Paddy, charmed by the Visitor - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

A Mysterious Visitor…

Well hello there, Beastie friends! With Hallowe’en just around the corner, how about we take some time out from new Beasties and gather around for a tale of an unexpected and mysterious visitor?

Alright then, let’s begin…

It was a dark and stormy night… Oh no, wait a sec. Sorry, it was – LUNCHTIME!
Lunchtime at Beastie Towers - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesPaddy and Plunkett were just getting ready to tuck into a human-sized portion of their very favourite meal – honey mustard chicken.

“Made with Albanian honey, Paddy!” announced Plunkett proudly.
Plunkett's Albanian Honey - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Hang on… When were you in Albania? Did you go without me?!”

Fortunately, before Plunkett had to figure out his answer, there was a knock at the door.
“Are we expecting anyone?”
“I don’t think so. But here, I’ll go… Just don’t eat all my lunch!”
Plunkett goes to meet the visitor - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Sure thing… Shame to let it get cold, though. I’ll just have a bit. YUM!”
Paddy eats lunch - Mysterious Visitor - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesMeanwhile, at the door…
June Beastie at the Door - Visitor - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesIt was another Beastie! But Plunkett had never met her before.
“Hello there ma’am, how can I help you?”

He’s just so polite, isn’t he?

“Hi there! Oh my word, I’m such a big fan! I love reading about your travels. Now I need to get somewhere myself, and I figured you and Paddy were just the Beasties to ask! May I come in?”

Well, she didn’t need to ask twice.

“Paddy! We’ve got a visitor! She’s travelling to…”
“The US. North Carolina, to be precise!”
Paddy Meets the Visitor - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“And she’d like our guidan… WHERE’S MY LUNCH?!”
“Ummm… A human ate it!”
And then, rapidly changing the subject, “Plunkett, you can’t just go letting anyone into the house. How do you know she’s not a vampire? Or a Were-Beastie?”

Paddy was apparently keen to introduce a spookier note into what has turned out to be quite a pleasant story about Beasties helping each other out.

But luckily, their visitor knew exactly how to break the ice.
Paddy, charmed by the Visitor - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Oh, you must be the intrepid Paddy Beastie! I’ve read all about you – what a pleasure to meet you at last!”
“Intrepid? Why yes, I suppose I am! Hey, we were just about to have dessert… Care to join us?”

Well, it looks like her journey is off to a good start! Join us next time to see how the boys manage to help her on her way…

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!
What's on the Menu? H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
But the next item caused even Paddy to raise an eyebrow…
Heartburn, Anyone? H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
… And I think somebody needs to tell the WHO about this one!
Yum! Smallpox! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
“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!