A Nordic Maison de L’amitie in Second Life

Maison de L'amitie; Inara Pey, December 2018, on Flickr
Maison de L’amitie – click any image for full size

It’s been more than eight months since our last visit to Corina Wonder’s Homestead region, Maison de L’amitie. At that time, the region presented an eye-catching reproduction of Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni (about which you can read more here). Since then, things have returned to Corina’s more “usual” landscape designs, and for winter 2018 / 2019, it currently offers a suitable setting with which to launch this year’s Exploring Second Life series.

The great joy with Corina’s landscapes is that they present setting that was wonderfully natural and which encourage exploration without making demands on visitors; rather they encourage a gentle stroll, generally with opportunities for sitting and chatting / cuddling. Such is the case with this winter look, which comes with something of a Nordic feel.

Maison de L'amitie; Inara Pey, December 2018, on Flickr
Maison de L’amitie

Set between two parallel lines of off-sim snowy mountains, both of which encroach well into the region’s west and east sides, visitors are presented with a rocky splinter of land facing a narrow channel of icy-looking water to the west and open sea to the south. Sitting at the feet of tall rocky fingers that form a jumbled parade of cliffs, a snow-covered road runs south from the landing point and its little frozen pond and nearby open-air seating area, past a cosy-looking stone cabin sheltering under the high cliffs, before vanishing around a distant curve.

Wooden fencing separates the path from the cold waters, and lanterns hang from silver birch that march down the road, lighting the way as reindeer passively watch all the comings and goings.  The cabin offers a warm welcome for those feeling the chill, with Wellington boots arranged on the porch and, more particularly, a fire burning in the outside hearth, wooden chairs ranged before it. A bicycle lies in the snow, partially buried, suggesting recent fall, while inside signs of homeliness can be found with food being prepared and paintings mounted on easels.

Maison de L'amitie; Inara Pey, December 2018, on Flickr
Maison de L’amitie

Follow the road south, however, and it will lead you to a view of the local lighthouse. Past a squeeze between the roadside fence and a truck loaded with fir trees, you’ll find why I refer to the region having a Nordic feel. As the path curls around the southern headland, so it leads to a fjord-like channel, sitting between two further walls of cliffs separated by a finger of icy water.

Here the path runs directly over the water, raised above it on concrete bricks, to arrive at a welcoming brick-built house. This is, like the stone cabin, backed against the high cliffs and affords a view of the waterfall feeding the fjord from its closed end. Despite the freezing look of the water, otters are at play, swimming and curiously examining the kayaks moored not far from the foot of the falls.

Maison de L'amitie; Inara Pey, December 2018, on Flickr
Maison de L’amitie

Nor is this all. Atop the canyon rocks are places to sit and cuddle – although I confess, we didn’t actually find a physical way up to them. As a landing point is set, an attempt to double-click teleport won’t work, and the only alternative appears to be to select one of the sit points; but we might have missed something.

A simple, wild setting, I’d perhaps have liked to see the east side rocks more naturally blend with the mountains behind them, if only to present a more natural look, but that is just me. For those who wish to rez props for use with photos, a land group is available to join – simply touch the board at the landing point for a link to the group. Photos of the region are welcome at the region’s Flickr group, should you opt to share them.

Maison de L'amitie; Inara Pey, December 2018, on Flickr
Maison de L’amitie

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