Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Longing Melody

By Gemma Cleanslate

Autumn is my favorite season of the year not only in Second Life but in real-life. It is cooler, the sounds are different than any other season. Birds migrate at night so fill the sky with chirps as they navigate and are quiet resting during the day or looking for food to sustain their long journey. Those that are usually solitary join up in bands for protection. Many change their color also for safety. Hawks circle above looking for food and sit on wires or poles watching for prey. Insects become fewer as do mice and other varmints. The days rustle with sound as leaf by leaf fall down to the ground, or bustle with the wind blowing many down at a time. Storms seem wilder and more sudden.

Since I was writing about all those shops with Halloween and autumn decorations I decided to go traveling to some regions where autumn was taking place. I found one that I really enjoyed touring. Longing Melody was a quiet respite from the busy shopping places. It was fun to walk and explore various sites. It is part of the Nature Collective but one I had not visited before.

The arrival area gives one the choice of walking a path or taking a boat ride. I decided to walk first and boat later. Every step brought an autumn adventure. The trees were turning their beautiful shades of amber crimson, red and gold as were the grasses and shrubs. Bring an umbrella for sudden downpours. I spotted a seal close to the shore.

They have delicious apples of many varieties here from their orchard. Near by the apple stand there are animals looking hopeful to get a treat. A small playground is close too. Across the water one can see the mist rising from the other island. There is so many lovely paths to explore on the lands. Go visit and enjoy the nature of autumn in all its splendor.

There is one house there that seems to be haunted. I caught a glimpse of a ghost or two. It is not far from the entrance area.

I heard that fall had come to the Nature collective land so I went over to see what had happened there. The leaves have turned to red and gold and are falling as you walk down Cornelia street. I stopped for a cup of coffee and a sweet before I left.

They are getting ready for the October hunt at members' places. There is a special Golden Pumpkin involved!  Stop over to get information and walk along the road to the Gateway.

Gemma Cleanslate

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

More Halloween Places

By Gemma Cleanslate

I have been looking around some more at the sites that have Halloween shopping going on.
A visit to Wonderland Beach, home of Ali & Ali Hair, I found a wonderful array of little shops filled with all kinds of goodies including clothing, jewelry, decorations, small buildings, autumn trees and more. It is fun to run in and out of the tiny shops seeing what they offer. Skeleton band was playing on one corner.

In one corner to the right of Ali’s store there is a parcel filled with very distinctive outside décor by GreyEnergy Resident. I was impressed with the art, textures and coloring of the pieces. Do not miss that area when you visit. Many articles tempted me, but I have no place to put them.

Another place I love to visit for this holiday and others is Snuggles. They have wonderful skeletons in allsorts of positions. House skeletons are located inside the shop so go inside to check them out. Floating, roaming skeletons, one on the toilet. LOL clever saying, “when it is time to go it is time to go”. I loved the skeleton avatar with its own AO. I might be tempted. Floating demons and witches also roamed around the outer area.

Over at Halloween Delights that has been here since 2006 there are a myriad of animesh ghouls, and other creatures. I love the way the place is set up. There are neat outdoor sections labeled for your convenience letting you know exactly what to expect in that area. They have over 400 costumes for male and female for your individual taste and good prices too.

The shop is loaded also with animated monsters, zombies and “all things scary as they advertise.
Many autumn decorations are around inside and outside.

Skeleton House Halloween store is truly a place not to miss if you want to see more skeletons, musicals, dancing, card playing, and all sorts. If you like skeletons in boats or on rafts you will find them. They seem to love upside down creatures here too. I am not sure I have seen so many of those animesh anywhere. Zombies reign here too. Create your own enchanted forest from a sale of one here or get your own Halloween train.

Gemma Cleanslate

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Early Halloween Happenings

By Gemma Cleanslate

Are you ready? I should not have been surprised when the Bellisseria Citizen chat turned to Halloween but I was. It had not occurred to me that it was that time again to start preparing houses and properties and regions for the big holiday. In sl so many love to decorate and call this their favorite holiday. Shops have opened up and are selling all kinds of autumn and Halloween décor, and giving some away.

Pumpkins go with both so they are very popular . The first place I visited was recommended by Tamarind Silverfall . I arrived at Love Autumn and Halloween amongst the graves. I walked around and found there is an entire creepy circus set up with many scenes for sale. There is also much autumn décor that fits both autumn and halloween. One can buy a whole village! One thing I have never seen before were stages for Halloween parties. Walk around and see the myriad scenes for sale.

In the spooky store I found a Halloween tree!

I checked my list and sure enough one of my favorite places, Dench Designs has the Halloween store open! I flew over there to see what was going on and as usual the second floor has wonderful freebies and the huge bargain corner is open with so may pieces of décor for only 5L .I found some disappearing ghosts for a very low price and got them.

The famous wearable animesh dancers are out to try and buy. They are so much fun. My friend Xia came by with her mouth open at the great bargains to be had for her favorite holiday. She brought more friends over to shop . I will have to take out a bit of furniture at home to put them out.

Khargo is also ready to serve your spooky needs for your home, club, region. Many seating outdoor scenes are available here too. Check out the indoor shop for loads of little additions for a Halloween home.

I found more freebies over at Coco’s on Refugio. At this shop you can find entire rooms for your home.
I have a hard time resisting knick-knacks and almost gave in to a few but controlled myself. I have so many places to visit! Well, I can always come back….
 Gemma Cleanslate