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The eagle was a helpful bloke. He wore a red jacket and green jeans. He had brown tailfeathers.


The eagle’s home was an exotic tree. Once a storm blew his home down.


He just missed the lightning. It was lucky.


He found a migrating group. He tried to get a new home.


He found another tree that was home. It was bendy.




Then Christmas came. He had a barbecue.


This story is rated PG and M.


AUTHOR Saffron Gennat









Most often, when an emergency alarm goes off, its because something bad or dangerous has happened.

But when the POSARONA alarm goes off and the whisper reaches the ears of Poppy, Saffron, Rose and Nana, it does NOT mean that anything bad or dangerous has happened.

When the POSARONA whisper is sent out by Marigold, it means that its time for Poppy and Saffron and Nana and Rose to take a holiday together. Not just any holiday. A Helpful Holiday.










When Nana and the Girls set out on a PoSaRoNa, they have 8 things to do before their PoSaRoNa is over.


These are the 8 things they need to do on a POSARONA.

  1. Bring PEACE
  2. Do something OUTRAGEOUS.
  3. Do something very SENSIBLE.
  4. Do something AWESOME.
  5. Do something REMARKABLE
  6. Be very OBSERVANT and notice something other Beings haven’t noticed.
  7. Fill a NEED.
  8. Do something AMAZING.

animated-gifs-faries-28When they are on a POSARONA, they bring their Posarona WitchMoon13fBags with them. Each bag has different things in it and you can be sure there’s a good deal of magic in there. Marigold has sent the whisper out and the four of them are on Nana’s Tower rooftop and ready to fly!


The POSARONAs can change into anything they want. They can travel in lots of different ways.

But they always start by FLYING from the top of the Tower.

They always start by laughing because they LOVE getting away together – just the four of them.

They always start by singing. It’s a happy time for a helpful holiday.

They never know how long a POSARONA will take because some jobs are very quick and others are longer. Some Good Deeds are just little ones and some are VERY big.

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The first thing the POSARONAs came across was a little disturbance of the Peace. They were just flying down low over the Creek when they saw Lappy Rabbit and Terence Toad at the Log Bridge. Both were dressed in their best Coffee at Poppy’s Place Clothes and they were both heading in the same direction. They are usually very good friends so it was a surprise to hear them YELLING.

Me First!

No! ME first!

It was even more of a surprise to see them pushing and shoving.

It was actually a SHOCK to see Terence use his walking stick to hurtle Lappy into the water.

It was a bigger shock to see Terence sitting on the log and smiling while Lappy tried to swim. Rabbits are not the BEST swimmers in Triflora.

The POSARONA swooped down and set to work to bring Peace.

First of all they pulled Lappy out of the water and sat him down on the Log Bridge beside Terence. Its not easy to bring peace to a Dead Bunny.

Then the POSARONA went into action. It was TIME TO BRING PEACE.

POPPY did the Detective work. She asked question after question till she found out what had REALLY been happening.  It turned out that Lappy had been teasing Terence about living half of his life in the water. Lappy had been CROAKING at Terence. Now, Terence is not at all ashamed of being amphibious. It’s a wonderful thing to be. But he did not like being teased so he shoved Lappy into the water and then said:

You can spend the rest of your life in the water, Floppy Ears!

Very nasty indeed.

ROSE used her dancing and singing to create a peaceful atmosphere. The 2 PeaceBreakers looked rather surprised when she began dancing right there on the water and along the log but it certainly stopped their complaining. They had never seen anything like it.

SAFFRON waited till they were calm and then she climbed onto the log and sat right in the middle of the Rabbit and the Frog and had a good talk with them in Bunny Speak and Frog Croak. Soon, all three of them were holding hands and things were peaceful again.

NANA was very pleased with her girls. They were excellent PEACE BRINGERS. But just to make sure that it would be a Lasting Peace, she turned and look straight at Lappy and straight at Terence – and THEN – SHE RAISED HER LEFT EYEBROW and gave them THE LOOK.


Poppy had sent a message back to her Place as soon as she had finished asking questions. Poppy’s People are in most place in Triflora and the message passed back as quickly as a rabbit can fall into a creek. Before long a little cart came along and Lappy and Terence were given a lift all the way to the Village.

Its one thing to Bring Peace and another thing to Keep the Peace.

Cherie, the White Horse and Sweet Selina would keep an eye on these two rascals for a day or two.

The POSARONA had completed the first one of their Missions. They all smiled and hugged and clapped hands and said TEAMWORK!




It’s a strange place, the Wandering Desert. It moves about. When Nana wants a very private holiday from things, she goes to the Wandering Desert. She is very fond of CAMELS. Vanessa, the Vanishing Camel, has known Nana for 100 of years. There isn’t much left of Vanessa these days but there is still enough to give her old friend a ride into the Desert.


The only way to get into the Wandering Desert is on the back of a Camel.  People have tried to find it by themselves but they never do find it.

Most people think its someplace beyond the 3rd Island – but that is just a guess.

Wizzy thinks that the Desert is in another dimension altogether. He has never been there because he doesn’t want to ride on a flying Camel – or on a vanishing Camel.

Dadda Jai has been there once when the Desert dwellers needed some very special building done. D.J. can build almost anything.  He came home with a golden bracelet.

Sometimes Nana takes the 3 girls to the Desert and they have the best fun. The Oasis in the Middle looks just like 3rd Island and it is perfect for swimming and sunning and drinking coconut milk.


Life in the Desert is very INTERESTING. There are storytellers and musicians and plenty of dancing. Saffron and Rose and Poppy LOVE their holidays. Saffron wears the Gold Bracelet  her father brought back and they all wear clothes of wonderful colours and plenty of jewellery. They dance and dance and dance till they’re dizzy and their hair is whirling and swirling.

They eat a lot of grapes in the desert they listen VERY carefully to the stories.

Wanderers know things. They see and hear things. They can tell you things.

When a whole desert wanders, then even the sand can tell you things. 


When a whole desert wanders, then even the waters in the Oasis can tell you things. Sometimes.  people in the Wandering Desert ask a question and noone knows the answer.

Then The Storyteller goes out to the Bridge and asks the Waters for an answer. He can almost always understand what the Waters say.


One of Nana’s friends, Nana Dorise, has been wandering in the Wandering Desert for 40 years. She went there to ask the Storyteller for advice but the Camel Ride freaked her out so much that she will not get on a Camel so that she can go back home.

She won’t even go near a camel.

Nana Dorice HATES the heat and the Wandering Desert is very hot.

She has become pretty good friends with the Storyteller. He tries to tell her that she won’t get home without a Camel’s help but she thinks that if she keeps wandering, she will eventually find a way back home. 

In the Meantime, Nana Dorice roams all over the desert. She doesn’t even know that the Bactrian Camel is following her around and making sure she is safe.  The Bactrian Camel LIKES Dorice. He makes sure there is food and water I the place she goes to and that the Sand where she sleeps is soft and snug. The Bactrian Camel doesn’t let anyone else ride him.  He thinks that if he just follows Nana Dorice around taking good care of her, that one day she will like him too.

Then he will be able to help her go back home again.





Now that I know Saffron is somewhere up the Creek and now that I know that just about everybody and everything is looking for her, I need to do some Detective thinking. I think I will visit with Bobby Boy. He lives just near here. Signed, Poppy.

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Wait a minute!

Just wait a minute!

Here I am in Bobby Boy’s home Up the Creek. It’s a very pretty place BUT everything is RED and Gold and Orange. EVERYTHING.

I have only met Bobby Boy at the Party for No Reason At All. I have NEVER been to his home before. I thought he was just one of the Children but more and more Little Ones are coming outside and they ALL HAVE RED HAIR just like Saffron. 

Even the Old Hen and her Chickens have red feathers.  Signed, Poppy. 


Hi ! Its Poppy here. As soon as I saw that this was the famous Redland and these were the  Redlander Children, I KNEW Saffron would be here someplace no matter what her first Idea was. There is no way she would leave all these children who were so much like her. I have my own red wig and when I have it on, I can think just like a Redlander!

I looked around to see who might be keeping a secret and straight away I saw Mandarinea and Rougine.

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Mumma Blaize asks Rougine about Saffron.

Rougine says;

“ Saffron was going to visit her friends in Unkya but now that she has found Redlands, she is staying here with US ! “

Redlanders are VERY good children but they DO get Ideas and they DO find life very
in-ter-est-ing and that gets them into difficulties sometimes !

Redlanders LOVE adventure and this can get them into difficulties.

I think I am getting very close to Saffron now. We think she is a bit young for the Secrets of Redlands but it looks like she has found her own way to the Crimson Sea.

Signed. Poppy.


Saffron, the Lobster and Redland Roger  at the edge of the Crimson Sea with Sun rising.

You see – all Redlanders have Hidden Powers.  That’s why Saffron has always loved playing at the edge of the Water and why the Shell is blown when she is in Difficulty.

Redlanders are just like Ordinary Children except for their bright red hair. But when they touch the waters of the Crimson Sea at the edge of Redlands, they become Mer People.

When they touch the Land of Redland, they become children again.  Signed. Poppy.

Ah well. She is only a little girl but we can look after her ! And I have the red wig that the Redlanders gave me at the Party.

Saffron was very happy to see me and she told me about all her interesting adventures. Now that we know where Redlands is, we can come and visit anytime. Redlanders sure know how to have Fun. No wonder Mumma Kate has red hair – most of the time.

I think Saffron and I had best go home to the Village now. Its been a BIG day. Case Closed.

Signing off, Poppy. ( Chief of Detectives.)



So that was the day that Saffron met the other Redlanders. The Ferry People sent a big sailboat to take Poppy and Saf home to the Village. It really was an adventure.

Mumma Kate said that Saffron could have got into real trouble out there by herself but Saf said

That’s ridiculous! I am fine !

And indeed, she usually is JUST FINE.

Poppy says sometimes

You might be fine, Saffron, but my hair is turning grey before I even turn 9 years old!





Young Mitchell carries a large sea shell with him. While we were standing there talking about the Girls, he put the shell to his mouth and blew a strange sound with it. It went like this:

It seems that the Call of the Conch Shell tells all the  Water Beings that something important is happening.  Very soon, Boats and People started to arrive at the Ferry Jetty. 

Mad O’Brian says that Saffron and Ferry Rose are NOT on Mad Island and I am beginning to get rather worried.

Signed, Poppy.

Poppa Mitchell came sailing in with Millicent Mitchell.

“Don’t you worry! Our sails are Radar Sails! They will take us straight to Ferry Rose and her boat.  We keep a close sail on our Ferry Children.”

Dadda Mitchell is out in his rowing boat with Middle Mitchell. Middle Mitchell is Ferry Rose’s twin brother and if anyone can find her, Ferry Middle Mitchell is the one.  He does not even need a Radar Sail to tell him which way to go.

Signed, Poppy.

Every boat of the Ferry People is out on the water and Messages have been sent to the Seashellians and the Mer People and all the Beings of the Creek and River  and Ocean.

Nobody seemed to worry very much until I told them that Saffron had had an Idea. Now they are ALL acting pretty crazy and rather desperate.

Perhaps the Ferry People understand just how powerful an Idea can be – especially when Saffron has it.
Signed, Poppy.

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Well! Look at this ! Four children in one rowing boat and all dressed up in their very best clothes and one of them looks just like Ferry Rose !

It IS Ferry Rose!  Let’s see what she has to say !

Hello! Are you looking for Saffron? She has gone to visit the 3 Girls at the Unkya Doorway. I rowed her up the Creek and she was looking for someone to show her the way to Unkya. “



Well, the conch shell has been sounded and the whole of Triflora knows there is an emergency. Young Mitchell can send out a new message while I get some rest. Then I will be following that Saffron once again.

Signed, Poppy.







She was heard to say :

bashfulearthqua02herfgoog_0028I have followed Saffron to the Ferry Stop. She was seen rowing off in a boat with Ferry Rose.

I rang my Father, Mad O’Brian, on my mobile. He said that he had been practising stick fighting with friends on the log across the creek and had not seen Saffron. He is searching Mad Island for her right now.

Signed, Poppy.

Mad O’Brian playing with sticks.

I met Young Mitchell down near the  Ferry Jetty. He says he can handle a boat well enough to follow them. Young Mitchell looks perfectly ordinary but he is a Ferry Boy. That means that he has special powers when it comes to boats and the water.

Young Mitchell says that he has a stick which he will put a sail on. He says the sail will take the boat to Ferry Rose.

Young Mitchell says that she often takes herself off and they have to go and find her because she is too little to be having big adventures all alone. Just like Saffron.

Signed, Poppy.

Young Mitchell and Poppy are going to follow the little girls in Young Mitchell’s sail boat.