Eden’s Pearl

Might the SL sim closure crisis be at an end? It’s looking that way. For the past 12-18 months it seems that we’ve done nothing but report the closure of yet another SL naturist location. With us reporting on DeShadow, with another one to be reported on over the weekend, and with this one, Eden’s Pearl, open, it seems like there’s suddenly a number of new naturist sims to interest you and for you to visit.

Remember: some of these sims will be relatively new, so you may find them sparsely populated on entry. That’s OK. It’s your place to make these locations work. I think it’s time we ended this sense of standing at the margins and watching. Make it part of your SL naturist year to tp into a place and, if anyone’s around, march up and say ‘hello’. Get a sense of community going. Get conversing. Be sociable.

Eden’s Pearl, I should make it clear, isn’t related to the Eden Naturist Estate, but seemingly a separate entity. It’s relatively sparse in its facilities, but what it has got, oh boy, does just one element of it make it a winner in my eyes. This build, I would say, owes at least something to Croatian naturism. I’ll explain in a moment.

I’m a regular in Croatian naturist campsites. That’s not the spartan experience it sounds. Luxury tents, complete with cooking facilities, and with communal shower blocks.

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The photos above, all from Croatia, give a sense of that campsite feel with communal showers, of rocky beaches with man-made sunbathing areas. And that’s exactly what Eden’s Pearl feels like – a little bit of Croatian naturism set down in SL. I love it!!!!!

I’ve had difficulty in finding out exactly who owns or runs it, and there doesn’t appear to be an associated ‘group’ at the moment, but I’ll see if I can follow up and bring you more background on who’s running Eden’s Pearl, and whether Croatia does indeed exist as a template.

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So close to the Koversada/Vrsar communal shower block experience it’s unreal! 🙂

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Eating lunch on one of those ‘man made’ concreted areas? Yes. Another Croatian-like naturist experience so close to real life.

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I’m contemplating going to the loo, lol. I did go, but I’ll spare you that photograph!

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My companion Guillaume showers while I clean my teeth 

For the ‘shower block’ feel, for the ‘man made concreted areas’ that replicate Croatia exceptionally well, Eden’s Pearl deserves 10/10!

Try it. I think you’ll find it’s another naturist sim with something a bit different, a ‘feel’ all of its own. I’ll be watching Eden’s Pearl develop, I hope, in the coming months as I countdown the days until my own return to Croatia.

Pookes

Ella adds: It would be nice to have more toilet facilities in SL naturism, lol. There are times when all of us have decided we need a ‘bio break’, as one SL naturist once put it to me, i.e. he needed a pee. If that’s about to happen in RL, why not the chance to nip to a SL loo for ‘full effect’ and ‘realism’? Or is that a bridge too far? 🙂

BBQ time

I’ve received an IM from Howie, SLN’s publisher, this morning, wherein he describes a chance encounter with Brenda, Eden’s owner, which resulted in a bit of terraforming at his villa on the Eden Naturist Estate.

One levelled out walkway later, Howie says that it set his mind thinking as to how best utilise the area, and he hit on the idea of a BBQ area.

A dig through inventory and a L$1 total spend on the Marketplace later (we’ll come back to that spend in a moment), the area was complete, Diane happened to be online, and so a little photo session took place.

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SLN photographer Diane sets up a shot at Howie’s BBQ area.

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Two bottles of ‘Eden Naturist Resort’ red!

 

The L$1 spend was on a bottle of wine (ooh! vintage!) to which you could add your own label. Diane despatched, she came back with a label I think all Eden residents would love to have in their well-stocked cellars, were it not for the fact that it sadly can’t be copied and shared. 😦

‘Straight from the Eden vineyard’, says Howie, ‘but only to my table, which I’m kind of disappointed at. I’d have shared a crate or two with my neighbours on Eden.’ A self-confessed non-builder, he’s a little uncertain if it’s possible to make it copy & transfer, and I’m afraid I can’t help him on that score. Can anyone help in the production of some Eden wine? (And where exactly is the Eden vineyard, that’s what I’d like to know).

I mean, if we could find it, we could certainly tramp those grapes!

topless tuesday grapesThis photograph, by a remarkable coincidence, arrived from Harry for inclusion for a ‘Topless Tuesday’ posting.

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Pizza, beer and wine. If you can run cable up from your beach house with a football channel, it’s certainly for everything for a lad’s night out on a balmy summer evening.

It all goes to show that you don’t have to spend a huge amount in SL to create a scene that might replicate your RL summer naturism. If you’ve got some similar scenes at your SL house, why not share them with SL Naturist? We’d love to see and publish them!

Pookes