Reader Beastie… Or Cowboy Beastie?

Beastie in Boots - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
It’s widely assumed that bookworms tend to be stay-at-home types, who like nothing more than curling up on the sofa and losing themselves in a good story. Not so for Reader Beastie! Since moving to Canada earlier in the year, he’s really flung himself into the life of a ranch hand… although as you can see from the photo above, he’s yet to find a proper pair of cowboy boots in his size!

However, there are other ways for a Beastie to get about…
Reader Beastie, Travelling in Style! N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
…And it looks like he’s waaaaay better at horseriding than I ever was, too!
Saddle Up! N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
We’ve just caught him on his way out to the community pasture, where he’ll be checking up on the livestock. This huge stretch of land (around 6000 acres) is owned by the Saskatchewan government and is leased by a group of local farmers every summer. It’s a great opportunity for the cattle to stretch their legs and raise their calves in the great outdoors! Everything seems to be in order here, anyway…
Reader Beastie Checks the Herd - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
…And it’s also fun to catch up with all the gossip at the water cooler.
Water Cooler Chat - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
You never know who else you might meet out here… Hey there, baby hawks!
Baby Hawks in their Nest - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
Reader Beastie decided not to hang around until mum came back, though. He figured it was probably safer to take a break a little further down the road, where his buddy the cowdog could keep sketch…
Reader Beastie Takes a Break - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
…While he took a weight off in the sagebrush…
Reader Beastie Relaxes in the Sunshine - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
…And enjoyed the view!
View of Big Coulee Pasture - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
All in a day’s work for this intrepid little monster… at this rate, he’ll be able to write his own book!

Thanks to Nicole for sending me pictures from Reader Beastie’s latest adventure. I love to see what the Beasties get up to once they leave Beastie Towers, so keep those photos coming!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Reader Beastie Meets Some Prehistoric Monsters!

Reader Beastie with some T-Rexes - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
Last weekend, I got an update from Reader Beastie, who is now happily living in Saskatchewan in Canada! This time, instead of helping out on the farm, he made an educational trip to visit a completely different type of animal…
Reader Beastie at the T-rex Discovery Centre - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties

The T-rex Discovery Centre in Eastend, Southwest Saskatchewan, is home to Scotty – one of the largest and most complete tyrannosaurus rex skeletons ever found! There’s a great story behind the discovery too… the first pieces of Scotty to be excavated – a tooth and a tail vertebra – were actually unearthed by a local schoolteacher, who had joined a team of paleontologists from the Royal Museum of Saskatchewan on one of their digs to learn about how fossils are found and identified. Imagine how he must have felt when he found out what he’d dug up!

It was a couple of years before the rest of Scotty made it out of the ground… excavation began in mid 1994, and since then these remains have helped paleontologists to better understand this most celebrated of dinosaurs, and how life was for them in the Frenchman River Valley 65 million years ago. Since the skeleton is almost complete, the museum has also been able to make a cast of each individual bone and reassemble a life-size Scotty for visitors to meet! You can see Reader Beastie posing with the replica in the main photo… and here he is bravely demonstrating exactly how fearsome t-rex teeth were!
Reader Beastie with a T-rex Skull - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
Of course, t-rex wasn’t the only creature roaming prehistoric Saskatchewan! Reader Beastie also got up close and personal with a triceratops (my own favourite dinosaur)…
Reader Beastie with a Triceratops - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
… And a brontothere – a large prehistoric mammal that was a distant relative of modern horses, rhinos and tapirs!
Reader Beastie meets a Brontothere - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
He even came across some dinosaur poop! Lucky it’s fossilised… Am I the only one thinking of that scene from “Jurassic Park” right now?
Reader Beastie with some dino poo - N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties
All in all, it looks like Reader Beastie had a super day out! He might even consider a change of career… Hello Paleontologist Beastie!
Paleontologist Beastie! N Couture/CrawCrafts Beasties

Beasties Head West…

Reader Beastie in Canada - CrawCrafts Beasties/N Couture
Really far west! A couple of weeks ago, I received an update about how Reader Beastie is settling into his new ranch home in Canada… with photos! I really enjoyed looking through them, especially since we hardly got any snow here in Ireland this winter, so I thought I’d share them on the BeastieBlog!

It certainly looks like Reader Beastie is earning his keep with his new family, anyway… no staying in with a good book for him! Here he is setting out on the bale wagon to help deliver hay to some hungry livestock, for starters.
Reader Beastie on the Bale Wagon - CrawCrafts Beasties/N Couture
Of course, he takes his job seriously. So he supervised the feeding very closely…
Reader Beastie Feeding the Cattle - CrawCrafts Beasties/N CoutureCattle Feeding - CrawCrafts Beasties/N Couture… And watched his buddy Jiggs round up any stragglers!
Reader Beastie with Jiggs the Ranch Dog - CrawCrafts Beasties/N CoutureReader Beastie helps to round up the rest of the herd - CrawCrafts Beasties/N CoutureThen there was just enough time to have a chat with the horses…
Reader Beastie with one of the ranch horses - CrawCrafts Beasties/N Couture
… Before shaking off all that snow and heading into the barn to share the day’s news with another new friend!
Reader Beastie hangs out in the barn with his new feline friend - CrawCrafts Beasties/N Couture
Thanks to Nicole for sending these super pictures! And if any other Beasties want to check in and share their adventures, I’d love to hear from them… you can email photos to me at crawcraftsbeasties@gmail.com, or post directly to the Beasties’ Facebook page!

Cheers for reading… more monster adventures coming soon! Who knows where they’ll end up next?