Category Archives: BUSH



Nana’s friends live all over Triflora. One of her very good friends lives right in the middle of the Bush. Her name is Grannie Moo. Sometimes, Grannie Moo and Nana used to sit down and have a bit of a cry because their grandchildren lived so very far away from them. That was before the 3 girls found the doorway into Triflora. Now they can visit each other anytime they want to.

Nana knew that Grannie Moo was VERY sad because she could NOT visit Brynn and Caden just anytime  she wanted to.

Grannie tried to stay CHEERFUL. She was kind and loving to all the Bush Folk. She didn’t let them see that she was SAD. But Nana and her Friends KNEW. They got together one moonlit night and talked it over. Then they came up with a very good idea.

Grannie Moo could go all the way to Phoenix, up there in the World on Top. Then Grannie and Brynn and  Caden could search for the Arizona Doorway into Triflora.

In the Meantime, Nana would send Triflorians searching  for the Inner Doorway to Arizona. I wonder why there are no Guardians taking care of that Doorway. They MUST know that Grannie and the Kids would want to get together.

People started searching everywhere in Triflora. But they had NO luck at all. bibbub2 The Mail (Adelaide, SA  1912 - 1954), Saturday 18 October 1924,2

Poppy took Saffron by the hand and talked to her for 13 minutes.

Poppy talked to Saffron about GERT GUMNUT. Don’t forget that Poppy is a Detective. She knows how to find things out and she knows how to GUESS.

Poppy thinks that two children in Arizona would like to come to the Bush when  they visit their Grannie Moo.

Poppy thinks that the Doorway to Phoenix, Arizona, might be IN THE BUSH.

Poppy also thinks that Gert Gumnut might know something about the Doorway to Arizona and she knows that Saffron and Gert are the very best of friends. That’s why she talked with Saffron for 13 minutes. She talked until Saffron told her Gert’s Secret.

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Gert’s real job is Guardian of the Doorway in the Bush but noone had come through for such a long time that she had become very bored, just before the Party.

She was going to go Home as soon as the Party ended but she was so happy being a Ballerina, that she did not leave!

Poppy and Saffron followed the sound of Music to the Dance School . Sure enough, there was Gert. At first, Gert did not want to talk to them but when they told her about Grannie Moo and about how much she wanted to see Brynn and Caden, well then, Gert was first out the door. Grannie was very well loved in the Bush. Poppy and Saffy had to run to catch up with her.


O dear. O dear.  said Gert.  I did leave 2 Guardians behind but none of us thought we would be needed. Come on ! We need to get to the Bush.

Poppy and Saffron caught up to her and slowed her right down.

We cannot run all the way to the Bush. Let’s call in the Kangaroo. Grannie isn’t even ready to go to Phoenix yet and when she gets there, they will all have to search for the Doorway.  We do not have to run.

The Duck and the Kangaroo simply PANICKED when they got the message that Poppy was looking for them.

The Duck and the Kangaroo had NOT been guarding the Doorway AT ALL.  They had been flying all over Triflora having FUN.

When they first got the message that Poppy was looking for them, they wanted to HIDE or fly to a dark mountaintop. Then they realised that if they didn’t go and see Poppy, then Nana just might come and see them. Nana has been in a Very Bad Mood ever since she caught a cold. They really did not want Nana finding out that they had been having FUN instead of Guarding.

The Duck and the Kangaroo flew down to Poppy and Saffron and Gert.



Hop on !  said the Duck.

We will be back in the Bush in no time at all.

Back in the Bush, the Duck, the Kangaroo and Gert Gumnut settled back down in their homes beside the Doorway to Arizona. They had a LOT of cleaning up to do. You cannot just go away and leave things to take care of themselves in the Bush. The Snakes had made homes under the steps of the Duck’s House. Spiders had woven webs that blocked the Doorway.

It didn’t take long before the rest of the Bush Folk heard that the Guardians were back

and came along to help.

It took only a little bit longer and everything looked just perfect for Grannie Moo and her 2 Ozzie Sand Cutters.


And the GUARDIANS listened very very carefully for the whisper of the word TRIFLORA coming from Arizona.



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By the first day of the Party, Bib and Bub, who lived in the Bush, decided that they knew enough about Human Dancing to open a school  for all the Triflora Creatures. Don’t forget that NOONE at all in the whole of Triflora is really quite Human.

Some of them LOOK human and some of them do not look Human.

But not one of them is really a Human like the people in the World up Top.

That’s why Bib and Bub opened the School of Human Dancing. The Birds had gone up Top and watched. Then they came back to the Bush and taught everyone to dance and now Bib and Bub thought they were ready to teach the people at the PARTY FOR NO REASON. I don’t think they knew how crazy that could be.



They taught the Hula to Millicent, Minerva and Mabel and that was very beautiful but some of the others just didn’t get the hang of it at all.

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Bib and Bub taught the CAN CAN which is a very interesting dance.

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Whatever are you doing ?  said Saffron.

Well, Gert came out from under the Bench and sat beside Saffron. She told her all about the Bush and the Strong Man and Saffron told her about the Band.

Well, said Gert.  Who is in your band?

So Saffron told her that Rose and Poppy would be but they were very busy at the moment.

So Gert and Saffron decided to start the Band by themselves. 

This will be very interesting.  said Saf.

Ballet1Gert and Saf made the best of Friends. They had  GREAT IDEAS and nothing much scared either of them. Gert had never in her whole life had clothes to wear. When she went to Poppy’s Place,  she knew exactly what she wanted. She wanted the ballerina dress and the ballerina shoes. She wanted to DANCE. Saf chose a silver grey dress and a wonderful hat with flowers  on. amil

I shall ask Wizzy! He will tell me what to play ! she said. Before too long, Wiz had given her a special instrument which he brought down from his tower for her and she was singing and playing just as though her name was already up in lights.

They had a good talk to Poppy and the three of them decided to call the band, THE PETALS. They didn’t bother Rose because she was very busy with the Dragons and she was also rather big now and didn’t always want to play.

Then the Girls went back to the BENCH and began writing songs and playing music and dancing. Then they made a sign saying : THE PETALS : AUDITIONS HERE. They want to have a very BIG BAND.

the petals audit Then Gert and Saf sat down to wait for Musicians who wanted to try out for their new band: THE PETALS. It was a good place to sit because they could see al the Party People arriving while they were trying out new members of the Petals. Poppy’s Place was just 2 cottages from them and she kept sending them beautiful things to eat and drink.

I would like you to meet some of the Musicians who are trying out for the Petals. If you put your favourite in the comment box, they might win a special place in the Band. Now to take a look at the Musos.


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Saffron specially likes the times when everyone is  busy doing things. Sometimes they forget to keep an eye on her and she can do whatever she likes, just like Gert Gumnut was doing in the Bush just before they cut her tree down and carried her to the Party.

Since Saffron’s Mum had come down to Triflora, things had gotten a bit careful. Mothers DO like to stop little ones from having fun.

On the morning of the PARTY FOR NO REASON AT ALL, Mumma told her that her Dadda was coming down to Triflora as well. That has been a bit of a shock ! Dadda is coming down to help cook the food. He knows how to cook “WITH LOVE” but Saffron is not sure that the Guardians can whirl and swirl quite enough molecules to let her father into Triflora. She could NOT imagine her father as a Little man. Not at all.

They can do it ! said her Mumma. He will be here very soon! Then we will all start cooking.

Well. That will keep them busy ! thought Saffron to her own self. Off she went to take a good look around – all by herself.


She saw the Circus and Carnival people. 

She saw the Strong Man and all the people dressed in special clothes.

She saw the Cooks coming to the Party Kitchen.

She saw Poppy with all the beautiful and funny clothes that people could want.

She saw the big glass window in the seaside pool where the Underwater People could have their Party and everyone could join in.

sorcererAnd then she saw Wizzy getting the Musicians’ Names written up in Lights. 

Lights went on inside Saffron’s own head. SHE could have a band and her band could play at the Party. She REALLY wanted her name up in lights.

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Saffron could see it right there and then. Her and the Rose and Poppy. The trouble is that Rose and Poppy are VERY busy getting things ready for the Party and Saffron needs some band members RIGHT NOW.  She went down to the last cottage in the Village and sat on the bench out the front. That’s when she saw a little Girl hiding under the bench and wearing nothing but a Gumnut hat. Saffron Crocus had met Gert Gumnut.


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All this time, Gert Gumnut has been hiding away, just watching all the people coming and going and all the things going on. She has never seen anything like this in her life!

kaolaWhat Gert doesn’t know is that the whole of the Bush is coming to the Party. They have opened a Dancing School and there is Music all through the Bush. They are so busy that noone has really noticed that Gert has gone missing.

What a surprise they will get when they come to the Party and Gert is already there. In the meantime, the Bush is getting ready to party.


Here’s our song about WILDFLOWER.