Sunday, May 3, 2015

Enjoying Work in Progress


It took just over two years to construct the Eiffel Tower (January 28, 1887 to March 15, 1889). Given that the conception, planning, politics & design commenced around 1884, this cultural icon in the making was actually a "work in progress" for at least five years.

I'd like to think that Gustave Eiffel enjoyed at least part of this journey.


Its comforting to imagine that as he watched the tower reaching for the sky the niggling day-to-day problems and the ever-present criticism receded enough to allow him some joy in the moment.

While the media was proclaiming "Gustave Eiffel has gone mad: he has been confined in an Asylum" let's hope he was actually relishing his work as he got on with the job at hand.  Given the final outcome, I believe this hope is more than justified.

I've been thinking of Gustave a lot lately; pondering the joys of a work in progress.

Since I always have multiple project on-the-go, some (many?) of which will probably never reach completion (see my Petit Trianon for an excellent example), it's really for the best that I enjoy the process as much as the final result.

So with a lot of delight (and a little trepidation) I'm finally announcing my latest Second Life building adventure.  Having run out of land on which to expand (... insert SL Region Cost Rant #1 here ...), I've taken to the sky determined to turn a region-sized platform into another slice of virtual heaven.

Ya gotta have a dream ;)

Still fascinated by neoclassic architecture, I've been experimenting with single unit apartments that can be easily joined together in various combinations to form whole street blocks.  Again, I'm reminded that making something simple can be a lot harder than making something complex.


Paris it's not but it's starting to come together!

I've put together a number of different apartment configurations, added a potager and decorated a little flower shop just for fun.


With a mind to paying the bills  (... insert SL Region Cost Rant #2  here ...), there are two new Holovender areas.  The Main area is for my more recent prefabs while the Sale area is for my classic homes which are marked down to half-price.  Right now the Tea Room is on sale and I'll add more more as I get requests and/or time permits.

This new Utopia of mine doesn't have an official name yet, so if you have any ideas please pass them on to me.

Feel free to drop by any time to "Watch us Grow".

BTW if you seek out the flower shop, you'll find all my Table Top Topiaries are currently gifts :)

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Enjoying Work in Progress by  on 2015-05-03 I've been thinking of Gustave Eiffel a lot lately; pondering the joys of a work in progress.

Images (excluding the Eiffel Tower Construction Stages): Tatiana Dokuchic (click to enlarge)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

My Chateau Reno


Though I've had abundant experience with real-life home renovations, my Second Life renovation record is rather spotty.  When it comes to virtual homes I'd generally rather build them myself than buy them, especially because I know I just can't stop myself from remodeling my new purchase.

It was the same way back in my days of TheSims2.  I'd download a brand-new abode and spend the next week (or two or three) ripping it apart and putting it back together.  On the bright side, that destruction/construction cycle taught me a lot about architecture & 3D construction.  I'd actually recommend it to anyone interested in honing their own skills.

This year with spring just around the corner, I was anxious to add a few new rentals to my Duché de Coeur regions. Being long on ambition but short on time, I decided that a purchase was in order and after much consideration selected a chateau from Never Totally Dead.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Horse Tales: New Carriages come to the Coeurs

Toni & Axel meet at the Petit Trianon

New horses & touring carriages have arrived in the Duché de Coeur and Skye & I couldn't be happier to have this popular mode of travel back up & running through our estates!

It was a snowy winter morning back in December when we made the shocking discovery.


Dastardly horse thieves, working under the cover of night, had made off with all of our trained carriage horses.  May they be perpetually cursed with hoof & mouth disease (the thieves not the horses)!

The stables were empty; the carriages themselves taken.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Blogging Journey


With the arrival of spring I've been revisiting my own blogging journey so Strawberry Singh's Blogging Journey Challenge is very timely indeed.  What a wonderful opportunity to reflect on my travels, ponder the paths taken by other Second Life bloggers and make some corrections to my current course.  Thank you, Berry for launching another excellent adventure!

Which electronic devices do you use to blog with? Tatiana, Duchesse de Provence Coeur, would say she uses only the finest quill pen and perhaps some oil paints.  I keep it almost as basic and stick to my computer.

Do you have a mission statement for your blog, if so, what is it? Connect; Create; Entertain; Inform; Have Fun; Do no Harm; (not necessarily in that order).

How do you feel about blogs that use their platforms to spread negativity? If that's their only goal I'm not interested in them.  Though I appreciate all sides of a discussion, relentless negativity will just suck the soul right out of you.

Are you a grammar junkie? Do you thoroughly check your blog for errors before posting and/or do you judge other people’s posts if they contain errors? I do make an effort to act as my own editor (it's not easy) with the goal of communicating clearly.  As for judging other people's posts; I firmly believe that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones :)

If you could switch blogs with another blogger who would it be? He's not a SL blogger but I would switch with Philippe Joubert Lussac of Gris-bleu, consistently one of the most beautiful blogs I've ever seen.  I also love Jamie Adair and her History Behind Game of Thrones.  Dang!  Why didn't I think of doing that!

Has your blog/blogging style evolved over the year(s)? How? My first post, Just Arrived, was published January 1, 2009.  The whole blogging process was exciting & a tad overwhelming.  Not only did I have to begin writing again but I had to figure out all the technical aspects as well as the whole blog design thing.  At least now I can leverage my basic knowledge and concentrate on improving.  Honestly, I continue to find the whole process fascinating.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Flat Ebbe: The Age of Enlightenment


It only seems appropriate that I take Flat Ebbe back to my home in 18th-Century France.  I know that he's been run off his feet this week as a result of Strawberry Singh's Flat Ebbe Linden Meme and so I figured that a quick tour through the Age of Enlightenment might make for a bit of a respite and perhaps some, well, enlightenment.

After touring the French Gardens outside the Petit Trianon, we paused for refreshments in The French Pavilion while I pondered the advice that I could/would/should offer this new Linden Lab CEO.

It's not like I'm a stranger to offering advice, solicited or not, to CEOs.  My real life (RL) resume is pitted with examples but as I said in  Adventures w Flat Rod: Rod Humble Crept into My Life with regard to Second Life (SL): I'm just one among the many and for the most part I'm very content with our at-arm's-length relationship.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Shared Seas Sailboat Race


Way too much fun was had at the April running of the Shared Seas Sailboat Race!

The competitors loaded up their boats with lucky charms & brave passengers before setting sail on the challenging course that threaded its way through the Duché de Coeur & Rocca Sorrentina.

It was a bit of a wonder that Fortune smiled on everyone and they all made it to the finish line, a bit soggy but mostly intact.  

Perhaps the Navigator Challenge is having a beneficial effect on our Shared Seas Sailors as not a shipwreck or lost vessel was to be reported.

There were, however, rumours of some rather aggressive sailing maneuvers conducted by my sister, Skye.  Something about her attempting to drive Mercury onto the rocks?
I'm not going to ask too many questions about that.