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Last of the Summer Wine

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Well I can’t give up on summer just yet!  So here’s a secluded hideaway that looks like a brick wall from the outside but once you’re in there, it’s practically another room!  This is the “Garden Hideaway” gacha by Duvet Day and it’s currently at the Cosmopolitan Event.

While I’m away getting more pies and rounding up the rest of the family, the animals and birds have taken over – as usual!  That pup is either barking at the pheasant or about to take a leap straight onto the table after the apple pie, the hen pheasant has her eye on the stray apples and the robin is searching the plant pots in case there’s any unwary worms or insects. Chaos will ensue any minute now 🙂

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Here’s the Home & Garden products I used in detail:-

Duvet Day – “Garden Hideaway” gacha, currently at the Cosmopolitan Event
[DD] Garden Hideaway pots – LI 2
[DD] Garden Hideaway bench with blanket – LI 6 – 3 textures each for pillow and blanket – 4 cuddles
[DD] Garden Hideaway bench plain – LI 4 – 4 cuddles
[DD] Garden Hideaway lantern – LI 2 – on/off/dim
[DD] Garden Hideaway table – LI 2
[DD] Garden Hideaway fountain – LI 4
[DD] Garden Hideaway brick walls – RARE – LI 12 – static door
[DD] Garden Hideaway white walls – RARE – LI 12 – static door

eTNIA – Old Tomato Bowl – LI 1
8f8 – primavera in Toscana gacha – Clay Pots (by wall)

Feather & Nest – GPg – Upside Down Pots

Jian Hillside Orchard :: Apple Bucket (Full)
Jian Hillside Orchard :: Apple Bucket (Spilled)
Jian Hillside Orchard :: Apple Tree (High LOD)

The Little Branch – Magnolia Tree {Animated} – blossom just showing
Babylonia: Hanging Ivy Set – piece 005a
Shutter Field – sf vintner tray – wine and cheese
{what next} – Country Kitchen Apple Pie
{what next} – Palma Set – Stack of Books

[ zerkalo ] – Summer Day gacha – Napkin

[Tia] Olivia Kitchen – Plates Small
La Galleria – Lavender Vintage Heart Pillow
Apple Fall Fig & Blackberry Cake
Apple Fall – Martins’ Busker Guitar
-Mint- Apples & Candles bucket

Animals & Birds:-
JIAN – Playful Pibbles gacha – 4. Red Companion Pup

TLC Home Collection – Robin (from Song Birds Collection 1)
TLC Home Collection – Male Pheasant & Female light feather Pheasant

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Posh Parakeets

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These little parakeets think they are Posh with a capital ‘P’  as they hang out at the Manor! Of course they reckon the owner has put in the handy fencing and water feature especially for them so they can take their morning bath and dry off afterwards 🙂

Featuring the “Manor Fence Set” by unKindness (my new Sponsor – yaaaay!!), currently at the August round of FaMESHed.  This lovely set has Materials enabled to great effect, the slightly rusty railings, shiny fleur-de-lis decoration and weathered stone pillars are a delight.

HEXtraordinary have created the parakeets from their gacha “Parakeet Pals”, and that’s currently at the Gacha Garden Event.  If you ask me, they look like budgerigars so if you’re in my part of the country, we call those spugs. Anyway, there’s lots of differently coloured spugs in the gacha plus a nice cage for them or else they have a posh twig stand to sit on.  Those are Rares and I didn’t get anything to speak of expect for lots and lots of spugs. However, as you can see they would much rather be outside! It is extreme cuteness the way they flap their wings during the animation cycle. In the picture above, the snowy one was flapping at the time having just taken a dip in the “Soothing Fountain” by .peaches. (Deco(c)rate) and it’s anything but Zen with all the tweeting, flapping and squawking when one of them has spent too long in the bathing bowls.

Here’s the scene repeated in a warmer Windlight setting.  That beautiful tree is by Little Branch and it’s a sweet chestnut, that was also in the Deco(c)rate subscription box which is well worth getting, even at the non-discounted price.

I think the owner of the Manor needs to mow the lawn soon, it’s a weekend gardening job 🙂

 

Here’s the Home & Garden products I used in detail:-

unKindness – Manor Fence Set, currently at August FaMESHed Event
uK – Manor Fence Lamp Stone Base – LI 2
uK – Manor Fence Railing – LI 1
uK – Manor Fence End Stone Base – LI 1
(also in pack – Manor Fence End Destroyed Base and Manor Fence Lamp Destroyed Base)

.peaches. – Soothing Fountain – LI 5
Little Branch – Sweet Chestnut – LI 7 {Seasons}*Animated
Deco(c)rate – “Now and Zen” August edition

Apple Fall –  Hardwick Manor (512) – LI 345

TMG – Red Flower Grass – dense – LI 1
TMG – Purple Flower Grass – dense – LI 1
Two Moon Gardens – free gifts!

Platform created with Vita’s Ground Textures – Mossy Tiles
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/55344

HEXtraordinary – Parakeet Pals gacha – 3 LI each, currently at the Gacha Garden

 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Home & Garden Expo 2017 – Breedables

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Well, I promised you cuteness today and lots of it!

For this post, I’m covering the Breedables on Hope 4. Breedables are Pets that are interactive, loveable (usually!) and also have babies. There’s generally a huge and lucrative market for sellers of baby boxes – whatever Breedable they may be – as the folks who breed them uncover new traits and special editions. That’s what makes the Breedables such fun. Not only do you get a delightful pet or two but you can also do things with them. Some of the Breedables can be ridden and raced – such as the horses. Most Breedables require food and other needs such as vitamins and medicine occasionally, these have to be purchased and the costs taken into consideration if you decide to go in for breeding. Please check your land rules to see if Breedables are allowed, sometimes they are not due to the scripting. However, there’s a big “awwws!” factor to them all and also more than a little bit of addiction. Look out for Groups associated with various Breedables, they are a big help when you’re first starting off and you’ll make lots of friends, too.

Hope 4 is sponsored by the Wonderful World of Meeroos. These adorable little chaps have been going for quite a while in Second Life® and they were amongst the first of the Breedables. They have a mythology, many breed lines and quite a lot of associated décor, for instance Meeroo homes (called Stumps because they were originally tree stumps). Meeroo donation items include a number of ribbons in different colours which will house various numbers of Meeroos. That means the little chaps won’t run off but will be contained within a preset radius on your land. Meeroos have really gone all out with the ribbons and if you visit their stand on Hope 4 you’ll see that each colour of ribbon raises awareness of different types of cancer. Other donation items are the revolving World Statue and the Meeroos Bookshelf.

Direct landmark to – Meeroos

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oYo Breedables have all sorts of cute animals that are both interactive and have babies. I spoke to Furget of oYo Breedables, I was lucky enough to catch her this morning when I went over to Hope 4 to take more photos. oYo’s donation items are the Fuzzies. They are cute little gremlin like creatures who can talk and do things. They have all sorts of toys that they will play with, for example there’s an interactive piano. They will jump around and some will even sit on your shoulder. The special edition mini elephants can be found as the gacha item. You’ll find that oYo also have Breedables like elephants, dogs, wildcats, pigs and dodos – yes, dodos! Their newest venture are the horses which are still in the Beta stage but will be released very soon. The Clydesdale and Shetland are the newest ones and the Arabians have been recently updated in all their splendour. These are beautifully realistic horses and amongst the nicest SL horses I’ve seen. They will also race and you can train them to go faster – great fun! Here are some of the baby boxes you’ll get when you buy those starter packs.

Direct landmark to – oYo Breedables

 

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Stray Cats Breedable specialise in the cutest of kitties and have various breeds including Siamese, Bengals and Tabbies as well as some very exotic looking furs. You’ll find a gacha of these which will randomly give you a little boy or girl kitten which you can then birth and coo over. Check out the cats that are rezzed around the Stray Cats stand and see if you can resist!

Direct landmark to – Stray Cats Breedable

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For more information on the Relay for Life Home & Garden Expo 2017 with SLurls to all the 9 sims please check out – HERE.

That’s all for today, I’ll be back next time with some interior design items from Hope 4. So until then…

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Woof!

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It was a lovely sunny day so I decided to go for a walk in the park. Coming to the end of my exercise where I usually collapse onto one of the seats, I spotted this building at the end of the promenade. Well, what have we got here?

A little bit closer and I see it’s a Pet Shop! How cute and how typical that some of the puppies have already escaped. They are a right handful 🙂

You can get pet toys and pet inspired furniture and décor here. There’s even a shower for dirty dogs! How very useful but I bet they don’t think so.

You buy anything you like, as long as it’s dog related!

Listen to the radio while drinking your water! Relax in the sunshine afterwards.

I don’t know what the collective name for Dalmatians is,  except maybe “trouble” 🙂

Live, Love and don’t forget to… BARK!

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I didn’t use all the pieces of the two gacha here so have included keys for them both.  They are at the current run of the Cosmopolitan Event which started on April 24th.

KraftWork – Pet Shop Toys gacha

TLC Home Collection – Animated Dogs gacha

 

Here’s the rest of the Home & Garden items I used :

1 KraftWork The Soap Collection Shop Scale RARE v2
1 KraftWork Vintage Bakelite Radio
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Cheeky Pea – NorthHaven Planter – LI 1 – now at UBER

ARIA – Nouvel Potted Leafy Plant – mainstore
ARIA – Nouvel Potted Fern
Mutresse-Thirsty-Dalmatian Puppies gacha
The Square in the Center – Maya’s Architecture – LI 36

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Swanery

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I have some new additions to my menagerie – the Swan Family!  They are well spoiled, having their own “Enchanted Swans” lake.  So while I was cuddling the only cygnet in the world that doesn’t like water, I took some photos to show you.

All by TLC Home Collection, the lake is gorgeous and quite large at 20 by 15 metres. It does contain quite a lot though. As well as the lake, there is manicured lawns all around, pots of lavender and petunia, a nice two person seat in one corner and pink camellia (or they could be rambling roses) wrapping themselves around the architecture.  Two sides of the perimeter is walled with balustrade effect and two archways to enter with stone steps up to the lake.  You could put the lake on one side of a garden and allow the rest of the garden to be seen from the non-walled sides.  It’s just idyllic.

 

The “Swan Family” contains – a swan on nest with cygnets, swimming swan, swimming cygnet and swimming swan carrying cygnets on her/his back.  Now you can rez these and they will stand still for photographs *laughs* but you can also set them to swim within a certain square and also you can assign cygnets to particular swans by numbers.  The cygnets will then swim alongside their parent swan. It’s so cute! Instructions are included and it’s not difficult because even I could do it. Here are my swans actually swimming in formation for once.

 

This little chap likes sunbathing and who can blame him? Look at the detail on that stone wall and the camellias wrapped around that balustrade.  It’s really fine work.

 

Home & Garden items used:-

Outside the build –
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] The Relaxing Tree – LI 11 – C/M – altered to spread around the grass
available at mainstore
HEART – WildFlowers – Petunias – White – D8
TLC Home Collection – nesting Swan with cygnets – LI 5 C/M

Inside the build – 

TLC –  ‘Enchanted Swans’ – LI 57 – size is 15 by 20 metres

TLC –  cygnets riding on back – LI 5
TLC  – Cygnet Swimming – 1 LI
TLC –  Swan Swimming Adult – 4 LI

22769 – Muted Relaxing Rug – LI 6 – From Little Piece of Heaven set at Shiny Shabby until April 15th, then back at mainstore

The Little Branch – WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field} – LI 7

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

PandaMonium

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Of course, I should never have left the Tea House doors open. When I get back from some gardening what do I find? PandaMonium! There’s even one of the beeping creatures playing the lute! Now… how to get them out. Hmmm, any ideas?

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All naughty pandas from │T│L│C│ Home Collection‘s “Panda Grove” at the Cosmopolitan Event, until February 11th, then at the mainstore. This is animated scenery with adult pandas at 3 LI each and cubs at 1 LI each. You also get stone and mesh bamboo pieces. There’s 3 variants of the pandas and also separate pieces, all Copy/Modify.

Trompe Loeil – Ikoi Tea House – LI 94 – this is a big prefab, I was only using around a quarter of the floorspace. Please do check it out at the mainstore.

::Newchurch::  – Zhang Set (in Rosewood and also available in Light Teak) – this is a really beautifully made set with lots of detail.
:: N :: Zhang Armchair, Rosewood – LI 3 – 16 sits for male, 16 sits for female
:: N :: Goddess of Mercy – LI 1  and :: N :: Zhang Console Table, Rosewood – LI  All pieces are Copy/Modify which means you can even tint them. The decorative statuette is of the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin, She is described as the one who perceives the sounds of the world.

RH Design House – the most wonderful place for all H&G Japanese items, lots are in gacha, others can be bought from vendors.

Kuruwa Set – Futon, Zabuton, rug, bedside light, armrest, mirror, make-up set, long candle, Kimono rack, Kiseru set, Goban
Biwa – Japanese Lute

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival – Home & Garden 2

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Post 2 for The Spoonful of Sugar Festival which is on now and runs to September 25th.

All monies will be going to the American office of Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), an international organization that provides emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care regardless of politics, religion or other affiliations.

Today, we’ll be looking at landscaping designs and full gardens from Two Moon Gardens and a gorgeous Songbird Collection from TLC Home Collection.

As Autumn draws near, it’s a great opportunity to landscape your garden in seasonal colours, flowers and landscaping.  Two Moon Gardens have released “Overgrown Glory – Autumn 1”, a stunning complete garden which you just rez on a suitably sized piece of land. Overgrown is 20 by 20 metres and 94 LI in all. It’s very beautiful and when you sit on the bench and look around at the trees, plants and hard landscaping you’re enthralled!

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There’s a central paved area onto which autumn leaves drop down, and this is surrounded by water features of fountains and troughs, a jolly good outdoor fireplace for those colder days and a bench from which you can laze and contemplate.

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Further outwards, there is a plethora of flowers just on the point of going over from the summer growth, or else spreading like mad as flowers do when you don’t curtail their activities! Then on the periphery, there are three magnificent trees in Autumn leaf with shrubs at the side. Just beautiful.  Also included in the set are a couple of extras – Sunny Days Nature sounds and Water Sounds (touch on and off). The bench has 5 sits female, 2 sits male, couples 7 cuddles. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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Also from Two Moon Gardens is the “Water Pump Patch”. A stand alone landscaping piece that can be easily incorporated into your garden, the pump has a Land Impact of 14. Flowing animated water rushes from the rusty iron pump down into a couple of collecting pools.

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There’s clusters of flowers around the pools and cute animated butterflies sort out nectar. You get extra water sounds that can be turned on and off at a click. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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No garden is complete without songbirds!  TLC Home have an absolutely enchanting set of animated, singing birdies. There’s a robin, a starling and a blue tit. They can be separate or rezzed with all three of them on a single branch.

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The volume of the singing can be controlled simply. Here’s the birds in close-up. They are 1 Land Impact each, the branch is another 2 LI, so you can have many of these in a garden, all singing away merrily.

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Last, but definitely not least, is a magnificent landscaping garden from Two Moon Gardens and this is called, “Graceful Falls – Autumn”. It is big – 45m by 50m – but well worth the 186 prims. Just look what you get!

The entrance is via stone steps (side grass bank included) which lead up to the central section. There are four water features surrounding a paved area, pillar vases of autumn flowers decorate the scene.

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The water is flowing and animated, sparkling and beautiful. It makes the whole garden spectacular. At the back of the garden there’s a smart stone wall with feature trellis that sports a central archway and this is festooned with ivy and autumn flowers to match the central pillar vases.

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Around the edges, there are stone terraces, with occasional flower troughs, shrubs with grating containers and a welcome bench from which to view all the finery. Graceful Falls – Autumn would not only make a fantastic central feature for a park or large gardens but I think it could also be the scene of special occasions such as weddings and christenings. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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To view all these amazing Home & Garden designs visit…

SOS Festival Home & Garden sim – TAXI

For other sims please start here – SOS Festival Main starter Landmark – TAXI

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂