I’ve been pretty unproductive in New Leaf the past few days: haven’t paid off any loans, built any community projects in town, laid down any paths, re-arranged my gardens or trees, or done any WiFi. I thought that once I had a gridded map of my town, I’d get to improving my town right away, but I’ve been a bit lazy about it, I guess. 😛 Oh well, it’ll happen eventually! And there are still a few things to share, like the Summer Solstice on day 12 in my town — the first sort of mini-event so far. 🌞
Thursday, June 20 (Day 11):
My first perfect apple tree grew to full size yesterday. ^_^ But I can’t continue to admire it, I’ve already planted its three delicious apples elsewhere in town.
Aww, Vesta will be the first to move out of Citàlune. She’s one of my favorite neighbors in town, so I’ll be sad to see her go. But her house is in a spot I want to build something, and there are other neighbors I like, so I’m letting her leave.
No need to apologize, this is great news 😀
And it looks like there’s more construction work to look forward to on Main Street!
I went to see Isabelle about the completed bridge, but found her snoozing on the job! It’s okay, Isabelle, you deserve a rest 🙂
Then she told me about the Dream Suite, where you can visit “dreams” of others’ towns, and gave me the option to build it. So I did, and I paid it off the same day. (I was considering building a fountain, but I’m still unsure of where to put it, so this saved me from having to figure out where to put the fountain right away, phew. 😛 )
Now for the bridge celebration:
One day I’ll manage to take a screenshot of the exploding party poppers at just the right moment. 😛
Crazy Redd came to my town for the first time yesterday! Instead of the usual assortment of items I’m used to, his tent was full of art. I saw right away that the Nike statue had strange batlike wings, so I knew it was fake, but I thought the paintings looked fine, so I bought them all. He’ll only sell one artwork per character, so I had to use two of my other characters to buy the paintings.
Well whoops, it turns out two of the paintings I bought were fakes!
In this fake “moving painting,” the shell Venus is on is apparently flipped the wrong way? I would’ve never noticed that! xP
And in this fake “quaint painting,” the woman should be wearing a white bonnet. Maybe I should’ve noticed that.
The only genuine painting was also the only one I had no knowledge of. 😛 But there’s a description at the museum, so now I can learn a bit about it:
I don’t think the original paintings or artists were acknowledged in past games, so to have that — along with a brief description — is a great addition to the gallery in New Leaf!
Friday, June 21 (Day 12):
Today was the Summer Solstice, which means that it’s the longest day of the year. Although I had no idea this would mean that there would be no sunset or nighttime at all. 😆
There was a sunflower-themed photo-op set up for the occasion and Isabelle gave me some orange ladder shades. 😛
I feel like the photo-op was a bit of a missed opportunity; it would’ve been cute to have a WiFi friend in the “sun” of the display.
Phineas was also hanging around the town tree. I found out that if you talk to him over and over (instead of just accepting the badge he gives and leaving), he might give multiple badges! He gave me a couple to add with my Fish Maniac badge: the Skilled Angler badge, Insect Maniac badge, Bronze Medalist badge, and Village Representative badge.
I was surprised to hear that Sylvia had similar thoughts on the Solstice! After having cloudy skies and rain for so many days, I was happy to see that there wasn’t even a single cloud in the sky today, but it would’ve been nice to be able to the stars later. Watch tomorrow be all cloudy and downcast again. xP
A new neighbor moved in today:
Wow, when I saw the simple name Frank on the signpost, I wasn’t expecting a bright green eagle! xD
The Dream Suite opened today! 😀 I was eager to try it out and explore some towns, but was disappointed that whenever I tried to have her assign me a random dream town to visit, it said that my connection was too unstable. I thought that I’d wasted bells on something that wouldn’t even work for me! >_< But it did work when I actually entered a specific dream code to visit.
I visited a Japanese dream town called Kinmokusei (Dream Code:
1500-0180-4141) and explored it for quite a while. I probably could have happily spent hours there! 😀 I hope my town can be half as beautiful one day.
All these hybrids and dirt paths! ❤ Wish I could've seen it in bright daylight colors!
Back to my town…
I caught my first tarantula in New Leaf in broad daylight! It was surprisingly easy to catch, no scurrying away or attempts at attacking me.
There wasn’t any furniture I needed on the island, but I bought a straw hat and a membership to Club Tortimer. I’m not sure how it works exactly, but I guess I’ll try it out sometime.
Vladimir gave me a moody painting, and I didn’t have much hope it was genuine, but it was! Wow, two paintings in one day! 😀 The description says it’s “The Sower” by Jean-François Millet.
Violet’s house was newly expanded today, and I’d actually like some feedback/advice on it. 😕 I want her house to have a small, cozy cottage feel (not an elaborate mansion). So now I wonder if I expanded her house once too many? Because I think before it did give off the feel I want:
But now that it’s expanded, it looks like this:
I like how this expansion has a window at the top, but I don’t really like how tall the side gables are, or how the house looks when it’s not viewed in full. What do you guys think? Which do you like better, especially for the small cottage feel I want? I can always demolish this house and start over, it wouldn’t be hard to collect the money again.