The Wild West Coast

It’s time to hit the road with Explorer Beastie again! Last time the pair of us were in Donegal (the most north-westerly county in Ireland) we chose to head to its northernmost point. This time around, we decided to see how far west we could go before we fell into the sea. Since we were… Read More

Paddy and Plunkett… Lost in Translation!

It’s been a while since Paddy and Plunkett last showed their woolly little faces on the BeastieBlog, hasn’t it? But just when I was starting to wonder where on earth they’d got to, a whole heap of new snaps found their way into my inbox. And surprise surprise, they’re on holiday AGAIN. Lucky little monsters…… Read More

Why Wool?

A few months ago, I had a bit of a woolly wobble. My local yarn store has stopped stocking the merino wool yarn I use to make my original Beasties, and although I still have a healthy stockpile of most of the colours, the boxes holding my favourite shades are starting to look a little… Read More

Good Things Come in Threes…

Oh wow, what a week it’s been! Isn’t it funny how life can be so quiet for a while, and then a whole bunch of things happen all at once? So, although the original purpose of this post was just to share the results of my Beastie calendar poll, I’ll get around to that in… Read More

Decisions, Decisions… Can you help?

A few of my fellow bloggers have had great success lately with solving their various conundrums (or should that be conundra?) through applying the good old principles of democratic voting. (Thanks, Tammie – I’m totally stealing your idea!) What’s my dilemma? Well, I was going to skip doing a Beastie calendar this year. And I… Read More

All Aboard for La Rentrée!

One of the first things I picked up when I arrived in France for my study-abroad year (a veeeery long time ago) was the concept of “La Rentrée” – the name given to this time of year, when summer is drawing to a close, people are coming back from their holidays, and the familiar routine… Read More

Cliff Climbs and Fun Times

It’s been a while since Explorer Beastie got out anywhere, hasn’t it? So, when we were offered the chance to get away for a day and see The Gobbins Cliff Path in beautiful Co. Antrim, we were both pretty excited! We’d heard a lot about this place from other people… and from other Beasties, too.… Read More

Paddy and Plunkett, Rulers of the Multiverse!

With all the talk Stateside about the total solar eclipse yesterday, Paddy and Plunkett just had to get a slice of the astronomical action for themselves! So they very kindly sent me on some pictures of themselves gadding around in this incredible and unearthly place – welcome to the Crawick Multiverse! This unique attraction is… Read More

Sweater Weather

The Irish summer isn’t exactly known for its scorching temperatures and dazzling sunshine. In fact, sometimes you’d be forgiven for thinking it was already mid-October. But even so, these last few days, it’s felt like the season is turning – the breezes are cooler, and the sun is showing its face a little later in… Read More

Paddy and Plunkett – The Boys in Green!

Hello from Gleno! Last week, I promised you greenery galore, in celebration of the lush, verdant delights of the Irish summer! Our summer here is, well, a little temperamental. On any given day, you could head out with an umbrella, a woolly jumper and sunglasses, and odds are you’ll have the chance to use all… Read More