Tonight, Fab Free HQ closes its doors, and with it a chapter in the history of Second Life.
I don’t know about you, but it has played a vital, integral, important role in my own Second Life and it will be sadly missed. The gifts, the cart sales, the friends made there, the assistance offered in my early Second Days.
I’ve never gone nude there before out of respect to their ‘no naughty bits’ policy but tonight…why not? Why not capture a few memories, and capture them in a style that reflected our values at SL Naturist.
Thanks, everyone involved at Fab Free, for all you’ve done for all of us over years. You will be missed by the Second Life community in general. ‘The Wash’ was one of the go-to places on a regular basis, the Fab Free blog (which thankfully continues) a daily go-to place.
Fab Free is Dead, Long Live Fab Free.
Check out our Tumblr page. Throughout the day farm girl Jessie has been dreaming of going to the Hallowe’en Ball. Caterpillar to butterfly? Ugly duckling to swan?
Will she meet her Prince Charming?
Have a great Hallowe’en, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing.
Abi & I won’t be posting on the blog until Sunday, as we’re busy assembling the Issuu magazine dedicated to the Eden Naturopolis estate. I hope to have that published on Sunday.
While I’ve expressed the idea that I’m a bit non-plussed by Hallowe’en, I’m much more enthusiastic about autumn. When I was at school my friends and I had to walk home through a local park, and at this time of year the groundsmen would have swept piles of leaves together to be removed. Of course we’d come along, throw them at each other, kick our way through piles of leaves and create mayhem. It wasn’t us being bad. It was more that it seemed like a fun thing to do, to have fights with leaves. I feel bad about it now. All those guys who’d worked all day for us to undo their work in a few minutes.
Label Motion has a leaves pose out (Subscriber gift, L$0)
You can tell from my expression that I’m fully aware I’m being naughty 🙂
Kicking piles of leaves, even as an adult, is an enormous amount of fun.
I hope Brenda, who offered office space to Ella at Eden Naturopolis, doesn’t mind us moving into that SL Naturist office. As you can seen, the desk’s already full of correspondence and plans. Now that I’m beginning to establish a SL Naturist routine, I can now turn my attentions to how to move forward with it. I’m still discovering bits of it day by day, including previous publications via the online magazine publishing house, Issuu.
This facility seems underused. That’s not a criticism of our predecessors by the way. The number of posts they created seems like the main blog kept them busy. But having discovered Issuu, I would be planning to try to use it some more, and plans are already underway to add to our collection of titles, with the seventh publication making an appearance before Christmas. Well before Christmas, ideally, before the SL world is overtaken by wintry scenes.
It’s not coincidental that my plans to utilise the Issuu service are accompanied here by a photograph of the SL Naturist office. I think it’s fair to say that in terms of size and scope, Eden Naturopolis is the prime naturist sim in Second Life and I’d like to dedicate a full Issuu publication to Eden and attempt to convey the full breadth of the place. Not only will I be covering much of the facilities at Eden, but also its associated semi standalone sims. By that I mean Blue Lagoon, Naked Dreams, Bumrose, and anywhere else I come across in the meantime.
I’ve also moved out of my previous apartment (which wasn’t on a naturist sim, incidentally) and into Howie’s apartment on the Eden estate, at Eden Eagle. Abigail’s current apartment rental expires next week so she, too, will be living there from now on. As we’ve been granted rezz rights I think we’ll try and get a desk and a computer set up there as well 🙂
What I do intend to do is to try and make a regular presence at the Eden lighthouse office, probably some time over weekends, in future. Not this weekend and perhaps not this year, but certainly by the beginning of 2016 my plan would be to be at the lighthouse office for a specific period on a specific day (real life permitting) every week so that people can stop by and say hello if they wish to do so.
I saw this on a site purporting to be ‘naturist’ and felt it was very disrespectful. The couple in the photo are probably over 70, in love and have enough life about them to be confidently naturist. Naturism isn’t just about being young. In fact we all probably hope to live to that couple’s age and have enough health and vitality about us to be enjoying naturism.
Bloggers and websites need to grasp this. It’s offensive that they should be posting drivel like this on a naturist site. They should know better. Shame on them!
While the Second Life blogs continue to be awash with Hallowe’en stuff, I’m a bit ‘meh!’ about the holiday, particularly in a Second Life context as it often seems that it’s a case of ‘any outfit you like, in any colour that’s orange and black’. I am underwhelmed.
What I do like about Second Life at this time of year is when sim builders cast their sims in autumnal colours. I’m lucky enough to live quite close to the sea, accessible through a lane through a sizeable wood, so there’s the chance to indulge in a lovely walk at any time of year, but particularly in autumn, to then walk a beach. I took the dog for a walk yesterday and that’s precisely what I did, tramping through dry, crunchy leaves to emerge onto a beach only populated by other dog walkers.
Just like the Second Life photo (above) I took off my boots and socks to paddle in the water (yes, it was cold 🙂 ) and made the error of not bringing a towel with me. The dog usually gets towelled off when I get him home. So it was a rather damp-socked walk back home. Nevertheless it was a wonderful walk, the chance to clear my head of the previous week’s rubbish and simply enjoy nature. It’s no less enjoyable to experience nature in Second Life, as these photos from the Vivaldi sim demonstrate.
Fungi growing on a fallen tree at the Vivaldi sim
I’m pretty sure the Vivaldi sim is seasonally divided into spring, summer, autumn and winter. A review of it on Bitacora Viajera blog would suggest it is (and is where I learned of its existence). I don’t know, as I simply headed off in the direction of the autumnal colours.
The Vivaldi sim isn’t ‘naturist’ as such. Of course, there were no signs up that said it wasn’t naturist 😉
Of course I stripped and have slipped in a couple of naturist photos, as the nude in nature seems ‘right’ to me, but I don’t labour the point on sims where the owners might not like naked avatars wandering over their land. Which brings me to what I’m seeing as a ‘hot topic’ for SL Naturist, that of ‘nude access’ and general attitudes to nudity within Second Life itself and its associated network of blogs. That’s a topic I hope to cover in due course.