When I reflect upon the Great Canadian Grid, I am reminded of people who are genuinely loving and caring. From the grid owner Roddie Macchi to his team of caring mentors.
One mentor who comes to mind Tigerkitti Eberdene is one of the core members of the grid who has spent countless hours creating her memorials at Georgetown, in the Aurora region.
Tigerkitti served in the Canadian military and wanted to show respect and appreciation for not only those who serve but also to dear loved ones who have passed.
Since this is May, I thought we should respect the Memorials and Tigerkitti’s region.
Aurora is a 4x4 that takes its theme from Northern Ontario. Seasons are played, and we are now into spring! There are a couple areas severed from Aurora sim. Georgetown Army base, and the town of Georgetown is separated. Here, you can explore the military base and memorials. Head into town where you will
find shops with many free items. Have a rest at Tim Horton's Coffee shop, or by the small lake. Tig's Treasures, First Things, Occasions Formal Store, Beautiful Disaster clothing, Selea Core items, A building store with a few shops available. Reflect in the Church, or remember lost ones at the stones in the cemetery behind. Visit the Arcade and do a bit of gambling. The Dancing Grizzly tavern is available as well. Events happen there, and as well formal ones happen at the Aurora Ballroom. You can grab a vehicle at the garage, or ride the tram around the downtown area. There is a museum on the water to visit and new items coming. If you are looking for a home or store, Tig has some available. Free.
There is an amazing place called The Grey Wolf Lodge on Lake Aurora where you can stay for a visit. Also, campsites, and a trailer park. Opensim fishing right outside the lodge. Trails lead you up into the mountains to lovely spots to visit. As well, they lead you through a beautiful marshy area where you can walk over the water on the docks. Wildlife and nature at their finest. Two smaller islands are separated into Tig and her daughters home. On the one side, there is Satyr farms here too. Part of the trails through the land and up into the mountains. It is such a beautiful hike. Well worth taking the time to follow all the paths. Tig’s RL daughter Funfun61 Gloom created all of this area and it is amazing!
Grey Wolf Lodge. Areas behind the lodge house the trailer park, as well as tent areas ready to go! Tig welcomes visitors to come and stay a while if they wish. Opensim Fishing is on the dock right in front, and many trails and nature areas are there.
Available for events if anyone has a need. The cemetery behind has stones dedicated to some who have passed away in RL who were on the grid.
I asked Tig about the War Memorials,
“Canadian Forces Base Georgetown is the home of the fictional 222 Service Battalion. It is modeled after bases I was stationed on in real life.
Some of the buildings are a mix of styles, but one is built to look exactly like the real-life one. Wolseley Barracks.
The first purpose-built infantry training school erected by the Dominion Government; Wolseley Barracks was built in 1886-1888 to house Company “D” of the Infantry School Corps of the Royal Canadian Regiment. The establishment of a permanent Canadian military force began in 1871 following the withdrawal of regular British troops from Canada in 1871.
This building holds special meaning for me. My Grandfather served in WW1 from the London Ontario army base. My father was brought there after WW2 on the troop trains as this is the base that was chosen for many to be processed out of the military after the end of the war.
I myself spent some time on CFB London as well. Sitting in a classroom inside Wolseley Barracks one day, I noticed names scratched into the desk I was sitting at. It was a surprise to see both my father's and grandfather's names scratched into that desk. Hard to beat that for sentimental reasons to have it included on my virtual army base.
The base does depict very similar to how the military was for me during the 80's as a soldier.
The memorials are the reason that Roddie invited me to join GCG when it first opened years ago. I have created memorials that are still used in SL. Some are on my base, and others have been added.
My RL daughter Funfun61 Gloom created the United Nations Peacekeeping memorial as well as the one that stands in front of Wolseley hall. I am so proud of her insight and creativity. Her late father was a peacekeeper during his time in the military, so I know she put a lot of thought and love into the memorials that she made.
As Canadians remember the men and women who risked their lives in times of war, let us not forget the sacrifices and contributions of millions of war animals.
During the First World War, eight million horses were killed and another 2.5 million were injured transporting soldiers, arms and supplies into battle.
Dogs were four-legged soldiers in their own right, rescuing army personnel and civilians, delivering messages, acting as watchdogs and detecting dangerous gases, explosives and land mines.
Some dogs even parachuted behind enemy lines.
But horses and dogs were not the only animals to serve in the war.
Brave birds and rodents were sent into tunnels to detect poisonous gas; Donkeys, reindeer and elephants were used to carry heavy loads in many campaigns Canadians have been involved in world-wide.
Cats were also put to work, catching rats on ships and carrying messages around their necks in battlefield.
Carrier pigeons were particularly important during wartimes. With a good sense of direction and the ability to fly up to speeds of 100 kilometers an hour, pigeons flew through nasty weather conditions and direct gunfire to deliver important, life-saving messages.
At army camps, animals were kept as pets to boost the morale amongst troops. Cats and dogs offered comfort and companionship during the dark times of war.
Even glowworms and fireflies were used to light maps and messages in the dark without tipping off the enemy.
Between 1943 and 1949, 54 animals, including carrier pigeons, dogs, horses and one cat have been awarded the Dickin Medal, an honour established to recognize animals that have shown “conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving…”
After 51 years, the Dickin Medal was revived in 2000 to honour Gander, a Newfoundland dog whose actions saved the lives of Canadian infantrymen during the Battle of Lye Mun in 1941.
Recently, dog named Theo, who served as an arms and explosives search dog in Afghanistan, was posthumously awarded the medal.
So, as you take a moment to reflect on the bravery of men and women who have fought and served in the military to keep our great country free, take a moment to remember all the animals who were so very helpful in attaining that freedom. “
Please take some time and appreciate Georgetown
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Roland Francis’ grid Vibel is a stunning grid that I wanted to share with you all that it offers. As seen from the website.
Neiferleaf's Old Oak Woods
The whole of Neiferleaf is intended to be a relaxing and nature friendly environment. While sitting on the bench you can listen to the many birds residing here, a good few of which are unique recordings of black birds, coucou's and some other local birds found in Roland’s home country.
Leaves are starting to fall some wondrous sounds might flow with the wind. Some come from the old well leading to WesLorien, the ancient Elven Woods not very far away. Just follow the lights, they will guide you on your way. Stride silently for there are bears and hungry wolves in the woods, here in the old oak woods as well as to the east of the castle where you can experience rather strong forces of magic.
The Epic Castle and its Dungeons
When entering the gates of the castle area, you'll enter the GREAT HALL when you go through the only double door at the castle courtyard. From there you can discover the castles interior. Walk into the paintings such as
- the LIBRARY,
- the BALL ROOM,
- the THRONE ROOM (walk through the double door in the great hall) and adjacent (left at the throne room)
- THE PRISON. Discover the escape route the prisoners have been digging and follow their traces into
- the DUNGEONS of Neiferleaf.
Ravenstein Town(by Cata Raven)
When you cross the water that separates the two regions of Neiferleaf you enter the village of RavenSteyn, where farmers and craftsmen try to sell their goods on the marketplace. From there the path leads to the inn where weary travelers find a warm welcome. Come and take a seat near the fire while the innkeeper's wife will serve you the finest food and wine. The paths lead on and when you are lucky you find a cave where fairy tales still exist The white horse will give you a clue.
Branwen (by Cata Raven)
Along winding paths, over brooks, through flowery meadows and over steep mountains you may suddenly find yourself in the misty woods of Branwen. Have the courage to wander further and you will find the secret dwelling of the witch.
Beware of her wicked spells…
Roland featured The Citadel, originally posted by Cutelala Artis on OSGrid in 2012, is one of the most beautiful medieval builds on the grid. They enhanced the build with inside/outside mesh updates and interiors on a 1.5 ratio upscaled size for opensim avatar size convenience. Please take the time to visit this magnificent place.
Most of us know of Joe Builder, because when we first create our Outworldz DreamGrid we see all his .oars and freebies he offers us through Fred Beckhusen’s DreamGrid apps. When I featured Fred’s grid Outworldz, I discovered then that many of the regions were created with Joe’s help. What I have come to understand about Joe Builder is he is a most kind and giving person to opensim.
Did you know that he has been building in opensim for 11 years? Or that he owned the Body Shop which was rated number one in SL for shapes and skins?
The builds and items he creates are detailed realistically, and I wanted to feature his grid Lost World so that you too could see what an amazing talent he is to opensim.
I also learned he has yet another grid Galaxywarz (Galaxywarz.com:8004) that features every genre of sci fi.
Joe explained that in the beginning that both grids were combined but then realized it would be better as two grids. You can enter Galaxywarz at Lost World through a portal in a tiki hut!
Upon arrival at Lost World, you are greeted by a lovely tropical landing area where you can choose all the destinations of the grid.
Our first stop was WaterWorld, the open expanse of ocean here combined with cool mountains you feel immediately on vacation. Tropical and lovely beaches, cruise ship, water spout too. It is such a nice place to relax and soak up some rays.
Reyn loved the region, “It’s a region rich in color and ideas about an idealized lifestyle. I would want to be here.”
We decided to venture to Tornado thinking, would this be Kansas?
Entering the region, much to our delight we see that Tornado is an excellent roller coaster!
Now this is fun! The kinetic energy works even in opensim!
Joe offers this coaster for sale, please ask Joe about the details.
We venture on to Enchanted, a perfect name for this region. Lush, gorgeous landscaping here. Huge mossy trees with filtered light shining through. You feel completely relaxed here. This is a soothing region.
Enchanted is definitely a place to unwind and relax.
Have you ever wanted to see Ancient Rome? Joe has created a region where you can immerse yourself among the Roman builds with full military.
This is the perfect entrance for Dino Park!! Inside you will meet prehistoric dinosaurs!
Joe has created many of the regions I have often dreamt of creating!! Especially a dino world!
We could not possibly cover all there is to explore here, we have yet to venture to GalaxyWarz! We will feature that in future issue too!
When you venture here, make sure you visit all the regions, we covered only a few. Each has special features that will bring many hours of discovery. It feels very much like the early days of Secondlife when you would teleport to a region and immerse yourself in awesome builds, losing time and spending hours there, only to find yourself returning time and time again. You will visit Lost Worlds over and over again, it has that appeal.
Very nice work Mr. Joe Builder, I look forward to visiting your regions and inviting my friends to see too.
Joe Builder - YouTube
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Zweet Zurroundingz, winding my way down the path I am met with luxuriant gardens and flourishing, terraced hillsides. What a spectacular place this is. First impression is this is a very complex well laid out region. You have to stand in one spot for an hour, and take it all in to see all the details, impeccable details here. Captured images breath a life of their own.
This is the kind of place where you can immerse yourself in romance, the ambiance lends itself to love.
Creator Peter shared with us what inspired him,
“It all started in 2007.
I was eating my dinner and watching a program about recent matters of interest.
Then a new topic started, about university students who had created their university in Second Life, and introduce people to the virtual world.
What struck me though, was what happened on the screen; an avatar was quickly throwing a prim chair together and textured it.
Now that was something.... a complete new creative canvas! With no limitations but your fantasy.... how cool could that be.
I logged in....and didn’t leave for 3 days:))
I was so lucky to discover an amazing sim on my first day, The Lost Gardens of Apollo. Beautiful design, dancing, meditation, the lot.
So, I decided to give it a shot, bought my first mini-plot, tore apart the ugly villa on it and started to experiment.
I haven’t stopped, since then!
I had a great mentor in my early days, member of a mostly Dutch group of IT experts; I was new to the virtual, but not my pc and things, so she could explain the how’s and what’s in no-time.
One important element I understood quickly; with the textures, you can make or break an object. And, my other experience with arts, was a great help
In my first year, I moved 3x to a new plot, growing from 64 m2, to a quarter sim. Then I decided to rent a full standalone sim.
Since then, I have learned a great deal about building, terraforming, and, later on, creating mesh.
Simple stuff at first, with a neat little app called Sculptypaint by Second Life resident, Cel Edman...it’s still exists!
After some time though, I realized that for more detailed and complex design, I would need something like...Blender.
My first glance at the fresh install, was enough to close it down again; being a licensed teacher myself, I was sure that in the development of the program, not one woman was ever involved.
The LEAST intuitive application I had come across in decades!
But it didn’t take long to see that no matter the program, it would be a hell of a task to master in any case.
I can safely say, I have an intense love/hate relationship with Blender:)
In 2012 I had closed my Zweet ZurroundingZ in SL.....relocating in RL caused my monthly spending to go through the roof, so...
I was asked by some good old friends and group members, to come to Osgrid and rebuild my ZZ there, they would make me a sim.
That didn’t last longer than 3 months before I had figured out, how to create my own sim, on my own computer!
Since then, ZZ has steadily grown, from one single sim, into an 81-sim VAR region.
I’m still having a ball creating new stuff; the difference is that by now I have the experience to create what I want. The past year though, I have spent mostly on redoing everything, making it lowpoly.
A lot of work, but time well spent, given the performance of the place. And, slowly, it all comes together now.
A truckload of animals added in the past weeks, and a lot more on its way!”
As you can see Peter is an amazing creator and I am looking forward to watching ZZ flourish even more so!