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Sojourn in Eclectica

The Gypsy Davey:

The Gypsy Davey:

As we travel through different realms, picking up work here and there and marvelling at the beauty (and sometimes its opposite) of the places we find ourselves in, one place seems to come up more than I’d expect it to if I were giving odds.

It's Eclectica.

It’s Eclectica.

It’s Eclectica. Eclectica is a little realm that it seems most beings view as a holiday destination, and I can understand why. When we end up there, we can find any variety of odd jobs, from fixing fences to this time’s first bit of work: sorting books for a fellow who doesn’t get around so well.

I told the boys it was a good opportunity to practice their alphabetising skills.

I told the boys it was a good opportunity to practice their alphabetising skills.

I told the boys it was a good opportunity to practice their alphabetising skills and sat down to supervise. Sometimes it is good to be Uncle.

They protested quite a bit, but I reminded them there was a lake out there with good boating and swimming in it for them, and they backed down.

Of course, the job would have gone faster if I’d done it myself. Three of them, and it took nearly the whole morning to sort the mess out. I told the gentleman (and I didn’t catch his name) I’d waive part of the fee since the boys were so slow, but he would have none of that and praised my skills as a parent. I explained that we’re all collective parents, that it’s everyone’s responsibility to train up the children, and he seemed to agree with that philosophy as well.

Later, we took a walk round the realm.

Later, we took a walk round the realm.

Later, we took a walk round the realm. I think I mentioned before that one of the joys of travelling realms as we do is that we get to see some of the most amazing and bizarre things. I don’t think I’ve ever seen plants growing out of a piano before, for example.

As promised, I took the boys to the lake.

As promised, I took the boys to the lake.

As promised, I took the boys to the lake after a light lunch and an hour’s worth of apocrypha. I couldn’t be bothered to go in swimming, but luckily there is always somewhere to rest your bones in Eclectica. I think I took a nap, but who could blame me? A sunny afternoon, a beautiful place, older boys looking out for the younger ones, and a bit of money in my pocket to take back to the camp later.

On our way back to camp, we encountered the Eclectica Crying Girl.

On our way back to camp, we came across the Eclectica Crying Girl.

On our way back to camp, we came across the Eclectica Crying Girl. Now, I know this one has my father’s initials carved in her somewhere—oh, yes; just at the base so not to disturb the experience of the art for anyone else. I made the boys come over and look at that. My father’s initials. I traced a finger over the marks in the stone. Then, without thinking about it over much, I bent down and scratched my own initials in next to his. Because maybe, after I’m gone, the boys will want to trace my marks in the stone as well. And after I’m gone, after the world has forgotten my song and I fade away on the wind, there should be something left, like a mark in the stone. I think I understand my father a bit better now. I think I do.

Style Card:
Skin:  
7 Deadly s{K}ins: B UniQue Kurt, Caramel, available at the 7 Deadly s{K}ins Mainstore.
Hair: Eaters Coma: Hair 41, Noir
Tunic: Faida & Fallen Gods: Jaled II in Wine
Trousers: Faida & Fallen Gods: Il Principe, Nero
Boots: KC: Santiago Male Slink Boots
Ears: Mandala: Long Fantasy Elf Ears
Necklace: Otherskin, Wish

Location: Eclectica is a beautiful place to visit. It’s full of both obvious and hidden wonders, and the sim architect, Maddy, is personable, easy to talk to, and was adding new things to the Northwest corner of the sim as we spoke yesterday: I can’t wait to back and see what she’s done with it!

Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. Go look at the web page. Yes, I know they’re expensive. If you want to take amazing photos in SL, they’re worth every Linden.

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