Category Archives: GATHERERS




The first thing Nana does when she is awake it to go across to that window and listen carefully. She makes sure that there is some music playing someplace in Triflora so that Trouble doesn’t get a foot into the Day. Trouble is allergic to Music.

The second thing she does when she wakes up is to listen for the sound she loves. The Children. The Children live on the 2nd floor from the Top of the Tower. Right underneath Nana.

These are the Children who will always be Children. The Children who will not grow up. The 2nd Floor from the Top of the Tower is their home. They can come and go. They can fly out the windows. Its an ENORMOUS floor. The Children take care of themselves on the 2nd Floor from the Top because some of them have been alive for a very long time and know just what to do.


The 2nd Floor from the Top is a wonderful Place. Nobody on the 2nd Floor thinks that Children need to be treated like babies all the time.

The 2nd Floor Children play all over Triflora in the daytime and at night they all come home and Nana and the Spiders weave a protection all round the 2nd Floor from the Top.

Sometimes, the Children have overnight guests. The Guests are safe there in the Tower – all night long.

Just yesterday, a strange little fellow was washed up on the rocks at the back of the Tower. He had tiny wings and a pointed face. Every big person scared him and he started to tremble and shake.

Only the Children could calm him down. He wouldn’t even let Jenny Wren near him.

The Children took him home for the Night. They fed him on Honey and sweet apple cider and wrapped him in blankets of Spider Silk.  He hasn’t spoken one word but when they woke this morning, he was sitting on the windowsill and singing a strange and beautiful song that smelled of the Perfumed Sea.


The Minders live on the Ground Floor of the Tower. Nana has rather a lot of Minders but they don’t all stay in the Tower at the same time. Loony Len plays the Lute. He sits just inside the Front Door, playing his Lute or drinking soup. Loony Len does not look like a Minder. He looks like a Baddie and he talks like a Loony. He wears a pointy hat with a very long feather in it and the tightest pants in all Triflora.

Loony Len is one of the best of the Door Minders. He notices all the details of the Beings who come in the Front Door.  So – when Legless Les came a-knocking, Loony Les was watching him closely. Poor Legless Les. He had a skinny black cat with him. EVERYONE knows that Nana will NOT have Cats in the Tower except on Party Day. Les tried to trick Loony into getting drunk but Loony is not someone you can trick. There is no way he is letting Legless Les into the Tower.


Nana spends most of her morning up in her Rooms. With eyes as old and wise as hers, she can watch the Parade passing a very long way away. In the Mornings, Nana has a very hot bath and dresses in her black dress and boots. Then she sits and waits on the Rooftop for her Gatherers to bring her all the News. The Gatherers do NOT come through the Front Door. Each Gatherer has a special way of getting into the Tower.

Young Caperlee gathers the news from the Mountains.

Young Caperlee leaps so far that he plain bounces from the nearest Mountain Top straight onto Nana’s rooftop even with a baby goat over his shoulders. 


As soon as Nana sees that Baby Goat she sends them down to the 4th Floor.


Young Terrence is in charge of the 4th Floor. His ego is pretty big  and he thinks he is extremely important. He even wears a Crown. The thing is – his heart is as big as his EGO and his Brain is mighty big as well.


He knows just what to do for a little mountain Goat.





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The Gatherers have a rather difficult job to do. Some of the Reluctant Guests are just Shy – but some have their own reasons for not wanting to come to the Party.

When wee Gatherer Jehosaphat was sent to Jeremiah’s he trembled in his knees and elbows and jumped more than he usually did. What was he going to say to Jeremiah to make the party look like a good idea ?

Jehosophat thought that if he had two heads he would never show either of his faces in public.

( Jehosphat has a lot to learn about Triflora. He is going to see much stranger things than Jeremiah.) It turns out that Jeremiah was perfectly ready for the Party.

He had had two haircuts. He was wearing an excellent pair of boots, a fancy pair of pants and a very good shirt. He even had his promise ready. He was going to promise that he would not eat twice as much as everyone else.

birchtreefairyb00unkngoog_0275Gatherer Roger had a simpler job. He was flying out to get Mr Klaus who lived at the edge of the Triflorean Boundary. Mr Klaus was very ready in his top hat and black suit and just needed a lift. Roger and Mr Klaus had done this often and they enjoyed the flight to and from the Party together.



When it comes to Rabbits, it takes a team of 30 Gathering Hands. The Invitations were sent out to the Rabbit Holes but not a single Rabbit answered. Noone knows why the Rabbits don’t want to come to the Party.

Its not about their clothes. They usually dress very smartly. They like waistcoats and watches and chequered jackets.

Rabbits are always clean and can talk beautifully. They hear everything that’s said. They simply LOVE company.

If you ask a Rabbit to dinner, he or she will come and still be there chattering at breakfast time. They come to Birthdays and, of course, Easter is Rabbit Time – bigtime.

But when it comes to the PARTY FOR NO REASON AT ALL – the Rabbits hide and hop and freak out totally. They REFUSE to come. Only the Team of 30 Gathering Hands has any chance of ‘convincing’ them to come along and have some fun.

Why do you think the Rabbits refuse to come to the Party?



Only one kind of Gatherer can convince the Old Lady and the Old Gentleman of Triflora to come to the Celebrations. Only the Angel Children can talk them into coming.

The Old Lady and the Old Gentleman are perfectly content to stay home. They have a huge chair where they sit all day. They have their computers and their telephones and flowers grow all around them. The window of their room is 5 times as high as the Old Gentleman and lets in wonderful light. Many visitors come but the Old Couple love the Children best of all.

That’s why the Angel Children are sent to Gather them up for the First Dance at the Party. The Old Couple just cannot say NO to the Children. They even wear the paper crowns that the Flower Children have sent for them. The feel pretty silly wearing them, but they just cannot say NO.

This year, they have promised to wear the paper crowns and to dance – just one dance.  They were going to promise to SMILE when they got to the Webs – but they just cannot bring themselves to smile while they are wearing those crowns.

Just the same, they will be glad to get home again.