The Benudeitudes

I’ve said before that I’m not one for going to church. That said, I do think there are some marvellous passages in the Bible that speak core truths across millennia and to people of all religions and none.

The Decalogue, the various parables of Jesus and the Beatitudes.

The Beatitudes are eight short, pithy blessings, each beginning ‘Blessed are…’. For example, ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth’.

In our social media fixated world there are a plethora of ‘memes’ and pithy-like photographs and sayings that proliferate on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Instagram, and other social media outlets.

So, I’ve been gathering some of these proverb-like photos together to create the Be-Nude-itudes.

It’s not intended to be definitive or comprehensive. I’m sure there are others that you’re aware of and would add to the list. But the words contained in the photos below are a neat synopsis of the great joy naturism can bring.





























Our Flickr stream. In focus with Silje

Late last week I set up SL Naturist’s own Flickr photo stream. It’s one of those fortuitous SL moments where, unplanned, the timing is perfect, and its establishment appears to have coincided with our various staff members having time off over the Easter break and deciding to bombard me (in a nice way) with photos to put up on Flickr.

Unlike the blog, where contributors have free rein to publish their own stuff, I’m having to do the SLN Flickr stream by myself, quite simply because I’ve not worked out how to do group permissions regarding uploading just yet.

However, I’ve been able to get up the first in what I hope becomes a regular series, ‘In Focus’, wherein Hugh or Diane try to capture the essence of an avatar and maybe we can do a little ‘pen portrait’ of what makes them tick in (and out of) SL.

To see what I mean, go to an album featuring Silje on our Flickr page. By hovering over the text just below where it says In Focus:Silje at the top of the page it opens up a text page where Hugh tries to explain that Silje’s Dutch nationality, and the nation’s love of bikes and flowers helped him to ‘frame’ how Silje should look, to attempt to capture a little of her.

Clearly, we’re SL Naturist, so a readiness to appear au naturel goes with the territory, but as far as nudity goes, at least as far as Silje, a non-naturist, I believe, these are more ‘glamour’ than ‘naturist’ photos. As time goes on, this series should develop and as we’re often present at SL’s naturist events then it’s likely that the ‘In Focus’ series will be able to provide albums of SL’s naturist community.


The Dutch love their ‘bloemen & planten’. Silje, green-fingered in the greenhouse




I hope that I can find some way to permit others to upload their own stuff, as one of my concerns about ‘other social media’ has been realised, in that I’ve spent all morning dealing with the Flickr stream and not got ‘in world’. Hopefully that’s down to an immediate enthusiasm from our photographers, and the thing settles in due course. That said, I believe that the Flickr stream is a useful addition to SL Naturist’s work.

Credits: Photos by Hugh at the Matoluta Sanctuary


Topless Tuesday

You’ll be aware of the ‘Topless Tuesday meme by now. There’s a flickr site dedicated to it, and several bloggers participate.

We’ve tried to participate before, but always ended up with our own, late version of it, usually ‘Topless Thursday’ 🙂

This time, we’ve delivered on time!

For the past week, we’ve had Harry and Diane out and about, taking photos to -for once in our lives- actually participate on the correct day. In the end I’ve limited it, today, to just a few horse-riding photos, but we’ll try and come back to this (on Tuesdays!) in future.

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It’s Topless…Thursday (again).

djenly tt2_001b_Fotor jelena tt_001b_FotorMy apologies. I thought I had posted the following on Tuesday evening, I went to bed, and then didn’t get the opportunity to look at the blog again until this morning, Thursday, at which point the post appeared to be missing from the blog. Yep, I’d pressed the ‘preview’ rather than ‘publish’ button and when I closed down the wordpress programme, the post defaulted to a ‘draft’ again, rather than appear on the blog.

We’ve done a topless Thursday post before, by design rather than accident, but in this instance it’s accident rather than design.

So…here’s Topless Tuesday Thursday, something of a very popular meme amongst avatars.


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Let me just remind you that there’s a flickr group dedicated to the meme which you can find here. I keep threatening to sign up, but I’m put off by the fact that another social media possibly means spreading the SL time available to me ever more thinly, which is why I keep resisting.