Urban, naked living at Nude Haven

Naturism obviously lends itself to being undertaken ‘in nature’. That could be the beach or, in many French naturist campsites, or ‘landed’ clubs (that is, naturist clubs with their own grounds), in some sort of woodland setting. I can think of several French campsites we’ve visited in such locations, and I’m certain that many American naturists, who aren’t close to a coast, will agree that their primary and perhaps only experience of naturism is within that setting. Indeed, I’d be moved to say that for their regular naturist activities, it is going to be undertaken away from the coast. There are, of course, locations where that ‘in nature’ element collides with an urban setting. Vera Playa, in Spain, is a semi-detached ‘village’ where it’s possible to undertake 24/7 naturism. Yes, the closest supermarket is textile, yes, some of the bars demand some sort of cover-up (even if it’s only a sarong). Cap D’Agde, we know about. It bills itself as a ‘naked city’. Pasco County, in Florida, could also lay claim to having some kind of ‘urban’ naturism available to its residents. Pasco County has no nudist beaches, but a variety of high-class resorts and campsites within its jurisdiction that can provide 24/7 naturism, with all mod-cons attached. Most of SL’s naturist locations are beach based. No surprise there, most of SL’s locations, of any description, are beach based. While some, Eden for example, would offer apartment styled living, homes would also tend to be of a beach-orientated nature. Step forward, Nude Haven.

Yeah, you can still find the beach, but it’s away from what is, currently, SL’s only urban naturist setting. Certainly, there have been that type of sim in the past. Rok- Rokutman Westinghouse, was a dab-hand at building Mediterranean styled villages with an authentically French feel, but with a sense of the build having its back to the sea. The water was there, the water-based activities were there, but the focus of attention was on the urban setting. Nude Haven has a somewhat similar feel. A wide town square, around which there are various town facilities. The church is in place, as are the fire station, a coffee shop, a supermarket and so forth.

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Harry’s latest model, Zingibro (it’s an Esperanto word for….ginger!) poses in Nude Haven’s town square.

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Zingibro takes the role of nude sales assistant in Nude Haven’s supermarket….

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…before she adopts the role of nude shopper, something I’ve not experienced since my first nudist holiday in Cap D’Agde, 20 years ago and before it all became a bit sordid.

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The town square in the evening. SLN’s photographers Harry and Diane discuss options for the photoshoot.

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Harry and Diane move off to a small park at the edge of the town square. The air is still and warm, perfect conditions for nude, 24/7 living.

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Going their separate ways, Diane opts to look at the apartments available for rent.

Nude Haven also has apartments for rent at the exceptionally affordable price of L$50 per week. Towards their beach there are also more expensive, but still very reasonably priced, beach apartments. If you’re a nudist on a budget, then naturist living is probably well within your budget with apartments thus priced!

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On my own visit (I’ve been over there a couple of times there to familiarise myself with the sim) I discovered this beautiful fountain! ‘Take a photo, take a photo’, I urged Harry. It reminds me of a very similar fountain that can be found in the grounds of the Vera Playa Club Hotel, in Spain, where I’ve also had my RL photograph taken.

So…who, exactly, is the Mayor of Nudehaven, overseeing this exciting development? The brains behind it is Halo Ewing, and I asked him for the philosophy applied to Nude Haven.

Halo Ewing: Ok brief history: I’d always taken a casual approach to nudism in SL. I’ve spent much of my time dancing naked at clubs or on beaches with no thought to the community of genuine SL naturists. Then I met someone who claimed to spend 90% of her time in SL naked and it opened my eyes to the commitment of the true naturist, someone that didn’t just strip off ‘for a laugh’ but believed 100% that that was the way she wanted to live her life. So I started looking around, thinking ‘where could you go’ or more specifically ‘where could you go and not be judged or come over as an exhibitionist?’

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Danika: Available at Nude Haven

Ella: There’s definitely a very well-defined community of SL naturists, and I think we’re lucky in that those attracted to naturism also happen to be terrific builders.

Halo Ewing: There are some amazingly beautiful places designed and built. I’m in awe of them! But nearly all of them are beach or forest or some magical glade. I was looking to be able to do day to day mundane RL stuff in the nude. How hard could it be? Well quite hard it seems. I figured if I was a RL naturist, I’d want to wake up, walk out of my home, stroll naked down the street, buy an newspaper and milk for my cereal, then maybe have a coffee in a local coffee shop. All completely naked.

Ella: So it was almost a case of you opening it up to realise your own SL dream?

Halo Ewing: I’d want to chat to like minded friends. I’d want to dance, shop and relax completely skyclad. Nowhere like that seemed to exist. So for the first time in my long SL life, I bought a sim to make it happen. None of this could have been done without my SL wife Beth, who has been beyond supportive. Plus I’ve had some great advice from some more experienced friends, Maryliese, Oomei, and Alabaster to name a few.

Ella: The value of good SL friends can’t be under-estimated. SL Naturist is also a group effort. Even though it’s me as editor seemingly steering it, it wouldn’t be possible without my friends. Did you have some grand scheme in mind when you decided to take on what looks like a large-scale project.

Halo Ewing: I played around with the name of the town, originally toying with things like Naked City but decided that sounded too harsh and frankly on a larger scale to what I ended up building. I’m not sure where the inspiration for Nude-Haven came from. It just sprang fully formed in my mind. To me it says community first and foremost. I wasn’t sure if my mad idea would appeal to others, so I’ve started with a Homestead Sim. Limited prims but cheaper on my wallet. The more successful we get (and by that I mean tenants and donations) the more likely I can move to a full sim and start putting in all the things I really want to see. But already we have 3 tenants on the block and I’m delighted that Danika have opened a store here too. For me Nude-Haven is a great concept. I only hope that I can bring my limited skills to it to make it the success it deserves to be. A naked town for people that want to live a relaxed, uninhibited, ignorance-free, lifestyle.

Ella: Oh, I think it has enormous appeal, and it’s one that SL Naturist will certainly throw our support behind. I wish you every success with the project!

Once I’d stopped my little tape-recorder (well, it’s digital, but you know what I mean 🙂 ) Halo told me to give a special mention to Beth, his SL partner, for her ‘valuable, emotional support. If I’m doing this for anyone, its for her’.

‘Maybe one day’, Halo concluded as we said our goodbyes, ‘Nude-Haven can be a massive 4 sim city. Thats my dream’.

In SL, the naturist community reflect the values of the RL naturist community. Open, friendly, good, valuable friends and there to support one another. I would urge the readership to visit Nude Haven, and give Halo support in realising his dream.

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While Diane went off to shoot the apartments, Harry took in one Nude Haven’s houses, also with exceptionally affordable rent of L$225 per week, furnished.

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Naturists seem attracted to flowers, in or out of SL. Here, Harry inspects a beautiful rose bush by an English-styled beach hut on Nude-Haven’s beach.

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It’s mid-day, mid-week, so the beach isn’t busy when Harry opts to top up his tan.

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Who should come online when Harry was doing the shoot? Our mutual SL friend, Justine. A keen RL naturist with the added advantage of ‘living the dream’ by being employed in the naturist industry, a job that seriously limits the amount of time available to her. If we can ever catch her online long enough (probably next winter!) I promise we’ll do an interview with and profile of Justine. Justine’s immediate reaction to Nude Haven (having been tp’ed by Harry) was of glee. ‘When the season is over and I’ve got more time for SL, I’m going to live here for the winter’, she said.

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Words by Ella. Photos by Harry Leistone and Diane Toxx. Models: Zingibro and Justine. Location: Nude Haven

The Book Cover Meme

While scouring the SL blogs, a regular occurrence -they sometimes inform what the content of this blog is going to be-  I discovered this blog entry at the Cozey Second Life blog, and thought that it was a terrific idea to design a book cover (based on a real or imagined book) related to SL. An astonishingly good idea, in fact!

There are numerous books available related to the topic of naturism, and we regularly do a ‘front cover’ to the copies of SLN magazine, but it never occurred to me to replicate book covers.

The meme, incidentally, also has a terrific flickr page.

And so I set our photographers, Diane and Harry, a challenge to create their very own book cover, based on one of the following naturist themed books available on Amazon (by default, the link is the Amazon UK site).

Going Bare

Nice Girls can be Nudists too

Being Naked

Naked Crow

101 Things to do Naked

(note, I’ve selected naturist themed books from their site, all available in Kindle editions, and all under ÂŁ3.00 in price -i.e. around $2.00. The challenge was to utilise the title, its artwork, or both, as a starting point for their photos, which had to be ‘finished’ with some text, and their own name as ‘author’. Just a bit of fun…so let’s see what they’ve come up with…)

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Harry says… ‘ Does anyone else remember the US TV series ‘Naked City‘? I have to confess my memory may be slightly flawed here, in that I recall it being shown on British television long after its original showing in the States. I took its famous closing narration, ‘there are eight million stories in the Naked City, and this has been one of them’ as my starting point, rather than the titles suggested by Ella. And that tag-line suggested film noir to me, so I tried to create a noirish cover. And I used a ‘typewriter’ font to give a sense of pulp fiction. (The genre, not the movie). I’m pretty pleased with the result, the first idea I had to realise. Of course, that’s not to say the first idea is always the best (but in my view it is in this instance), so I’ve added the initial raw photograph (below).

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Harry continues… ‘And then I tried to create an impression of that pulp novel being handed around amongst afficionados of the genre, and somewhere along the line it has suffered some coffee or water damage, with the cover ending up seriously stained. So the version below attempted to re-create that effect. In the end, though, the first version probably remains what I feel is the best version.’

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Diane avoided my suggested reading list too, to replicate a version of a real life book, The Perfumed Garden, a classic of Arabian erotic writing. You can read a copy (pdf file) here. The ‘perfumed garden’, incidentally, refers to a lady’s unhaved genital area!

I guess this book is, in some sense, a 15th century copy of the Kama Sutra.

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Both terrific ideas, guys, but when are you going to do one for one of my book list!!!! 🙂

Ella