Happy Mother’s Day, Beautiful Mothers, and Mothers to be.

Yeah, we’re 24 hours late, but it was Mother’s Day in the UK yesterday (Sunday).

This post isn’t, however, about Mother’s Day as such, but Mothers in general, specifically those featured in Jade Beall’s ‘The Bodies of Mothers’ project and book, a project that features un-retouched photographs of pregnant women and new mothers (as reported in The Indepenent’s i100 feature).

Jade Beall’s website is here.

As is usual, we won’t feature copyrighted photographs in SLN, so simply click the links for more information.

Slightly related is the news that one of our SL friends, Doksie, who uses the Mama-Allpa fertility HUD (it effectively controls your SL capacity to conceive), is 5 weeks SL pregnant. Congratulations to her and the Dad!

It also gives us the opportunity to follow the progress of her SL pregnancy (don’t worry, we won’t be here for 40 weeks, SL pregnancies are set to reach full term within about 6 weeks).

We’ve not really covered the issue of SL pregnancy before, so it will provide us with a chance to follow her progress and also highlight the various elements involved in an SL pregnancy.

doksie pregnant

Doksie has slightly distended her tummy, replicating pregnancy by adjusting the ‘belly’ settings in her appearance controls.

I asked her to send us a screen cap, as it shows her Mama-Allpa hud settings along the bottom, saying that she’s 34 days pregnant, in the 5th week of pregnancy.

To control fertility, both partners must use the Mama-Allpa hud, and as with real life, having sex without ‘contraceptive’ settings switched on on the hud is no guarantee of a SL pregnancy.

I’ll provide a greater explanation of how it all works in a subsequent post, as well as the first instalment of what will be Doksie’s diary throughout her SL pregnancy.



Happy Mother’s Day!

If you’re in the UK you’ll be aware today (Sunday) was Mother’s Day.

I spent my day with my family, going out for lunch and then walking off a lovely meal with a walk on a Spring-like, warm afternoon on the beach. And as the clocks changed to British Summer Time (an hour less in bed last night, but an 8pm sunset and a stretch in the evenings) overnight, I spent some time -still accompanied by the children and the RL Mr. Keng, putting out our solar lights in the garden. Looking out from the study, they’re looking magnificent and hopefully presage a long, warm, sunny summer ahead.



If you’re a Mum, or have a Mum, I hope you spent time together today or, if separated by distance, at least gave her a call. Sadly, I wasn’t in a position to visit my mother’s grave today -she’s buried in a wholly different part of the UK- but I will be making that visit soon. The day put me in reflective mood, recalling the good relationship we had when she was alive, and how her encouragement towards many things still informs my attitudes today. And I find myself trying to be equally encouraging to my own children. In that respect, she still remains alive, guiding me, teaching them.