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The Horses’ Poster has gone up all over Triflora.

It is making a big difference. Nobody much had realised what was happening to the Horses. Now that they do, everyone is shocked. They don’t expect to see anything cruel in Triflora. Poppy has sent her People out to see what’s happening and sure enough, first thing they saw on the edge of the Village were these three men. Just look at them. Smoking cigars and looking bossy. 

They have whips in their hands to hit the Horses.

They have boots with hard heels to kick the Horses in the side.

Poppy’s People put an end to THAT ! 

Riding a Horse with boots and a whip is NO WAY TO TRAVEL!

Travelling around Triflora is not always easy – but that is NO excuse to take advantage of anyone else.


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Red Fox gets around very well. He moves quickly and quietly. He can even jump from rock to rock to cross a creek – but this creek is at the rapids and it looks like Red will not be able to jump far enough to cross it. He will need to find another way to go.

Red is looking for another way around the creek. He is moving very sneakily. There is no reason for him to move sneakily. Its just what Foxes seem to do.


Enrico travels on all four of his legs. He is very big indeed and can make his way through all kinds of country.

Emma Jane Lafitte is very small. She has only two legs and Enrico feels very sorry for her.

So, whenever he sees Emma Jane Lafitte trying to walk someplace, Enrico starts to smile, reaches down with his trunk and picks her up by her ponytail.

“ I do NOT want to travel in your trunk! Put me down!”


Ships and boats are used for a lot of travelling in Triflora. They are a most interesting way to travel and many of the Sailors are interesting as well.

Except for the Buccaneers. A Buccaneer is a type of pirate. They have a tendency to swashbuckle. That means that they swagger and brag and tell very long and untrue stories about their adventures.

I would rather travel on the back of a Shark than travel with a Buccaneer. They SHOW OFF.

Something will have to be done about these 3 Men with Whips.

They are making Travel in Triflora VERY unpleasant.

Dragons, of course, travel mostly by flying. Just the other day, one of Rose’s Dragon Messengers came into the Village to let Poppy know that Rose would be over for Dinner that night. Well – he got to the edge of the Village and started walking because he is very polite and doesn’t like flapping his way over the tops of People’s houses.  Guess who he met?

The same 3 Men who had been riding the Horses. They were dressed in different clothes and they were not smoking their cigars but they still had their whips. They started flicking them at Rose’s Messenger. Boy, is she going to be MAD ?



One way of travelling which you don’t always see in the World Up Top, is THE SKIRT. Triflora has enough magic breezes to lift people off the ground and carry them along with the wind beneath their skirts.

The Skirt has to be the right skirt  and the Person wearing the Skirt needs to know what he or she is doing. Then it is a very moving experience.

Old Mother Taffy dressed to travel.

She has put a scrunchie snood on her hat and is wearing lace gloves. Old Mother Taffy has her sister’s glasses on and can’t see straight at all.


Witches are experts at witchery and can travel anyway they please although they use their broomsticks most of the time because it looks better. People like to see them on Broomsticks.

When it comes to the Old Witches in the Old Witches’ Home, then travelling becomes a problem because their magic is slipping. Not only slipping but slopping about a bit as well. There are NO brooms allowed in the Home. None at all.  An old witch on a broom is not safe travelling.






The Horses of Triflora have 4 legs. Some of the 2 legged Beings think they can just ride on the Horses’ Backs because of this.

I can tell you this. The Horses are not amused. 

Just because we have 4 legs and are amazingly strong and smart – well, that does not mean that any old Being can come along and use us as if we were  public transport!”


Things are much more polite over at Nerissa’s well. Nobody would even think of just jumping onto the back of a SeaHorse and going for a ride.

When people come to visit, they bring their best manners with them. 

Mac McNeil from the Highlands wears his finest clothes when he comes to Nerissa’s. He polishes his wings. He brushes his hair. And he BOWS a lot.

He does get nervous because some of the Mer People do not wear many clothes and up in the Highlands where he comes from, everyone wears plenty of clothes because its COLD.

Mac McNeil is especially polite when he sees Pechera. Pechera has settled down a lot lately and doesn’t mind doing all the important work she has to do.But she still likes the ordinary life best of all.

Mac McNeil has helped her a lot. Mac met Pechera when she was flying back from the Moon and he was flying about playing his bagpipes. Mac’s mother had told him that his playing sounded like a wolf howling at the moon. He thought that sounded rather wonderful so he took to flying about when the Moon was shining and playing his Pipes. The Highland Faeries are a wee bit unusual.

Well. On the night I was talking about, Pechera heard the noise of his ‘music’ while she was flying back from the Moon, conked out and crashed right into Mac McNeil. It gave him rather a fright but he dropped his Pipes and managed to catch her before she tumbled to the ground. Mac gently flew her down to the ground and when she woke they had  a rather interesting conversation about almost everything they could think of. It turned out that both of them had important work to do.

But it also turned out that BOTH of them actually liked the ORDINARY LIFE best of all. They visit quite often now.


And one thing they never ever do, is jump onto the back of a horse and expect to be taken wherever they want to go.

The Horses have put this Poster up all around Triflora. It shows all the Body Parts of a typical Triflorian Horse.

The Horses hope it will make them seem more real to other Beings.

This is  their new motto ;







As you know, there are three islands in Triple Bay.

Mad Island is quite close to the Village and Mad O’Brian is building his Tower there – with some help. Mad Island is protected by Wizard Magic but behind that Magic it’s a pretty easy place to get to. IF Mad O’Brian wants you there.

Cat and Fiddle Island is just a ferry trip away from the Village and its protected by Music and Cats. Its easy to get to. Ferries run most of the time and as long as your heart is good and pure, you are welcome.

The 3rd Island is far more mysterious. I think that the Unfound Sea is somewhere past the 3rd Island. The Island has some cliffs and waterfalls and the waters beside it run very deep and very strange. Each time that I see a ship or a boat head out to the 3rd Island, I feel a little nervous. They seem to simply vanish.


The 3rd Island is so mysterious that it doesn’t even have a name that we know of.

Don’t tell anyone ! I have been to the 3rd Island. It is one of the most beautiful places in all of Triflora. The Mermaids sit on the Rocks and tell Mermaid stories to the 3 Sirens. The Mermaids know more about the 3rd Island than anyone else does.

Noone on 3rd Island wears many clothes. Lots of Beings wear no clothes at all. It doesn’t get cold there – ever. Amazing fruits grow on the Island and the water from the Waterfalls is PERFECT ! Perfect to drink. Perfect to swim in.  Perfect for just about everything.

I can always tell when someone has been on the 3rd Island by their Hair and the sparkle in their eyes.  It does wonderful things , the water on 3rd Island does.


From the very top of the cliffs of the Island, you can see the Triple Bay and then out to Sea. The water from Saffy’s shack in the world up above, comes into Triflora through its little water straw, down the deep well in the Garden and  into the Silver Bowl on top of 3rd Island.

I didn’t know that. Nana just told me about it. That explains all the mystery.

The water comes into the Bottomless Silver Bowl and then flows down in the streams and splashes over the waterfalls. The Lady on top of 3rd Island is one of the Water Keepers.


The Water Keepers never wear shoes and they don’t wear many clothes either. Wisteria is a little Water Keeper. She only ever drinks the Water from the 3rd Island and her hair is shiny and smells of glinting crystals. Her skin is soft and doesn’t have one mark on it. Wisteria only eats Watermelon and she ONLY drinks the Water.

Her best friends are the Water People and the Water Beings.

Wisteria can stay underwater for 5 1/2 hours at a time.

The Scientists go quite mad, looking for the Sirens.

Sometimes, Scientists decide to visit the 3rd Island because they want to study it.

Scientists always want to wear a lot of clothes and they do like to argue. Nobody on 3rd Island is very keen on clothes or arguing so they don’t much like Scientists coming to visit.

If the Scientists try to get a boat to take them to 3rd Island, the Skipper on the Boat takes them straight to False Rock Island which is of no interest to anyone.

Its not even a real Island.

If the Scientists try to sail to 3rd by themselves, then they are in for a bit of a shock. The 3 Sirens sit on False Rock Island and when they see Scientists coming, they begin to sing the songs of the Sirens and next thing you know, the Scientists have gone half mad and are running round all over the False Rock looking for the Sirens.

They never find them The Sirens laugh and head straight home.




Triple Bay is where the ships come in from the oceans and the seas.

childrhymes00rileiala_0125 The 5 Seafaring Lads spent most days down at the edge of the Bay. They never wore shoes. The 5 Seafaring Lads waited for the ships and boats to come in.

They liked to listen to the tales of the sea.

They liked to see the things that the ships brought in.

They liked to watch them loading up and sailing away.

The 5 Seafaring Lads simply loved the water and the boats.

One day, they disappeared.

We think that they went on one of the ships but no news was heard of them until the postcards began to arrive from all over Triflora.

The postcards came on ships and boats.

The  Birds flew in with postcards.

Fairies and Mermaids and all manner of Beings brought Postcards to Poppy’s Place and Poppy pinned some of them to the Noticeboard and kept hundreds of them in a big box so that People could look at them

This is the address on all of the postcards.


Nobody knew that the 5 Lads could even write. They had never been to the Village School. Nobody had ever seen them with a book or a pen or paper. Nobody had even seen them use a mobile phone or a computer. But the Lads DO know how to send postcards. Somehow.

And they do write very interesting descriptions of their travels.


Hello Everyone.
Hope you are all well.
This is the Castle of Crumbledon. 
It looks like its crumbling down but the people say its been like that forever.
Love from the 5 Seafaring Lads.


Pixtures of the Lads before they went away.

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And the Postcards keep on coming.




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.