Nautical But Nice – The Further Adventures of Paddy & Plunkett

Paddy & Plunkett at the National Maritime Museum - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
It’s been a while since we’ve caught up with adventurous Irish Beasties Paddy and Plunkett… but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy! A while ago, they sent me some pictures of their visit to the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, which is in Dun Laoghaire in south County Dublin. I can see why they were keen to have a look around… the place is full of Beastie-sized boats!
Paddy with a Beastie-Size Boat - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Paddy and Plunkett With Another Miniature Boat - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Of course, not everything in the museum is miniaturised! Here they are posing with a recently restored Boyne curragh – a traditional Irish river boat made from cow hide stretched over a framework of woven hazel.
Paddy and Plunkett With a Boyne Curragh - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
And this giant lightbulb definitely isn’t Beastie-size!
Lighthouse Lamp at the National Maritime Museum - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
It’s the revolving lamp from a lighthouse, and its bright light sent the boys scuttling off in search of their sunglasses. But look what they found on the way! Paddy couldn’t pass up the chance to pose with this old-fashioned diving suit.
Paddy with a Vintage Diving Suit - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesPaddy with the Vintage Diving Suit Again - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
After that, they visited the Marconi Room, where Plunkett typed up a report of their findings…
Paddy and Plunkett with the Marconi Room Typewriter - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
… And Paddy sent it using the Morse code machine!
Paddy Using the Morse Code Machine - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Luckily they chose to email it to me as well… my knowledge of Morse code is a little rusty. And once the message was sent, it was time to head off – who knows where they’ll pop up next?

About Paddy and Plunkett
Paddy and Plunkett are are special sub-species of Beastie called “Barróg Beasties”. “Barróg” is the Irish word for “hug”, which neatly sums up how friendly these little monsters are! They’re also special because they’re made from 100% Irish wool, which is spun and dyed in a family-owned mill in Co. Kilkenny. Keep an eye out for more Barróg Beasties on the BeastieBlog in the not-too-distant future!

Meet Explorer Beastie

Explorer Beastie 1

I think it’s about time Explorer Beastie made a special guest appearance on my BeastieBlog.  I actually made him before Christmas – work commenced in quiet moments behind my market stall table in November – and he has been providing me with stuff to talk about on my Beasties Facebook page ever since.  I have equipped him for adventure, by filling his backpack with everything he’ll need on his travels…

Sandwich and Compass

… So now I have an excuse to photograph him getting up to all sorts of mischief.
Christmas Explorer Beastie

Beastie in Curragh

(The conveniently Beastie-sized boat is a minature Boyne Curragh – a traditional Irish river boat made from hazel wood and cow hide.  You can find out more about them here)

I have also taken him out and about with me on my wanderings around Dublin.  Unfortunately, since we are currently in the depths of winter, his expeditions have been mostly limited to cafes…
Brother Hubbard Cafe (Brother Hubbard, Capel Street)

… And bars.

Against the Grain (Against the Grain, Wexford Street)

But I’m optimistic that when spring comes around, he’ll get to go further afield.
Explorer Beastie 2

I’m also working on some new friends for him, who should be ready soon!
Have a great weekend!