A Very Beastie Birthday in Portland, Oregon

Hooray! It’s finally Friday! So I thought we’d get the weekend off to a great (and slightly earlier than usual) start by visiting another Beastie abroad. This time, we’re skipping across the pond to Portland, Oregon, where a book-loving Beastie has made a new home for himself with writer and artist Tammie Painter – talk about a match made in heaven! He arrived just in time to join her for her birthday celebrations… Let’s see what they got up to! Oh, and I’d also recommend sticking around on Tammie’s blog to check out her incredibly finely-detailed artwork, or stop into her Etsy shop for some Father’s Day themed gift ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

Tammie Painter

As promised many moons ago when I revamped my blog, although I no longer have a regular travel feature, I will occasionally share anyย travel adventures I do have. Last week was my birthday and to celebrate I decided Iโ€™d take a tour of Portlandโ€™s Japanese Garden.

While I do love gardens, there were a few ulterior motives behind this choice. First, it was free thanks to the Cultural Pass from my local library; second, it was only a short hop away from where I wanted to have a birthday pint; and third, I was hoping to get a few reference photos for future art projects.

Oh, and last but not least, I had a new friend who had recently moved to Portland from Ireland and wanted to see a few sites in his new home.

Meet Finn McSpool Beastie


Look at that face. how could anyone resist him? Finnโ€ฆ

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18 thoughts on “A Very Beastie Birthday in Portland, Oregon

  1. Did you have to do this? Now Finn is strutting around the house saying, “I’m famous! I’m famous!” And every time I get out the camera he starts covering his face and accusing me of being one of the paparazzi. Still, it’s great to be part of the Beastie Family!! Hopefully Finn will come back down to earth soon and we can be seen in public again.

    1. Oooops, sorry about that! If it helps, Explorer Beastie gets the same way sometimes, but he soon snaps out of it. Beastie memories are short, since their heads are literally filled with stuffing. Normal service should resume shortly! And thanks for being part of the Beastie Family! We’re happy to have you here ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Good to know. I was concerned when I saw he’d put on sunglasses and started saying, “I just want to be left alone”? Hopefully that’s just the final stage before he’s over his little diva thing.

        1. Sounds like he’s over the worst of it. But he’s not out of the woods yet! Beware of any signs that he’s considering signing up for a reality TV show, publishing his memoirs or recording a concept album.

        2. Ugh, that would be horrible! I was worried when he started dating a supermodel, but seems she’s moved on to someone who can put down his book once in a while ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    1. Hahaha! I think they just play up to the Irish stereotype when they’re out in public ๐Ÿ˜€ Although now you mention it, I have made quite a few beer-drinking Beasties… ๐Ÿ˜†

    1. Oh, I wish I was! I really should have accompanied Finn on his journey, I’d love to visit the West Coast again. At least the Beasties allow me to travel the world without leaving the comfort of my craft table! ๐Ÿ˜†

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