#643 “A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.”

Given it is Spring here in Australia at present and the horrid, I mean disgusting 45'c heat is on its way. I so miss the start of winter, the autumn leaves falling and the trees all stiffen up and look like they are sleeping. It’s hard to remember why we even try to do things outside when it’s so cold sometimes and honestly compared to most of my European friends, we really don't have that cold a winter. It’s hard to remember why we love winter at all. But we DO love it. Sure, there are things we absolutely hate about it - things we can’t stand! Car windscreens icing up, feeling like your nose will fall off. But for every one thing I hate, there are at least two things I love. So without further ado: the unconventional things I love about winter.

I hate bugs. Haaaate them. Like, bye bugs! Hate you every day! So the fact that for some reason we don’t have bugs during the winter months, or I never see them, makes winter so much more appealing! I don’t know if they hibernate or die, and honestly I don’t care. All I know that they go somewhere; heaven or under my stairs, and stay there until it gets to be about spring again and the flying cockroaches start again. Yes I said Flying… UGgh. Until that time, I live in peace.

BE ACTIVE! I love winter because I get to do things that I wouldn’t normally do! Like doing snowboarding, or skiing after a six hour drive. I adore staying active, getting sunshine, taking in the scenery are all vital parts of enjoying the experience. Winter is really short in Australia, and not like the white winter you have. So one must travel to get some entertainment. If we don’t take advantage of all the good things winter has to offer, then you spend your whole winter just sulking. Participating in things like an ice skating rink, throwing a snowball fight, outdoor hot tubbing, or do anything that gets you off the couch and into some fresh air. I’m not saying you can’t have a lazy day; I do all the time.

To quote one of the greatest movies of all time (ahem Legally Blonde,) “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy :)

Once you get past the part where it gets really cold around about August here, you’ll begin to understand why I love winter. There is something about the blue dawn light seeping through our windows, or the chilly mornings that make your bed seem like heaven on earth. You can’t replace the feeling you get when you sit in front of a fireplace talking to your family and friends. Accept the fact that everyone has to deal with it. Winter will be what you make it. So make it count!

Showcasing the amazing new works from our designers, I bring to you our destinations for today: -

Destinations: Shiny Shabby

*COCO*Coat Over Shoulders (Black) for BigBreasts (New) @ Shiny Shabby
Bauhaus Movement - Anime Beats  Headphones // Male Glow Black (New) @ Shiny Shabby
[sYs] CHRYSA top (Maitreya Body) - Brown V2 (New) @ Shiny Shabby
!:Lybra:! Charlotte Shorts Black ~ Maitreya (New) @  Shiny Shabby
Little BranchYoungMaple{4Seasons}(New) @ Shiny Shabby
Amacci Hair - Sabra - (New) @ Shiny Shabby
YS&YS* Olga Tone02 Skin Applier - Lelutka Mesh Head - (New) @  Shiny Shabby
Fawny - My little puppy - 7

Pose: Bauhaus Movement - Roma

#642 The light...

You show the lights that stop me from turning to stone;
You shine it when I'm alone;
And so I tell myself that I'll be strong;
And dreaming when they're gone;

'Cause they're calling, calling, calling me home;
Calling, calling, calling home;

You show the lights that stop me turn to stone;
You shine it when I'm alone home..home...

Showcasing the amazing new designs available right now at the following destinations: - 

Destinations: - Shiny Shabby - 'October', Glam Affair and ROMP 

*AvaWay* DITA_Choker and *AvaWay* DITA_Earrings - (New) @ Shiny Shabby 
S&P Ivy Harness (this is the S&P skeleton harness gown Ivy) (New) @ ROMP 
Glam Affair - Nancy Applier ( Catwa / Annie ) America - (New) Store release
.Entwined. Melanie - (New) @ Shiny Shabby
LOTUS. Electric Eyes - 12 - (New) @ Shiny Shabby
CATWA HEAD AnnaGrey [Basic Head]
Mesh_Tulle Veil Hat White - MW Boa -Meli Imako - On marketplace

#641 To keep a warm heart in a cold world is the real victory...

I started a new job the other day and was so excited that I had left the previous horrid place.  To be quite frank the previous place was the worst culture I had ever worked in. It didn't start this way, it was a happy vibrant place, everyone worked to help each other, but over a period of 5 years and 10 redundancies later, with three CEO's coming and going. It really was going backwards. So with the notice given to me as  HR Manager, I skipped out the door and had a delightful and relaxing three weeks off to enjoy life.

Around my fourth week,  I was really happy to be given a temp job that will last for a while and funny enough walked into a new job which was the place I walked out of five years ago. I've been told they call people like me a "Boomerang Employee".

At first the amount of people that were saying, "Welcome Back", " So great to see you again", "OMG you are back with hugs and smiles", to some saying, "How long has it been", and "Why did you leave in the first place". It was all fairly positive and lots of welcomes and smiles, and waves. I had a week of feeling on top of the world and was lovely to know I was missed. Not that it bothered me but was anxious to see if there were any changes and the first week I was honestly feeling chuffed.

Then comes yesterday - Friday. I started to notice some differences. Maybe it is me after all.
The slight rolling of eyes when I asked questions as it has been a while and some systems , processes have changed, to noticing some people within the office asking the group out for lunch and not offering me "Would you like to join us". Other noticeable expressions coming from the same person three times, "Oh but your a temp, your not allowed to have that access"... When clearly I needed it for my job. I then questioned, Why did i come back. They are clearly not happy about my return. I must admit at this stage, I had heard that they were going through a restructure and they were showing all the signs of being fearful about their jobs. The fact that the ones that are keeping me at distance, are the same ones that didn't join me on my last day for a farewell.

I am not a nasty person at all, but am loving being back and working again, feeling refreshed.
It is true what they say though, It is hard to keep a warm heart in a cold world but as well Karma is a bitch and I am going to have fun with this. :D

For now though, come take a walk to our destinations for today: -

Destinations: - GizzAKustom 9, The Seasons Story, Collabor88, Arte

Glam Affair - Pia Applier ( Catwa / Tumble ) America 01 - (New) @ Kustom 9
GizzA - Tracy Strapless Dress [Floral] Maitreya Lara (in store) (New) @ GizzA
{Reverie} 'Gli Animale' Collection - Knee Socks RARE - Maitreya - (New) @ Kustom 9
Meva Scarf Unrigged - (New) @ The Seasons Story
[MAIT] The Secret Store - Pia Quilted Jacket - Dusk (New) @ Collabor88
Arte - Catwa Applier - Beauty Marks (New) @ Arte 
Arte - Catwa Applier - Lux Lashes (New) @ Arte 
CATWA HEAD AnnaGrey [Basic Head] (in store)
-SECRETS- Betsy Jewelry Set - Silver earrings
.Entwined. Alison


#640 Reverend, What is down the well?..."Foggy Swamp"

Whether it is me getting into a Halloween mood or my moods in general are full steam ahead with emotions, with everything going on in my life, I like many of you all could not resist to await the clock count down when Neva and Keon Zenga announced their new sim called 'Foggy Swamp'.

Foggy Swamp has just opened it's doors and is hauntingly magical, which has opened just in time for Halloween.

Excert from Neva's page:-

"As your feet threads past the gates into the Foggy Swamp, be warned that it is the one night where the line between the living and the dead fades as the spirits of both the departed and the vengeful ghouls and fairies of the Otherworld roams the earth during this day with a single mission - Chaos!

Be wary to stay on the path through the dark and foggy village without swaying, else you will never find your way back. As it leads you through the old and forgotten Victorian settlement into the graveyard and further on to the pagan shrine, you can still hear the faint whispers of incantations from the spirits of the last hundred years amongst us. Their chilling presence lingers inside the Hotel that lays upon the rocks, guarding the shore, waiting for new intrusion on the land. Dare you be one of them?
We hope to see you all in the Foggy Swamp during the next 2 months, to have a great time exploring and enjoy the scenery as we tried to do our best in giving you a special Halloween feeling!"

So what are you waiting for, come take a walk to our destination for today: - 

Destination: - Foggy Swamp


#639 There is a little wicca in all of us..

Wicca is an eclectic religious belief centred around gods, goddesses, and nature worship.  Wicca is the love of nature and its elements primarily earth, air, fire, water, sun, moon and so on. It does not worship nature, but loves it, most wiccans are very nature oriented. The love of nature and paganism was an important part of Romantic Movement in English literature. Wicca is based on "harmony with nature and all aspects of the god and goddess divinity."
 Wiccan practice involves the manipulation of nature through various rituals in attempts to gain power, prestige, love, or whatever else a Wiccan wants.  It uses symbols in its ceremonies and follows the calendar in reference to Wiccan festivals.  Its roots are in ancient agrarian Celtic Society.  It is considered Neo-Pagan (based on old European and pre-Christian belief systems). Wicca does not have a structure of clergy and/or congregations.  But it does have priests and priestesses which are in leadership positions within covens that have witches.  The varying traditions of Wicca have different requirements for attaining the level of priest and priestess.  Some of the more common varieties of Wicca are 1734, Alexandrian, Celtic, Dianic, Dicordian, Eclectic, Gardnerian, and Georgian.  Wicca is even recognized as a religion in the military.
There are two basic codes by which the Wiccans live.  First is the Wiccan Rede which states, "An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will".  This means that a Wiccan is free to use his or her magic as long as it doesn't harm anyone.  The second is the Threefold Law which says that all the good you do will return to you threefold in this life.  Likewise, all the harm you do will return to threefold as well. In Wicca, a person is free to discover his or her own path.  
Wicca is a deep appreciation and awe in watching the sunrise or sunset, the forest in the light of a glowing moon, a meadow enchanted by the first light of day.   It is the morning dew on the petals of a beautiful flower, the gentle caress of a warm summer breeze upon your skin, or the warmth of the summer sun on your face.   

Wicca is the fall of colourful autumn leaves, and the softness of winter snow.   It is light, and shadow and all that lies in between.  It is the song of the birds and other creatures of the wild. Whilst I don't know any Wicca's myself, I do adore the harmony of nature and all that it offers. 
Showcasing the gorgeous new works of some designers available right now at so many exciting events which are sure to bring out the wiccan in you in preparation for Halloween. So what are you waiting for, come take a walk to our destinations for today.

Cottage: - Trompe Loeil - Gillian Cottage Red - Uber
Dress: - {Reverie} 'Charlize' Dress - Fullpack - Maitreya - FaMESHed
Skin: - Catwa Head - Anna Grey with (Glam Affair - Kelly Applier ( Catwa  ) America - Salem
Hair: - .Entwined. Amelia - The Crossroads Event
Chair: - .:Bee designs:.Cozy Time Gacha Chair 2 - The Crossroads Event
Bench: - .:Bee designs:.Cozy Time Gacha Bench RARE - The Crossroads Event
Gazebo: - :Bee designs:.Cozy Time Gacha Gazebo RARE - The Crossroads Event
Chair:- .:Bee designs:.Cozy Time Gacha Chair - The Crossroads Event
Cage: - .:Bee designs:.Cozy Time Gacha Cage with pumpkins - The Crossroads Event
Side Table: -.:Bee designs:.Cozy  time gacha side table - The Crossroads Event
Books: - .:Bee designs:.Cozy  time gacha pears and books - The Crossroads Event
Candles: - Merak] - Autumn Decor - Cinnamon Candle [Pink), (Green), (Blue)  - The Crossroads Event
Dahlias Jug: - [Merak] - Autumn Decor - Dahlias Jug (Salmon) - The Crossroads Event
Candles: - ::KKs:: Lust Supreme gachas - candles - The Crossroads Event
Carpet: - ::KKs:: Lust Important gachas - square carpet - The Crossroads Event
Pillow: - ::KKs:: Lust Important gachas - pillow - The Crossroads Event
Glasses: - ::KKs:: Lust Supreme gachas - glasses - The Crossroads Event
Earrings: - Cae :: Stellar :: Earrings - Style 2 - FaMESHed
Broom Rack: -DRD MS - Broom Rack - Memento Mori
Spell Supply: - DRD MS - Spell Supply - Display Two - Memento Mori
Spell Books: -DRD Spell Books (edited) - Memento Mori
Tea Cup: - Belle Epoque {It's Tea Time!} Tea Green - SaNaRae Event
Tea Pot: -Belle Epoque {It's Tea Time!} Tea Set - SaNaRae Event
Cherry Blossom:- LB_CherryBlossoms.v2{5Flowers} - Little Branch - The Chapter Four.
Sparrow: - Pewpew! Sparrow White "Eating" - Salem Event
Tree: - LB_MangroveTree.v1{Seasons} - Little Branch
Hanging Plant: - Ariskea [Wild] Boho Plant Hanger [Foliage]
Wild Maple Tree: - LB_WildMaple.v1{4Seasons} - Little Branch
Necklace: - Cae :: Serpent :: Necklace 
Books: - Apt B // Creative Outdoors - Books
Autumn Leaves: - .05 [ kunst ] & [ hoorenbeek ] - Autumn leaves
Cat: - (fd) Cat - 08 Stretching
Tied Books: - {af} Tied Books
Blanket: - Vespertine  - Warm Blanket

Pose: - Amitie - Cinquo - 03 (Modified slightly) - The Crossroads Event


#638 Have you visited Shiny Shabby yet?

Without the superb efforts and concept from Neva Zenga, we wouldn't have Shiny Shabby showcasing each month. Sponsored by some amazing artists such as Zerkalo, Entwined, Excellence, Kunst, SyS Design, Apple Fall, DaD Design and many others who come together to showcase for you all their awesome designs each month.

Did you know though, each month Neva creates a mood board for the designers to provide them with some inspiration for each month. September Shiny Shabby mood board is woods, flowers hanging in pots of like ivy covering walls, natural details, leather, coffee, simple clothing with old textures, ripped jeans and nice small dresses for woman, many old interior elements, leather bracelets, even food! it’s all about bring realistic things on sl!  Come take a walk to Neva's - Moodboard for the Shiny Shabby this month. Do you recognise one of the houses on the moodboard? Look similar?

 So what are you waiting for, come take a walk to our destination for today: - 

Destination: - Shiny Shabby (September)