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The Gatherers have a rather difficult job to do. Some of the Reluctant Guests are just Shy – but some have their own reasons for not wanting to come to the Party.

When wee Gatherer Jehosaphat was sent to Jeremiah’s he trembled in his knees and elbows and jumped more than he usually did. What was he going to say to Jeremiah to make the party look like a good idea ?

Jehosophat thought that if he had two heads he would never show either of his faces in public.

( Jehosphat has a lot to learn about Triflora. He is going to see much stranger things than Jeremiah.) It turns out that Jeremiah was perfectly ready for the Party.

He had had two haircuts. He was wearing an excellent pair of boots, a fancy pair of pants and a very good shirt. He even had his promise ready. He was going to promise that he would not eat twice as much as everyone else.

birchtreefairyb00unkngoog_0275Gatherer Roger had a simpler job. He was flying out to get Mr Klaus who lived at the edge of the Triflorean Boundary. Mr Klaus was very ready in his top hat and black suit and just needed a lift. Roger and Mr Klaus had done this often and they enjoyed the flight to and from the Party together.



When it comes to Rabbits, it takes a team of 30 Gathering Hands. The Invitations were sent out to the Rabbit Holes but not a single Rabbit answered. Noone knows why the Rabbits don’t want to come to the Party.

Its not about their clothes. They usually dress very smartly. They like waistcoats and watches and chequered jackets.

Rabbits are always clean and can talk beautifully. They hear everything that’s said. They simply LOVE company.

If you ask a Rabbit to dinner, he or she will come and still be there chattering at breakfast time. They come to Birthdays and, of course, Easter is Rabbit Time – bigtime.

But when it comes to the PARTY FOR NO REASON AT ALL – the Rabbits hide and hop and freak out totally. They REFUSE to come. Only the Team of 30 Gathering Hands has any chance of ‘convincing’ them to come along and have some fun.

Why do you think the Rabbits refuse to come to the Party?



Only one kind of Gatherer can convince the Old Lady and the Old Gentleman of Triflora to come to the Celebrations. Only the Angel Children can talk them into coming.

The Old Lady and the Old Gentleman are perfectly content to stay home. They have a huge chair where they sit all day. They have their computers and their telephones and flowers grow all around them. The window of their room is 5 times as high as the Old Gentleman and lets in wonderful light. Many visitors come but the Old Couple love the Children best of all.

That’s why the Angel Children are sent to Gather them up for the First Dance at the Party. The Old Couple just cannot say NO to the Children. They even wear the paper crowns that the Flower Children have sent for them. The feel pretty silly wearing them, but they just cannot say NO.

This year, they have promised to wear the paper crowns and to dance – just one dance.  They were going to promise to SMILE when they got to the Webs – but they just cannot bring themselves to smile while they are wearing those crowns.

Just the same, they will be glad to get home again.




When  the Party is on, everyone leaves their disagreements behind for 5 whole days and EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

When the Party is on, you will see some very strange things happening.

It is the only time of the Year that the 3 Wizards cooperate, as you know. Even more strangely, the Witches cooperate with them as well and with one another. That makes some pretty powerful magic! So far, noone has ever wanted to risk getting into trouble with ALL of them at once by mucking up at the Party.

All the Spiders promise not to bite anyone at all for 5 days and they promise not to play any tricks with their web-weaving. When Party is on, there are Spiders all around the edges of the Party Place. It’s a busy time for them. The only way into the Party is through the Webs and they are looking specially pretty this year. It takes just one Promise from each person to get in. Here’s how to get into the Party Place:

  1. Find a Spider.
  2. Tell them who you are.
  3. Choose one thing you do and promise NOT to do it for the whole five days of the Party.

Then the Spider will show you the space in the web and in you go.


Antony has promised not to play his drums while other bands are playing.


Briar Rose has promised not to play with the Dragons while they are doing the cooking. She wants to be just like Rose when she gets a little older – but she is still just a Briar Rose and doesn’t quite know what she is doing when it comes to Dragons.


The 3 Blind Mice have promised not to run after the Farmer’s Wife this time.

She cuts off their tails with the carving knife each time and then Benedict cannot play the fiddle for weeks and weeks because his bottom is too sore for jiggling about.


Cerissa has promised not to push James off his rocking horse and James says he will not call her names or even laugh at her Party hairstyle.


The Larrikin Lads are coming in from the Forest, dressed in their very best clothes. They are promising to play no tricks and to dance with anyone who looks lonely and sad.

Larrikin Lads LOVE Parties.


The Spiders almost told Douglas he could not come in this time. He jumped right into the middle of the Fairies and Piskeys when they were halfway through their Arriving Dance. He has promised not to do it again.



Down the Lane at the Edge of the Village lives a very shy man. He grows potatoes. Not ordinary potatoes. Potatoes of every colour and shape. Potatoes that can fix broken bones and bleeding sores and all manner of things.

His name is Ethelred the Unready. He is the REAL Ethelred and he is never ready for anything much except growing his potatoes.

Ethelred certainly wasn’t ready to come to the Party but Triflora knows about the Shy People and we have some special people who spend the whole First Day travelling round Triflora and bringing in the Shy People.  Francine knew just the right things to say to Ethelred and soon he had his best coat and hat on and they were off to the Party.

The Spiders know about the Shy People and the Gatherers and they let them through the Webs without asking them to promise anything. They just hope that the Shy People will have a good time.


In Triflora, there are rather a lot of Kings. Kings of all types. Most of them have nothing much to do and live in one enormous palace where they hardly ever meet one another.

Each one thinks he is the Kings of Kings.

Each King thinks the Party is for him. They all come dressed in their very best crowns and robes.

The Kings look pretty smart, but each of them likes to be the centre of attention and that’s not going to happen at the PARTY FOR NO REASON AT ALL.  It takes a lot of Promises to get all the Kings through the Webs.

Tigersclaw is NOT to use that hand on anyone at the Party. He does have a bit of a temper.


Gwenevra has come with her Puppet People. She has promised that she will not tell them what to do.

We will see !


Hydrella watches the Webs from her rock in the Shallow Water .