What Exactly Was Stolen?

Today, I see the Notre Dame cathedral  in Paris burn. I feel sad that so much history is being destroyed. I marvel at what humans could build in 1160. We have all the technology today but nothing we have build in the last 50 years can compare to the Notre Dame. The cathedral was finished in 1345 and this date struck me right between the eyes. Why? Well, it’s more than 300 years before the dutch settlers came to South Africa. Our ancestors would only arrive in 1645. What baffles me is that when old Jan and his “volk” came to South Africa, it was wild and untamed with natives running around in loincloths, yet in Paris, 300 years before, this cathedral was completed. So…Mister Malema and friends, what exactly did the white man steal from you? How did our ancestors build massive buildings with ridiculous detail and yet NO development of any sort was happening in South Africa? I’ve been trying to find some answers all morning, trying to understand how one society could progress while another seems to stay stuck in the stone age. And today, in 2019…nothing has changed.

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Autumn Highlands Holidays – Frogging at Mahai — de Wets Wild

We recently started nurturing more than a passing interest in South Africa’s different kinds of amphibians, adding another fascinating facet to our enjoyment of our natural heritage. When we visited the Royal Natal National Park in March the trout dam at Mahai proved an excellent spot to go looking for frogs and toads, and other […]

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For Fans of The Sims

We at the Simsburton Post are interested in seeking writer talent for our Facebook Page. We started out small–a handful of writers in a small town, doing whatever it took to get the story. But now, as Simsburton grows–we realize that there’s just so much out there to cover, we need more folks–like you–to get the big stories that face the residents of Simsburton every day!!
We cover each of the Districts associated with Simsburton and feature highlights from as many angles as we can. MidgeChats! was our first featured news piece that really got Simsburton on the map and covered some of the more colorful folks associated with our little corner of the world. Midge Perkins, our Page 2 writer and Co-Editor of the paper, made it a point to feature each person as intimately as they’d allow–with only minor hiccups.
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SimsTube is Simsburton’s answer to YouTube, and offers a fresh look into the lives of the residents who live and work in our community. Wedding Engagements, amazing School Projects, and other such diverse clips are peppered into SimsTube to give even further insight into who we are–and it’s not always sunshine and rainbows.
Our Newest Segment–HandySims is a slow burn, but it’s gaining in popularity and is used to showcase local architectural talent in the city. In the HandySims segment we visit a local community lot and feature some of our favorite discoveries on the property, as well as a generous promotion to the Architect’s business page (their TS4 gallery page).
We give the facts and leave nothing to the shadows. A recent expose shed light on unfair and illegal practices by the Government to “out” our protected news sources. We fought that, and won! We may be a small paper, but we bite too!
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The Simsburton Post is still looking for any information into the death of Sean Anderfel, and as the news organization that broke the story, it’s any wonder that any tips we get, we pounce on!!
We’re looking forward to stretching our muscles and really tackling the stories in your neighborhoods–but we need your help! If something happens in your “neck of the woods”, we want you to submit your story to us. But, just like any other paper–we have a quick interview process and would be interested to see a small sampling of your work.

If you are interested, please contact us via messenger through The Simsburton Post–we’ll review your submission and contact you for your “interview”. Good Luck!!


Book Giveaway: THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST by Sophia Gholz — Writing and Illustrating

Author Sophia Gholz has a new picture book titled, THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST. It is is hitting bookstores on March 15th. Sophia has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it […]

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This is the kind of book that we should be reading to our kids. Instead of telling our kids about a prince saving a princess, we should be telling them about people saving the world. Even if it’s one tree at a time.


Sims 3: This Is The End

No not for The Sims 3. That will never happen but it will be the end for your sims family if you don’t keep your athletic skill high and lock the doors at full moon. I’m working on a massive multiple town challenge. It’s been submitted to Mod The Sims and IF they approve I’ll share it here as well. We are talking one family, 9 towns and 9 challenges. You need to survive through it all. If you are a fan of apocalypse movies, zombies, legacy play and storytelling then this bad boy is for you. It’s how my Alex Trussell stories were born but I’m thinking of removing them and starting fresh with the challenge stories. So fingers crossed the admins at MTS like my stuff and pretty soon you can travel with me all over the sim world.

Watch this space.

The Sims 3: The Alex Trussell Stories


After driving for what feels like endless days, Alex and the gang stops in Great Bear. A small town surrounded by mountains and filled with outdoorsy sims.

“We should look for a place to lay low for a few days. Gather supplies and figure out our next move.” RJ suggests and everyone happily agrees that it’s time to take a break from the road.


Jayden and Alex have only grown closer. They are thinking of getting married and starting a family but with inmates for friends, the peace never last long. A few days into their stay in Great Bear, Ronnie just can’t help himself and tries to mug an old lady. His arrested by the town sheriff Rick Grimes.


“I’ve been onto you five since you rolled up at the diner. This is my town, you really think anything happens without me knowing?”Sheriff Grimes asked Ronnie as he walked him into the police station.


It was up to Alex to bail Ronnie out and try to smooth things over with the sheriff until they had everything they needed to move on. That night, Sheriff Grimes makes a unexpected house call that has all the inmates on edge.


He tells Alex  that they are looking for four asylum inmates that escaped from Sunset Valley. Alex explains that although Ronnie has a bit of a problem leaving other sims things alone, they don’t know much about escaped inmates.

“Where did you come from?”

“Bridgeport. Enjoyed a few nights in the city and now we are heading back to collage.” Alex gives the sheriff a nervous smile.

“Mmm. And what are you doing in Great Bear?”

“Oh well we thought we might do a hike. Great trails around here and I hear the fishing is pretty good this time of year.” The sheriff smiles and nods. Good thing Alex was listening to the locals talk when they were at the diner.


“Well you kids be careful out there then and if you see any funny looking folks, give me a call. Oh, and do remind your friend to keep his hands to himself. Next time, I’ll throw his ass in jail and forget about him.”

Alex agrees and is relieved to know that not only have they not been made as the inmates, his misdeeds in Northeney has not yet reached this far.

“Alex! Come quick. There’s something on the news about Sunset Valley.” RJ calls from the porch.


“Good evening, further events concerning the virus that ravaged Sunset Valley have unfolded. Marshal law has now been declared on the streets of Sunset Valley. The death toll continues to rise and citizens are resorting to desperate acts of crime to survive.
Scientists have reported that the virus is strongly believed to lie dormant in host sims who contain a genetic resistance to it. Anyone who comes in direct contact with the host becomes a carrier who must either develop antibodies to force the virus back into dormancy or their bloodstream is poisoned leading to organ shutdown and death. The survival rate in humans is 1 out of every 12 infected. There have been very few reported cases in the supernatural community. Scientists are calling it the “T-12 Virus” but survivors in Sunset Valley are rumored to have given it a very different name, “The Doomsday Virus”.

Sheriff Grimes excuses himself, mumbling something about his son Carl. For a moment, everybody just sits around. Too shocked to talk.

“Guys, we need to go now. We need to find a place to settle down before this virus hits.”Ronnie says and gets up.

“You don’t really think it’s going to spread do you? I mean, the government will sort this out.”Reggie says but her voice is shaky. Even she doesn’t believe what she’s saying.

“We’ve all been in government institutes. How well did that go?”Alex asks.

They all agree that it’s time to go. They decide to head to Grey Meadows. An industrial town that has run empty after the economy took a turn and most factories closed. Less sims, less virus.



Sims 3: The Alex Trussell Stories

Alex Trussell has been in one mental asylum after the other his entire life. At this point, it’s the only home he knows and he makes the best of it. Playing cards with “friends” or sunbathing outside the asylum doors, nothing gets him down anymore.


But for months now, many of his “friends” have been going missing. All nurse Dutchy says about it, is that they have gone home. Alex might be in an asylum but he’s not dumb, just depressed and he knows crazy when he sees crazy. He knows that Bob is as crazy as they come and there is no way he would ever be let out. So where did he go? Alex’s best friend Ronnie has a few theories but Alex isn’t sure aliens had much to do with this (they do exist but you can’t blame them for everything.)

On a nice sunny day, Alex notices a few soldiers unloading a van at the back.

“Okay Ronnie, you need to keep nurse Dutchy busy while I go down and see what’s going on.”

“Do I have to? She always slaps my ass if I just smile at her. I don’t want that hippo jumping me mate.” Ronnie moans.

“Just do it Ronnie. Ask the two girls RJ and Reggie to keep watch. I’m in no mood for solitary this week.”

Ronnie turns on the charm and saunters over to nurse Dutchy.

“What’s cooking good lookin’?”

“Oh now Ronnie, that’s no way to talk to a lady.” nurse Dutchy says with a devilish smile.

“So what’s up with all the sims in camo?” Ronnie cocks his head to the sims sitting just behind him.


“That’s none of our business Ronnie. We are here to focus on recovery and returning to society.” she says and starts to walk away.

“Please nurse, just give me something. It’s so boring in here.” he gives her his biggest brightest smile and lovingly rubs her arm. She giggles and playfully slaps his hand away.

“Ronnie, you know the military always brings medicine for you and the other patients. There is nothing sinister about it sweetie.”

Ronnie walks over to RJ and Reggie while keeping an eye out for orderlies that might be listening in on the conversation.

“Listen you guys, something is up. I have a bad feeling. As soon as Alex get’s back, we should start working on a plan to get out of here.”

“And go where?” RJ asks without looking at Ronnie.

“It doesn’t matter. Ronnie is right, something bad is going down here. I haven’t seen Malinda for weeks now and nobody can tell me what happened to her. They just came and took her one night. You want to wait until your next RJ?” Reggie says wiping away tears.

Meanwhile, Alex is sneaking around downstairs when he hears voices coming his way. He ducks into one of the empty rooms and holds his breath. He will be in so much trouble if they catch him here. Alex recognizes the asylum doctor, Helen Smith. She looks like she has aged overnight. He remembers hearing screaming last night and doors banging. She must have had a very difficult patient to deal with. Now that he thinks about it, she hasn’t been around much. She spends most days and night down here, in her lab but doing what?

“I’m sorry doctor but what we have is what you have. There is nothing more to give. They’ve cut the budget and unless you can give me any results, I can’t get more money.”

“The results are simple general. Nothing works. We can’t stop this. What ever it is, there is nothing that can cure it. We’ve done all we can.”

“Then it’s time to kill the project.” The general salutes her and walks away quickly.


Doctor Smith starts to cry and walks towards the room Alex is in. He slowly backs up into the darkness hoping to hide from her. Alex hears something moving behind him. He slowly turns around and finds himself staring into a pair of yellow eyes. A hand shoots out of the darkness trying to grab him but Alex jumps out of reach and slams into a table full of instruments. With his heart beating between his ears, Alex realizes his been made. He needs to hide. Just as he slides behind a bookcase, the light flickers to life.

Doctor Smith looks around the room. Now Alex can see where the arm came from. A cell no bigger then his room without any lights. Is this a new place to put patients? Doctor Smith walks over to the mess Alex made and looks over to the cell.

“Getting a bit restless aren’t you.” she says to the figure in the cell. She slowly walks close and stands watching as a thin green arm tries to grab her.

“I’m so sorry Bob.” she whispers as she pull out a gun and shoots. Alex slaps a hand over his mouth to stop the scream that wants to leap from his mouth. He waits for the doctor to leave and for a split second he wants to go and check on Bob but that didn’t look like Bob.

“It’s time to go.” Alex grabs RJ by the arm and starts pulling her towards the backdoor.

“Wait what? Hold on Alex, we have to have a plan first.”

“Screw that. We need to go now. They are killing the project and we are the project.”

“We need to find Ronnie and Reggie. We can’t leave without them and you need to tell us what’s going on Alex.”

Reggie and Ronnie suddenly come running down the corridor.

“We need to go. We need to go now.” Ronnie says trying to catch his breath.


“What is that? Is that..”

“It’s gunfire RJ. We have the asylums van parked at the gate. We need to leave now guys.” Ronnie says.


As soon as they step outside, it’s clear chaos has descended on the asylum. Soldiers, patients and staff are all running but Alex can’t seem to figure out from what.

“Alex, let’s go!”


As they drive away, Alex realizes his leaving the only home his ever know. He’s never been free, never been allowed to do as he likes.  Reggie puts her head on his shoulder and sighs.

“How does it feel to finally be your own boss?” Ronnie asks from behind the wheel and give RJ a playful slap on the leg. Between soft sobs she tries to give Ronnie a little smile.

“I think we’re in big trouble.” Reggie whispers as they speed out of town leaving Sunset Valley and all it’s secrets behind.

Check in again for episode 2

(All sims are form Haunted Valley 2 by Rflong7)