The Calm Before Market Season

Hello everybody! There’s heavy weather forecast for Dublin later today, so as I write I’m looking out the window and enjoying the bright sky and autumn colours before the storm sets in! And it seems doubly apt, because with market season on the way, right now is the calm before THAT particular storm kicks off too.

So, I thought it would be the perfect moment to share some sunny snaps I took on a bright, crisp Saturday a couple of weeks ago, when I let a few Beasties off the leash in the gardens at the Irish Museum of Modern Art!

First of all, I had to get them there. And that wasn’t easy, with every other tree presenting them with a tantalising climbing challenge and colourful photo opportunity!
Cosy Scarf Beastie in the Tree - CrawCrafts BeastiesAlthough it turns out that urban scenery appeals to them too.Aran Beastie at the Camac River - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd interestingly, Aran Beastie has stumbled upon The River That Google Maps Forgot! This is the River Camac, whose name took some pretty intense searching to find… Possibly because it has been sent underground in several places along its course to avoid various roads, canals and other man-made features, and then it trickles unobtrusively into the Liffey at the end of its journey. Around here, though, its rushing waters made a pleasant soundtrack to our wanderings.

Now, onwards! We’re almost there.

Inside the gate, we found a rustic stone wall that was crying out for some Beastie action!
Cosy Scarf Beastie and Gift Beastie - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd a faded alcove at the entrance to the formal gardens made an excellent spot for a group photo.
Old Wall, New Market Season Beasties - CrawCrafts BeastiesBut when I turned the Beasties loose in the hedges, they really started to have fun!
Hedge Beasties - CrawCrafts BeastiesThey also enjoyed walking down the tree-lined avenues, and marvelling at how tall their shadows looked in the sunshine!
Autumn Sun - CrawCrafts BeastiesAutumn Sunshine Before Market Season - CrawCrafts BeastiesAs the sun started to set, it was time to think about heading for home. But wait a sec, isn’t there someone missing?


Fortunately, Gift Beastie’s lovely bright pink complexion was easy to spot among the green grass and fallen leaves.
Gift Beastie Leaf - CrawCrafts Beasties“I just stopped to look at this leaf… Check out that yellow! You should get some wool this colour for next year.”

And with that, all the Beasties piled into my bag and let me carry them home. Thanks, lads.

Back at Beastie Towers, I was able to put these pics to good use… As market season promotional shots! I sent them off to the nice folks at the Dublin Flea Christmas Market, and my profile on their site went live this morning! See which photos made the cut here.

And don’t forget to join us again next week, when I’ll be confirming my final lineup for Market Season 2018!

See you then!


22 thoughts on “The Calm Before Market Season

  1. Beautiful day, beautiful photos, and beautiful Beasties!!! Checked out your market profile from the Facebook post earlier and it looks fantastic! I know I’d be clamouring to get to your stall in December! Best of luck enjoying the last few moments of calm….. 🙂

    1. Yaaaay! The system works! Thanks for taking it for a test drive. It’s a shame there’s that inconvenient body of water preventing you from actually coming to the market itself – cuss you, geography! Cheers for stopping in for the last quiet moments of the year, Weekes!

    1. Awww, thanks Tajana! When I’m rich and famous, I’ll send you a ticket… I’m just still working on that 😂 But if it helps, it’s reeeeeeally raining in Dublin this morning so you’re probably better off where you are! Cheers for stopping in!

      1. Ah I’m sending some hidden messages to my BM saying that I would like to take a plane and go to Dublin.. Oh, we are having bad weather too so I do not mind it at all!!

        1. Sounds like you’re prepared for anything the Irish climate could throw at you, then 😆 Actually, this October was pretty lovely so I’d recommend that time of year for future visits… 🤔

    1. Thanks, Laura! It’s going to be a busy one again, I think… Cheers for stopping in before it gets too crazy! 😁

  2. Adorable post! Glad the Beasties has a nice outing! The photos that ended up on the Dublin Flea Market Christmas page are awesome! It looks like three Beasties are gleefully meandering about!

    1. Well, you know what they’re like… Beasties do love a nice meander! 😁 Cheers for checking out my profile page, Tierney!

  3. That river pic looks like Bruges! Or a corner of York that I know. Took me a second to register that it could be Ireland. I’ve never heard of the River Camac; thanks Aran Beastie for the heads up

    1. Hello there! Thanks for dropping in! And yes, although I’ve walked along the banks of that river many times, I’d never thought to look up its name until now. Dublin’s a pretty watery city, it turns out! Not as much as Bruges, but there are lots of rivers and canals to walk beside if you know where to look… 😊

  4. Gorgeous photos – so many marvelous textures and colours here. And the look on Gift Beastie’s face is so adroable. S/he is a true gift bearer! All best with the pre-market season prep. 🙂

    1. Awww, thanks Shirley! The last few weeks have been just lovely here, so it was great to have an excuse to get out and about with the camera. Hope you’re enjoying some spectacular fall colours where you are too!

  5. Okay, those pictures almost make me NOT hate fall. Almost. And what do you know, Beasties who manage to earn their keep by getting you a spot in the market? Finn could use some lessons in that. Congrats on the gig!!!

    1. Hahaha! Poor Finn! I’m sure he thinks he’s helping by drinking all your beer and making diva-ish demands. Maybe. And we’ll convert you to the wonders of Autumn yet… 😁 Thanks for stopping in, Tammie!

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