Category Archives: SECRETS



NAME: Nerissa Ellen Marina

SPECIAL POWERS: Can live on land and underwater


WORST HABIT: Forgetting that not everyone has gills

WHERE YOU LIVE: In the well

JOB IN TRIFLORA: Protect the water



The hunt for the basket that was thrown off the bridge has been going on for 5 days now.

The Keepers have been looking.

Nana and her Friends have been looking.

The Birds have been looking.

The Sailors and the Pirates have been looking.

All the Water People and Creatures have been looking but nothing had been found till this morning.



“Nerissa! Nerissa! There is a baby in the river!”

Funny how things work out !

Not one of the Searchers found anything at all.

Nerissa, who is Protector of the Water, could not think of one more thing to do.

Boy, was she surprised to hear two voices calling to her. She knew THOSE voices. It was the Owl and the Pussycat.  (I will tell you more about them one day.)

The Owl and the Pussycat have great plans for sailing off in their Pea Green Boat. They have been training for a very long time. Sometimes they simply row around in circles but today they actually set sail and were practically flying down the river when KABOOMPH ! The pea green boat hit a barrel floating in the water.

It gave them quite a shock but it was more of a shock to see a little baby boy bounce off the top of it and into the river.

They looked and looked through their binoculars. They could see a little island but they could not see a little boy.




Nerissa’s Home.

Nerissa could hear them but she wasn’t in any kind of a hurry.
Nerissa doesn’t have many things wrong with her.
She can live in land or underwater.
Her home is in the well at the edge of the River and she loves to sleep right down at the bottom under the water.

Nerissa trusts People and trusts that “everything will be O.K.”

She protects the water and everything in the water and on the water.

The one thing that can be a bit of a problem with Nerissa is that she just plain forgets that most people don’t have gills.


“ Nerissa ! Nerissa ! It’s a Baby ! It does NOT have gills! It cannot breathe underwater ! “

Gills are the things which let Merpeople and Fishes breathe under the water.

She forgets that most people will DROWN if they stay underwater for more than 2 minutes because most people do not have gills.

So, Nerissa was not in a hurry at all – but the Owl and the Pussycat were in ONE BIG HURRY. Owls and Pussycats do not have gills and they cannot breathe underwater.

The Owl and the Pussycat knew that the Baby Boy was in Big Trouble.


“I do be home, Nerissa !”

When Nerissa heard the Owl and the Pussycat coming up her steps and yelling out as loudly as they possibly could – she realised straight away that it was an EMERGENCY and dived down her well and was about to swim out into the river when an amazing thing happened.

A Baby Boy with came riding in on the back of a shark. It was NOT a MerBaby. MerPeople have tails like fish. And he was not in any kind of danger at all.

It was a Baby with legs. He was smiling at Nerissa laughing out loud.

Nerissa was very excited. She had been NEVER met another SeaShellian in her whole life. Someone who could live on the land AND under the water.  Now, here was this Baby Boy and it looked like he was going to stay.


What a wonderful day !

Nerissa sent the Owl and the Pussycat back to Nana to tell everyone what had happened.  Then she started to ask the little fellow a LOT of questions, but he just wrapped his arms around her and fell asleep.

All the questions can wait until tomorrow.

One more thing – when she asked him his name, he didn’t tell her but he did whisper these words to her
“ I have a sister.”




DRAGONS. Rose is the one who knows all about Dragons. She told me that when two dragons meet, they STOP, RUB FOREHEADS and then WALK ON.  They rub foreheads to show that they are not going to breathe fire on one another.


You can try it if you want. Just be a little careful. A blast of flame from a dragon can do some real damage.


You are quite likely to meet a dragon at any time, in any place in Triflora but Penguins like to stay down at Penguin Cove.




When there is a message to be sent to the world Up There, the Triflora Birds are most often the ones to carry them.

IN general, the people Up There, just think to themselves;

Oh, there’s a bird !” or “I wonder what all those birds are doing.”

They don’t know that SOME of the birds were only as big as a fingernail before they came out of the Garden a few minutes before. The People Up There don’t know that the Birds have had their molecules whirled and swirled till they are as big as any other bird.

Just the other day, Nana was sitting in her Cottage and about 125 white birds were flying around the Paddock.

“Hmmm.” she thought. “ I wonder what they are doing. “

The next thing she knew – a very big pelican landed right in her front yard.

It looks like I had best be going down to Triflora”, said Nana to herself.

“125 white birds and 1 HUGE pelican. I think that’s a message for me.”

AND YOU DON’T NEED TO SHOUT !  said Nana to the Birds.


The very next morning, Nana went to visit Saffron and her Mother. Saffron had another sore foot and noone could understand why.

But Nana knew. And Rose and Poppy knew. Saffron was MUCH better at flying than she was at walking.

She DID like walking. She liked it a lot. She liked her shoes and she liked to talk to people in the street – but she LOVED flying.  She was very little and she wasn’t quite used to the World Up There.

Nana and Saffron sat on the back steps and threw bread onto the apple mint lawn to see what the birds were trying to tell them. Some little birds came along. Some of them even had yellow feathers that shone in the sunlight. But none of them were messenger birds from Triflora. They threw some more bread and one of Saffron’s throws went for a long, long way.

Aha!” said Nana,. “ Look ! There is the messenger bird”. And a big white bird came sailing down, caught the bread and flew over the house like an eagle. Round and round in circles it went and then it flew right down to Saffy’s magical entrance to the garden.

It really was time for another visit to TRIFLORA. The big white bird waited for them, because, as you know, it takes 3 people to whisper the word TRIFLORA – at the same time – with their eyes shut and holding hands ( or claws).

Whoosh. Down they went.

Now your foot and your leg will not hurt anymore, Saffron Lola”, said the big white bird. “There is plenty of magic down here and you can fly anytime you want to!”

(We know now that his name was Goss Hawk. Saffron’s Daddy told us that. Can you imagine how happy everyone will be when Saffron comes home and BOTH her legs are working PERFECTLY?)

I do not know why the Birds are so good at fixing people and I don’t actually care. What I know is that the Triflora birds are the BEST messengers and the BEST doctors and the BEST nurses I have ever known.



Another secret which I haven’t told you before is this :

There is more than one Entrance to the Secret Fairy Garden.

There is one at Saffron’s place.

There is one at Nana’s Place.

There is one in Armidale. Rose and Poppy are busy hiding it very carefully with bushes and thorns and wildflowers so that noone can get in there when they move.

And there will be an entrance to the Secret Garden, someplace in Towamba on the Farm. Perhaps Grandma knows where it is. She knows a lot of magic things.

Now, the very best thing about the different Entrances is this :

In the World Up There , it is sometimes a long way to the houses of the people we love – BUT – in Triflora, we can travel all around the world in no time at all.

Perhaps I had best tell you one more secret before I go to bed. Just in case you are on your own and need to know it.  I have told you that 3 people are needed to open an Entrance. Well, that’s true but sometimes there just are NOT 3 people there. Each Member of the Secret Garden is given a mobile phone of their very own. Even people who are perhaps too young to have an ordinary mobile phone. The phones can ONLY be seen and heard by other Members of the Triflora Secret Garden Society.

Just about everyone from the Garden is happy about the Phones. They are VERY modern, indeed. It means that one person can be at one entrance and call 2 other people and if al 3 of them close their eyes and whisper TRIFLORA and hold their mobiles up to their right ear, the Entrances will open.  We LOVE technology!

The second part of the Secret is this :

The mobile phone looks like an ordinary phone to the members of the Garden but it just looks like a Butterfly to people who do not belong.

Kids cannot get into trouble just because a butterfly keeps flying up to their ears or rides around in their pockets. Can they ? They might look a little crazy talking to a butterfly – but they won’t get into any BIG trouble.

And the creatures and the people who are not very good at all – will not know any of the Secrets.

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This is what one of the phones looks like to the Secret Members. This is what it looks like to the people who are NOT Members.