Explorer Beastie’s Easter

Hello everybody! Sorry we’re a little late this week… We’ve been off enjoying ourselves over the Easter (or BEASTer) break! Still, the upside is that I had a camera handy for most of it – care to see some holiday snaps?

Our first full day away was last Saturday, and we spent it in style… Touring the Echlinville Distillery!
Echlinville Distillery, Easter 2019 - CrawCrafts BeastiesThis boutique distillery is proud of its small size, and the owners are eager to keep as much of their production in-house as possible. That means using locally-grown grain as the base for their gin, whiskey, vodka and poitΓ­n, distilling and bottling everything in that cool-looking building in the photo above… And even designing their own specialised equipment to help the process along!

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take photos inside the buildings… You’ll just have to take the tour yourselves! But I did capture Explorer Beastie admiring the orchard…
Explorer Beastie and the Echlinville Apples - Easter - CrawCrafts BeastiesThose apple trees are pretty special – they’re descendants of a variety created for the original owners of the land where the distillery stands! They’ve a bit of growing to do yet, but I’m sure the Echlinville folks are already dreaming up fun things to make from those apples.

Also in the grounds… This!
Explorer Beastie Meets the Tank at Echlinville - CrawCrafts Beasties
That’s an original Soviet T34 tank from the Second World War. What’s it doing in the grounds of the distillery? Well, it turns out that the owner is also quite into his military history… And he’s hoping to eventually open a museum here. Our guide told us that there will be more tanks joining this one, plus some exhibits about more local historical events too.

Unfortunately they didn’t leave the keys in the tank, so we weren’t able to take it for a test drive. But with the tour complete, it was time for SAMPLES!

And look, an old Beastie friend is joining us!
Beastie Easter Gin Tasting - CrawCrafts BeastiesHey there, Garcia Beastie! Loyal BeastieBlog readers may remember this fuzzy little guy as one of my very early commissions. The post where I introduce him is still knocking about here if you want to see all his accessories.

Now lads… That’s a human-sized serving you’re working with there! Maybe go easy on it?
Beasties Misbehaving... Again - CrawCrafts BeastiesToo late. I suppose it’s for the best that Garcia Beastie left his skis at home today!

Luckily, Explorer Beastie’s antics on Saturday didn’t stop him enjoying his Easter egg on Sunday.
Beaster Eggs - CrawCrafts BeastiesThen the sun kept on shining all day… And Easter Monday too! Time to catch some rays.
Bank Holiday Sun - CrawCrafts BeastiesOf course, you can’t count on the sun to stick around in these parts. So when we went to the beach on Tuesday…
A Murky Day on the Beach - CrawCrafts Beasties“Hey, where did the good weather go?”

Attempts were made to sunbathe anyway…
Sunbathing... Minus the Sun - CrawCrafts Beasties… But we had more fun looking for curious things on the tideline. And where could that mysterious gate lead?
Exploring the Beach - CrawCrafts BeastiesNext, a little break to sit and watch the world (and some of the local bird life) go by. A perfect end to a relaxing holiday!
Relaxing on the Beach - Easter Trip - CrawCrafts BeastiesSo, did any of you get away for a spring break? Be sure to tell us all about your adventures in the comments!

And join us again next week, when I’ll be revealing the secrets of Explorer Beastie’s beauty regime!

No, really.

See you then!

15 thoughts on “Explorer Beastie’s Easter

    1. No-one. I KNOW! 🀯🀯🀯
      In fairness, those people at the Distillery knew what they were doing… They showed us the tank, and then offered us samples back at the bar. It would have been rude to refuse πŸ˜‰
      Cheers for popping in, Melissa!

  1. That was Beastie wonderfulness! I love it – BEASTer break! I love your Beastie in the flowers! My Beastie has been busy too, there is so much mischief for a Beastie to get into!

    1. Ohhh, I know! πŸ˜‚ I just hope that mischief doesn’t extend to destroying your lovely new home! Did you have some Beaster shenanigans yourself? Cheers for swinging by, Tierney 😊

    1. Got it in one, Mariss! 😁 He’s happiest when he’s out adventuring… And stealing my drinks and food, of course. Cheers for joining our Beaster party! 😊

  2. I kind of like that this is an Easter post and that distillery totally looks like some random American church. Now that’s my kind of worship!! Good to see EB got some sunbathing in before having to go back to cloud-bathing.

    1. Yes, I’d happily take this tour every Sunday for the sake of my spiritual wellbeing! πŸ˜‰ Alas, we’re well and truly back to cloud-bathing now, but that sunshine was sweeeeeet while it lasted. Cheers for dropping by, Tammie! 😁

    1. I agree, there’s nothing finer… Throw in some relaxed craft time (which I definitely did 😁) and you’ve a recipe for a perfect break! Cheers for joining us, Catherine!

  3. Did I see a reference to Poitin there? (believe it or not, that came up as a spelling mistake on my spell check!)
    It’s made from pototoes, right? Did you get a sample of this historical, mythical Irish brew?

    1. Hahaha! Does the computer really not recognise poitΓ­n?! It’s an interesting drink though! While it can indeed be made from potatoes, I found out that the original recipe calls for a malted barley mash – the same starting point as whiskey and most beer. Alas, I didn’t give the Echlinville one a try – I was tempted by the pineapple and ginger gin instead! Maybe next time πŸ˜‰ Cheers for popping by, Queen Bee!

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