I dropped in to Collins Land after coming across shots of it in Cerys Collins’ (aka Cerys Celestalis) Flickr photostream. It is Cerys’ Homestead region, to which she extends a warm invitation for people to visit.
This is a rugged region, with high hills cut in two by water, a large sheltered inlet laying below them which protected from open water on one side by a sweep of low-lying land. There are a couple of houses here, one up on a hill-top and another with an ultra-modern geodesic dome down on the coast. There are also farm outbuildings, cobbled paths, high wooden platforms and more to see.
The arrival point is in an old greenhouse up on the hill to the north-west of the island. From here you can wander up to a high glade where stands a barn and sheep graze. There are places to sit here, as there are on the platform on which the greenhouse sits. For those wanting to explore onwards, there’s a wood-and-rope bridge spanning the deep split in the hills. Crossing this brings you to a small house with outdoor hot tub and a modest vegetable garden.
The region is a curious mix of features – the old-style house and wood-framed buildings on the tops of the hills, the modern stone-and-concrete circular house with its huge glass dome down below; a broken and rusting old van, a sleek yacht… But all of it comes together in a way that is both natural and very pleasing to the eye.
There are also lots of little details which bring the region to life – the picnic laid-out at the side of a track, seagulls wheeling over the water, wildlife ferreting in the underbrush or sitting calmly watching you watching them, and so on. There are one or two touches of humour as well – such as one of the stars of a certain series of animated feature films and his long sought-after object of affection (or is that greed?). In fact, such is the level of detail it’s worthwhile taking time in your explorations or you will miss something along the way.
Getting from the highlands to the lowlands can be done in one of four ways. You can jump (but that’ll probably hurt) or you can fly (but that’s cheating), or you can take the elevator down the wooden tower near the arrival point, or, if you’re feeling daring and want some fun, you can use the rope slide.
This last one can be enjoyed in first or third-person view, and takes you across the inlet on the east side of the island from a platform up near the little house to one on the banks of the inlet, not far from the circular house.
About Land for the region has a kindly invitation: “A quiet and peaceful for those who seek serenity and quiet place. You are welcome :)”, and the island certainly is peaceful, with plenty of places to sit or lie down. This is a place which can be enjoyed on your own or in the company of others, and places like the path-side picnic and a little lodge near the waterfalls certainly invite you to stay.
But … there is also something of a dark secret as well; you’ll need to keep an eye out for it, but in this little piece of paradise there is something that might have its own mysterious story to tell, for those who find it…
But if it does have a story too whisper, then it is something I’m going to leave to your imagination to discover!
Collins Land is a perfect place to visit and relax, and a fun place to explore. Recommended.