Simploring 2020 (45) Northern Shore – Skärgården in Summer 2020

Scrolling through scoop.it SL Destinations I came across Nothern Shore – Skärgården again. I had visited it before on Christmas 2019 (read here).

Northern Shore is a moderate full region, created and owned by Elvira Kytori. It is inspired by the place where Elvira is living in RL, the Swedish archipelago coast also known as Skärgården. Look up pictures of these little islands, these skerris in Sweden and compare it with Northern Shore in Second Life – these picturesque, neat and peaceful places do exist! It’s not just a fantasy.

Northern Shore – Skärgården in Summer 2020 – an overview

Elvira Kytori is the creator of the “Trace-sims”, places I explored in 2016/2017 (read here about Summer Trace, Fall Trace, Winter Trace and Holiday Trace). Northern Shore fits into this series of places. It is just amazingly beautiful.

When I visited first, Northern Shore was a lovely winterly sim, decorated for the season – but it has changed and was a bit further developed and it is Summer there now, hence no snow and no seasonal decoration. I still recognized it though as the landscape, the main houses and the whole layout is still the same.

Impressions of Northern Shore – Skärgården in Summer 2020 (1): Around the landing point

It is great fun to wander around, to explore all the little details of this idyll. Right at the landing point is a lot to discover. Elvira made most of the boards and signs in Swedish to capture the atmosphere and make it feel like her home. Look at the Skärgårdshandlarn. Shandlarn is Swedish for shop and you should go inside. I also recommend to have a look at the little café right opposed to the landing point. It is quite cosy inside.

Impressions of Northern Shore – Skärgården in Summer 2020 (2)

The houses at Northern Shore are now ready for the Summer season, decorated with flowers and outdoor furniture. Most houses are furnished. It is worth to have a look inside. You can’t go inside of the houses though – and you should not go to close as the houses are all rented now. Northern Shore is part of the White Dunes Estates, owned by Elvira. You can check the availability of houses on the marketplace here.

Impressions of Northern Shore – Skärgården in Summer 2020 (3)

As opposed to my visit in Winter you can now see some yachts anchoring between the islands, and more boats are at the piers. And Elvira has added a rezzer for rubber boats, that I used to explore the islands this time  (no flying needed this time *winks*). And you don’t disturb any renter or violate privacy when you explore by boat. There’s enough public area to enjoy, as also stated in the landmark description:
Welcome to the Northern Shore. Feel free to explore on foot or by sea on the new rubber boats. Hope you enjoy your stay and thank you for being mindful of the tenants. If you like to rezz here for a picture please contact Elvira Kytori for a group invite.”

Northern Shore – Skärgården in Summer 2020

I enjoyed my second visit to Nothern Shore a lot again and it was fun to drive around with the rubber boat.
Thank you Elvira for creating this peaceful sim and for providing that much public space.

Landmark to Northern Shore
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Northern%20Shore/138/79/22
Nothern Shore is a part of White Dunes Estates, available homes can be found here
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/132449

Simploring 2020 (1) Northern Shore – Skärgården

For my Christmas simploring tour I picked Northern Shore from scoop.it SL Destinations. Northern Shore is a moderate full region, created and owned by Elvira Kytori. It is inspired by the place where Elvira is living in RL, the Swedish archipelago coast also known as Skärgården. Look up pictures of these little islands, these skerris in Sweden and compare it with Northern Shore in Second Life – these picturesque, neat and peaceful places do exist! It’s not just a fantasy.

Elvira Kytori is the creator of the “Trace-sims”, places I explored in 2016/2017 (read here about Summer Trace, Fall Trace, Winter Trace and Holiday Trace). Northern Shore fits into this series of places. It is just amazingly beautiful.

Impressions of Northern Shore – Skärgården (1): Around the landing point

It is great fun to wander around, to explore all the little detail of this idyll. I spent almost half an hour at the landing point as there’s so much to see. Elvira made most of the boards and signs in Swedish to capture the atmosphere and make it feel like her home. Look at the Skärgårdshandlarn. Shandlarn is Swedish for shop and you should go inside. I also recommend to have a look at the little café right opposed to the landing point. It is quite cosy inside.

Impressions of Northern Shore – Skärgården (2)

Most of the many houses at Northern Shore are decorated for the holiday season and most are furnished. It is worth to have a look inside. You can’t go inside some of the houses though. You need to ask Elvira for a group tag to do that. But it might also be that these houses are rented out, as Elvira told me after I published this post. Hence if you look for a vacation home at Skärgården  – ask her.

There are some boats at Northern Shore, they lay at piers and you can’t use them to get from one island to the other. And the other smaller boats are on the island, stored away for the Winter. But in Second Life you can fly (flying is allowed) or you can walk (like I did) or you consider the sea being frozen and can skate. Whatever you do, exploring is fun.

Impressions of Northern Shore – Skärgården (3)

Some houses look very comfortable and cosy admist the snow, a paradise for those who love to take pictures in Second Life. Also some outdoor spots invite to sit and watch. I made some pictures using the provided windlight setting. It makes Northern Shore cold and you almost begin to freeze just by the visual impression. It is snowing and you can’t look far. For other pictures I used a brighter windlight setting – Annan Adored Realisitic ambient.

Impressions of Northern Shore – Skärgården (4)

I enjoyed my visit to Nothern Shore a lot and took many pictures. Thank you Elvira for creating this peaceful sim and for sharing it publicly.

Landmark to Northern Shore
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Northern%20Shore/138/79/22

Exploring Traces – Part 3: “Winter Trace”

Of course I visited also Winter Trace, the newest of the 3 sims Summer Trace, Fall Trace and Winter Trace by Kylie Jaxxon and Elvira Kytori. You can find a very detailed description in Inara Pey’s blog “A Winter Trace in Second Life“.

Novemeber 19th: Arriving at Winter Trace

November 19th: Arriving at Winter Trace

Winter Trace consists of several islands. Right at the landing point and close to it are 2 windmills, a characteristic for Winter Trace. The islands are not connected by bridges and the boats can’t be used. But the sea is frozen so you can walk the short distances between the islands. Winter Trace impresses because of the many details. The houses are decorated for the season but life seems to be frozen like the sea – unless you walk into the houses. Walking and being at Winter Trace feels cold yet very peaceful. If you want to have some fun you can sledge downhill at the one hill at Winter Trace.

Novemeber 19th: Winter fun at Winter Trace

November 19th: Winter fun at Winter Trace

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For me, it was just a short, enjoyable visit. I like the views. And there are many places to enjoy the nature or to get a praticular view. Thank you, Kylie Jaxxon and Elvira Kytori for providing all 3 “Trace”-sims to us (Summer Trace, Fall Trace and Winter Trace). Now we can enjoy every season of the year – all year round!

Landmark to Winter Trace:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Springfield%20Wood/23/202/21
Inara Pey’s blog “A Winter Trace in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2016/11/17/a-winter-trace-in-second-life/

Exploring Traces – Part 2: “Fall Trace”

After my visit of “Summer Trace” (see Exploring Traces – Part 1: “Summer Trace”) I went visiting “Fall Trace“. That’s kind of a difference. Fall Trace is not scary like many other sims dealing with the autumn and it is not as colourful as autumn can be.

November 19th: Arriving at Fall Trace

November 19th: Arriving at Fall Trace

November 19th: Overlooking the bay of Fall Trace

November 19th: Overlooking the bay of Fall Trace

It might be due to the day time of my visit, but Fall Trace spread a very melancholic mood. It felt cold and dark there. Fall Trace is a beach with several houses connected by a wooden path leading through the dunes. I myself went into a boat house and enjoyed the view over the bay, the dark clouds and the very special atmosphere there. As it should be I went inside after some time in the fresh autumn air on the veranda of the boat house and just day warmed up and dreamed a bit.20161119-fall-trace_010

Fall Trace is different and particular because of the mood it spreads (at least for me). Thank you, Kylie Jaxxon and Elvira Kytori!
Landmark to Fall Trace:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tranquil%20Bay/98/146/22

Exploring Traces – Part 1: “Summer Trace”

There have been several posts about “The Trace Too” in this blog and in Inara Pey’s Living in a modemworld blog:
Exploring Second Life Sunday tours (April 2nd, 2015)
I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers (October 3rd, 2015)
Exploring, chatting and Mistress Jenny’s rezzday (March 20th, 2016)
Today I wanted to visit “Winter Trace” after I came across Inara Pey’s blog entry about it “A Winter Trace in Second Life“.

In fact, the owners and creators of Winter Trace, Kylie Jaxxon and Elvira Kytori, run 3 different sims now: Summer Trace, Fall Trace and Winter Trace. The new concept has 3 seasonal sim’s where each will stay for a whole year for all to enjoy, before changing for a new season, and design. I visited all 3 sims Saturday, November 19th.

November 19th: Exploring Summer Trace

November 19th: Exploring Summer Trace

Summer Trace is the former “The Trace too”. As I visited in March the last time, I couldn’t remember all details, but just after landing it felt like not being here the first time at all. I remembered in particular the colourful field of lavender with the lighthouse and the oldtimer. What a lovely place! I walked over the two islands of Summer Trace, which are connected by a stone bridge and enjoyed the feeling of Summer. At the beach is a large decking for chatting and dancing with a disco equipment now. I don’t remember that from my last visit.

November 19th: At the beach of Summer Trace

November 19th: At the beach of Summer Trace

November 19th: Recreation decking at the beach of Summer Trace

November 19th: Recreation decking at the beach of Summer Trace

For us, with the winter ahead, Summer Trace is sort of an escape, a short vacation into summer. I like the idea that it is open year round for more short vacations. Thank you, Kylie Jaxxon and Elvira Kytori!
Landmark to Summer Trace:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Trace%20Too/62/140/30

Dear Diary (25) March 19th: Exploring, chatting and Mistress Jenny’s rezzday

Saturday, March 19th, was quite a mixed day. It started with a visit to “The Trace Too“. I have visited this sim already several times and each visit was different. If you read the sim’s welcome notecard, you’ll know why: “Since 2013, owner Kylie Jaxxon has been showcasing her seasonal SIM, The Trace. In 2014, she was joined by Elvira Kytori also the owner of White Dunes Estate rentals. They have successfully collaborated  together on the continually changing SIM design

March 19th: Another visit to "The Trace Too" (1)

March 19th: Another visit to “The Trace Too” (1)

The sim offers many spots to sit and to look plus it is just great for taking pictures. I walked along the beach and to the lighthouse. What caught my attention in particular were fields of blooming lavendar. Although a bit too early for this time of the year, it just looks amazing and I could seemingly smell the odour.

March 19th: Another visit to "The Trace Too" (2)

March 19th: Another visit to “The Trace Too” (2)

You can read about The Trace Too and see pictures of it at various sites in the net like in The Trace flickr Group. There are also some posts about this sim not only in my blog but also in Inara’s blog “Enjoying spring at The Trace in Second Life” or in the SL Blogger Support “Location in the Spotlight: The Trace Too“. Thank you Kylie Jaxxon & Elvira Kytori for providing your lovely place for us throughout the seasons. I really enjoyed a lovely and relaxing hour at it.
March 19th: Another visit to "The Trace Too" (3)

March 19th: Another visit to “The Trace Too” (3)

As I waited to see Mistress Jenny in the afternoon, our slave Nina showed up and I took her to the “Lost Domme Resort”, as I had met slave Dana there. Usually that is a place for dommes to chill and to live out their softer (submissive) side. I should bring Mistress Jenny here next time *winks*. Anyway I spend time with slave Nina, teased her and chatted with her. She was a good girl, just like a slave should be.

March 19th: with Orja at the Lost Domme Resort

March 19th: with Orja at the Lost Domme Resort

Then Mistress Jenny showed up and of course she had to get her rezzday spanks: 8 smacks for 8 years :-). I enjoyed that very much and Mistress Jenny did not object and she even counted each smack. Congratulations, Mistress – and thank you for being with me and us all these years!

March 19th: Mistress Jenny's 8th rezzday. Slave Nina watching in the background.

March 19th: Mistress Jenny’s 8th rezzday. Slave Nina watching in the Background.

Exploring

I found time for a bit simploring again on Saturday, Sept 12th. I went to Sommergewitter and to Tranquility Dreams. Just the right thing to do before summer is over for this year. Both sims are described by Inara in her blog and I will add the links to her descriptions and the landmarks at the end of this blog post.

When I read Inara’s post about Sommergewitter I was already attracted by the name itself. Sommergewitter is German and means a typical summer thunderstorm that usually happens at the end of a very hot summer day. It cools the air down and steam arises from the hot ground afterwards. The sim was empty when I went there and of course it was raining. The whole atmosphere was a bit melancholic but very nice. I didn’t do much but walked around a bit and enjoyed myself. And I was attracted by the drum kit that is placed there just in the middle of nothing. I sat down and played a bit. There’s sound and animation (try it!) and the sound did even fit to the music i was hearing in the background. Thanks to Nida (Nidatine) and Seraph Nirvana, who designed this sim!

Dio visiting "Sommergewitter"

Dio visiting “Sommergewitter”

Sommergewitter - playing drums in the rain

Sommergewitter – playing drums in the rain

Actually I’ve been to Tranquility Dreams already several times. Tranquility Dreams is a new region recently opened by Elvira Kytori. It could be somewhere in New England. I really like it there. Actually you can rent houses there at the White Dunes Estates. Each house has access and view to the beach and each is different and they all fit perfectly into the environment. When I went there, I was mostly alone and had the whole sim for myself. Sitting in a chair on the beach and listening to the waves of the ocean has something very relaxing. During this visit Mii got online and after a short chat I summoned her over. Of course she was wearing latex and was not at all dressed suitable for the beach. But on the other side the pictures I took do look particular due to her latex clothes.

Dio and Mii at White Dunes Estates Beach (tranquility Dreams)

Dio and Mii at White Dunes Estates Beach (Tranquility Dreams)

Dio and Mii at White Dunes Estates Beach (tranquility Dreams)

Dio and Mii at White Dunes Estates Beach (Tranquility Dreams)

Mii and I were still at the beach when Kitty showed up online. Mii wanted to show me her new latex skybox home and so we all met up at her place. On her second floor she has installed some nice cages. It was way over Kitty’s bedtime. What is better for an undisturbed, recovering sleepover than a padded cell? Nothing! So I put Kitty in such a cell, actually it looked a bit like a laundry machine :-). And Mii had to make sure that Kitty will sleep well and tight and thus she was placed in another cell nearby.

Good night, Kitty (at Mii's latex skybox home)

Good night, Kitty (at Mii’s latex skybox home)

Later that Saturday our sklavin was online and I was still in “beach” mood and mode. So I took her over to Tranquility Dreams. She did not complain (ok, just a little bit as she felt overdressed for the beach) but she bravely sweated in the midday sun before I took her into the shawdow. Overall, that was a nice variation to what I do normally in SL.

Dio with sklavin at White Dunes Estate

Dio with sklavin at White Dunes Estate (Tranquility Dreams)

Dio with sklavin at White Dunes Estate

Dio with sklavin at White Dunes Estate (Tranquility Dreams)

Related links in Inara Pey’s Living in a Modemworld blog:
http://modemworld.me/2015/09/05/tranquil-dreams-in-second-life/
http://modemworld.me/2015/09/08/coastal-storms-in-second-life/

Landmarks
Tranquility Dreams:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tranquility%20Dreams/137/26/24

Sommergewitter:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cosima/64/129/22