Simploring 2019 (98) Frogmore

For my simploring tour on Sunday, September 1st, I picked Frogmore from scoop.it SL Destinations. Before visitng myself I also read Inara Pey’s blogpost “Frogmore: Swedish childhood memories in Second Life“, which I recommend to read. The landmark description is also providing an idea of what you can see in Frogmore:
Frogmore Gamla Stan is a memory of life as a child in Öregrund, Sweden.  The air is filled with the scent of the sea, old fishing boats, and smoked herring. A simple life filled with love and laughter.”
It sounded like the perfect place for a short trip to Sweden on a rainy Sunday morning for me.

Frogmore overview and first impressions around the landing point

Upon my arrival I was welcomed “Welcome to Frogmore Gamla Stan, designed by Terry Fotherington. We hope you enjoy your visit to our little bit of Sweden and please come back again soon!
I have visited some sims that were designed by Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington) lately. He seems to be quite active lately. Frogmore is owned by Tolla Fell (bengta).

Impressions of Frogmore (1)

There’s not much to say, write or read about Öregrund in Sweden. It is a small town of 1,500 people in Uppsala County. Nowadays it belongs to the Östhammar Municipality. In Summer Öregrund flourishes due to small sailboats, pleasure boats and tourists. And for sure growing up there is quite different from a childhood in a more urban environment.

Impressions of Frogmore (2)

Frogmore in Second Life is a very picturesque place. The colourful wooden houses made me feel like being in Scandinavia immediately. It consists of 4 islands. The landing is on the largest island with the town center and most of the nice houses. The main island is connected by a wooden bridge with another island with some more houses and a chapel. To reach the other two island you’ll need to rezz a paddleboat. One island has a camping site (with a nice view on the other islands) and a place to dance with a dj’s tent. On the smallest island you can visit the lighthouse.

Impressions of Frogmore (3)

Although the houses are not furnished there’s still a lot to discover at Frogmore. In particular I couldnt get enough from the picturesque views and I tried out some different windlight settings for my pictures. If you like Scandinavia and the nature up there, Frogmore is a place you shouldn’t miss to visit.

Impressions of Frogmore (4)

I wonder if the name Frogmore as any special meaning for Tolla Fell (bengta). Is it just a coincidence that Frogmore is also the home park adjoining Windsor Castle in England with the Frogmore house and the Frogmore Cottage?
Anyway, I enjoyed my Sunday morning trip. Thank you, Tolla, for sharing your place with the public and thank you Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington) for designing it.

Landmark to Frogmore
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Solerno%20Sands/78/221/22
Inara Pey’s blog post: “Frogmore: Swedish childhood memories in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/08/29/frogmore-swedish-childhood-memories-in-second-life/
Information about Öregrund, Sweden in Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Öregrund

Simploring 2019 (96) { P A P P A D O }

For my simploring tour on Sunday, Augut 25th, I picked { P A P P A D O } from scoop.it SL Destinations and I read Inara Pey’s blog post “On the waterfront at Pappado in Second Life” before I visited myself.

{ P A P P A D O } is built on 1/4 sim but the plot is long and narrow. This layout is used to build a land waterfront, with a long beach, 2 lighthouses at both ends, one street along the waterfront with shops and cafés and a nice promenade.

{ P A P P A D O } – overview showing the unusal layout

Behind the houses at the waterfront is a second row of houses that is built against the steep rocks that limit the the parcel. With the right setting for your drawing distance you don’t see anything of the neighbour parcel, but even is you do, you just see some trees, so this is not really disturbing the impression of being at the waterfront of a lille town in …. ?

Impressions of { P A P P A D O } (1)

I can’t answer this question and Inara couldn’t answer it as well. There’re some European cars parked, there’re vespas which indicates that the picturesque town is somewhere in Europe, maybe in Italy as the group, who is owning { P A P P A D O }, is named “La Vita E’ Bella”. But at the other end of { P A P P A D O } where you find a residential home, a shop for surfers and some sheds, you see American cars. And the colourful houses would fit to the Caribbean… Be it as it is – { P A P P A D O } is a nice and beautiful place …. somewhere.

Impressions of { P A P P A D O } (2)

There’re (of course) a lot of possibilities to sit at the beach and to enjoy the environment, or to sit in a cafe and to look over the waterfront and beach. I personally like the lane between the front row and the second row. There you find some shadow and it looks really cosy, neat and peaceful.

Impressions of { P A P P A D O } (3)

At the pink (!) bus stop I found a model pose and I had to try it out. That was fun. For my pictures I kept the given windlight setting “Barcelona”, which provides a very colourful, blueish light.

Impressions of { P A P P A D O } (4)

As mentioned above { P A P P A D O } is owned by a group, which was founded by Lana Doux (Svetlana Pexie). I suspect that she owns the place. The design was made by Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington). I enjoyed my visit and had fun exploring! I really like this layout. It was another short vacation.

Landmark to { P A P P A D O }
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Duat/215/233/23
Inara Pey’s blog post “On the waterfront at Pappado in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/08/20/on-the-waterfront-at-pappado-in-second-life

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/

Simploring 2019 (84) ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba

Following Inara Pey’s blog I visited “][Octopussy][ goes Cuba” (read her post here) on Friday, July 12th.

][Octopussy][ goes Cuba – overview

][Octopussy][ goes Cuba is an adult homestead owned and created by Rosinchen (fleurlarosa) and Will Thos (willkinthos). Upon landing you’ll get a notecard with a description and some rules to follow: “][ Octopussy ][ goes Cuba is a themed hang-out and chill-out island with a colorful, small cuban village surrounded by rocks, palms and flowers, with sensual beaches, numerous photogenic and nature spots. Walkways lead you through reed zones with the sound and observation of many animals.”

][Octopussy][ goes Cuba – Landing Point and ][Octopussy][ lounge

][Octopussy][ goes Cuba is also home for a quite unique bar and event place called ][Octopussy][ lounge. The entrance to this lounge is right at the landing point and it was the first thing I explored on my tour. It is built into a large aquarium with fishes, whales, mantas and dolphins. It offers quite particular views and is stylished furnished. Of course there’re also octopussies. Apropos octopussies, you’ll find them everywhere at ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba and often they also provide animations for dancing.

Impressions of ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba (1)

After visiting the aquarium longue I walked upstairs and followed the path that leads along and around the big rock and ends in a little town. Along the path you get wonderful views, there’re many nice places to take a rest and you can see some animals (also octopussies) and some very colourful blooming flowers. Together with the palms you get the feeling of being in the Caribbean. The town clearly fits to this feeling. I’ve never been in Cuba in RL, but that is how I picture it. Old cars, colourful houses, chicken and donkeys running around, a stage with a singer and a saxophonist, street cafes and a very relaxed atmosphere. Time stood still for decades. I turned the music on and listened to latino music. Rosinchen and Will selected a radio station with music that fits to ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba.

Impressions of ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba (2)

I continued walking around the big rock and came back to the landing point. From there a few steps lead down to the beach. It’s not just a beach with many places to sit and watch, with a beach bar, and stands to get a cool drink. Long wooden piers reach out into the sea with reed zones. The piers almost build a network. Countless chairs and seats, blankets and benches invite you to sit down and to watch the birds, to simply inhale the Caribbean feeling or to enjoy the view to the island. One of these piers lead to a nice dancing area, with group dances. I also tried out a bumper paddle boat and got into a group of flamingos.

Impressions of ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba (3)

During my visit I was not alone at ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba. Many others were there exploring or just chilling. Although ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba is an adult place you shouldn’t run around naked. Nudity is only allowed during sexual activities.

Impressions of ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba (4)

I enjoyed exploring ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba and getting the feeling of a visit to the Caribbean. The sim is designed with love for the detail, it offers countless romantic spots as well as many many fantastic views. The aquarium bar is unique and the always present octopussies are kind of a trademark for the place.
Thank you Rosinchen (fleurlarosa) and Will Thos (willkinthos) for creating this Caribbean island and for sharing it with the public. I enjoyed my visit a lot.

Landmark to Octopussy goes Cuba
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Libera/139/92/30
Inara Pey’s blogpost “][Octopussy][ goes Cuba in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/07/10/octopussy-goes-cuba-in-second-life/

Simploring 2019 (82) Scarlett Isle

Following Inara Pey’s blog post “The natural beauty of Scarlett Isle in Second Life” I visited Scarlett Isle.

Scarlett Isle is a moderate homestead and the home of Grace & Ziggy Sixpence & Tempest Rosca (Grace Sixpence, Zigmal, Tempest Rosca). It was designed and landscaped by Staubi Reilig (engelsstaub).

Scarlett Isle – overview

Back in 2018 I visited Achill Island, which was Grace and Ziggy’s home that time (Simploring 2018 (99) Achill Island). Achill Island doesn’t exist anymore. I assume that Scarlett Isle is the replacement for it. Grace Sixpence is also involved and co-owning Mystic Timbers which I visit last month (see Simploring 2019 (65) Mystic Timbers  and Simploring 2019 (66) Mystic Timbers – Extra Worlds)

Impressions of Scarlett Isle (1) – close to the landing point

And Staubi (engelsstaub) isn’t unknown for me as well. She designed and owns Whimberly, which I visited in 2017 (Simploring 2017 (7) Whimberly) and in 2018 (Simploring 2018 (3) Whimberly revisited). Whimberly still exists and has changed since my last visit. I intend to visit it soon again.

Impressions of Scarlett Isle (2) – enjoying the public island

Besides being a homeplace Scarlett Isle was designed to be used by those interested in photography and it fully fulfills this intention. The landing point is on one of the two islands close to a creek that devides the sim into two islands, on a smaller third island is a lighthouse overlooking Scarlett Isle.

Impressions of Scarlett Isle (3) – around the public house / the suspension bridge

The island where you land is fully public. It offers a lovely beach with quite some opportunities to sit and dream, be it alone or with your loved one. Close to the beach is a lovely pond with a decking that invites to take a rest. There’s one building on this island. On it’s porch you can once again sit and enjoy. Inside is one bedroom and on from 2nd floor you have a nice view over the island and the beach. Next to the house is another smaller beach.

Impressions of Scarlett Isle (4) – the private homes (upper and lower right)

You can get to the other island either over a tree that spans over the creek or you take the big suspension bridge. This island offers some very nice views for taking pictures. The two houses with their large deckings are private and secured with a security orb. If you get too close you have 15 seconds to retreat, so be careful *winks*. I explored the other beach and found a beach chair there. I like these chairs as they remind me of many vacations in RL.

Impressions of Scarlett Isle (5)

Scarlett Isle is a peaceful and beautiful place to retreat or to simply enjoy an hour in a lovely environment. Most views you get look just amazing, like being painted. I enjoyed exploring and winding down from everyday life. Thank you Grace, Ziggy and Tempest for sharing most parts of your home with the public and thank you Staubi for designing this place. I had a lovely one hour vacation.

Landmark to Scarlett Isle
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Love%20Cats/128/128/22
Flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/scarlett_isle/
Inara Pey’s blog post “The natural beauty of Scarlett Isle in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/07/05/the-natural-beauty-of-scarlett-isle-in-second-life/
Landmark to Whimberly
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Whimberly/198/168/37

Simploring 2019 (76) Malaika Park

For my simploring tour on Saturday, June 22nd, I picked Malaika Park from scoop.it SL Destinations. There were already quite some blog posts published about Malaika Park and I read Inara Pey’s post “Exploring Malaika Park in Second Life” before I visited it myself.

Malaika Park is a full region owned by Leroy Voorhees and home for a few people. According to Inara Pey Malaika Park was created by Leroy Voorhees along with Gabriel2009, Wayne (waynenz), Sangi Phaeton and JJ Goodman. The groud level is publically accessible and looks like a Mediterrean town.

Malaika Park – overview

The landing is at the court of this little town, right next to a bar and to the quite large yacht harbour. The relation between the large yacht harbour and the town itself reminded me a bit of St. Tropez in France, in particular as Malaika Park is full of art pieces.

Malaika Park: Heart hands by reycharles and Senza vestito by Mistero Hifeng (left) / Snacks and bar (right)

I walked from the court along the the pier to the snack bar and saw the “Heart hands” created by reycharles, who’s gallery I visited in March (read Simploring 2019 (28) Rey’s Gallery) and one of several sculptures created by Mistero Hifeng that are spread at Malaika Park.

Malaika Park: court (upper left) / Merfolk Maiden by Lucas Lameth (lower left) / Blue and White no. 3 by Jake Vordun (upper right) / La…chiamano realta’ by Mistero Hifeng (lower right)

Close to the court is another large sculpture by Mistero Hifeng, La…chiamano realta’, and a modern sculpture by Jake Vordun (Blue and White no. 3). I visited the cafe and walked to its roof, where you have a nice view over the harbour. On the roof ou find 2 more sculpture from Jake Vordun (Diana and Actaeon). At the time of my visit a big cruise ship laid along the other pier. It reminded me of the current debate about cruise ships in Venice as this one clearly dominates the view on Malaika Park. I assume it is just temporary. The cruise ship is part of SL Pride and use as a big party ship.

Malaika Park: cafe with sculptures Diana and Actaeon by Jake Vordun (left) / SL Pride cruise ship (right)

At the end smaller pier is another scupture of Jake Vordun (Red No.1) and I came across a guitar player from Cica Ghost and I saw two sculptures form Lucas Lameth (Merfolk Maiden and Merfolk Guard). All the art is placed with care and the pieces do fit to their location. The art can fully develop this way and it is a pleasure to see and enjoy it.

Malaika Park: Merfolk Guard by Lucas Lameth (upper left) / paddle boats (lower left) / Boy with guitar anim. by Cica Ghost (upper right) / Red No. 1 by Jake Vordun (lower right)

I continued my exploring tour of Malaika Park and saw many more sculptures. I saw La vita…imparare vorra’ and Dentro corpi liberi from Mistero Hifeng. The later is unusal colourful for Mistero and a nice transition to Cica Chost’s “man 5” who holds a balloon and her matchstick animation “Cica’s Little Boat”.

Malaika Park: La vita…imparare vorra’ by Mistero Hifeng (upper left) / Dentro corpi liberi by Mistero Hifeng (upper right) / man 5 and Little Boat by Cica Ghost (lower pictures)

The colourful town houses are not furnished, but on the other side of Malaika Park you find (surprise *winks*) more art like another modern sculpture from Jake Vordun (Fancy Decor: Grantaire Sculpture). There are two residential home on this sime of Malaika Park, one is on the plateau of a rock overlooking the town and Gabriel2009 has his atelier here. It’s worth a look at it.

Views of the other side of Malaika Park, upper right picture shows Fancy Decor: Grantaire Sculpture by Jake Vordun

I ended my exploring tour visiting the pool and the games area.

Malaika Park: Gabriel2009’s Atelier (left pictures) / pool (upper right) and games area (lower right)

As far as I understood, Malaika Park is constantly changing a little bit. I assume that art is added here and there or that room is made for events like the cruise ship that was there during my visit. I really enjoyed how the pieces of art are placed at Malaika Park. This alone is worth a visit. Thank you Leroy Voorhees and all others involved from creating this sim and for sharing it with the public.

Landmark to Malaika Park
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Malaika%20Park/137/86/30
Inara Pey’s post “Exploring Malaika Park in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2018/10/05/exploring-malaika-park-in-second-life/

Simploring 2019 (74) Summer Edge

Following Inara Pey’s blog post “A Summer Edge in Second Life” I visited Summer Edge Thursday, June 20th.

Summer Edge is a moderate homestead, owned and designed by Funky Banana (funkybananas), who also created Wild Edge, a sim which I visited in December 2018 (Simploring 2018 (110) Wild Edge). The landmark description is short but to the point: “A remote island with no inhabitants, perfect for an escape from everyday life. Beaches, cliffs and fields”

Summer Edge – bird’s eye view

The landing point on Summer Edge is at the end of a wooden pier from where you can either access the nearby beach or walk up to the green high plateau of the island. On the high plateau are some paths and at the cliffs you’ll find several wooden deckings form which you have a nice view over the sea.

Summer Edge bird’s eye views and at the landing point

The only building on Summer Edge is an old abandoned lighthouse. Of course I walked up to the top of it to enjoy the vew from up there.

Impressions of Summer Edge (1)

Summer Edge has no inhabitants yet the paths, the fences, some small wracks, the wooden pier and the deckings witness that the island is at least visited by humans. It could be part of a preserve area. The only animals you see on Summer Edge are birds, they seem to have their breeding area here.

Impressions of Summer Edge (2)

There’s not really much to see on Summer Edge but it is a prefect retreat, a place to wind down, to chat with your loved one. At the base of the lighthouse you find posing balls to take a particular picture. At the beach and on the decking you find numerous opportunities to sit and cuddle. It’s just an enjoyable peaceful island and as such it is outstanding.

Impressions of Summer Edge (3)

Thank you Funky for providing your sim to the public. During my visit Summer Edge was quite crowded but it is large enough, everyone found a cosy and peaceful corner. I enjoyed my visit a lot.

Landmark to Summer Edge
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Forever%20Love/233/157/22
Flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/bananabuilds/
Inara Pey’s blogpost “A Summer Edge in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/06/18/a-summer-edge-in-second-life/

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