Blooming Beasties!

May started this week… and that also heralds the traditional start of summer in Ireland! Now, the weather never feels truly summery until we hit June, but you can’t argue with tradition, can you? And this idea goes way back – the Celtic festival of Beltane falls at around this time each year, signalling that it was time to start moving livestock to their summer pastures. Customs associated with this celebration include variations on the theme of bonfires (lighting them, driving cattle between a pair of them, jumping over them) and decorating homes, trees and even livestock with flowers.

In the name of safety – not even Paddy was up for jumping over a bonfire – we’re going to focus on the second of these. So, bring on the Beastie-ful floral tribute!

Look, here’s Bride Beastie to get us started! The heather flowers complement her bouquet quite nicely, don’t you think?
Bride Beastie in Heather - CrawCrafts BeastiesThe flowers in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin are always amazing at this time of year… As this tea-drinking Beastie discovered!Spring Flowers at St Stephen's Green - CrawCrafts BeastiesExplorer Beastie is also partial to some blooms, when he finds them…
Explorer Beastie Makes a Botanical Discovery - CrawCrafts Beasties… And there’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying your favourite beverage in the garden on a sunny day. Right, Red Lemonade Beastie?
Red Lemonade Beastie in the Garden - CrawCrafts BeastiesEven Minibeasties can get a slice of the floral fun – thanks to LucyAnn from LucyAnn & Luna Craft for this pic!
Oh, and we’d better not leave Paddy and Plunkett out!Paddy and Plunkett at Arundel Castle - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesYikes, this flower fever is contagious! It’s even spread to those Beastie characters who usually see things in black and white…
Goth Beastie with Flowers - CrawCrafts BeastiesSo now there’s no excuse not to feel nice and summery… Even if you’re in the southern hemisphere! Enjoy the weekend (especially those of you who’ll be getting an extra day thanks to the May bank holiday) and we’ll be back on Tuesday for some fresh Beastie fun!

13 thoughts on “Blooming Beasties!

  1. Beautiful pictures! I especially love Goth Beastie and her colourful array. I’m glad it’s warming up there …. suddenly pretty hot here for the Bank Holiday – whoop!!!

    1. Ooh yeah! It’s been rather balmy and lovely these last few days – I think I can safely forget what I said about it not really being summer yet! Enjoy the long weekend πŸ˜€

    1. Same to you, Tierney! I hope spring is springing pleasantly in your part of the world, too – isn’t it great to see after all that snow? πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping in!

        1. Oh, lovely! St Stephen’s Green in Dublin city centre is a riot of tulips at the minute, and the colours are incredible. Enjoy yours! 🌷🌷🌷

  2. Thanks for sharing the flower-fever, Helen! What wonderful little worlds – I especially like the snapshot of Paddy and Plunkett (the tulips look massive, and the photo reminds me of ‘Honey, I shrunk the Kids’). πŸ™‚ These pictures are pure colour/flower therapy. Thank you!

    1. You’re welcome, Shirley! It’s been so nice to see the flowers bursting into life these last couple of weeks – I can see why the Celts celebrated at this time of the year. Hope there are plenty of lovely blooms where you are, too! πŸ˜€

  3. I had to sneeze quite a lot while reading this but it was well worth it. πŸ˜€

    I love how out of place goth beastie looks within all these colorful flowers!

    1. Yes, hayfever season is well and truly upon us. Aaaaa-choooo! That Goth Beastie photo is an old favourite of mine too – thanks for stopping in, Ivonne! πŸ˜€

        1. Yaaay! It’s always nice to see you here. And there are plenty more Beastie adventures on the way! πŸ˜€

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