A few years ago, as I was loading the car for the annual family holiday, The Littlest Princess announced that instead of driving us insane with a 5 hour game of ‘Eye Spy’, she would instead, make a list of animals, and as she spotted them, she would tick them off.
Ok, we live in a fairly dull part of the world, so I figured that the list would be microscopically short, eg: cow, dead roo.
As we piled into the car, I asked her what she had on the list, and she read out the following: Cow, horse, bird, kangaroo, lion, giraffe, hippopotamaus (pronounced hipponopotamaus… still is today in fact, the name stuck 🙂 ) I thought, well if it keeps her entertained, and above all, QUIET, then I don’t mind. But I did mention that she may be a little disappointed.
Blow me down, just outside of Gympie, guess what she saw… yep. A lion, a giraffe, a hipponopotamaus, and a variety of other animals in all their concrete glory. The list was duly ticked off, before being rubbed in my face… it still is years later.
Anyway, recently a group of artists in the bustling metropolis of Bororen (pop. 46, and still growing), approx 70 k’s South of Gladstone, began erecting animal structures, and in doing so have created another tourist attraction. Well, it certainly pulled us up on a recent trip away, and TLP and I raced from the car and had a bit of a look around, while Mrs Gb sat fidgeting in the car, waiting for us to return.
The animals are unbelievably life like, and inside the shop some of the displays are mouth droppingly brilliant. All of it is for sale, and as tempted as I am to bring home a life size rhino, Mrs Gb isn’t so keen… now, if it was a hipponopotamaus…