Belinda and Will started the day by going to school, and since Rosanne’s a teacher, she headed off too, leaving Kenny and Maeve (both retired) and Ned (who doesn’t have to work until the afternoon) at home, skilling. Kenny was working on getting his last cooking point, Maeve was after a body point, and Ned was going for creativity. After they’d all been at it a while, I saw Kenny and Maeve’s daughter Florrie walking past, so Ned went out to greet his little sister.

Kenny stopped watching TV almost as soon as Florrie sat down, and then walked up to Maeve and started arguing with her! Neither Ned nor Florrie batted an eyelid, and since Maeve kissed him up arm straight afterwards, and then Kenny serenaded her, I have a feeling this is just the way they roll - alternating between arguing over nothing in particular and spamming each other with romantic interactions.

Belinda came home from school with Kizzy Young who is a) quite a lot older than her, and b) not in the book club. The teens of Sand Simoleon Point are defined by whether they are in the book club (Belinda, Silas Friend, Althea Redford and Kai Young) or not (Kizzy Young and Jacynth Eddison). Belinda made sandwiches for her and Kizzy, which Florrie joined them to eat too. After lunch, Belinda took a nap, as did Will when he got home from school.

When Belinda woke up, she was in serious need of a fun boost, so I sent her down to Eastern Shores to ice skate. She wasn’t particularly happy about it, because ice skating apparently wasn’t fun enough. But it got her up to a safe enough level that she was able to have some dinner, and then head down to shoo Mum’s co-worker off the piano.

Will woke up wanting to do his homework and to ask for help with it, and Kenny’s motives were in the best place to help him, so the two of them went up to Will’s alien themed room, and Will learnt to study, before going outside to jump rope before heading off to bed.

In the morning, everyone was up bright and early and ready for another day at work and school.

The Friends, like most families, started their rotation with breakfast. At the Friends, breakfast meant pancakes, cooked by dad and chef Steve, who them had to head straight off to work. Meanwhile, the welcome wagon (Florrie Tucker, Mars Eddison and Nate Howell) had arrived, and whilst Florrie headed straight for the piano in the entrance hall, Mars and Nate agreed to play pool with Silas. Orla went upstairs (and by upstairs I mean upstairs, and upstairs, and then upstairs again, to the second floor of the tower) to improve her cooking skill by making chocolates. I need to download the chocolate maker which lets the make chocolates which are sellable in OFB shops, so that when she and Steve eventually open their bakery, they can sell those too.

Thad would really like to make robots and fix up cars, but since he’s still a child, he contented himself with gaining a mechanical point by playing with his blocks. Orla, Silas and Thad all took mid-afternoon naps, waking up around the same time Steve got home from work. Silas had a go at making chocolates, but soon gave it up as a bad job and went upstairs again to play some games. Thad gravitated straight back to the activity table, and Orla cooked spaghetti which she and Steve ate when he returned from work, before the whole family headed off to bed.

And thus endeth the first ever rotation of Sand Simoleon Point!

Housemates Logan Wray and Nate Howell started their day with a frank discussion over toaster pastries about how to avoid falling out over inevitable drama which will arise from their living situation. These two built the island in the kitchen to seat four specifically to have room for last nights dates - they’re pretty clued up about how this is goingto work. We’ll see how that actually works in practice, though…

The welcome wagon was Kit Young, Cal Hall, and Florrie Tucker. Both guys were anxious to greet Florrie, but she has negative chemistry with one of them (I can’t remember which), and 0 bolts with the other. They hung around the house with company most of the day, playing catch in the backyard, and being talked to through the teddy bear, which they nominally bought for their dog, whose name I have fogotten.

After taking a nap, Nate decided to go out and cruise for girls. He went down to Eastern Shores, which was disappointing, since the turn out was 50% male, 25% teen and 25% lesbian. After some dinner he headed over to the Common, where he ran into his cousin Tristian Parry, and then Sandy Brunty, whom he double bolts. However, his motives weren’t really in a good enough place to date, so he headed home, knowing he has her number, and that there’s always next time.

Back home, he joined Cal Hall in the hot tub, whilst Logan woke up from his nap, burned some salmon, ate it anyway, and then got on with a painting. The two guys played redhands to get their fun up before going to bed, and were both up early in the morning, ready for work.

Sam Tucker is the only sim in Sand Simoleon Point to live alone, in a house bourne from the fruits of his recording career. He started his day by going down to the Cove to cruise for girls. He ran into twin sisters Daisy and Poppy Wray, both of whom he single bolts, but Poppy left before they could get properly aquainted, and then he got off on the wrong foot with Daisy, and the wound up in an argument. So he went home to await the welcome wagon instead - maybe some girls will show up there.

The welcome wagon, when it came and interupted Sam’s guitar playing, consisted of Kit Young (male), Orla Friend (married) and a social townie whose name I’ve forgotten (single). So it wasn’t quite the three hot girls Sam was hoping for, but it’ll do. He grilled them hamburgers, turned the stereo on, and chilled in the hot tub. The social townie left about 2am, just as Sam was going to bed, but the others were only just getting out of the hot tub when Sam got up at 7 the next morning.

Back home, Iris and Florrie spent the morning making friends over the chessboard, and then grilled cheese for lunch. Cerys had to go to work almost immediately after she got back from her date, and Florrie had to head out to her shift in the emergency department of the big hospital in Town mid-afternoon.

In the evening, Cerys woke up and decided to ask Brandon on a second date. They went to Eastern Shores for dinner, making out, and making best friends in the hot tub. They reached dream date, and then Cerys ended the date early, since she was tired. When she was about to head off to bed at home, Brandon showed up on the lot, and rang the doorbell. I’m not sure what that’s all about - I thought dates only came over to deliver flowers or date rewards. But he came in, and the two of them fell in love, making out on the sofa.

The first thing Cerys Parry did when I opened the house she shares with Florrie Tucker and Iris Wray, was to walk across the road to the Cove, and go crusing for guys. She ran into Brandon Lillard, who despite the kilt, she double bolts. She played catch with him for a while, until their relationship was at a point where he could agree to go on a date with her, and then the two of them walked across to Sand Simoleon Point’s other public beach, Eastern Shores, to have lunch at the cafe there.

And they both have the same favourite food! Although Brandon is only supposed to be the first of Cerys’ 20 loves, this does seem to have the makings of a good friends-with-benefits relationship - both Romance sims, eager for woohoo without the commitment.

They didn’t get to the woohoo point today, of course. The date ended when they were only friends with crushes on each other. But there’s always next time…

A lot of the day at the Creyers was consumed with the recent death of Patrica, Elizabeth and Oliver’s daughter, and Caleb’s mummy. Elizabeth and Oliver were adjusting to having their grandson living with them permanently, and Caleb was adjusting to life without Mummy, and living with his grandparents out in Sand Simoleon Point, rather than in Town.

After breakfast, the welcome wagon, consisting of Mars Eddison, Poppy Wray and Nate Howell arrived. Since Jackie wasn’t there, Mars actually consented to interact with other sims. Nate played piano all day, but Mars and Poppy both bought lemonade from Caleb, as did a social townie whose name I didn’t catch. Mid-afternoon, everyone had naps, and woke again at dusk, ready to go down to the beach.

The Creyer’s house is on the end of one of Sand Simoleon Point’s two waterfronts (if anyone cares to check the picture of the whole neighbourhood, here: then it’s the red house, centre bottom, next to The Cove) but isn’t itself a beach lot. There’s a path at the back of their garden, which leads down to The Cove, and you know if game mechanics allowed, they’d go this way instead of by the road, and so long as either Elizabeth or Oliver were in the garden, Caleb would be allowed to go down and play on the beach by himself.

So, down to The Cove they went. Caleb decided to build a whole city of sandcastles, and Elizabeth and Oliver serenaded each other, lay down to watch the stars, and then got up to leap into each others arms and classic dance.

Back home, Caleb had berry pie with Granddad, went out back to say goodnight to Mummy, and then went to bed. Oliver and Elizabeth followed suit soon after, so that all three of them could be up and ready for Caleb’s first day and Sand Simoleon Point School in the morning.

The last day of summer should always begin with a family breakfast, and it was no difference at the Hall household. After breakfast, twins Delphine and Pandora both started paintings, whilst parents Cal and Jasmine made plates, and worked out, respectively.

After naps, Pandora tried to invite over Jasmine’s sister’s family, but they wouldn’t come. Instead, the family spent the evening down at their own private beach - swimming in the sea, hot dogs cooked on the grill, and then roasting marshmallows on the campfire.

All in all, a wonderful day to finish off the summer holidays.

The Young family started their day with breakfast, and then siblings Kizzy and Kai got to work playing with cat Kenny and dog Kinzie, whilst their dad Kit started hiring employees for his pub resturaunt, the Ship’s Inn. He’s still looking for someone with enough cooking points to be his chef, but he has a waiter, waitress and bartender sorted.

Kit came home from The Ship’s Inn with a date want, so he and wife Kallie went down to the Cove, where they slow danced for hours, and quickly got locked woohoo wants. However, they were both hungry by this time, so they stopped off at the beach cafe at Eastern Shores, before heading home for desert.

The welcome wagon consisted of Florrie Tucker, and Mars and Jackie Eddison, who, once again, followed each other around the house paying little attention to anyone but each other. After some lunch, Kizzy and Kai headed across the road to the Common, where they met Cerys Parry and a bunch of townies, but, alas, no teens.

The evening was mostly spent motive juggling, but Kai managed to make some plates, and Kizzy stargazed. Kai made the aquaintance of Florrie, who is young, single, and female, all of which sound like huge bonuses to him. Currently, however, he only seems to be rolling wants about his wife, but he’s Romance, and there’s no harm in having options…

The Parry family all started their day by having breakfast together. Olwen’s breakfast was interrupted by Kenny Tucker barging in to shove her for her pre-breakfast telescope use. What was she doing looking through a telescope in the daytime? Isn’t it bad enough that all these people have built ugly modern buildings in his beautiful Sand Simoleon Point, without them all spying on him too?

After breakfast, Gwen went and opened the village shop, and the rest of the family got to work on their hobbies. There’s two robot stations, an easel, a sewing machine and a pottery wheel up in the loft, which caters for Bernard, Olwen and Jocelyn, and then Tristan’s hobby is nature, so he’ll be raking up leaves for compost in the autumn, and planting in the spring. Since it’s the last day of summer, however, he spent his time playing peek-a-boo with his daughter, Bella.

The welcome wagon consisted of Florrie Tucker, and Mars and Jackie Eddison. Florrie interacted with the family, but Mars and Jackie seemed to have just turned up in order to have some time together away from their kids. They spent the whole day following each other around the lot, flirting, telling each other dirty jokes and making out.

When Gwen got back from the Shop, everyone went to bed for naps, and woke up just as evening was falling for dinner, more hobbies, and then going back to bed in the small hours of the morning, to be up and ready for work in the morning. Olwen and her nephew Tristian are both teachers, so they, at least, had to be up bright and early for the first day of school.