Beasties in a Giant Bird's Nest - CrawCrafts Beasties

Beasties, It’s Cold Outside!

Sweetheart Beastie in the Natural History Museum - CrawCrafts Beasties
Well, that photo might be a slight exaggeration. But even so, after a surprisingly warm start to November, it’s got mighty chilly here in Dublin lately!

And despite promises of a clear, bright day on Friday, low temperatures and teeming rain did temporarily stop play when Sweetheart Beastie, Christmas Gift Beastie and I headed out for another photoshoot with Eirin Torgersen! Anyone who has spent any time here ever will know that weather forecasting in Ireland is never an exact science, and at least it gave us an excuse to seek shelter in the Natural History Museum for a few minutes until it dried up a bit outside. Just enough time for the Beasties to make a new friend!
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Once the sun came out again, we headed across the road to Merrion Square, which I’ve been meaning to use for Beastie photos for ages!

And it seems like there have been some changes since I last stopped in myself – a giant bird has taken up residence, for starters…
Beasties in a Giant Bird's Nest - CrawCrafts Beasties
The Beasties were having a great time hanging out in this cosy nest, until I pointed out that each egg was bigger than both of them put together…
Sweetheart Beastie Scarpers - CrawCrafts Beasties
“Gaaaaaah! Wait for me!”

Where’s Sweetheart Beastie run off to?
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Ah, there she is. But what’s she sitting on?
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Ha! Looks like a giant shoe. But where’s the…
Sweetheart Beastie and the Giant - CrawCrafts Beasties
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First rain, now giants… will I EVER get any pictures taken?!

Luckily Beasties are expert escape artists…
Christmas Gift Beastie Escapes! CrawCrafts Beasties
…And charming enough to win over just about anybody!
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But we needn’t have worried. Turns out giants are victims of bad press – this one was a real softie, and he even agreed to let his new Beastie pals dance around on his luxuriant eyebrows for these pictures!

And it’s not just giants who live in Merrion Square – the park has one very famous resident, who we went to visit next!

Too Cold For This Sort of Thing! CrawCrafts Beasties
No, not her! Although if anyone was in need of some winter woolies that day…

Anyway, can anyone guess who this rather dapper foot belongs to?
Sweetheart Beastie With Celebrity Foot - CrawCrafts Beasties
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If you guessed Oscar Wilde, then award yourself a first-edition signed copy of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”! This characterful sculpture lives on the north corner of the park, and from where he sits, he can look out into the street and (I like to imagine) make witty comments about the people who pass by.

I wonder what he’d have to say about the Beasties’ antics…
Christmas Gift Beastie and the Sculptures - CrawCrafts Beasties
After that, there was just time to call in at the memorial to Dermot Morgan (of “Father Ted” fame)…
Dermot Morgan Memorial - CrawCrafts Beasties
…Before we headed off inside to warm up. Brrrrr!
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The Beasties and I will be back for more monster fun next Tuesday… December is going to be a busy month, so things are going to be a little quieter on the BeastieBlog for the next few weeks! If you need an extra Beastie fix in the meantime, be sure to check out Eirin’s photos from our visit to Merrion Square!

See you soon!

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.
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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!