Sol and Thomas telling secrets to one another.
Triflora is not the place for keeping secrets. One person tells another person and someone overhears that person and tells someone or something else.
At Party Time, the secrets go just about EVERYWHERE.
LilliPilli’s secret about having nowhere to live was very soon not a secret at all.
The Seashellians had been talking and looking. Nerissa knew just how LilliPilli felt because a Seashellian can find it tricky to find the right home. They need water and land all at once.
The Seashellians and the Water Faeries decided that Lillipilli needed:
a place to play music
and a place where Cats were very welcome.
she also needed to be able to ride on boats
and she needed an art gallery
Mad O’Brian is having a Tower built on Mad Island, just across the creek from Poppy’s Place. Just to the North of Mad Island is another island where noone at all lives. It’s a beautiful island with flowering herbs growing free and just a short boat ride back to Poppy’s Place and the Village. The Seashellians and the Water Faeries have sent out calls to all the Party People. They have an IDEA.
Let’s see if we can make a home for Lillipilli in one day and one night !
WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO FINISH OFF THE PARTY FOR NO REASON AT ALL !
When you do the Right Thing for no reason at all – a Good Reason usually shows up!
The message has gone out to every corner of the Party.
They are going to build a cottage on the Island. It will be Lillipilli’s Cottage FOREVER.
They are going to build the cottage right beside the Closeby Tree that grows in the middle of the island.
They are going to build streets ready for Lillipill’s friends who need homes of their very own.
They are going to create a garden.
They are going to give Lilli a boat of her very own.
And they will make a sign saying
THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE.
All Cats are welcome here.
CLICK ON THE CAT
Don’t forget there is plenty of Magic just flying about in Triflora. Plenty of Magic and a very great deal of Love. If every single person at the Party does just ONE thing, then Cat and Fiddle Island will be ready before the Party ends.
LilliPilli is going to get one major surprise when she follows the lead to the Place on Lavender Street with the Lady who Sings. Lilli does not know that its part of the Surprise.
Now, let’s see what we can do !
Umberto has promised to get a new toothbrush for Lavender Cottage. Even if it takes him all night, he is going to find a Lilli sized toothbrush. The Brownies do know where most things are to be found but sometimes they have rather strange ideas about what people will like.
The toothbrush seems to be a strange thing to go looking for, before the Cottage is even started – but Umberto is one strange Brownie.
The Brownies are the first to get busy. They scatter all over Triflora, looking for this and that. For all the little things that the Island might need.
They don’t even wait for the ferryboat to take them across the Creek. They leap off the Jetty and swim straight over.
They have seeds for plants and nail for the carpenters.
Almost anything that is truly tiny comes from the Brownies.
The Brownies are one thing. The Ravens are quite another.
They don’t rush anywhere.
They don’t help out at all
They simply sit on a branch, looking down and saying;
It will never work. Never. Never.
Well, that’s what the Ravens were saying. They didn’t say much once the 3rd Wizard had arrived. Noone said anything at all. The 3rd Wizard is ENORMOUSLY powerful. The Ravens just sat on their branch and kept their beaks well and truly shut. Noone at all expected the 3rd Wizard to come. He didn’t come down from his Tower very often at all.
The 3rd Wizard looked around the Island. He tapped his wand 3 times on the ground and said :
This island, known as the Cat and Fiddle, is under my protection. There will be homes here for any homeless beings, any lonely people, any sad ones. It is to be an Island of happiness and gentleness and laughter and beauty. That is the way it will be !
The 3rd Wizard was gone in a whoosh and a flash but everyone knew that the Island was under his protection and that is the way it will be!