Simploring 2019 (61) Killary

For my simploring tour on Tuesday, May 21st, I picked “Killary” from scoop.it SL Destinations. Killary is a moderate homestead owned by Morena Tully. I want to start this simploring tour with the text from the landmark’s description:
Inspired by the scenic, quiet beauty of Killary Fjord in Western Ireland. No pubs, no Intans, just simple, peaceful, irish nature. Unwind, relax. Take a picture or two. Please keep your clothes on, and don’t harass the sheep!

I visited Western Ireland myself a few years ago. The rough beauty in combination with the loneliness impressed me. During my visit it was cloudy and rained a bit which caused a very particular atmosphere.

Impressions of Western Ireland … Location of Killary Fjord

Morena’s description fit’s perfectly to what she created within Second Life. There’s almost nothing to explore or discover in Killary at first glance. Looking around at the landing point you see nothing but a meagre rough island, some hills, sheep, water and in the background a church spire. I began hiking and the peace of this place immediately warmed my heart. And there’s something to discover at second glance. There’re the ruins of a chapel and a stall, there’s the stone circle with a tree in the centre on the top of a hill, there’re a few places to sit and inhale the strange beauty of the place, there’re peacefully grazing sheeps, you can even see some ducks swimming.

Impressions of Killary (1) – around the landing point

At one end of Killary sits a lonely man looking out over the water. Morena also added 2 pieces of Bryn Oh, the Wasp Angel and a teddy. Clicking the teddy leads to a machima video of Bryn titled “Gretchen and Teddy“. In her profile you can read why these pieces of art are important for Morena:
I have such admiration for Bryn Oh, and her work. Things she has created have touched my SL in ways that can’t begin to be be described. She embodies the extreme end of the spectrum of what SL is meant to be, for me.”

Impressions of Killary (2) – the mediating man / Bryn Oh’s teddy and wasp angel

I also discovered 2 chests (I might not have found all of them), which contain questions to think about. I failed giving the right answer but the questions themselves give reason to think. I sat down at a few spots and enjoyed the peace. I think that the secret of Killary is that it is not overlaoded with many buildings or features or activities. The few things to discover and to do stand out way more this way.

Impressions of Killary (3) – enjoying the peace

Morena is in Second Life for over 13 years and she wrote in her profile that Killary might be the last sim she built, her retirement home, simple, minimalist and easy. She added: “Sometimes it’s ok for a place to be… just a place.
In her profile Morena Tully also wrote why she’s still in Second Life after all these years:
You would think after all the time I’ve been here, I’d be bored or burned out. It’s true I’ve mostly been there, done that, but each experience is new, every day is a different day, and I never know what will happen…. SL will always have new frontiers … Why would I ever want to leave?
That fits for me and my SL as well.

Impressions of Killary (4)

Thank you very much for sharing your place with the public, Morena. I enjoyed my visit a lot!

Landmark to Killary
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Buttercup/125/208/24
Gretchen and Teddy from Bryn Oh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9i0ZAm6-uA

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