Vintage Lace is the Homestead region designed and held by Delinda Dench and Second Life photographer Skip Staheli, which we recently had occasion to visit.
This is a peaceful, easy setting, largely designed by Delinda and representing an open, rural location nestled between surrounding islands and offering a rolling, slightly rugged landscape. The landing point sits on a bridge spanning an inland body of water, itself connected to those around the island by two narrow channels.
Pointing east-to-west, the bridge offers two route for commencing exploration. Which you take is a matter of choice, but given there are few properly defined paths, which way you go is up to you: the natural lie of the land means that all routes through and around the region all eventually meet up.
Westwards, the bridge points towards a deck built over a corner of the lake, and a short wooden walk that leads to the local beach as it sits between high rocky shoulders. Eastwards, and after passing under a little avenue of trees, the bridge points the way to the island’s windmill and land split by one of the two channels connecting the lake with the surrounding waters. A small summer house sits just above the stream, the remnants of a a garden area on the low sloped behind it, just a few mossy flagstones and an old fountain being all that remain.
Across the arching curve of the stream, a small chapel sits part-way up another hill. The gabled gates, flagstoned bank below it, and the ruin of an old gate suggest that there once may have been a bridge or other crossing linking the chapel with the old garden, but now a fallen tree trunk a little further around the curve of the stream provides the single ground-level crossing point. This provides, in equal measure, access to the chapel, a picturesque waterfall that tumbles into a deep pond and a cottage atop another hill.
The latter is one of two homes on the region, the second being diagonally across the island to the north-west. The route between the offers a fair walk across the region, passing by way of the central windmill. This route also leads past a wood and rope bridge that connects the main island with a massive block of rock that rises from the east side bay. This offshore tower is cut on one side by a path that switch backs up to its almost flat top and the camp site retreat it offers – although a stay there might be dampened by a highly localised downpour.
All of the properties on the island, the two houses and the windmill, are fully furnished. Like the landscape around them, they offer plenty of scope for photography – but I would point out that the windmill and house to the north-west sit within their own parcels may actually be private homes (given the region itself is generally private), so please be respectful.
Photography is very much the secret behind the design of Vintage Lace. While it flows together as a complete landscape, so too can it been seen as a series of individual locations designed with and eye for photography – be it in the overgrown garden or alongside the horses wandering close to the windmill or on the decks or in the summer house or up on the high ridge and its rocky crossing over the second of the lake’s two outflow streams. Thus, the details throughout are many-fold, and opportunities for both avatar and landscape photography rich.
I believe I’m right in saying Vintage lace will remain open through until May 4th – although I now cannot find the note where I think I read it. So, if you’re an SL traveller and have yet to see it, I recommend finding the time to do so before the region is closed once more.
- Vintage Lace (Vintage Lace, rated Moderate)