Goth Beastie with Flowers - CrawCrafts Beasties

Blooming Beasties!

May started this week… and that also heralds the traditional start of summer in Ireland! Now, the weather never feels truly summery until we hit June, but you can’t argue with tradition, can you? And this idea goes way back – the Celtic festival of Beltane falls at around this time each year, signalling that it was time to start moving livestock to their summer pastures. Customs associated with this celebration include variations on the theme of bonfires (lighting them, driving cattle between a pair of them, jumping over them) and decorating homes, trees and even livestock with flowers.

In the name of safety – not even Paddy was up for jumping over a bonfire – we’re going to focus on the second of these. So, bring on the Beastie-ful floral tribute!

Look, here’s Bride Beastie to get us started! The heather flowers complement her bouquet quite nicely, don’t you think?
Bride Beastie in Heather - CrawCrafts BeastiesThe flowers in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin are always amazing at this time of year… As this tea-drinking Beastie discovered!Spring Flowers at St Stephen's Green - CrawCrafts BeastiesExplorer Beastie is also partial to some blooms, when he finds them…
Explorer Beastie Makes a Botanical Discovery - CrawCrafts Beasties… And there’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying your favourite beverage in the garden on a sunny day. Right, Red Lemonade Beastie?
Red Lemonade Beastie in the Garden - CrawCrafts BeastiesEven Minibeasties can get a slice of the floral fun – thanks to LucyAnn from LucyAnn & Luna Craft for this pic!
Oh, and we’d better not leave Paddy and Plunkett out!Paddy and Plunkett at Arundel Castle - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesYikes, this flower fever is contagious! It’s even spread to those Beastie characters who usually see things in black and white…
Goth Beastie with Flowers - CrawCrafts BeastiesSo now there’s no excuse not to feel nice and summery… Even if you’re in the southern hemisphere! Enjoy the weekend (especially those of you who’ll be getting an extra day thanks to the May bank holiday) and we’ll be back on Tuesday for some fresh Beastie fun!

Nice Day For A Monster Wedding…

Bride Beastie with Crocuses - CrawCrafts Beasties
Well, it’s been a long old winter… but over the last few weeks, it really has started to feel like spring is on the way! The flowerbeds in the park on my way to work are a riot of colour, there are fresh green leaves on the trees outside my window, and the sun is even daring to peek out from behind the clouds every once in a while!

The arrival of spring also heralds the start of the wedding season… and it looks like this event isn’t limited to Dublin’s human population! A recent burst of sunshine saw me taking a day trip to the National Botanical Gardens just north of the city centre, where I encountered a blushing Beastie bride posing for photos among the flowers!
Bride Beastie in Heather - CrawCrafts Beasties
I first found her standing in a patch of heather. The tiny purple and white flowers really work well with her delicate pale blue skin tone, don’t you think?
Bride Beastie at the Miniature Waterfall - CrawCrafts Beasties
We also took a picture at the picturesque Beastie-sized waterfall that flows through the rockery and Japanese-style garden!
And of course, it’s not a proper springtime photoshoot without a host of golden daffodils in there somewhere, so…
Bride Beastie with Daffodils - CrawCrafts Beasties
After that, we took a stroll through the crocuses in search of more photo opportunities inside the glasshouses… the one you can see in the background of this picture is the Palm House, which is the largest in the gardens. It’s full of awesome tropical plants, such as coffee, banana trees and enormous bamboo canes!
Bride Beastie heads for the Palm House - CrawCrafts Beasties
But Bride Beastie preferred something a little less exotic as a backdrop, so we set her up against these richly-coloured cyclamens instead.
Bride Beaste with Cyclamens - CrawCrafts Beasties
It also turned out to be a prime location for some closeups of her elegant wedding hairdo, veil and bouquet!
Bride Beastie's Hair and Veil - CrawCrafts BeastiesBride Beastie's Bouquet - CrawCrafts BeastiesAfter all that, I figured it was time to let her get back to her wedding party! Hopefully she’ll keep in touch and send on some photos from her honeymoon…