Explorer Beastie in Nancy's, Ardara - CrawCrafts Beasties

The Wild West Coast

It’s time to hit the road with Explorer Beastie again!

Last time the pair of us were in Donegal (the most north-westerly county in Ireland) we chose to head to its northernmost point. This time around, we decided to see how far west we could go before we fell into the sea. Since we were starting out from the opposite side of the island, we did have to stop along the way to get out and stretch our legs…
Explorer Beastie Stretches his Legs - CrawCrafts Beasties
… But this rest stop was actually quite pretty itself!
Roadside Stop - CrawCrafts Beasties
Still, we didn’t want to hang around here all day! It was nearly lunchtime… Quick, back in the car and FLOOR IT!
Is that safe, Explorer Beastie? CrawCrafts BeastiesWhat’s the hurry? Well, we had plans to eat in Nancy’s in Ardara! We’d heard great things about this place, and when we arrived, we were not disappointed. We took our seats at a table by the window in the front room, which is stuffed with the kind of curios that can even take a hungry Beastie’s mind off his rumbling tummy!
Exploring Nancy's - CrawCrafts Beasties
Star of the show (at least until the food came) was the dresser by the door. Look at all this cool vintage crockery! And bonus points if you can spot a certain woolly monster lurking in each of the photos…
Nancy's Dresser - Spot the Beastie! CrawCrafts Beasties
Speaking of food – WOW. This was delicious… I have honestly never enjoyed a piece of fish as much as this in my life.

However, trouble was brewing outside…  The rain was moving in!
Weather Changes Ahoy! CrawCrafts BeastiesAlthough I was sorely tempted to hide away in Nancy’s for the rest of the day, and sample some more of their delicious house cider, Explorer Beastie reminded me that we had planned to see more than just the inside of a pub. We also had others to consider – we were tagging along with my brother and Alfie the wonder dog, and at least one of them was due for walkies! So we headed off in the direction of Glencolmcille, to enjoy the cliff walk just outside the village and see some spectacular views.

But first, we spotted some distant Beastie relatives! This one’s for you, Melissa!
Pre-Beasties! CrawCrafts Beasties
Hmmm… Even they didn’t seem too sure about the weather out there.
Not even great weather for sheep! CrawCrafts Beasties
But we thought we’d at least give it a shot… And we did. For ten whole minutes! The gale force winds, stinging horizontal rain and slippery underfoot terrain meant that this walk was never really going places. But here’s a picture of our attempted destination (that little speck at the top of the cliff), taken from a safe distance as we embarked on our plan B!
The Cliffs at Glencolmcille - CrawCrafts BeastiesIt was still pretty blustery here though – as you can see! Poor Explorer Beastie was literally bent over backwards by the stiff sea breeze, and nearly lost his backpack to a particularly strong gust!
Windy Out Today! CrawCrafts Beasties
Rescuing it slowed us down a bit, so that’s probably why we got stuck in the rush hour traffic.
Rush Hour, Glencolmcille - CrawCrafts Beasties
But we made it in the end! From a car park on the cliff top, 107 steps take you down to Silver Strand beach – a lovely sheltered bay with a huge expanse of sand to play on!
Lots of Sand at Silver Strand! CrawCrafts Beasties
The hills that protect the bay from the elements are pretty interesting too!
Scenery at Silver Strand - CrawCrafts Beasties
Explorer Beastie found some rocks to clamber over…
Rock Climbing Time! CrawCrafts Beasties… And this pastime seems to be something he shares with his woolly cousins. How did they get up there?
Intrepid Cliff Climbing Sheep - CrawCrafts Beasties
After a while, the daylight started to fade…
Day's End on Silver Strand - CrawCrafts Beasties
… So Alfie bid a fond farewell to the really interesting stick he found…
Alfie the Wonder Dog - CrawCrafts Beasties… And with one last look back…
Goodbye, Silver Strand Beach! CrawCrafts Beasties
… We headed for home!

Have your paws taken you anywhere interesting lately? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Aaaaand Paddy and Plunkett will be back to entertain us all again next Tuesday, so be sure to join us then! Have a super week, everybody!

An Irish Pub, in Perugia! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties

(B)Easter in Perugia!

Beasties on Tour! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesCiao ragazzi!

Wow, what a week it’s been! The Irish weather – not known for its predictability or even-temperedness at the best of times – has been flinging just about everything at us over the last seven days, veering from hot sun one minute to blustery snowstorms the next. So you can imagine how excited we at Beastie Towers were to get word from Italy… Looking at these photos allowed us to escape to beautiful Perugia for a short while, with Antonello and Tiziana Beastie (and of course their trusty Beastiecat Tris) as our guides!

Perugia is right in the heart of Italy, and it’s been an important city since Etruscan (pre-Roman-Empire) times. These days, it’s the regional capital of Umbria, and there’s plenty to see here!

The Beasties started off at St Bernardino church. The incredible marble facade of this renaissance-era church dates back to 1457-61, and was the creation of Agostino di Duccio, a sculptor who started his career working alongside Donatello.
At St Bernardino Church - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesImpressive… Especially to the Beastie-sized tourist! The church also boasts some beautifully detailed bas-reliefs…
Bas-reliefs at San Bernardino - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties…And some fences that certain Beasties probably shouldn’t be climbing.
We're on the Fence About San Bernardino... A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties
Fortunately, they made good their escape before the authorities showed up.

Next stop – the Piazza IV Novembre, home of the Palazzo dei Priori. This was the seat of the mediaeval “first citizens” – representatives of each of the city’s guilds.
Beasties at Piazza IV Novembre, Perugia - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties

There’s also a spectacular fountain – the Fontana Maggiore, another masterpiece from the Renaissance era!
Fontana Maggiore, Perugia - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesMind you, looking at all that water would make you feel kinda thirsty…

Pint, anyone?
An Irish Pub, in Perugia! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesAh, Ireland’s great cultural gift to the world – the Irish Pub! And the good news is, there’s one right here in Perugia. There was even live music… And of course the Beasties had the best seat in the house.
Beasties at the Pub - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesWhat a great trip! Thanks to Antonello and Tiziana Beastie for sharing their photos!

And in other monster news… Friday posts are back! Check in with us again on Friday, when Explorer Beastie and I will be sharing what we learned at the Irish Blogger Conference!

A Monster Night Out!

Beasties Hit the Town! - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties
Ciao ragazzi!

As you know, the Beasties and I always love to hear all the news from any little woolly monsters who have left Beastie Towers for new homes. So we were delighted to receive an email AND photos from Antonello Beastie and Tiziana Beastie last week, when they ventured out in search of a taste of Ireland… In southern Italy! Let’s join them, shall we?

Aha! A green building with a Guinness logo in the window – this looks promising! And inside…
The Beasties Pose With a Guinness Sign - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesYes, I think we’re definitely in the right place!

Now to check out the draught taps… And look at all the other cool stuff they have behind the bar!
Beasties at the Bar - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesSo, what will we have? Well, it probably has to be…
Antonello Beastie Enjoys a Pint of the Black Stuff - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties… A pint of the black stuff, of course!

Monster Cheers! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd here’s a picture of all the girls together!
All the Ladies! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesBut wait a second… Where’s Antonello Beastie gone? Uh-oh…
Tactical Snooze for Antonello Beastie - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties… It turns out that there IS a limit to how much Guinness a Beastie can have after all! Shhhhhhh, don’t wake him up!

The Beasties’ cat enjoyed her evening out too… Although it looks like Tris was glad to see her little felt friend safely back home in their basket!
Tris and the Beastiekitty - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesThanks so much to Antonello, Tiziana and their Beasties for these super photos! I hope you enjoyed your evening out together!

And what have the rest of you got planned for the weekend ahead? Let us know in the comments!