Second Pride 2019

The main stage in the park at Second Pride 2019

June is Pride month and every year this is celebrated in Second Life at Second Pride. This year it ran from 14 to 23 June. Abby has been to Second Pride before many times but, given that my first Rezday isn’t the till 15 July, this was my first time to experience it.

Second Pride 2019

This year’s Second Pride sim is modelled on a New York City block with the stunning main stage and dance area being in the park. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot, and the sim includes a replica of the Stonewall Inn among other exhibits.

The Stonewall Inn

Abby and I visited Second Pride a few times both to explore the city and to enjoy the party in the park. Outside of the park there were loads of shops and exhibits, as well as there being stalls in the park itself.

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Abby and me at Second Pride ❤️

We arrived early one evening and had fun on the fairground rides before everyone else arrived in the park later that night.

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The atmosphere down in the park is incredible. It feels so warm and lovey to party together with people who identify across the LGBT+ spectrum and beyond with open-minded allies. Being here with each other feels extra special. For me personally this represents the best of Second Life.

Abby and me at Second Pride 2019 ❤️

We returned a couple of days later and went for coffee at a beautiful little cafe just around the corner from the park. We took photos of each other ❤️

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Abby with me at Second Pride 2019 ❤️

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A lovely place to relax during the day.

Then later that evening we hit the dance floor again. So wonderful to be a part of this in Second Life! 🥰

Dancing at Second Pride 2019 ️‍🌈

Abby and I would like to thank the organisers for creating such a wonderful Second Pride this year. If you haven’t been yet then get down there right now! Even if by the time you read this you’ve missed the parties it’s well worth exploring this little slice of New York City. 🏳️‍🌈❤️

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The Lost Gardens of Apollo

The Lost Gardens of Apollo

One of the good things about being a relative noob (but learning fast, watch out! lol) is there is always so much in Second Life that I haven’t seen.

Recently Abby took me to see The Lost Gardens of Apollo. This is, Abby tells me, a very old sim made before the days of mesh and other such modern things I grew up with (apparently there used to be pose balls everywhere!)

Anyway so… it was lost – as in went offline – but the Lindens brought it back on (I assume) a sim they look after as it is considered to be an “historic build” which should mean it’s here to stay. More info about it here.

It was quite lovely and charming and fun to explore. Here are some pics from our visit:

If you fancy stepping back in time, or if you’ve never seen it then here is your taxi.

Goodbye Ukivok!

Sorry to read that Ukivok is due to close in six days time. Abby and I visited Ukivok back in April, and climbed all the way to the top. It is very detailed and atmospheric. If you haven’t seen it you have just six days left and it’s highly recommended.

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A&O xx

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Ukivok opened at the end of March, and now it’s time to move on. So the sim will close for good next week, on Wednesday 26 June.

This was rather a special sim for us: Ukivok has a wonderfully rich and intriguing, albeit poignant, history, and its stunning location – as well as those stilt houses – were quite a challenge to recreate in Second Life. If the reviews by  Inara PeyMaddy Gynoid and Diomita and Jenny Maurer are anything to go by – alongside comments in the guestbook – the sim was widely appreciated, so our thanks to all who came by and especially to those who were kind enough to let us know they liked it.

The sim’s Flickr group was busy – especially in the first few weeks – and now contains more than 850 pictures. Here are some of the highlights …

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Taking a picture and keeping it.

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Abby’s 7th Rez Day

On 18 May Abby had her 7th Rez Day. She said she didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, and also both our RL situations sometimes make it hard to meet at pre planned times so it’s difficult to organise a party. Our friends live in different time zones too, so most of what we do in SL is spontaneous.

But of course I wanted to do a little something for her, so as well as giving Abby a few gifts I set up a little surprise at home. When she logged in I took her down to our beach where a new walkway extended out to sea leading to a little platform I had set up. I took Abby by the hand and led her up the steps.

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We popped the cork on a bottle of champagne, ate some cake (yum!) and then we kissed. Happy Rez day my darling ❤️

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After plenty of birthday kisses we turned the music up and danced till the sun went down.

Despite the challenges we find a way to spend some time together each day. I hope our little celebration helped to make Abby’s day feel special.

Lots of our friends sent Abby lovely Rez Day greetings and gifts, which she really appreciated 🙂

Unicorn Heels, and a Special Announcement

Hey blogfans 🙂 Olivia here. First off a little announcement – From now on Abby and I are sharing this blog which is why it’s now called ‘Abby & Olivia in SL’, and the web address has changed to abbyandolivia.home.blog. If you have saved the link before please update your bookmark. I think if you were already following through WordPress then you should still be following us (I hope!) Thanks so much for reading – we love you!


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Yesterday we went shoe shopping. Abby and I had seen these sexy new unicorn horn heels being promoted and decided we should go to the event and try them on. We love the idea of going out dancing together in matching heels. So we headed over the the ACE Event and found the Bishes Inc. stall.

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I watched as Abby tried on a demo shoe first. “Pretty comfy actually!” she tells me, hopping around on one foot.

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I tried on a demo in pink and Abby went with black to match her dress. “Ooh I love them”, I said, “let’s go for it.”

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We bought a pair each and strapped them on. Very high but surprisingly comfy. “Oh they suit you well. Beautiful!” Abby said. She is always complimenting me. I tell her she looks fabulous. She always looks fabulous.

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Matching unicorn heels 🦄

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We stayed a while to have a bit of a chat, I could chat to Abby all day. Doesn’t she look beautiful? Happy in our matching heels. We had a chat about where to go dancing. It’s been too long since we went out together.

After chinwagging for a little while Abby had a good idea – “Why don’t we go back to our Paris loft and take a proper photo to show off the heels?”

Abby is a brilliant Second Life photographer, she’s taught me everything I know. I am improving all the time but her photos always have that je ne sais quoi that takes them to the next level.

I agree it’s a great idea so off we go. Abby does things properly, setting up lights and so on while I take a break. I’m happy for her to take over and for me to just be a model. Anything that means I am spending time with her is good with me 🙂

Here is her finished photo, isn’t it great?

Abby & Olivia Unicorn Heels

Click on the picture to see the full size version on Abby’s Flickr. And don’t forget to “like” it!

After the shoot we relaxed for the afternoon. Shopping is hard work! A friend came round and we chatted. Then later on that night we went out dancing! As you might have seen in the previous post I was complaining about not being able to go out enough so I was super happy to have a free night in SL to go out dancing with my baby.

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Credits – we are not sponsored to promote these shoes, we genuinely love them and bought them ourselves. They cost $250L from Bishes Inc. At the moment they are only available at the ACE Event.

Thanks to Candy for posting this photo which is where we found them.

 

To dance the night away

I’ve grumbled about it before, and it’s just a fact of life so there’s really no point but I’m going to grumble some more anyway 😂 Sometimes it feels like all the parties happen in Second Life exclusively when I can’t get onto Second Life!!

OK, OK, I’m sure that’s not literally true but I have now not been to a club or party since early April despite the fact that I love nothing more than for Abby and I to get dressed up and go out dancing together. It’s the best of all worlds: get to socialise, listen to music and dance with my darling wife all at the same time.

It’s been so long we recently talked about building our own private dance floor at home. At least that would tick two of the boxes.

I am self employed in RL which means every week is different. I don’t really have a set routine, except for the fact that Friday nights and weekends are family time. So these are the times I can least get onto SL. But this is when most the parties happen! 😭😭😭

Yesterday (Thursday night) I had a rare opportunity to spend a whole evening and night online and it was wonderful. I got to spend some quality time with Abby, which is the thing I love doing more than anything in the world. So I must not grumble too much (I am very happy, honestly… I’m the luckiest girl in all of SL 🥰)…

But were there any parties happening? Nope.

Except for… right before I went to bed at 01:30 (oops past my bedtime, naughty) I got invited over to Miktopia – which is a fabulous new beach party venue. But it was just way too late to be going out so went to bed I did.

I guess that’s the other problem – most the parties and clubs I know about are run by people in the US.

Heh, anyway. I’m sure there will be dancing soon (please let there be). Maybe today?! I have some time. But not tonight, that’s family time. And as we know RL comes first 😊.

What’s new?

Oops I forgot to post anything for… *checks*… about six weeks. This is approximately one AEON in Second Life time. Apologies!

Hmmmmm… So anyway this is just a quick update from the WordPress app on my phone (by the way you should get that it’s great!) as I woke up early.

RL has had a few minor ups and downs as usual but I am more or less fine. Finding SL time is a bit more difficult than it was due to some of this but by and large I am still managing to come on each day, although sometime it’s only for 20 minutes, to see Abby before bed. It is always going to be a juggle because I have a little boy and he always comes first 🙂

In Second Life lots has changed but I haven’t really felt the need to share it till now and well maybe it’s only interesting to me and my close friends. The big news is of course that Abby and I got married ❤️. We did it privately, didn’t really want a big occasion, but it was beautiful and I took her name so now I am Olivia Fraser. Yay! 🎉

I did not know I was looking for Abby until we met back in November. And now it is well over 100 days we’ve been together and still every day I love her more and more. That we are partners now means the world to me. I’ve not had an official partner in SL before and I will never be partnered to anyone else.

Haha and to think… going back 7-8 months I was quite shy about the idea of openly being with another woman (certainly publicly here on the web). I dated in a sense a couple of guy and it was all fun and we had some sexy times. Though not once did either of them take me anywhere interesting or romantic, they just offered me a TP to their bedroom for you know what. I asked a few times but all I got was “yeah sounds good” sort of responses. Really they were just casual sex partners.

In Abby I’ve met someone I clicked with instantly and really that’s what’s important to me whatever your gender is. And yes it’s all very romantic. I have never felt this way about anyone.

OK I could but I won’t make you cringe by going on about it any longer 😂

So what else? Well we built a new home then ripped it half out and built it again. And now it’s looking a-maz-ing. I’ll do a post on it when it’s completely finished (we are making more changes).

We got one of those much blogged about houseboats in the new continent Belliseria, which is lovely.

We also started renting a beach hut at a place called Paradise Hotel which is a recently-moved adult resort. I’ll post more on that at some stage. They are looking for more residents and it’s cheap! Ask Abby or me for details as we get a bonus for bringing in new tenants.

Oh yes I finally figured out how to make sense of the map! Abby showed me and explained a few things. Previously it was a bit like when I first moved to London and only took the tube everywhere – i.e. I never had much idea or really cared about how things fitted together relative to each other. Someone would send me a teleport offer and i would click it. I TP’d from skybox to skybox and never looked at where they were.

But then I would find myself say at a party and have no idea I was just a few floors up from where I had been a week ago, and make some embarrassing faux pas… Or I would hear names like Sansara being used but not really know what or where that was.

Sitting out on the roof terrace of our houseboat it’s much more satisfying to now have a sense of being in a vast world, and to know that I’m facing west and that there’s a sea corridor connecting to Sansara way to the north and so on.

I keep saying I want to learn how to sail (the yacht is not just there for show – honestly!) and obviously a sense of navigation is important for that. So that’s the next thing!

Hmm ok better go for now. Hope to blog a bit more over the next 6 weeks. Thanks for reading – if you did, and if you didn’t, well you’re not reading this so I may as well stop right there. 🛑

Ciao, Olivia 🐰