Simploring 2017 (99) Holiday Trace

I had several simploring tours to the “Trace”-series of sims, all designed by Kylie Jaxxon and Elvira Kytori. Last year in November I visited Summer Trace, Fall Trace and Winter Trace. And now I came across Inara Pey’s blog entry “Holiday Trace in Second Life“. Of course I visited Holiday Trace, owned and designed by Kylie Jaxxon.

Holiday Trace – overview

Holiday Trace is outstanding. You arrive at a station where a big steam locomotive just arrived. On the platform is some luggage from the passengers. The station is decorated for the season. And it is cold, really cold. At Holiday Trace it is snowing everywhere. At the station is one shop (Carnaby Street) and around the corner is a Pub (Oliver’s Tavern). The station itself is worth a visit. Have a look inside and enjoy the details, everything fits!

Holiday Trace – Landingpoint and station

Holiday Trace – Inside and outside of Oliver’s Tavern

From the station there’s just one paved way leading to a frozen pond, where children are ice scating. Not far away is a chapel and a fountain. From the chapel you can walk through the snow to a covered bridge and from there to a farm, which is now a christmas tree farm as it is the holiday season. There’s also one residential home. What makes Holiday Trace that outstanding is the nature. I could really sense the cold and the views you get on frozen becks and creeks, snow covered trees, the cold sea and the surrounding mountains are just WOW. You can also see some animals, moose, horses, dogs and birds.

Impressions of Holiday Trace (1)

Impressions of Holiday Trace (2)

Of course Holiday Trace is decorated for the season, but not at all kitchy. A snowman here and there, a Christmas wreath at the door, a Christmas tree inside or decorated street lamps, but not too much to become overloaded. I found several places to sit and cuddle (hint: try in particular the two sleighs). And I walked around and took many, many pictures. Holiday Trace is a winter wonderland for photographers and romantic people, an escape from our real life, just perfect for Second Life.

Impressions of Holiday Trace (3)

Thank you Kylie Jaxxon for making some of our dreams come true at least virtually. Don’t miss visiting this gem. I for my part fully enjoyed my hour exploring Holiday Trace.

Landmark to Holiday Trace
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Secret%20Charm/193/96/21
Inara Pey’s blog post “Holiday Trace in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2017/12/12/holiday-trace-in-second-life/

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.

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

Autumn at The Trace Too in Second Life

Autumn at The Trace Too in Second Life

A bit of simploring again. Inara Pey’s blog brought me to The Trace Too again. When I read her post Autum at The Trace Too in Second Life the name immediately rang a bell. And yes, I’ve been there before.
When I visited in
The Trace Too in spring I wrote “Visiting “The Trace” was for me like travelling to the US East coast with a few mouseclicks” (see Exploring Second Life – Sunday tours).
And it was like this again, when I visited this week, Kylie Jaxxon, the creator of the sim, brought memories alive. But this time memories of the lovely foliage season in New England. From the landing point you walk along a alley of colourful trees, leaves on the ground and on the left and right side of the alley are benches to rest and each of them has a saying or quote about autumn.

The Trace Too: Autumn in Second Life

The Trace Too: Autumn in Second Life

leaves, fall, die, glowers, away lengthen night and shorten day
every leaf speaks bliss to me. fluttering from the autumn tree
(emliy bronte)
……………………..
Autumn the year’s last loveliest smile
(William Cullen Bryant)
……………………..
The Autumn alley at The Trace Too

The Autumn alley at The Trace Too

sweaters. boots. bonfires. fall. leaves. scarves. hot chocolate
cuddling. jeans. pumpkins. tea. hoodies. crisp air. late nights
………………………….
I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers
(L.M. Montgomery)

…………………………

There’s more to explore, I personally liked the little greenhouse in the forest near to the above alley. It is decorated for the season with the first pumkins. You will find a lot of places to cuddle, not only the benches along the alley. When Jenny and I visted, we tried several place to cuddle, for example in a rowboat and in a tent – and at one of the benches.

The little greenhouse at The Trace Too, decorated for the season

The little greenhouse at The Trace Too, decorated for the Season

Diomita and Jenny cuddling at The Trace Too (1)

Diomita and Jenny cuddling at The Trace Too (1)

Diomita and Jenny cuddling at The Trace Too (1)

Diomita and Jenny cuddling at The Trace Too (1)

Another pavillion at The Trace Too

Another pavillion at The Trace Too

Related link in Inara Pey’s Living in a Modemworld blog:
http://modemworld.me/2015/09/30/autumn-at-the-trace-too-in-second-life/

Related link in this blog:
https://themaurers.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/exploring-second-life-sunday-tours/

Landmark Diamond Bay:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Trace%20Too/128/128/22

 

 

Exploring Second Life – Sunday tours

Sometimes I do get time for exploring Second Life like last Sunday. It was quiet, none of the family around. So instead of hanging around in one of our clubs, I opened the “Living in a Modemworld”-blog from Inara Pey and visited some of her recommendations. And it was worth the time and worth sharing some pictures as a teaser for you to visit as well.

Metmorphosis Escher

Metmorphosis Escher

I started my Sunday tour with art (https://modemworld.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/metamorphosis-looking-through-the-eyes-of-escher/). This artful, mostly held in black and white installation by Beq Janus was inspired by M.C. Escher, a Dutch graphic artist, who is famous for his impossible constructions. I recommend reading in Wikipedia about him. Back to SL, where you can walk through virtual art, where you can see it from different angels, in different lights and explore all 3 dimensions. Beq translated Escher’s work into all three dimensions – just as looking with his eyes. Here is the landmark: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Quarry%20Hill/229/118/4001.
It is temporady art, gone in a few months, irrecoverable. And pictures can just capture 2 dimensions. But they can revive memories.

Diomita meets M.C. Escher

Diomita meets M.C. Escher

Forever Dreams

Forever Dreams

My second stop on my Sunday tour was Caladan http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Forever%20Dreams/217/75/31. It is sort of a demo for landscaping and gardening in Second Life. Antinéa (antinea.torok) offers to decorate other sims. But you can also jsut enjoy this garden, the beauty of Second Life and relax. That’s what I did. The sim is simply beautiful. I sat down, relaxed and watched the fountains, enjoyed the  colorful garden. Truely a place to cuddle, talk and recover and to let your thoughts wander. Also see: https://modemworld.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/caladan-tranquility-in-an-indian-garden/

Diomita enjoying Forever Dreams

Diomita enjoying Forever Dreams

20150329 The Trace Too_002My last stop was a particular one for me: The Trace too. (https://modemworld.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/returning-to-a-second-life-watercolour/). It is, as I know now, the second sim that Kylie Jaxxon created. And her first one is gone. Visiting “The Trace” was for me like travelling to the US East coast with a few mouseclicks. Kylie brought memories alive. When you walk along the beach and see the lovely huts overlooking the sea, it invites you to sit down and inhale the atmosphere. The environement sound is perfect. I could sit hours in a lounging chair and just watch the scenery. I truly enjoyed Kylie’s sim. Here’s the landmark to go there: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Trace%20Too/38/121/32

A visit to the East coast: The Trace Too

A visit to the East coast: The Trace Too

The Trace Too: At the beach

The Trace Too: At the beach