Simploring 2020 (22) Rocca Sorrentina, 1790: Italy and the “Grand Tour”

I picked Rocca Sorrentina for my simploring tour on Tuesday, February 18th, from scoop.it SL Destinations. What caught my eye was a picture of it in a blogpost written in Japanese. I checked if there were other blogposts about Rocca Sorrentina – and there were many! Inara Pey has visited it back in 2016 “A visit to the 18th Century in Second Life” and wrote that her “only regret is that it has taken me five years to discover it“. Hence it took over 9 years for me to discover this classic place in Second Life.

Rocca Sorrentina is a project of Brown University, featuring a representation of a fictitious but historically-plausible 18th century island community, located in the Bay of Naples, off the coast of the Sorrento region in southern Italy. Rocca Sorrentina is an approach to interpret and better understand various aspects of the Enlightenment and the era of the “Grand Tour” as they were manifested in Italy in the latter part of the 1700’s.

Rocca Sorrentina splits into three areas:
– a skybox with the information center and changing exhibitions
– the island, a fictitious but historically-plausible 18th century island community
– the surrounding Bay of Naples

I started my visit in the skybox where I landed next to a information board that gives out 9 (!) notecards packed with information. I used a lot of this information in my blogpost. But there’s more to discover in the landing skybox. I first visited an exhibition named “Nettuno”, which is Neptune in Italian.

Rocca Sorrentina – in the landing skybox: Information board, entrance to the Information Center (upper left) / Impressions of the exhibtion “Nettuno”

Ancient gods and goddesses of mythology still capture the imagination.  The title of our latest exhibit, Nettuno, is Neptune in Italian. Neptune, the Roman God of the sea, is known as Poseidon in Greek mythology.  Neptune was also the god of horses and the patron of horse racing. Often in mythology, gods were paired with female consorts. In Neptune’s case his Roman consort was named Salacia. Curiously, much of the research done for this exhibit show Salacia paired with Neptune but using her Greek name of Amphitrite. The exhibit contains a small sampling of various works of art showing Neptune’s godly power – and you can grab more ingormation about the exhibits by notecards.

There’s another exhibtion in the landing skybox, the “Grand Tour” and I visited this one next. I personally never heard about the “Grand Tour” before. The “Grand Tour” meant different things to different people over time.  As it is most commonly understood, it was a coming-of-age educational experience involving extended travel to the continent – mostly through France and Italy – that primarily benefited young, affluent Englishmen from the late 17th century until the time of the French Revolution.

Rocca Sorrentina – in the landing skybox: The “Grand Tour” – a very educational exhibtion

The “Grand Tour” provides a lot of information about the journeys of young people through Italy and France in the 17th and 18th century. Actually just visiting this exhibit will occupy you for at least an hour if not more, just like a visit to a museum in real Life. Honestly I postponed a longer visit.

Rocca Sorrentina – Information center in the landing skybox (upper pictures) / landing at the island (lower pictures)

Finally I went to the Information Center where you could spent a lot of time as well getting even more information. I decided to start my visit to Rocca Sorrentina on the ground level. In one of the information notecards, actually in the first from the information board is an orientation map of Rocca Sorrentina and I matched it with a bird eye view. The Harbor Master Island and the Lighthouse Island belong to the neighour sim “Bay of Naples”.

Rocca Sorrentina – orientation map and bird eye view

The buildings on the island  reflect the complex society and the diverse architecture of southern Italy in the 1780’s and 1790’s. There are the small shops of 18th century tradesmen, a dock area displaying merchant ships of the period, ancient ruins, fortifications, a grand villa (with chambers underneath which house a set of “En Garde” pistes that all are welcome to use), an underground cavern and lake, and a number of private residences that are marked with a “Residenza Privata” sign. You’re asked not to enter these private areas.

Rocca Sorrentina is not a roleplay sim, although there is roleplay activity. If you take part of roleplays you’re asked to wear a human avatar and appropriate 18th century clothing (well, anything else wouldn’t make any sense *winks*). I just visited and kept my sexy black latex outfit, but I was all alone during my visit aside of the figures that are used to liven up the scenery at Rocca Sorrentina.

Rocca Sorrentina – The Villa Vesuviana

I first went to the largest and dominating building: The Villa Vesuviana, a grand house residence inspired by Andrea Palladio’s famous Villa Capra La Rotonda and its surrounding gardens, which functions as a government house and main public building for events. The villa is very impressive with it big cupola and all the paintings at the walls. It clearly documents the wealth of at least some citizens of that time. Please be aware that there are also private apartments on the second floor.

Rocca Sorrentina – vineyard, Villa vigna, curch and obelisk

I visited the vineyard, the Villa vigna, the curch and the great lawn with the obelisk before I had a look at the Accademia di Sorrentina with its lecture hall and library (through which electronic versions of important 18th century publications may be accessed). On the second floor you find the Cabinet of Curiosities, representing the broad range of interests being studied by enlightenment-era scholars and gifted amateurs.

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Rocca Sorrentina – The Accademia di Sorrentina

I explored the harbour area and docks along with several shops and the taverna. The shops depict 18th century trades and wares, some of which sell era-appropriate items. There are also SL shops which sell 18th century clothing, home furnishings, and other items appropriate for life on the island. I saw the Shrine of Santa Maria Stella Maris and visited the Anfiteatro, inspired by the Bosco Parassio in Rome, where concerts, plays and poetry readings may be presented. And I went to beach, the fountains “The Cascade”, the Fortezza (a late Renaissance Spanish fortification), the watch tower and the Coffee House.

Rocca Sorrentina – The Cascade, the Shrine of Santa Maria Stella Maris, the Anfiteatro and the taverna

Finally I visited the Lighthouse island and went up to the lighthouse tower where you have a great view over Rocca Sorrentina and the Bay of Naples. I also played with the windlight setting and took a few pictures at night, which changed the atmosphere quite impressively.
I’m still a bit surprised that it took more then 9 years for me to come across Rocca Sorrentina considering how much you can learn and discover there. Once again the variety and the possiblities of Second Life impressed me.

Rocca Sorrentina – view from the Lighthouse Island and 2 pictures of Rocca Sorrentina at night

Rocca Sorrentina was originally the result of the vision, creativity and hard work of CapabilityTodd Elswitt and Blue Revolution. They are, however, no longer the owners. The current owners and managers who may be contacted with questions and comments, or for rental inquiries are: Aldo Stern, Serenek Timeless, Lady Leena Fandango, Candace Ducatillon, Nimue Brezoianu and Una (unalunaqat). Thank you all for your passionate work to keep Rocca Sorrentina available to the SL community. I did enjoy my first extended visit a lot.

Landmark to Rocca Sorrentina (Skybox with information center and exhibitions)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rocca%20Sorrentina/86/162/2802
Landmark to Rocca Sorrentina docks
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rocca%20Sorrentina/56/232/22
Inara Pey’s post “A visit to the 18th Century in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2016/03/29/a-visit-to-the-18th-century-in-second-life/

Art in Second Life 2020 (9) La Maison d’Aneli – March 2020

Yesterday, on Wednesday, March 4th, Aneli opened her next joined exhibtion featuring the art of Bachi Cheng, Cybele Moon (Hana Hoobinoo), In Inaka, Mistero Hifeng, Serena Parisi and Blip Mumfuzz.

As I’m always spend my time a night with Mistress Jenny and the family I visited the exhibition already on Monday and Tuesday, March 2nd/3rd. When you visit after the official openening there might be some minor changes to what I saw these days.

My visit started with the room of Bachi Cheng, an artist painter and designer in RL and SL. Bachi writes about herself and her art: “I love to paint Moments. Moments of life, Moments of Love, Moments so deep that you never want to forget them, Moments at the edge of orgasm or despair, just life like we ought to live it, plainly. Let me take you in the core of my Art
Her art is quite feisty and exaggerated, transpiring her message clearly and not subtle, sometimes reminding of comic strips and clearly explicit. In the center of her room is a board game “The game of the mad” and fitting to this theme you find a painting at the wall “La nef des fous” – “The ship of the mad”. In her art there’s a lot to discover!

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Bachi Cheng

Serena Parisi explores Second Life and real life for many years (actually SL since 2006). At La Maison d’Aneli we see pictures from a journey to Burma (or Myanmar). Serena took mainly protraits of people and these portraits provide some insight into the contury. Serena is in particular excited about the colours that characterize this country. In the notecard that you can grab at her room she also writes obout the secret of beauty of the Burmese: Thanaka. Thanaka is a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark of several trees which grow abundantly in central Myanmar. It is a distinctive feature of the culture of Myanmar, seen commonly applied to the face and sometimes the arms of women and girls (source wikipedia)

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Serena Parisi

Hana Hoobinoo aka CybeleMoon titeled her room at La Maison d’Aneli “The Spaewife’s Island” and it the accompanying notecard she gives some information: “As an introduction to the exhibit for those who may not have heard the term spaewife, it is both Celtic and Icelandic in origin and is a woman with the second sight, possibly a seer or a witch , definitely a woman of both woodland and seashore.
The island is in the back part of the room, the walls show Cybele’s art, scenes and protraits with a particular expression, each of them telling its own story, be it a dream, melancholy or pure joy.

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Hana Hoobinoo

Blip Mumfuzz is a SL verteran, being inworld since 2007. Blip has the talent to take very extraordinairy picutures in Second Life. Her art, shown at La Maison d’Aneli, is to select the right cut-out of a picture and to rearrange the cut-out sometimes to show contrasts, at other times just to seperate the cut-out from the rest of the picture and to give it a new and own meaning. In my opinion the result is intruguing.

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Blip Mumfuzz

I came across Ini (In Inaka) in 2017 the first time when I visited an installation of her at “MetaLes ..O.. ArT Virtual Space” (read here) and when I visited her plave Blue Orange, a friendly bohemian club for MUSIC and ART lovers (read here). I hadn’t seen anything from her every since. Her space at La Maison d’Aneli wasn’t yet finally prepared, but I could see the paintings at the walls, all in the same style, all in black and white, all very large and rich of details. They show dark fantasies, a bit morbid and scary, yet pulling you into the scene, tempting you to see more of the details and to try getting the gist of them.
Remark: I quickly checked Blue Orange – right now it is closed for little holidays and renovation, but I was reminded to have a look at it again.

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – In Inaka

Finally I visited the exhibition of Mistero Hifeng at La Maison d’Aneli. Mistero Hifeng is quite renowned in Second Life and I come across his art in Second Life quite often. I think he’s Italian and he’s creating his art in SL for more than 12 years. I myself have one sculpture of him at our homesim. Mistero developed his own, unique style. You recognize his sculptures immediately. And they all expresses emotions and tell a story. Unfortunately – at least in my personal opinion – the strength of expression of his sculptures do not develop in the same way when they packed into one room. I think they can better develop standing alone or in smaller groups. Nonetheless, you get a real great overview about his art at this exhibtion.

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Mistero Hifeng

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It always inspires me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/36/55/3501

Backflash January 2020 – Domme a Domme (January 10th, 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.
Eight years ago, in January 2012, I wrote a post about “Domme a Domme”, it was the 100th post in this blog. I sorted it under the category “Exploring sims in Second Life”. There was just one single picture in this post. Club Domme a Domme has changed a lot ever since, gone through several full refurbishments and moved. Mistress Jenny and I still visit it quite often, although it is mostly a S&M (Stand & Model) nowadays. But the concept is still the same and sometimes there’s also something going on.
Here’s the post from January 10th, 2012:

Domme a Domme

I can not remember exactly how I found Domme a Domme (DaD), but as far as I remember it was a group that I joined as Yasmin has been a member and it was not free to join it. It was a small select group of Dommes that met to explore their secret side once in a while or just to escape from the pressures of being domme. At first it was my  personal retreat and I didn’t take Jenny there for a long time. And I had some nice experiences with Leighrayne Ninetails and others. The first club house was a small house with a limited number of props. As the group developed it was time to get a bigger plot and the group moved to Long Lost Bay.

The plot there consisted of a landing zone next to a lounge and some small traps. There was a club house with private dancing and some other buildings that Mina kept on developing. Leigh provided the main attraction and a lot of  banter was going on in IM. DaD was a good place to visit but then more and more people mainly stood around the landing area and did not explore anymore. There were also a lot of dommes looking to break everybody they saw and some of the stand offs and banter became humerous.

Quite recently a lot of work has been done to develop DaD into an urban area around a courtyard. There is a museum, a diner and some areas to RP in but the main meeting place is still at the main square.  Nowadays you will encounter a mixture of dommes and subs although subs are requested to not actively search for an owner there. The balance of people is similar to the way Stonehaven used to be when the patio there was a great place to visit, watch, have some banter or make friends.

So although you may feel a little frustrated at first that nothing is happening, just say hello to everybody and very soon you will begin to make friends.  That’s how I met people there, people who got close to me or were close to me for a while – and three of them are collared members of the Eurobrats today.

Beware some of the traps are cruel so keep your relay on ask unless you have a friend to rescue you close by.

P.S.: This is the 100th post on this blog 🙂

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Some further remarks:
The three above mentioned members of the Eurbrats, who I met first at club Domme a Domme and who became our collared slaves were Dana (Dana Drezelan), tittia (Mistress Cuttita) and Delilah (Delilah Ormidale). We miss Delilah since June 2014. slave Dana is still arouned and we still see her every once in a while although she’s not our collared slave anymore. tittia is also still around and se see her and are in touch with her.
Leighrayne Ninetails is the founder of the Domme a Domme group and care about it and about it’s home ever since. Thank you, Leigh!

Link to the original post:
https://themaurers.me/2012/01/10/domme-a-domme/
Landmark to the current club Domme a Domme
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Darkadia/174/74/90

Art in Second Life (3) La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020

Yesterday, Wednesday, January 22nd, La Maison d’Aneli had the opening of another joined exhibition of several artists. Aneli Abeyante features Quadrapop Lane at “La Serre” and Adwehe, Anadonne, DekabristMouse, Kara Mellow, Eylinea and her own art at the main gallery. Once again I visited the exhibition before the official opening, as I couldn’t attend the opening itself.
The exhibition will stay opened until February 18th.

I started my tour in the main gallery with the art of Eylinea. She quite new to Second Life and explores for herself a broad variety of artistic possibilities in Second Life: painting, photography, sculpture and even soon tattoo creation. At La Maison d’Aneli she shows some permanently changing geometrical displays that reminded me of Spirograph

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Eylinea

Violaine (anadonne) is in Second Life for 3 years now. Her pictures at La Maison d’Aneli are mostly abstract. Some of them look like maps coloured in different tones of one colour, in other pictures you recognize parts of human bodies. Violaine’s pictures are displayed in groups that belong to one theme each.

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Violaine (anadonne)

Mouse (dekabristmouse), a russian art student likes furry, space and fallout themes. He runs a shop for space, ground and water vehicles and for furry mods. At his corner at La Maison d’Aneli he displays drawing of furries and fantasy arts with characters created by himself. One wall shows drawings in black and white, one wall shows coloured drawings.

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Mouse (dekabristmouse)

Aneli Abeyante, who runs La Maison d’Aneli, has her own corner in the exhibtion this time again. Aneli creates objects in 2D and 3D, colourful, steadily moving, and with particular light effects. Aneli writes about herself:
I love geometry and mathematics. So after much practice, I managed to clear structures and shapes. In reality I practice painting, I do not have precise style but I always seek harmonization.
At her corner we see geometrical shapes with blue as the dominating colour. Most of the displays as constantly changing, my pictures are just snapshots.

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Aneli Abeyante

At La Maison d’Aneli Kara Mellow presents his art around the themes “Brain” and “Pink, the new Black”. The notecard with the artist biography reads as follows:
Kara Mellow is considered one of the greatest truglucists of all time. He creates beautiful emptiness out of ugly plenitude. As a confessed Obliviousonist he likes cheese in words and he hates Siri. The latency of this love-hate binomial is more than evident in his work yet to be done, like “March”, Mellow’s favorite month and, at same time, his second most hated synced motion.

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Kara Mellow

His art is quite intriguing and he likes to provoke and to exaggerate. I like in particular his “Petflix” corner where you can kneel down for binge watching the void.

Adwehe is quite new in Second Life. At La Maison d’Aneli Adwehe created a room mainly filled with 3D objects in different geometrical forms. You can climb up on them or sit on spheres and become part the art yourself. At the walls some pictures are displayed. Adwehe seems to like ladders.

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Adwehe

I ended my visit at La Maison d’Aneli visiting the seperate art space “La Serre” which features Quadrapop Lane.
Quadrapop has been building in Second Life since 2007. In RL Quadrapop has a background in Art History and Graphic Design and is a mixed media artist.
Fascinated by the possibilities that virtual creation provides for the artist, Quadrapop focused on those aspects that are least like physical real life. Utilising phantom prims, alpha textures, one way transparency, flexible prims, lack of gravity, and the lighting and surface effects created by projected lights when combined with normal and specular layers, quadrapop creates contemplative abstractions that are not possible (or very difficult/costly) to create in RL.
(taken from the artists notecard)

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Quadrapop Lane

You enter a colourful space filled with light. I had the impression of being in the control room of a spaceship. Everywhere you look you see different colours, different objects. Quadrapop plays with light and effects and with the transparancy of phantom objects. There’re two levels at “La Serre” connected by a spiral staircase. And there’s a teleport pad that leads you to a labyrinth made of transperent coloured walls and surrounded by something that could be the space – or just abstract art. It was fun exploring and experiencing it.

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Quadrapop Lane’s Labyrinth

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you Aneli for another great exhibition and thank you to all artists. The current exhibition runs until February 18th. Enjoy your visit, if you go there yourself.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oak%20Park/101/136/3502

Simploring 2020 (6) Kindred Spirit

For my simploring trip on Tuesday, January 7th, I picked Kindred Spirit from scoop.it SL Destinations. Kindred Spirit is an andult homestead owned and created by Bart Bader, a builder and photographer.

Kindred Spirit is a wonderful fantasy world, full of romantic spots to sit, dream and cuddle, full of beautiful kitschy backgrounds as well as just amazingly beautiful backgrounds – well, Kitsch is something quite subjective and it also depends on our mood how we see things. In addition you find some art objects, in particular from Mistero Hifeng.

Kindred Spirit – overiew

Kindred Spirit consists of 2 islands and a white fantasy world a bit offshore. The landing is at the end of one of the two islands and you can follow a path from there over the 2 islands to the white fantasy world. You should look left and right of the path to see all the hidden spots to enjoy. I gave some of it names just to mark them in the overview.

At the landing spot is a board with the adress of the flickr group. Right now, in January Bart started a photo contest. You just have to join the group (for free) and to post your pictures in the Kindred Spirit flickr group. And right at the landing point I found some lovely spots to take pictures. I didn’t play a lot with the windlicht setting but I can imagine that the moon sculpture can will make a great object as a backgroud at night. The glowing flowers, the unicorns, the trees with their illumination and the deers also fit nicely into a fantasy background. The gazebo suits for a lovely bed surrounded by the pillars of the gazebo and tall trees.

Impressions of Kindred Spirit (1) – aorund the landing point, flowers and unicorns (upper left), the moon sculpture (upper right), the fountain (lower left) and the gazebo (lower right)

After crossing the bridge and entering the second island you reach the pear house which stands out with it yellow colour. The pear house is furnished inside and is furnished very romantic inside. I personally like the swing seat in the bedroom upstairs.

Impressions of Kindred Spirit (2) – pear house

Close to the pear house is a pier where you can sit and enjoy the environment and watch some swans swimming. The old ballroom building is a bit hidden under big trees. Inside it offers places to sit and a bathtube.

Impressions of Kindred Spirit (3) – pier and ballroom

I continued my simploring tour at Kindred Spirit and came to a ruin with a sculpture that I easily recognized as being created by Mistero Hifeng (it’s named Bella – che ci importa del mondo). The ruins are another great spot for taking pictures. And looking around I noticed another spot to sit and cuddle up in a tree.

Impressions of Kindred Spirit (4) – around the piano

If you further follow the path you get to the “White Fantasy”. You find yourself admist white illumiated trees, fantasy flowers, benches and beds to cuddle, art pieces of Mistero Hifeng. You literally walk over the water following a path made of white stones. At the corner is a treehouse from where you overlook the white fantasy and the 2 islands. But you can also decide to enjoy the “Wedding bed”. I named it wedding bed as I can imagine the Kindred Spirit would be a perfect place for a wedding.

Impressions of Kindred Spirit (5) – White fantasy , upper right is Mistero Hifeng’s “Dream V2”, lower left is Mistero Hifeng’s “E rubero’ per te la Luna”

Impressions of Kindred Spirit (6) – White Fantasy, tree house, wedding bed and balloon with swing seat

Kindred Spirit is a very well made fantasy sim, very romantic and a perfect place to sit and dream or to spend some time of togetherness with your loved one. And of course it is a great place for those who like taking pictures (like myself). Thank you Bart Bader for creating this beautiful spot and in particular for sharing it publicly.

Landmark to Kindred Spirit
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kindred%20Spirit%202/43/59/29
Flickr page Bart Bader
https://www.flickr.com/photos/159802893@N04/
Kindred Spirit grou Flickr page (also for the January Photo challenge)
https://www.flickr.com/groups/14608768@N20/pool/with/49295957336/

Diary 2018 (200) December 28th – A varied day in control

Saturday, December 28th, became very different and not at all as I expected it to be. I was inworld early in the afternoon and intended to go on a simploring tour. But the place I picked was not acessible and two other places I visted didn’t turn out being good enough for a simploring tour.

In Spring 2019 I had abandoned our “Maurer’s Loft”, the place I got from Linden Labs with my premium membership. Linden Lab had new houseboats and houses on a new continent name Bellerisma and I wanted to get one of those instead, because they offer more prims and look way better. It turned out that I couldn’t get one as they were sold out way too quickly.
Since that day I had tried to get one – in vain. I admit that I might have not tried hard enough or lost patience – anyway, on Saturday I got a new house. That changed my plans and I began to get familiar with the new “Maurer’s loft”.
Mistress Jenny came inworld and I showed her the new place. Then I took her with me as I had to take advantage of my green light. I took her to “Angel of Pain”, the successor sim of Angel’s BDSM island of Pain that had closed recently. And I enjoyed having my way with Mistress. I enjoyed my control and made it very clear that I wan’t give up my claim on her ever!

December 28th: Diomita with Mistress Jenny at “Angel of Pain”

When I was done with her I took Mistress to club Domme a Domme to expose her – and of course I tied her up!

December 28th: Diomita with Mistress Jenny at “Angel of Pain” and at club Domme a Domme

Mistress Jenny had to leave to tend to her RL and I went back to the new “Maurer’s Loft” and began furnishing it. It turned out that the new house was nice and yes it had more free prims but it was quite small, too small. When I had finished furnishing I looked around and saw other houses nearby that offered way more space. Spontaneously I took all furniture back into my inventory and and abandoned the new place again. That was not that smart as again, I didn’t get offered a house again. Just the houseboats were available and after looking at them, they were too small either.

December 28th: The first new Maurer’s Loft that I gave up again

I spent 2 hours with refreshing the page with the houses for permium members before I got another house offered – and it was even smaller than the one I had before *sighs*. I gave that up immediately and tended to my RL.
I returned early at night and this time I was lucky finally! I got a nice house offered and took it. YAY! I furnished it quickly and took a few pictures. It has 6 rooms and we will have a lot of space in it. It is our (not so secret) hideaway, a place for particular moments of togetherness as well as a place to take a slave to to have a conversation out of character. This new Maurer’s Loft, I called it Maurer’s loft 2.0, might become even more useful as we have some prims and space left over.

December 28th: Maurer’s Loft 2.0

When Mistress Jenny came inworld I showed her the new Maurer’s Loft. Mistress seems to like it. This was already a successful day!
After exploring our new hideaway a bit we went home and met slave Flo and Luci. We took them to Mesmerize Dungeon where we spend a good time. Mistress allowed Luci to manipulate her cuffs so that we get access to them all the time. And later a sub named Dove approached us at Mesmerize Dungeon. She had called me two days before and outlined her desires of total helplessness. We do get many of these applications. But Dove seemed to be nice and polite and hence Mistress Jenny decided to give her a chance. When we went back home, Luci and Dove both had given up control to us to some extent. And slave Flo? I teased her and she had her fun as well. She enjoyed her break before getting wrapped up in latex again.

But the night was not over yet. Having a green light I had to make the most of it and I took Mistress to the annex of our skybox and made her licking me. Yes, it is just “pixel”-sex but with the right person and with the connection Mistress and I have, it is particular and we can almost feel it physically. I enjoyed it!

December 28th: Mistress Jenny serving her owner Diomita

What a day!

Happy New Year 2020 and some stats and findings about this blog (2019 in review)


In 2019 I succeeded again to have an entry for every day. Blogging daily is a challenge as there’re days with not that much to report. In addtion, I’m not able to write every day due to other obligations and vacation. Hence I always have some posts on stock and I try to pile up a few more, when I’m off for a few days.
In 2019 there were about 200 diary entries and 130 simploring reports. Over all the blog grew by 372 new posts bringing the total archive of this blog to 1,850 posts.
As taking pictures is one of my passions in SL and storage space is not free, I also changed the way I publish my pictures and grouped them to save space. When you click the pictures you can see them a bit larger. I also post the pictures on deviant art (Diomita Maurer at Deviant art). There you get the pictures in a higher resultion. In total I took more than 11,000 (!) pictures on Second Life in 2019.

In 2019 more than 13,000 people visited our blog compared to 10,000 in 2018 – more than 1,000 visitors per month! Just the number of clicks declined the first time since this blog exists from 53,000 in 2018 to 44,000 in 2019. In 2018 we had a few days with thousands of clicks (by only one person, I assume) resulting in an average of 5.3 clicks per visit. In 2019 each visitor made “only” 3.3 clicks.
The average daily clicks were quite stable in 2019 with 120 clicks a day. Most clicks came from the US (9,500), Germany (9,000) and the UK (2,900). The statistics show that in total people from over 130 (!) countries visited our blog. Also the number of followers increased to over 180! Many thanks to all friends, readers and followers.
Most found our blog coming from search engines (6,900), from Facebook (2,200), from scoop.it SL Destinations (1,250) (that’s from where I often pick my simploring destinations) and deviantart.com (1,500). Again not only the new blog entries attract readers, there’re also some “evergreens”. The Top 5 Posts in 2019 were

1. Enjoying Bondage June 2016 – June 2016 – 287 clicks – ranked 1st in 2018
2. Kara Bound – 280 clicks – April 2014 – also ranked 2nd in 2018
3. Simploring 2019 (121) A NYC Christmas – December 2019 – 217 clicks
4. The Victorian Corest Story – Part II – 178 clicks – March 2017 (written by slave Flo) – ranked 3rd in 2018
5. Simploring 2019 (49) HoPe – 147 clicks – April 2019

This blog contains a lot of memories for Mistress Jenny and me and for the people close to us in Second Life. It started as a little diary to keep up with all the things happening around us in Second Life and has grown with time. In the meanwhile I read back myself often to look up a date or to check if I came across a place already before. I introduced a new series in 2019, the “Backflash of the month”. 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 this 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.

The diary entries became also more personal and you could follow how my submission to Mistress Jenny kept growing deeper and became natural for me, but you could also follow how much I enjoy to have her as my sub, as my property during my green lights. She’s still and will always be owned by me as well.

I still have fun writing and it’s my intention to continue daily, if I find the time for it. Considering how much of our free time in real life is spent in this virtual world it makes sense to keep the memories like you do in real life. The memories are real and they stay vivid and present this way.
That we attract so many readers who follow our ways in SL makes me happy and keeps me motivated.

Thanks again for reading and following my and our blog.
Have a great year 2020 in SL and in RL, stay healthy!
Diomita Maurer

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