Paddy and Plunkett’s Summer Staycation

The boys are back in town… Or are they? Like the rest of us, they’ve been locked in for the last few months, and now they’re eager to get away. Staycation or long-haul round-the-world trip, they don’t mind!

Fortunately, it looks like an opportunity to travel has just presented itself.
Staycation Ahoy! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“What’s going on here, Paddy?”

“I’m not sure, Plunkett…”
Travel Beastie-Style - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“… But hop in here and we’ll soon find out!”

Much, much later…

Indeed you have, Beasties. Let the staycation begin!
Let the Staycation Begin! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“We’re here! Um, where is here?”

Luckily, Plunkett has been watching a few of his favourite crime dramas during lockdown, and his deductive powers are razor-sharp. He knows they haven’t left the island of Ireland, because they drove the whole way. Then when he sees how green everything is, and how much water there is around…
Where are We? H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“We’re in the west. Sligo, I think!”

Wow, he’s right! Although I suspect that last part might have been a lucky guess. Sligo is one of Ireland’s smaller counties, but it’s incredibly beautiful. Get a good lungful of that lovely fresh air too, boys!
Sligo Staycation - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Aaaaaaah!”

And there really is water everywhere here! Look, Plunkett’s just found some more.
Sligo Staycation - Paddy and Plunkett - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesSo many waterfalls! You probably won’t be surprised to learn that this town, Ballysadare, takes its name from these beautiful rushing rivers. It’s called “Baile Easa Dara” in Irish, which means “town of the waterfall of the oak”. Clearly Paddy has gone in search of the oak!

Plunkett catches up with him a short while later, in a lovely mossy woodland. One advantage of our climate here is that Ireland is full of these cool, moss-filled hollows.
Plunkett finds some moss - Staycation in Sligo - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd Plunkett LOVES these.

“Paddy! Paddy! Take my picture with the moss!”
Plunkett's Moss Photo - Sligo Staycation - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Fine. But we’re definitely going to the beach tomorrow!”

Join us next Tuesday to see if Paddy gets to take his trip to the seaside after all. And if you need a little extra dose of monster fun, be sure to check out what tierneycreates Beastie has been up to on the other side of the Atlantic. A certain handsome Beastie has landed in his new home, and there’s good news to share!

See you next time!

10 thoughts on “Paddy and Plunkett’s Summer Staycation

    1. Definitely! It’ll take more than a little pandemic to stop these two from getting down in the dumps. Cheers for joining the boys on their latest escapade, Mariss!

  1. Great to see the boys are out and about again! They’ve taught me a lot about Ireland over the years. I now have a bucket list of “places I must visit” when things get back to normal (whatever that normal may be!). I don’t suppose Paddy or Plunkett give you advance notice of where they’re off to on their adventures? It would be fun to meet them….might even get their autographs if I could fight my way through the crowds of their fans.

    1. Hahaha! No, unfortunately the lads’ movements are a closely-guarded secret… Otherwise I’d be tagging along with them myself! And planning doesn’t appear to play a huge role in their travels either – as you can see, they tend to just hop in a bag and see where it takes them. The advantages of being 6 inches tall, eh? Glad you’re enjoying their adventures anyway… And who knows, you may just bump into them one of these days!
      Thanks for stopping in, Queen Bee 😊

  2. Hmmm…hiding in a backpack, then sneaking into the trunk of a car…were they invited to go along, or were they stowaways? I think I need to see the human side of this story. Can’t blame them for stowing away, though. It looks lovely! Okay, now to see if this comment makes it through :))

    1. Coming in loud and clear, Tammie! I’m glad we got that gremlin from last week chased away.
      As for Paddy and Plunkett – well yes, they do appear to be stowing away A BIT, but they’re so little that I’m sure the humans barely noticed. Then again, you’re raising an important issue here – perhaps any of us who regularly ferry Beasties around, gain them free access to events and attractions and share our food and beer with them should start seeking some sort of remuneration for our efforts? To the picket lines!!

      1. That’s right! We’re well overdue for a Union of Beastie Owners. I should probably wait to start the Portland branch, though. We’re having enough trouble with protests already 😃 Um, and the odd thing about my return to commenting…I didn’t do anything different. Although it has been pretty hot here….maybe the gremlins got cooked. 🔥

        1. Ok then, we can organise and have a couple of meetings before we move into the protest phase. Perhaps our monster overlords will recognise the validity of our arguments! 😬
          As for the gremlins… Well, cooked or not, let’s just hope they’re gone for good!

    1. Yes, it certainly is! I think you’ll like it here when you finally get a chance to visit 😁

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