Keepin’ it Local

Hey there everyone! How are you all doing out there? Hopefully you’re adjusting to this weird “new normal”, and finding ways to keep sane. I’ve been mostly keeping to Beastie Towers, and taking advantage of my non-essential-worker status to really dig into some long-standing projects! But while I’m all for flattening the curve by staying at home, last week I thought it might be wise to get out for a little exercise in my local area… And you’ll hardly be surprised when I tell you that some Beasties came along for the trip!

Care to join us as we take an adventure on our very own doorstep?

A Local Wander… REALLY Local

Here in Ireland, we’re trying to contain the icky coronavirus by keeping to a 2km radius of our homes for all non-essential travel. Fortunately, I find myself in a part of Dublin with a good selection of green spaces right at hand. All I had to do was pick one! So I opted for the gardens at the Irish Museum of Modern Art… And arrived to find them closed. Erk.

Time for Plan B: the National War Memorial Gardens! This is the park that a lot of Dubliners forget – possibly because it’s just across the river from the much bigger Phoenix Park, which has glamorous attractions like the Zoo and various sports pitches. But this riverside green space is definitely worth a look, and it certainly proved irresistible to one Cookie Beastie!
Local Travels with Cookie Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties“Look, there’s still cherry blossom here!”

Beautiful! We should probably stop for a picnic in among the fallen blossoms.
Cookie Beastie in our local Park - CrawCrafts BeastiesHey, who’s that?
Cookie Beastie by CrawCrafts BeastiesYay! Aran Beastie‘s here too!
Cookie Beastie and Aran Beastie - CrawCrafts Beasties

Aran Beastie is enjoying the sunshine, and is taking a moment to stop and smell the first spring daisies. It looks like Cookie Beastie is content to keep munching on that biscuit though!Beasties in the Daisies - Local Adventures - CrawCrafts Beasties
Mmmm, there really are loads out today!
Aran Beastie with Daisies - CrawCrafts BeastiesA little further up the hill, we wandered into the rose garden. And although there aren’t many roses in bloom yet, there was plenty of other greenery to explore!
Local Beastie Adventures - CrawCrafts BeastiesWe’ll definitely have to schedule another visit later in the year to catch it at its best!

And if that little lot has whetted your appetite for at-home monster adventures, you should check out what tierneycreates Beastie
Beastie Besties - tierneycreates Beastie and Dog by CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd Finn McSpool have been up to lately!

Finn McSpool Storms Kilkenny Castle - T. Painter/CrawCrafts Beasties
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Let’s not forget that there are Beasties everywhere, so if you’ve witnessed any monster shenanigans in your local area recently, be sure to let us know all about it! And provide photographic proof if you can…

Stay safe, and we’ll be back on… Friday?

Yes – I thought I’d reboot Flashback Friday, and start doing pre-weekend monster retrospectives again. Join us then, and get to know a past Beastie a little better!

9 thoughts on “Keepin’ it Local

  1. Awww – thanks for the Beastie shout out! tierneycreates Beastie has been staying at home but I need to let her wander within a 2 km radius too! I love the photos among the fallen blossoms!

    1. Thanks, Tierney! There might still be a few flowering cherries left if you look… Also, tierneycreates Beastie might want to swing back by the BeastieBlog tomorrow πŸ˜‰
      Happy wanderings… But close to home, of course!

    1. Thanks, Mariss! And yes, it’s great to have so much good cultural stuff close to home… I’m looking forward to doing the tour when everything opens again. Cheers for dropping in!

  2. I was wondering why Finn was strutting around saying his fame was being recognized just when I thought I’d had his ego tamed. I blame you for his relapse into diva-dom!!!

    Still, I always like your spring posts because your flowers are a little behind our and it’s like getting to relive all the pretty blooms again.

    1. Ahhhh, sorry Tammie! But I so enjoyed the tour of your garden that I thought I’d risk a diva meltdown and share Finn’s antics this side of the pond. And yes, I was surprised we still had so much cherry blossom that day… I doubt it’ll survive today’s blustery showers though! After a sunny interlude, normal Irish weather has resumed πŸ™ˆ
      Cheers for joining us on our springtime stroll!

    1. Oh yeah! And sometimes I even share mine with them!
      Cheers for joining the Beasties for a sunny springtime wander, Simon 😊

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