Paddy, Plunkett and the Poet in Sligo - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

Paddy & Plunkett’s Sligo Adventure, Part 2

Hey there everyone! We’re heading back to beautiful County Sligo again this week… And after leaving Plunkett surrounded by lush Irish greenery at the end of last Tuesday’s post
Plunkett Discovers Some Greenery in Sligo - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties… This time it’s up to Paddy to choose what they get up to.

So, that means the boys are up early! And after taking in the view from their hotel room window…
Room with a View - Sligo - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties… They hop aboard the next departing car and make for the coast.
Driving to the Sligo Coast - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Aaaaaah! I can smell the sea air already!”

And just around the next corner…
Sligo Seashore - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesI think this is exactly what Paddy had in mind! This is Mullaghmore Beach, a crescent of perfect sandy shoreline that stretches for 2 miles along the Sligo coastline. Paddy can’t wait to feel the sand under his paws!

Plunkett’s happy too. He’s found the picturesque harbour, and he’s planning to take a quiet stroll among the boats.
Mullaghmore Harbour, Co Sligo - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesBut on the beach… Look out, Paddy! HERE BE MONSTERS!
Paddy and the Jellyfish - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesEeeek, look at the size of these jellyfish! Paddy doesn’t seem to be afraid of them, but maybe we’ll skip the dip in the Atlantic Ocean for today, and seek further adventures inland.

Back to the hotel we go! And eagle-eyed Plunkett has spotted something interesting in the street below.
Paddy and Plunkett in Sligo - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesBetter go and have a closer look.
Paddy, Plunkett and some famous literary legs - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Whose legs are these, Plunkett?”

Plunkett Meets Yeats - Sligo - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
“It’s W.B. Yeats, Paddy. In fairness, he’s better known for his poetry than his pins! Let’s climb up and get a proper photo.”
Paddy, Plunkett and the Poet in Sligo - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesThat’s more like it!

And for anyone else who’s never met William Butler Yeats before – he was (and still is) one of Ireland’s most celebrated poets. His career spanned 6 decades, and in this time he helped to spearhead the Irish Literary Revival, co-founded Dublin’s Abbey Theatre (which is still open today) and scooped the 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature.

But what’s the Sligo connection? Although Yeats was born in Dublin, and divided his youth between there and south-east England, his mother’s family hailed from Sligo. Many of his childhood holidays were spent here, and it’s not impossible to imagine that the beautiful wild countryside inspired the work that would make him famous, and fuelled his lifelong interest in the myths and legends of old Ireland.

The boys aren’t surprised to learn that W.B. Yeats is also buried nearby, so they go to visit his final resting place to round off their trip.
Yeats's Final Resting Place in Sligo - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesThen there’s juuuuuust time for a little refreshment before they head for home!
Refreshments in Sligo - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesHave you had any adventures on your own doorstep recently? Be sure to tell us all about it in the comments!

As for us here in Beastie Towers, we’re going to take a couple of weeks off to enjoy the delights of the Irish summer. So we’ll return later this month, hopefully with lots of new monster adventures to share!

See you then!

Paddy and Plunkett’s Summer Staycation

The boys are back in town… Or are they? Like the rest of us, they’ve been locked in for the last few months, and now they’re eager to get away. Staycation or long-haul round-the-world trip, they don’t mind!

Fortunately, it looks like an opportunity to travel has just presented itself.
Staycation Ahoy! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“What’s going on here, Paddy?”

“I’m not sure, Plunkett…”
Travel Beastie-Style - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“… But hop in here and we’ll soon find out!”

Much, much later…

Indeed you have, Beasties. Let the staycation begin!
Let the Staycation Begin! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“We’re here! Um, where is here?”

Luckily, Plunkett has been watching a few of his favourite crime dramas during lockdown, and his deductive powers are razor-sharp. He knows they haven’t left the island of Ireland, because they drove the whole way. Then when he sees how green everything is, and how much water there is around…
Where are We? H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“We’re in the west. Sligo, I think!”

Wow, he’s right! Although I suspect that last part might have been a lucky guess. Sligo is one of Ireland’s smaller counties, but it’s incredibly beautiful. Get a good lungful of that lovely fresh air too, boys!
Sligo Staycation - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Aaaaaaah!”

And there really is water everywhere here! Look, Plunkett’s just found some more.
Sligo Staycation - Paddy and Plunkett - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesSo many waterfalls! You probably won’t be surprised to learn that this town, Ballysadare, takes its name from these beautiful rushing rivers. It’s called “Baile Easa Dara” in Irish, which means “town of the waterfall of the oak”. Clearly Paddy has gone in search of the oak!

Plunkett catches up with him a short while later, in a lovely mossy woodland. One advantage of our climate here is that Ireland is full of these cool, moss-filled hollows.
Plunkett finds some moss - Staycation in Sligo - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd Plunkett LOVES these.

“Paddy! Paddy! Take my picture with the moss!”
Plunkett's Moss Photo - Sligo Staycation - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Fine. But we’re definitely going to the beach tomorrow!”

Join us next Tuesday to see if Paddy gets to take his trip to the seaside after all. And if you need a little extra dose of monster fun, be sure to check out what tierneycreates Beastie has been up to on the other side of the Atlantic. A certain handsome Beastie has landed in his new home, and there’s good news to share!

See you next time!