Explorer Beastie Special – Belfast Road Trip!

OK, so normally Explorer Beastie and I would be taking you to one of our favourite Dublin places today... But when a rare opportunity to visit Belfast presented itself, we could hardly say no! Although I originally hail from this part of the world, I very seldom get to hang out in Belfast any more. … Continue reading Explorer Beastie Special – Belfast Road Trip!

Helen's Bay Beach - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

Paddy and Plunkett’s Seaside Adventure!

Autumn may be in full swing, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a day by the sea! And this isn't any old seaside - Paddy and Plunkett took a day trip to my childhood stomping grounds, where I spent many happy hours (at all times of the year) clambering over the stones and poking … Continue reading Paddy and Plunkett’s Seaside Adventure!

Head West

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Happy Place." Anyone who checks in with the BeastieBlog regularly will know that my favourite place to spend some downtime is at Boyfriend's family farm, in County Roscommon. Roscommon is one of the semi-forgotten counties in the centre-west of Ireland, which makes it a great place to … Continue reading Head West

Yew Tree at Moneypenny's Lock, P

Beasties Love Yew!

Those of you who regularly check in with the Beasties' Facebook page might remember Explorer Beastie's trip to the Bee Garden at Moneypenny's Lock back in July. The awesome all-you-can-eat bee buffet is just one part of an ongoing project to restore this stretch of the Newry Canal... But Moneypenny's Lock is also home to … Continue reading Beasties Love Yew!

So, Where Are Paddy and Plunkett This Week?

We left them here last week... but what on earth is that in the background? (If anyone guessed correctly, I'll be super impressed!) This unusal-looking bridge is part of the newly revamped and reopened Gobbins Cliff Path, which is about half an hour's journey outside Belfast, on the County Antrim coast! The original Gobbins path … Continue reading So, Where Are Paddy and Plunkett This Week?

Paddy and Plunkett's Gift From Scotland - CrawCrafts Beasties

Paddy and Plunkett Come Home…

... And look, they brought me back a present! As some of you already know, I am a little bit Scottish - the "Craw" in "CrawCrafts" is taken from my family name, Crawford, a legacy from my Glaswegian grandfather. UK residents will probably also associate the name with a popular brand of Scottish shortbread... although … Continue reading Paddy and Plunkett Come Home…

Meet Paddy & Plunkett!

Regular visitors to the Beasties' Facebook page will recognise these handsome characters from my St Patrick's Day post! For everyone else, allow me to introduce Paddy... ...and Plunkett! Normally I let a Beastie's adoptive parents choose their names, but my mum was quite taken with this pair when I brought them with me on a … Continue reading Meet Paddy & Plunkett!