Home is something I’ve been pondering a lot lately.
My visit to Orcadi Island brought back childhood memories of playing outside, watching the combines harvest wheat, and laughing at the birds’ frenzied feeding when the grain truck dropped kernels as it rounded the corner.
Now, I don’t remember anyone having a home that looked like this, but if I had, I would have been knocking on the door, wondering if there were any kids inside to come out and play. 🙂
I love the placement of the tree here – as if it’s standing behind the windmill, peeking around to see what’s so interesting. Or stretching away, seeking something unknown on the other side.
This angle captures a view nearly every kid I grew up with has had at some point – laying in the tall wheat, playing hide and seek, or just taking a break to enjoy the wonder of the outdoors.
Another angle of the house – it looks so cozy and comfortable, I could move right in! After, of course, I installed some indoor plumbing. 😛
I was wandering around, trying to find interesting angles, and stumbled onto this ruin with a window intact, and the house captured just perfectly through it.
Hop on over and have a look (and perhaps a wander down memory lane) for yourself.
You know that old saying – “Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.” I’m usually pretty good at staying on top of things, but sometimes I’m so immersed in details I forget to look at the big picture.
It’s a good thing WordPress sends reminders, otherwise I would not have known that today is my 4th (4th!) anniversary for this blog. Amazing.
The blog has grown and taken some twists and turns from where I started, and I’m not sure I ended up where I intended to go, but it’s been a terrific journey so far. 😀
Earlier this week, I caught a blog post by Inara Pey about changes that Linden Lab will be rolling out for region access.
Basically, the number of avatars who can access a region has increased. The amount of the increase depends on the type of region. A full region will increase by 10%. So if you have a full region (usually 100 avatar limit), that limit will now be 110 avatars.
There is a caveat, however. The extra 10% of avatars are limited to Premium members. I happen to be a Premium member, so this is a nice perk.
It immediately made me wonder about access to events (shopping and dance events came to mind first). If there is a full region dance event, for example, what does access then look like? Normally, once the 100 avi limit is reached, everyone would get a ‘region full’ notice.
Now, however, it appears that if the limit is 100, it will work a bit differently. 100 avatars can still get in. But the limit is actually now 110, with that extra reserved for Premium members. So if you are not premium, once there are 100 avis on the sim, you’ll get the ‘region full’ notice. But if you are a Premium member and there are only 100 people on the sim, you’ll be able to get in.
I can see how this would be frustrating to people who are not Premium members, but this is a nice perk for those of us who pay to be Premium members.
You can read more details about the changes in Inara Pey’s article linked below, as well as an article from Ciaran Laval here.
One other thing that I wondered about was regions where the limit has been lowered, as often happens with popular dance events. According to Ciaran, if you have lowered the limit (say to 50 from 100 on a full region), then LL will automatically assign 10% of the limit to Premium members. Which means that the limit for non-Premium members will be 45 avis, with the other 10% of the 50 avi limit (5 avis) assigned to Premium members only. Something to keep in mind if/when you are setting limits for your events.
Sommergewitter is a beach sim, but with a bit of a twist – it’s always raining.
Though it sounds rather depressing, the sim is actually very tranquil and welcoming.
You can find all kinds of places to shelter from the rain, including this adorable dinghy.
Wandering around, I found the Lake House, complete with the tree growing up in the middle. (If you’ve never seen The Lake House, look it up when you’re in the mood for a tearjerker.)
Picking my way carefully through the rain, I discovered this beautiful horse hanging out near this comfortable-looking canopied bed. I’m not sure the flimsy gauze would do much to keep out the rain, but it looks gorgeous. 🙂
It stopped raining for a brief moment, and I stopped to take a short rest under this huge tree. The rocker and windmill both remind me of familiar sights where I grew up. Such nostalgia!
I saw photos of PeTOu on several other photographer’s blogs, and it was so gorgeous I just had to go check it out for myself.
I am so glad I did. The sim is absolutely stunning.
The trees and mist give the sim an ethereal quality. There are a lot of little areas tucked in everywhere, so make sure when you visit that you take the time to wander around.
Everything is so calm and serene and peaceful. I discovered these gorgeous bridges, hidden from sight around a bend in the path.
Next to a small hut, I found this beautiful bamboo water well.
There are a couple of dragons to be found around the sim, including this fabulous specimen. The serpentine scales are so rich and detailed, as is the face of the statue.
This pagoda on top of the hill was my favorite area of the sim. The building itself is amazingly well-done, and the sim windlight perfectly complements it. I love all how the purples and pinks blend together.
I saw some fabulous pictures of Meraki by Loverdag, and I just had to go and see for myself.
Greece is on my bucket list of places to visit (it’s long been a fascination of mine), so having the chance to visit virtually was a no-brainer.
There are a couple of different areas to explore, starting with this little residential neighborhood. I wish I could shop from a little market stand like this!
I found this little picnic area in a park behind the houses. So picturesque – who wouldn’t want to sit and eat here while they stared out at the gorgeous water?
As I wandered on, I came across this fantastic cafe build. I love the paintings on the exterior. Standing by the rails, letting the salt spray hit your face, smelling the delicious aromas emanating from the cafe – pure heaven.
This gem was perched on top of a hill – another open-air cafe/bar where you can just sit, relax, and enjoy. I love the curves on the tops of the side walls.
Just beyond the open-air cafe, I found this abandoned ruin. The roses growing up over the door just add to the sense of decay, as do the various rusted pieces scattered about.
There was a ton more to explore and see – so head on over to Meraki and check it out for yourself.