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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 🙂

Victorian Outbuilding – Galland Homes

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Today, I’m showcasing the “Victorian Outbuilding” by Galland Homes, which is available at the new round of Draftsman.  The Event’s theme is Victorian, which is a really interesting period of architecture, especially toward the end of Queen Victoria’s reign with the rise of the Arts & Crafts movement.  I’m going to include a bit of architectural history with regards to the United Kingdom.

The Victorian era of building took place during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 – 1901). At this time the Institute of British Architects was formed in 1834. Before that time it was common for architects to act as developers and surveyors too, but by the 1820s such roles were being devolved, leaving architects free to experiment with a profusion of styles. Changes in the building world had a big impact on the looks of Victorian buildings. The arrival of the railways gave a wider reach so for example, Welsh slates largely replaced tiles in many part of Britain. Other technical developments included iron framed construction, plate glass, terracotta and polished granite, commercially available for the first time thanks to steam power.

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Most Victorian buildings were classical, although the style was used with greater flexibility and variety than ever before. In the middle of the century, however, classical styles were being fiercely challenged by the Gothic Revival.  It was regarded as the national style, which is why it was chosen for the design of the new Houses of Parliament after the old Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire in 1834. It symbolised the traditional identity of Christianity, and thus became the preferred style for Anglican churches. It was also a style that encouraged architects to collaborate with artists and other designers to create sculpture, wall paintings and stained glass.

Partly because it had such unshakeable religious overtones, Gothic failed to become a universal style. Its emphasis on the architectural crafts had an important legacy, though, in the form of the Arts and Crafts movement, whose most famous proponent was William Morris, a trained architect. Arts and Crafts combined a strong interest in the Middle Ages and the revival of traditional crafts with a rejection of many of the technological innovations that had made mid-Victorian architecture so distinctive. The impact of Arts and Crafts designers was felt largely in houses of modest size. Despite the international interest in the Arts and Crafts movement, it was just one strand in the varied architectural landscape of late Victorian England. Across the country local pride transformed towns and cities with new town halls, libraries, museums, concert halls and schools, built in Gothic, neoclassical and Italianate styles. This was a golden age of civic as well as church architecture.

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This is a stunning outbuilding by Galland Homes, and to do it justice I placed it in a Victorian styled brick walled garden. The Land Impact is 28 with Permissions of Copy/Modify. It has a lot of  decorating possibilities as there’s a goodly amount of space inside, here I was thinking of the Victorian love of plants and tea time!  If possible, try to match up the brickwork with your garden walls to really celebrate the style.

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Other Home & Garden items used:-

R(S)W Tea Set 3.1 – Red Willow – Robin makes beautiful tea sets which are interactive.

Kaya Angel – Walled Garden 2 – garden plants & trees are moveable to suit your requirements, also includes wicker chairs & table

Statue by Two Moon Gardens
Mustang Trading Post – Talavera Container Plant
MTP – Large Terra Cotta Planter
Khargo birdhouse free gift
-Hanaya- Forest Clearing Birdbath

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Visit the Draftsman Event, which runs until March 17th

Visit Galland Homes mainstore  for more architectural delights

Galland Homes on marketplace

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

A case of too much honey

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“Is it a case of too much honey?” asked Tigger. He’d come across Pooh bear, who had collapsed in a heap of snow in the middle of the Five Acre woods. Pooh snorted dramatically, and being a bear of very little brain replied, “But Tigger, you should know that bears can’t have too much honey!”

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Chez Moi Furnitures – Happy Bear – is at The Chapter Four event until January 20th.  He comes with 6 poses (3 for each avatar) where you can gaze at the stars, play in the snow or get stuck like the bear is! There’s 50% off the original price for the duration of the event.

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Other Items Used:

Winter Coniferous Forest – spruce 4 design 12 pcs M/T includes Copy/Modify snow floor and snow grass in same pack – 3D Trees

Soy – Igloo Lanterns (of extreme cuteness) – now at the mainstore 

Trompe Loeil – The Foxtail Lodge V2.2 & Snow Add-On  – masses of winter snow landscaping in the add-on pack as well

Just Animals by Hannah Kozlowski – Mesh Tiger (decor) – Marketplace Store

Visit Chez Moi Furnitures mainstore for lots more gorgeous Home & Garden products

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂