And despite promises of a clear, bright day on Friday, low temperatures and teeming rain did temporarily stop play when Sweetheart Beastie, Christmas Gift Beastie and I headed out for another photoshoot with Eirin Torgersen! Anyone who has spent any time here ever will know that weather forecasting in Ireland is never an exact science, and at least it gave us an excuse to seek shelter in the Natural History Museum for a few minutes until it dried up a bit outside. Just enough time for the Beasties to make a new friend!
Once the sun came out again, we headed across the road to Merrion Square, which I’ve been meaning to use for Beastie photos for ages!
And it seems like there have been some changes since I last stopped in myself – a giant bird has taken up residence, for starters…
The Beasties were having a great time hanging out in this cosy nest, until I pointed out that each egg was bigger than both of them put together…
“Gaaaaaah! Wait for me!”
First rain, now giants… will I EVER get any pictures taken?!
But we needn’t have worried. Turns out giants are victims of bad press – this one was a real softie, and he even agreed to let his new Beastie pals dance around on his luxuriant eyebrows for these pictures!
And it’s not just giants who live in Merrion Square – the park has one very famous resident, who we went to visit next!
Anyway, can anyone guess who this rather dapper foot belongs to?
If you guessed Oscar Wilde, then award yourself a first-edition signed copy of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”! This characterful sculpture lives on the north corner of the park, and from where he sits, he can look out into the street and (I like to imagine) make witty comments about the people who pass by.
I wonder what he’d have to say about the Beasties’ antics…
After that, there was just time to call in at the memorial to Dermot Morgan (of “Father Ted” fame)…
…Before we headed off inside to warm up. Brrrrr!
The Beasties and I will be back for more monster fun next Tuesday… December is going to be a busy month, so things are going to be a little quieter on the BeastieBlog for the next few weeks! If you need an extra Beastie fix in the meantime, be sure to check out Eirin’s photos from our visit to Merrion Square!
See you soon!