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Day 2 is a great day at the Party. Its SINGING DAY.

And it’s the day to meet old friends and make new friends.

The trick is this : no talking allowed. No barking, yelling, miaowing, chirping. 



Singing Day spreads magic all through Triflora. If Trouble were thinking of stirring itself up, it would not be on Singing Day. The Music is EVERYWHERE. Cassandra’s Pigs sing while they’re working. The children sing to the ducks and the ducks sing to the children. Up on the branch, the Brownie sits very quietly. He is going to sing but he knows the children and the ducking will be rather surprised.  Brownies are very small indeed – but their voices are HUGE.  Not their talking voices !

Their Talking Voices are just ordinary Brownie Sized Voices – but their Singing Voices are as big as mountains. Deep as the deepest seas. Wide as the Widest River.  The problem is that Brownies just LOVE to sing. It won’t be long before he starts. His voice is very beautiful but he doesn’t want to scare the Children or the Ducklings.

He especially doesn’t want to frighten Alyx. He thinks Alyx is the loveliest thing he has ever seen. The Brownie LOVES the blue dress she is wearing today.

He likes it when she laughs and he likes it when she sings.

He does not like it when she cries and sighs and looks sad. She does that a lot. Noone knows where Alyx comes from. They all love her but they don’t know where her home is or what kind of Being she is.

If the Brownie could find out, he would. If he could make her smile forever, he would. Alyx doesn’t know about the Brownie who follows her about and looks everywhere for her home and family.

She certainly will find out that he’s there once he starts to sing.


One thing the Brownie has noticed is that Alyx is always near the Water. Any water. She likes to have her feet in the Water. She did see him once when she was younger. She had gone out onto the ice looking for water to put her feet in. Alyx got so tired and cold that she sat down on a stone and cried.

The Brownie was so worried that he turned the stone into a nice hot cake and then took her back to the dry land of Triflora.

He has an idea about Alyx but he is not sure just yet. He is hoping and wishing that something special might happen at the Party, once the Mer People arrive.

I will give you a clue. See what you think!

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Sometimes, people and creatures accidentally find their way into Triflora. That’s what happened with the beautiful King of the Kingfishers. He was not trying to get into the Fairy Garden at all.  He was just following Saffron because he LOVED her red hair. When she went up to the Big Fig Tree in Bellingen and whispered Triflora, the King of the Kingfishers did not know that she was calling to Rose and Poppy. Saffron did everything right. She looked to her left. She looked to her right.  She looked all around before she pointed to the secret entrance and whispered Triflora. She even had Nana and Mumma with her.

They didn’t see any people. They didn’t see any Trouble. They didn’t see anything following them. But the King of the Kingfishers was right there. Tiny. The King was very surprised to see them all disappear right inside the Big Fig Tree.

It gave the King such a shock that he flew straight into the hard trunk of the tree and dropped unconscious to the ground.  When he lifted up his head, the door to Triflora was still open – just a little – and the King ducked in without thinking. The next thing he knew he was being whirled and swirled  and all his molecules were rearranged till he was one tiny little bird in the middle of Triflora.


Now, this caused a real panic in Triflora.

I shall tell you why, later.

In the Meantime, a call was sent out for jenny Wren to come as soon as she could !



NAME:063  Jenny Wren (also known as Jennifer Jane Whoops)
SPECIAL POWERS:  Is especially good at healing ouchies by touch. Can talk to dogs and birdies.
BEST QUALITY:  Laughs a lot and loves to dance.
WORST HABIT:  Is very clumsy… and has to sleep after healing ouchies
WHERE YOU LIVE:  In a cave by the river, where the light reflects off the magic waters and everything sparkles in silver
JOB IN TRIFLORA:  I haven’t quite come up with this yet. Let me know if you have any ideas.  Well, I think Jenny will be our Healer.

birdy991Triflora might not be quite like the World Up Top. In fact, it is nothing like the World up Top. Except that some people are just the same when  it comes to being stubborn. Nana has spoke to Jenny Wren 1000 times or more about her Thongs.

It wouldn’t matter at all if only Jenny was not SO clumsy. Nana tells her :  Jenny. Fairies can go barefoot. Fairies can wear wonderful shoes that fit perfectly. But Fairies CANNOT wear thongs.

Its very hard to get angry with Jenny. ( Her real name is JENNIFER JANE WHOOPS) Its very hard to get angry with her because she is simply SOOOOOO kind. She can fix anything that hurts – all the ouchies.  Birds and Dogs love her. All the little people love her and the sick creatures come to her cave because they KNOW she will look after them.


She doesn’t have normal fairy wings. She changes into whatever bird she needs to be – anytime she wants.

I shall tell you a secret and you must not tell anyone at all except for your 2 best friends. One time, not very long ago, Jenny heard that a special Auntie was very very ill. All her hair was falling out. and Jenny said straight away:  I shall cut off all my hair and make it into a magic wig and then she will look beautiful and her head will not hurt her anymore.

That is just one of the good things I could tell you about Jennifer.

In fact, just about the only bad things about her are THE THONGS.

And – the THONGS would not matter at all if only she weren’t so CLUMSY.

That’s where Nana comes into it :  Jennifer Wren. You fly like a bird. You can heal Ouchies with the touch of your fingertips – BUT  do NOT keep trying to walk and dance in THOSE THONGS. 

Just about then, Jennifer Jane takes herself off to bed and goes soundly to sleep. Goodnight, Jenny Wren.





When there is a message to be sent to the world Up There, the Triflora Birds are most often the ones to carry them.

IN general, the people Up There, just think to themselves;

Oh, there’s a bird !” or “I wonder what all those birds are doing.”

They don’t know that SOME of the birds were only as big as a fingernail before they came out of the Garden a few minutes before. The People Up There don’t know that the Birds have had their molecules whirled and swirled till they are as big as any other bird.

Just the other day, Nana was sitting in her Cottage and about 125 white birds were flying around the Paddock.

“Hmmm.” she thought. “ I wonder what they are doing. “

The next thing she knew – a very big pelican landed right in her front yard.

It looks like I had best be going down to Triflora”, said Nana to herself.

“125 white birds and 1 HUGE pelican. I think that’s a message for me.”

AND YOU DON’T NEED TO SHOUT !  said Nana to the Birds.


The very next morning, Nana went to visit Saffron and her Mother. Saffron had another sore foot and noone could understand why.

But Nana knew. And Rose and Poppy knew. Saffron was MUCH better at flying than she was at walking.

She DID like walking. She liked it a lot. She liked her shoes and she liked to talk to people in the street – but she LOVED flying.  She was very little and she wasn’t quite used to the World Up There.

Nana and Saffron sat on the back steps and threw bread onto the apple mint lawn to see what the birds were trying to tell them. Some little birds came along. Some of them even had yellow feathers that shone in the sunlight. But none of them were messenger birds from Triflora. They threw some more bread and one of Saffron’s throws went for a long, long way.

Aha!” said Nana,. “ Look ! There is the messenger bird”. And a big white bird came sailing down, caught the bread and flew over the house like an eagle. Round and round in circles it went and then it flew right down to Saffy’s magical entrance to the garden.

It really was time for another visit to TRIFLORA. The big white bird waited for them, because, as you know, it takes 3 people to whisper the word TRIFLORA – at the same time – with their eyes shut and holding hands ( or claws).

Whoosh. Down they went.

Now your foot and your leg will not hurt anymore, Saffron Lola”, said the big white bird. “There is plenty of magic down here and you can fly anytime you want to!”

(We know now that his name was Goss Hawk. Saffron’s Daddy told us that. Can you imagine how happy everyone will be when Saffron comes home and BOTH her legs are working PERFECTLY?)

I do not know why the Birds are so good at fixing people and I don’t actually care. What I know is that the Triflora birds are the BEST messengers and the BEST doctors and the BEST nurses I have ever known.



Another secret which I haven’t told you before is this :

There is more than one Entrance to the Secret Fairy Garden.

There is one at Saffron’s place.

There is one at Nana’s Place.

There is one in Armidale. Rose and Poppy are busy hiding it very carefully with bushes and thorns and wildflowers so that noone can get in there when they move.

And there will be an entrance to the Secret Garden, someplace in Towamba on the Farm. Perhaps Grandma knows where it is. She knows a lot of magic things.

Now, the very best thing about the different Entrances is this :

In the World Up There , it is sometimes a long way to the houses of the people we love – BUT – in Triflora, we can travel all around the world in no time at all.

Perhaps I had best tell you one more secret before I go to bed. Just in case you are on your own and need to know it.  I have told you that 3 people are needed to open an Entrance. Well, that’s true but sometimes there just are NOT 3 people there. Each Member of the Secret Garden is given a mobile phone of their very own. Even people who are perhaps too young to have an ordinary mobile phone. The phones can ONLY be seen and heard by other Members of the Triflora Secret Garden Society.

Just about everyone from the Garden is happy about the Phones. They are VERY modern, indeed. It means that one person can be at one entrance and call 2 other people and if al 3 of them close their eyes and whisper TRIFLORA and hold their mobiles up to their right ear, the Entrances will open.  We LOVE technology!

The second part of the Secret is this :

The mobile phone looks like an ordinary phone to the members of the Garden but it just looks like a Butterfly to people who do not belong.

Kids cannot get into trouble just because a butterfly keeps flying up to their ears or rides around in their pockets. Can they ? They might look a little crazy talking to a butterfly – but they won’t get into any BIG trouble.

And the creatures and the people who are not very good at all – will not know any of the Secrets.

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This is what one of the phones looks like to the Secret Members. This is what it looks like to the people who are NOT Members.