Art in Second Life 2022 (77) Michiel Bechir Gallery September 2022

I got an invitation from Michiel Bechir to see the latest exhibition at his “Michiel Bechir Gallery“, that had been opened on September 3rd, 2022. It features the art of Raisa Reimse (raisareimse), Vanessa Jane (vanessajane66) and Scylla Rhiadra. I hadn’t yet came across any of these three artists so far.

The gallery itself has been renewed. Michiel wrote: “The outside gallery, lobby and rooms have been redesigned by Maggie Runo, who has been recently added to our team (which consists of Tresore Prada (tresore), MsToya (Mstoya Bailey) and me)

The main gallery building hasnt’ changed. On the ground floor are two exhibitions rooms, a third exhibition space is on the 2nd floor. I first visited Raisa Reimse’s exhibition.

Raisa takes her pictures in Second Life. I think that the pictures are a little bit processed to achieve perfectness. Raisa has an eye for the right view, for capturing the beauty of landscapes and nature in Second Life. She’s not restricted on landscape only though but also takes pictures of animals, art, portraits and even objects like a small plane in the skies.

Raisa is in Second Life since 2018. She has a flickr account, a store on the marketplace and she has her personal gallery “Raisa Reimse Photography“.

Vanessa Jane (vanessajane66) takes her raw pictures also in Second Life, yet she’s focused more on objects or strange buildings or fantasy places. Her artwork is broad and she also has beautiful landscapes as a motif. Vanessa also processes her pictures to give them the touch, the light and the expression she desires to see. Right along the window are 3 pictures in almost black and white, where colour is only used to hightlight an element.

Vanessa Jane (vanessajane66) is in Second Life since 2014, but she joined Sl with another avatar already in 2009. You can grab a biography in her exhibition room at the Michiel Bechir Gallery. Vanessa wrote about herself:
2D and 3D Artist in SL. I have done various forms of Art and Crafts for many years in RL and have an Art degree.
In my SL 2D Art I strive for ‘painterly realism’ and have a passion for capturing the elusive light and life in a scene, which brings a unique atmosphere. I bring my real life training as an artist to my aesthetic sensibility in the images I create in SL. When I get the chance I also enjoy opportunities to do 3D art using tortured prims.
After a break from SL Art I am back mixing my SL photography with creating in a new medium, Digital Paintings using Rebelle 5 Pro. This is enabling me to paint as I would using real life media but also to play using the best that digital art packages can offer.

Vanessa Jane (vanessajane66) has also a flickr acoout.
She has exhibited her artwork at many places and galleries already. A list of exhibitions can be found in the biography notecard as well as published reviews of them. In the Kultivate Magazine June 21 she gave an interview.

Scylla Rhiadra’s exhibition is on the second floor of Michiel Bechir Gallery. Her exhibition deals with shadows. Shadows can attract the eye of the spectator, it can lead the view to a certain detail or a shadow can hide a detail so that the spectator has to add it in mind according to imagination. The text at the entrance of the sxhibition expresses this perfectly: “No mystery so ompelling as that obscured by the dark
All pictures are from 2022 and they are all titled. You find the title next to the pictures. The title gives you a hint about the artists thoughts.

Scylla Rhiadra is in Second Life since 2008. She’s from Canada and decribes ehrself in her profile as “Reborn oldster. Feminist activist, leftist, reasonably active forumite, retired SL bookseller, interested in literature, history, art, and people
Scylla also has a flickr account.

Another great exhibition. Thank you Michiel and the whole team (Maggie Runo, Tresore Prada (tresore) and MsToya (Mstoya Bailey) for providing the space for the arts and many thanks to the artists of course. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Michiel Bechir Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Embrace/30/228/2502
Raisa Reimse (raisareimse)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/193534621@N03/
Raisa Reimse (raisareimse)’s store on the marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/241744
Raisa Reimse (raisareimse)’s gallery “Raisa Reimse Photography”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Triumphal/126/132/3401
Vanessa Jane (vanessajane66)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/188095651@N07/?
Vanessa Jane (vanessajane66) Interview about her work in Kultivate Magazine June 21
https://issuu.com/kultivatemagazine/docs/kultivate_magazine_-_june2021
Scylla Rhiadra’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/gp/144085527@N07/939jJ1

A tribute to Jenny Maurer

Those who follow us in this blog might have an idea how difficult it was for me to write this text. If I missed anyone close to Jenny in this post, please forgive me – it was not intended!

My beloved partner, my property, my Mistress, my world and my best friend passed away unexpectedly in in July 2022.

There is no second life, we all have only one life. Second Life was Jenny’s and my heavenly escape. A place where we could try out ourselves, do things we’d never dared doing in RL, we could dress kinky and own a big island. We could be evil and nice. But still this second life was part of our one life.

Diomita and Jenny Maurer (2009/2010)

Jenny rezzed her avatar (Laylady Lay) in Second Life on March 19th, 2008, just 6 weeks after I had rezzed mine. We met each other the first time on May 21st, 2008 at a place called Stonehaven, which was at that time a very popular sim for bondage lovers, cage lovers and for other kinky people. I had a small house up in the skies of Stonehaven. I just had been collared by Yasmin Heartsdale and was a member of her “brat pack”.
Jenny and I, we both sat at the patio of Stonehaven. Frankly, this was a really ugly place, but it was popular. There was a wall with hooks where subs and slaves were leashed and put on display and a few chairs for the visitors who watched what was going on. We began to talk and that night I showed Jenny my house in the skies and the cage I had there. She wanted to go in spontaneously but I stopped her from doing so. Instead I promised her that I would allow it the next time we would meet. Jenny returned the next day and entered the cage. I kept her in there until June 5th, 2008. That day I collared her as my slave with the blessing of my owner those days, Yasmin. We had used her time in the cage to talk for endless hours, to get known to each other. We talked about our expectations, about our kinks, about D/s, about bondage and yes also about our RL. It was the beginning of a wonderful time we had together, more than 14 unforgetable years, in which we saw each other daily for several hours. When our RL prevented us to come into second life, we stayed in touch with other media.

Diomita and Jenny Maurer (2008/2009)

We got partnered in Second Life and married with a real virtual wedding ceremony (held by Yasmin) on October 24th, 2008. For our honeymoon we got a skybox which is still in the skies of our homesim today and which we named “Chez Maurer”.

We founded an own family within Yasmin’s brat pack. That’s why we called our family “Euro Brats”. I forced Jenny to be dominant towards the other slaves who I collared over the years. One of our first slaves was Santana Thibedeau, who we collared on November 22nd, 2008. He once had a play with other slaves of Yasmin’s brat pack and became a cat, a Kitty for a limited time. And she began to enjoy it that much, that we decided that he stays female. (S)he became Kitty Maurer.
Jenny enjoyed her dominance towards our subs and slaves more and more with time and she wanted more. She negotiated that I submitted to her for limited times, which we called a “green light”. After my release from Yasmin’s collar in 2011, Jenny convinced me to wear a collar again – her collar. And I agreed that we owned each other mutually. Later we fixed a day for my collaring: April 21st, 2013.
Our family changed … slaves and subs came and left. In 2012 we collared Angelique. Angelique Maurer became a close family member. She became our niece and as our niece she literally grew, she persued her own way and her own way of roleplay. And more and more we became her aunts, providing a stable family and base for her just like in RL. Angelique was never officially released by us, and we loved to have her around – as our niece. In these hard days of grieving for Jenny, I am very happy to her her around.
And there is our Flo. We enslaved Flo on Nov 29th, 2013 – she had no chance once we got our claws into her. On the occasion of her 7th collaring anniversary in 2020, we promoted our long standing friend and slave to “Maurer’s Housekeeper”, a position with more duties and not more rights. Thank you, Flo.
With the years going by, Jenny’s dominant side developed and became stronger and stronger. On the eve of our eighth wedding anniversary, October 23rd, 2016, I finally fully submitted to Mistress Jenny and became her married slave, her Ehesklavin for the rest of our time together. I still owned her as well but since that day Mistress Jenny was in charge. She was the one who granted green lights, the limited times when I was allowed to dominate her, and when she could let her hair down and relax being mine for a couple of days. As a true dominant, she made her life comfortable and kept me as the head of our family – she was smart.

Jenny and Diomita Maurer’s 10th wedding anniversary October 24th, 2018 (witnessed by our niece Angelique)

We had our own homeplace, a homestead named Mount Everest, since June 2011. We occupied 1/2 of our homesim and had rented out 1/4 to Sarah Fhang, a friend of ours who we knew from our Stonehaven times. And another 1/4 was rented out to Virgo Babii and Tyra Sciarri, also longterm friends from that time. Virgo is the dj of the legendary Friday night party, that is celebrated every Friday since 2008 and took place (and still takes place) on our sim since we owned it. Jenny loved the Friday night parties with which we started into our weekends. She hated to miss them due to RL shift work. We used to talk about a theme for the party every Thursday and she came up with great ideas.

We were inseparable, a domme couple, yet everyone around us knew that I was Mistress Jenny’s married slave. We were embedded in a great community of family and friends: Claven Albatros, Baroness Capelo, our stepdaughter Ebony, Argi Boa, Starbright Wingtips and the whole pixie gang and many others. In 2021 we collared slave Holly and Jenny was pleased owning her. Just lately we also enjoyed the presence of slave Alessi (who is not collared by us) and we became closer with our domme friend Dely (krybia).

Jenny was a wonderful person. She was always polite and tolerant. I learned a lot from her. She took things not too seriously. She wanted that all around her had fun. She insisted that we never forced a slave or sub to stay, that we never collared someone against their will. She had wit and creativity. She taught me being more “British”. Since she had retired in RL in 2021, Mistress and I had more time in the afternoons, more time for togetherness. Mistress Jenny strengthened her position as my owner. She pushed me deep into subspace and I enjoyed it. She did prepare her steps. Nothing happened by accident. Yet she also kept her spontaneity and she took care of me so that I never doubted her love. She loved teasing me and keeping me on my toes.

Dominance is the ability to create a hunger in someone that’s so strong they will do anything, anytime, anywhere just to please you. Jenny created this hunger in me. I really loved, admired and worshipped her. I craved to please her and she always confirmed that I pleased her always and anytime and anywhere. She was very proud to own me and I was proud to be hers. But most of all we were close friends. Jenny was – and will always be (!) – the love of my Second Life. We enjoyed our time in SL, that was a part of our RL. We had just great years, memories that I will value for the rest of my life until I see Jenny again on the other side.

We respected our privacy. Although we talked a lot also about our RL, about our children as well as about projects, about food, about vacations, about work and about everyday life we never exchanged pictures of us, phone numbers or adresses. Thus we kept the picture of each other that we had in Second Life. We lived our Second Life. When Jenny didn’t show up anymore, I had gloomy premonitions that something bad had happened. I am thankful that I got certainty when someone close to Jenny in RL contacted me to tell me that she passed away.

Jenny will be missed not only by me but also by her family and friends in real life as well as in second life. I myself miss her badly, every day. I talk to her, every day. I think of her, every day. I feel her close, every day. I feel her unconditional love every day. Jenny will stay unforgotten not only by me. Rest in peace, my love.

I have to make some decisions now that I am a widow in Second Life. An important chapter in my real life and in my second life has ended. I am more than thankful for my time with Jenny. My second life will go on. I won’t let down our family and friends in this virtual world. Jenny will always be with me, she will watch me from the other side. And as we were inseparable a part of her will live on in my real life and in my virtual existence until I see her again.

Farewell my love, rest in peace, Jenny

Simploring 2022 (14) Peaceful Moments – It’s a Wonderful Day

Sunday, July 24th, I went on a simploring tour. I picked “Peaceful Moments – It’s a Wonderful Day” from the SL Destination guide.

Breathe. Be free. It IS a wonderful day. Takes a few minutes to rez all in. Shared environment is best. Listen to the music and the sounds. Respect others! What is your favorite kind of day? Peace and love to you!

Peaceful Moments – It’s a Wonderful Day – at the landing (welcome) point

Upon landing please activate “shared environment” and turn your sound on. I also turned shadows from sun/moon + projectors on for my visit. “Peaceful Moments – It’s a Wonderful Day” is a moderate homestead and it is another great example what you can realize with this limited amount of prims. Really fascinating! It is owned by Faith (proverbs312014), who is in Second Life since 2009.

There is a notecard with a description that you can grab upon landing. It is a perfect wrap-up of what you can do at “Peaceful Moments – It’s a Wonderful Day“:

Hello!
Thank you for visiting Peaceful Moments. I create places that I feel are filled with peace and that allow my visitors to immerse in a safe and hopefully helpful or enjoyable way.
This sim is like a compilation of my previous creations. There are four colored spheres on the sim, each with a different theme: Always Christmas, Lavender Folly, The Merlife, and Butterfly Woods. On this sim, you can always frolic in the snow and celebrate Christmas, be like a mermaid, spend time in a forest with butterflies, meditate in a Zen garden, and relax on a peaceful serene beach. I have also added a special spot to dance to The Beatles. My sim is a welcoming and safe place for all. The unicorn themed house has a Straight Ally LGBTQIA+ flag on the front. I am such an ally. Last but not least, you can even enjoy the scenery from the sky by sitting on the whale up in the mountains. There are many inviting places to meet up with friends, talk, maybe cuddle, and dance. Or come by yourself and find a special spot. It is designed for singles and couples. For everyone.

At the landing point you find a teleporter that I used to travel around. I visited all of the above mentioned spots.

Peaceful Moments – It’s a Wonderful Day – Hideaway (upper left) / Butterfly (upper right) / Christmas (lower left) / Umbrella (lower right)

Peaceful Moments – It’s a Wonderful Day – Lavender (upper left) / The Beatles (upper right) / Serenity (lower left) / Ride the whale (lower right)

A few simple requests…
– Be nice. Bullying is not tolerated.
– Wear clothes to cover your private parts. Nudity is not acceptable here.
– Reach out if you have questions or if something does not work on the sim. I try to make sure everything is accessible for you.
– Have fun, relax, and find your peace.

Please take a moment to visit if you have a chance. Let me know what you think! There is a guest book in the geo dome on the beach. Thank you again!

There is not much there… let’s add some pics!
Peace and love to you,
Faith

The last spot from the teleporter menu that I used to to travel around was “The Merlife”. First it is a beautiful spot on the shore of a laguna. But there’s more. When you walk through the turquoise gate you get down into a bizarre and colourful underwater world.

Peaceful Moments – It’s a Wonderful Day – The Merlife

After travelling around with teleporter I continued exploring on foot. As Faith wrote there are countless spots to sit and enjoy or to take pictures. I felt like in a dream, a fantasy world, in particular when I saw the transparent big mushrooms or the unicorns. I also spent some time mediating.

Peaceful Moments – It’s a Wonderful Day – The unicorn themed house / Meditation

There is much more to discover. With the sound turned on, you will notice that Faith has selected the music and ambient sound according to the spots you visit. Hence you get music from The Beatles when you visit The Beatles hut, you get Christmas music visiting the Christmas sphere and you get chill-out music at the beach, the place I sat down and listened to the music while writing my simploring report. I once zoomed out to get an impression how this beautiful sim was made. In the overview you can recognice the spheres, that dive the according area of the sim in another light.

Peaceful Moments – It’s a Wonderful Day – more impressions / at the beach / zoom-out overview (lower right)

Thank you Faith for creating “Peaceful Moments – It’s a Wonderful Day“. You really designed a peaceful place with a lot of different spots for every mood. I was in another world during my visit. Just as it should be. I enjoyed my visit a lot.

Peaceful Moments – It’s a Wonderful Day
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Whiskey%20Shots/143/149/24
Flickr page for Peaceful Moments
https://flic.kr/g/3gh4Lb

Backflash June 2022 “Diary 2017 (90) May 31st – Mine” (June 8th, 2017) and “Diary 2017 (93) June 5th – 11th: with my property” (June 15th, 2017)

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 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.
For June 2022 I selected two posts:
The first is the diary post from May 31st, 2017, so about five years old. It is titled “Mine”. I was enjoying a green light as Mistress Jenny’s 9th collaring anniversary was coming up.
The second post is a diary post “Diary 2017 (93) June 5th – 11th: with my property”, published June 15th, 2017. In that post I summarized 6 days when we both were not that much inworld and I was still enjoying being in control. In that post expressed my possessiveness about Jenny.
A lot has happened in the meanwhile. Our journey continued. Mistress Jenny enslaved me and marked me as her slave, her Ehesklavin. Her tattoos have been modified as well. But Mistress Jenny is still my wife and my Mistress, something I am very proud of – and I am still very possessive about her.
Enjoy reading…


Diary 2017 (90) May 31st – Mine (June 8th, 2017)

Wednesday, May 31st, I took my property Jenny, aka. Mine, to Bondage & Storage Project in the afternoon so that she could please me in two ways, first of all, I enjoyed her tongue to the fullest and then I tried out a nice bondage hook using Mine as a model. I think the result is very nice.

May 31st: Mistress Diomita and her property Jenny, aka. Mine, at Bondage & Storage Project

At night I started at home in our dungeon and began to get a bit more familiar with the new Mistress Chair. We had placed a copy in our dungeon (the other one is on our skybox). Mine had to lick my boots and she did well. Then I put a RF hood on Jenny’s head, pulled it tight and added some restrictions and we began a little tour exposing her at Mesmerize Dungeon first and then at Heavy Bondage Club.

May 31st: Scenes of a varied night

Cow Kitty came inworld and joind us. We also met an old friend, Vanilla Meili, who showed us her latest combination of clothing including a metal hood with a lockable front shield and a golden corset with spikes, quite an individual cmposition of clothes and restraints. Once again, we finished our night at club DeLust before I stored Mine in the annex of our private skybox.

We had another varied day and I enjoyed being in control (as it should be *winks*)


Diary 2017 (93) June 5th – 11th: with my property

While Jenny is on vacation and our slaves are not often present due to various reasons (read also here) our Second Life was quiet and there’s not that much to report and to save for our diary. I spent my nights with my property, with shopping, playing chess inworld, with simploring and with a bit of roaming around. I was absent myself due to RL obligations between Friday, June 9th and Sunday, June 11th. When Jenny was online, we spent most of our time chatting and catching up and I enjoyed having her at my feet. I admit, that I get used to be in control again and I enjoy it to the fullest. I am and will always be very possessive about Jenny, about my property, Mine. And that is what I want to save for the diary.

June 7th: Precious moments – Mistress Diomita and her very owned property Jenny


Links to the original posts
https://themaurers.me/2017/06/08/diary-2017-90-may-31st-mine/
https://themaurers.me/2017/06/15/diary-2017-93-june-5th-11th-with-my-property/

Simploring 2022 (10) Grauland June 2022

Wednesday, June 8th, JimGaranad told me that he had remodeled Grauland again. He also told me that this iteration would stay only a few weeks – and I should just enjoy. Well, I did enjoy exploring and as I made quite some pictures once again and as it is another different and interesting sim design, I will report about my visit and keep my impressions for the blog.

I have visited Grauland in 2019 the first time (read here), three times in 2020 (read here, here and here) and twice in 2021, in April 2021 (read here), in November 2021 (read here), in January 2022 (read here) and in May 2022 (read here). Grauland of June 22 is a strategic military base on a remote, rocky island.

Grauland June 2022 – bird eye view and orientation map

The landing on Grauland is on a pier that leads to a high stairwell built into a steep rock. I walked up the stairs and from there you have a first overview over the sim. Stairs lead down again into the rock. Actually the rock is hollowed out and contains a quite complete infrastructure for soldiers to live. I first explored the headquarters, a building with a control room, a cafeteria, conference room and a lounge.

Impressions of Grauland June 2022 (1) – Landing, the stairs, the headquarter building

Impressions of Grauland June 2022 (2) – Entertainment, Lounge, conference room, control room and cafeteria

Grauland is an adult sim owned by JimGarand. Jim owns a shop for poses, the M-1 Art Poses. At the landing pier you find a teleport board to the M-1 Art Poses shop, that is located in another room of the headquarter building. I had a look at the store and stepped out of the building. If you walk along the wooden pier there you reach a seperate island with just 4 chairs and a campfire.
If you walk along the rock though, you come to a big gate. This gate is the entrance to a tunnel, that leads through the rock to the other side. The tunnel has also a connection the the headquarters.

Impressions of Grauland June 2022 (3) – M1 Art poses store, campfire and tunnel through the rock

Next to the headquarters are the team quarters. You can reach it from the headquarters or through a seperate entrance. The teamquarter building has a glass roof to provide some daylight.

Impressions of Grauland June 2022 (4) – Teamquarters and bridge to the hangar

I continued my simploring tour and went over the large bridge that leads to an hangar. Inside you find a futuristic combat aircraft. I could even sit in it and look at the instruments – yet I couldn’t fly it 😦

Impressions of Grauland June 2022 (5) – Hangar with combat aircraft

On all strategic point of the military base you find canons. But in peaceful times and when not working, the soldiers can relax. Besides the campfire, you find loungers in front of the headquarters, some air mattresses and a large floating rubber boat. Although I wasn’t dressed for it …. I could not resist to try out some poses…..

Impressions of Grauland June 2022 (6) – One of the canons / Diomita posing

I had fun simploring. JimGarand created another interesting place. I like the hidden headquarters and teamquarters – and I had great fun posing. Thank you, Jim, in particular for sharing your place with the public.
If you want to see Grauland June 2022, then you might have to do it soon. I look forward to seeing the next iteration.

Landmark to Grauland
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Liberia%20Isle/74/204/26
Grauland flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/4560078@N24/
JimGarand’s store M-1 Art Poses on the marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/204042

Backflash May 2022 “Celebrations.” (May 25th, 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.
For May 2022 I selected a post from May 2012 – a decade ago. And it is a post that Jenny wrote for us and I wrote a longer comment to it. Jenny titled it “Celebratations.” because she wrote it on the occasion of her upcoming 4th collaring anniversary.
Enjoy reading…


“Celebrations.” (May 25th, 2012)

As Diomita wrote in her last blog we are celebrating 4 years since we met and today is 4 years since Mistress Diomita invited me to enter her double cage knowing that I would be there until she alone decided.

When we had met a few days earlier there was a charge in the air that was not like anything else I had ever felt. During the tour of Diomita’s home she had shown me the cage and I remember I had said something along the lines of do you want me to go inside it. Diomita replied that I would, but on my next visit.  I knew it would happen and I knew I could not resist.

Before I did enter the cage I had some loose ends to attend to. I was being pursued by somebody else and the time zones were wrong and there was also the feeling that I was not welcome by her partner. I asked Diomita if I might explain in person that I had made up my mind as I do like to do things properly.

So on 25th May 2008 I made the steps to enter the cage. I felt a wide mixture of emotions. I had not done anything like this before and yet I already felt there was trust between us. I knew I would be isolated from everyone I knew and would not be able to wander around enjoying the RP’s at Stonehaven and the banter that went on there. I did not know for how long I would be caged or what else to expect so there was some apprehension but most of all I felt that it was something I had to do, Destiny was controlling me as much as my head or my heart.

Over the 12 days that I was locked up I was kept locked and leashed at all times. Diomta came to visit me every day and we sat and talked and got to know each other very well. My ‘Trial’ would have been over a couple of days earlier but Diomita was obliged to introduce me to Goddess first for her approval. Now this was something that scared me more than the first step into the cage. I really was new to this kind of family hierarchy and Goddess was very comfortable in her role as head. my nerves were on edge and I was worried that I might say the wrong thing and end my chances to wear the collar that made me the property of Mistress Diomita. Needless to say I passed inspection and I met Yar Sam and Tyra for the first time that day too.

So for everybody who knows us in SL, and who follows us in this blog, This time brings back a lot of very special memories to us both. We still like to celebrate this time with some back to the future play, as it brings back the raw feelings that we experienced when we met. We have developed a lot and our roles have evolved over time yet our relationship is strong because of one very firm rule that we both insist on. Mistress Diomita will always own me first and I will always be her slave no matter how you see us or what we are doing at the time this will always be true.

I love you Mistress Diomita


I wrote the following comment to Jenny’s post …

Thank you for this anniversary text, Ehesklavin. Now this day is documentated also in our diary. At least from your side of the bars. I do remember the house and the cage at Stonehaven very well as well as I remember the patio in Stonehaven where we met first. I felt a strange trust to Jenny. She was open minded, willing to serve and to give up control. We talked about rules and expectations, about Yasmin, my sisters, my trial, her potential role. I still have the first notecards from her 🙂
It was enjoyable and we even exchanged a bit about RL.
After just a few days I was sure she would stay in the cage until I open it. But we had to wait to see Yasmin so that I get permission to collar her. We met her at the Bratz Club which was brand new these days as far as I remember. There we had the Friday night parties and this tradition lives on until today.

I love you to bits, Ehesklavin. And yes, you’ll be mine first beyond all tease and play and beyond green lights. Enjoy your red light weeks now.
Kisses from Dio


Back to 2022!

Times have changed as you all know. Today I am Mistress Jenny’s slave, I fully submitted to her. I am her Ehesklavin.
It was a long process that began some time in 2012, led to my collaring in April 2013, to being marked as Mistress Jenny’s Ehesklavin in 2016 and to full enslavement in 2022. But what about the promises we both made back in 2012? None of us foresaw this development and we don’t know what future has in store for us. We simply enjoy our journey together and the bond between us became very strong. And we have nothing to regret or to take back. Mistress Jenny is still also collared by me and I fully trust her as her married slave, her Ehesklavin. Thank you Mistress Jenny, my love, my world!


Link to the original post
https://themaurers.me/2012/05/25/celebrations/

Simploring 2022 (7) Grauland May 2022

Sunday, May 15th, I had some time in the later morning and went simploring. I read in Susann DeCuir’s blog “Mein Zweites Leben” that Grauland has been refurbished once again (Simtipp: Grauland wurde umgebaut (Adult) in German).

I have visited Grauland in 2019 the first time (read here), three times in 2020 (read here, here and here) and twice in 2021, in April 2021 (read here), in November 2021 (read here) and in January 2022 (read here). And every time it was different. Each redesign was worth a visit, as is this one!

Grauland May 2022 – bird eye view and orientation map

Grauland is an adult sim owned by JimGarand. Jim owns a shop for poses, the M-1 Art Poses. The landing at Grauland is in front of a little shop for Jim’s poses. Jim’s former iterations of Grauland were often filled with a lot of art objects. This time the architecture and design of Grauland is one main focus.

Impressions of Grauland May 2022 (1)

Right upon landing you have spectacular views. The sim is surrounded by high mountains and spatially confined by high rocks on two sides. A path leads from the landing along a waterfall, over a bridge and under an aqueduct to a modern villa. The aqueduct leads the water of another waterfall over several segments down into the sea. The modern villa is for sure one of the highlights of Grauland in May 2022. From here you have a good view on the whole sim as well as on a field of menhirs, the only art object of this iteration of Grauland.

Impressions of Grauland May 2022 (2)

I continued my simploring tour and my woalk along the path. It led me to a large parking area and a festival area with a huge stage and stands, For sure a place to watch great concerts.

Impressions of Grauland May 2022 (3)

Close to the parking and the festival area you find a camping side, the place where festival visitors stay overnight, where they celebrate before and after the event. You should try out the seats there, they offer nice and unique poses for celebrations. Quite realitic are the portable toilets, the public showers and the garbage tons. There’s really all you need for a festival.

Impressions of Grauland May 2022 (4)

Next to the festival area is the beach and it is a fun beach with a large playground. The main attraction at the beach is a huge orange King Kong figure with a skid that leads from King Kong’s chest down to the beach. You can slide down actually (and I did). A more quiet area is at the end of the natural bay where a pier reaches out to the bottom of another waterfall. You can sit there and watch the world go by. Or you face the other direction and look over the festival area, the beach and the long aqueduct.

Impressions of Grauland May 2022 (5)

As I wrote in the beginning of my simploring report, it is the desgin, the waterfalls, the aqueduct, the villa and the festival area that makes Grauland May 2022 so outstanding. In my personal opinion that is art. Thank you Jim, you made another great iteration of Grauland and I enjoyed my visit a lot.

Close to the beach you find some water fun. A skid and several tubes and inflatable mattresses float in the sea. Spontaneously I stripped (it is an adult homestead) and tried them out. I had fun posing.

Diomita posing at Grauland May 2022

And this ends my simploring report. Well done, Jim!

Landmark to Grauland
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Liberia%20Isle/74/204/26
Grauland flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/4560078@N24/
JimGarand’s store M-1 Art Poses on the marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/204042
Susann DeCuir’s blogpost “Simtipp: Grauland wurde umgebaut (Adult)”
https://mein-zweites-leben.blogspot.com/2022/05/simtipp-grauland-wurde-umgebaut-adult.html

Backflash April 2022 “Simploring 2017 (31) The Last Forever – Marfa” (April 25th, 2017)

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.
For April 2022 I selected a post from April 2017 “Simploring 2017 (31) The Last Forever – Marfa”.
Back in 2017 I had never heard about Marfa, TX and thus I did some resaearch und learned a lot about this famous place in the middle of nothing. Snce then I came across Marfa in Second Life a few times and for me it feels a bit like I’d have been there in RL. At “The Last Forever – Marfa” I also saw Melusina Parkin’s minimalistic art for the first time. Whenever I get aware that Melusina has opened a new exhibtion I visit it nowadays – and often remember my visit to her exhibtion at “The Last Forever – Marfa”
Enjoy reading…


Simploring 2017 (31) The Last Forever – Marfa

I went on a simploring tour Saturday, April 22nd. I decided to visit “The Last Forever“, a landmark that I picked from Nix Bubbles’ blog. The landmark description was not really revealing for me: “The Last Forever is a new sim/full region inspired by Marfa, TX from the creators of West of The Rain, Oobleck Allagash and Nodnol Jameson (KraftWork), along with the creative team of Kai Mannequin, Brooke Barmy, Rooky Yootz, Triin, Misty and Jack Hanby.” I haven’t heard about Marfa in Texas before nor did I came across of any of the mentionened names. Most of “The Last Forever” I understood later, when I looked up some profiles and after reading about Marfa, TX.

April 22nd: The Last Forever – overview

Marfa was founded in the early 1880s as a railroad water stop. The town was named “Marfa” at the suggestion of the wife of a railroad executive. The Marfa Army Airfield served as a training facility for several thousand pilots during World War II. It was closed 1945. Marfa has a population of about 2,000 people, hence it is really small.
Today, Marfa is a tourist destination and a major center for Minimalist art. Attractions include Building 98, the Chinati Foundation, artisan shops, historical architecture, a classic Texas town square, modern art installments, art galleries, and the Marfa lights. The city is also 37 miles (60 km) from Prada Marfa, a pop art exhibit, which might be the most photographed and visited site in Marfa. The area around Marfa is known as a cultural center for contemporary artists and artisans. In 1971, minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to Marfa from New York City. Since Judd’s death in 1994, two foundations have worked to maintain his legacy: the Chinati Foundation and Judd Foundation. Every year the Chinati Foundation holds an open house event where artists, collectors, and enthusiasts come from around the world to visit Marfa’s art.
(Source: wikipedia
The landing point is at the Marker of Marfa, which is based on Marfa in the reality. Upon your landing you get a welcome “Welcome to The Last Forever SIM home of KraftWork, BIGBULLY, Powder Pack, Kiss me Poses and Triin.” KraftWork and BIGBULLY are shops for mesh creations for decorations and furniture in Second Life. Powder Pack is a store for make-up and skins for mesh heads and Kiss me Poses is a store for poses. The Last Forever is the home of these stores. I didn’t find out what Triin is.
Marfa in Second Life looks a bit like I would imagine a little town in Texas. First of all it is in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by a desert. There are some modern buildings but also some buildings that have seen better times. And there are some ruins and abandoned homes. The infrastructure is dilapidated and some corners and areas look shabby. What I noticed before I did the above research about Marfa in the real world is the art spreaded all over the sim.
I walked around town and collected some impressions of Marfa in SL. I explored the mainstores of KraftWork and BIGBULLY. I went into the radio station and I couldn’t refrain from peeking into the local sex shop. I visited the exhibit Americana, American Icons in Second Life by Melusina Parkin. Outside of the town is the famous Prada Marfa, a camping ground, and some houses. The atmosphere is dense and The Last Forever looks quite real, in particular when you know about Marfa in reality. Monday, April 24th, just 2 days after my visit, I noticed that Inara Pey published an entry about Melusina Parkin’s Americana exhibit titeled “Melusina’s American Icons in Second life in her blog, just the very same day that I visited Marfa. What a coincdence!

Thank you Oobleck (allagash) and Nodnol Jameson (owner of KraftWork) for providing The Last Forever to the public. You understood how to combine the site of some mainstores (including your own) with the experience of a great place in Second Life and you contributed to my education as I now know about Marfa.

 

Landmark to The Last Forever
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Last%20Forever/181/97/23
(outdated!)
Inara Pey’s blog entry about Melusina Parkin’s Americana exhibit at The Last Forever
https://modemworld.me/2017/04/21/melusinas-american-icons-in-second-life/

Link to the orignal post:
https://themaurers.me/2017/04/25/simploring-2017-31-the-last-forever-marfa/

Simploring 2022 (6) A return to Black Bayou Lake

When I was looking for a destination to explore on Wednesday, April 27th, I became aware that Serene Footman and Jade Koltai had made a second iteration of their “Black Bayou Lake“, a place that they built back in 2018 and that I remember very well. And of course I wrote a blogpost about it, you can read it here.

Back in 2018 Serene wrote a detailled post about Black Bayou Lake (read here). And he also wrote a shorter post now (read here):
Jade Koltai and I have collaborated on a lot of sims … and when we discussed working together again recently, we wanted to start by returning to an old favourite, Black Bayou Lake. There’s something we always loved about the atmosphere and light of this sim, but we felt that we could squeeze a little more out of it

Impressions of Black Bayou Lake 2022 (1)

Black Bayou Lake (link to wikipedia) – the inspiration for our sim – is located in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. The lake is part of an 800 acre nature reserve – there is a factsheet about it here – which seethes with wildlife: there are many species of bird, insect, reptile and fish, along with a variety of trees such as cherrybark oak, cedar elm, ash, hickories, willow oak, shortleaf pine, loblolly pine, mockernut hickory and post oak. It’s a stunning place, which attracted us because we had not yet tried designing a sim that consists mainly of water…...”

Diomita and the alligator at Black Bayou Lake 2022

Black Bayou Lake in Second Life is a virtual interpretation of the nature reserve in the physcial world. The most outstanding feature both places have in common is a long wooden footpath that visitors can use to explore and to even walk out onto the lake. This walkway is also a key object of the sim in 2022.
The swamp with it’s unique flora and the bare trees is another feature they share. Even some of the huts that are scattered on the sim look similar to those found in the nature reserve.

For the iteration in 2022 Serene and Jade added a railway bridge – the Cross Bayou Railroad Bridge, aka the Kansas City Southern Railroad Bridge. In reality this bridge is located around 100 miles from Black Bayou Lake and was built in 1926.

Black Bayou Lake 2022: The wooden walkway through the swamps and the Kansas City Southern Railroad Bridge in RL and in SL

Impressions of Black Bayou Lake 2022 (2)

Black Bayou Lake is full of life. There are many different birds and there’re alligators. You should turn your sound on. I personally recommend to turn on music as well as the selected music fits perfectly.
For your visit also make sure that you “use shared environment”. The environment setting is a bit foggy and hazy but it is part of the experience.

Impressions of Black Bayou Lake 2022 (3)

My second visit to Black Bayou Lake was once again a great experience that I really enjoyed. It might not replace a visit to it in real life, but it felt familiar as I still remembered my first visit. Together with some pictures of the real place it felt as if I were there again. I assume just the smell and the damp heat is what I missed *winks*.

Black Bayou Lake 2022 – what a great atmosphere!

Thank you Serene Footman and Jade Koltai for bringing Black Bayou Lake back for all of us. I really appreciate your work. It is such a joy to visit and it made my day.
If you want to visit Black Bayou, you should do it soon, the sim won’t be open forever (usually only a few weeks).

Landmark to Black Bayou Lake 2022
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aride%20Isle/131/171/21
flickr group for Black Bayou Lake
https://www.flickr.com/groups/blackbayoulake/pool/
Post 2018 on Serene Footman’s website
https://furillen.org/black-bayou-lake/
Post 2022 on Seren Footman’s website
https://furillen.org/2022/04/22/return-to-bayou/
Simploring 2018 (89) Black Bayou Lake
https://themaurers.me/2018/10/23/simploring-2018-89-black-bayou-lake/
Black Bayou Lake on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Bayou_Lake_National_Wildlife_Refuge
Description from a visit at Black Bayou Lake
https://flatfooting.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/black-bayou-lake-national-wildlife-refuge/
Black Bayou Lake Factsheet
https://www.fws.gov/southeast/pdf/fact-sheet/black-bayou-lake-national-wildlife-refuge.pdf

Backflash February 2022 “Diary 2017 (29) Feb 23rd – Shackles” (Feb 26th, 2017)

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.
For February 2022 I selected a post from February 2017 “Diary 2017 (29) Feb 23rd – Shakles”, a diary post. It was the time when Mistress began to crush my limits step by step and she had left me wearing clumpsy shackles. I hated them and I still don’t like wearing them. I made the most of it. And this diary post contains a really rare picture, which was the main reason that I picked it for the Backflash series. Enjoy reading….


When I started my Second Life and came into the BSDM scene, RLV (Restrained Love Viewer) was something new. Cages that restrict your avatar were new and new features to RLV were released step by step. My first cuffs were Real Restrained shackles which are still available nowadys. In 2008 they were more or less the only cuffs available in Second Life. These RR shackles are functional but they really look ugly and clumpsy. Hence I really don’t like them.
Wednesday night, Feb 22nd, when Mistress’ went to bed, she put these shackles on my wrists (of course fully aware about my dislike). Luckily she only put the wrist shackles on and not the upper arms or even worse the ankle or thigh shackles which look totally clumpsy. She locked the wrist shackles and kept the keys. It could have been worse as Mistress Jenny loves it to leave the keys out (and not available to me though). Anyway with these cuffs you’re truely marked as property.
I had some time for being online in the afternoon. But going out with the shackles? To make the best of it, I went to The Secret House and to the Heavy Bondage Club and stood around there looking at the crowd. To stay honest, nothing happened at all, just one IM from a sissy boy.20170223-dio-tour_009

I went to Silent Island, the new skybox island of Adara Kattun and – nomen est omen – it was silent, none there. I looked around if there’s anything new but there wasn’t. What I did is taking a nice picture. I had a picture like this in mind for quite a while, but it is not easy to find the time for it. As mirrors don’t work in SL I had to take 3 pictures and then had to process them into one. Well here it is …

February 23rd: Diomita exploring the villa at silent island

February 23rd: Diomita exploring the villa at silent island

Then I decided to go simploring but where to with these shackles on? More about it in tomorrow’s entry.

Link to the orignial post
https://themaurers.me/2017/02/26/diary-2017-29-feb-23rd-shackles/

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