Garden of GreenBurg

I’m always wary of going to “romantic places” on my own. Even as a little wolf, I still tend to get people of all shapes, sizes and genders asking me if I want to chat – which invariably turns out to mean “will you have intimate relations with me?” (although they are usually blunter than I just was!).

Mystic Cove

Mystic Cove

For this reason, my trips to locations described as “romantic” tend to be short and camming around often elicits embarrassment as I’ll usually (accidentally) find someone canoodling when I all I want to do is see the location. Needless to say I will withdraw my camera as quickly as possible, I’m not a voyeur and never will be. All that said, I decided to take a look at the Garden of GreenBurg, simply because the cover shot on Second Life‘s Destination Guide was so appealing. Yep, I found the canoodling, so I’m sorry if my description is shorter than it should be and even sorrier if the couple concerned realised that cameras can move through walls in Second Life a little too late. The house was cute, though.

Frog Kiss

Frog Kiss

Back to the travelogue, where I didn’t get further than the Landing Zone before I had to take a picture. Not only does your greeter imply that all species are welcome, but what female of any species can resist kissing a Frog Prince? As I have already married my ideal partner, it was a dead certainty I wouldn’t be disappointed in love after kissing him, but if you haven’t found your Prince Charming yet, the frog does use breath freshener …

Candlelit Ruins

Candlelit Ruins

I didn’t have time to explore all of GreenBurg, but it really is a great place for couples. There are little seats and nooks and houses where couples can cuddle and spend time together and the ambience is both romantic and peaceful, so it’s well worth taking a sweetie and spending some time there. Please be aware it’s a public SIM, though, and that little wolves doing blogs don’t always want to walk everywhere. For their part, little wolves will remember that they need the exercise and will attempt to walk more. Cuddling is not the only available entertainment, though.

Dinner at Greenburg

Dinner at Greenburg

The SIM is really very beautiful, with a mystical feel. There are strange plants and lighting effects and strange animals, too. I even found dinner set out for me in the most wonderful setting (no, I don’t really eat them, but I have to attempt to live up to my lupinicity (is that a word?)). I also found a way around my laziness, too, which was great fun. You can fly on a dandelion seed all around the SIM! It makes a change from ballooon and carpet rides as you get to pilot the seed yourself, and it makes you look as if your dieting has worked, too. I recommend it!

All in all, well worth a visit, even if you are alone at the time. So much to see and explore, I haven’t scratched the surface, but at least you know why. Beware the Pericam!

You can find the Garden Of GreenBurg here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/GreenBurg/90/185/35

 

On the Wind

On the Wind

 

Categories: Places to Visit | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment

Grey November Gallery (Legion Project)

Entrance

Entrance

The Grey November Gallery is one section of a collection of areas called “The Legion Project”, which offers everything from shops selling Haute Couture to Open Mic stages. The shops are great (Akeyo is there – woot!) and it’s so nicely done with little fun things to look at outside the shops as well as in. I recommend a wander around the whole place, although be aware that some of it is residential, so don’t go snooping in people’s homes.

Having said that, one home draws the eye and the footpaw. Not being able to resist temptation, I can tell you that when you get partway down the path the owner has left a cute message for you (!) that says you can come and explore her home if you promise not to $%&^. I didn’t $%&^, and I only looked around the outside, so she probably won’t throw me in a pit of hungry dinosaurs as she threatens. I absolutely LOVE that girl’s humour. 🙂

Waiting ...

Waiting …

Anyway … I have highlighted the Grey November Gallery as it’s a place to visit in its own right. Yes, it does sell some great pictures there, but it’s kind of cute in itself. It rains there, always, and yet – it manages to show how even a “Grey November” can have its own kind of beauty.

Drop by the gallery as well as the surrounds. See if you can find the painted elephant and maybe get yourself thrown in a pit of hungry dinosaurs. No luck on my side, but do let me know if you make it. Or get your descendants to tell me?

 

You can find the entrance to the Grey November Gallery here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Legione/73/156/21

Categories: Places to Visit | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Calas Galadhon

I know that if I did a whole blog about this collection of SIMs, it would not do them justice. I really believe them to be the most incredible vision and offering for any lover of virtual beauty. The size and variety of what is on offer is staggering. As is the attention to detail. One SIM alone has a representation of the RL island of Santorini – they call it Armenelos. You can go in the houses, walk up the white-washed paths and dance on the hilltop.

Calas Dreaming

Calas Dreaming

For my sojourn there in order to blog, I found a comfy place in the main SIM (called, not surprisingly, Calas Galadhon). Looking out across the lake all one would need is a lover or a good book (or both – or a lover IN a good book?) and you’d be sorted. I had my SL camera, so that worked for me.

I also visited Mirromere, because I know about the caves. My husband and I have romanced there, and got lost in the beauty as well as the tunnels. I went for a swim for the purposes of a shot for this blog … and yes, I kept all my clothes on.

Mirromere Swim

Mirromere Swim

 

If you haven’t been to the Calas Galadhon SIMs, then set aside some time. A week should do it. Explore Mirromere, Calas, Armenelos, Glanduin, Dimrill Dale, The Misty Mountains, the Gulf of Lune, South Farthing … goodness, I’ve probably forgot some! I would highly recommend the balloon ride, but set some time aside and take your beloved, if I actually paid attention to the time correctly, it was a full 40 minutes …

Sweeping vistas, high mountaintops, flat wetlands, thick forest – it’s all there. I come back to these SIMs again and again and I’m sure if you’ve visited once, you’ll be back. No blog could adequately do them justice and this one isn’t even going to try.

You can find somewhere to start right here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Calas%20Galadhon/139/235/22

 

Categories: Places to Visit | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pillars of Hercules

Pillars of Hercules

Pillars of Hercules

I’ve always been a fan of Ancient Greece and love the Greek islands to holiday (given the time and budget). So The Pillars of Hercules is wonderful escapism for me and although a lot of the build is very old-school, it’s so well done.

For romance, it’s perfect. Take your loved one on a boat ride across the SIM and see the sights, it’s really lovely! Find a place to cuddle – there are so many you’ll be spoilt for choice, you can even find a bath with a fabulous view if you want to spoil them. Discover hideaway places, they are everywhere. One example is the stunning Medusa’s Cave, with the equally stunning Medusa (she sends out a continuous pulse of energy so yeah, that was a pun).

Medusa

Medusa

You can lose yourself here. It’s a location that’s been around for some time in SL, my Primary isn’t a spring chicken and she’s known of it almost since her first rezday. However, that doesn’t detract from the fact that it’s a wonderful place to visit. It has continued to offer beauty, romance and some Greek history for SL avatars for many years and I really hope it will continue to do so for many more.

If you haven’t been yet, you should. Fire up a nice sunset and watch the colour of the buildings come to life as you stroll around a mediterranean paradise.

 

You can find The Pillars of Hercules here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pillars%20of%20Hercules/108/233/22

 

Categories: Places to Visit | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rosemist Isle

Quiet Sanctuary ... for Meeroos?

Quiet Sanctuary … for Meeroos?

If you like the idea of an escape that has a touch of the mystical and magical, then you’ll love Rosemist Isle. I like those things myself, and I love finding hidden places that the SIM creator has made an effort with, just for your entertainment. You’ll find those in Rosemist Isle too.

I haven’t taken pictures in the more hidden spots so you can discover them for yourself, and you certainly should. The more you wander here, the more you’ll find – and changing windlights will give you a whole different outlook in this SIM, maybe more so than others.

Temple Concerto

Temple Concerto

 

Some of the highlights are a standing stone ring; a galleon; some hidden “caves” and a piano and concert area. That’s not all. You’ll find lovely places for romance and some fun places to sit even if you are on your own. The landscaping is gorgeous and the sense of escapism to a realm that’s something special is all here. This is not the biggest place you’ll visit in SL, but there’s a lot packed cleverly and thoughtfully into its area. Highly recommended.

 

You can find Rosemist Isle here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosemist%20Isle/147/209/24

Want to walk round it, but don’t have Second Life? Then get a taster here.

 

Categories: Places to Visit | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Imaginaria

Bridge for Sighs

Bridge for Sighs

If you like romance and natural beauty, then you’ll like Imaginaria. From the old-world lighthouse where you land to the countless bridges, seating, nooks and crannies all around the SIM, you’ll find somewhere to snuggle your sweetie. Each possible seating location is well thought out with a surprising variety of sits for both singles and couples, so you can find that perfect pose if you like photography – as well as find the perfect pose for a sunset kiss.

The vistas are stunning. You will find landscapes to test your SL lens and little corners for close-ups that will make you smile. If it is possible for a virtual location to have an ambience you can feel, then Imaginaria has one that’s light, welcoming and romantic as well as peaceful.

 

Guardian Gates

Guardian Gates

Find a great windlight even if you are only exploring and watch the sea sparkle in the distance as you wander through the lush grass and flowers. Change the world to gold and watch as a beautiful place is transformed into something quite different, but still beautiful – or add moonlight and see it again, totally different.

SL is escapism and I would recommend Imaginaria as a great place to escape – as well as a great place to get out your SL camera, play with your settings and fill up your Flickr or blog.

 

 

 

You can find Imaginaria here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Paradise%20of%20Eden/123/179/26

Categories: Places to Visit | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Paradiso

Paradiso LZ

Landing Zone

If you’ve seen my Flickr, you’ll know I do love this SIM (there are a couple more pictures on there, too). It’s so beautiful, even though some of the beauty comes from broken things. A whole lot comes from flowers, though .. if you’ve got hayfever, this probably isn’t somewhere you’ll want to visit.

When you land (unless it’s changed again) you’ll see an umbrella and in front of you a white door, standing all on its own. The door will take you to another world, and I suggest you go through it before you become entranced by the rest of the SIM and forget to look. Oh, you may well end up forgetting the rest of the SIM if you go through, too – so pick your poison.

The Grotto

The Grotto

 

Through the doorway is the most incredible grotto, full of water that’s reminiscent of places such as the Carribean and the Maldives. Hey, I’ve seen pictures, I know what they look like from those! There are statues and flowers and trees and gazebos and flowers and floating islands and flowers. Did I mention flowers? You can get an idea of scale by looking at the picture. The arrow is, not surprisingly, pointing to me. I’m short, but I’m not a Petite so …

When you’re done soaking up the beauty through the door, come back out and wander the sea. Little islands with strange statues and seating, half-ruined houses … all manner of wonderful things to explore and the whole SIM is an SL Photographer’s dream.

Oh, in case you wondered, you can walk on water at Paradiso. If nothing else, visit Paradiso to impress your friends without the aid of a HUD.

Find Paradiso here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Magical%20Forest/213/43/21

Butterfly-Wolf!

Butterfly-Wolf!

Grotto Gazebo

Grotto Gazebo

Categories: Places to Visit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Second Life Dancing

I’m a big fan of Strawberry Singh and I guess it’s reading her stuff that made me start a blog. Keeps me out of mischief, if nothing else. She’s a great photographer and she has a weekly “Meme” for other Second Life bloggers. Well, now I’m one, so here’s my contribution, which is on my Flickr. It’s short, as it needs to be, which is a shame because the track is so catchy.

As for the questions:

1. The dance is called Angie 16, and it’s free from Humanoid on Marketplace. They offer great dances, but as I’m an invisible (as much as possible) Alt, I don’t exactly need them. I did go out and check Humanoid’s store – well worth a look for any Second Life dancer.

Still shot from my video

Still shot from my video

2. My Primary does dance on occasions and is, like Berry, a fan of Animazoo‘s Belly Dances, and is also quite taken with some from Ministry of Motion and Abranimations. Yeah, she’s mostly old-school.

3. No, in general I don’t dance in Second Life, except in my home with my husband using our Intan (couples dance machine). When I do dance like this, the cuddlier and more romantic the better, although I love a good Tango.

4. No, I’m not a good dancer in the real world and no, I don’t dance. With a real life figure like mine, there is a genuine possibility of earth tremors should I try. You think I look like my Second Life human? Aww, bless. No, actually.

 

Categories: Themes and Memes | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Peace

“Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.”

(Ralph Waldo Emmerson) Why would an Alt blog? What is an Alt, anyway?

I’m a talking wolf who masquerades as a human on occasions and I am the second individual avatar for one person who operates both avatars in Second Life, a virtual reality. “Alt” is a diminutive for “Alternate” and they are created for a variety of reasons. My raison d’être is to help the primary avatar to animate furniture and to provide some peace for her away from a barrage of instant messages from friends and customers. I also allow her to be with her Second Life partner without those interruptions, too and, contrary to what most people think an Alt is for, there is no cheating for me in either virtual or real lives.

Making things in Second Life requires a degree of concentration and, if you love it as I do, you want to be left to get on with it and not have to start messing with that script again, because someone wanted to say “Hi!”. Usually someone who usually has no concept of how hard it is to hold a conversation and try to torture a prim. As an Alt with no friends, I offer that peace to my typist. I still get hit on, though, which is the other problem an avatar may encounter if they are friendly. I don’t talk to anyone and yet I have been in a shop offering items mainly for females and been hit on three times in succession – by both sexes. Even more reason to want peace. Here’s my first tip – don’t hit on people before you read their profile. Mine clearly says I’m married and not interested and if you can’t read, what makes you think I’d want you anyway?

Why would I blog, though, if I want to be a secret? It’s because I have a life, too. I can go out and explore, I can take photographs (my latest thing) and I still get that peace, because I don’t get interrupted. However, no matter how much you want peace, it’s nice to think you can share what you find – there is a joy in discovery that I don’t want to keep to myself. So … don’t contact me inworld, I won’t be your friend, and I won’t chat with you. Now you know why and hopefully will understand. Do contact me through the blog, though, and do let me know if you like things you find here. Despite this opening blog – I’m really not that antisocial. 🙂

Peri

Categories: Opinions | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.