Marching into #SecondLife – It’s a Tie !

Please join us for an in depth look at a critical component of a gentleman’s social attire, namely his cravat.  At the turn of the 20th century, a man was judged in some degree by the quality of his neckwear.  Whether they were men aspiring to be regarded as a ‘gentleman’, or men who already had achieved that sobriquet, a man’s neckwear helped define his social status.

This intimate look at a gentleman’s neckwear is lensed through the pages of a marketing piece created for the Keiser Stock Company in New York City, and features a remarkably thorough examination of a how to purchase, care for, select, and tie a cravat for any social event or time of day.

In addition to being a superb look back, it is also a wonderful example of an early ‘white paper’.

The Edwardian Cravat runs from March 1st-March 31st in the Professional Virtua Designers Society located in the 21 C Interactive region in Second Life®. An exhibit catalog with annotations is available in Second Life as well.


Find the Lucky Clover to Win!
Twenty Prizes in all.
Ten for horses, Ten for humans.

Begin at the Carriage Trade Welcome Area and look for this sign to get all the information to get you off to a great start.

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March Events Shaping Up in #SecondLife

Carriage Trade co-owner and CT Equerry, Shenlei Flasheart, has been busy, busy, busy, putting together a whole slew of events for March.

Kicking off the month on March 5th, our first ever SL Fox Hunt. That’s right.. we’re going a hunting.

Fox hunting originated in its current form in the United Kingdom in the 16th century, but is practiced all over the world, including in Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia, and the United States. In America, fox hunting is also called ‘fox chasing,’ as the purpose is not to actually kill the animal but to enjoy the thrill of the chase.

Fox hunting at Carriage Trade will be a ‘catch and release’ sport, as our foxes are released after being bagged by a hunter.  Hunters are provided with hunting horns that contain nets to bag the foxes and an invisible score keeper to track tramples.

The fox does its best to avoid capture and trampling, and may have special little hiding fox holes in which to lurk for a bit to throw off the scent.  When hunters are close enough, they touch their horn to attempt to capture the fox.  Hunters must avoid trampling the fox, as this causes them to lose points.

When a fox is captured, it becomes entangled in a large capture bag, and is taken back to the starting point of the hunt at Saratoga Suites.  The fox is released, and a second fox is then pursued.   This cycle repeats for the one hour space of the hunt; at the end of which, the rider and horse hunting team with the most foxes and (in the event of a tie) the fewest tramples wins a silver hunt cup.

Join the Carriage Trade Hunt on Saturday, March 5th for an hour chasing that wiliest of foes, the Second Life® Red Fox.  An ample hunt breakfast at 12:30 pm SLT precedes every hunt, with stirrup cups for all.  Saddling and horse selections begin at 12:45 PM SLT in preparation for the horses riding out promptly at 1 pm SLT!

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Ode Butterfly Hunts – a #Secondlife Tradition

– written by Shenlei Flasheart

The Ode Butterfly Hunts are a Second Life® tradition that draw from an old Victorian event common to the landed gentry and carriage trade.

image of a monarch butterflyIn Victorian England, parties of the upper class would gather at large lawn parties and picnics, and with butterfly nets in hand, go forth to denude the countryside of as many butterflies as they could capture.  This was a popular pastime, as maidens and their gentlemen callers could escape from their chaperons for the time they were pursuing the gaudily winged insects, and perhaps even to (gasp!) steal a kiss or engage in some discreet hand holding.

The Ode butterflies, similar to the Victorian-era butterflies, are also destroyed in the process of hunting them, but unlike the physical world butterflies, the Ode butterflies regenerate every month in the same numbers as before!  Also quite unlike the Victorian-era butterflies, Ode butterflies carry pieces of Random Calliope’s Ode jewelry within their bodies.  Not all Ode butterflies are laden with jewelry, however, and there’s where the fun starts.

At an Ode butterfly hunt, the estate is closed to traffic for 45 minutes prior to a hunt.  Thousands of butterflies are released by a specially trained butterfly wrangler into the estate.  Once they are released and flying freely through the estate,  the estate is opened to butterfly hunters, and the hunt begins!

Hunters seek the Ode butterflies, and left click on the butterflies when they find them.  It’s harder than expected as the butterflies randomly zig and zag as butterflies will.  A butterfly containing Ode jewelry  will release its precious cargo before vanishing.  Butterflies that do not contain jewelry will simply vanish leaving no trace behind.

Butterflies with Ode will deposit the jewelry into the hunter’s inventory automatically, where they can later locate it.  Ode jewelry comes in ~ 27 different sets, each set containing 9 or so pieces, all of which are presented randomly to hunters.  Pieces can be traded with other Ode hunters to create full sets.

Ode hunts are offered at Carriage Trade on the 4th Friday of every month, at 3 pm SLT.  The estate will close to all traffic at 2:15 pm SLT and promptly reopen at 3.

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Valentine’s, Hearts, Flowers & Cuddly Carriage Rides in #Secondlife

I’ll start today’s blog with a poem I just read:

‘I wish I could remember the first day,
First hour, first moment of your meeting me…
Such a day of days! I let it come and go,
As traceless as a thaw of bygone snow.
It seemed to mean so little, meant so much!
If only now I could recall that touch,
First touch of hand in hand! – Did one but know!’
Christina Rosetti

Okay, a little something about me… I’m a hopeless romantic. I can’t help it..shrugs. This Valentine’s Day I haven’t made any special plans for myself because we’ve been busy helping others in Second Life® show their loved one how special they are to them. At Carriage Trade we have been offering a Valentine’s Day Romance Package.  The package includes a portrait to capture the special moment they shared, and I couldn’t help but want to share just a few of them with you.

If you haven’t figured out what to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day yet, I’d highly recommend the carriage ride.. it’s getting rave reviews so far.

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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) cured at Carriage Trade in #Secondlife

Okay, I admit, that’s a pretty bold statement to make… seasonal affective disorder cured. But, for anyone who has spent a sizable amount of time living in a virtual world, you really do “feel” the weather, even if only in your mind. And, looking at all that snow day after day after day, well, it was kind of getting to me. Don’t get me wrong, Shen and I loved how our sims looked with the snow falling and ice on the ponds, but one day we just knew ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. (There’s more than enough “winter wonderland” right outside my real life window should I choose to enjoy it.)

I think all of the residents of Carriage Trade would agree, we were more than ready for spring to arrive. We talked about, dreamed about it, and sure enough, one morning we woke up, the winter fog had lifted, the sun was shining, the grass was green and the birds were chirping happily.

Soon flowers will be sprouting, but for now.. let’s just enjoy the Spring !





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Saratoga Suites Opening at Carriage Trade in #SecondLife

If you have wanted to live @ Carriage Trade and maintain a premium equestrian lifestyle, but the large estates were too big for your needs, now we have an answer.

image of saratoga suites east in second life

Saratoga Suites East

Set to open this weekend are the Saratoga Suites, a pair of luxury brick mansions offering apartment and suite rentals, with all of the amenities you would expect from a Carriage Trade home.  Saratoga East and Saratoga West front onto a graceful brick courtyard with an elegant fountain.

Both mansions include privacy shades and a door control system w/locks with your choice of three sizes of rental.  Common areas are exquisitely appointed, with both mansions offering large party rooms and sitting rooms available for all residents to use.  Saratoga East also boasts a small tea room, where all residents may hold afternoon teas, and a lovely rooftop terrace.

Stabling privileges are also available on the Saratoga Suites estate for a small fee, for those who want to keep their horses close by.

Saratoga Suites luxury accommodations will be available for rent this weekend, February 5th, but we are accepting reservations in advance.  Please visit the Saratoga Suites @ Carriage Trade in the 21C Interactive region to view these elegant and comfortable living quarters.  Hurry by for best selection, as we do not expect these suites to stay available long.

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Carriage Trade Week in Review in #SL

This week has been so busy, so tiring and so exciting! I hardly know if I should jump up and down doing the happy dance, or crawl into bed and sleep for two days. LOL

I barely know where to begin in telling you what’s all happened this week. We’ve had lots of new residents moving in, some human, some horse. The new sim, named Carriage Trade – Northampton,  had it’s official opening to the public Friday night, and has been VERY well received. YAY ! I’ll be filming some video of it this weekend, but you should really just stop by an experience it first hand. A shout out to the Goddess of Terrafoming, DZ Questi, for helping me with making the sim a wonderful use of the space, which allowed for the winding riding tracks you’ll find.

Callerton Overlooking the Ocean

On Northampton, you’ll find not only oodles of riding space, but some lovely land for sale, that comes ready to move in, complete with a beautiful home, stable and corral. All you need to do is furnish it. Currently, the Callerton, shown here, and the Somerset are available, but I don’t think they’ll last long.

Shen’s been super busy herself, what with organizing the Horseshoe Hunt that’s going on. Everyone is scattered, searching frantically for the goodies spread throughout the regions.

As for me, taking a quick reprieve from building, I’ve settled into the Lancashire, the third home on Carriage Trade – Northampton, and even adopted my own horse, Espresso. She’s a lovely sorrel, my personal favorite! I am looking forward to spending lots of time riding and exploring with this gentle mare.


Ms. Lillie Vella (Princess of Ireem), one of our home owners, recently adopted another horse, Fidget Guardian. And, Shenlei… well, she’s just addicted and is up to THREE bays, Rum Royale, Spiced Rum and Bay Rum. (umm, that’s a lotta rum)

This morning while doing my normal sim management walk around, I came upon what appeared to be an orphaned foal. I quickly moved her to a stall for safety reasons of course. I can’t tell how old she is, guess I’ll need to call in a vet. She’s a sweet little sorrel with white stockings, and I’ve named her Shea.

Other new additions this week…. and a warm welcome to ~ horses: Echo and Jesse humans: Mr. Bilbo Rain. Jesse is famous already for all the beautiful bows she is often seen wearing… as I get to know the others I’ll report more.

Well, I’m off to more chores around the sim… safe trails to you all !

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