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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
Image borrowed from tammiepainter.com

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!

Hooray! New Beasties!

Brand New Barróg Beasties by CrawCrafts BeastiesWe’re taking a leap forward in time on the BeastieBlog this week – after meeting a prehistoric proto-Beastie in the last post, you’re probably ready for something new and exciting! So here they are… the first two Barróg Beasties of 2016!

For anyone who doesn’t yet have a working knowledge of the various species of Beastie out there, Barróg Beasties are a subspecies native to the island of Ireland. Their skin is made from 100% Irish wool, and they can be recognised by their slightly smaller size (we Celts are generally a diminutive people) and their typically Irish accessories… Like Irish humans, they’re prepared to travel pretty much anywhere, but they always like to bring a piece of home with them. And that word “Barróg”? That’s Irish for hug, which seemed to sum these friendly little monsters up perfectly!

So, first up from this pair is Aran Beastie!
Aran Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesRemind you of anyone?
A Familiar Beastie Face - CrawCrafts BeastiesI’ve noticed that a lot of Irish knitwear companies have started to think outside the woolly box lately, and make traditional-style Aran sweaters in colours other than cream! So I thought I would hop on the bandwagon myself, and give this Beastie a jumper in fresh spring green…
Aran Beastie's Aran Jumper - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd as for his friend…
Leabhar (Book) Barrog Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesMeet Leabhar Beastie! “Leabhar” is the Irish word for “book”, and this literary little monster has taken on quite the reading challenge…
Leabhar Beastie's Book - CrawCrafts BeastiesYes, that is a hand-embroidered copy of the rambling Beastie yarn “Spin-egans Wake”… This monstrously convoluted, near-impenetrable book is loosely based on James Joyce’s novel “Finnegans Wake”, often cited as one of the most difficult, complex pieces of fiction ever written. In fact, there’s a book group in Cambridge, Massachusetts who have been reading “Finnegans Wake” for the last 18 years! They’re currently on their second read-through, which began in 2010… Their first reading took 13 years. I wonder if we’ll have to set up a book club here to help Leabhar Beastie tackle his own literary adventure?Leabhar Beastie Closeup - CrawCrafts BeastiesHe seems to be getting on fine so far though – just look at that contented smile.

There will be more new Beasties joining these two soon… And tune in next week to see another hidden Dublin treasure with Explorer Beastie! See you then…