Category Archives: PASTEL PEOPLE



When the Shimmering Animals were all sitting in front of the Mirror where they could see Lady Sharlena Shalut, they were most surprised to see another Lady there instead.

This was the Lady they had been talking about.

Where is Sharlena Shalut ?

The new Lady shimmered a little.  She faded in for a moment and out for a moment. She changed colour and sparkled. The Animals were still rather worried but after a little while, she settled down and ….. my goodness  – she was WONDERFUL !

The Animals had a lot of questions! The questions tumbled out all over the place until the Lady stepped right out of the Mirror and sat down with the Animals. She talked with them for a  very long time and told them many things.

Sharlena Shalut was now so old that she wanted to stay in the Shimmering and just rest. And think. So she had called the Pastel Lady in to see how good she was at Shimmering. Sharlena was worried about the Shimmerers and she just forgot about the Pastel People.

Sharlena did not once think that maybe the Pastel Lady might get a bit of a fright or that the Pastel People would want their Lady back.

Sharlena did not once think about all the sadness she was causing. She did not think about Poppy and most of Triflora working hard to find the Lost lady.

People get like Sharlena Shalut sometimes, when they have been Boss for many long years.

Sharlena didn’t mean any harm and she certainly was surprised when the Pastel Lady had so much trouble Shimmering that she almost exploded once or twice.  It took weeks and weeks to teach the Pastel Lady how to handle her Shimmering but she says she is pretty good at it now.  Sharlena can take time out. The Shimmering has a new Lady and the only ones still sad are the Pastel People. They LOVE their Lady.


I do believe I forgot to tell you the name of the Lady. Her name is Petrina Shalut. That’s right ! Shalut!

She is Sharlena’s daughter. Shimmerer babies are very tricky indeed. They are hardly there at all when they are born and noone knows when they will just shimmer off and never be seen again. 

Most Shimmerer babies live with their father far away from the Shimmering and the mothers don’t visit very often because that’s when the Babies can just take off to anyplace in Triflora.

It can take years for a Shimmerer mother to find her child again.  Sharlena left Petrina with her Dadda who was a very good man of the Tinykins People. Petrina had dolls and toys and a very comfortable bed. She loved her Dadda and sometimes they went fishing. 

Then one day, Sharlena was missing her family so much that she came for a visit. Just a little visit. But the Shimmering got a hold on Petrina and in a flash she was gone and neither Sharlena nor Dadda Troy had been able to find her again.


Petrina had, in fact, shimmered her way into the Land of the Pastel People. That was a very good place for her to land. The Pastel People are gentle and kind and they LOVED the new baby from the very beginning. She was a little more colourful than they were used to. She sang a little louder and danced a lot more than they did. The Pastel People thought she would stay forever.

She DID stay till she was grown up but she was born a Shimmerer and a day came when she shimmered right into Sharlena’s mirror.

Its funny how Mummas and Children know each other at first sight. Sometimes. Sharlena needed to rest and the Shimmering needed a new Lady and even though she loved her Pastel People, Petrina knew that she had to leave them and take over her mother’s work. She did think she would be able to go back and talk to them long before this but noone expected her to be so bad at Shimmering. She could not go near the Pastel People while she was sparking and flashing and glowing like fireworks.

Now it is time for her to talk to the Pastellians.






Saffron took herself off to find Poppy and tell her about the SHIMMERING ANIMALS and the Voice. Saffron was pretty sure that the Voice belonged to the Pastel Lady and everyone had been looking for her since the Party.

Oto and Margray left Orang-Outan’s treehouse and went off into the Shimmering  to look for Pastel Lady.



Living in the Shimmering can be very confusing but most of the Shimmering Animals have been doing it for a long time and are very good at it.

They shimmer and shine and sparkle and twinkle.

They come and go when they choose.

The Shimmering Animals can be any size they choose

They lead very special lives but it is not easy to get them all together in one place at one time.  Nevertheless, Oto called them all to meet at Orang’s place with any news they had and any good ideas they might be able to think off.

The Eagle brought the Tortoise. Even in Shimmertime, noone could make the Tortoise move quickly so the Eagle just picked her up and flew her to the Village. The Shimmer Lion liked to spend most of his time sleeping and it took quite a few of his Friends to wake him up and get him moving.


Shimmertime was first discovered by Lady Sharlena Shalut. She began fading in and out whenever she looked into her mirror.

At first, Sharlena did not enjoy the experience of Shimmering but as time passed she grew to love it.

She became extremely good at Shimmering when and how she wanted.

There is noone, absolutely noone and nothing, who understands the Shimmering as well as Lady Sharlena Shalut. She is pretty much shimmered out these days and doesn’t see people very often – but the Shimmering Animals  are going to ask for her advice and her help because this is a very important Shimmering and all the Pastel People  are still sad.



SAFFRON likes walking about the Village. She dresses up smartly and takes herself out for the day.

She looks at this and she looks at that. She feels the Sun warm her up and the Wind blow gently on her cheeks. Just this week, she started out on her walk. The leaves had fallen from the trees because it was Autumn. She wore her new coat that Aunt Lindsey had given her and the pink hat Mumma Kate gave her when she was a tiny baby.

Saffron felt something push her in the back. She thought it was the Wind. It knocked her good pink hat right off her red hair.  It blew her McLean Scarf all round her neck.

“I can feel you pushing me!”  said Saffron.  Now, we all know that Saffron can talk to anything or anyone and they understand her and she understands them BUT the voice that answered her was NOT the Voice of the Wind. 


Saffron had heard that voice before. It called her when she was in her bed at night. It whispered to her when she was with her friends. The Voice was beautiful and soft and very soft. But it was SAD.

Saffron could hear it but she could not figure out what it was saying to her. She DID want to help the Voice but she didn’t know what to do. Even Brightee ( her baby doll) didn’t know what to do.


Saffron took the path through the Village to last tree in town. She needed someone to talk to and the best one she could think of was Orang-Outan.  Orang-Outan totally refused to go back to live in the Jungle. She liked the Village. She liked tea and drank coffee in secret. She had built a treehouse in her tree and made curtains for the window. Saffron loved Orang-Outan and often dropped in for a glass of Milk.

She told Orang-Outan about the thing pushing her and about the Voice.

She told Ourang-Outan that the Voice was a beautiful Voice and very soft and very sad.


“ Let me speak to Margay.”  said Orang. Saffron had not met Margray before. It turned out that Margray was invisible most of the time. He could appear and disappear whenever he chose.

Margray and Orang-Outan whispered together for a little while.

naturalhistorypi00wood_0136 Saffron is a very interested person. She finds most things INTERESTING.

She was EXTREMELY interested when another animal appeared.

Good Morning, Oto. We need your help. “

Saffron was very interested when Orang-Outan, Margray and Otocyon all whispered together. After a little while, the three of them sat down with Saffron and began to tell her what they knew about the Voice.

Let me tell you what they knew. Orang, Margray and Oto are all  Shimmer Animals. That means they come and they go. They appear and then they disappear. Sometimes when they disappear, they meet other Beings who can come and go and appear and disappear. Mostly, they all know one another quite well. When they pass in the Shimmering , they say Hello and wave. Sometimes, they become good friends.

Lately they had been seeing someone they had never seen in the Shimmering before. It was a very beautiful Lady. She had a sad face and sad eyes and she was always alone. Most of the time, she was Pale – VERY Pale. But she didn’t stay that way. Suddenly she would turn black and white. Sometimes she would become so colourful that the Shimmer almost burst into flames. She seemed to disappear when she didn’t mean to and appear when she didn’t mean to. They had tried to help her but they didn’t know how because they never knew where she would be or how bright she would be.

Now Saffron really has something interesting to think about. Best she go and find Poppy. She’s the Detective and this sounds like the Pastel Lady. But something is very wrong.





Things are ‘Back to Normal’ in Triflora. Saffron is taking care of Dadda Jai while her Mumma is at school. 

Poppy has time now to talk to the Pastel People. Their Lady is still missing. Poppy has talked to the Pastel People 4 times now. The thing that is worrying them all is this : Is their Lady missing or has she become so pale that she simply cannot be seen any more.

Rose and the Dragons are back in the Dragon Caves.

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The People of the Whales are taking their time heading Home. They like visiting the other Water People and they also like a bit of risky adventure.  The People of the Whale have sent the Children home on Winston and they have plans to go looking for Trouble. It doesn’t seem a very sensible idea and it doesn’t seem like the sort of idea that will work out well but the People of the Whale are going to try it anyway.

They are very good at Adventure and they do know what Trouble is like so perhaps things will work out alright.










The Lady was bringing the Pastel People to the Party when she found a pastel ring on the path just in front of her. She picked it up and put it on her finger.

The ring expanded into a sparkling circle !

The circle whirled and swirled and then rose into the sky taking the Pastel Lady with it. Things like this are not meant to happen in Triflora.

No wonder the Pastel People were so late getting to the Party.

No wonder they were so sad.

What do you think has happened to her ?

(When you are colouring in, remember that the Lady is only Pastel.)



Very early in the morning of Day 2 , a small group came slowly through the mists and the Silver Webs.

It was the Pastel People from the land on the edge of the Water.

The Pastel People are never loud. They never move too quickly.

The Pastel People never laugh out loud but they almost always smile.

They were not smiling on the morning of Day 2 and the moved much more slowly than usual.

They looked so sad that the Spider didn’t even ask for a promise. The Spider just opened a space in the Web and let them through.

The Pastel People walked slowly. Step by step. Past the sleeping people. Past the dragons heating the breakfast.

The Pastel People walked to Poppy’s Place and Pandorini knocked with his baton on Poppy’s door. Very, very softly.

When the door opened, the Pastel people walked inside – very, very quietly.

I wonder what has happened.