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Underneath the Mango Tree

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“Underneath the Mango Tree
Me honey and me can watch for the moon
Underneath the Mango Tree
Me honey and me make boolooloop soon” ~ Cibelle

I remember this song from the James Bond film, Dr No.  It was ‘sung’ by Honey Rider when she emerged dripping from the sea  in what was a very racy bikini for those days. She’d been hunting for shells and pearls. Whenever I see or hear of a mango tree, this daft song comes into my head – go figure 🙂

The scene features a new beach hut by Galland Homes which is very versatile because you could put it facing the sea like the above or further up on the land proper.  There’s plenty of room to furnish the inner room and also down on the deck which I’m using as a mini pontoon here.

The trees are by Little Branch.  The Avocado and the Mango.  I’ve included some close-up shots of these because they are so wonderfully made with plenty of leafy branches and fruits in the spring/summer versions.

 

 

 

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

Galland Homes – Caribbean Hut, currently at FaMESHed
Land Impact is 25 with Permissions of Copy/Modify

Little Branch
Mango Tree, currently at FaMESHed
Default size of LI 7 for V1 and LI 12 for V2 – spring and winter

Avocado Tree, currently at The Mens Dept
Default size of LI 7 – winter, spring, summer and fall
Fluffy Grass {Mesh} – LI 10 for huge patch

TLC Home Collection – from Peacock Family (also in white variety)
TLC Male Peacock Tail Up* – LI 2
TLC Peacock Female* – LI 1

Storax Tree – Group discounts to only L$20
Tropics Med Patio Chair Right Ap – LI 13 – Transfer/Resizer

Bird of Paradise – Large – Mesh Plants by Reid Parkin

{XO} FullPermDock-Boat – {XO} by Saera Ellisson

Here’s hoping your weekend’s a good one!  Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

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Merry-go-Round

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Roundabouts are the stuff of childhood memories, maybe you rode one at the local fair or you found one in a nearby playground and made a beeline for it! I think adults love these just as much as children and there’s no shame in beating the kids to your favourite brightly painted horse. Of course you need candy floss to make the experience complete 🙂

Raindale‘s Windridge gazebo is just right to house our merry-go-round, and it’s available at the current Cosmopolitan Event round. You can rez it with or without the string lights but it’s so nice to have those lights twinkling about you. There’s a texture changer for the tiled roof and I used the blue one to match Culprit’s beautiful Vintage Carousel. There’s a couple of texture versions for this – one is a delicate blue and white combo and the other is a more robust red. The carousel rotates at a reasonable rate, at least it doesn’t make the riders feel giddy. There’s a variety of different pose choices for the riders including Drunk, Huggy, Near Fall, Wave and Gallop. Great fun!

All around I’ve been using Little Branch‘s current trees and vegetation. The orange tree is out at the store and the Young Bradford is at Limit8 – hurry if you want this as supplies are limited. These trees are gently animated and the branches move as if in a light breeze. It’s so nice to have that natural movement within your landscaping scenes as it gives gardens, parks and landscapes life. They are both 4-Season trees which make them versatile – it’s like you purchased four trees in one pack. I also used Wild Grass in lavender (you can also get the same in dry texture), animated Snakeweed, a white, rounded Flowerfield (a Little Branch speciality) and a low impact hill over and over again to build up the scene. Doesn’t take much to look really fabulous.

In the foreground are Serenity Style‘s Purr Cute Ducks which are a gacha. My favourite is the one sitting down.  Now this gacha was from December 2017 PocketGacha originally, and there are some of these as resellers on Marketplace (I just had a look) or check out the mainstore.

Last but not least, are the Magical Orbs by KraftWork and HERA. This is a collaboration between the two designers, and currently showing at SaNaRae. The orbs are a photo prop which is meant to be held but I’ve rezzed it here. Each prop will include 3 different Bento poses to make your photography stand out in a realistic way. Emissive maps are enabled for superior photographic effects. They do look gorgeous! I was using the Gold version as it had little blue butterflies that matched the horses in the merry-go-round.  These things happen like magic – it’s a magical scene, after all 🙂

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

KraftWork + HERA Magical Orbs – Gold Pose 1 – LI 53 (meant to be held)
Pick up a pack as well as individually at the current SaNaRae Event.

 

Serenity Style– Purr Cute Ducks- Sitting – LI 1
Serenity Style- Purr Cute Ducks- Mum & Kids RARE – LI 1
Serenity Style- Purr Cute Ducks- Standing – LI 1
Serenity Style- Purr Cute Ducks- Babie Standing – LI 1

Culprit – Vintage Carousel – Snow and Red versions – LI 47

Raindale, currently at the Cosmopolitan Event
Windridge Gazebo and optional string lights – Land Impact 14-21 depending on the version used. Permissions are Copy/Modify. Texture changer – 6 roof tiles options. Regular and Winter versions with snow.

Little Branch
Young BradFord {Animated} *4-Seasons – LI 7 – at Limit8 Event
For the following, visit Little Branch Mainstore
Orange Tree V2 {Animated} *4-Seasons – LI 5
White Flowers 1 {Rounded-Field} – LI 7
Wild Grass *1 LI {Lavender} – LI 1
Hill-v1 {Low LI} – LI 1
Snakeweed {Animated} – LI 3

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Pray

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“To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.” – Billy Graham

Well you better go say your prayers if you’ve been drinking all that beer!

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

unKindness products:-
uK – Little Oasis – Rock Shelf Brown – from gacha at the mainstore
uK- In the Bayou – Cypress Stump – LI 1 – from gacha at the mainstore

uK – End Times Billboard Photo Prop – 5 Land Impact @ Man Cave Event
Two versions with different billboard textures – Beer and Gas & Oil

uK – Shanty Church Gacha – @ The Gacha Guardians
Rare ~
uK – Shanty Church House Building RARE – LI 42
Gift of the Guardians ~
uK – Shanty Church Pray Billboard – LI 10 – this is the Copy/Modify piece
Commons ~
uK – Shanty Church gacha – Fence Left – LI 2 (Also right fence available)
uK – Shanty Church gacha – Fence Double – LI 2
uK – Shanty Church gacha – Hymn Board – LI 1
uK – Shanty Church Bench – seats 2 people – LI 4. Has 3 poses – M/F sits and 1 standing prayer pose
uK – Shanty Church Podium – sits 1 – Has 3 poses – LI 1
uK – Shanty Church – Long Signs – LI 1 (Old Signs also available)
uK – Shanty Church – Book Pile – LI 5

Little Branch – Giant Beech @ Sense Event
LB – Giant Beech {Animated} 4 Seasons – LI 19 at default size
This is a big, beautiful tree that is subtly animated and absolutely huge! It can be modified with ease. The animation is a gentle movement of the branches. It is also a four season tree and I had it on the Fall Season.

Dysfunctionality – [DDD] Swaying Leafy Bush – Corner and [DDD] Swaying Leafy Bush – Fat – 1 Land Impact each – I used the Browning and Muted textures

JIAN – “Scruffy Shepherds gacha” 14. Sleepy Adult – static décor piece – 1 LI

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Ragnar does the Great Viking Bake Off

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Ragnar’s been watching way too much television lately, especially the Bake Off competition series which in his case should really be banned.  This is his idea of a darn good feast and it’s held in Odin’s Hall by unKindness who so thoughtfully provided Ragnar with his ideal home.  There’s been lots of blogging pictures of the outside of this Hall and it really is magnificent with prizes of scenery and landscaping as well as the building and contents.  So here’s  picture of the inside of said Hall.  Gorgeous isn’t it? Click on the above picture for a huge version – a bit like Ragnar’s axe 🙂

The other unKindness gacha I’m featuring today is the La Confiserie gacha, and I’ve rarely seen such an amount of yummy cakes and display cases.  I’m sure Ragnar could have gone mad on the products but he wanted to make sure the extra deer got baked as well.

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

unKindness– 2 sets


“Odin’s Hall” – currently at Lootbox ends January 20th
uK – Odin’s Hall Drinking Horn 1 and 2 versions
uK – Odin’s Hall Feast Table
uK – Odin’s Hall Fire Pit (spit roast is my build)
uK – Odin’s Hall Gold Shield Throne – naturally Ragner has a gold throne!
uK – Odin’s Hall Gold Cloud
uK – Odin’s Hall Long House RARE – LI 33

“La Confiserie” – mainstore gacha
uK – La confiserie With Love Board
uK – La confiserie Happiness Board
uK – La confiserie Life is Board
uK – La confiserie Trio Box Stacked
uK – La confiserie Donut Display w/Goodies RARE
uK – La confiserie Donut Plate Icing
uK – La confiserie Trio Box w/ Goodies
uK – La confiserie Choco Tower Cake RARE
uK – La confiserie Unicorn Macaroons RARE
uK – La confiserie Lollipop Cake
uK – La confiserie Cupcake Birthday
uK – La confiserie Candy Apples Gold
uK – La confiserie Candy Apples Blue
uK – La confiserie Donut Plate Sprinkles
uK – La confiserie Apple cup Orange
uK – La confiserie Apple cup Purple
uK – La confiserie Apple cup Yellow

[ zerkalo ] – from “Coffee on the Porch” gacha – Dishes – LI 3

Little Branch – Lemonade Promenade – LI 25 at that size – beautiful tree that includes extra plants around the base. This tree has both tiny lemon flowers and the lemon fruits and lends itself to both indoor (conservatories and sun houses) and outdoor use.

The Mustard Seed – lazy lemonade dispenser_lilac – LI 1 (part of a set)

Baltic – Viking Axe (old piece)

JIAN
JIAN Fallow Doe Static – Blink – from Fallow Deer Set (mainstore)
JIAN Dashing Dalmatians 15. Held Pup Liver – at Epiphany gacha Event

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Branching Out

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I took a visit out to the Little Branch mainstore and sim today, took loads of photographs and really enjoyed the afternoon wandering around. Little Branch specialises in beautiful trees, shrubs, plants and flower fields from all over the world. They are realistically textured and faithfully reproduced virtually.

The new mainstore opened in December 2017, but it’s much more than a place to sell wares, it’s a whole sim that’s been decorated both for photography and for the sheer enjoyment of the natural world.

You land in the main shopping area which is on an island in the middle of a lake with hills rising in the background. Plenty of room in the warehouses, they’re styled exactly like a good Garden Centre would be, there’s even trucks waiting to transport your purchases to your car! I really appreciated all the detail. You have the possibility to check out the trees close-up away from the landscape outside and I think this helps with seeing exactly what you’re getting.

The detail is very good, Little Branch always says that their trees are realistically textured but if you look closely at the actual product you’ll see all the finer details that words cannot convey. For instance, with the Lemonade Promenade tree you not only get lemons but also the tiny white flowers and the beautiful blue-green leaves, it’s so well observed.

Here is a close-up of the trunk of a KingKo Tree V2. Ivy wraps around the trunk and as this tree is set into an Autumn landscape, it’s set to that season. In fact, Little Branch trees are 4-season trees – that means you can click on each tree and you’ll have a choice of textures to suit your seasonal landscaping. This makes them much more versatile since it works out that you’re purchasing four trees in one package.

You’ll get some excellent landscaping ideas on the sim. Here, a Red Poppy Field and Bouton d’or Yellow Field are mixed to give a beautiful and colourful ground cover. In the background, there are dry grasses and daisy fields, too. No more placing individual flowers into a landscape, you can place whole sets of them (fields) at low Land Impact.

From the mainstore warehouse section, take the bridge out towards the landscaped part of the sim and enjoy the scenery! Riverbanks rise up from a turquoise river and they are fully landscaped with animated trees, flowers and plants.

There’s areas of coniferous forest, masses of trees in their Autumn livery, as well as a dock for boats complete with small working boatyard. The photographic possibilities are many, both for photographers and bloggers, but why not enjoy the scenery as well.

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Here’s your TAXI for a nice day out!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

On the street you live

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“I have often walked down this street before;
But the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before.
All at once am I several stories high.
Knowing I’m on the street where you live.

Are there lilac trees in the heart of town?
Can you hear a lark in any other part of town?
Does enchantment pour out of ev’ry door?
No, it’s just on the street where you live!”  By the great Nat King Cole

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The above is one of my favourite songs that somehow I associate with Christmas for no other reason than my mum had a Nat King Cole compilation album that she used to break out over the holidays and this was one of the songs on it.

UnKindness’s latest release of a beautiful country cottage with large glass windows and door plus snowy roof gave me inspiration for the rest of the scene above.  Click on the picture for a larger version.

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

uKindness – Countryside Cottage – LI 29
with Snow Roof Topper – uK – Countryside Cottage Snow – Add On – LI 16
currently at Collabor88

Little Branch – Sweet Chestnut *7 LI – {Seasons} *Animated
Winter Hill – LI 1
new Mainstore

Mesh India – Let it Snow 2 gacha, currently at Cosmopolitan
05 MI Snow Sled [4 LI]
06 MI Snow Stump [4 LI]

Izzie’s – Snow Covered Fence and Pole in natural – each piece 1 LI

Image Essentials – Promenade pose prop – Marketplace

Chez Moi Furnitures
Snowman Sack – LI 4 (enlarged from default), at Playing it Forward Event
This will be Transfer/Modify
Wooden Christmas Tree (PG) CHEZ MOI – LI 10
Christmas Gift Boxes CHEZ MOI – LI 3
Currently at Cosmopolitan until December 16th

Duvet Day
[DD] Let it Snow lamp post – From Let it Snow gacha (mainstore)

[DD] Christmas fireplace – LI 3
[DD] Christmas stockings – LI 3
[DD] Christmas wing chair – LI 5 – solo sits and cuddles
[DD] Christmas red berries – LI 4
[DD] Christmas metal star wreath – LI 4
All from Cosy Christmas gacha, currently at Cosmopolitan until December 16th

DaD Design, currently at Playing it Forward Event (starts December 10th 7am SLT)
DaD DESIGN “Illuminated Tree mod.03” m/c
DaD DESIGN “Illuminated Tree mod.02” m/c
DaD DESIGN “Illuminated Tree mod.01” m/c – all LI 3 each
(use indoors or as exterior decor, sizes up well)
DaD DESIGN “Christmas Log basket” m/c V.1.0 – LI 5
These will be Transfer/Modify

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Let it Snow!

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“Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” ~ Frank Sinatra

And while we were snuggling in front of the fire, the penguins took over the ice rink. cheeky things.  Although I doubt that the skates will fit them!

Here’s some close-ups of the Duvet Day gacha, same name as our title here, in a better light so you can see how well made they are.

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

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – Cliffs and Islands Set, currently at We ❤ Roleplay to end of November, then at the Mainstore
Various, versatile pieces that are texture change (snowy and better weather) They can be huge to smaller pieces depending on your sim and landscaping needs. The pieces in the picture came to only 12 LI but I had reduced them down considerably.

Duvet Day – Let it Snow gacha, currently at the Cosmopolitan Event which runs to December 2nd. L$69 per Play, all Modify
[DD] Let it Snow snowy gazebo
[DD] Let it Snow lamp post
[DD] Let it Snow snowy bench
[DD] Let it Snow light string
[DD] Let it Snow brazier
[DD] Let it Snow toboggan
[DD] Let it Snow Ice rink
[DD] Let it Snow skates bench
(I reduced these down somewhat to fit the penquins and it came to LI 71, easily sized upwards without too much difference, the ice rink can be huge!)

Dysfunctionality
[DDD] Scraggly Pom Grass – Patch A and Long patches A & B – LI 1 each
(special offer all week and texture change for seasons)

TLC Home Collection – Emperor Penguins Set (animated and very cute)
Adult – 2 LI and Chick in two versions – 1 LI each

Little Branch (who have excellent winter trees, shrubs and plants at the new mainstore)
Oak Tree. V2 {4 Seasons} *Animated – LI 7
Angelica 1_Single_winter – LI 2
fern 1_Beige_winter – LI 1
Angelica 1_double_winter – LI 4
Mimosa 1_Winter – LI 2

Mushilu – Snow Lake/Loch 2 (part of the Snow Lake & Formations set)

by Chronos Serenity
N00082 – Ice Skates (not meant to be décor) LI 24 each
This are excellent skates, realistic and unisex with a resize HUD, what’s more they are only L$20 as a Marketplace special .  They have the basic ice skating animation AO, turn off your own AO and wear the Ice Skating AO and you can skate on any flat surface.

Cheers, m’dears 🙂