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Chillin’ With Paddy and Plunkett!

There’s been some pretty chilly weather in Ireland and the UK this past week or so… And much as I love snow, I’m glad we just got a brief flurry here in Dublin last Tuesday, rather than the full-blown blizzard that hit Scotland and the north of England! But the plummeting temperatures reminded Paddy and Plunkett of a frosty walk they took at the very end of last year, and prompted them to send me a few choice happy snappies!

As far as I can tell, they were first lured outside by the idea of being able to skate on the frozen bird bath…
Beasties on Ice! CrawCrafts Beasties
As usual, Paddy was showing off his moves, while Plunkett played it safe at the edge of the rink.

But wait a sec… Is that a rock poking up above the surface of the ice there?
Trip Hazard on the Ice Rink - Paddy and Plunkett - CrawCrafts Beasties
SPLAT!
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Apparently so, yes. Yeowch!
“Here, Paddy… I’ll help you u – WOOOOOAAAAAOOOOW!”
Uh-oh. There goes Plunkett as well.
Wipeout on the Ice - Paddy and Plunkett - CrawCrafts Beasties
“Maybe that’s enough skating for one day…
The End of the Icescapades for Paddy and Plunkett - CrawCrafts Beasties
…C’mon Plunkett, let’s go for a walk instead.”
Walking in a Winter Wonderland - Paddy and Plunkett, by CrawCrafts BeastiesI think this is much more Plunkett’s scene, don’t you? And on the way, they found some beautiful frosted leaves…
Frosty Leaves - Paddy and Plunkett, by CrawCrafts Beasties
… And some pebbles that almost looked furry thanks to their icy coating!
Plunkett and the Pebbles - CrawCrafts Beasties
Later, Paddy was even able to talk Plunkett into attempting a little climbing.
A Wintry Climb, with Paddy and Plunkett - CrawCrafts Beasties
Mind you, the view from up there made it totally worthwhile!
Plunkett Admires the View - CrawCrafts Beasties
But even little woolly monsters start feeling the cold in their paws eventually. Time to head back indoors! Although the winter sunlight was playing some strange tricks as they strolled home…
The Walk Back Home - Paddy and Plunkett - CrawCrafts Beasties“Check out our shadows, Plunkett! We’re giants!”
“Whatever you say, Paddy…”

Thanks for the photos, lads! Hopefully the days are going to start getting a little warmer again soon… And with that in mind, I thought it was high time February’s calendar page made an appearance!
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It’s in the store now, it’s ready to download, and it’s FREEEEEE! Cheers to everybody who welcomed Paddy and Plunkett onto their walls, noticeboards and fridges for January – I loved seeing the pictures some of you posted on your blogs and social media of the calendars in action!

As you can see, Explorer Beastie has stepped up to the plate this month. I chose one of my favourite shots from our trip to Donegal last February, which captures some of the best bits of late winter in Ireland – yes, the weather can be a bit wild, but the gentle light and the fact that there’s still plenty of green about make it a quietly beautiful time of year. I hope you’ll like this one as much as I do!

That’s it for this week, folks – we’ll be back next Tuesday with another new Beastie for you to meet! See you then!

Paddy and Plunkett, Culinary Adventurers! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

Paddy and Plunkett… Lost in Translation!

It’s been a while since Paddy and Plunkett last showed their woolly little faces on the BeastieBlog, hasn’t it? But just when I was starting to wonder where on earth they’d got to, a whole heap of new snaps found their way into my inbox.

And surprise surprise, they’re on holiday AGAIN. Lucky little monsters… Wherever they are, it certainly looks very pleasant!
Paddy and Plunkett on a New Adventure - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesBut we seem to have caught up with them just as their stomachs are starting to rumble – time for something to eat, perhaps? Hey, how about this place?
Paddy and Plunkett Look for Lunch - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
“Good thinking, Plunkett. It looks like we’re here ahead of the lunchtime rush, too!”

Even better, this restaurant has its own beautiful vegetable garden! Herbs don’t get much fresher than this… And are those tomatoes I spy in the background? YUM!
Vegetable Garden - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Paddy was pretty taken with the peppers… It must be warm wherever the boys are, since these are growing outside!
Paddy's Peppers - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Appetites seriously whetted at this point, the boys headed indoors to see what delights the chef had in store for them.
Paddy, Plunkett and the Peppers - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesOooh, exotic! You don’t see THIS at home too often!
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But the next item caused even Paddy to raise an eyebrow…
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… And I think somebody needs to tell the WHO about this one!
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“Ah… We’ll both have the catfish, please!”

And apparently it was delicious. Also, this fine establishment may not have menu translation down pat, but it sure wins points for Beastie-friendliness… Look at the convenient stilts that they provided so that Paddy could enjoy a nice glass of wine with his lunch!
Paddy Enjoys the Local Tipple - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesLet’s hope he left some for Plunkett!

More from the boys in a couple of weeks… Oh, but before they go, Paddy wanted me to make sure I gave this totally classic picture of him another outing.
Santa Paws is Comin' to Town! CrawCrafts BeastiesI feel less bad using this now that it’s October. But remember, if you want to get your very own Bespoke Beastie in time for Christmas,

Place your order before October 31st!

Join us for more monster fun next week, when Explorer Beastie will be sharing his latest adventure with us all! Oh, and don’t forget to share your funny travel dining experiences with us in the comments!

Springtime Beastie Fun! CrawCrafts Beasties

Beastie Weekend Reads, Part 1

Well hello there, BeastieBuddies!

I did promise you a double dose of blogging this week, so here I am!

When I was celebrating welcoming my 500th victim follower into the fold a couple of weeks back, I really did underestimate the number of awesome bloggers I keep up with (or at least try to) on a regular basis. I started that post with the noble intention of namechecking all of my favourites. Can you believe my naivety? Halfway through, I realised that if I were to give them all their dues, I would be tapping away at the computer all day. And by the end of the list, no-one would still be reading anyway. So, in the name of delivering the best possible shout-outs, I’m dividing up my reading list into nice, bite-sized chunks, which I’ll be feeding to you every now and again on Fridays. I’m hoping you’ll find a spare minute over the weekend to dip in, and maybe stumble on a new must-read!

So, without further ado, here are my first three…

Knitting the Stash
Knitting the Stash - Beastie Reads - CrawCrafts Beasties
If you’re in any way craftily inclined, you’ll find so much to love on Melissa’s blog… Although her enthusiasm for all things woolly and yarny is really quite infectious, so even if you don’t know your knit from your purl, you might find yourself getting sucked in! What makes Melissa different from so many other craft bloggers out there is that she takes a look beyond her own works in progress, and taps into the growing community of people involved in producing the wool she knits and spins. This takes in everything from visiting farms (and getting involved in the sheep shearing!) to meeting indie dyers and pattern designers. One of my favourite recent posts was her interview with Kara Syvertsen of Second Cycle Yarn Co… It was so inspiring to learn how one woman is making a living (and saving heaps of usable high-quality fibre from ending up in landfill) by turning unwanted clothing back into beautifully presented skeins of yarn! Melissa has also been a huge supporter of me and the Beasties, so we’re happy to be able to return the favour at last!

And as if that wasn’t enough, Melissa is also responsible for producing one of my favourite podcasts. I have to admit that I’m usually more of a “reader” than a “watcher”, but I always try to make time for Knitting the Stash. The episodes are a good length (usually around the half-hour mark), and Melissa is a fun, interesting person to hang out with! Here’s the latest episode, if you’d like to meet her for yourself!

Handmade Habit
Handmade Habit - Beastie Reads - CrawCrafts BeastiesI love checking in with Shirley’s blog. I think it has a lot to do with the way she writes – her calm, warm voice just puts you at ease, and it’s like you’re meeting a good friend for coffee and a catchup. Shirley is another person who is all about handmade, and her posts are mostly about what she’s got on the go at the moment – she knits, weaves and is a super-talented illustrator. She also loves to read around her interests, and I’ve so enjoyed sharing in her library finds (or special orders)… Especially when she comes across something with a crafty theme! Lately, I’ve been avidly following her first foray into working with reclaimed yarn (the journey starts here, if you’re interested) and I also really enjoyed this post about why working slowly isn’t such a bad thing… Perfect reading for a chilled-out Saturday morning!

Daze + Weekes
Daze and Weekes - Beastie Reads - CrawCrafts BeastiesHistory was one of my least favourite subjects in school. For three years, we sifted through an apparently random selection of dry topics, in no particular order, and the classroom was always stupidly hot. I never regretted my decision to drop it at the very first opportunity – until I got hopelessly hooked on Daze + Weekes. This is history as it should be told, with high drama, tongue-in-cheek humour and frequent Game of Thrones references. It also helps that the subject matter is fascinating – there’s a strong focus on the interesting women of history here, and it really makes for great reading. I think Joan, Minx of Wales gets my vote for favourite recent feature, or if you will insist on remaining in the present day, why not join Weekes at that most hateful of modern inconveniences, The Group Interview? She will also, very considerately, provide the soundtrack for your weekend lounging – on her sister site, weekesmusic.com, you’ll find the first two luscious, dreamy tracks from her upcoming album, AND a link to a curated mixtape playlist on Spotify. That should keep you all out of mischief until my next post on Tuesday!

Have a great weekend, everybody!
Boozy Barfly Beasties - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties