My purse/handbag

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Naked or not, one thing we ladies will never be without at the beach -naked or in swimwear- is our handbag/purse.

Yes, I do have something very similar in RL in which to put the apartment keys, my phone, a few Euros,  and so on.

DDL have this purse/handbag available as a free group gift.

 

Ella

 

 

Naked in the rain

One of the most wonderful experiences is to be naked in the rain. While on holiday I’ve swum while the rain has bounced off the water right infant of my eyes, and it does seem to add an extra layer of exhilaration to nude swimming. Similarly, to be on a beach which empties, in seconds, if a shower comes on…it just makes me want to dance naked as raindrops land on me.

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Dancing naked in the rain

CV Design, on the Marketplace, have some very affordable poses that includes this ‘rain’ one, shown above. While perusing their MP store I also saw the next one, below, called ‘Dreams’, and it made me think that there are few of us who haven’t made this pose in the shallows in our lives, just laid back on the sand as the last of a wave ebbs and flows over us.

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Ella

Apple Island

Hugh has just sent me something he’s been working on for part of his day – a portfolio of images from Apple Island, home to Imeka, a store that does numerous poses and some clothing.

Here’s how Hugh describes the portfolio in his own words.

‘I’ve done two shoots there today, a small set featuring Sandra, and set around a small gondola on a lake, and then a number of photos with a stunning redhead called Alison, all around the island. I used the sim’s natural light settings, and all of the poses featured are either from a couple of free group gift sets available in their store, or else are part of the poses that can be found around the island. I found the place to be incredibly photogenic and easy to take photographs in’.

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An example of Hugh’s shoot can be seen above, with the remainder viewable on our Flickr page. There are two free group gifts of poses available at the store, one of general stands, and another of ballet poses.

It does look beautiful, doesn’t it?

Ella

Aloha Fair

 

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The Aloha Fair is on, jam-packed with lots of summery goodies. Reader Judy has been over to it and reports that many of the stores displaying their wares are offering L$1 gifts. So I asked her to model what she thought might suit an SL Naturist sort of brief…and here are her selections.

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Bikini Wrap: it comes with a (mesh) bikini but hey, we’re SL Naturist, we don’t really have much need of bikinis! 🙂

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Sunglasses & Tote Bag. These are separate gifts, each priced at L$1

It appears to be the usual huge, sprawling Fair affair, and Judy suggests she will have missed out many of the stores. But with great summery dollarbies like these on offer, to make your SL summer days look hot, I suggest you tp over there ASAP. I know I’ll be checking it out later on today.

Ella

A message from Howie

Hi folks! A quick message. I’ve decided to retire. No, I’m not that age, don’t be cheeky, lol!

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I’m delighted to say that I received word today that my offer for an apartment in the naturist zone of Vera Playa, Spain -yes, the same place Ella regularly uses, and which I’ve visited in the past on several occasions- has been accepted. I was out there in April and viewed the apartment, but I’d heard nothing, and have subsequently viewed apartments in Cap D’Agde (as recently as last week, which I’d also put an offer on, but have retracted this afternoon on hearing this news). Imagine my surprise when my solicitor rang this morning to say that my April offer had been accepted. I’ll be heading out there in September to sign the paperwork, and will be moving semi-permanently there as soon as I’ve got the keys! 🙂

We (yes, there’s a Mrs. Howie) intend to spend most of the year in our new home, but will maintain our UK home and fly back to Blighty for part of the year.

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So…a new life and why not a new (and more accurate) SL look? I do maintain a bit of a ponytail in RL. It’s all to do with me trying to grow old disgracefully. 😉 I did maintain a beard, but shaved it off a few days back. But I decided that I should at least update the colour from what was my natural colour, when younger, to my natural colour as it is now. That’s right! Ash blonde! 🙂

I don’t imagine that there will be any apparent impact on the blog. When I move, there may be some interference with my presence while I get an internet service set up, but you, the readers of SLN, shouldn’t really notice any noticeable change other than my having the time to contribute more. Of course, that decision is in the hands of our editor!howie pam2_001b

I’m delighted to be able to be in a position to retire relatively young and, more importantly, fulfil a long-held wish, by both of us, that we could live the naturist lifestyle for a good part of the year. It seems to have some sense of appropriateness that I will be handing in my notice tomorrow, on a Friday, with immediate effect and wow! come Monday be a man of leisure. 🙂

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Freed from the constraints of work, Pam (Mrs. Howie, a very occasional SL user) says she may even make more regular appearances in the game.

I can’t begin to convey how thrilled we are with today’s news, and the prospect of a new life in Spain.

Howie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die – Herbert Hoover

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I hope my friend Kat Feldragonne doesn’t mind me utilising a photo from her blog, one she used in her ‘Look of the Day’ about a week ago, a photo also featured on her Flickr page. You need to check out both the blog & flickr page. I dearly love the quotes, epithets and sense of the poetic in the words Kat adds to her posts, such as the one above. Why? Because it’s the sort of thought-provoking words, as much as the sense of SL style, that help to inform the work on this blog.

Twelve words…but oh so true of the real world as well as in some parts of SL. Nigeria’s boy soldiers…the actions of Boko Haram…the de-sensitising of attitudes to death in things like Call of Duty, often played by adolescent boys. The ‘normalisation’ of kidnap and rape as a ‘legitimate’ part of war being waged by this inhumane groups like Islamic State...

Yes…War is always good at making little boys fall in love with it, and the current generation, as never before, are being exposed to a hygienic, de-sensitised, romanticised version in which there’s always another computer life if there’s a fatal shot fired. Call of Duty, and its ilk, will never contain the screams, the pain, the graphic open wounds, a slow darkness and silence descending as the victim falls into unconsciousness or death. Perhaps if they sold it on the basis that ‘if you’re shot, the game cartridge will never work again’ people might think their approach to it. Likely?

Happily, SL’s gameplay is never likely to be as immersive, in respect of war, as games dedicated to it, so it’s not going to be as popular in SL as….dancing! Or, come to that, naturism!

But Kat hits the nail, firmly on the head, in the quote from her post. The world’s governments and armaments manufacturers will always manage to engineer situations where their profits take precedence to humanity. The ‘war on terrorism’ often little more than a ‘war on a peaceful world, if the overwhelming majority of its citizens had their way’. Do any of us have markedly different hopes and aspirations to anywhere else in the world? Does a mother in the 20th floor apartment of a Manhattan apartment block have radically different views as to her children’s future than one in Nigeria? In Gaza? In Jerusalem? In Syria? I don’t think so.

In the meantime, dark forces conspire to ensure that War continues to get the little boys to fall in love with it. Without that love, war can’t thrive.

An absolutely wonderful and thought provoking quotation, Kat. Thank you.

Ella

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Topless sailing

Many thanks to Caitlin Tobias for pointing out, on her blog, that there’s a Topless Sailing Group. I won’t steal Cait’s thunder by re-hashing her text for consumption here. Instead, click the link and see what Cait has to say.

Naturally, it was something I needed to investigate…

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Topless sailors. And bottomless too, it seems…

I was given a HUD, a Cruiser (I wasn’t sure how to rezz this), but found that today’s race’s start point offered a free Nemo boat, which I could rezz, so I hopped onto that, tried to learn the controls (fail!) and took off. Well…I managed in a straight line 🙂 Turning it was something else entirely! 🙂

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While I’m not the best sailor in the world, I did find the experience to be a lot of fun, and it’s something I will certainly return to when I’ve more (in world) SL time than I have at present.

Ella