Saffron specially likes the times when everyone is busy doing things. Sometimes they forget to keep an eye on her and she can do whatever she likes, just like Gert Gumnut was doing in the Bush just before they cut her tree down and carried her to the Party.
Since Saffron’s Mum had come down to Triflora, things had gotten a bit careful. Mothers DO like to stop little ones from having fun.
On the morning of the PARTY FOR NO REASON AT ALL, Mumma told her that her Dadda was coming down to Triflora as well. That has been a bit of a shock ! Dadda is coming down to help cook the food. He knows how to cook “WITH LOVE” but Saffron is not sure that the Guardians can whirl and swirl quite enough molecules to let her father into Triflora. She could NOT imagine her father as a Little man. Not at all.
They can do it ! said her Mumma. He will be here very soon! Then we will all start cooking.
Well. That will keep them busy ! thought Saffron to her own self. Off she went to take a good look around – all by herself.
She saw the Circus and Carnival people.
She saw the Strong Man and all the people dressed in special clothes.
She saw the Cooks coming to the Party Kitchen.
She saw Poppy with all the beautiful and funny clothes that people could want.
She saw the big glass window in the seaside pool where the Underwater People could have their Party and everyone could join in.
Lights went on inside Saffron’s own head. SHE could have a band and her band could play at the Party. She REALLY wanted her name up in lights.
Saffron could see it right there and then. Her and the Rose and Poppy. The trouble is that Rose and Poppy are VERY busy getting things ready for the Party and Saffron needs some band members RIGHT NOW. She went down to the last cottage in the Village and sat on the bench out the front. That’s when she saw a little Girl hiding under the bench and wearing nothing but a Gumnut hat. Saffron Crocus had met Gert Gumnut.