Mystical delights in a winter’s dream

Mystic Winter Dream, January 2014
Mystic Winter Dream – click for full size

It’s been a little uppy-downy in RL. Christmas and New Year are always taxing, thanks to the greater number of my relatives using the house as the “halfway” meeting-place, leaving me with people coming, staying or going from the week before Christmas right through until the week after New Year (as I write, the last of them are still here, and again looking like they’re about to put down roots!).

Not that I dislike my relatives, you understand. It’s just that it gets a bit, well, much over the course of 2+ weeks. And as is invariably the case, someone has decided that even though they have returned northwards to their own home, they’d leave me with their cold as a reminder of their stay.

Mystic Winter Dream, January 2014
Mystic Winter Dream – click for full size

When this happens, one needs a place to lose oneself in; a refuge from the maddening (family) crowd. I have several in SL, but after reading Honour’s post about Mystic Winter Dream, I forgot about going finding one of my regular haunts and hurried over to Smoky Cape instead.

The home of Adonis Lubitsch, Mystic Winter Dream is just that: a beautiful, winter-locked dream – or perhaps dreams might be a better term, given the overall look and feel of the region.

There is much here that commends itself to the explorer. As well as being Ado’s home, the region offers a beautiful ballroom which has its own air of fantasy: the stone flags of the dance floor peeling upwards in places, small groups of them suspended in mid-air as if frozen there after gravity looked the other way and then forgot to order them back into place.

Mystic Winter Dream, January 2014
Mystic Winter Dream– click for full size

Art is a huge feature of the region, as Honour points out, and I agree with her. The manner in which Ado has folded pieces by Cherry Manga, Rebeca Bashly (who is always sure to draw my attention) and others into the landscape is a real delight.

The entire composition of Mystic Winter Dream is a masterwork of design. While the region is almost completely open, everything within it exists on it own; each scene or vignette an individual piece, yet all of them coming together to present a complete immersive whole, wrapped within the arms of tall mountains. All-in-all the perfect place in which to lose oneself – and perhaps also rediscover oneself after the holiday excesses.

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