Many things in Triflora are like the World Up Top but many other things are quite different. I will take you for a bit of a look around.
STRANGE THING NO 1.
THE ICE MEN are unusual. They dress in suits and wear good hats and shoes. Almost every day, they go out onto the Ice Lakes and cut ice blocks. One man rides a horse and pulls a sharp blade behind and the other man steers the blade. Its hard work being an Ice Man. I have never worked out what the ice blocks are used for but in the middle of the night, when there is no moon and it’s the middle of Summer and too hot to sleep, I have heard voices calling out; “The Ice Men cometh! The Ice Men cometh!”
Not long after that, the Night cools down and I fall asleep.
STRANGE THING NO 2
Over at Stone Mountain,you can see the Stone Men. There are just the four of them. Every day they try to walk barefooted from the bottom to the top of Stone Mountain.
One their backs, they carry big bags of STONES. Heavy loads of Stone. Every single day, they do the same thing and they have never once made it to the top.
Stone Mountain is not an easy Mountain – at all. Its no use asking them what they’re doing because they will not answer you. Very Unusual indeed.
STRANGE THING NO 3.
Now, these fellows don’t look too strange but they really are. They Cackle.
One starts to cackle and then the next one joins in. Before long they are all cackling.
Nobody knows what they are cackling about. Noone knows what makes them start and noone knows how to make them stop.
STRANGE THING NO 4.
Children run about all over the place in Triflora. We have a lot of Little Ones as well, who have come here in very strange ways and many of them don’t have family with them.
That’s where the Yaks come in. If you see a Yak in Triflora, you can be sure that there is a Child somewhere nearby and if you see a child who looks as if they are alone, you can be sure that a Yak will be watching them and making sure that they are safe. The Yaks are VERY good friends to the Children. It is a strange friendship, the Yaks and the Children.
STRANGE THING NO 5.
Take a look at Nettle-Anne. Noone complains about bedtime like Nettle-Anne. She is good enough in the daytime. She will eat whatever she is given and she doesn’t fuss over her clothes or shoes.
But when it comes to BED, Nettle-Anne is strange and difficult – all at once. She will not sleep unless she has at least 19 mattresses and even then she will start yelling.
“There is a pea in my bed! There is a pea in my bed!”
Nana has just about had enough of Nettle-Anne! She doesn’t care how unusual Nettle is. She says Nettle is just a pain.
“I’ll give her a pea in her bed!” says Nana. I’m not sure what she means by that and I don’t want to think about it.
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