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.
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