Pose Fair 2016

I’m just back from the Pose Fair, which is awash with freebies. 🙂

 

Firstly, kudos to Poseology, who feature nudity and -even more surprising but welcome- frontal male nudity in their shop’s illustration posters. Well done them! The world didn’t spin off its axis by the appearance of a penis. Other pose makers and skin makers, take note. Product presented ‘in full effect’ is always better as representation of that product.

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‘Satisfy Her’ isn’t really a naturist pose, of course, but it was just so refreshing to see nudity, and male nudity at that, presented in such a matter-of-fact way.

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I wandered around and picked up as many freebies as I could.

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I particularly like the one below, a sort of sexy, sassy, yet ‘shy’ pose.

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I also like the one below, the only one I spent money (L$179) on. Possibly a little bit too tactile, on the boys’ parts, for naturist purposes, but a nice pose nonetheless.

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It’s well worth taking a trip over there to see what you can grab, either for free, of with some fantastic looking poses.

 

Trine

 

‘Naturists may be seen beyond this point’

The National Trust, in the UK, is an organisation dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of a particular geographic region.

It does marvellous work. Preserving old houses, woodland, forest, beach… I’m a proud member of the NT.

It also owns Studland, a beach in Dorset, England, which has long been a naturist beach.

Usually, you might expect an ‘establishment’ type of organisation to have an issue with naturism. Not so. Naturism lives very comfortably with the National Trust.

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Just a few ‘warning’ or, more accurately, ‘advisory’ signs exist.

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It’s an example of how official bodies could react to naturism, and it’s a pleasure to see the NT take such an enlightened approach to an alternative lifestyle. It’s also a pleasure to see naturism take such a responsible action towards the facilities granted them. ‘Beach clean up days’ are organised by naturists, to ensure the cleanliness of the facility for all, and naturists also took a pro-active approach to weeding out those involved or indulging in ‘dogging’, under the disguise of naturism, at Studland, and patrolling the dunes to ensure nothing that isn’t ‘family-values’ naturism was allowed to hold sway.

Wouldn’t it be nice if your town council, local beach trust or whoever marshals local beaches did the same? We don’t demand the world. We respectfully request a small area where we, or a naturist persuasion, may practice our chosen lifestyle without harassment or fear.

Trine

 

Cart Sale at The Wash & the naturist season begins!

I think that many of us were probably concerned when Fab Free was undergoing some changes last year that the closure of their freebie point would also impact on their regular cart sales at Fab Free HQ, The Wash.

Happily, this has turned out not to be the case, and a ‘Spring Freshness’ event is ongoing until the end of the month.

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There’s lots of nice, affordable, classy looking bits of clothing, furniture, poses, etc all to be picked up for L$10, but much of it won’t distract us from a naturist perspective (unless we’re still filling that suitcase for our naturist holiday evening wear). One thing that did catch my eye, though, were these wellington boots, possibly only because I’ve been in a naturist setting wearing nothing but wellington boots this week.

There are, in naturist circles, what are known as landed clubs, that is clubs that own and maintain their own grounds, their own land. We (partner and myself) are lucky enough to be members of such a club in the north of England, and many of us have given time to get the club looking fantastic in advance of our usual official opening at Easter each year (we actually open, for the season, next Thursday).

It has been a wet winter here in England, with lots of flooding near where we are and further north into Cumbria. Domestically, we weren’t affected, but the club did take a little bit of a battering. Nothing overly flooded, but the ground underfoot was very, very soft and muddy as a result of the winter rains. Happily, a pretty good week last week allowed us to get out and get a lot of small maintenance jobs going,  painting the clubhouse, mowing lawns, weeding and so on, and the weather (I started two days last week fully dressed and was nude, apart from wellington boots, by mid-afternoon).

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Trine helps mend a fence at her club

My Facebook page (a personal one, not a SL related one) is already filled with news of clubs across Europe putting the final touches to their spruced-up locations, so we’ve not been alone in the naturist community in undertaking similar tasks.

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The summer always seems that little bit closer whenever the clubs open, and it promises to be an excellent European naturist season. If you haven’t tried naturism yet, maybe you should make 2016 your year to participate. Good friends, good conversation, good (fresh, home grown) food in many instances, and a tremendous sense of well-being that naturism provides.

 

Trine

 

 

 

Too Naked for the Nazis

BBC reports that a book entitled ‘Too Naked for the Nazis’ has won an award as the oddest titled book of the year.

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The title evokes imagery of the Third Reich’s ‘yes, no, yes’ approach to the free body movement, freikoerperkultur, or FKK as we know it on beach signs today. Sadly, it’s not, and we’ll come to its contents in a moment. I think, before I do that, you should be made aware that trailing in second place to this tome was…Reading from Behind, A cultural history of the anus.

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This isn’t an April Fool joke, incidentally, these books exist and are available from Amazon.

‘Too Naked for the Nazis’ is the story of British vaudeville act Wilson, Keppel and Betty.

And the title of the book comes from, in the author’s words, the point when “a trio of comedy Egyptian sand dancers incurred the wrath of the Nazi high command by a blatant exposure of hairy legs.”

In reality, it was the dancing, in general, that outraged Joseph Goebbels, on the basis that it would undermine the moral fibre of Nazi youth, through the suggestiveness of Betty and the close proximity of Wilson and Keppel.

If nothing else, it shows the difficulties the Nazis were having with the body, with sexuality, with ‘moral fibre’ pre-war, a time when many Germans (including senior Nazis) were naturists.

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A naturist accessory robe

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Gothicatz have a free black robe out, no group join fee either, which fits the bill as a naturist accessory. In the early mornings, before the sun has reached its full heat, you will see naturists wander down to the pool in their robe, taking it off for their swim, and then putting it on rather than towelling dry afterwards. Equally, I’ve stayed in places, at this time of year, where the communal (naturist) pool is indoor and heated. You will find many all-year residents come home after work and even in the chill of a night with temperatures approaching zero, head off to that pool in their robe, removing it for the swim that is part of their daily routine.

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Gothicatz also have a female version, the shorter pink one above, but I’m drawn to the male version, atypical of naturist pool robes for male and female alike. Note that the male version will fit a female, although our model needed to use the XL version in order to conceal her boobs.

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Trine

Mon cheri

I spotted an SL blog entry about Mon Cheri earlier and headed over there because they appeared to do a nice line in lingerie. This was intended to be a personal purchase, and I had no plans for an SL Naturist blog post about it, until I spotted an item on the wall (L$245) that fitted perfectly with the ‘naturist wardrobe’.

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It’s a bikini (other colours are available) with an additional ‘bikini vest’. The bikini vest, a loose overthrow, is something that is familiar on beaches, naturist and textile, as a garment thrown on following a swim, or possibly as a garment to wear to and from the beach.

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Dispensing with the bikini itself, it’s very much a naturist accessory, familiar to many people who have been to a naturist beach.

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Abigail