Winter reached its peak in Suncombe with the festive, week-long Bright Nights event in February, and now we’re getting closer and closer to Spring. 🌸 There are a few things to cover from the end of January, too, since my last post on Suncombe only went until January 15th.
January 20th was a Fishing Tourney:
In my last post, I mentioned that I’d gotten the massage chair from Saharah, from the sequence referred to as the “red turnip trade.” I forgot to give Tortimer the massage chair during the New Years’ Eve celebrations, and I thought I wouldn’t get the chance to give it to him again until Bright Nights. But no, he’s here for a Fishing Tourney, and very helpfully reminded me by complaining about his back! 😛 I probably would have forgotten again if he didn’t complain like this…
In return he gave a scallop, which predictably, I forgot to give to Pascal the next time I saw him. xD It’s just tradition to forget these things, what can I say! My sense of urgency might not be the strongest because I’ve just been borrowing a golden axe (one of the end-goals of the red turnip trade) from my main town. 😛
Showing off the trophy in my main room 🙂
Towards the end of January, it was time to celebrate another birthday! ^_^ This character is based off my mom; I was inspired by my dad’s town Red Bank, where he had characters for himself and my mom sleeping up in the attic. I thought that was cute, and carried it over to Suncombe, since this town has other personal touches.
I was kinda jealous that Melba was the one to deliver her cake! xP I think it’s because I used Becky to lock Melba in town through the delivery trick, so that’s how they know each other.
Becky’s only birthday letter was from Melba, and it didn’t have a present attached, so this helps confirm that a high friendship level with my neighbors is why I got 8 letters with gifts attached for my birthday. I notice that unused side characters really don’t get as much mail in general, not even the letters from mom — an interesting choice!
The end of January also brought the first Yay Day I’ve participated in Suncombe, which is a holiday exclusive to Wild World about sharing compliments. I noticed Alfonso and Chief were the only ones who had compliments for me, though! 😛
Compliments flowed more heavily in the other direction:
I tried to give each of my neighbors a compliment based on my personal experiences and perceptions of them, and thought that some of the reactions were pretty cute! I love Chief being confused about his, Ruby confirming that “moon bunny” is totally her, and Melba saying “I couldn’t have said it better myself” when my compliment for her was her own catchphrase: toasty! ❤ But she has the dreaded "cheeseball" catchphrase right now, which has been spreading around my town like a disease.
Now we’re into February! Nope, no groundhog/Resetti event in Wild World. I guess you could always reset your game if you wanted to check for a shadow, though! 😛
So… I have a bit of a thing for gyroids! I just love the way they come in different sizes and families, each with a name and a sound that corresponds with their theme. Even though I’ve collected most of the gyroids in New Leaf and displayed them in the museum in Bywater, I can’t bring myself to sell them all in Wild World. I want to keep at least one of each! But storage is a problem, so I’m attaching them as gifts in the saved letters at the post office — I even made a Google Doc spreadsheet to help me out. xD
The first section is my character Amy’s letter storage (highlighted ones are gyroids I have so far), and the second section is Anthony’s letter storage. I didn’t want to make my boyfriend send 50+ letters to neighbors for gyroid-storage purposes, so I did it myself playing his character.
This is a pretty long tree-lined path that came out well! 🙂
Other areas in town are definitely still a work in progress as far as tree-planting goes… I’m being reminded of how much of a pain it is to recover from a completely bare town from dead-spot-testing! Plus, I’m trying to be pretty careful in planning because I want the layout of trees to look good in all seasons: cherry blossoms, autumn, winter, summer, everything. Anything to cut down on seasonal maintenance! xP
Baby trees are a common sight lately, and will probably continue to be for weeks to come, until I finally arrive at the layout of trees I like. I think it’s helpful to focus on the overall structure of town and trees first, because otherwise, how do I know what patterns I need to make, and where?
I thought this looked like such a cozy little meeting on the path in the snow! ❤
Teddy went on to talk about how we’re photo pals, but I can’t find his photo anywhere! >_< I've looked in all the characters' dressers, and all over town for anything dropped. I might have just sold it on accident, or something.
Temporarily dismantling my bedroom, I wanted to take a picture showing all the villager photos I’ve received in this town, but it’s missing Teddy’s. 😦 Ah well, maybe I can ask Anthony to see if he can help Teddy in particular with hobbies, so there’s a chance I can get another one.
Aw, sweet moment with Goldie 🙂 I also thought the lighting was nice, as well as the way her face was peaking between the foliage. ^^
Bees have given me so. much. trouble. in this town ❗ I’d pretty much given up on catching one! But in this picture, I was going around shaking cedar trees during Bright Nights, because I heard a tip from someone years back that you can get a few un-lit cedars to change into festive ones by shaking the bells, furniture, and bees from them every day. It’s not a miracle-worker (there will still be many un-lit cedars), but I have confirmed a few of those will change to festive cedars this way!
A festive photo of Bright Nights in the corner of town with the stone houses! ✨
I even tried hanging lights on mine! 😉 (should’ve used a sharper brush 😛 )
Tortimer and the villagers make it clear that Bright Nights is not just an aesthetic event, it’s a fierce competition! I have trouble taking it super seriously as a competition, though, because the layout of lights is determined by the house exterior structure the villager has. Who would you pick as the winner ❓
The winner in Suncombe this year is Ruby! I actually didn’t get a chance to vote because I wanted to wait until the last day, but it turns out that was too late! Anthony and I were in agreement, though, that Ruby’s was pretty nice with the lights draped over the wall. Many of the other houses just have lights on the roof and fence.
I went to go congratulate Ruby ’cause Tortimer asked me to, but Ruby didn’t have anything to say about Bright Nights! I think she would’ve, had I voted for her, probably. She did have something to say about Katrina, though! 😆
Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Suncombe with a heart of roses! ❤ I just did this 'cause I don't have a layout of trees figured out for the island yet. 😛
I went almost a week without playing, and was greeted by many wilted flowers on my return! o_o I wouldn’t want my town to look like this all the time, but I actually think it looks kind of cool & rustic-looking with the newly green leaves!
And next time I share about Suncombe, it will have green grass! ^_^ Sorry this post was so long — I should’ve posted after Yay Day, and not waited ’til Bright Nights. I’ve been busy with tree-planning and blog house-keeping, though (check out the newly re-formatted QR codes page, it looks much more organized now ^^)!