A Quiet Stroll in the Countryside… Or is it?

Paddy, Plunkett and some late Bluebells - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesAt last! The sun has broken through the clouds and it feels like summer again! Not that it matters to Paddy and Plunkett, whose extended holiday is still ongoing… let’s find out where they are today!
Paddy Admires the View - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesIt certainly seems nice and peaceful, anyway. And look, Paddy’s spotted some distant Beastie relatives – well, they are all made of wool, right?
Proto-Beasties? H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesBut all is not as it seems!

“Hey Plunkett, what’s that building up there?”
Paddy and Plunkett Catch a Glimpse of English History - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Glad you asked, Paddy – I’ve been reading up on this! That’s part of the remains of Battle Abbey. Can you believe that we’re standing on what is believed to be the site of the Battle of Hastings? Look, there’s a stone slab here to mark the spot where the English leader King Harold is supposed to have fallen!”
Professor Plunkett Takes a History Lesson - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Yikes! What happened to King Harold?”

“Arrow through the eye, apparently – the famous Bayeux Tapestry captured the whole thing…”

The Death of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings - Photo from historytoday.com
The Death of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings – Photo from historytoday.com

“In fact, Paddy, forget what you’ve been seeing on Game of Thrones lately… The Battle of Hastings was a pretty gruesome episode in English history! Casualties on both sides were so numerous that the leader of the victorious invading Norman army, who later became known as William the Conqueror, was ordered by Pope Alexander II to atone for this immense loss of life. So he built a church here – it was finished in around 1094.  Then in the late 13th century, it was remodelled into Battle Abbey.”

“Wow, that’s some history! How on earth do we follow that?”

“How about some lunch?”

“Good thinking, Plunkett!”
Paddy and Plunkett have a Picnic - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties


27 thoughts on “A Quiet Stroll in the Countryside… Or is it?

  1. What a great way to learn history! I hope paddy and plunket (and you, of course) are enjoying their travels. Glad they got to see their extended wooly family. (Very clever)

    1. Hahaha! That’s so true! And I suppose I am guilty of a little storytelling sleight of hand here… Paddy and Plunkett’s updates come in sporadically, when they can “borrow” internet time, and then I try not to use all the pictures in one go! It’s actually for their own protection, too… if people knew exactly where they were, they’d be mobbed by hordes of screaming fans 😉 Well spotted!

  2. Do you think Paddy & Plunket could travel around schools delivering their narrative on history ?? you would have the kids hanging on every word 🙂

    1. Hahaha! Why thank you! It’s a well-known fact that monsters can make just about everything more fun… maybe I should approach the Board of Education? Watch this space… 😉

  3. I’ve been fascinated with the Bayeux Tapestry ever since I learned about it in school, but now I’m wondering how many Beasties could have been made with all that material? Looks like a fun and sun filled day out, lucky little monsters!

    1. Lucky is right! The Bayeux Tapestry does look incredible, although I’ve only ever seen pictures. Perhaps one day the Beasties and I will get to see it in all its glory… I’m sure they’ll be acting out scenes from it for months afterwards! Cheers for your comment 😀

  4. Arrow through the eye … ouch!
    Again I’m fascinated by your talent of storytelling and picture taking … and monster making of course. haha
    Many greetings from Virginia, ivonne

    1. I know… What a way to go! Although some historians now question whether that’s actually what happened – I suppose the only way we’ll ever know is if Paddy and Plunkett figure out how to do time travel! Thanks for your comment Ivonne, and the boys say hello to all your monsters – especially Katsching 😍

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