When emerging from Gold Coast airport on arrival, I always feel as though I have stepped right onto the set of Jurassic Park.
The tropical plants have a distinctly prehistoric look about them and I half expect a herd of dinosaurs to come charging through the beautiful flora at any given moment.
There are a huge variety of palms everywhere,
and the yuccas and stag horn ferns are magnificent.
Underneath all of these, happily thriving in the humid, warm, dappled-light, is a plant sometimes described as “an explosion of colour” – Croton Codiaeum Variegatum.
What a beauty.
The fauna is a lot less prehistoric-looking, but equally as gorgeous.
The minute I saw this cute koala I wanted to take her home and just cuddle, cuddle, cuddle non-stop.
And then I remembered we had our very own koala at home already – Casper, of course!
I’m not a huge fan of wild animals living in captivity, but this seems to be the way of things now – the animals in captivity draw paying tourists who, we are told, fund environmental programs and research for their wild relatives. So, a few sacrifice for the many.
The keepers we met and chatted to at Queensland’s Australia Zoo were extremely dedicated to the animals they looked after – and Tottie (and I!) were overwhelmed by our close encounters.
This little lady is a Queensland koala ((P. cinereus adustus). She is smaller than her New South Wales and Victorian relatives and has shorter, silver fur.
She is so beautiful.
The Eastern Grey kangaroos were very relaxed in the sunshine, but if you want to see a gang of them roaming free in all their glory head on over to the gorgeous Fozziemum’s blog.
Tottie especially loved this little guy.
And, so, finally to the holiday craft I alluded to in this post.
It has to be something that can be squeezed in between lots of fun activities and doesn’t require knitting or crochet needles.
And it would be great if it could incorporate some of the brochures, tickets, pamphlets and magazines I tend to accumulate on holidays.
Of course, I drew my inspiration from some talented bloggers I am fortunate enough to be able to follow. I am nowhere in their league as far as artistic talent goes, but that’s what I love about blogging and fellow bloggers. They give you the inspiration and the confidence to just give it a go.
Many of you know beautiful Pauline at The Contented Crafter, who recently held a journal giveaway. Her journals are way more artistic and professional than the attempt I’m about to show you, but I want to thank Pauline very much for inspiring me to have a go at my own version of a holiday journal.
Another three bloggers I’d like to thank for the very same reasons are The Junquemail Contessa, Radish Blossoms and The Smallest Forest. All of these highly talented bloggers make so-called “Art or Junk Journals” and they are spectacular.
You can also find so many beautiful and inspiring art/junk journals on Pinterest if you have a few spare hours to peruse and oooohhh and aaaaahhh!!
So, without further adieu, here is my first ever attempt at a holiday art/junk journal …
I have left room to add photos when I get home.
Teddy and Tottie kindly offered their artistic talents for the cover and in various places throughout our holiday junk journal.
It’s a start …
and hopefully not too long after we get home I can show you the finished product.