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Grannie waited for her molecules to rearrange. She was shimmering and shaking and her eyes were tightly closed.

This is rather odd! she said to herself. I feel very peculiar.

Gran opened one eye just a little and closed it very quickly. That did not look like Phoenix, Arizona out there.

She opened the corner of the other eye.

Whoops ! We really MUST  use that Doorway more often because I don’t seem to have any clothes on except for my hat and I am definitely NOT in Phoenix.  That’s the Grand Canyon.

Round about the same time, the Sand Cutters were getting ready to go to the Airport. They were very excited that Grannie Moo was coming to visit.

One thing, their Grannie did NOT want to do was to worry them. She did not want them to think it was their fault that she wasn’t there.

Children sometimes think that its their fault when things go wrong with Adults – but it simply never is ! 

Sometimes, things have simply gone wrong and its noone’s fault at all.

And sometimes – although I don’t like to say so – sometimes, Adults get things WRONG.


The one thing she had left ( other than her hat and her shoes) was the Ceramic Container that Cassandra had given to her.

Children all over Triflora called Cassandra, BASSI PLU. She could see what was going to happen in the future AND  SHE HAD SPECIAL POWERS: the ability to see the future & communicate with non-human beings.
BEST QUALITY: Extra special hugs.

( The Hugs could be felt even when Bassi Plu was nowhere to be seen.)

Brynn and Calen were being hugged right then and there and they didn’t even know it. They just felt safe and happy.

Bassi Plu knew all along that the Doorway was not working properly. It had been closed for far too long.  She didn’t quite know what was going to happen when Grannie went through but she did know that it could be rather strange. That’s why she made the Container and filled it with special Bassi Plu magic.

Grannie looked down at the Ceramic Container.

She looked down at the Grand Canyon.

She looked at her skin where her clothes should have been and decided to try ANYTHING! She ever so gently lifted the lid on the Ceramic Container with the Phoenix on top.


The Ceramic Container shimmered into all manner of Magic and completely disappeared.

The ship that the Wizards built for the Unfound Sea whizzed up through the Doorway, picked Grannie up with magnetic force and whooshed her out of the Grand Canyon and into the Park near Brynn and Calen’s Dad’s place in less time than it takes to say TRIFLORA.

The Magnets let go of her and she bounced into the Garden Bed just in time to see the Ozzie Sand Cutters heading out to the Phoenix Airport.

Bassi Plu’s Magic had woven a purple silk dress all round Grannie and filled her arms with all the Presents from the Bush that had bounced off the back of the Automobile.

And there she was, sitting in amongst the flowers in a purple silk dress and just brimming with Magic. It was quite a surprise for the Family when they turned around and saw her.

Well, I guess I will have some explaining to do!  she thought, as she smiled and waved at everyone.


Grannie Moo was smiling.
Grannie Moo was waving.

The Family wasn’t smiling.

The Family wasn’t waving.

The Family was simply staring with  mouths wide open and  eyes astonished.

You see, Bassi Plu had packed so much magic that all sorts of things had come along in the Ceramic Container. Bassi Plu had packed everything she thought Grannie and the Sand Cutters would need. And, strangely enough, the Family could SEE the Visitors from Triflora and the Family could see the Magic at Work.

fairy44This is NOT what they usually saw in the Garden near their Place and they had NEVER seen their Grandmother in the middle of it all. The Spiders had come to weave a new Doorway. Noone wanted Brynn or Calen to try to get to the Grand Canyon by themselves so it was time for a new Doorway into Triflora. The beautiful Damelza had come to live close to Brynn and take messages from Phoenix to Triflora.   AN088

Gold dust and Star dust were being sprinkled all around  and Toothy Ted had chosen himself to be Calen’s new best friend. Calen wasn’t sure about Toothy Ted – but there he was. He had a VERY Australian accent and called Calen, “MATE”. Calen didn’t really know what to do with Toothy Ted. He did know that he did not want to clean his own teeth 23 times a day!



Wilbur had come along to take care of Dadda and the Blue Lady would make sure that Mumma was protected in everything she did.

Wilbur looked like a normal Dog in the World up top – but he wasn’t at all normal. He was rather weird even in Triflora and he was certainly strange in Arizona but he would take the very best care of Dadda. The VERY BEST.

Grannie and the Kids would be able to look around Phoenix while the New Doorway was being finished and at bedtime Grannie could tell them all about Triflora.

Then, very soon, they would stand outside the new Doorway, in the garden right near their place, and all three would hold hands and whisper TRIFLORA. The Bush Folk were just waiting for that day!





People who live in or come from Arizona are referred to as Arizonans. According to A Book of Nicknames, by John Goff, published in 1892, Arizonans were sometimes referred to as “Sand Cutters” by people from outside the state, but it is not clear how this nickname for the people of Arizona came to be.


While Gert and the other Triflorians were getting their act together, Grannie Moo was preparing for her Adventure. She is going all the way to Phoenix. Before they found the Doorway in the Bush, Grannie thought she would have to fly all the way across the World up There. It would have taken her days and days. Not that she would have minded. Grannie would do ANYTHING for the Children. Anything AT ALL.

But: Boy, was she pleased when Poppy and Saffron told her about the Doorway into Arizona?

Before they found the Doorway, Grannie Moo thought that she and Brynn and Caden would have to search for DAYS to find the way into Triflora.

Now, she will just have to show them the Doorway and with a bit of whirling and swirling of their molecules, all three of them will be able to come and go whenever they want.

Grannie thinks that Brynn and Caden will be rather surprised when she is not at the Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. She doesn’t know, just yet, WHERE exactly the Doorway into Phoenix, Arizona, will open but she is very sure that there will be a surprise or two when she doesn’t get off that plane.


Grannie Moo had just about finished her packing when Cassandra arrived with a ceramic container she had made herself. On top of the container, was a Phoenix.  Grannie couldn’t quite see why she needed to carry a ceramic container to Arizona but Cassandra said that she MUST take it.

Grannie trusts Cassandra so she is taking the Container even if she has to leave everything else behind.


Triflora is so excited about the Sand Cutter Children and Grannie Moo that Ernie and Boris have come by in their automobile to take Grannie to the Bush. There are not many automobiles in Triflora and there are not many roads.

The automobile bounced and banged so much that Grannie’s suitcase fell right off the back and all she was left with was the Phoenix Container and the clothes she was wearing.

She was pretty shaken about by the time the automobile reached the Doorway into Arizona and she was most surprised to see so many People and Creatures and Beings standing by the Road and all around the Doorway.  Just to wave her off and wish her Good Luck.

Come back, soon, Grannie Moo! Bring the Children as fast as you can, Grannie! Have a good time in Arizona!


Grannie climbed down from the back seat – rather shaken up. Remember that it takes 3 people to whisper Triflora and open the Doorways. Poppy and Saffron came up to her and took her to the Exit. All 3 whispered TRIFLORA at exactly the same time and the 3 Guardians opened the Way. Molecules whirled and Molecules swirled and Grannie popped right on through into Arizona.