Paddy and Plunkett in Leamington Spa - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Sometimes you just need to get away from it all – even if you’re an adventurous little woolly monster! So when Paddy and Plunkett were offered the chance to spend a weekend in Leamington Spa, they thought it would be a super opportunity to catch up on a little R&R. And how better to start their break than with a sedate stroll around Jephson Gardens?
Feeding the Ducks at Jephson Gardens - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Aaaaah, that’s better! Jephson Gardens are named in honour of Dr Henry Jephson, a local doctor and philanthropist who did much to promote the healing properties of the town’s spa waters. As a result, the small town of Leamington Priors (as it was then known) boomed, and became known as Leamington Spa. The final flourish was the granting of a “Royal” prefix by Queen Victoria in 1838, and now Royal Leamington Spa is apparently one of the best places in Britain to spend your retirement!

So, after a wander around the duckpond, a visit to some of the park’s busier residents…
A Hive of Activity! H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesPaddy and Plunkett at the Beehive - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

… And a look at the sculpture garden…
Paddy and Plunkett at the Sculpture Garden - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
…The boys were feeling pretty chilled out!

But they can never stay out of trouble for long… Um, is that really a good idea, Paddy?
Paddy and the Crocodile - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
“Of course! I’m being very caref… AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGH!”
Paddy Gets Too Close to the Crocodile - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Oh no! PADDY!!

But thankfully, help came along in the nick of time – thank you, friendly passing elephant!
Elephants to the Rescue! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Maybe that’s enough “peace and quiet” for one day! Time to hop on a boat home, I reckon.
Paddy and Plunkett at Hawkesbury Junction - H Crawfod/CrawCrafts Beasties
See you next week!

22 thoughts on “Paddy and Plunkett’s Spa Weekend

    1. Awww, thanks! Have some monster hugs back 😄 Beasties do make excellent travelling companions, although not all of them are as willing to throw themselves into adventure/harm’s way as Paddy and Plunkett. Or, now that I come to think of it, just Paddy!

    1. Ha! It’s so true… He’s really emerging as the tearaway of the two. So far this year he’s briefly been the captain of HMS Warrior in Portsmouth, attempted to “borrow” ThrustSSC from the Coventry Transport Museum and, as you say, played chicken with a crocodile! Whatever next? 😀

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