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House from Julia HathorOnce again there’s a Treasure Hunt in this month’s edition of Prim Perfect. There are TWELVE stores taking part this month – and you have to visit the store to discover the prim count of each of the pieces featured in the magazine. You’ll find instructions on how to find the prim count for an item on our Treasure Hunt Information page.

Today’s clue comes from Creative Fantasy Home and Garden, in this instance located on Serenity Falls, one of Julia Hathor’s group of sims. It’s her Glen Ardour Cottage, one of the many gorgeous builds that you’ll discover all over her grouped sims. The cottage includes a fenced-in garden, a fountain, a balcony, a working fireplace and lanterns, as well as privacy windows and a security door. But above all, it’s a beautiful building!

The whole set of sims are just gorgeous, and full of treats to be explored. The link I’ve given you, for example, will land you on a bridge. If you peep (very cautiously) over the edge of the bridge you may well find a troll lurking there … It really is that sort of place!

Serenity FallsWe made Serenity Falls our Landscape of the Month in our Christmas edition, and a short stroll around should tell you why. Although most items you will see here are for sale (ranging from the ground being textured to deer that grass on the lush vegetation – oh, and the lush vegetation too), this is far from being simply a store. It’s a place to be relished and enjoyed, a place for relaxation and romance, for contemplation and tranquillity. It is, in short, lovely.

But Julia doesn’t just deliver on the wider details. Her builds contain meticulous details that make them perfect for homes – but not perfect homes. Her houses have weathered old bricks; the plaster may be crumbling and the paintwork needs touching up. These are real old buildings, in other words, even if the ambience is romantic and even, sometimes, fantastical (as with the unicorns you’ll come across and the frequent toadstools that give helpful information).

And then there are the trees! Julia was, I think, one of the first landscape designers to work with sculptie trees and hers are just gorgeous – ranging from sober greens torich autumnal colours of reds and golds and then toppling over into wild fantasy with blues and mauves. But even at their most astonishing, you dearly want trees to have these possiblities.

Castle in the airAnd if you want castles in the air … well, Julia has those too!

But for now, let’s concentrate on the Glen Ardour Cottage, and the Treasure Hunt.

For the treasure hunt competition, what you have to do is to find as many prim counts as you can, and send the details to primperfect@gmail.com, including your avatar name and an answer to the tiebreak question (which you’ll find in the magazine on Page 90). The person to find the most prim counts will win – and in the event of a tie, we will use the tie-breaker. Also: – you don’t necessarily have to find every prim count to win a prize! Just find as many as you can – by March 5th 2008.

See our earlier clues here:
February Treasure Hunt – Clue 1: Submariner Fabrications
February Treasure Hunt – Clue 2: Sweetbay Designs
February Treasure Hunt – Clue 3: Bygone Days

Another clue will be appearing shortly!

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the dog track ready for racing in Alaska!I received this news of an event for charity – which looks rather fun, I thought:

Anchorage Alaska Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) presents:
Virturod™, the virtual Iditarod™ dog sled race.

MISSION
To explore the wonders of Anchorage, Alaska through the magic of Second Life and to simulate the Virtual Iditrod in SL.

There will be free T-shirts for visitors. There will also be dogsled race contests with virtual and real world prizes for the winners.

The dogsled race will start at 11 a.m. SLT – the exact time of the real-world Ceremonial Start of the 36th Annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race on Anchorages Fourth Avenue, and will continue through 2 p.m SLT.

The winners in each event will receive prize packages from ACVB for themselves and their avatars.

The Virturod registration includes a free dog sled team and reserved race slot and eligibility to win real life hoodie from ACVB.

The Alaskan Visitor Information Centre - with free teeshirts!Second Life residents can register now to race in Virturod by buying an Anchorge Virturod Dog Sled Team for 500(L$.), which includes the registration fee and is open to all SL residents.

Your fee goes to help support ACVB, a non-profit organization, in covering the cost of this sim and to support community outreach and education — by and about indigenous people’s culture and sustainable environment issues.

Visit http://www.Anchorage.net/virturod – for more information.

There’s also the Visitor Information Centre to find out more – and to get your tee-shirt (and steaming hot milk and cookies – you’ll need them!) as well as more information.

Anyone who takes part and takes pictures … I’d love a report on how it goes – and could feature it in the blog!

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