Thursday, January 1, 2009

Of Things Past and Present

TatianaDokuchic Varriale

It occurred to me that January 1st was the perfect day to start a new blog.

What better day to reflect a bit on things past and look with anticipation to the future!

First, allow me to introduce myself. I am TatianaDokuchic Varriale (Tat for short and to save your fingers), Duchesse de Provence (I know, I know, in rl there never was a duchesse, it was a comtesse, but this title denotes land ownership more than anything else). My little piece of the Second Life virtual world is Provence Coeur Est which forms part of the Duché de Coeur. The duchy is an endeavour founded and managed by myself and the Duc & Duchesse de Coeur, my sl sister SkyeRyder Varriale & her sl husband Bedrich Panacek.

It seems that I have been following in Marie Antoinette's footsteps for years now, fascinated by the art and architecture of her time period. First I fell in love with Le Petit Trianon and then of course with Le Hameau de la Reine. I have spent many happy hours bringing her world to life and I hope to continue doing so well into the future. After three years of searching, I finally managed to obtain authentic floor plans, not only for the trianon but also for all the buildings of the hamlet. I am having a marvelous time learning about and building the hamlet with all of the little details that make it so interesting and exciting for me.

As the proprietress of Tatiana's Tea Room, I sell my designs and offer tea and refreshments to all who are interested. The Tea Room is located on the east side of the village of Provence Coeur. Provence Coeur Est also provides a small selection of rentals that are located in a quiet, rural setting. I am considering adding a few more rental houses but not until the skating rink has melted :))

Well, that's enough blogging for one day! I'm off to continue building my latest, Le Rechauffoir, a state of the art kitchen for the hamlet.

Wishing you the happiest & healthiest of new years!

Just Arrived

 I once read that "getting started" was the hardest thing.

That certainly seems to be the case for me when embarking on a new adventure. The world seems big, full of potential, promises & challenges. In comparision, I seem small (and slightly out of focus ). So much to do, so much to explore, so little time to do it in.

Beginning this blog, I am looking forward & back at the same time. Back to the friends I have already made & the things that I have already learned. Forward to new friends, adventures & challenges. Yes, getting started is hard but it is also marvelous!