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Paddy and Plunkett – The Boys in Green!

Hello from Gleno!
Paddy and Plunkett head North to Gleno! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
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 of them before you get back home. The upside of this is that, unless something really weird (like a fortnight of hot, dry weather) happens, the countryside is awash with greens all summer long. But don’t take my word for it! Paddy and Plunkett – who themselves sport rather fetching moss-coloured complexions – have gone to the ends of the earth the island to bring you some quality leafy goodness today!

They’re starting out in the pretty little village of Gleno (sometimes written as Glenoe) in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Although¬†the glen and waterfall at Gleno lie a little south of the bigger, more famous Glens of Antrim,¬† they’re really beautiful, especially at this time of year – plus they’re a bit removed from the crowds of visitors who head to the Causeway Coast during tourist season! But before we head off for a look, let’s check out those houses, which are also pleasantly in keeping with our chosen colour palette!
Cottages at Gleno - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
The street here is pretty steep, but the houses work with it…
Gleno Cottages Climbing the Hill - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
…And the boys even got to meet this very chilled-out local resident as they puffed their way up the hill!
Meeting the Locals at Gleno - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Oh, and just in case you thought this place was a folk park or film set…
Gleno - A Real Place! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Nope! Just a regular street full of regular cars!

But let’s press on to the Glen, shall we? The boys were pretty excited to visit the waterfall… Especially Paddy, who had seen this sign on the way up!
Paddy wants to climb the waterfall - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
For those of you reading this on a teeny phone screen, he’s spotted an ad for a canyoning tour of the glen with Climb NI. Paddy is, of course, sold.
“Plunkett! PLUUUUUUNKEEEEEETT! We can climb on the waterfall!”

Unfortunately, I’d need to kit the lads out with the proper gear before they’ll be allowed to dive into this particular adventure. So paws stayed dry this time around – did anyone else just hear Plunkett heave an audible sigh of relief? And although he really would rather have been scrabbling over mossy rocks to reach the top (or imitating his favourite shampoo commercials in the plunge pool at the bottom), Paddy was still pretty happy with a view of the waterfall from further back.
The Lads at Gleno Waterfall - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
It’s also worth taking a closer look at the water in this river…
Peaty Water! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Yes, it’s brown! This is a common enough sight in Co. Antrim, thanks to runoff from peat bogs in the mountains upstream. But the colour had Plunkett thinking about stopping for a nice cup of tea. Quick, distract him with…
The Sideways Beech Tree - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
… A tree growing sideways!

This beech tree took a tumble many years ago, but it’s still alive and thriving… Albeit from a horizontal position. And then Paddy made a discovery…
Paddy leads the way - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“You’ll want to see what’s on the other side of this hill, Plunkett!”
He was right… Finding a quaint little church tucked away in the trees a little further along absolutely made Plunkett’s day!
Plunkett and the church in the woods - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesThen, on the walk back through the glen, it seemed like even the sunlight was coming through green…
Paddy and Plunkett, among the greenery - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesSee you again soon, lads!Beasties of the Forest! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
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