My Number 1
Must Visit this Christmas
Aussie Outback Christmas – Image Essentials.
This time of year, most of Second Life adopts a snowy landscape similar to that enjoyed in the Northern Hemisphere. Aside from the charm of open fireplaces, mulled wine and creatures sporting snowflakes there is the simple fact that after ten sim’s of bone chilling ice and snow even the igloo loving Eskimo’s are seeking a place of warmth and sunshine.
So if you make no time for the other two Christmas highlights I’ve shared, I beg, plead and heck I’ll even grovel that you go and at least spent ten minutes in Outback Australia visiting the Aussie Outback Christmas by Image Essentials.
Although the falling snow in Second Life originally gets us Australians and New Zealanders excited at the beginning of December, because of the novelty feature. By the time December 22 rolls around, after having experienced the heatwave conditions which are common for our summertime; the thought of cocoa, cozy fireplaces, winter coats, boots and scarfs has us feeling like we are living a perverse self-inflicted version of hell. Okay maybe a slight exaggeration, but when the temperatures are hitting 105F we aren’t thinking “oooh pretty” at those snow particles, we are planning to throw our naked bodies into the snow! Tip for all landscapers, in the name of global friendliness, always have a snow angel animation near by, it totally saves embarrassment for those of us on the other end of the world.
This is where Kay Weston owner and creator of Image Essentials saves the day for us air-conditioner bound, sun loving, zinc wearing southern folk. Adapting a popular Australian Christmas book she has created a Christmas scene complete with dry earth, kangaroos and even Santa’s ute.
To make your visit even more enjoyable and to share a little Aussie with everyone, Kay has included a reasonably easy treasure hunt. Read the story and find the Christmas stockings scattered around the sim. Given my local knowledge of not only the story but all things Australian, I found the hunt rather easy but it could be a little challenging for anyone who isn’t familiar with “Aussie speak“.
I suggest, grab the nicest Australian you know and take them out for an hours fun in the outback. Mention a cold beer and a swing on the clothesline and trust me, they’ll be right with ya mate
Because its Christmas and because I really want you all to visit my part of the world and I can’t afford the airfares, my gift to you is to breakdown some of the codes from the story so you can find all the stocking gifts from Image Essentials.
AND for those who really want to enjoy an Aussie moment here is a reading of the book I found on YouTube.
Good luck everyone and as the beautiful red dust settles upon your boots may you fall in love with the charm and simplicity of life found at the other end of the planet in Australia.
Oh and Drems .. get on a damn plane will ya!
Hugs, Pb x
Translation of “An Aussie Night before Christmas”.
tucker/grub = food
pavlova = really, I mean, REALLY yummy meringue, cream and fruit desert
ruckus = commotion
screen door = mesh screen for doors to keep insects away
deck = patio at front, back or side of house. Or all of them!
ute = pick up truck
roo’s = kangaroos
plump bloke = overweight man
dinki di = really truly genuine, honest and true
Shazza = female name of Sharon
Bazza = male name of Barry
stubby shorts = brand of fashion shorts Aussie men and school children have worn since the 1970’s.
old thongs = NOT lingerie on your feet, think old flipflops!
goanna = lizard
prezzies = presents
swaggie = a Swagman.
swagman = an old term describing a transient temporary underclass of worker who traveled by foot carrying his swag (bedroll) on his back and slept under the stars. Famous thanks to Waltzing Matilda written by poet Banjo Paterson and thought of as the unofficial Australian Anthem. (Waltzing Matilda sung by legendary Australian – Slim Dusty)
shoot through = nothing to do with guns, just means its time to leave