The Dirty Grind is known for its music venue, but it is also a lovely place to wander around. I’d never been before, so after seeing it blogged, I decided to head over and check it out.
It was still winter when I visited, which was a bit unexpected, since most sims are now decorated for spring. But snow is always gorgeous in SL, so off I went!
It was a bit chilly, since I wasn’t really dressed for the weather, so I was happy to come across this adorable hot cocoa stand – just what I needed to fuel my further explorations. 😀
My fascination with lighthouses is well-known, but my love of windmills is a close second (they remind me of home). I’ve never seen this particular windmill in SL before – I love the look of it.
Speaking of things I’ve never seen – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a birdcage house before. It’s a little too open and airy for me, but it is certainly gorgeous. I love the spiral staircase.
Grab the LM and a friend and hop over to The Dirty Grind to explore – and then when you’re done, settle in for some music to help you relax.
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.
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.
After a particularly frustrating day with the Destination Guide (with lots of places listed that no longer exist), I decided to try another tack to find new sims to photograph.
This new method led me to La Vie – a gorgeous sandy island that makes me dream of swinging in a hammock, cool breezes blowing while I catch up on my reading with a mint julep handy.
I would love to live somewhere like this, wouldn’t you?
Everywhere I wandered I found seating areas, all with absolutely gorgeous views of the water.
I can hear the water, the waves lapping gently at the shore while I relax and meditate.
The house had plenty of inviting spaces as well, including these lovely chaise lounges set up out on the patio.
The landscaping on this sim was so well done I am still in awe looking back at the photos. The windlight was gorgeous and lent the whole island a feeling of peace and tranquility.
Plus, I found this adorable bicycle – who wouldn’t want to pedal around the island in this little beauty?!
If you’re looking for somewhere to relax or for some peace and quiet, this sim is just the spot.
I’m always looking for Somewhere, and this time I found it!
Somewhere is collection of several islands, each with a whimsical decor theme.
I dubbed this one ‘Pirate Island.’ It doesn’t look as if the pirates had a terrific time here, especially since they appear to have left without their ship. 😛
Nearby is ‘Circus Island,’ which looks like a much more fun place than Pirate Island. There are several old circus cars, some with animals in them.
This island had lots of little nooks and crannies to explore, though of course the unicorns captured my immediate attention.
If you can drag yourself away from the gorgeous unicorns, there is more to explore.
I’m not a huge fan of puppet shows, but I admit this one looked intriguing. Unfortunately, I must have arrived after the show was over, because no one was there.
This is ‘Fairy Tale Island.’ It just seemed a fitting name, given the Rapunzel-like tower that is so prominent.
I didn’t find Rapunzel, but I did find the Princess’ pile of mattresses, complete with pea underneath. 😀
Somewhere was a fun place to explore with lots of hidden areas to find. In fact, when I arrived, the Princess was napping, but I managed to snap a pic after she awoke.
NorderNey is another sim that I kept meaning to visit – so I did and finally crossed it off my list!
I wasn’t sure what to expect – the area isn’t large, but the scenery is gorgeous. I think some of the builds are actually resident’s homes, but they were so beautifully decorated that I couldn’t help sneaking some pictures with my zoom lens. 😛
I love this beach house – it’s so open and airy and exactly the kind of home I’d want if I lived on the beach. My favorite part of the house is that the curtains were blowing in the breeze – it’s those little details that add to the feel of a build.
This little bench underneath the window would be one of my favorite spots. Sitting in the warmth of the sun, a cool breeze blowing, while you listen to the waves crash – pure heaven.
Of course, one of the best parts of living on the beach is that you can spend a great deal of your time outside (something I don’t get to do enough here in the Midwest where I live). These shaggy seats and comfy pillows look so cozy, with snacks and lots of reading material nearby.
I think this was my favorite house on the sim. I don’t know if this house build comes with this photo already on the wall, but I thought it was a such a great idea – I love how she seems to be staring out the window at the waves.
This little fellow was chirping away when I wandered by – I think he was enjoying the breakfast leftovers.
This is such a fabulous vignette – I wish I had enough space in my RL home to have an area like this for all my art supplies. I love the woven rug and the little space heater.
I couldn’t resist the field of daisies in the front yard – and the little chicks wandering around were simply adorable. The cute yellow scooter is so inviting – it was so hard to resist hopping on and going for a quick spin around the beach!
If you’re looking for a quiet spot to sit and relax, NorderNey is the ticket.