Category Archives: MAD ISLAND



Things are a bit muddled up in Triflora, as you know.  People are moving all over the place. Some people are sick and some are sad. A new baby is coming and  Mad O’Brian is on his way to becoming a REAL Magician.

Just at the moment, his magic is a little bit wobbly and rather frightening.

Saffron is never sure what he will do next and because she is a very little girl – sometimes she gets worried.


People are still worried about Poppy and  they are doing everything that they can think of to make her smile.

Red Riding Hood AND the Wolf have made friends with one another. Wolf is going to follow Mad O’Brian and help him out and Red Riding Hood is heading down to Poppy’s Place to help her run the Shop.

“Don’t worry!”says the Wolf. “We are all watching Mad O’Brian and every night at Midnight, I will send you a message. Just listen for the Wolf Calls from the Forest. “


Even at sea, the boats and ships are watching for the Mad O’Brian. The Admiral sailed right up to Poppy this week and told  her that he had seen her father ( Mad O’Brian) at the beach with Nana and Wizzy and Saffron and Mumma Kate.

The Admiral told Poppy that the Whales were keeping watch in the seas.



Saffron heard all the news but  she did not understand why Mad O’Brian was away  on this big adventure.

She wanted him to come back.

Poppy wanted him to come back.

But Mad O’Brian had important jobs to do.  He was becoming a Wizard.

He had lessons to learn and Magic to make. He was learning how to fly across the whole of Triflora.

He was taking care of Grandpa  Trebor.

Just the same, Saffron was NOT happy.


So,  where is Mad O’Brian going and what is he doing? The Admiral is supposed to look after all the ships but he has decided to follow the newest Wizard. He has found a camel to ride. The Camel does NOT want to be ridden. Everyone is trying to make the Camel stand still and let the Admiral get on but the Camel will NOT stand still.

“ STAND STILL!  STAND STILL!  Mad O’Brian needs our help !”




As you know, there are three islands in Triple Bay.

Mad Island is quite close to the Village and Mad O’Brian is building his Tower there – with some help. Mad Island is protected by Wizard Magic but behind that Magic it’s a pretty easy place to get to. IF Mad O’Brian wants you there.

Cat and Fiddle Island is just a ferry trip away from the Village and its protected by Music and Cats. Its easy to get to. Ferries run most of the time and as long as your heart is good and pure, you are welcome.

The 3rd Island is far more mysterious. I think that the Unfound Sea is somewhere past the 3rd Island. The Island has some cliffs and waterfalls and the waters beside it run very deep and very strange. Each time that I see a ship or a boat head out to the 3rd Island, I feel a little nervous. They seem to simply vanish.


The 3rd Island is so mysterious that it doesn’t even have a name that we know of.

Don’t tell anyone ! I have been to the 3rd Island. It is one of the most beautiful places in all of Triflora. The Mermaids sit on the Rocks and tell Mermaid stories to the 3 Sirens. The Mermaids know more about the 3rd Island than anyone else does.

Noone on 3rd Island wears many clothes. Lots of Beings wear no clothes at all. It doesn’t get cold there – ever. Amazing fruits grow on the Island and the water from the Waterfalls is PERFECT ! Perfect to drink. Perfect to swim in.  Perfect for just about everything.

I can always tell when someone has been on the 3rd Island by their Hair and the sparkle in their eyes.  It does wonderful things , the water on 3rd Island does.


From the very top of the cliffs of the Island, you can see the Triple Bay and then out to Sea. The water from Saffy’s shack in the world up above, comes into Triflora through its little water straw, down the deep well in the Garden and  into the Silver Bowl on top of 3rd Island.

I didn’t know that. Nana just told me about it. That explains all the mystery.

The water comes into the Bottomless Silver Bowl and then flows down in the streams and splashes over the waterfalls. The Lady on top of 3rd Island is one of the Water Keepers.


The Water Keepers never wear shoes and they don’t wear many clothes either. Wisteria is a little Water Keeper. She only ever drinks the Water from the 3rd Island and her hair is shiny and smells of glinting crystals. Her skin is soft and doesn’t have one mark on it. Wisteria only eats Watermelon and she ONLY drinks the Water.

Her best friends are the Water People and the Water Beings.

Wisteria can stay underwater for 5 1/2 hours at a time.

The Scientists go quite mad, looking for the Sirens.

Sometimes, Scientists decide to visit the 3rd Island because they want to study it.

Scientists always want to wear a lot of clothes and they do like to argue. Nobody on 3rd Island is very keen on clothes or arguing so they don’t much like Scientists coming to visit.

If the Scientists try to get a boat to take them to 3rd Island, the Skipper on the Boat takes them straight to False Rock Island which is of no interest to anyone.

Its not even a real Island.

If the Scientists try to sail to 3rd by themselves, then they are in for a bit of a shock. The 3 Sirens sit on False Rock Island and when they see Scientists coming, they begin to sing the songs of the Sirens and next thing you know, the Scientists have gone half mad and are running round all over the False Rock looking for the Sirens.

They never find them The Sirens laugh and head straight home.