There’s been some pretty chilly weather in Ireland and the UK this past week or so… And much as I love snow, I’m glad we just got a brief flurry here in Dublin last Tuesday, rather than the full-blown blizzard that hit Scotland and the north of England! But the plummeting temperatures reminded Paddy and Plunkett of a frosty walk they took at the very end of last year, and prompted them to send me a few choice happy snappies!
As far as I can tell, they were first lured outside by the idea of being able to skate on the frozen bird bath…
As usual, Paddy was showing off his moves, while Plunkett played it safe at the edge of the rink.
But wait a sec… Is that a rock poking up above the surface of the ice there?
Apparently so, yes. Yeowch!
“Here, Paddy… I’ll help you u – WOOOOOAAAAAOOOOW!”
Uh-oh. There goes Plunkett as well.
“Maybe that’s enough skating for one day…
…C’mon Plunkett, let’s go for a walk instead.”
I think this is much more Plunkett’s scene, don’t you? And on the way, they found some beautiful frosted leaves…
… And some pebbles that almost looked furry thanks to their icy coating!
Later, Paddy was even able to talk Plunkett into attempting a little climbing.
Mind you, the view from up there made it totally worthwhile!
But even little woolly monsters start feeling the cold in their paws eventually. Time to head back indoors! Although the winter sunlight was playing some strange tricks as they strolled home…
“Check out our shadows, Plunkett! We’re giants!”
“Whatever you say, Paddy…”
Thanks for the photos, lads! Hopefully the days are going to start getting a little warmer again soon… And with that in mind, I thought it was high time February’s calendar page made an appearance!
It’s in the store now, it’s ready to download, and it’s FREEEEEE! Cheers to everybody who welcomed Paddy and Plunkett onto their walls, noticeboards and fridges for January – I loved seeing the pictures some of you posted on your blogs and social media of the calendars in action!
As you can see, Explorer Beastie has stepped up to the plate this month. I chose one of my favourite shots from our trip to Donegal last February, which captures some of the best bits of late winter in Ireland – yes, the weather can be a bit wild, but the gentle light and the fact that there’s still plenty of green about make it a quietly beautiful time of year. I hope you’ll like this one as much as I do!
That’s it for this week, folks – we’ll be back next Tuesday with another new Beastie for you to meet! See you then!