Visiting Taderah

One of my lands in Green Sky, Taderah, is mostly forest. It came from seeing pictures of the Redwoods (this was in the days of MS ’97 Encarta, so I had a lot of pages bookmarked!) and wishing I lived in a treehouse. The cities of Taderah are in the tree trunks themselves; they have spiral staircases running up inside the bark and the rooms in the centers, going up and up and up until you come out amongst the branches and use the ropewalks in the treetops to move amongst the green, rustling sea that stretches to the horizons.

I went to Go Ape in Dalby Forest this weekend, and we were lucky enough to get a beautifully sunny day. The obstacles didn’t particularly bother me beyond the initial nerves of being however high, but once you learn the harness can take your weight my brain kinda went “ok then, we’re good” and I just had the standard balance and co-ordination issues on some rather wobbly platforms and logs. I took my sailing gloves and felt right at home in the harness/clips combo: “One hand for the boat” is pretty similar to “always stay attached”, so it was nice to be able to enjoy the experience without worrying too much about something that ended up feeling pretty natural.

But the ziplines, oh my…

I love flying and I’m an absolute speed freak; my favourite rollercoaster is Air at Alton Towers, I love being in the kit car, and to just float through the treetops on a wire with the wind in my face and trunks whizzing past followed by the green of the leaves and an overview of the entire valley…it was amazing. I’d love to go back just for the ziplines! Maybe I’ll have to check if anywhere just does endless ziplines, although I’d have to get better at landing as I got bark chippings down my back four times in a row. Graceful, it was not!

So I got a brief visit to Taderah, which was nice – I like it when the places in my head briefly come alive. It lets me visit my worlds in more than just thought.

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.