New Plot

Corsica… It’s not Nautilus

It seems to me that we, mere residents of SL, don’t fare that well when it comes to owning land directly from the Lab. That’s particularly true if you’re a mainland latecomer (or newcomer, depending on personal’s perspective) interested in a sliver of coast, either for the creamy sands and plastic palm trees that trademark a prefab tropical paradise, or for the depths of the continuous sea and the challenges of the kraken-like sim borders. SL sailors looking for an ideal place, with mixed land and water with secured access to the sea –a perfect solution for anyone belonging to that group– fare the worst because there aren’t enough areas classified as protected waterfronts, bordering all-water regions belonging to the Linden Department of Public Works, that the members of the sailing community could settle in and be able to keep their favorite boats permanently rezzed and ready to go whenever a chance calls for it. That’s actually the best and probably the only guarantee that your sacred getaway won’t be accidentally blocked by a nice and caring neighbor, the sort of which loves to hide behind bulky walls that fake a privacy that doesn’t derive from such abominations (disabling the “Avatars on other parcels can see and chat with avatars on this parcel” –under the Options tab in About Land– offers a better solution, fyi), or feel the need to raise ban lines to control some local pest.

The real issue, though, is not the shortage of supply; it’s actually a matter of time. Huh? Yes: the time you have to notice a parcel has become available before one of those individuals or group of individuals –that takes exulting pleasure in monitoring the grid in search of every plot they can either exploit or sell for four times the price they pay for them– takes that chance away from you. Because they live for that, you know. And you, instead, have to go away all day to earn your living, and come back 14 hours after the map has graphically updated only to find the spoils of the day’s land exchange. By that time anything interesting has already been sold, and what is left is probably not worth what the seller is asking for.

Plane and boat house

I guess there’s no way to beat the real estate agents on that race because I’ve been unsuccessful in finding a plot that my limited economy could afford around Nautilus for three long months now. I’m beginning to think I will never have that chance (yes, I’m kind of pessimistic sometimes). Hence, I have had no other choice but to exile myself farther off the northern Nautilus reaches, in Corsica, where estate hunters become dehydrated like tiny maggots under a full midday sun. It’s either that, or they aren’t interested in that less romantic of continents. And that’s good, because it allows for parcels to become available for a fraction of Nautilus’ average prices, albeit only occasionally.

Here are a few shots of what I have managed to do on a recently acquired parcel lot in southern Corsica. The place has no name yet, but I will eventually come up with something, for sure (suggestions accepted too). It may be too cramped, I know. I’m still working on it.

LoonettaDock houseHumble dwelling

Little I know of Corsica, I admit. I don’t even know if there’s a yacht club somewhere up there. Somehow it doesn’t have the appeal or the abundant waterways of Nautilus, but at least my plot is “within reach” of the Blake Sea. I still have to time how long it takes to get there, but it’s doable on a reasonable time frame. As long as there is an open way between the two continents, I may be comfortable there. Or it will also give me more time to find a resting place in Nautilus (as I hope) in the not so distant future.

Apple Fall and The Loft industrial chairs

De-Looks

To the left, Apple Fall’s Tolix Inspired Industrial Chair, a rare gacha item from the current The Arcade September 2013 event. With luck, you can get it for 75L only (which is the base price) directly from the gacha machine. Right now, access to the Country Club sim is an act of pure luck too, so be ready to try, and try, and try until someone crashes and that fact lets you in, lol. If you prefer to look for it on the numerous Arcade related yard sales, prices seem to start at around 650L (the cheapest I’ve seen) and up to 2,000L, depending on avarice… I mean, on the lucky winner’s good will. Land impact is a nice 2LI, and it’s a non-copyable but transferable item. A single unit comes with 6 colors to choose from by way of a simple click.

To the right, there’s an army of The Loft’s Newcombe Stools, available at this month’s faMESHEd event. The set price for a single, copyable but non-transferable unit is 475L, with no luck involved, so if you want it, you only have to pay to get it. Land impact is twice that of Apple Fall’s, at 4LI, and if you wish different colors, be prepared to pay 475L for each, uff!

So which is best? I’d say, it depends on how lucky you are. I was fortunate enough to get 2 of Apple Fall chairs in my first few tries at the gacha machine (woot!), so that would be the way to go, but if you’re not that lucky and will go yard sale hopping, then maybe you should take a closer look at The Loft’s: you’ll save time and money. Though both chairs have a very similar (and quite nice) industrial look, I have to admit the rusty appeal of some of The Loft’s variety have a significant advantage over Apple Fall’s one (click the picture to enlarge it and have a better look). Yet, it’s only one color per chair…

Here are events’ slurls:

  • The Arcade – hype is going down so, it’s going to be easier to get in
  • FaMESHed – same as above

And here’s two collection of Arcade yard sales (slurls may coincide), and a shopping guide:

Ouchi-Ya House 6

A parcel that is no more

Today is the last day of my largest parcel (2912 sq.m.); tier will expire in a few hours (maybe even before I finish this post) and the land will revert to its pseudo-owner. From now on I’ll be trying to live in a smaller plot while I wait for a chance to get a decent waterfront parcel with direct access to the open seas in Nautilus… if ever that comes true. Anyway, here are a few shots of the soon-to-be former plot for the “family album”.

House

The house is #06 from Ouchi-Ya ++HY’s++, a small store and cafe based on Bay City. I’ve been a fan of their buildings for quite some time now since they design small structures with a low prim count. The buildings are mostly prim-based, though they have started to add mesh elements recently. In its original state, this one is basically a one-room, single floor house, but I modified it a little bit, and created four separate rooms to accommodate a living room, dining room, kitchen and full bathroom in the first floor, and a bedroom in an upper level.

Backyard

I wasn’t going to post these pictures since (1) they don’t include any new garden product, which is the main topic of this blog, (2) I’m hardly a decent interior decorator –not to be so rude with myself and say that I suck big time in that department–, and (3) I’ve been concentrating in other matters as to spend too much time on this subject, yet there are a few products worth pointing out, such as, in the picture above (from left to right):

  • Trompe L’oeil – Pallet chair (brown, with blanket)
  • Dysfunctional Designs – round garden bed with yellow flowers (group freebie)
  • PILOT – Potted plant shelves, Garden tools & Garden supplies
  • MudHoney – Standing pillows
  • Cheeky Pea – Sara picnic basket (spring)
  • Tatty Soup – Lowe rug (plum; Tatty Soup is no more, but you can find this designer’s stuff at her new store, Junk)
  • Alouette – Homemade tent (I think this was a Lazy Sunday release, but it’s on her store at regular price)

Bathroom

And here we have the most “unnatural” thing in SL: a bathroom (unless it’s for cybersex of course), but I love both that toilet and the shower, so why not put them out of my inventory? The toilet in particular, with all that decoration, is just 2 LI, so now you know why it’s a must show.

  • Dutchie – Vintage copper shower, bathrobe (white, modified to look blue-grey), classic medicine cabinet & bathroom mat
  • LAQ Decor ~ Toilet (white)
  • bitter vanilla – Disinfection bowl

Bedroom up

This is how the house interior looks like, with the improvised second level and bedroom.

LISP Summerhouse

And this is part of the”backyard”, with LISP’s Persimmon Summerhouse and Cheeky Pea’s Deconstructed chairs dominating the scene. Other elements:

  • Cheeky Pea – Bowl planter, Deconstructed side table, Ansel wall art frames & Ansel console table
  • MudHoney – Melissa drink tray
  • The Loft – Wagon table (bleached)
  • Culprit – Heirloom rug
  • Trompe L’oeil – Steampunk lamp (gacha)
  • M&M Deco – Calathea #3
  • 22769 ~ [bauwerk] – Fabric lamp (ceiling mounting)
  • what next – Vintage poster (Libraire) & Row of books
  • keke – Summer bottle
  • MonkeyWorks – Potted plant
  • Anaconda S – Pot plant #7
  • LISP – Ygritte reclaimed divider (natural mirror, modded to add transparency effect)
  • Tartessos Arts – Panorama telescope

If I were normal like most people, I would keep this house and plot for a long time. But no, I couldn’t stay in the same plot for more than three months… The hell!