By Tatiana Dokuchic, 2019-04-22
According to the Chateau de Versailles:
The Queen's great apartment has just reopened after several years of work. Marble, ors and crystals shine from all their fires, punctuated by a restoration punctuated by discoveries.
I've been following the restoration progress and it's really exciting to think that it's finally done.
Read more at Mille et une nuits chez la reine.
The bedchamber looks fabulous! I believe that all of the fabric was re-woven using instructions found for the original patterns.
Can you imagine hand-painting the ceiling ...
... or sewing the details back onto the walls!
By Tatiana Dokuchic, 2016-11-28
Having first discovered Jane Austen as a child means that I've been pursuing her for many years now. I distinctly remember being enchanted by the fairy tale aspects of Emma; beautiful heroine, dashing hero, wealth, luxury. etc, etc. I also remember trying to figure out what the heck a "fortnight" was.
Her penchant for happy endings was also appealing.
All-in-all I perceived Austen's world as something very "Disneyfied" where beautiful damsels were aided by kindhearted helpers something like this ...
By Tatiana Dokuchic, 2016-11-11
By Tatiana Dokuchic, 2016-10-11
Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM.
Ada Lovelace is a fascinating woman, credited with being the first computer programmer back in the 1830s!
By Tatiana Dokuchic, 2015-10-15
While Marie Antoinette had a gaggle of gardeners to prepare the grounds of the Petit Trianon for her elaborate parties, I'm very content to be working away on my own in SL. After all, where else can you get away with wearing an elaborate ballgown while hauling fresh bales of hay!
My latest adventure in decorating coincides with the All Hallows' Costume Dance which is being hosted by the Duché de Coeur & Rocca Sorrentina on October 25th. Having decided that the French Garden Parterre would be an excellent spot for a party, I waded in and got to work clearing the summer gardens to start with a fresh canvas.
Before I knew it, new trees were taking root and autumn leaves were everywhere!
By Tatiana Dokuchic, 2015-11-03
I first glimpsed her in a photo of the hallway of the Princess Margaret Oakville Showhome 2015. I thought she was stunning. Imagine having a home where she is one of the first things you see coming through the door.
Unlikely to happen for me in real life but more than feasible in Second Life!
By Tatiana Dokuchic, 2015-10-26
Great Balls of Fire!! It started out as another beautiful day at the Petit Trianon; sun shining, birds singing, absolutely perfect for the All Hallows' Costume Dance.
The guests started to arrive; some on broomsticks, others just appearing out of nowhere. This being Second Life their chosen means of transportation didn't raise much of fuss (well except maybe for that HUGE spider that scurried in ... not sure where that creature was hiding her invitation and I certainly wasn't about to approach her to ask!). The costumes were fabulous ...
By Tatiana Dokuchic, 2015-08-17
Rocca Sorrentina is one of those wonderful Second Life estates that always has something splendid going on. Seeing as they are my southern neighbours I'm rather spoiled with views of their shores & news of their activities.
When I heard they were hosting the To Bee or Not to Bee Hunt I thought it was the perfect opportunity to snoop er ... explore some of the less traveled routes through their fair land so I put on my best exploration outfit and set off on a summer adventure.
A helpful hint card gave me clues as to the whereabouts of the twelve hidden bees and warned me that my prey was going to be rather small, as bees tend to be. Just as well as I really didn't fancy running for my life from an over sized bumble! You just never know in Second life.