As some of you might already know, Explorer Beastie and I took a couple of days off last week and escaped to the countryside! And we really couldn’t have timed it better, since our trip coincided with another brief guest appearance from the ever-elusive Irish Summer.
Explorer Beastie couldn’t wait to get outside…
…And he was soon on the lookout for the perfect sunbathing spot. Check out that view behind him!
Aaaah, just right!
But it’s not in Explorer Beastie’s nature to spend an entire day sitting around. It was only a matter of time before his thirst for adventure got the better of him… Fortunately, we found the perfect place for him to explore! What’s down that path, I wonder?
Ooooh, interesting! Let’s check this out!
First we had to walk through the woven willow tunnel…
…And look what we found on the other side!
A fairy house! At first, we thought this was a one-off… But then we spotted more!
We’d stumbled on an entire fairy town in the forest! Some of the houses were easier to reach than others…
…But Explorer Beastie enjoyed lunch at the Dew Drop Inn, and a quick browse in the bookstore afterwards.
He also had fun taking pictures with our new friend Izzy! Here she is helping us to set up a photo beside a perfectly Beastie-size house. Thanks, Izzy!
We never did find the owner of “The Giant’s Lair”… although I think he must have been at home recently!
Clearly he shares my love of doing the dishes!
After our forest walk, we stopped in the courtyard for human-sized food before heading for home. Explorer Beastie waited for us in the herb garden!
What are you all up to this weekend? If you find yourself in Slieve Gullion Forest Park, don’t forget to say hi to our fairy friends in the forest!
24 thoughts on “Explorer Beastie’s Holiday!”
Wow! I wish I was there to join in on the fun, but we will be checking out the LV strip this weekend and would have even more fun if a Beastie was along! 🙂
Beasties in Vegas? That HAS to happen sometime! Although I’m pretty sure they would jump on the roulette wheels and ride around until they get dizzy. Have a great weekend (and good luck 🤑)!
That would be incredible to see!
How delightful a magical land full of fairy homes 🙂
Yes, and there were so many of them too… It was a proper fairy metropolis! I honestly couldn’t have photographed them all 😀
The big question is ….did Explorer Beastie find any fairies ???
If he did, he didn’t tell me! He did get mistaken for one of the local residents by some other passers-by, though… And one little boy spotted him and said, “Look, it’s a sock!” 😂
LOL a sock fairy …I bet Explorer Beastie was fair miffed 🙂
Perhaps a little… But he gave the kid a friendly wave all the same!
What a delightful place!
Yes, it was brilliant! And it really added interest to the walk for the smaller members of our party 😀
Me and Snailvaark are off to London today – he’s never travelled by train before so I hope he enjoys it.
Bon voyage, Snailvaark! I hope you all had a great time in the Big Smoke… London is full of photo ops for little woolly creatures!
Wow, I love reading about your travels.
Thanks! And the best bit is that I GOT TO GO THIS TIME!! 😀
This is so awesome. I love the views and fairy homes! Sunbathing Explorer Beastie in his cute little shades my be my favorite pic though. Adorbs!!
Heehee! Thank you! He’s such a good model… I so enjoyed photographing him looking at all the fairy doors 😀
Are you sure this is a fairy forest? I think perhaps Architect Beastie may have spent some time here. But the way, I’ve decided you need to produce some “Have Beastie Will Travel” bumper stickers or t-shirts as a marketing ploy, I mean “strategy.”
Hmmmm… Well I DO still have some fabric paint left over from the last time I made a Beastie t-shirt, and it would be a shame to waste it… As for the fairy forest, I think it was legit. I didn’t see any fairies, but SOMEONE has to live in those houses, and there was fairy dust everywhere. Compelling evidence, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Hmmm…maybe some Beasties have married some fairies. Love is love, right?
Indeed. It’s their offspring I worry about… Magical powers + mischievous curiosity probably adds up to trouble!