That planned slew of posts…

….didn’t happen over the weekend.

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Summer arrived on a bank holiday weekend! So it was clothes off, into the garden, clothes off, down to our club and today it was clothes off and onto the beach.

The great weather is going to continue for much of this week, so I’m giving you no guarantees about updates on the blog when real life naturism can take place.

We’ll be back whenever the weather takes a downturn (don’t worry, I’m in England, rain can’t be much more than a week away at most).

I’m off outside again to grab a couple more hours sunbathing before the sun finally slips out of our garden. 🙂

 

Trine

I’m back…

…after an unplanned break.

I love Apple stuff, because it rarely goes wrong. When it does, though, it’s a pain in the ass having to make an appointment to see a genius. A genius who knows as much about the fault as you do, but speaks about it in a condescending manner.

 

Yep, something went wrong with my computer and it has been in dry dock for over a week before being returned, and working well again. In the meantime, I’ve been reduced to (you guessed it) an iPhone, which has handled my email, but I don’t really use it for the internet. Don’t know how, don’t care enough to learn. Hence the silence from SL-FKK for the best part of two weeks.

Ella has a few articles ready to go, I’ve missed SL and am ready to get cracking with some new stories, and I’ll endeavour to work my way through much of this over this bank holiday (in the UK) weekend.

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Cameras and phones

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There was a time when the sight of a camera on a naturist beach would have resulted in a group of male naturists approach the cameraman and ask for the film to be removed in front of them, and for all other film to be handed over. These voyeur cameramen generally complied, for fear of their camera equipment maybe being thrown into the sea. After all, are you going to challenge a group of men who were demanding privacy, less for themselves as for the usual target of the camera, their women.

Was the cameraman going to go to the police and claim he’d had film ‘stolen’ while surreptitiously shooting naked women without permission? Very doubtful.

Somewhere along the line we went digital in so many aspects of out lives, photography included.

And our phones, complete with good cameras, are now an essential part of our daily lives, ubiquitous in their presence.

So cameras, in the shape of our phones, became a familiar sight everywhere, not just on the beach, and with social media came our desire to record our lives in minute detail. ‘Here I am on the naturist beach’…maybe accompanied by a photo or two not taken entirely surreptitiously. The idea of photographing and being photographed took hold and with social media (and blogs & websites) ‘amateur nude photography’ exploded in size.

There are very few of us who don’t have some ‘naughty’ photos on our hard drives, be they of the naturist beach or bedroom variety. It’s part of life, part of many people’s sex lives too.

We also like to talk, even when at the beach, and an afternoon’s sunbathing often includes a lengthy chat at the naturist (or textile) beach.

We talk. We text. We read texts. We lose ourselves in our phones and maybe aren’t aware that we’re now being openly photographed on the naturist beach, women in particular. Women, it seems, are the ones who need to chat, even while at the beach. I searched for a photo of a male naturist on his phone on the beach and couldn’t find a single one! 🙂

What also happened, somewhere along the line, is that there was a tacit acknowledgement that photographs happened on phones, that our naked forms might end up in cyberspace. But rather than shrink from this notion, naturists or topless sunbathers seem to have simply accepted that photographs will be taken, and that they too will take them, so much so that the sight of good, digital cameras on a beach is unremarkable. As long as you aren’t too obvious that you’re snapping a pretty woman and invading her personal space to do so, there seems to be an acceptance that you may end up in someone else’s photographs.

That’s good, in one way, as people now have less hang ups about their own nudity. It’s bad that people end up on porn sites without their knowledge.

One thing that’s certain is that the number of nude beach photos is likely to grow every year, and people will become ever more blasé about their inclusion in them.

Trine

 

 

The Instruments

There’s an event on at The Instruments, with lots of freebies to be grabbed. I headed over there earlier to see if there was anything that would fit in my now bulging naturist accessory suitcase. There was ! 🙂

There were some lovely outfits, of course, and yes I did get them, even though they aren’t entirely suitable for holiday wear. I’ve not blogged or photographed them, but I will be wearing them in SL.

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Firstly, there’s a couple of free poses. Poses are always worth getting for photographic purposes. Along with that, I’ve got a new smartphone (it comes in a variety of colours) and the over-sized floppy hat. I‘ve said previously on the SLN blog that keeping the sun off your head is important,  so this is more headgear for my ever growing collection of sun hats.

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I’ve put my phone into this clutch bag. There’s three different bags to be got at this event, and that’s another thing I’d always have with me at the beach for my phone, apartment keys and a few Euros to buy cold drinks or ice creams.

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And finally of the suitable beach type of items I got is the above pose, a nice ‘movement’ type of pose.I’ve got my smartphone out again, for a reason. Trine is calling me from her slice of SL naturist heaven, and out phone use will certainly lead onto Trine’s next blog entry.

Ella

 

 

Beach Kimono

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With thoughts turning to my real life naturist vacation, the first of the season, I will have time to blog regularly for SL-FKK while away. A baby will demand that we are circumspect with our time in the sun, so I expect plenty of time in our apartment when it’s necessary to stay in the shade. The older children have different needs now, plenty of sun, sand and liberally splashed with sun cream time, so the likelihood is that Dad or I will go to the beach with them and I or Dad will be apartment bound with our new born.

I’m delighted to say that Gran is accompanying us on this holiday as an extra pair of hands, and we’ve secured two apartments so we can spread ourselves out a bit more than usual.

As the holiday is only weeks away my thoughts have turned to my naturist wardrobe. When I saw this fringed kimono, by Addams, at the latest Collabor88 event I knew I had to have it (L$188), as it’s a perfect representation of clothing I would and do wear on holiday. I like my early morning beach walks, but -I’ve said this before on the SLN blog– it can be slightly chilly until the sun gets up properly, so that beach walk (which may incorporate a sea swim) might be taken in a garment like this. It’s gorgeous!

I’m modelling it at Eden Naturopolis.

A further note on my forthcoming holidays. I would like to think that the ‘Postcards from Spain’, and ‘what I saw on my holidays’ postings that I used to do on SLN blog can be revived here on SL-FKK. That’s the plan anyway. As Gran, my husband’s mother, has never been on a naturist holiday before, it will be interesting to learn her thoughts on it when the time comes. We’re several weeks away from that yet, though.

Ella

 

 

 

 

Lost Horizon

Something new to all of us on SL-FKK is the organisation Lost Horizon.

It appears they are an organisation that operates a clothing optional sauna, cafe, and music stage, all within a concert festival environment, with their next outing at the Glastonbury Festival.

 

I hope I’m not stepping on anyone’s copyright toes by republishing some of their Facebook page’s photos (all photos censored to comply with Facebook policy and hopefully chosen to ensure the privacy of the individuals involved).

We shall be exploring this group further and, just as importantly, seeing if there is any Second Life organisation that replicates the group’s ethos and outlook. Currently, I’d be confident that Commune Utopia is the grouping in SL whose ethos and outlook most closely resembles Lost Horizon.

 

Trine