> WeeVille, Oyster Bay – click any image for full size
A regular stopping off point for me as I make my way through Second Life is Sera Bellic’s Homestead region of Oyster Bay. Every few months Sera gives the region a make-over presenting something new for people to explore, and I’d been looking forward to making a return trip to see what was new since recently noting the region was closed to visitors – a sure sign Sera was reinventing it.
Over the years, the region has seen a lot – scenes of destruction, tempest, beauty and mystery; there have been country houses and gardens; fun fairs and glimpses of the future; country walks – and even a look into both heaven and hell. I’ve covered much of the changing face of Oyster Bay in these pages, and was delighted to find that for its newest look, Sera has turned to the realms of whimsy and fantasy in order to present WeeVille to the world.
On arrival, visitors might initially be fooled into thinking this is an art environment: sitting alongside the landing point is one of Mistero Hifeng’s sculptures, Bella 16. However, beyond it, over flagstones and flower-strewn waters shaded pink under a timeless sky rich in the colours of spring, sits a great stone wall into which, beckoning silently, is set a pair of wooden gates.
Step through these gates, and your Adventure begins with a visit to a part of The Shire – or is it? Certainly, across a meadow of lush grass Hobbit holes can be seen, with little camp fires burning outside as if the occupants might be taking advantage of a springtime evening. But the folk standing before those little fires are smaller and stouter than Hobbits, and prefer to have boots on their feet, with some keeping the hair strictly to their faces in the form of thick beards and flowing moustaches. Dwarfins they may be, but they do appear to share in a love of fireworks.
Climb the wooden steps between the hillocks of the Hobbit … the Dwarfin … holes, and pass through a second gate, and you’ll enter a birch wood carpeted with tall poppies, through which a path of stars leads. Beyond it is another realm where flowerpot people play, giant budgies hop and rabbits offer an interesting line in word processing from a … mobile office…?
“Welcome to WeeVille,” Sera says of her design. “My first fantasy sim and hopefully not my last. I hope you enjoy visiting as much as I enjoyed creating it. Remain young at heart and have some fun!”
With a quaint little stilt town built over the water in one direction, a garden of unicorns and mer-horses in another and lots of little touches to be explored – be sure to open doors and look inside places – together with places to sit and watch and cuddle and take photos, WeeVille is certainly a place where the heart can feel young, and the young at heart can smile.
And, at a time when winter regions and snowy landscapes are starting to appear across the grid, WeeVille could be just the ticket for those who need to escape dark and cold nights and gain a little reminder than spring will soon be coming around once more.
- WeeVille (Oyster Bay, rated: Moderate)