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Poppy’s Dadda is called Mad O’Brian. He has Wizard Magic.

Here are some of the stories about Mad O’Brian.


Let me tell you something that you might have forgotten.

Even on Triflora, things are not always happy.

Things are not all happy just now. Word is going around Triflora. Mad O’Brian is going away. Poppy is so sad that she wants to cry and cry.

Mad O’Brian is sad, too. He wants to cry and cry.

“Why is he going away ?” said Chatterer.

“ Well” said Weasel. “ Poppy’s Father is rather special and he has important  things to do. Grandpa Trebor is very sick and Mad O’Brian is going to help him.”

“What about Poppy?”

“Well” said Weasel. “ You know how brave Poppy is and how clever she is.  She will keep her shop open and take care of her detectives and every day, she will speak with her Father and soon they will be together again.”


Its times like this that EVERYONE has to help one another. Theadora Tinykins and her children are writing notes and sending them all over Triflora. This is what she has written on the notes:

Dear Tinykin Family,

Poppy is feeling very sad and Mad O”Brian is on a BIG adventure. Please keep your eyes out for them and try to make them happy again. 

Thank you very much, Theadora and Children




Let’s take a look in Wizzy’s Tower. Wizzy says that he LOVES having people drop in but I am not sure that he does. He gets up to lots of different things in there and it is NOT easy to get in. Not easy at all.

Sometimes he has all the windows and doors locked and sometimes he puts traps all over the place. He hides things because he thinks someone might steal them.

Wizzy can be VERY suspicious. He has 121 F’Realies living in the Tower with him.


If you are very quiet, we can take a look around Wizzy’s Tower right now.  He does have a telescope. Up on the 15th level.  The Telly F’Realies take care of the Telescope. They are keeping count of the Flying Beings, watching for any changes in the skies and trying to find new colours and soft fluffy things. Wizzy is looking for many, many different kinds of shapes and sizes, all behind one another and leading to adventures and the Telly F’realies keep watch day and night.


The Woody F’Realies are especially strong. Wizzy sends them out into the Forests and the over the Bay to the Islands. Wizzy loves wood and is always looking for more. He says he needs wood to make his gardens and build his shelves. Wizzy is always talking about building something.

Before the Woody F’Realies came to live in the Tower, not much actually got built.  Wizzy was so busy that he never went out chopping up wood.

He wouldn’t use magic to get it either. Wiz is rather strange about when he will use magic and when he will not.

The Four Woody F’Realies think Wiz is very funny and they take good care of him.  He makes them laugh.

One of the things Wizzy has done is to build a MENAGERIE in his Tower. Almost everyone agrees that Menageries are NOT modern at all. A menagerie is a collection of wild animals. The collection is specially for SHOW.

Menageries have a bad name in the World up on Top. Mostly because the “Wild Animals” don’t have any choice at all. In Triflora, things are a bit different. Wizzy is a “PERFORMER” and the Critters in his Menagerie are plumb crazy about being there.  They are also  Performers. The Menagerie is on the Ground Floor and is most exotic. Wizzy loves Critters and they love him.

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Madriel’s Aviary is very colourful and he likes sitting on a branch and flourishing his tail feathers at the People who come to look at him.

These are two of the best performers in the Menagerie . They have a fabulous act where the Lion leaps across the creek with the Fox in his mouth and pretends to eat him.  It scares people half way to silly.

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ERNIE is a bird of his very own. He sits on his branch in the menagerie and looks ARROGANT. That’s what he likes to do. Look Arrogant.

The only Critters who ever get locked up in the Menagerie are the SPRITES. Sprites are Spirits who are totally mixed up.  Sprites really enjoy spooking people and they try to mess up the Menagerie. Wizzy gets VERY upset with SPRITES.

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The SPRITES seem to like Wizzy’s Tower  more than any other place in Triflora and they really try to cause problems for him. They shimmer all through the Menagerie. They scare some of the Critters and irritate others.


Their cage very often has a sign on it saying “ NOONE HOME”. The Wanderoo Monkeys love to go a’wandering. Wizzy says that if they are not in the Menagerie 4 days a week, they will have to go back and live in the Forest over on 3rd Island.

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Shimmerers do some funny things. You know that already. Sherina liked to show off. She likes being in the Menagerie and showing visitors how clever she is.  Sherina IS one of the best Shimmerers of them all.  Her room in the Menagerie is filled with flowers and paintings and beautiful furniture. Sometimes she shimmers so fast that you cannot find her amongst the flowers and paintings.

Renata like to think that she is a normal REDLANDER but she is actually very old fashioned.

Wizzy has given her an enclosure of her own because he has a soft spot for Redlanders.

Renata is always dressed perfectly  and she loves having crowds come to watch her.

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The Jaguars come from 3rd island where it is very hot almost all the time. The keep a huge heater in their enclosure because they do not like being even a little bit cold.


The Esquimaux Dogs come from the Ice Lands and their enclosure is kept very cold. They are Friends of the Ice Girls.

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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.












Poppy’s Father is a good cook. He plays guitar and mandolin and banjo and he can sing. He DOES kick off to the side when he’s playing football. That is not usually a good sign – except when someone has wizard’s blood in them.

Poppy’s father DOES HAVE wizard’s blood in him. Not many people knew that. For now, he is cooking and playing music and kicking off to the side but the Signs of the Wizard are starting to show.

He cannot pretend anymore that he does not understand NUMBERS. He understands numbers VERY WELL indeed. He can create numbers of his own and he can make numbers do anything he wants them to.

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And just across the creek from Poppy’s Place, creatures have begun to build a tower. It doesn’t look like a Tower yet. It looks like a stone wall and Poppy has been curious about the strange beings building it. She doesn’t know that a New Wizard’s Helpers start to find him before he even finds himself.


Poppy’s Father goes by the name of Mad O’Brian and he was one of Wizzy’s Musical Playmates for the big Concert. While he was helping the Wiz, Poppy and Saffron sneaked down to the Creek with Eric the dog and Mad Flynn. (There are quite a few Mad people on Triflora. Sometimes, Poppy was called Mad Eline and Saffron was called Mad Lola. )

They took a boat and started to row across to get a closer look at the stone wall on the Mad Island.


The tiny little creek seemed to turn into a wild river. Waves splashed over them and the boat splashed and bounced.

It is not easy to get near a Wizard’s Tower unless you  have been invited. They only just made it back to shore safely.


Back on Land, they met the Organ Man. He was walking in the Gardens playing the Organ and leading people back to the Concert. Poppy and Saffron went straight in to listen to the Music. They would go looking at the Mad Island some other time – maybe. When their legs stopped shaking and the Creek was just a creek again.





Wizzy has just come down from his Tower, all dressed in his fancy clothes and ready for the Music. He is one excited wizard.

Wizzy tells me he is calling the Feast and the Concert – GARDENSTOCK.

Wizzy has led a very strange life.  He has led a rather wild life. Now he is very wise and very good at Music. 0013

Over in the Dragon Kitchens, they tell me everything is going perfectly. The 00070Circus People are all around and everyone has had their sleep. Just about time for Feasting and Music.

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It can be difficult having a Feast in TRIFLORA.

Do be careful not to eat anyone or anything that you really should not eat.

The wolves have promised that they will NOT eat anyone at all.

Arabella is dressed in a beautiful gold dress with a blue robe and she is walking past the wolves.

Let me tell you, those wolves are just pretending that they will eat her.  Poor Arabella. They are scaring her – just for fun.


Get ready for the Gardenstock Pisky Band.

All the way from the Bogs.



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Well then. I spoke to the Wizards. Talk about EXCITED. Wizards DO get excited. It takes a lot to get a Witch worked up but Wizards can just about get excited about ANYTHING – especially if they think people need them to make something amazing. The PARTY FOR NO REASON AT ALL made the Wizards so excited that they didn’t go to bed AT ALL. There was so much for them to do.

Wizards know a lot about things. They know things that noone else does. Sometimes they know things that they don’t even know that they know.

The Wizards didn’t know that they knew how to get the Beings from the Unfound Sea to the Party and back home without Trouble finding out. Wizzy the Wizz called in every Wizard from the 2 Towers in Triflora and they got out their books and computers and their memories and started to work out what to do. animated-gifs-wizards-11

They read.

They argued.

They experimented.

They thought and they thought.

And then they made plans and began to DESIGN things.


In Triflora, there are 3 groups of Wizards. I won’t tell you much about them just now because we are getting ready for the party. Wizzy Wizz loves parties and the other 2 Wizards do not like parties at all. Except for the Party for NO REASON AT AL. 

Each of the 3 Wizards lives in his own Tower and each of the 3 Wizards has his own Followers.

The thing is that they do not get on all that well together. Usually. But for the Party – they are COOPERATING.

It took all three of them to invent the Lightship which could zoom into the Unfound Sea,  bring the Beings to the Party and then zoom them back home again.

It took all three of them to design and draw the plans for the Lightship.

It took all of their Followers to build the Lightship.

It took all three of them to place the Magic Shield around the Lightship.

I do wish they would cooperate more often – but Wizards are like that !

Now they are getting ready for the PARTY FOR NO REASON AT ALL.  I have just been to check on them and let me tell you this. Each Tower is trying to do better than the other two.

They have the most amazing outfits to wear to the Party.

They have just the craziest music and quite a lot of magic tricks and special effects and each Tower has been practicing the Dances of the Wizards.

Just you wait and see!