Paddy's Pool - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

Paddy, Plunkett and the Fish Pond

Wait a second… FISH POND? I thought the boys were off to Senegal!

Apparently not. They were all set to go, but as they headed down the coast, they were won over to the idea of a quiet day at the seaside. Then…
Mysterious Building by the Sea - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Hey, what’s that weird-looking building in among the rocks?”

Once again, the Beasties’ curious natures get the better of them and they have to at least go a little closer! Fortunately, the next thing they stumble upon is this sign, which tells them everything they need to know.
A Famous Fish Pond! H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesSold! As we know, the boys can’t resist an aquarium… And how often do you get to visit a famous fish pond?

Especially if it also looks like a castle…
Portlogan's Fish Pond - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesLet’s go inside!

Portlogan's Fish Pond - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesAha! Nice one, Plunkett… You’ve found the fish pond!

This pool started as a natural inlet from the sea, but it was enlarged by the local laird (landowner) between 1788-1800, with the help of a few French prisoners of war. Look, the date of completion is right here on the rocks!
Fish Pond Rocks - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesWhat did he want a pool for? Well, in the dark days before the fridge-freezer, a “fish larder” like this one meant that the family could keep sea fish handy and fresh all year round!

These days, it’s enjoying a new role as a marine life centre. Paddy can’t wait to make more fishy friends! But wait, what lies at the end of this rather spooky tunnel?
Tunnel at the Fish Pond - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Smugglers! It has to be smugglers!”
“Not quite, Paddy. It’s a nursery!”
Fish Nursery - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesIn here, fish are raised from teeny fry to adult size… Then they can move to the main pool.

Back outside, it’s time to get up close and personal with the grownups!
Fish Pond Friends - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesWow, they’re friendly! They must love the camera… Or could it be that they know when John the guide is coming around with his bucket of fish food?

After the fish have had their lunch, the boys explore a little further afield. Just around the corner, Paddy sees this.
Paddy's Dream Home - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesIs it the perfect Beastie-sized house? Not quite.

“Plunkett, look! It’s the old bathing hut!”
“What’s that?”
“It’s where people used to change before going in for a swim!”
Plunkett takes a moment to read the signpost.
“Um, Paddy? It says this was for women only, so maybe we should…”

Too late!
Paddy's Pool - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesLuckily, the days of segregated sea bathing here are long gone, and Paddy can enjoy a view of the shallow pool without outraging anyone’s delicate sensibilities. He almost looks like he’d like to go for a dip himself!
Paddy at the Port Logan Bathing Hut - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesLook! There’s even a fireplace inside, so getting dried off afterwards wouldn’t be a problem!
Port Logan Bathing Hut - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesPlunkett likes it too, despite his initial reservations.
Paddy and Plunkett Move In - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Maybe we should stay here for the winter. I reckon they’d like a pair of resident Beasties!”

What’s this? Are the intrepid twosome considering a retirement from the adventuring life? You’ll have to wait a couple of weeks to find out, because there’s a new Beastie waiting in the wings to meet you next Tuesday!

See you then!

Strangers in a Strange Land

It’s been a while since we heard from intrepid globetrotting Beasties Paddy and Plunkett, hasn’t it? And now I’m beginning to think there might be a good reason for that… Take a look at their most recent set of holiday snaps and you’ll see what I mean!

What a weird, alien landscape… Are they even still on Earth?
Paddy, Plunkett and some Crazy Rock Towers - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Paddy, look at these – they go on for miles!”
Unusual Rock Towers - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesOf course, Plunkett was in his element – a field full of precariously-balanced rock towers? YES PLEASE!
Investigating the Rock Towers - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesBut then Paddy spotted something else off in the distance, and he just had to climb down for a closer peek.
Paddy's Off Exploring Again! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Hey! Plunkett! Check it out…”
Paddy Discovers Rock Pools - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“…ROCK POOLS!”
Paddy at the Water's Edge - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd they were absolutely teeming with wildlife…
Sea Anemone and Hermit Crab - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties…Including this sea anemone, hermit crabs and one rather luxuriant sea slug!
Sea Slug - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesPaddy could quite happily have watched this fellow grazing away on the rich pastures of underwater algae all day, but Plunkett was a little less keen…
Plunkett's Take on Sea Life - H crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesSorry, Plunkett! I promise we’ll stick to rocks next time!

What’s the strangest creature you’ve ever found at the beach? Let us know in the comments!

Oh, and be sure to join us again on Friday… I’m doing an extra bonus post this week to share photos from the day trip Explorer Beastie and I took to Ireland’s northernmost point! See you then!