Christmas 2012 is Starting to be Fun! Yes it’s Early I Know!

November 22, 2012

I must admit I couldn’t wait to start decorating for Christmas in the sim this year.  Everything is so depressing with the world economy and people are finding it difficult to make ends meet just to get by.  So with this thought I decided to start a 20 Lindens or less shop in SL this year selling Christmas Decorations  in Jamaica Inn.  I’ve made some new stuff too and both Hibiscus and I are giving away some freebies!   Hib has made a lovely job of her sim, it looks really pretty and the snow on the ground makes everything look magical.  I made a massive dome this year, a bit like a huge snow globe and put a couple of cosy cottages inside there, people can just walk straight into the dome!  The cottages are designed by brilliant builder Johnnytreadlightly Lightfire and they are ideal for a snowy winter scene.   I treated myself to a  Santa Claus figure plus  a beautiful sleigh that I can actually fly, both made by Phoebe Avro, who has a really lovely sim with lots of goodies for sale.  I took Drax for a ride in the sleigh and he was only a bit worried about my driving, but who can blame him!  We did land safely back down, which was quite an accomplishment on my part!  I also took Hib and Ed for a ride later on, they somehow got tangled up with each other and Hib was arguing with Ed about how heavy he was sitting on her lap!  Those two do nothing but bicker, like two big kids!!  Mind you, they were so busy arguing that they never noticed me nearly hitting the large tree as I flew past it; So I got away with that one!  Honestly though, the sleigh is dead easy to fly and very nicely made!  Hib even sat on Santa Claus’s knee in the cave grotto and she made a few Christmas wishes!   Hib has some free skis on her parcel and they are a real laugh, she has some steep hills, so be warned. We also enjoyed Hib’s carousel made of sl ice!  Neighbours Cliff and Whisper have also made a smashing winter landscape and it looks as if Whisper is setting up a Christmas market there, so be sure to visit us all.  I have another cosy cottage looking out over the ocean, so feel free to snuggle up by the fire and forget about the real life gloomy weather!!!  (p.s. there’s a bunch of mistletoe and a kiss pose just outside the door!)


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Five years in SL – My Amazing 5th Rez Day!

March 30, 2012

I can’t believe it’s five years since I joined SL, yet somehow it seems as if I’ve always been a Second Life resident!  My Rez Day was yesterday and I woke up and saw that there was a new article on Virtually London (lite), curiously I turned to the front page and there was this picture of me in my tiny avatar and blue dress, yes my little red panda av! but who did this, put this on Virtually London (lite)? well naughty Hibiscus Hastings, that’s who!  My friend Hib had remembered my Rez Day and was asking readers to guess who the red panda with a Rez Day was!  Friend Ed put a comment on there and I added one too, telling Hib I would get her later for this publicity!  That evening I thought I would take some photos for my Rez Day, we were scheduled to play Greedy Greedy later so that was how I was to spend my Rez evening.  I put on a nice dress and went over to Run around Sue’s because it was open early and I danced around taking pictures.  As I danced friend Drax logged on and came over, we chatted and I continued to take more pics and I mentioned it was getting near the time arranged to play Greedy, as Ed, Hib, Web, Drax and I were all joining in the game.  However, Drax was saying, wait till it’s time to start before we teleport, so I said ok, but got a bit suspicious after it got late and we should have gone over to the Greedy table.  Drax kept making excuses and by this time I guessed something was up!  He gave me an adorable beagle puppy for my Rez Day and I really looked forward to seeing it later that night (I rezzed it later and it’s so cute! I’ve yet to pick a name for him!).  Finally Drax said we ought to go over and we teleported to Hib’s land!  well as I landed I saw that we were surrounded by our wonderful friends!  Yes Hib had arranged a surprise party for me and I had a lovely time, best ever!  Simon dj’d for us and we danced the night away.   It was a Rez Day to remember and I managed to take some pictures as you see!  I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along, TXBarb, Janis, Brie, Seany, Simon, Al, Poppy, Ed, Eliza, Pink, Nils, Truths, Nahi, Drax, and Hib (naughty Hib!).  (It was Eliza’s Rez Day a few days ago and I posted her celebration story on CNN .  I nearly put my Rez Day on there too, but CNN have hidden SL stories so far down into their new style  format that people can no longer just trip across our stories, so it looks like they have sidelined SL after all.  I read today that main media channels are losing a lot of their audiences to independent news channels because people think they aren’t getting the full real life news because they are being censored; apparently CNN have lost the most viewers, said to be 50%.  Maybe it’s time for the main media to realise that people are waking up to what is happening in the world today, it’s not only about them taking out the fun things like SL, it’s about them treating people like children who have to be fed the news they want them to read and not what is really going on. After all the world economy won’t make main media reporters, bosses etc exempt from the outcome that the governments plan for us all!)


Caravans, Flying Crocs and Sinking Ships

April 10, 2011

I’ve been totally absorbed in my parcel of land lately, almost becoming a hermit away from the clubs and pubs around SL.  I’d been trying to think up something different to the gazebo I installed at the end of Lover’s Lane on my land, as I already have a gazebo, which looks out over the sea, I thought another one was a bit boring.  Then I thought of making a caravan, something I’ve never attempted before and I set to work.  After ages creating the sloping walls and trying to line them up with the roof, I finally got it looking reasonable.  My friend and neighbour Spooks Blackburn has been advising me about building poses directly into the prims rather than having pose balls, which of course save on prims as well, so I bought a kit of poses and scripts and I was really pleased with the results.  I decorated the caravan with some nice oak veneer and  fancy wooden tiles that I found in my inventory, laid a carpet inside and put a romantic painting on the back wall.  I scripted the roof so you can turn the light on inside the caravan and pick pink, crimson or gold lighting, which looks really snug.  Drax came over to see it and we sat with the new poses I had put in the doorway of the van and it was a nice place to chat.

I put some great romantic poses in the caravan at the end of Lover’s Lane and decided to put another caravan near the houses I built, so I just left the doorway sitting poses in that one.  I also bought some gorgeous fairylights from Lilith and Dolly’s Heart VR garden centre and the sim is looking very pretty with those installed. 

Later I went over to see Up4 and Rux in Old Europe, Up4 is kindly letting me have a stall in his Easter Market.  The sim is looking absolutely beautiful with all the Spring flowers and stuff.  Up4 had a special Easter crocodile, not a rabbit you understand, but a croc with rabbit ears and this one flies too!.  We climbed onto the croc and Up4 took me all around the sim, luckily the croc must have had his dinner because he didn’t bite!

Up4 gave me my own Easter Croc, so I can fly around and scare people, it did make me laugh, although it was sort of cute!  After seeing Up4 I made it to the West End club where Clive Hissop had built the most magnificent set I’ve ever seen in SL, he turned the inside of the club into the Titanic and it looked amazing.  He is so clever,  at the end of the evening the floor tipped and we started to sink, sliding into the sea!  It was a night to remember and Hibiscus will be writing it up for Virtually London (lite) this week, so don’t miss it!


Photo Contest a Big Success and Time to Relax Dancing!

January 9, 2011

I organised the London Photograph Competition for Virtually London (lite) over Christmas and I was absolutely stunned at how many people entered with excellent pictures.  I suppose this was the first really big successful contest I have run, and I decided to ask Kat and Laredo of New London if I could use the New Albert Hall to display the photos.  It was lucky that it is such a big grand building as the entries filled the entire hall and looked great!  Thanks Kat and Laredo!  You can go and see the pictures which will be on display for another couple of days!

Drax had judged the contest and it proved to be very difficult because of the amount of really good pictures, he spend ages on it and did a great job!    I’m still trying to get organised for my shop for the summer too, I put all the Christmas stuff away and have started to make some new things, but time has been against me so far!  Drax and I decided to take some time out though, and head for Run-around-Sue’s for a bit of rock’n roll.  We joined the line of dancers and had a really nice time!

I’m looking forward to another photo contest, probably at Easter, so I hope we have another good response like the Christmas contest!


Meeting Nice People and Looking Around

April 24, 2010

The week seemed to fly past and once again we were at the CNN meeting with Nicole the CNN Producer.  Hibiscus, Ed, Latok, Kiko, Ernest, Vickie and Kake, who I hadn’t seen for a little while, were all there.  Kiko had been writing interesting articles about Geisha’s in SL and Nicole thought it would be a good idea if we all travelled over to see the sim, Little Yoshiwara for ourselves.  It was quite a party as the kind ladies of the sim showed us around, we were invited into the tea rooms to listen and ask questions about the Geisha customs.

Later in the week I went off exploring and landed in a romantic sim called the Duche de Coeur, it’s a really nice 17th Century village and just as I started to look around I met Charles Bamboo who came over to say hello.  Charles looked very handsome in his baroque outfit and he told me that he lived in the sim with his wife Summer Serendipity.  Charles was very happy to be part of the community there, and he showed me his blog which included a lovely film of him and Summer.  Summer joined us and I was stunned by her beauty, she had the most gorgeous dress, and her hair was amazing.  I asked if I could take some pictures of them and they said I could.  Charles asked me to come back and visit their house and I will be pleased to accept the invitation. Nice to meet you Charles and Summer!

I had a message from Headburro and he told me about his new log cabin he had built, and going by the pictures he sent me, it looked great, I always thought Head would be a brilliant builder and I don’t think I’m wrong!!  I met up with Drax and we decided to go over and look at  Steelhead near where Head lives.  It is a very nice sim, with lots of places to explore.  We actually landed near Head’s cabin and it was very picturesque, nestling into the hillside near a fast running river.  We will wait to meet up with Head and ask him to give us a grand tour if thats ok by him.

Finally my good friend Eliza popped into our London shop and it was nice to see her, Eliza is expecting a baby and looked very pretty with her little bump.  Congratulations Eliza, you will make a lovely SL Mum!!


Happy Rez-Day Drax!!

December 1, 2009

Wishing a very happy rez-day to Drax!  It’s his second SL birthday and he doesn’t look a day over one!

I took him to New Brighton the other day to show him what a typical English sea-side looked like, as he is from America.  We went on the pier and they had those things that you put your heads through to take photographs.  Well we had a really good time, it was a lot of fun.

I’m not sure about his swimsuit in the picture below, but  at least it looks like he bought a good pair of shoes at last!

We finished up buying a doughnut each and sat down for a while to eat them, it was a brilliant day, I’m still not too sure about that Mankini though, hehe!


Poor Drax Is All Mixed Up!!

August 31, 2009

When I’d visited the Ministry of Motion sim a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t tell my friends about something that was a little bit shocking but quite funny at the time.  I’d taken Hibiscus over there and she thought it was a laugh, then I took Drax over and asked him to sit on the giant apple and see what happens.  Soon as he sat, he started to topple through the air and fell into the giant kitchen blender that was there.  It’s quite a gory sight all the blood spurts out of the blender and you can see your avatars arms and legs disappearing!

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He landed safely back next to me on the platform, but his arms and legs and three hearts (yes three!!) landed all around him and other bits and pieces of grisly looking meat too!

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This is all the invention of Nomasha Syaka and very cleverly done!!  All in one piece, Drax later came over to my apartment in SL Chelsea as he hadn’t seen some of the changes I had made for a while.  I got a lovely painting from an artist who was selling his stuff in the Rose Theatre, his pictures are moving works of art and little stars twinkle on it and vapour rises from the sphere in front of the girl in the picture, I’m glad I bought it, I really like it and Drax did too.  I logged off and came back later.

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It was the opening of the Jazz club in SL Chelsea last night and real life held me up from getting there for a while.  I arrived to see Hibiscus, Ed and Drax all on line and as I rezzed  I saw Hib and Ed log off at the same time, then going over to the Jazz club I spotted Drax at the piano there.

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He was plainly away from the keyboard of his computer, so I went and sat on the stall too to wait for him to come back and chat, but alas he never did, he just timed out and I was left all alone,  my friends deserting me, are they trying to tell me something?  Perhaps I put too many of them through the blender!!!

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