Simploring 2020 (12) Auld Lang Syne

For my simploring tour Friday, January 24th, I picked Auld Lang Syne from scoop.it SL Destinations, because the name of its creator sounded familiar to me. Auld Lang Syne is a homestead (rated PG) created and owned by Elo Moon (eloiseblake). I had visited her sim Highland Hills in 2019 (see Simploring 2019 (93) Highland Hills)

The landmark profile reads as follows: “We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne – Remote, rustic and occasionally peaceful. Visit the paths of auld and give a respectful nod to those long departed. Parts of Shetland, Orkney, and the Hebrides. Fàilte to The Scottish Isles.

Auld Lang Syne – overview

Fáilte is a Scotish word and means “welcome”.
“Auld Lang Syne” is a Scots-language poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song. It is well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world, its traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations, and as a farewell or ending to other occasions. (source Wikipedia)

 

Impressions of Auld Lang Syne (1) – around the landing point and the church

Auld Lang Syne is all you expect it to be after these introduction. It is a main island with a few smaller islands around it. The islands are rocky and to some extend forested. The landing is on a long rock that reaches out into the sea. From there you have a good overview over the islands.
I first visited the curch and then walked to the 6 residential houses. These houses are partly abandonned, partly inhabited. One house is occupied by cats, onviously Elo Moon has a weakness for cats *winks*. All houses are alike, set their inhabitants tried to make them look individual. For sure people who live here are not rich – but most probably nonetheless happy.

 

Impressions of Auld Lang Syne (2) – the residential hosues

In front of the houses is a pier with a fisher boat. From the pier you have a nice view on another island that I named “Hideaway island”. I rezzed a boat (there’s a boat rezzer) and rowed to the Hideaway island. There’s not much to see but some animals and forest. But there are a few places where you can sit and dream and enjoy the peace.

 

Impressions of Auld Lang Syne (3) – at the pier and visiting the Hideaway Island

Impressions of Auld Lang Syne (4) – the lighthouse, the Tower ruin and one of many graves spread around the islands

From the Hideaway Island I rowed to the Lighthouse, walked to the Tower ruin and over the bridge to the farm and Mill. You will find lots of hidden places with graves … “Visit the paths of auld and give a respectful nod to those long departed”.

Impressions of Auld Lang Syne (5) – the farm, the mill and the ruins

I finally visited the ruins, a very peaceful romantic spot. I sat down and enjoyed.

Auld Lang Syne is a very nice, rural setting. A place to visit and to enjoy the peace, to wind down and chill – and maybe to dream a little bit. Thank you Elo Moon (eloiseblake) for creating this sim and in particular for sharing it publicly.

Landmark to Auld Lang Syne
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isles%20of%20Scotland/162/116/41

Simploring 2019 (93) Highland Hills

Following Inara Pey’s blogpost “Wandering Highland Hills in Second Life” I selected Highland Hills for my simploring tour on Saturday, August 17th.

Highland Hills – overview

Highland Hills is a quarter of a full sim rated moderate. It is owned and created by Elo Moon (eloiseblake). The landmark’s description provides already an idea what to expect: “Haste Ye Back – Highlands of Scotland. A forgotten era. Ruined, rural and rustic. Where nature has claimed it’s home. Photography. Castle. Nature. Beach. Wild. Explore. Photos. Ruins.

Impressions of Highland Hills (1) – around the landing point / at the “cow beach”

The landing point is by a cow stable close to the beach, which I named “cow beach” because someone must have forgotten to close the gate and the cows enjoy beach life. Highland Hills is a very green and fertile place. From the landing point you can follow different paths. I first explored the cow beach and then walked to the only residential house at Highland Hills. There were many animals around and along my way: deers, goats, cats, birds and many more.

Impressions of Highland Hills (2) – the cow stable, the shoreline, the rain Island and the seal’s island

From the house I went to the tower, that offers a nice background for taking pictures and you can enjoy the view on the seal’s island from there. Highland Hills is fully packed with things to discover, be is all the spots where you can sit and relax, have a picnic or just enjoy the peace or be it details like the sign “Watch your head” before entering the tower. Exploring Highland Hills I came across a whole battery of beehives, I saw spots with blooming flowers and a broken wind mill, that is next to the path from the cow stable to the house.

Impressions of Highland Hills (3) – at the shore, at the tower and at the beehives

Surrounded by other ruins the castle is the main building at Highland Hills. The walls are that thick that nothing could tear them down. I didn’t find much exciting inside but you can walk up to the roof for the view over the sim. This is also the place an artist has choosen for painting. On the roof I encountered a funny little cat carrying 3 blue birds. The 4 jumped and walked happily around. Two more details caught my eye, firstly another sign at the main entrance to the castle “Once upon a time” (you can spin your own fantasy around that) and secondly a plant pot in the form of a butt.

Impressions of Highland Hills (4) – the castle and the ruins, the particular plant pot and the cat with the birds

The ruins around the castle are great for taking pictures as well as the nature around the waterfall. From the waterfall I climbed up to an unfinished house. Just 3 walls were built, then the owner moved on or decided to built the house somewhere else. Next to this unfinished house I noticed an umbrella that got tangled up in power lines. All these little details add to the fun of exploring Highland Hills. I was also intrigued by the “rain island” opposed to the cow beach. Dark clouds hang over the island and it is raining. I played a bit with my windlight and made several pictures.

Impressions of Highland Hills (5) – the Castle, the unfinsihed hosue, the broken wind mill, the waterfall and the entangled umbreally

Highland Hills is a very well made place with a lot to discover. I sensed all the work and love for the detail that went into this sim. I’m still amazed about all the creativity within Second Life. Thank you, Elo Moon (eloiseblake), for creating and for sharing your place with the public. I had fun exploring and enjoyed the peace and the nature of the Highlands of Scotland. “Haste ye back!” is Scotish and means come back soon … I intend to came back.

Landmark to Highland Hills
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Crossroads%20Event/232/86/26
Inara Pey’s blogpost “Wandering Highland Hills in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/08/15/wandering-highland-hills-in-second-life/