Triflora is a place where people keep an eye out for one another.

Many Triflorians whisper these words;

“Try a little tenderness”.

The Fuzzy Bears have decided to teach the Moaners how to dance. The Moaners are the saddest beings in all of Triflora and the Fuzzy Bears are some of the kindest.  On the first night of each new week, they all meet at the Dancing School. The Moaners don’t seem to enjoy the dancing at all but every week, they come along and dance the whole evening through.


Bessy lives in the Kidz Kottages . Her special tenderness is for the Birds. Bessy LOVES Birds. Her best friend is Jenny Wren and they do some wonderful things for birds.

Bessy can talk to all kinds of birds. She doesn’t scare the little  ones and she is not afraid of the big ones. Bessy is tender with all Birds.


It’s much harder to be tender to Ugly Dolls. Cats do not like the Ugly Dolls AT ALL ! catbeingrecordof00repprich_0019The dolls freak them right out. If the Cats had a chance, they used to grab the Ugly Dolls and tear them into pieces. That doesn’t happen so much now.  Linda Lee is taking care of the Ugly Dolls. Linda Lee has trained the Cats to grab any Ugly Doll they find and then skedaddle as fast as they Can to her place – before the Doll can use any of its powers. You see, its not the look of the Dolls which is so Ugly. The ugliness is something inside of them. They are one of the most dangerous things in all of Triflora. Linda Lee treats them with tenderness but she makes sure they cannot escape from her Doll’s House and she doesn’t let in any visitors except for Cats. Linda Lee thinks that if the Ugly Dolls are treated with enough tenderness, they might stop trying to take over the souls and minds of Children.

Nana thinks that Trouble might be sending the Ugly Dolls into the middle of Triflora. Nana had Linda Lee’s Dolls’ House built right beside the Old Witches’ Home. Nana knows that a lot of tenderness, a little bit of catnapping, a very big fence with broken glass along the top and the mad magic of the Old Witches – just might do some good.


One of the happiest places to be in the Village is Poppy’s Place – as you know. Poppy and Saffron help out the dogs and the dogs help them out. Some days they all just sit outside and have afternoon tea.

Lots of talking goes on with the Girls and the Dogs. They understand one another PERFECTLY.

When I am walking through the Village, I stop sometimes to see what I can hear.  Almost always I hear laughter coming from Poppy’s Place and  a soft Woofing of contented dogs. 





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Imogen wants you all to know that she is now wearing 6 petticoats under her dresses.





Just a reminder. Cat and Fiddle Island is a friendly and relaxed place. You do NOT have to wear your very best clothes or  bow when you meet people.   Charelle and Marcus can do whatever they want but they cannot make the rest of us do the same as them.


The Imps’ Sailing Races.


Jerry and Kalita have moved into the Kids’ Kottages just past Poppy’s Place. They do have some furniture but they co0uld do with some more if you have some to spare.




One of Nana’s very best friends is the Old Woman of the Mountain. She lives on top of Stone Mountain. Nana flies up now and then for a visit and they let the Winds of Chill blow through them.

The Old Woman of Stone Mountain goes by the name of Nana Cold Rock or N.C.R. She fancies herself as a hard old woman and most people think she is but Nana and her are perfectly good friends.

They were girls together in the Long Ago.  N.C.R. doesn’t often come down from Stone Mountain. She likes it up there.

Stone Mountain was once a Volcano – so they say. They say that palm trees grew on it and waterfalls ran down the sides and noone who lived there needed clothes because it was such a warm and peaceful place.

That was way Long Ago. It’s a pretty tough mountain these days – ever since it blew its stack once too often and became EXTINCT.davygoblinorwhat00carr_0125

N.C.R. is the only person who actually lives outside and on top of the Mountain.  She loves her cabin on the summit and she does have a Lake right at her front door and the Lake is filled with bubbling hot water from the fires deep inside Stone Mountain.

Almost everyone else lives inside where its snug and warm. As Abner says;

“If the roads are wet and muddy, we remain at home and study.”

Abner lives inside Stone Mountain. He has a very cosy setup. The hot steam goes right up the centre of the mountain and warms the rooms and caves on its way up. Abner has his rooms just underneath N.C.R.’s Cabin. He has hot water from a tap and pipe in the lake and is generally very comfortable. Abner has never been seen wearing real shoes.  He wears Slippers. You can do that when life is very comfortable indeed.


Deep in Stone Mountain, live the Goblins.

Goblins can be quite pleasant.

Goblins can be downright horrible.

N.C.R does have some trouble with the Goblins.

Mad Barnie is particularly troublesome. The only good thing about Mad Barnie and Thomas his Toad, is that they don’t pretend to be pleasant. One look into their eyes and you KNOW you have Nutters in your hands. The trick part is that there are other Goblins riding on toads and they all look pretty much the same.

I wouldn’t go into Stone Mountain by myself, if I were you. Its not the easiest Mountain in Triflora.


Nana Cold Rock did have a little girl who lived in her Cabin with her. Her name was Bonny. She swam in the hot Lake and ran up and down all the tunnels and caves in Stone Mo0untain. Not one Being ever tried to hurt her or even scare her. They all loved Bonny and she loved them.

She is living down near Poppy in the Village now but she comes home each week to visit Nana Cold Rock and all the beings of the Mountain. She almost always has  a swim in the Lake as well.


Bonny was the only Little Girl who lived in Stone Mountain. One day, N.C.R. who was quite a young Mumma at the time, took her down to the Dwarves’ Caves. Bonny was STUNNED.

The Dwarves had been hammering and banging and singing while they worked for days. Bonny didn’t know what they had been doing. When she went down with N.C.R. to their caves, she found out! The Dwarves had carved an alphabet for her out of beautiful, coloured rocks. All the way from A-Z. The letters were big enough for her to play in and climb through.

When she moved they followed her When she stopped, they stopped. When she pressed one with her finger, it spoke. If she pressed the A it said – a.

Bonny didn’t have any other children as friends but she DID have 26 letters of the Alphabet and some spare ones for when she needed them. She could make words. She could write songs. The Dwarves called in the Wizards for Magic to make the letters strong enough to take any kind of a pounding but light enough for Bonny to move around. ONLY BONNY. Noone else could move them at all. The Wizards sent Mad O’Brian over to see what he could do and it turned out he could do very well.


It’s a very good thing to have Dwarves as friends.


Bonny lives in the Village with Clarice. They met in Stone Mountain a long time ago now. Bonny was way down near the Goblins’ Caves with all of her letters following behind. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y and Z. Next thing a blue cloak flashed past her and flowing blonde hair curled into the corridor.

Bonny hadn’t seen a colourful sight like that down near the Goblins before and she took off after it. All the letters zoomed along behind her.

It didn’t take long to catch up to the patch of Blue. Inside it was another little girl with blonde hair and blue eyes and a white night dress on.


And that’s how Clarice and Bonny met. Running through Stone Mountain with 26 Letters following close behind. They have the Library in the Village now but back then it was just two little girls. Clarice had woken up in the middle of the night and seen Mad Barnie and Thomas the Toad at her window. Instead of going back to sleep or telling someone about them – she had followed them. Goblins have that effect on young girls at times. Clarice wrapped her Blue Cloak around her and with no shoes on at all, she rushed after the Goblin and the Toad.

She didn’t stop to think.

She didn’t even think while she was chasing.

“Not thinking” is a good way to get into a mess and before long she was in a BIG mess. Goblins are terrible teasers and Mad Barnie kept just in front of Clarice until she was inside Stone Mountain and deep down in the Goblin Caves. She has never told anyone about what happened down there and she says that she never will tell anyone. 





When the Shimmering Animals were all sitting in front of the Mirror where they could see Lady Sharlena Shalut, they were most surprised to see another Lady there instead.

This was the Lady they had been talking about.

Where is Sharlena Shalut ?

The new Lady shimmered a little.  She faded in for a moment and out for a moment. She changed colour and sparkled. The Animals were still rather worried but after a little while, she settled down and ….. my goodness  – she was WONDERFUL !

The Animals had a lot of questions! The questions tumbled out all over the place until the Lady stepped right out of the Mirror and sat down with the Animals. She talked with them for a  very long time and told them many things.

Sharlena Shalut was now so old that she wanted to stay in the Shimmering and just rest. And think. So she had called the Pastel Lady in to see how good she was at Shimmering. Sharlena was worried about the Shimmerers and she just forgot about the Pastel People.

Sharlena did not once think that maybe the Pastel Lady might get a bit of a fright or that the Pastel People would want their Lady back.

Sharlena did not once think about all the sadness she was causing. She did not think about Poppy and most of Triflora working hard to find the Lost lady.

People get like Sharlena Shalut sometimes, when they have been Boss for many long years.

Sharlena didn’t mean any harm and she certainly was surprised when the Pastel Lady had so much trouble Shimmering that she almost exploded once or twice.  It took weeks and weeks to teach the Pastel Lady how to handle her Shimmering but she says she is pretty good at it now.  Sharlena can take time out. The Shimmering has a new Lady and the only ones still sad are the Pastel People. They LOVE their Lady.


I do believe I forgot to tell you the name of the Lady. Her name is Petrina Shalut. That’s right ! Shalut!

She is Sharlena’s daughter. Shimmerer babies are very tricky indeed. They are hardly there at all when they are born and noone knows when they will just shimmer off and never be seen again. 

Most Shimmerer babies live with their father far away from the Shimmering and the mothers don’t visit very often because that’s when the Babies can just take off to anyplace in Triflora.

It can take years for a Shimmerer mother to find her child again.  Sharlena left Petrina with her Dadda who was a very good man of the Tinykins People. Petrina had dolls and toys and a very comfortable bed. She loved her Dadda and sometimes they went fishing. 

Then one day, Sharlena was missing her family so much that she came for a visit. Just a little visit. But the Shimmering got a hold on Petrina and in a flash she was gone and neither Sharlena nor Dadda Troy had been able to find her again.


Petrina had, in fact, shimmered her way into the Land of the Pastel People. That was a very good place for her to land. The Pastel People are gentle and kind and they LOVED the new baby from the very beginning. She was a little more colourful than they were used to. She sang a little louder and danced a lot more than they did. The Pastel People thought she would stay forever.

She DID stay till she was grown up but she was born a Shimmerer and a day came when she shimmered right into Sharlena’s mirror.

Its funny how Mummas and Children know each other at first sight. Sometimes. Sharlena needed to rest and the Shimmering needed a new Lady and even though she loved her Pastel People, Petrina knew that she had to leave them and take over her mother’s work. She did think she would be able to go back and talk to them long before this but noone expected her to be so bad at Shimmering. She could not go near the Pastel People while she was sparking and flashing and glowing like fireworks.

Now it is time for her to talk to the Pastellians.





Saffron took herself off to find Poppy and tell her about the SHIMMERING ANIMALS and the Voice. Saffron was pretty sure that the Voice belonged to the Pastel Lady and everyone had been looking for her since the Party.

Oto and Margray left Orang-Outan’s treehouse and went off into the Shimmering  to look for Pastel Lady.



Living in the Shimmering can be very confusing but most of the Shimmering Animals have been doing it for a long time and are very good at it.

They shimmer and shine and sparkle and twinkle.

They come and go when they choose.

The Shimmering Animals can be any size they choose

They lead very special lives but it is not easy to get them all together in one place at one time.  Nevertheless, Oto called them all to meet at Orang’s place with any news they had and any good ideas they might be able to think off.

The Eagle brought the Tortoise. Even in Shimmertime, noone could make the Tortoise move quickly so the Eagle just picked her up and flew her to the Village. The Shimmer Lion liked to spend most of his time sleeping and it took quite a few of his Friends to wake him up and get him moving.


Shimmertime was first discovered by Lady Sharlena Shalut. She began fading in and out whenever she looked into her mirror.

At first, Sharlena did not enjoy the experience of Shimmering but as time passed she grew to love it.

She became extremely good at Shimmering when and how she wanted.

There is noone, absolutely noone and nothing, who understands the Shimmering as well as Lady Sharlena Shalut. She is pretty much shimmered out these days and doesn’t see people very often – but the Shimmering Animals  are going to ask for her advice and her help because this is a very important Shimmering and all the Pastel People  are still sad.



SAFFRON likes walking about the Village. She dresses up smartly and takes herself out for the day.

She looks at this and she looks at that. She feels the Sun warm her up and the Wind blow gently on her cheeks. Just this week, she started out on her walk. The leaves had fallen from the trees because it was Autumn. She wore her new coat that Aunt Lindsey had given her and the pink hat Mumma Kate gave her when she was a tiny baby.

Saffron felt something push her in the back. She thought it was the Wind. It knocked her good pink hat right off her red hair.  It blew her McLean Scarf all round her neck.

“I can feel you pushing me!”  said Saffron.  Now, we all know that Saffron can talk to anything or anyone and they understand her and she understands them BUT the voice that answered her was NOT the Voice of the Wind. 


Saffron had heard that voice before. It called her when she was in her bed at night. It whispered to her when she was with her friends. The Voice was beautiful and soft and very soft. But it was SAD.

Saffron could hear it but she could not figure out what it was saying to her. She DID want to help the Voice but she didn’t know what to do. Even Brightee ( her baby doll) didn’t know what to do.


Saffron took the path through the Village to last tree in town. She needed someone to talk to and the best one she could think of was Orang-Outan.  Orang-Outan totally refused to go back to live in the Jungle. She liked the Village. She liked tea and drank coffee in secret. She had built a treehouse in her tree and made curtains for the window. Saffron loved Orang-Outan and often dropped in for a glass of Milk.

She told Orang-Outan about the thing pushing her and about the Voice.

She told Ourang-Outan that the Voice was a beautiful Voice and very soft and very sad.


“ Let me speak to Margay.”  said Orang. Saffron had not met Margray before. It turned out that Margray was invisible most of the time. He could appear and disappear whenever he chose.

Margray and Orang-Outan whispered together for a little while.

naturalhistorypi00wood_0136 Saffron is a very interested person. She finds most things INTERESTING.

She was EXTREMELY interested when another animal appeared.

Good Morning, Oto. We need your help. “

Saffron was very interested when Orang-Outan, Margray and Otocyon all whispered together. After a little while, the three of them sat down with Saffron and began to tell her what they knew about the Voice.

Let me tell you what they knew. Orang, Margray and Oto are all  Shimmer Animals. That means they come and they go. They appear and then they disappear. Sometimes when they disappear, they meet other Beings who can come and go and appear and disappear. Mostly, they all know one another quite well. When they pass in the Shimmering , they say Hello and wave. Sometimes, they become good friends.

Lately they had been seeing someone they had never seen in the Shimmering before. It was a very beautiful Lady. She had a sad face and sad eyes and she was always alone. Most of the time, she was Pale – VERY Pale. But she didn’t stay that way. Suddenly she would turn black and white. Sometimes she would become so colourful that the Shimmer almost burst into flames. She seemed to disappear when she didn’t mean to and appear when she didn’t mean to. They had tried to help her but they didn’t know how because they never knew where she would be or how bright she would be.

Now Saffron really has something interesting to think about. Best she go and find Poppy. She’s the Detective and this sounds like the Pastel Lady. But something is very wrong.





The Village has never had another name. We just call it the Village. It looks quite ordinary.


Nothing in Triflora is ordinary.

On one side of the Village is a park and the park is surrounded by houses. It is called the Oldtime Park. Everything and everyone in Oldtime Park likes to be old fashioned. They like old time clothes and old time cottages and they talk in a very old fashioned way. Some people say that they should “ get with the times”  but the right time for Oldtime Park – IS the Old Times. It’s a very interesting place to be.


Sometimes the Mummas need to go to Mumma School to learn to be the Old Style of Mummas they want to be. Mumma Myrtle had been wrestling Crocodiles for years before she decided to try out mothering.

She took herself off to the TRIFLORA SCHOOL FOR MUMMAS AND AUNTIES and stayed rather a long time.

Mumma Myrtle really just wanted a good reason to play. I must say that she did become rather good at dressing dolls and having fun.

Gee. This is tougher than wrestling crocs!


Mumma Myrtle became SO old fashioned that she wanted the Chidlren to go to bed at 7 o’clock EVERY night. She even wanted the Cat to go to bed at 7 o’clock EVERY night.

We all know that Cats go to bed when THEY want to – not when Mumma Myrtle wants them to.

In fact, the children did not want to go to bed at 7 o’clock EVERY night either.


Mumma Myrtle became very strict about the food that the Children ate.

The Children did not want to hurt Mumma Myrtle’s feelings but this Oldtime stuff was getting a bit too much for them.

One night at 8 o’clock, when they were supposed to be asleep in their beds, they were talking things over with one another, when above their heads they heard a tap taP tAP TAP.

Down came a set of stairs, right through the ceiling and Granny Eloise poked her head through and said :



Come up here, O dusty feet!

Here is fairy bread to eat.

Here in my retiring room.

Children you may dine.

On the golden smell of broom,

and the shade of pine.

And when you have eaten well

Fairy stories Hear and Tell.


Ever since then, the Children go to bed quite happily. Mumma Myrtle thinks that its because she has become SUCH a good oldtime mother – but we know that every night, after they have kissed their Mumma Good Night and she has turned off the lights, down come Granny Eloise’s steps and up go the Children for their Fairy Bread and Fairy Tales. Now, everyone is happy.