I won’t tell you much about Casey, tonight. I shall just tell you that you will see some rather fine Pigs and Piglets down in Triflora. Some of them are Flying Pigs. Some of them are Walking Pigs.  They are all VERY fine pigs and they are ALL messengers for Casey.

Casey has special powers. She can tell you what is going to happen IN THE FUTURE.

That’s what the word PROPHETESS means.

animated-gifs-pigs-011You might need her some day. I shall tell you more about her later. In the meantime, look out for those pigs !




As you know, there is a deep well in Triflora. But that is not the only water. There are rivers and creeks and oceans and lakes.  Triflora would not be right without the Water and all the Water Creatures and Folk.

Nana would NEVER go to the Garden unless there was somewhere to swim. EVERYONE knows that !

Whenever someone is sick or gets hurt, Nana says : “ Throw them in the salt water” or “Take them to the Never Never River. That will fix them.”

Nana didn’t care whether it was Winter or Summer. She was always wanting to throw Little People in the Water and the Never Never River is FREEZING. Funny thing is, most times they come out of the water feeling just fine. Rashes disappear and coughs go away and very snotty noses are as good as new in no time at all.

Plenty of water means that there are also plenty of Mermaids.  ALL of Nana’s Family can swim and ALL of Nana’s family can change into Mer People when they wish. Everyone in Nana’s Family has a Mer Name. Just click on the links below to find out more about the Mermaids and the Mermen.

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Plankton Ship Wreck Singer (Poppy)

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Marlin River Singer (Rose)   Kelp Shore Loner (Nana)

Tonight’s secret is : Jo and Kate have already been to the Triflora Seas and Jo and Kate have their Mermaid Names already.

They went down into the Garden when they were little girls but when they grew BIG, they forgot all about it !

I will show you their pictures and tell you their names.

Perhaps if you call them by their Mermaid names, now and then, they will remember. Until they DO remember the Secret Garden and the Secret Word and their own Mermaid Names, they will not be able to get through ANY of the Entrances again.


A friendly variety, fond of children, often seen playing with swimmers in the shallows, though one should always exercise caution due to its unpredictable nature.

Note: A solitary variety that prefers to meet others of its kind only rarely. Happiest wandering the oceans alone.

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Marlin Ship Wreck Singer   Oyster Bering Dancer

Kate’s Mer friends call her Pistris. That’s the name she needs to remember.


Jo’s Mer Friends call her Ostrea.
That’s the name she needs to remember.





When there is a message to be sent to the world Up There, the Triflora Birds are most often the ones to carry them.

IN general, the people Up There, just think to themselves;

Oh, there’s a bird !” or “I wonder what all those birds are doing.”

They don’t know that SOME of the birds were only as big as a fingernail before they came out of the Garden a few minutes before. The People Up There don’t know that the Birds have had their molecules whirled and swirled till they are as big as any other bird.

Just the other day, Nana was sitting in her Cottage and about 125 white birds were flying around the Paddock.

“Hmmm.” she thought. “ I wonder what they are doing. “

The next thing she knew – a very big pelican landed right in her front yard.

It looks like I had best be going down to Triflora”, said Nana to herself.

“125 white birds and 1 HUGE pelican. I think that’s a message for me.”

AND YOU DON’T NEED TO SHOUT !  said Nana to the Birds.


The very next morning, Nana went to visit Saffron and her Mother. Saffron had another sore foot and noone could understand why.

But Nana knew. And Rose and Poppy knew. Saffron was MUCH better at flying than she was at walking.

She DID like walking. She liked it a lot. She liked her shoes and she liked to talk to people in the street – but she LOVED flying.  She was very little and she wasn’t quite used to the World Up There.

Nana and Saffron sat on the back steps and threw bread onto the apple mint lawn to see what the birds were trying to tell them. Some little birds came along. Some of them even had yellow feathers that shone in the sunlight. But none of them were messenger birds from Triflora. They threw some more bread and one of Saffron’s throws went for a long, long way.

Aha!” said Nana,. “ Look ! There is the messenger bird”. And a big white bird came sailing down, caught the bread and flew over the house like an eagle. Round and round in circles it went and then it flew right down to Saffy’s magical entrance to the garden.

It really was time for another visit to TRIFLORA. The big white bird waited for them, because, as you know, it takes 3 people to whisper the word TRIFLORA – at the same time – with their eyes shut and holding hands ( or claws).

Whoosh. Down they went.

Now your foot and your leg will not hurt anymore, Saffron Lola”, said the big white bird. “There is plenty of magic down here and you can fly anytime you want to!”

(We know now that his name was Goss Hawk. Saffron’s Daddy told us that. Can you imagine how happy everyone will be when Saffron comes home and BOTH her legs are working PERFECTLY?)

I do not know why the Birds are so good at fixing people and I don’t actually care. What I know is that the Triflora birds are the BEST messengers and the BEST doctors and the BEST nurses I have ever known.



Another secret which I haven’t told you before is this :

There is more than one Entrance to the Secret Fairy Garden.

There is one at Saffron’s place.

There is one at Nana’s Place.

There is one in Armidale. Rose and Poppy are busy hiding it very carefully with bushes and thorns and wildflowers so that noone can get in there when they move.

And there will be an entrance to the Secret Garden, someplace in Towamba on the Farm. Perhaps Grandma knows where it is. She knows a lot of magic things.

Now, the very best thing about the different Entrances is this :

In the World Up There , it is sometimes a long way to the houses of the people we love – BUT – in Triflora, we can travel all around the world in no time at all.

Perhaps I had best tell you one more secret before I go to bed. Just in case you are on your own and need to know it.  I have told you that 3 people are needed to open an Entrance. Well, that’s true but sometimes there just are NOT 3 people there. Each Member of the Secret Garden is given a mobile phone of their very own. Even people who are perhaps too young to have an ordinary mobile phone. The phones can ONLY be seen and heard by other Members of the Triflora Secret Garden Society.

Just about everyone from the Garden is happy about the Phones. They are VERY modern, indeed. It means that one person can be at one entrance and call 2 other people and if al 3 of them close their eyes and whisper TRIFLORA and hold their mobiles up to their right ear, the Entrances will open.  We LOVE technology!

The second part of the Secret is this :

The mobile phone looks like an ordinary phone to the members of the Garden but it just looks like a Butterfly to people who do not belong.

Kids cannot get into trouble just because a butterfly keeps flying up to their ears or rides around in their pockets. Can they ? They might look a little crazy talking to a butterfly – but they won’t get into any BIG trouble.

And the creatures and the people who are not very good at all – will not know any of the Secrets.

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This is what one of the phones looks like to the Secret Members. This is what it looks like to the people who are NOT Members.







Moon gold and sylvan witchery,

Beauty of earth and sky and sea;

Pearls of the wave, rubies of fire,

Love songs, lyrics, and heart’s desire.

Fairies dancing along the shore,

Thunder of surf for evermore:

Shadowland, glamour, mystery,

Moonfire flooding the dreaming sea.

Moonfire lighting the mist-veiled heights,

Moon glory, wonder, and scented nights:

Moonlit waters and amber strand.

Moon magic over all the land.


The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 2 January 1937


While I am thinking of it, let me tell you that when its Daytime in the World Up There ( that’s where Ordinary People live) well, that’s when its Nighttime in Triflora. Rose and Poppy and Saffron were MOST surprised on their first visit to find that it was the middle of the Night in the Secret Garden.  The Princess who looks after the Moon and the Stars is called Sondok. I shall tell you more about her later. She is very wise and extremely old although she only looks to be about 21 and a half years old. 

There isn’t much she doesn’t know about the Sky and the Night.




Before you read this  page, be sure to close your eyes and whisper TRIFLORA. There are some creatures who should never see this story and we don’t want them to know the secret password.

Okay – this is what happened. 

When Rose and Poppy and Saffron first found the entrance to the Fairy Garden. they thought that everybody in the Garden was going to be good and beautiful and kind.  I think that was because it was the lovely Lady Gilda who showed them the tiny wee entrance and the Lady Gilda is DEFINITELY good and beautiful and kind.

Rose and Poppy and Saffron had gone down through the pine cones one day in Winter to look for Wallabies. That’s when they saw a tiny wee lady with long curling golden hair. She was sitting in the middle of a HUGE pile of food and drinks.  They were rather surprised to see her and she was VERY surprised to see them.  Lady Gilda knew straight away that the three girls were GOOD and KIND and CLEVER.

The three girls could hardly believe their luck. A Fairy ! 

They looked a little more closely. No wings !  That meant that she wasn’t a Fairy.

The Girls wanted to ask about her wings – but it seemed a little rude to ask a question like that when they didn’t even know her. So they didn’t say anything at all.

The Little Lady smiled at them. She did not very often take new people through the Secret Doorway but she just knew that Rose and Poppy and Saffron would fit in PERFECTLY.  AND she had so much food to carry.

Come with me to the Fairy Garden” , said the Lady Gilda. “ I do really need your help to carry all this food and drink. What are your names ?


Lady Gilda was amazed and this is what she taught them:

“When we get close to the tiny doorway to the Fairy Garden, all hold hands, close your eyes and whisper – very softly – TRIFLORA, which of course means 3  flowers , just like you three girls.  Only people who know the  word TRIFLORA can pass through the tiny doorway and there MUST be 3 people or more  or the door simply won’t open. Now, pick up as much of the food as you can carry and come with me.”

As soon as the 3 girls whispered TRIFLORA at the Doorway, The Fairy Guardians  twirled them and swirled them and shivered their Molecules into Fairy Dust till they were TINY and the food and drink shimmered and glittered and smelt DELICIOUS.

That was the very first time that Rose and Poppy and Saffron went down into the Secret Garden. They did NOT know that the people of the Garden had been waiting for 22,000 years, 10 months and 16 days for 3 little girls who had the names of  3 different flowers to come one Winter’s Day and look for Wallabies.

The Little Lady Gilda smiled.  She was very happy. Never again would she have to go out of the Secret Garden to buy food from the Rats and their Gang. They didn’t want money for their food and drink. They wanted her Golden Curls. They wouldn’t let anyone else come with her and every day she had to let them run their claws through her hair and choose the curls they wanted to pay for the food and drink. They didn’t even use scissors to cut the curls. They chewed them off with their pointed teeth or sharp beaks. Every day, she had to carry piles of food and drink that were too heavy for her. The Rats and their gang had ripped off her fairy wings and when she was near them she felt very creepy indeed.

The trouble was that without the Triflora Girls, nothing in the Secret garden was growing quite rightly and there was never quite enough food or drink.  That is why Lady Gilda had to go above ground to shop with the Rats. Now that all 3 Girls had come at last, she NEVER EVER had to go shopping Up There again. Gilda knew that the Garden would have delicious fruit and gigantic vegetables and wonderful juices from the moment they whispered TRIFLORA and the Guardians let them in with all their good magic.

And even without wings, she would be happy. She might even open a shop of her own. She would never be cruel to the customers. Not ever.




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Naria and Solander.


When you go down into the Triflora Garden, don’t forget to look UP. I think you will be rather surprised.

The Garden has a sky of its very own with clouds and rainbows and moons and stars and suns. In fact, the Triflora Sky has all the things that OUR sky has – AND MORE.

The Triflora Heaven is almost close enough to touch and you can see the Fairy Angels very easily.  Not one Fairy Angel is as strange as the Twins. NOT ONE. 

They would NEVER snatch your gold and they ALWAYS help people. That’s just the way that Fairy Angels are.


Jessamine and her dove.

Click on the Picture to see the Angel sparkle.


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Dorothea takes special care of the Little Angels.



Before we go into the Garden, I thought I should let you know that not ALL Fairies are quite right.

Some of them are VERY strange indeed so DO BE CAREFUL !

The Twins up above simply sit around all day and do nothing at all to help out.

They look in mirrors and blink their eyes faster than a butterfly can flap its wings. They seem to think that any gold lying about belongs to them so DO NOT leave any jewellery where they can snatch it.

It seems to me that noone else matters to them but themselves and that is just NOT RIGHT for a Fairy.

I don’t think the twins would actually hurt anybody – only the VERY WORST Fairy would actually hurt someone – but they are VERY careless about other people’s feelings.

It seems to me that the only things they care about are makeup and hair and clothes and gold.

And that is a shame because they were very sweet babies. Noone expected them to grow up and become so STRANGE.