KiLu is both the name of a region design partnership and the demonstration region they have created, which is now open to the public to explore and enjoy, and which I recently had the opportunity to visit.
The partnership is that of Salty Kimchi (Kimbra Iridescent) and Luis Lockjaw, who is perhaps known to many in Second Life as the creator and owner of the marvellous Hesperia of Templemore. And as a demonstration of the collaboration, KiLu is simply superb, and right now also offers just the ticket if you’re looking for a break from the Halloween season’s October hold on Second Life
A homestead region, KiLu is beautifully landscaped into a rural setting caught in the turn of the seasons as summer fades into autumn. The setting is that of a shallow river gorge, the river in question tumbling down the rocky face of a tall rocky hill in the south-east corner of the region, from which it proceeds to split the region into two unequal halves as it rapidly spreads from splashing stream to wide, meandering waterway, its descent marked by stepped waterfalls.
A lone covered bridge links spans the river as it broadens and the land either side dips toward the passing water. It is close to this bridge, that newcomers first arrive, a small farm behind them occupying this part of the island. Close to a barn, dairy cows and horses graze, while further away atop a hill behind the barn, sits an A-frame house. High cliffs bar the way westward from here, but the land slopes more gently upwards to the north and east, offering the chance for visitors to roam among the trees.
Should you head eastwards, roughly following the path of the river, you’ll eventually find your way up into the hills to where it begins – you’ll have to face getting your feet wet from here if you want to explore the rest of the island, as the bridge mentioned above is the only dry route across the water.
The south side of the island reflects the rural nature of the north side, with gentle slopes leading up to the rocky east side, a broad path leading the way between tall fir trees. A large house looks down on the bridge and the river from close by; open to the public, the house also overlooks the sea and a small wooden dock. Follow the broad track eastwards and upwards, and it will bring you to a rather quaint cottage, or perhaps it is a converted barn, alongside the waterfalls. This has clearly seen better days, with nature now its chief resident, but it still offers a place to sit and rest awhile, should you be so minded.
There are other places where visitors can sit and tarry to be found scattered through the region, both on land and on the water, making KiLu the perfect escape, accompanied by an audio stream, which turns the clock back to yesteryear to bring visitors the likes of Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and more.
Definitely a place to add to your list of destinations – and should you visit and take photos, do consider contributing them to the KiLu Flickr group. And if you enjoy your visit – which I’m certain you will, do consider a donation towards its upkeep when passing the little barn up at the waterfalls.
- KiLu (Rated: Adult)