Hovering I look about me the fog having kept its grip upon the Thicket, the muted colors and sounds feeling even a bit more closed in than usual. It’s terribly quiet, the crowds and people for the most part are gone. It feels like you shouldn’t raise your voice and even if you do it feels like the sound might be swallowed whole before it can actually be heard. Today the Thicket truly feels mournful to me, it’s almost like the sim knows that it is coming to its end trying to hold tight to a few final moments.
Soon it will be gone. The months of planning, work, preparing… all the hope that it will be what I had envisioned, putting it all out there. Hoping that people would understand it for more than the dark woods that it was and then rejoicing when I witnessed for myself that it was happening…
I watched people poke around into the different spots. Finding the ravine filled with sharp thorns blocking the way upwards to the gypsy camp. Finding the spots where the roses thrived amongst the jagged rocks. Pausing to breathe in the Thicket’s hidden little areas… The jail, a favorite spot I believe seeing it come up in quite a few pictures and then of course the landing. The camp.
Life really was here. Folks sat around the campfire whiling away the hours together singing, laughing, enjoying the rum that was left near the barrels and crates… dancing, lounging around the wagons. Unicorns bed down in the grass over there and there were horses grazing over there.
What I had hoped for.
What I wanted for the Thicket… it happened.
The whole week long I watched as people lived, breathed, and experienced the fair and I am so grateful and just thrilled that I was able to provide that backdrop. That setting. That little bit of a respite as we travel together.
It really was all I wanted, and I got it.
It’s been a wonderful fair filled with memories. From the first fair I did 4 years ago as a vendor each fair has precious moments. This one has been particularly emotional for me. Stories shared from people, bonding with friends more closely than ever, and traveling when I could even though real life and needing some sleep kept me away more than I wanted to be. I didn’t get to share it the way I wanted exactly but I AM the proud owner of the Fairechylde now, the radio flag ship for the fair that has the most awesome fireworks cannons ever. *laughs* I’ve been told by the way I am now obligated to throw parties since I purchased the ship. That little tidbit must have been in the fine print somewhere, I surely didn’t see it but we’ll see. I’m so not good at hosting parties. hahaha
My after fair post isn’t going to be as long as usual. I said a lot in the pre-fair teaser post about the dedication and what I was putting out there. This is more of a thank you and a look around.
Yesterday I got to do the tour, and a repeat today. Each year a bunch of us pile into a bus inviting folks into our madness as we travel from one sim to the other. Laughing, side splitting tear inducing laughter as we fall off of cliffs, spin in circles getting sick to our stomach trying to cross sims, flying through walls, avoiding hitting anyone on the way, dropping to the bottom of the sea or into lava pools as whoever is unlucky enough to win the draw of having to actually drive through these sims is muttering from behind the wheel. You know these sims are REALLY not driver friendly. This year it was Alia, poor guy.
As we worked our way around, pictures snapped for flickr pools and memories there was one that really hit me for some reason.
In so many ways it just felt like the perfect picture to end the fair with…. The group of us riding off into the sunset so to speak after a long lengthy exhausting fair, laughing… living, joking and relaxing trying to make our way upwards to heaven… which I will tell you, we couldn’t ever quite get up those damned stairs without cheating… we kept flying off and landing in the lava pools below. Typical if not a bit fitting.
I really hope you had a good fair experience, this year I am leaving it with a smile and I must be nuts because I’m already looking forward to what we will bring you next year.
Take care everyone and thank you so much for donating, working hard, and just being there.