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Some Sims pictures

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Here’s some pictures of my The Sims 2 characters.

Jillian came to live in our street with her grandparents, from a small country town.

Jillian is one of my favourites, she’s cheeky but also very straight and innocent. Alas, she finds life in the city is a lot trickier than she ever expected.

Last dance at the debs’ ball in our local town hall.

This pic shows what can be done with lighting and a bit of post-production colour balancing. I’d love to have a hairdo like that for a change, but where to wear it (apart from a production of Hairspray?)

Gladys arose slowly, remembering the night before.

This lady really is called Gladys, she lived in a cosy flat above her shop in my parents’ neighbourhood.

Kevin realised he was not alone

The lady in period costume is meant to be a ghost but I couldn’t quite make her transparent. Kevin is a student who lives in an old house, cheap rent because people say it’s haunted.

Hello world!

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My kitchen window looks across an almost bare backyard where a plain fence divides my lawn and clothesline from a vacant paddock. Living almost in the country where I can see a few gumtrees and the distant blue hills is one consolation. Another is the newly made road that runs past my Housing Trust home and the eight other cream brick veneers in this street that ends nowhere.

Here I can tell the kids  “We’ve got a nice new house to live in, just the three of us, haven’t we?  It’s big, but not too much for Mummy to keep clean.  We’ve got nice neighbours to see every day if we want, but they’re not so close that everyone has to know each others’ business.” I’d feel less comfortable living close to my sister and parents, who’d want to know my business in detail.

After tea the empty skies darken, but the stars are often as bright as the street lamps.  In this neighbourhood, people lock their front doors early.  Nights are supposed to be quiet and private with blinds drawn over still-lit rooms or just the glow of a television.

The television, net and phone are my lifelines to the real world. I play The Sims 2 more than I should, it fits with the stories I make up. Yes, I’ve always loved telling stories, reading and imagining! I go shopping twice a week, getting a lift from a neighbour or walking with Paul in his pusher while Sue is at school. If I spend the morning shopping with Judy, Rae or Alison I like to make them lunch back at my place and we chat until it’s time for their kids to start arriving home.