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BACK IN NANA’S TOWER

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An ordinary day in Nana’s Tower.

She gets up when the Sun begins to smile across the edge of Triflora. Nana is very fond of windows and there are windows all round her bedroom.

As soon as they see the wild, white hair at the window on the Ocean Side, the Crows fly on down and wake the chooks and the chickens and especially the Rooster. Nana is a Bird Woman and she likes to hear them when she first wakes up.

She doesn’t know that they all get up and sing and chirrup and cock-a-doodle-do just for her.

“Morning, Birds.”

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Nana has one cup of white tea from the Peak of the Mountains of the Lotus for breakfast.  EVERY morning.

Nana has one bagel with her tea. EVERY morning.

Except for that morning when Morton got to her bagel before anyone could stop him. That was NOT a happy start to a day.

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As soon as he hears Nana moving about in her room, Wallace comes knocking. Nana is very fond of Wallace but she is definitely NOT fond of early morning visits. She likes to have time to get her head together and she can’t do that with Wallace there.

Wallace tries to get in EVERY morning and EVERY morning, Nana ignores him.

Every morning, Wallace gives up and goes off to Wizzy’s Tower where he knows he will be asked in and given a most delicious breakfast.

Wallace wonders why he still likes Nana – but he does!

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The frogs and the birds have nothing to worry about. They are welcome at Nana’s anytime at all. As soon as they hear that she is up and about, they come a-visiting. 

The frogs and the birds bring all the news from the Village.

Ordinary days in Nana’s Tower are very good days. She sprinkles bird seed on the windowsills and knows just how to make a frog happy.

There is always a pond at Nana’s Tower. She knows that Frogs like to have water close at hand.

 

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Almost every morning, Melrose and McMahon, turn up for a game of Duck Tennis. They like to stay in shape and they don’t look bad for Ducks of their Age. Nana’s Tower is the only place they can play without shoes on. The Tower has storey upon storey upon storey. Each storey has room beside room beside room. It’s the 2nd Floor that Melrose and McMahon visit. 4th room along.  The sign on the door says ;

DUCK AND DODGE TENNIS

 

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NANA’s Tower looks pretty plain from the Outside. Just a stone tower with some windows and a little sign over the front doorway.

The sign says “ nana”.

Inside the Tower does not look plain at all. If you have won a place in Nana’s heart and you can find the doorway with the little “nana” sign AND you can get past her Minders – then you can come right inside and see what a wonderful Tower it really is.

Peter Pig is one of Casey’s Pigs.  As you know Casey is really Cassandra, the Bassi Plu of Triflora. She can see the future and the Pink Flying Pigs are her most especial helpers. Peter thinks of himself as a Spy and goes to great lengths not to be seen. Nobody wants to tell him that a pink pig with wings still looks like a Pink Pig even when they wear raincoats and try to act thin. He sneaks into the tower and straight up to the MUD WALLOW on the 3rd Floor whenever he has a message for Nana from Bassi Plu.

THERE IS MORE TO NANA’S TOWER THAN MEETS THE EYE.

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A DAY IN NANA’S TOWER ROOM

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I don’t much enjoy adventures anymore. I’m a Nana and I am very old. I like to sit in my Tower Room and watch the Passing Parade.  Actually, only the Flying Things pass this room. I always have Birds around me and I NEVER close the window. I like the birds to come in and feel right at home.

When I want to see the rest of the Passing Parade, I have to go downstairs. Wonderful things pass by there.

Some not so wonderful things pass by as well.

 

My favourite things are the little ordinary things that pass by.  Like the PostPerson. Mickey is the Post Person. She is a little busy  at times and the Post gets held up while she delivers Pizzas or counts the number of Beings in Triflora. Mickey doesn’t deliver mail to me very often. I think the Post is old-fashioned.

Today was different. I heard Mickey’s Aquavespa coming from miles off. That machine can do almost anything. It flew straight up to my window and hovered there.

Postcard for you !

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Shouted Mickey and skimmed it through the open window. Off she went. That’s two postcards this week ! One from the Grunkles who are riding Mules and climbing 900 steps every day to look at ‘things’ on the other side of Triflora.

This postcard is from the SandCutters all the way over in Phoenix.   Grannie Moo says;

Brynn my seven year old granddaughter has sent you a drawing of Triflora in Phoenix and swears that she has seen it. The yellow ball is the entrance, the orange bits the mountains far away and the brown bits the dusty land.

I might not like the Mail very much but I do like postcards!

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A DAY OUT WITH SAFFRON

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Saffron loves Triflora. She has plenty of people to play with and some of them have red hair like hers.

As you know, Saffron likes wandering about the Village.

Most days, she takes herself off for a walk and on most days – she has a very good time.

At the moment, she is just a little bit lonesome because the 3 Girls are away in Unkya Guarding the Doorway  and they are 3 of her very best friends.

Yesterday, she tried making a seesaw with Sylvester. They had fun but once was enough.

Today, Poppy has her eyes on Saffron because she heard Saffron say to herself ;

“I have got an idea.”

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Let’s see what she is up to.

 

1 POPPY REPORT

PERSON OF INTEREST IS

SAFFRON

She was heard to say :
I HAVE GOT AN IDEA.

POPPY’S NOTES.

 

Saffron stopped a moment and chattered with the little birds. 

Signed, Poppy.

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This is a sad thing to see. It looks as though Cock Robin is dead. He is just lying there. Jenny Wren tells me that she can look after him and she already has a match lit to warm him up.

The Dove is there as well and the Dove will keep things calm.

I asked the Linnet about what had happened and she said she thinks it was the shock of falling in love with Jenny Wren that knocked Cock Robin flat on his back.

They said to me; “ Keep going, Poppy. We can handle this. It’s a matter for the Birds ! Saffron left a little while ago and she says she has an idea. You can’t let her go wandering around Triflora with an Idea. “

Jenny Wren changed into her human form to mix up the herbs and flowers into medicine for Cock Robin. If he sees her like that he will probably have another attack.

Signed, Poppy.

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The wedding of Charoline and  and Matteus  was being held in the Tinykin Church down on the river. It looked like a place Saffron might like.

I searched everywhere and asked everyone but nobody had seen her.  She must have got away from me while I was talking to the Birds.

I shall look around for signs of her.

signed, Poppy.

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I heard a miaow from the  Ferryman’s House near the jetty on the River. 

The Ferry Cat told me that Saffron had taken one of the boats and headed over to Cat and Fiddle Island. 

Last time we tried to row across to the Islands, we got into great difficulties.

Signed. Poppy.

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Here is the Report from that trip: 

Poppy and Saffron sneaked down to the Creek with Eric the dog and Mad Flynn. (There are quite a few Mad people on Triflora. Sometimes, Poppy was called Mad Eline and Saffron was called Mad Lola. )

They took a boat and started to row across to get a closer look at the stone wall on the Mad Island.

BANG. FLASH. KABOOM.

The tiny little creek seemed to turn into a wild river. Waves splashed over them and the boat splashed and bounced.

It is not easy to get near a Wizard’s Tower unless you  have been invited. They only just made it back to shore safely.

 

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The Ferry Cat told me that Saffron had talked Ferry Rose into going with her. Ferry Rose is about the same size as Saffron but she has white hair and has spent almost all her life around boats and ships and ferries.

The Ferry Cat said they took off very quickly but she doesn’t think the little girls will be able to row as far as Cat and Fiddle Island.

Now. This is VERY worrying.

I really need to contact my father Mad O’Brian on Mad Island. Saffron loves her Mad Uncle and his Island is much closer to here. She just might have had the idea to go and visit him.

Signed. Poppy.

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CLICK ON MAD O’BRIAN FOR AN INVITATION

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SAFFRON AND  FERRY ROSE.

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OTHER GOOD BOOKS TO READ

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FLYING BEINGS OF TRIFLORA.

FLYING BEINGS OF TRIFLORA.  
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Some of the Birds of TRIFLORA. HAND HOLDING FAIRY. 
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THE GEESE. THE WITCHES.
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THE RAVEN, THE FLAMINGO, THE COCKY AND THE GOOSE.
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DAY 3 : THE FLIGHT GOES ON

 

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Guess I had best show you the rest of the Flight and then we can get on with the Party. Eating. Drinking. Talking to old friends and making new friends. But first :

THE FLIGHT

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Even the Flying House  is here today.

It gave Starflyer such a shock that she fainted. Fainting is never a good idea while you’re flying.

 

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THE FLYING BEINGS

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The Beings of the Bush are of many different kinds. They fly a long way to join in the Flight on Day 3. The Kookaburras come along – laughing and giggling. They laugh so much that all of Triflora laughs with them.

Well – almost all of Triflora. One of the Kookaburras  by the name of Goobra, simply would not laugh. She would not fly. She would not join in at all.

Goobra has made a promise for the Party. She has promised that she will laugh – at least once. We will see what happens. She doesn’t look like she’s laughing yet.

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Quenesta and Raza fly in together as they always do. Quenestra’s  wings grow more magnificent every year.

She can fly where noone else can fly. She can fly higher and longer than anyone else.

Quenestra and Raza only meet once a year. They meet and come to the Party. For the rest of the year, Quenestra is curled up on the ground and looks exactly like a cabbage. She lives in the Vegetable Garden of the Castle of Wisdom. Raza spends the year in the Castle and he takes special care of Quenestra. When the Party comes, they join the Black Owl and fly all the way to Poppy’s Place to join in the flight.

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THE FLIGHT OF THE TRIFLORA PARTY.

Not everything that flies is a bird or a fairy.

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Rosamunda flies with her silken robes. They swirl and twirl and she sails along on the thermals.

The Goose Rider is a very good rider but the Goose Rider has very strange ideas about what to wear to a Party.

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1000s of Butterflies, brush people’s cheeks and sprinkle colours all over them.   

The TRIFLORA FLIGHT ON DAY 3 OF THE PARTY

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“Orrible Olaf couldn’t fly and he NEVER went near water. He was quite ‘orrible. He farted and burped and some people say he used to spit at their feet.

“orrible Olaf is not like that anymore.

 

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This is what happened! “Orrible was at the Party a year or so back. He was farting and burping and he hadn’t had a bath or a shower or even washed his face since the last rain. He had sneaked in past the Spiders and laughed at them.

The Spiders were so angry that they tried to catch him. Olaf ran off, giggling and burping and making rude signs at the Spiders.  He ran straight into the Secret Web.

You must not tell anyone about the Secret Web. It is to stop anyone like Olaf from sneaking in. The Weaver of the Secret Web is called Pandelina.

The Secret Web is woven from fairy silk, just like  Pandelina’s wings and hair. It is so delicate that it can’t be seen and yet so strong that not even a giant could break through it.

WHAMMEEE! “’Orrible Olaf crashed into it. He waved his arms and kicked his  legs and made things much worse for himself. Soon he was completely wrapped up in Web.

Well. Olaf hung there in the Web and just about freaked out. He looked up and got a real surprise. He had never seen anything like Pandelina. He was in love IMMEDIATELY. He thought she was perfect.

Pandelina looked at Olaf with a sad smile.

What do you think you are d0ing ? she said.

Olaf could not say one single word. He was so ashamed of himself. Right there and then, he promised himself that he would change. He would do ANYTHING to make this beautiful Being proud of him. He would wash every day. He would even wash his clothes. He would not burp and he would not fart. He would never spit on anyone’s foot- not ever again. Olaf just hung in the Web and smiled at Pandelina.

Now the funny thing is this. Pandelina, who was the Lady of the Spiders, and wore a crown and had wings as soft as springtime breezes – thought that Olaf was lovely. She sent her fairies over to unwind him from the Web and bring him over to her.

Hello! She said.

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