The Horses’ Poster has gone up all over Triflora.

It is making a big difference. Nobody much had realised what was happening to the Horses. Now that they do, everyone is shocked. They don’t expect to see anything cruel in Triflora. Poppy has sent her People out to see what’s happening and sure enough, first thing they saw on the edge of the Village were these three men. Just look at them. Smoking cigars and looking bossy. 

They have whips in their hands to hit the Horses.

They have boots with hard heels to kick the Horses in the side.

Poppy’s People put an end to THAT ! 

Riding a Horse with boots and a whip is NO WAY TO TRAVEL!

Travelling around Triflora is not always easy – but that is NO excuse to take advantage of anyone else.


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Red Fox gets around very well. He moves quickly and quietly. He can even jump from rock to rock to cross a creek – but this creek is at the rapids and it looks like Red will not be able to jump far enough to cross it. He will need to find another way to go.

Red is looking for another way around the creek. He is moving very sneakily. There is no reason for him to move sneakily. Its just what Foxes seem to do.


Enrico travels on all four of his legs. He is very big indeed and can make his way through all kinds of country.

Emma Jane Lafitte is very small. She has only two legs and Enrico feels very sorry for her.

So, whenever he sees Emma Jane Lafitte trying to walk someplace, Enrico starts to smile, reaches down with his trunk and picks her up by her ponytail.

“ I do NOT want to travel in your trunk! Put me down!”


Ships and boats are used for a lot of travelling in Triflora. They are a most interesting way to travel and many of the Sailors are interesting as well.

Except for the Buccaneers. A Buccaneer is a type of pirate. They have a tendency to swashbuckle. That means that they swagger and brag and tell very long and untrue stories about their adventures.

I would rather travel on the back of a Shark than travel with a Buccaneer. They SHOW OFF.

Something will have to be done about these 3 Men with Whips.

They are making Travel in Triflora VERY unpleasant.

Dragons, of course, travel mostly by flying. Just the other day, one of Rose’s Dragon Messengers came into the Village to let Poppy know that Rose would be over for Dinner that night. Well – he got to the edge of the Village and started walking because he is very polite and doesn’t like flapping his way over the tops of People’s houses.  Guess who he met?

The same 3 Men who had been riding the Horses. They were dressed in different clothes and they were not smoking their cigars but they still had their whips. They started flicking them at Rose’s Messenger. Boy, is she going to be MAD ?



One way of travelling which you don’t always see in the World Up Top, is THE SKIRT. Triflora has enough magic breezes to lift people off the ground and carry them along with the wind beneath their skirts.

The Skirt has to be the right skirt  and the Person wearing the Skirt needs to know what he or she is doing. Then it is a very moving experience.

Old Mother Taffy dressed to travel.

She has put a scrunchie snood on her hat and is wearing lace gloves. Old Mother Taffy has her sister’s glasses on and can’t see straight at all.


Witches are experts at witchery and can travel anyway they please although they use their broomsticks most of the time because it looks better. People like to see them on Broomsticks.

When it comes to the Old Witches in the Old Witches’ Home, then travelling becomes a problem because their magic is slipping. Not only slipping but slopping about a bit as well. There are NO brooms allowed in the Home. None at all.  An old witch on a broom is not safe travelling.






Up on the 3rd Tower in the Perfumed Garden, the Tiny, Tiny birds are learning to fly.  Its always a bit of a worry for the grown-ups. They worry that the Tin, Tiny Birds will fly off the edge and fall to the ground. They worry about all sorts of things when their children begin to fly.

The Grownup birds yabber yabber yabber, telling the children how to do it.

The Grownup Birds chitter chitter chitter telling them things they must not do.

There is really no need to worry at all.

The Spiders have woven silken nets  all around the Tower Top and no Tiny Tony Bird has ever fallen over the edge.


Sometimes you can hear the tip tip tap tap of the baby woodpeckers being taught to peck. The Woodpeckers make their own Music. Its called Peckussion.

Trouble  really dislikes Peckussion and that’s a good thing for Triflora.  When the Peckers start into pecking, the tip tap goes right through the ground and under the ice and into the Cave of Trouble. She HATES the sound of it. She hates  the sound even more when the Tiny Peckers are learning to peck.


Down in the Garden amongst the Sheep, Amelia is digging a well. Amelia is very tiny indeed. Noone knows what kind of animal she is and sometimes her enormous eyes look sad. She says she is not lonesome but she looks lonely to me.

Amelia likes living in the 3rd Tower. She feels safe there. She has her own room and the food is just lovely. The only thing Amelia is not quite happy about is the Water.

All the water in Trifloran wells is crystal and sweet.

All the water in Trifloran wells is good for you.

But maybe not for Amelia.  She is looking for something different and only she knows what it is.  We think its something to do with her Bath because she wears her bath robe all the time, even when she is digging.

If you know what Amelia is looking for, do let us know. Perhaps we can help her.


The Tower Photographer was at 3rd Tower today. Everyone except for Amelia was dressed very smartly and hair and fur and feathers were brushed.

The tiny Beings of the 3rd Tower are very excited. They are planning to hang photographs along the corridors.

Tiny Beings are not always noticed by bigger Beings. Just wait until these photos come back. The Tiny Beings have ordered BLOWUPS and ENLARGEMENTS to give to their Friends in Triflora.

For sure, they will be noticed then.


rabbitscatscavie00lanerich_0159The Tiny Beings of the Tower are very proud of being so small but some of them have had  terrible frights out there in Triflora. Gustaf the Ghost Rabbit has almost been trodden on by 4329 people. His nerves are shattered.  He refused to go in the photo and he says he will NEVER leave the Tower again.


Fulmer Xenophon is a different matter. Fulmer doesn’t let his size stop him from trying everything. He is thinking of going across to live on Cat and Fiddle Island even though he is only as big as an ordinary Trifloran Cat’s clawnail.

Fulmer Xenophon is one courageous pussycat.







The Horses of Triflora have 4 legs. Some of the 2 legged Beings think they can just ride on the Horses’ Backs because of this.

I can tell you this. The Horses are not amused. 

Just because we have 4 legs and are amazingly strong and smart – well, that does not mean that any old Being can come along and use us as if we were  public transport!”


Things are much more polite over at Nerissa’s well. Nobody would even think of just jumping onto the back of a SeaHorse and going for a ride.

When people come to visit, they bring their best manners with them. 

Mac McNeil from the Highlands wears his finest clothes when he comes to Nerissa’s. He polishes his wings. He brushes his hair. And he BOWS a lot.

He does get nervous because some of the Mer People do not wear many clothes and up in the Highlands where he comes from, everyone wears plenty of clothes because its COLD.

Mac McNeil is especially polite when he sees Pechera. Pechera has settled down a lot lately and doesn’t mind doing all the important work she has to do.But she still likes the ordinary life best of all.

Mac McNeil has helped her a lot. Mac met Pechera when she was flying back from the Moon and he was flying about playing his bagpipes. Mac’s mother had told him that his playing sounded like a wolf howling at the moon. He thought that sounded rather wonderful so he took to flying about when the Moon was shining and playing his Pipes. The Highland Faeries are a wee bit unusual.

Well. On the night I was talking about, Pechera heard the noise of his ‘music’ while she was flying back from the Moon, conked out and crashed right into Mac McNeil. It gave him rather a fright but he dropped his Pipes and managed to catch her before she tumbled to the ground. Mac gently flew her down to the ground and when she woke they had  a rather interesting conversation about almost everything they could think of. It turned out that both of them had important work to do.

But it also turned out that BOTH of them actually liked the ORDINARY LIFE best of all. They visit quite often now.


And one thing they never ever do, is jump onto the back of a horse and expect to be taken wherever they want to go.

The Horses have put this Poster up all around Triflora. It shows all the Body Parts of a typical Triflorian Horse.

The Horses hope it will make them seem more real to other Beings.

This is  their new motto ;







Down at the River near the Village, not far from the Ferry Wharf is a beautiful house. It is made from mud brick and sea shells and brightly coloured jewels.

There is a Mother and a Father and a Boy and a Girl living there. It is a very important house in Triflora because the Girl is the Keeper of the Chooks and Ducks and all the Poultry – even the Golden Goose. Her name is Dolly. The Boy is a Daring Adventurer and a Thinker. He is called Fella. The Mumma can do many things. She mixes medicines and she brings babies into Triflora. She loves wool and beautiful yarn and can make clothes and scarfs and most importantly – Mumma Kath makes HATS.  One day, I shall tell you more about her hats. The Dadda is the Maker and Keeper of the Lights. Lights are almost as important in a Fairy World as Music is. Their house is called the Light House.

Dadda Sincas is also a Fireman. The Firemen are very well trained and they handle a lot of the emergencies that come up. All the Firemen carry alarms that tell them when there is a Fire and if the alarm goes off – those Firemen are out of there in a moment!


Sincas has 9,238,000 ideas about Lights. He can’t make that many lights by himself.  He needs Helpers.

And he does have some very good Helpers.

BUT – some of them DRINK. They drink HUGE barrels of interesting drinks. These are the Rascally Rogues.

They think they make better lights when they drink a Barrel of Grog – but they don’t. They make weird things.

Light Makers can be very peculiar indeed.



Dolly has a kitchen of her very own. She wears an apron when she is cooking and asks her friends over for a meal.

Dolly takes care of the animals. She has 16 kinds of Chooks, 11 types of ducks and many more.

The Golden Goose lives right in the middle of Dolly’s yard. She is safe there. Noone else knows that the eggs she lays are Golden.






It’s a strange place, the Wandering Desert. It moves about. When Nana wants a very private holiday from things, she goes to the Wandering Desert. She is very fond of CAMELS. Vanessa, the Vanishing Camel, has known Nana for 100 of years. There isn’t much left of Vanessa these days but there is still enough to give her old friend a ride into the Desert.


The only way to get into the Wandering Desert is on the back of a Camel.  People have tried to find it by themselves but they never do find it.

Most people think its someplace beyond the 3rd Island – but that is just a guess.

Wizzy thinks that the Desert is in another dimension altogether. He has never been there because he doesn’t want to ride on a flying Camel – or on a vanishing Camel.

Dadda Jai has been there once when the Desert dwellers needed some very special building done. D.J. can build almost anything.  He came home with a golden bracelet.

Sometimes Nana takes the 3 girls to the Desert and they have the best fun. The Oasis in the Middle looks just like 3rd Island and it is perfect for swimming and sunning and drinking coconut milk.


Life in the Desert is very INTERESTING. There are storytellers and musicians and plenty of dancing. Saffron and Rose and Poppy LOVE their holidays. Saffron wears the Gold Bracelet  her father brought back and they all wear clothes of wonderful colours and plenty of jewellery. They dance and dance and dance till they’re dizzy and their hair is whirling and swirling.

They eat a lot of grapes in the desert they listen VERY carefully to the stories.

Wanderers know things. They see and hear things. They can tell you things.

When a whole desert wanders, then even the sand can tell you things. 


When a whole desert wanders, then even the waters in the Oasis can tell you things. Sometimes.  people in the Wandering Desert ask a question and noone knows the answer.

Then The Storyteller goes out to the Bridge and asks the Waters for an answer. He can almost always understand what the Waters say.


One of Nana’s friends, Nana Dorise, has been wandering in the Wandering Desert for 40 years. She went there to ask the Storyteller for advice but the Camel Ride freaked her out so much that she will not get on a Camel so that she can go back home.

She won’t even go near a camel.

Nana Dorice HATES the heat and the Wandering Desert is very hot.

She has become pretty good friends with the Storyteller. He tries to tell her that she won’t get home without a Camel’s help but she thinks that if she keeps wandering, she will eventually find a way back home. 

In the Meantime, Nana Dorice roams all over the desert. She doesn’t even know that the Bactrian Camel is following her around and making sure she is safe.  The Bactrian Camel LIKES Dorice. He makes sure there is food and water I the place she goes to and that the Sand where she sleeps is soft and snug. The Bactrian Camel doesn’t let anyone else ride him.  He thinks that if he just follows Nana Dorice around taking good care of her, that one day she will like him too.

Then he will be able to help her go back home again.



The things we wear


Here in Triflora, there are so many Beings and so many places that all kinds of clothes and shoes are needed. Some are woven from spider silk. Some are made from the fine cottons of the Garden. Some are spun from seaweeds and coral threads.

Down here in Triflora, Beings do all kinds of things. They fly and they walk on their hands and they live deep under the Sea. It is very important that their clothes are just right for whatever it is that they are doing.

Here are a few of the things we wear and use in Triflora.

Nana does not like SUITS. She tried to get them banned from Triflora but too many people wanted to keep wearing SUITS and they kept right on wearing them no matter what she said.

The best place to get a suit is from STANLEY STANHOPE.  He knows just what a suit needs to be like and tailors them specially for you. This is his motto:


Stanley Stanhope once dressed the Lions of Triflora. That was before they grew fur of their own.  Now he simply makes suits but he still uses a Lion in his advertisements.

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izzyClowns’ Clothing is also made by the 4 Grasshoppers.

Clowns need Tough clothing too and most clowns have soft hearts.  

The 4 Grasshoppers get their strength from Oats.  They need strength because they make almost all the safety clothing for the Insects of Triflora. Here they are, dressed in their own Golden Hopper Suits. Insects usually have very soft bodies and the 4 Grasshoppers make Strong Clothing for Soft Hearts.



The 4 Grasshoppers ONLY make clothes for Insects and Clowns. They will not make clothes for anyone else at all.

All the rest of the Circus clothes are made by the CLOWNS.

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Here is their motto:






Nana is taking a Fly Around to see who else is up in the Air.

The 3 Minstrel Birds and the Mad Mozzie from Mad Island.

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Olaf Jacobson knows very well that he cannot fly on someone else’s tail feathers.

fairytales00labo_0015Oh no! Charmaginia is at it again.
We have told her that the girl does not want to be a witch.
We have told her that the girl is no good at being a witch.
We have told her not to tie Charmaine to her broomstick and not to scare her half to death.
Some people are not meant for flying.

fairytales00labo_0082Well, there goes Raymond, the Shoemaker.
Look at that flying !
He said he could make the perfect flying shoes and there he is. There he is.

Well done, Raymond.  You fly like a bird!

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He carries a basket filled with starlets and stardust and he sprinkles them all across the sky.




The Moon waits till the Star Spreader has flown the Night Skies and them comes smiling out to shine all over Triflora.

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