Axelia Snooker is still highly praised on the islands for being the woman initially responsible for training the famous Parrot Carriers to fly mail over from Japan. Devoted wife to Arley, she grew tired of his frequent trips away from their cottage to sail the mail to Japan. His continued absences brought on a bout of melancholy that lasted, some say, for almost 5 years. To soothe her weary soul, Axelia would often sing her frustrations aloud each morning as she baked her morning bread. She was a lonely soul. Unbeknownst to her, the Snooker's pet parrot whose cage was situated next to the stone oven, took pity on the poor wife. One day out of the blue, Parentheses snagged the mail right out of Arley's arms as he was preparing for another sail. Within hours reports of the bird arriving in Tokyo, mail bag in tow arrived. That's how it all started. Parentheses soon recruited other Macaws until Arley was able to retire. So instead of the daily grind, Arley along with the now much happier Axelia and little Claire would instead engage in games of chess and tiddleywinks, between their sips of tea and afternoon naps until Parentheses (the lead parrot) returned with the evening news and often, a letter or two. The Snooker's cottage still stands although one must travel for ever and a day on elephant back through the Old Growth Forest of Vines and Giant Tulips to catch a glimpse of it. I'll snap a photo to share with you next time I'm over there.