Backflash January 2020 – Domme a Domme (January 10th, 2012)

In the “Backflash” series I select an old entry once a month and present it here. This way I force myself to browse in the archive and to fresh up a few of the many memories. For our readers the new series shall provide an insight into our Second Life without reading back the many posts and it might also give reason to browse through the archives.
Eight years ago, in January 2012, I wrote a post about “Domme a Domme”, it was the 100th post in this blog. I sorted it under the category “Exploring sims in Second Life”. There was just one single picture in this post. Club Domme a Domme has changed a lot ever since, gone through several full refurbishments and moved. Mistress Jenny and I still visit it quite often, although it is mostly a S&M (Stand & Model) nowadays. But the concept is still the same and sometimes there’s also something going on.
Here’s the post from January 10th, 2012:

Domme a Domme

I can not remember exactly how I found Domme a Domme (DaD), but as far as I remember it was a group that I joined as Yasmin has been a member and it was not free to join it. It was a small select group of Dommes that met to explore their secret side once in a while or just to escape from the pressures of being domme. At first it was my  personal retreat and I didn’t take Jenny there for a long time. And I had some nice experiences with Leighrayne Ninetails and others. The first club house was a small house with a limited number of props. As the group developed it was time to get a bigger plot and the group moved to Long Lost Bay.

The plot there consisted of a landing zone next to a lounge and some small traps. There was a club house with private dancing and some other buildings that Mina kept on developing. Leigh provided the main attraction and a lot of  banter was going on in IM. DaD was a good place to visit but then more and more people mainly stood around the landing area and did not explore anymore. There were also a lot of dommes looking to break everybody they saw and some of the stand offs and banter became humerous.

Quite recently a lot of work has been done to develop DaD into an urban area around a courtyard. There is a museum, a diner and some areas to RP in but the main meeting place is still at the main square.  Nowadays you will encounter a mixture of dommes and subs although subs are requested to not actively search for an owner there. The balance of people is similar to the way Stonehaven used to be when the patio there was a great place to visit, watch, have some banter or make friends.

So although you may feel a little frustrated at first that nothing is happening, just say hello to everybody and very soon you will begin to make friends.  That’s how I met people there, people who got close to me or were close to me for a while – and three of them are collared members of the Eurobrats today.

Beware some of the traps are cruel so keep your relay on ask unless you have a friend to rescue you close by.

P.S.: This is the 100th post on this blog 🙂

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Some further remarks:
The three above mentioned members of the Eurbrats, who I met first at club Domme a Domme and who became our collared slaves were Dana (Dana Drezelan), tittia (Mistress Cuttita) and Delilah (Delilah Ormidale). We miss Delilah since June 2014. slave Dana is still arouned and we still see her every once in a while although she’s not our collared slave anymore. tittia is also still around and se see her and are in touch with her.
Leighrayne Ninetails is the founder of the Domme a Domme group and care about it and about it’s home ever since. Thank you, Leigh!

Link to the original post:
https://themaurers.me/2012/01/10/domme-a-domme/
Landmark to the current club Domme a Domme
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Darkadia/174/74/90

Simploring 2020 (7) Cotswold – a magical place

For my simploring tour on Sunday, December 29th, I picked a landmark that our Kitty had provided to me a few weeks ago – Cotswold.
According to the landmark profile Cotswold is “a Medieval Celtic village with a touch of color and realism to romantically enjoy your photo shoot or role play”. Cotswold is designed and owned by Alex Aurelius Jones (aureliusjones), who likes building landscapes, photography and art. It is build on a half of a moderate homestead.

Cotswold overview

The landing is inside of the tallest building of the sim. The doors in the room you land just lead to other levels of the building. While I tried to find my way out I also went to the top of the tower and to a balcony before I found the exit.
The landing building is furnished like almost all of the houses at Cotswold – and you can see the wealth of the inhabitants looking at the furniture. The building you land in is for sure owned by rich people, other smaller buildings are furnished less and more basic.

Impressions of Cotswold (1) – the landing building

Cotswold is a bit like a open-air museum, a place where you can learn or experience how people lived centuries ago. You see mesh figures that liven up the scenery, in particular around the center of Cotswold with its little market for fish, bread, meat and vegetables. You can also watch a blacksmith at work. The bellow to maintain his fire is driven by a watermill.

Impressions of Cotswold (2) – at the market place

Every tvillage has to have a tavern, so does Cotswold. I walked around, looked inside of the buildings, looked at people and explored.

Impressions of Cotswold (3) – the tavern (left pictures) and one of the smaller houses from out and from inside (right pictures)

Last but not least there’s a harbour with two big sailing ships, there’s a wind mill and a farm with sheep, cows and horses.

Impressions of Cotswold (4) – the harbour, the windmill and the farm

Cotswold has all what you’d expect in a Medieval village. It is a peaceful setting and offers opportunites for taking pictures with a Medieval background. I like its realism, it reminded me of visits to outdoor museums and to visits to Medieval markets in Real Life where you can watch people working like centuries ago.
Thank you Alex (aureliusjones) for sharing your place with the public. I enjoyed my Sunday simploring fun.

Landmark to Cotwold
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Matta/185/39/34

Simploring 2020 (6) Kindred Spirit

For my simploring trip on Tuesday, January 7th, I picked Kindred Spirit from scoop.it SL Destinations. Kindred Spirit is an andult homestead owned and created by Bart Bader, a builder and photographer.

Kindred Spirit is a wonderful fantasy world, full of romantic spots to sit, dream and cuddle, full of beautiful kitschy backgrounds as well as just amazingly beautiful backgrounds – well, Kitsch is something quite subjective and it also depends on our mood how we see things. In addition you find some art objects, in particular from Mistero Hifeng.

Kindred Spirit – overiew

Kindred Spirit consists of 2 islands and a white fantasy world a bit offshore. The landing is at the end of one of the two islands and you can follow a path from there over the 2 islands to the white fantasy world. You should look left and right of the path to see all the hidden spots to enjoy. I gave some of it names just to mark them in the overview.

At the landing spot is a board with the adress of the flickr group. Right now, in January Bart started a photo contest. You just have to join the group (for free) and to post your pictures in the Kindred Spirit flickr group. And right at the landing point I found some lovely spots to take pictures. I didn’t play a lot with the windlicht setting but I can imagine that the moon sculpture can will make a great object as a backgroud at night. The glowing flowers, the unicorns, the trees with their illumination and the deers also fit nicely into a fantasy background. The gazebo suits for a lovely bed surrounded by the pillars of the gazebo and tall trees.

Impressions of Kindred Spirit (1) – aorund the landing point, flowers and unicorns (upper left), the moon sculpture (upper right), the fountain (lower left) and the gazebo (lower right)

After crossing the bridge and entering the second island you reach the pear house which stands out with it yellow colour. The pear house is furnished inside and is furnished very romantic inside. I personally like the swing seat in the bedroom upstairs.

Impressions of Kindred Spirit (2) – pear house

Close to the pear house is a pier where you can sit and enjoy the environment and watch some swans swimming. The old ballroom building is a bit hidden under big trees. Inside it offers places to sit and a bathtube.

Impressions of Kindred Spirit (3) – pier and ballroom

I continued my simploring tour at Kindred Spirit and came to a ruin with a sculpture that I easily recognized as being created by Mistero Hifeng (it’s named Bella – che ci importa del mondo). The ruins are another great spot for taking pictures. And looking around I noticed another spot to sit and cuddle up in a tree.

Impressions of Kindred Spirit (4) – around the piano

If you further follow the path you get to the “White Fantasy”. You find yourself admist white illumiated trees, fantasy flowers, benches and beds to cuddle, art pieces of Mistero Hifeng. You literally walk over the water following a path made of white stones. At the corner is a treehouse from where you overlook the white fantasy and the 2 islands. But you can also decide to enjoy the “Wedding bed”. I named it wedding bed as I can imagine the Kindred Spirit would be a perfect place for a wedding.

Impressions of Kindred Spirit (5) – White fantasy , upper right is Mistero Hifeng’s “Dream V2”, lower left is Mistero Hifeng’s “E rubero’ per te la Luna”

Impressions of Kindred Spirit (6) – White Fantasy, tree house, wedding bed and balloon with swing seat

Kindred Spirit is a very well made fantasy sim, very romantic and a perfect place to sit and dream or to spend some time of togetherness with your loved one. And of course it is a great place for those who like taking pictures (like myself). Thank you Bart Bader for creating this beautiful spot and in particular for sharing it publicly.

Landmark to Kindred Spirit
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kindred%20Spirit%202/43/59/29
Flickr page Bart Bader
https://www.flickr.com/photos/159802893@N04/
Kindred Spirit grou Flickr page (also for the January Photo challenge)
https://www.flickr.com/groups/14608768@N20/pool/with/49295957336/

Simploring 2020 (5) SS Galaxy

Wednesday January 15th, I saw several posts popping up about the SS Galaxy. I read Maddy Gynoid’s post “Die SS Galasxy ankert jetzt vor Bellisseria” (blogpost is in German) and decided to have a quick visit there. Most of the information I got is from Maddy’s post.

The SS Galaxy was built in 2007 and contains no single mesh object. The ship is 650 meters (!) long and extends over more than 2 regions. In total the ship consists of 32.000 prims (wow). In April 2015 the then owners considered to give up the ship due to the high costs for maintaining 3 regions. There’s also a website for the SS Galaxy that isn’t kept updated anymore. Finally Linden Labs took over the ship and reopened it in August 2015 as kind of a virtual museum ship in a virtual reality. The ship was now moved to the coast of Bellisseria, the new continent for Linden homes, where Jenny and I got our new (half secret) retreat just a few weeks ago.

SS Galaxy – Ship Directory Map

When I visited the huge SS Galaxy on Thursday, January 16th, I first had some problems to get it fully on my screen. It is simple too large and I had to extend my drawing range. It was worth it! The ship is incredible large.

SS Galaxy – almost too large to fit on a picture

I visited the big pool on the upper deck with the giant water slide, walked seemingly endlessly along the ship and visited the big zodiac ballroom /dinning room & bar. From here you have a great view on the houseboats and the Lighthouse of Bellisseria. I went a bit inside and had a look on the humongous hallways inside.

SS Galaxy – the zodiac ballroom / a view inside (lower left)

Finally I searched the bridge of the SS Galaxy. On my way I came along the glacier cafe & skating room and saw the indoor pool in the front of the SS Galaxy. The bridge itself was impressive not only because of the view from inside to the outside. The room is large, has several control desks, a map of the continent of Bellisseria with the position of the ship, and a meeting corner. Most importantly there’s a ship directory map, that contains the major points of interest and can be used as a teleporter. Hence the landmark I provide along with this blogpost leads to the ship directory map.

SS Galaxy – Control room at the bridge (upper left and right) / front indoor pool (lower left) / glacier cafe & skating room (lower right)

I personally think that moving the SS Galaxy to Belliseria further increases the popularity of the new continent. I look forward to what LL might offer around this new landmark. I strongly recommend to have a look yourself.

Landmark to the SS Galaxy bridge
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Galaxy%20FORWARD/147/170/49
SS Galaxy website
http://www.ssgalaxy.net/
Maddy Gynoid’s post “Die SS Galasxy ankert jetzt vor Bellisseria”
http://echtvirtuell.blogspot.com/2020/01/die-ss-galaxy-ankert-jetzt-vor.html

Simploring 2020 (4) Valium Creek, Valium Creek Art Park, Relax Club and Kekeland – Bardeco

I came across Valium Creek following Inara Pey’s blog and her post “Time at Valium Creek in Second Life

Valium Creek is a moderate full region, owned and operated by Vally Lavender (Valium Lavender). Roughly 3/4 of Valium Creek is dedicated to residential usage, about 1/4 is public. The landing is in the public area, which includes a coffee shop hangout, a local bar, church and other interesting features. Valium Creek was designed/built by Jacky MacPherson and Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington).

Valium Creek – overview

The public area offers a lot of nice views and great backgrounds for pictures. I had fun exploring. To enter the residential area you need to be a group member. And of course you could decide to live here, the houses are rented out by Vally. Part of the group join fees are donated to the Nature Conservancy, an international conservation group. Vally also has a website for Valium Creek.

Impressions of Valium Creek – public part

But that’s by far not all. Vally also owns Broken Vessels, another moderate full region right next to Valium Creek and connected to it with a bridge. The Valium Creek Public Area is being extended over to almost 1/2 of the Broken Vessels and is home for the Valium Creek Art Park. When I visited the first time the Art Park on January 8th it was full of place holders for future art objects. When I visited again on Tuesday, January 14th, the Valium Creek Art Park presented it’s first exhibition featuring the art of Mistero Hifeng.

Broken Vessels – overview

Impressions of Valium Creek Art Park

The remainder of the Broken Vessels sim, is occupied by Kekeland – Bardeco and Relax Club. Kekeland – Bardeco rang a bell. I visited it back in 2018 (see Simploring 2018 (21) Bardeco & Kekeland). Kekeland – Bardeco is owned by Belle des Champs (Bridget Genna) and was also built by Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington). At it’s new location it is split between what you see on the ground and the club itself that is located on a sky platform. Kekeland – Bardeco is for sure on my list of places to visit in the near future.

Mistero Hifeng’s art featured at Valium Creek Art Park (1)

Mistero Hifeng’s art featured at Valium Creek Art Park (2)

The Relax Club is group owned and I assume that the group founder Night A. (Nightattack Guardian) owns the club. I didn’t do much research so far. The Relax Club has a own website – www.relaxclub.pt, is running since 2013, offers music (Club, Tech, Deep, Techno, Soul, Funky, House) everyday between 10 AM and 6 PM.

Thank you Vally (Valium Lavender), Jacky Macpherson, Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington), Belle des Champs (Bridget Genna) and Night A. (Nightattack Guardian) for these two joined sims, that offer a lot for everybody: residential houses for rent, an art park, places to hang out and a music venue. It was for sure not my last visit.

Landmark to Valium Creek
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/valium%20creek/157/131/24
Valium Creek Art Park
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Broken%20Vessels/166/59/22
Landmark to Relax Club
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Broken%20Vessels/181/230/23
Landmark to Kekeland – Bardeco (skyplatform)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Broken%20Vessels/65/159/3002
Valium Creek Art Park Flickr-group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/valium/
Valium Creek website
https://valiumcreek.com
Nature Conservancy
https://www.nature.org/en-us/
Inara Pey’s blog post “Time at Valium Creek in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2020/01/07/time-at-valium-creek-in-second-life/

Simploring 2020 (3) Soul of Dreams

For my simploring tour on Monday, January 30th, I picked Soul of Dreams from scoop.it SL Destinations. Soul of Dreams is a moderate homestead owned by Xana Ligati (xana newall). Xana is the blog manager of GOOSE – Home & Garden.
The sim was designed by Busta (badboyhi).

Soul of Dreams – overview

Soul of Dreams consists of three islands, one main island and 2 smaller islands. They are connected by bridges. The landing is close to the brigde to one of the smaller islands, with is occupied by a huge lighthouse. I first had a look around at the landing point. Some seals and birds are there and the spot already offers nice opportunites to take pictures. The sim is surrounded by snow covered mountains, Soul of Dreams is covered with less snow.

Impressions of Soul of Dreams (1) – around the landing point

I first went to the lighthouse. Inside 2 coal ovens heat the house with is empty otherwise. You can climb up to the top of the tower from where you have a great view of Soul of Dreams.

Impressions of Soul of Dreams (2) – the lighthouse

Back on the main island I went to the residential house there. It is fully furnished, well, a bit messy but it looks quite inviting nonetheless. Everything is placed and designed with great love for details inside and outsode of the house. Together with the tall bald trees and the snow the place is really picturesque. Close by you’ll find a small zip line that I tried out.

Impressions of Soul of Dreams (3) – the residential house

I continued my simploring tour walking along the road, came to the barn and a single hut and to two places on the shore, where you could gather for a small event or simply enjoy some valuable time with friends sitting around a campfire.

Impressions of Soul of Dreams (4) – the barn, gathering spots and a bus stop

At the end of the main island and close to the bridge of the other small island is a small shed. From there you can great views on Soul of Dreams and it is a perfect spot to take pictures. The scenery looks very natural, winterly and peaceful. I sat down on the bridge where you could also fish and enjoyed the atmosphere.

Impressions of Soul of Dreams (5) – around the bridge to the island with the ruins

Finally I went to the second small island that is occupied by ruins of a church like building. The roofs have been closed provisionially, Everything is decorated for romonatic scenes. I found leftovers from Halloween (a scary monk at the entrance of one ruin). One ruin is used as a ballroom with a piano and that one is decorated quite outstanding. I recommend to go to the beach of this island as it also offers spectacular views on Soul of Dreams.

Impressions of Soul of Dreams (6) – the ruins

Soul of Dreams is a romantic place. The vegetation looks very natural and you can find countless spots to take really nice pictures. But you can also find nice places to just sit and enjoy the atmsophere or to be with your loved one. It is a very well made sim. I just enjoy the creativity of people in Second Life. Thank you very much, Xana, for sharing your place publicly and thank you Busta (badboyhi) for designing it. I enjoyed my visit!

Landmark to Soul of Dreams
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Python%20Point/166/102/23

Simploring 2020 (2) Butter – You Butter Come Back!

I went on another short simploring tour on Christmas Day at night and visited Butter, a sim that I found once again at scoop.it SL Destinations.

Butter is a moderate homestead owned by Mona Molinaxil. Butter has it’s own homepage which contains some more information about it. Butter can offer a little bit of everything and there are no private areas.

Butter – overview

The most picturesque spot is “the docks”, a great place to take pictures and close by is a nice farmer market. Quite in the center of Butter is a large Bistro and Bar with seating both inside and outside the building.

Impressions of Butter (1) – The docks, Famers market, Bar and Bistro

The beach is nice and offers a lot of places to lay in the sun, to chill and hangout. You will find a selection of beachy furniture, a beach bar, a dance deck and even some floats and other places to sit out in the water.

Impressions of Butter (2) – The beach, Camping and Trailer park, Diomita climbing the rope

Up on the high plateau above the beach, there’s a camping site and a trailer park and if you walk a bit further you get to a farm with livestock and to a wind mill. There’s more, like a rope that you can use to get from the main island to a small island with at residential home. And certainly you will find way more nooks and spots to hang out and chill. Unfortunately my time for this simploring tour was limited to see more.

Impressions of Butter (3) – Farm with livestock, Wind mill, Residential home and Diomita chilling at a nook

Butter is a nice sim and as mentioned above it offers a bit of everything. Thank you, Mona for sharing your place publicly. I enjoyed my short visit!

Landmark to Butter
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Butter/113/88/24
Flickr-group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/14639471@N20/
Butter homepage
https://buttersim.blogspot.com/

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