There is always MUSIC and DANCING at POPPY’S PLACE.
Poppy’s Place is the Number One Place to meet up and sit around in the whole of Triflora. It started as just a little stall selling bits and pieces. Poppy and Rose and Saffron started it one day at Nana and Izzy’s House. Just selling bits and pieces. As I told you – noone uses money. Just Love and Magic and Good Thinking.
When they discovered Triflora, well, they knew just what to do. Rose was VERY busy with her Dragons and Saffron is still a bit young so Poppy became the Shopkeeper and the others help when they can.
Before Poppy’s Place, people had to hunt all over the Triflora when they wanted or needed anything. If they had things to give away, like extra fruit or clothes they didn’t need anymore, they had nowhere to take them.
It’s not like that now. POPPY’S PLACE is just the very best spot to go. It has grown and grown and it brings an extra bundle of happiness into the Garden.
Nana and Izzy do most of the sitting around. You can come talk to them almost any time unless they are up in the towers or out adventuring. ( And of course, there was that time that they went missing at the PURPLE HAZE RETIREMENT VILLAGE. ) Almost always, you can come sit down and have a talk. Here are some of their stories. When you have a shop in Triflora, there is only one thing to do :
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.
One night, this little man came calling at the Door. He is NOT one of the Little Ones. Noone knows who he is. He is NOT a wizard. He flew down. None of us saw him walk.
He wanted a new pair of pants. And he stretched his hands out. They had to be THAT long.
Luckily, Poppy had just the right pair.
OFF TO BED YOU TWO. SWEET DREAMS.
One little girl came to live in the shop. She didn’t say she was g0ing to live there. She just came to the door. She didn’t even tinkle the bell curtain in the doorway. People were sitting around talking and noone even noticed her.
She had a very sad face and she carried a cleaning rag. She cleaned the front step and then she cleaned the windows.
Mr Wallace and Mr Starr were sitting inside drinking frangipani ale. Willie was watching from behind the counter.
The girl cleaned each bell on the curtain – one by one – without making a single sound. Not one person said one word. They didn’t want to frighten her. She began to clean the floor of the shop.
Bump ! The little girl backed into a chair. She turned around and sitting right there on that chair was the beautiful doll that Mr Wallace and Mr Starr had br0ught in.
The doll’s eyes were just as sad as the little girl’s until they saw one another. I will not tell you anymore about them just yet. I will just tell you that the girl lives here in the Shop and the doll lives here in the Shop and their eyes are not sad anymore.
( The little girl’s name is Gosette and the doll’s name is Lucinda. )
Cats are not welcome at the Shop when Nana is there. You know that.
The other thing she won’t have around are DRAGONS.
She likes Dragons.
She knows that Dragons have their uses.
But she will not have them near the Shop. She soon sends them skedaddling back to Rose and to their own place.
Don’t feel too sorry for the Dragons. I will show you a Photo of Dragonville. Not bad at all !
DON’T FORGET – POPPY IS ALSO THE DETECTIVE. SHE SEES AND HEARS A LOT OF THINGS IN THE SHOP. DO NOT GO THERE IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE.