Folk of the Secret Treasure Tree and Friends

Loot for the Secret Treasure Tree
Our Friends arrived at 3
A map guided the way;
flags flew from shrub and branch
The garden; beyond the Sea.

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Books from childhood shape your experiences in life.  All my days, I’ve lived in the afterglow of Enid Blyton’s, The Magic Faraway Tree, among a huge range of other tales.  Book worms, you hear me!  It surprises me now my own two children are in the throes of their most creative years, how remnants of those stories appear in my own play with them.

Saucepan is VERY CROSS
Saucepan is VERY CROSS

Sometime’s I am like the cross Mr Saucepan and can’t get up enough steam and other occasions, a seed planted long ago surfaces and we make whimsical memories.  Our secret treasure tree, with it’s apple blossoms was destined to be filled with little bags of loot.  This tree, in part of an enchanted wood is located in our very own Secret Garden; even my less bookish husband refers to that.  This tattered novel, treasured in my bookcase has had generations of my family playing.

Tied with ribbon,  the packages we made up were tucked into the hidden nooks of the heirloom apple tree; dangled paper- wrapped loot.  Streamers were strung around shrubs in the garden, at height from a gum and over gates and rose thorns; guiding the way to our chosen place.  The map was lost in the party buzz, but appeared the next day.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

When we first moved to this house on the hill, a couple of months ago, the orchard was bare.  Just sticks and brown buds waiting for the sunshine.  The day of our planned house warming and a birthday too, the branches gleamed green.  White- flowered tips hid treasures for the clan of young pixies and the friendly big folk that came for an afternoon to eat and play.

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Author: Lucy Taylor

Explorer of writing and place, with roots in the beautiful North West coast of Tasmania. Mother of wild boys, and wife of another. Blogging for another place to write about things that interest me and guide me. Also working on a novel and available for freelance copywriting in spare moments.

2 thoughts on “Folk of the Secret Treasure Tree and Friends”

    1. Thanks Naomi! I had a copy of this and found it a little frightening for some reason, old man frogs? I can see now though, what a beauty it was, will have to get it out for another read. Nice to revisit old faves even when there are soo many new and fabulous children’s storybooks getting around… Any new favourites anyone recommend? I love reading Julia Donaldson picture books, complete with great images- “Stickman”, comes to mind particularly approaching Christmas!

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