Once upon a time a woman in a country way up North had a hobby. She would log into a virtual world and enjoy playing with prims and mesh to create wonderful little scenes of beauty on her parcel. One day the owner of the estate where her parcel was situated told her that the island where she lived would have to close – she simply didn’t have enough neighbours and the estate was loosing money.
It was terrible news for the woman, as she had grown so fond of her hobby, and she didn’t really know what to do. She knew the estate needed to make money, but she didn’t know anyone she could ask to become her neighbours. So what should she do. She thought long and hard, and eventually decided to go it alone and get a full island all by herself.
The woman was not rich, and she couldn’t afford to buy an island from LindenLab® (the makers of her virtual world), so she made a deal with the estate owner. He had a homestead that was becoming available, and I think he felt he owned the woman so he let her have the homestead for a very good rate. The woman was inspired and eager to get started, and she had lots of ideas.
The woman had had an old church on her parcel and she wanted that church to be a feature on the new island. She had an idea of a Nordic beach and a central feature should be that church.
The church was placed on a mountain with a bridge crossing a gorge from another mountain. There was 2 ways to climb the mountains. One was to walk up the path from the forest on the West coast and take the last steps, another way was to climb the step spiral staircase towering up from the sandy beach to the East.
To the South the woman made a vast grass plane. She had just visited her SecondLife® friend in Austria and she had seen the Alpine grass meadows in the mountains there, and she had loved it so much, she wanted to recreate it virtually on her land.
In the forest was a little farm with lots of animals – a clearing in the woods provided a pen for the sheep and goats and pigs, while the chicken roamed the grass in front of the farm house.
As soon as the design was finished – or as close as the woman could make it to finished – she opened up the Gates to the community. Lots of other people like herself came to visit her land – her work – and she was happy every time she found images from her Binemist.
The seasons changed on Binemist. First to autumn and later to winter. The woman had fun changing the colours especially in the forest to brown and orange
And as winter came to the woman’s native RL land, so she changed the season again on Binemist. A lot of fun was had in the winter landscape by her friends who came to visit.
Eventually the woman grew tired of all the colourless snow and ice, and her creative juices were flowing once again. She had been a big fan of the island Embryo – an ever changing water sim with patches of dry land and lots of trees and flowers, so after winter she started transforming her island to a vast waterscape. She couldn’t bring herself to take the church down, so that stayed on it’s mountain with the spiral staircase to access it. The lighthouse stayed too.
A big water space is a great place to put out large pieces of virtual art and the woman found a perfect spot for a Haveit Neox piece called Ship of fools.
At the church you could find Bryn Oh’s White Balloon and inside the church the woman placed Sleeper by MeadowWorks
In the tree tunnel on the water you would find Ladder Chairs by Cherry Manga and WISH YOU A BUBBLING 2013 by Rose Borchovski and other fish.
Under water tortoises swam free over a myriads of Cica Ghost grass and Cherry Manga’s Light Birds. When the woman’s creative juices started flowing again, she thought she would give the tortoises more room and expand this little corner of her “island”.
The woman finally let go of the church and lowered the ground to 20 meters under the surface on most of the island, and thus creating the land that is Binemist today.
Under the surface the woman created a hidden world that one only discovers when one wonders down the steps from the beach house. The woman is very pleased with the way Binemist looks on her 2nd anniversary.
It is my dream as the woman in this story to carry on Binemist. It may keep it’s current shape, or it may change again. Only time will tell.
* A Last Note: All the snapshots I’ve used for this post are taken by visitors to Binemist and shared on the Binemist Flickr Group.