Ricco Saenz recently posted that while Roche as we know it may be gone, the region remains, but under new ownership. Ricco’s post offers considerable food for thought on aspects of the region’s new look, which prompted me to go take a look for myself.
Roche is now held by ๑๑Ŧﻨσ๑๑ (Fio Bravin), who has given it the name Up To U. The make-over appears to be a shared activity between Fio and ありえす (ArieS Magic), and it sees the region split into two islands connected by a lone wooden bridge, while further out on the water sit a couple smaller islands, one of which has a lighthouse located on it.
The larger of the two islands is awash with sunflowers neatly planted as if being cultivated. A dirt track curves across part of the island, passing a working barn and between the neat rows of sunflowers to arrive at a small summer-house still under construction, itself surround by a ring of the tall, yellow flowers. The entire scene is suggestive of country living, but there’s more.
Alongside the track sits a small area set-up for a barbecue, offering plenty to refresh the weary traveller. Nearby is a vegetable patch in the process of becoming a playground for rabbits and foxes. Further afield, things become a little more whimsical: alongside the barn float a trio ethereal blue leaves, inviting visitors to repose upon them and forget the world. Not too much further away, and in part hidden by the long grass and a fallen log, sits one of the little scenes which had Ricco turning his thoughts very eloquently to the subject of anthropomorphism.
Across the water and the wooden bridge, the smaller of the two islands is the setting for a whitewashed house surrounded by white flowers and long grass. I’ve no idea if it is open to the public or a pied-a-terre for Fio and ArieS when visiting the region, so I didn’t intrude inside; although a quick peep through the windows suggested it is a place where cats rule!
Taking over a region which has been so well-known and so well-loved for so long is no easy task. No matter how things are made over, there is always a risk that those who visit and who remember the “old” look are going to be haunted by ghosts of the past.
Perhaps Up to U, as a name, reflects this, and is intended to offer the visitor with a simple choice when exploring the region: to see it with new eyes or with old. If so, I’ll opt for the former; Up to U brings a fresh and very different look to Roche, one that has its own charm and attractiveness, offering plenty of opportunities of those who want to take photos or want to sit and ponder or chat – and even those who fancy a little whimsy to stir their thinking!
- Up to U (Rated: Adult)