While half the world is waiting for winter to really come –that’s the southern hemisphere, not the other half watching TV– northerners are heading for that time of the year when they pilgrimage to the sea, to let the –probably most contaminated– waters of the coast, mixed with plankton, petroleum derivatives and fellow human urine (plus the occasional imperceptible jellyfish), splash on their faces, while they pretend they are alone in a secluded or idyllic island instead of on a strip of land so crowded with so many people they are hardly able to walk around without stumbling upon somebody’s extremities (if that wasn’t their plan to start with). Sighs… that’s what we called summer.
The new sets of waterfront cottages (three in total) and the build-your-own dock & pier kit from What Next will add that summer’s touch wherever you drop them. Yes, every year you see a look-alike product from a different content creator, such as last year’s fri.home shacks and cabanas, or Barnesworth Anubis (a.k.a. [ba]) Seaside pier/boardwalk/dock kit, but I think these new ones are “cute-er” than those. It’s a matter of personal preference actually, not of craftsmanship, so you can go for whatever you want, or even mix them as you see fit. In the case of What Next’s recent releases, both are available at this year’s The Home Show 2014 event. What? Am I sure? Oh yes, they did show up from day one, unlike other –supposedly– participating stores that three weeks later are still fluttering their “coming soon” banners, as if that would keep visitors’ and prospective buyers’ expectations up (that could be the organizers’ idea instead, but well, to each his/her own). If, for whatever reason you don’t want to go to the event (it’s pretty empty, so you won’t have trouble getting in), you can buy the pier kit from the SL marketplace or inworld store and wait until the event is over to get the cottages (they are event exclusives right now).
Another event suffering from work overload (or lack of commitment, whatever the cause) is this month’s Liaison Collaborative’s The Garden, from where I got this nice Ispachi The Odyssey set. It comes with two wooden chairs, a texture changeable table (the default texture shown), a radio (mostly hidden from view in this picture, set over two texture changeable books), a yummy vineyard platter, and a cutting board with some bread and butter. You can also buy the items separately –like, say, you want to toss that… radio into the ocean– but I preferred to get them all. The Pancake breakfast (a gift available in store) is also a nice complement to this set, so go grab it right now.
Some extras in the pictures: ReneMarine’s small Clever yacht (excellent for cruising SL water expanses), Animania‘s standing (and noisy) brown pelican –waiting for a chance to steal the munchies– and What Next’s Waterfront street lights, one of which is sporting a “Beach” sign.