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GOING HOME PARADE

The Party is over and everyone is on their way Home. Each group walks, flies, slithers or swims one time around the Party Place with Banners waving and then off they go.

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YVONNE AND ZINNIA OF THE TINYKINS.
Going home to their new cottage on Cat and Fiddle Island.

Wizard Amberville from the Wizardry Coast.

with his companions and carers, Beatrice and Corinne.

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DANIELLA AND EDWIN FROM THE VILLAGE.

MARJORIE AND FRANKIE FROM THE VILLAGE.

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GARETH GOBLIN

FROM STONE MOUNTAIN

THE FLOWER CHILDREN

FROM THE SCENTED GLADE

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LILIANA AND THE DEER FROM THE SCENTED GLADE

THE PEOPLE FROM THE EASTERN SEA
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Oh No! Another Brownie nicking someone’s dinner. Abernethy – It’s time to go Home !

BENJI from the VILLAGE has a secret plan. He is going to RIDE Charles in the Going Home Parade. Benji has NEVER ridden before.

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THE BROWNIES LOVE A PARADE.

DAMIEN IMP RIDING JAMBO BACK TO THE  IMPCHKINS’ FOREST

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KARANIA OF THE STARWALKERS

LAVINIA OF THE STARWALKERS WITH BABY AMANDA AND NANA NAOMI OF THE WITCHWAY.

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THE FRIENDLY FROG FROM THE FICKEST FENS

MELANIE OF THE PATCHWORK PEOPLE.

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THE LITTLE BROWN BIRD AND NERIDA OF THE PAINTED DESERT

ONDINE OF THE PAINTED DESERT

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PERCY PERUSER FROM THE TRIFLORA LIBRARY

UNA AND THE WOOD FOLK FROM WONDERWOOD

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THE ORGAN MAN is back and rounding people up again.

This time he is playing and singing to the People and Beings who are still at the Party Place.

Come along. Come along. It’s time to go Home. The Party is over and it’s time to go Home.

Now life in Triflora can get back to normal. A Party is wonderful but Normal is wonderful, too.

Come along! Come along! Come along!

 

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LILLIPILLI’s COTTAGE on CAT AND FIDDLE ISLAND.

THE END OF THE PARTY

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The Party almost always ends up with something VERY good happening. The Cat and Fiddle Island is one of the best things ever.

As soon as the 3rd Wizard left, everyone got busy again to make sure it was just perfect before the Party finished. Murgatroyd did some baking. She makes delicious gingerbread. Just right for a new home.

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Tasha has taken her barge across to the Island with her Friends, the Lamb and the Lion. Tasha knows that everyone can live as Friends and she has come to take a look.  Umina is already busy with the trees for the Fiddling Orchard. Tasha carries a white wand in her right hand to add a little magic to the work going on.

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The Faerie of the White Flame is spreading her magic all through the air above the Island.

There’s nothing like Faerie Dust to make a place feel like Home.

The Party Place is all cleaned up. The Children are all sound asleep in Nana’s Tower and almost everyone else is spending the last night of the Party getting the Cat and Fiddle Island ready for the morning.  LilliPilli has been given the job of singing lullabies for the Children and playing Dream Music for them all night long. The Cats are on guard to make sure she doesn’t leave the Tower till first thing in the morning.

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The Tinykins are dusting and sweeping and rubbing windows.

Every now and then, the Tinykins have a drink from the Drink Pipe they brought over to the Island with them.

Noone knows what kind of drink it us but it certainly does them good. 

They pay attention to all the details, the Tinykins do. All the things that are easily missed.

When Tinykins are around, things seem just a little bit shinier than usual.

Victor and Venetia of the Tinykins Family.

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Many of the Beings in Triflora are tiny – but the Tinykins are the smallest of all. When they heard about Cat and Fiddle Island, they gathered together and quickly made up their minds about something very important. They all decided to come and live on the Island and make sure that things stayed shiny for all the Homeless People who were going to come and live there.

The Tinykins are dusting and sweeping and rubbing windows. The windows of their own new cottages and the windows of Lilli’s new Cottage.

Victor and Venetia gathered the faerie dust as the White Faerie and Tasha passed. Already, they have a garden with flowers and perfumes.

This is going to be a very happy place to live, Venetia ! said Victor.

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Wanda and William are going to live right beside Lilli. While the Cottages are being built on Lavender Street, Wanda and William are busy making curtains and weaving baskets.

William is blind. He cannot see the things that other people see.

William is blind but he can hear 12 times better than ordinary people.

If there is one thing that William likes listening to, it is violin music. I think he will enjoy living next door to Lillipilli.

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And so, the Island is already coming alive. Plants are growing and cottages are being built. The Tinykins have made their own Tinytown and are all settled in.

Jenny Wren is thinking about moving into a new Cave down near the Jetty.

And already, there is a Mystery for Poppy to solve. Jenny Wren has found one Tinykin shoe. Just down near the cabbages. At least, she THINKS it is a Tinykins Shoe ?

What do you think?

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Good Night now, Everyone.

The Cottage beside the Closeby Tree is all ready for the morning.

The sky is flashing with lights and the moon is full and bright.

Just wait till Lillipilli comes looking for her room in Lavender Street!

I think some wonderful things will happen on the Island of the Cat and the Fiddle.

LILLIPILLI AND THE CATS

CLICK ON THE CAT.

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The Cats decided there and then to find out what was wrong at Lillipilli’s house.

Cats are very good at finding things out.

Cats are very good at being quiet and they are very good at sneaking into places.

Cats are pretty fast, too, when they’re in the mood. They were in the mood to be fast on the 5th day of the Party because they did NOT want LilliPilli going back to sit on the floor without even her Fiddle.

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They sent Blue Tail and Smoothie straight to the Faraway Tree Cottage to FIND THINGS OUT.

This is what they found out !

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The Lady who lived in the Cottage had gone quite mad. She didn’t look mad when Lillipilli first went there to live – but now – she looked as crazy as Irene.  Smoothie and Blue Tail watched her through the window and then hurried back to the Tower to talk it over with the other Cats.

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Well ! We cannot let LilliPilli live with a woman as mad as that one !  No Way !

Lillipilli MUST have beautiful things all around her and only live with people who love her to pieces.

Lillipilli MUST be able to play her music whenever she wants and she needs a room where all her Musical Friends can come and sing and play with her.

Lillipilli simply must have her own furniture. Its just the right size for her.

The Cats talked on and on. They were getting ideas now and you all know what a Cat with an idea is like.  The Cats decided that they needed to talk to Nana. None of them wanted to do that because they knew what Nana thought of Cats and they were just a little bit afraid. Making Lillipilli happy was more important than being afraid so the Cats went up to the top of the Tower to speak to Nana and her Friends. They were VERY careful not to rub against her legs. That would really have annoyed her.

As soon as Nana heard about the Mad Woman and Lilli Pilli, she knew just what to do.

Leave the Mad Woman where she is for now.  said Nana.  We, Witches, will look after her.

I shall call in the Sea Shellians and the Water Faeries and leave it up to them.

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A MESSAGE FROM LILLI PILLI.

LilliPilli was very touched that someone so wonderful understood the cats and her story….she started crying and then the tears turned to laughter and a big smile to know that someone cares so much….and she knows that she will be allright…she will eventually have a new house with her cats and her fiddle playing and all around her beautiful things ..and even her furniture ! The cats are spreading ideas here there and everywhere…and she even has a lead up to a new place to search already …and it’s in a beautiful street called ‘Lavender’ back where she used to live with all her friends….and the lady of the house is a singer of songs!!…only a couple of days to wait until the cats take her there….

GOODBYE AND FAREWELL

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Day 5 is almost over. Most things are cleaned up and Poppy’s Place is ready for the next year. Gardens are planted and people are hugging and kissing and crying and getting ready to go Home.

All day long, the Children in Nana’s Tower have been making more than enough music to keep Trouble away.

It has been a wonderful party. Saffron and the Flower Children have planted 100s of flowers on the roof of the Tower to surprise Nana.

Soon they will be going back to their own Gardens. Saffron wants to cry when she says goodbye to them all.

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Penelope has asked Quinius to come and live with her. Quinius doesn’t much like the idea of living in a Castle.

He’s all dressed up for the Party but he will be very glad to get home and take off all his clothing and run around in the Jungle like he usually does.

Penelope does NOT want to run around all niggedy in the Jungle – not at all.  She likes living in her Castle.

They argue about this at EVERY party.

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Robertino  would LOVE to live in a Castle. Everyone is wondering how to get him to come home because he just sits there – waiting to be asked to come and live in the Castle with Penelope.

Robertino likes to be dressed in fancy clothes ALL THE TIME.

Robertino likes to have lots of servants to do all the work.

Penelope is NEVER going to ask Robertino to come and live in the Castle.

Poppy just says You are NOT leaving Robertino at MY Place !

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Many different things happen at parties and this is a particularly BIG party. That means that MANY, MANY, MANY different things happen.

Parties are not all dancing and singing and eating.

Things get talked about at the Party for No Reason at All.

People fall in love and out of love at the Party.

People make new friends and learn new things.

There is more to a Party than you might think.

A lot of NEWS gets passed on at Parties.

As you know, the Cats have spent Day 5 in Nana’s Tower. They have purred and chatted and passed on News. No Cat expected the News that Red Stripe had to tell them. It was about Lilli Pilli.

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Not once did LilliPilli say one sad thing or one angry thing. She smiled and laughed and everyone she met felt like they had been sprinkled with the perfume of the flowers.

 

LilliPilli did NOT tell anyone that she had nowhere to go Home to when the Party was over.

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But Red Stripe had gone looking for her before the Party. Red Stripe was going to walk to the Party with LilliPilli because the Cats LOVE her and she loves them.  Red Stripe looked near the Faraway Tree where LilliPilli lived and he did NOT  like what he saw. It was a pretty good Cottage and it was near the Faraway Tree but LilliPilli did not open the door when Red Stripe miaowed. LilliPilli did not come to the window when Red Stripe jumped up and called out for her.

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Red Stripe found her in a little room at the bottom of the Cottage. She didn’t even have one piece of her furniture in the Room. He had never seen Lilli Pilli look so sad. Her violin was not there. Her hats were not there. There were NO pictures on the Wall. She did not even have a chair to sit on.  What is going on ?

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Well – let me tell you one thing. The Cats will find out what’s happening and they will do something about it !

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DAY 5: MORE CLEANING AND MORE CHILDREN.

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A COLOURING SHEET OF THE CHILDREN AND THE LITTLE MOUSE.

Nana likes Mice. It seems crazy to most people – but there you go ! On the only day that Cats are allowed in the Tower, she has her worries about the Mice.

The Cats have all promised not to touch one single mouse.

The Cats have all promised not to even look at one single mouse.

BUT NANA NEVER TRUSTS A CAT!

So along comes Floyd.  Floyd dresses in very old fashioned clothes. He likes them.

Floyd is the Mouse Hummer. The Mice love him and he loves them. He starts up humming Mmmmmmm.  Mmmmmm. Mouse. Mouse.  and the next thing out come the Mice one at a time and Floyd puts them into the little Mouse Houses he has for them. The Mouse Houses are made of a cat proof alloy. If a cat touches a Mouse House, the cat shudders and shakes and has nightmares IMMEDIATELY – right there in the middle of the day.

Not that the Cats were going to hurt the Mice anyways – but it makes Nana feel much better and far more relaxed. Noone at all wants Nana getting uptight because she becomes quite UNPREDICTABLE when she does.

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When she DOES get UNPREDICTABLE, everyone gets a bit jumpy. Just about the only thing that will calm her down is going to the very bottom of her Tower where its WET. Nana LOVES water. She likes to sit deep in the water with Nerissa and the Seashellians. She becomes more predictable after a chat with the Toad and her visit with Nerissa.

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Giselle is on her way up to the Tower for Children’s Day. Her brothers and sisters are still very young. They’re staying with Mama. Giselle is just a little nervous and she’s hoping someone might come down and show her the way.

Its not always easy being a young person in a new place.

She hasn’t been anywhere without another Fox before.

 

CHILDREN ON CHILDREN’S DAY.

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THE LAST DAY OF THE PARTY. POPPY , ROSE, SAFFRON AND THEIR FRIENDS.

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The last day of the Party is an excellent day for Poppy. She is SO busy most of the time that she doesn’t very often just play – like children do.

On the Last Day of the Party, Poppy doesn’t do one single bit of cleaning up. She doesn’t do one single bit of detecting.

She goes ever so quietly out the back door and down the Garden to Nana’s Tree.

The Tree looks like a tree. It feels like a tree when you touch it.

But it is not really a Tree. Not the kind of tree you normally see in a garden. Poppy just puts her hand on the Tree and says Good Morning. Good Morning. Good Morning.  And a small door opens and lets her in. Straight into the bottom of Nana’s Tower. Only Rose, Poppy and Saffron can come in by this little door. The Last Day of the Party is Children’s Day and Poppy is, after all, just a Girl. Sometimes, she needs to just play with other children.

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Children come from everywhere on Children’s Day. Poppy only sees some of them once a year on Party Day. Harriett of the Chickens and  Imelda Red Beret come up from the egg collecting to spend the day with Rose and Poppy.

Rose has even left her Dragons sleeping in the fire pits. The Old DragonMaster is looking after them. He gets very tired nowadays but on Day 5 he sends Rose off to the Tower to play.

Take a look at the Photographs we have of Children’s Day.

The Children do many things they can’t do on other days.

PHOTOS OF CHILDREN’S DAY IN NANA’S TOWER
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Joyce spends all day cleaning the chimney. Noone knows why she wants to clean chimneys. She just loves it.

This is the ONLY day EVER that Cats find their way into Nana’s Tower. She so does not like Cats – but she lets them in on Children’s  Day.

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The little Prince Orson is not the easiest of the Children. He SULKS! When he’s at home, all the grownups try to make him happy but he just sulks even more. Its better when he is with a lot of other Children. They will take of his Prince’s clothes and let him wear ordinary things and play – just like a little boy. 

KATRINA AND Lilliana grabbed one foot each of  Malcolm Whitebeard. On Day 5, the Tower fills up with the very young and the very old. Malcolm comes to teach them and tell them the Old Stories but this year he decided he didn’t want to be bothered with the little ones . He called Nigel the Nutty Hawk to take him away. Up he went to the Tower Top Garden and Nigel the Nutter flew down low to get him.

No way !  said Katrina and Lilliana. You have stories to tell us !  NIgel tried very hard to fly off and Malcolm kept calling out  FLY! FLY! You Nutter !

But the girls did not let go of his feet and in the end Malcolm Whitebeard gave up. Nigel the Nutter flew away and Malcolm told stories all day long.

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The Tower smells beautiful on Children’s Day.
The Flower Children are all over the Place with all the perfumes of the Gardens.
That’s Violet up there, smelling as pretty as a Flower.
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BITTERSWEET : One of Saffron’s best friends.

Saffron and al the Flower Children plant flowers all over the Tower Roof Garden. They throw seeds from the very top of Nana’s Tower. That’s why you sometimes see a flower growing just where you didn’t expect it.

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THE BUTTERFLY CHILDREN
Portia and Phillipe are Butterfly Children. They take their friends for rides. Every now and then, there’s a whoosh in a Tower Room and it’s a butterfly being ridden much too fast.

Swansea of the Swallows flew in with her baby swallows. She is a good friend of the Rose.

DAY 5: THE LAST DAY OF THE PARTY. THE CHILDREN.

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Daniel and Davo have rolled up in their cart to help take the Plants back to the Borrowing Garden.

Enid the Donkey can pull a good heavy load and Daniel and Davo are much stronger than they look.

They say it will take them about 7 trips to take all the borrowed potplants back to the Garden.

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It could take them a bit longer than they think because  Freddy is out and about. Freddy is a rascally rogue.

He’s a good lad but he does like an impractical joke. Freddy is supposed to be up at Nana’s Tower but on the way he has turned all the signs in Triflora around. Freddy thinks that is pretty funny.

I don’t think Daniel and Davo will think its funny at all.

I shall have a talk with Freddy when he finally gets here.

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Georgia and George look just like any other children. They do the things that other children do.

But they come from the Kingdom of Ice. They are Snow Babies.  The Snow People have come down from the very highest mountain for the Party and that means that there are a few problems. Everything they touch turns to ice or snow. The Snow People have been camped at the Edge of the Party Place in an Ice World of their own. Georgia and George are the only two children in Kingdom of Ice and they have had a good time watching everyone at the Party but they can’t touch any other children or animals or anything at all. If they do, it will turn to ICE immediately.

They have just one wish. They want to play with the other children. The Party is the only time of the Year that we have enough Magic around to do something about it. All the Witches gather in and around the Tower and they weave enough spells  for all the children of Triflora to play together safely for one whole day. No wonder there is so much singing, laughing and happiness on Children’s Day.

All Georgia and George have to do is walk in a straight line to the Bottom Door of the Tower. You can see how much snow they make on just a little walk! As soon as they get to the Bottom Door, they will meet the Magic of the Witches and it will be safe to touch anything and anyone they want. Just for one day.

COME ON GEORGE AND GEORGIA ! COME ON ! KEEP WALKING ! WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU !

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The Tower is a very wonderful place. Children can light fires and never get burnt. They sit around and talk of many things.

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In one of the rooms, Hannah is ready to cut your hair. Everything that happens in the Tower is protected by Magic on Children’s Day and that means that Hannah’s haircuts always work out just the way you want.  If you go and see Hannah, your hair will stay perfect all year long and you will not need a cut till the next Party.

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The baby Fairies LOVE  Children’s Day. They come fluttering and flittering in through the windows to play.

I think a baby Night Wanderer is such a cute little thing. Today is the only day that they come out. For the rest of the year, you can only see a Night Wanderer late at night. They come when you are sleeping and wander through your Dreams making sure that all your dreams are as cute as they are.