The Yard at Honie Isle closing down on 27th April 2012

Yesterday evening (SLT) there was sad news posted in White Tigers Mentors group via group noticea and inworld group chat that The Yard at Honie Isle will be closing down in Second Life after 7 years. It’s sad to hear about closures in general in Second Life and it sometimes brings a tear to my eye when well-known locations shut down.

Closure dates

  • Public access to Honie Isle will stop on Saturday 14th April 2012.
  • The closure for The Yard at Honie Isle is Friday 27th April 2012.


The Yard at Honie Isle SLURL

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Here is the notecard announcing the closure of The Yard at Honie Isle in late April 2012.

Dear friends.

It is with great sadness, that we are writing this notecard to u.

As from the end of April. The Yard at Honie Isle, will be gone. 27th April 2012

The reason for this is……..both Min and I feel that the island is governing our lives, in more ways than one.
Plus we are no longer enjoying SecondLife anymore.

The years of dedication is beginning to take its toll on us. Its been 7 years, and in that time….we have helped countless newbies and residents, get started in SL. We personally feel over the years, we have provided an excellent service to the programme. Plus, we feel it is time that we start enjoying the time we have in SL instead.

Saturday the 14th of April. Public access will be removed from the island. This will give us time to collect up all the freebies and personal items. Then the island will be gone before the end of the month. Please would u remove any LandMarks to the island in ur folders.

Both Min and I have worked hard to provide everything a resident could possibly wish for. We set out 7 years ago, to make the greatest freebie place we could. WE feel that we have achieved this. Now its time for us to relax a little more .

Thank u for all ur support over these years. Both Min and I appreciate it. We have forged good friendships here and hope we shall continue to hold those friendships.

Real life is taking over much of our time now, and we cannot be here as often as we wish.

I do hope u will try and understand.

Thank u so much

Love Min and Till

Check out this kind message from Orange Planer.

Till Pierce said this via group chat yesterday evening…

The Yard is closing because after 7 years. The island has dominated both Mins and My life. We have put in many hours of work to provide a good service for SL. We have achieved wot we set out on SL to do. But there comes a time when the hard work and dedication becomes too much and we need a rest.

The last part Till said yesterday was this…

Yes it has been. I love the island that we have worked so hard for. But we cannot be here 24/7

When I logged inworld this morning and teleported over to The Yard at Honie Isle Till and CallieDel was there.

[03:47] V””V: aw ty for ur messages
[03:47] CallieDel Boa: Thank you for doing this, I hadn’t realized it was 7 years for you
[03:47] V””V: I have a message from Orange to put out too
[03:47] V””V: Yes Its been a long time
[03:48] V””V: I am tried of it all sis
[03:48] CallieDel Boa: Longer than I’ve been here, I hope you’ll still drop in.
[03:48] V””V: Yes, I need to find a new home
[03:48] V””V: somewhere for me and my roos
[03:48] CallieDel Boa: I can understand that. I haven’t been in-SL much myself this last year.
[03:48] CallieDel Boa: 5 years for me too
[03:49] V””V: Yes, its saddens me, but I have nothing left to give the programme anymore
[03:49] V””V: It used to be a joy to come online
[03:49] V””V: Now its a chore
[03:49] CallieDel Boa: When it’s no longer fun it’s time to move on.
[03:50] V””V: Yes
[03:50] V””V: I cant remember the last time I went out dancing
[03:51] V””V: I cant remember the last time I went exploring
[03:51] V””V: and if I did
[03:51] V””V: someone would call me back here for some reason or another
[03:51] CallieDel Boa: That can get old.
[03:51] V””V: I have been a prisoner here
[03:51] V””V: No more
[03:52] V””V: I have had my parole
[03:52] V””V: Out this month on a good behaviour bond. lol
[03:52] CallieDel Boa: I’d say you have, now it’s time to relax, explore, come and go as you wish
[03:52] CallieDel Boa: lol
[03:52] V””V: Yes it sure is
[03:52] V””V: I have enjoyed it
[03:53] V””V: But its time for the new ones to do their bit
[03:53] CallieDel Boa: Good point
[03:53] V””V: I have to go. Treacle wants me
[03:53] CallieDel Boa: Ok Huggggsss
[03:53] V””V: Hugs and ty for ur support and friendship
[03:53] V””V: both of u
[03:53] CallieDel Boa: Always Sis
[03:54] V””V: Dont be a stranger
[03:54] Daniel Voyager: thats ok 🙂
[03:54] CallieDel Boa: No way, yoiu either
[03:55] CallieDel Boa: I understand how she feels, but still sad

I know the SL community will appreciate the work Till Pierce and Min Ixtab the owners of  Honie Isle have done over the years and I think many will understand the hard decisions they had to make. I wish them all the best for the future!