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The things we wear

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Here in Triflora, there are so many Beings and so many places that all kinds of clothes and shoes are needed. Some are woven from spider silk. Some are made from the fine cottons of the Garden. Some are spun from seaweeds and coral threads.

Down here in Triflora, Beings do all kinds of things. They fly and they walk on their hands and they live deep under the Sea. It is very important that their clothes are just right for whatever it is that they are doing.

Here are a few of the things we wear and use in Triflora.

Nana does not like SUITS. She tried to get them banned from Triflora but too many people wanted to keep wearing SUITS and they kept right on wearing them no matter what she said.

The best place to get a suit is from STANLEY STANHOPE.  He knows just what a suit needs to be like and tailors them specially for you. This is his motto:

SUITS THAT SUIT YOU. 

Stanley Stanhope once dressed the Lions of Triflora. That was before they grew fur of their own.  Now he simply makes suits but he still uses a Lion in his advertisements.

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izzyClowns’ Clothing is also made by the 4 Grasshoppers.

Clowns need Tough clothing too and most clowns have soft hearts.  

The 4 Grasshoppers get their strength from Oats.  They need strength because they make almost all the safety clothing for the Insects of Triflora. Here they are, dressed in their own Golden Hopper Suits. Insects usually have very soft bodies and the 4 Grasshoppers make Strong Clothing for Soft Hearts.

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The 4 Grasshoppers ONLY make clothes for Insects and Clowns. They will not make clothes for anyone else at all.

All the rest of the Circus clothes are made by the CLOWNS.

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Here is their motto:

 

KLOWNS’ KLOTHES FOR KLASSY KLOBBER.

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TRIPLE BAY.

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The Village is close to the Triple Bay. Little creeks and rivers and streams bring water into Triple Bay and the 3 islands are out across the water.

The ferries sail from Triple Bay to Cat and Fiddle Island and Mad O’Brian keeps his boat here when he is in the Village.

americanpictures00mann_0163Triple Bay is home to 29,328 kinds of birds.

Triple Bay is where the Ships and Boats sail in.

I will show you more about Triple Bay tomorrow.

For now, it’s time for Dreaming.

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STRANGE THINGS IN TRIFLORA

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Many things in Triflora are like the World Up Top but many other things are quite different.  I will take you for a bit of a look around.

STRANGE THING NO 1.

THE  ICE MEN are unusual. They dress in suits and wear good hats and shoes. Almost every day, they go out onto the Ice Lakes and cut ice blocks. One man rides a horse and pulls a sharp blade behind and the other man steers the blade. Its hard work being an Ice Man. I have never worked out what the ice blocks are used for but in the middle of the night, when there is no moon and it’s the middle of Summer and too hot to sleep, I have heard voices calling out;The Ice Men cometh! The Ice Men cometh!”

Not long after that, the Night cools down and I fall asleep.

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STRANGE THING NO 2

Over at Stone Mountain,you can see the Stone Men. There are just the four of them. Every day they try to walk barefooted from the bottom to the top of Stone Mountain.

One their backs, they carry big bags of STONES. Heavy loads of Stone. Every single day, they do the same thing and they have never once made it to the top.

Stone Mountain is not an easy Mountain – at all. Its no use asking them what they’re doing because they will not answer you. Very Unusual indeed.

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STRANGE THING NO 3.

Now, these fellows don’t look too strange but they really are. They Cackle.

One starts to cackle and then the next one joins in. Before long they are all cackling.

Nobody knows what they are cackling about. Noone knows what makes them start and noone knows how to make them stop.

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STRANGE THING NO 4.

Children  run about all over the place in Triflora. We have a lot of Little Ones as well, who have come here in very strange ways and many of them don’t have family with them.

That’s where the Yaks come in. If you see a Yak in Triflora, you can be sure that there is a Child somewhere nearby and if you see a child who looks as if they are alone, you can be sure that a Yak will be watching them and making sure that they are safe.  The Yaks are VERY good friends to the Children.  It is a strange friendship, the Yaks and the Children.

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STRANGE THING NO 5.

Take a look at Nettle-Anne. Noone complains about bedtime like Nettle-Anne. She is good enough in the daytime. She will eat whatever she is given and she doesn’t fuss over her clothes or shoes.

But when it comes to BED,  Nettle-Anne is strange and difficult – all at once. She will not sleep unless she has at least 19 mattresses and even then she will start yelling.

“There is a pea in my bed! There is a pea in my bed!”

Nana has just about had enough of Nettle-Anne! She doesn’t care how unusual Nettle is. She says Nettle is just a pain.

“I’ll give her a pea in her bed!” says Nana. I’m not sure what she means by that and I don’t want to think about it.

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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.

CLEANING UP. PACKING UP.

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Some say that cleaning and packing up is not fun at all.

Cleaning and packing up can be miserable but on Day 5 of the Party for No Reason At All, they are FUN. FUN. FUN.

I try to tell Anastine she can enjoy today. I try and I try.

 

She just sits there saying; Cleaning and packing up are no fun at all! 

She always was miserable, even when we were children.

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The Kittens have much more fun.

Kittens do have fun, of course. They jump on the brooms. They wrestle with each other. I don’t think they get much work done but they really do have FUN.

Anastine says that she cannot sweep when the Kittens are around.

Anastine says that’s why she is just sitting in the corner being miserable.

Anastine always blames someone else for whatever is happening.

 

 

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Bellamy Bob is just standing in Poppy’s Place.

Just leaning against the wall.

Well, that’s what it looks like.

In Triflora, things are often not what they seem.

Bellamy Bob is actually a gargoyle. He came down from the Bell Towers for the Party. He has been dancing and dancing and now he is standing there doing what a gargoyle does best.

Bellamy Bob is scaring off anything that should not be there.

Bob has scared off a lot of dirt.

He has scared off  some dust dancers.

He has scared off the Little Cooks who wanted to make even more mess.

Bellamy Bob is a very good Staring Scarer.

He has skeddaddled the Brownies out of doors and it is not easy to get that many Brownies to do anything. Bellamy Bob just stared at them. Off they went as fast as they could.

You can do a lot of good by JUST STANDING THERE.

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Cheerio Charles never stands still. He has already worn out his Party Boots in just 5 days.

Cheerio Charlie always has a good time.

He has a good time cleaning.

He has a good time packing up.

He has a good time when there are people around and he has a good time when he is on his own.

Cheerio Charlie decided to clean the attic for Poppy and it sure needed cleaning up. There was junk all over the place.

CHEERIO!  said Charlie and started to make it tidy as can ever be.

 

CHEERIO!  said Charlie when he knocked over a box and out spilled gold, gold and more gold.  Now, this really is FUN said he.

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The Dottias are a different matter.

They do move about. In fact they MOVE in a very dotty way. You have already met one of them. You met Xerottia Dottia just after the Flight on Day 3.

Let me tell you this. As far as I can see, all the Dottias are rather odd.

All the Dottias think they can fly. They think they can dance. They think they can clean.

The Girls say I am not very kind to the Dottias.

The Girls say that the Dottias are probably very good at something.

I don’t think the Dottias are good at anything except being Dotty. They are certainly no good at cleaning up and they are too skinny to carry anything. 

I am old now and I am also a Witch.  That means that I do not have to be nice to Dottias if I don’t want to be – and I don’t !

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I DO like being nice to Children and Little Creatures. They call me NANA. On the Last Day of the Party, we round up all the Children and bring them into my Tower while the cleaning up is going on.

The Little Cooks can cook anything they want to at my Place.

The little Animals come. All the Babies of Triflora come. I have plenty of rooms in my Tower. Especially for Little Ones.

 

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I wonder whether you know what the Children’s job is today.

It’s a special job and they love it.

You know that Trouble is lurking down there someplace.

You know that if the Music ever stops, then Trouble will be on its way into the rest of Triflora.

Well-on Day 5 of the Party, while everyone is cleaning and packing, the Children have the Job of Making Music all day long.

Trouble is REALLY afraid of the Children making Music !

Come for a visit to my Tower and you will see how we spend the day.

DRAGONS AND THE DRAGON PEOPLE

THE DRAGON PEOPLE.

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The Rose is not the only one taking care of the Dragons. Most of them live in the Castle on top of the Caverns and ALL of them have a Dragon somewhere on the clothes or their jewellery . ALL of them have at least one Dragon tattoo.

Dragon People have one more secret as well but I have never been able to find out what it is. I do believe that ONLY Dragon People can ever know that secret.

SITTING AROUND IN TRIFLORA : PART 3.

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There is always MUSIC and DANCING at POPPY’S PLACE.

Poppy’s Place is the Number One Place to meet up and sit around in the whole of Triflora. It started as just a little stall selling bits and pieces. Poppy and Rose and Saffron started it one day at Nana and Izzy’s House. Just selling bits and pieces. As I told you – noone uses money.  Just Love and Magic and Good Thinking.

When they discovered Triflora, well, they knew just what to do.  Rose was VERY busy with her Dragons and Saffron is still a bit young so Poppy became the Shopkeeper and the others help when they can.

Before Poppy’s Place, people had to hunt all over the Triflora when they wanted or needed anything. If they had things to give away, like extra fruit or clothes they didn’t need anymore, they had nowhere to take them. 

It’s not like that now. POPPY’S PLACE is just the very best spot to go. It has grown and grown and it brings an extra bundle of happiness into the Garden.

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POPPY’S PLACE.

Nana and Izzy do most of the sitting around. You can come talk to them almost any time unless they are up in the towers or out adventuring. ( And of course, there was that time that they went missing at the PURPLE HAZE RETIREMENT VILLAGE. ) Almost always, you can come sit down and have a talk. Here are some of their stories. When you have a shop in Triflora, there is only one thing to do :

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.

One night, this little man came calling at the Door. He is NOT one of the Little Ones. Noone knows who he is. He is NOT  a wizard.  He flew down. None of us saw him walk.

He wanted a new pair of pants. And he stretched his hands out.  They had to be THAT long.

Luckily, Poppy had just the right pair.

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One little girl came to live in the shop. She didn’t say she was g0ing to live there. She just came to the door. She didn’t even tinkle the bell curtain in the doorway. People were sitting around talking and noone even noticed her.

She had a very sad face and she carried a cleaning rag. She cleaned the front step and then she cleaned the windows.

Mr Wallace and Mr Starr were sitting inside drinking frangipani ale. Willie was watching from behind the counter.

The girl cleaned each bell on the curtain – one by one – without making a single sound. Not one person said one word. They didn’t want to frighten her. She began to clean the floor of the shop. 

Bump ! The little girl backed into a chair. She turned around and sitting right there on that chair was the beautiful doll that Mr Wallace and Mr Starr had br0ught in.

The doll’s eyes were just as sad as the little girl’s until they saw one another. I will not tell you anymore about them just yet. I will just tell you that the girl lives here in the Shop and the doll lives here in the Shop and their eyes are  not sad anymore.

( The little girl’s name is Gosette and the doll’s name is Lucinda. )

Cats are not welcome at the Shop when Nana is there. You know that.

The other thing she won’t have around are DRAGONS.

She likes Dragons.

She knows that Dragons have their uses.

But she will not have them near the Shop. She soon sends them skedaddling back to Rose and to their own place.

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Don’t feel too sorry for the Dragons. I will show you a  Photo of Dragonville. Not bad at all !

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DON’T FORGET – POPPY IS ALSO THE DETECTIVE. SHE SEES AND HEARS A LOT OF THINGS IN THE SHOP. DO NOT GO THERE IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE.