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Happy New Home, June Beastie!

Hey there everybody! Today we’re catching up with June Beastie again as she continues her journey to her new home. It’s been quite the adventure, starting way back here! And, in case you missed it, there was a more recent update last week… Which attracted a few interested non-human readers.

“Hey Plunkett, what are you… Oh, look! It’s that Beastie who showed up here a few months back! What’s she been up to?”
Keeping up with the BeastieBlog - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Exploring some interesting places, by the look of it!”
P&P catching up with June Beastie - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Wow! You’re right, we should go and visit her… I wonder where she is now?”

Well, funny you should ask that, Paddy. Because here she is!
June Beastie reaches her new home - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“This place looks nice. I wonder if anyone’s in?”

Exploring the New Home - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Oh, look! Is that… The kitchen?”
Kitchen at her new home - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Yes! I think I’m going to like it here.”
Beasties in the kitchen - R Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesNow, I know that June Beastie’s ever-present rolling pin has raised a few eyebrows throughout her travels. Did she have trouble getting it through airport security? And why would she need it on a visit to a National Park?

Given that it has never once left her paw, I’m sure you’ll all appreciate her glee when she spotted this…
June Beastie and the Rolling Pins - R Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesSo… Many… Rolling… Pins! And look at all those recipe books, too.

June Beastie’s mind is made up.

“That’s it, I’m staying here! And to say thank you to my new human friends…”
June Beastie raids the fridge - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“…I’ll whisk them up a tasty snack!”

Yum! I wouldn’t mind exploring that well-stocked refrigerator myself!

And after a delicious meal, there was only one more thing June Beastie needed to check out.
“Look! A blue apron, just like mine! And this pocket is the perfect place for a travel-weary Beastie to settle down and…”
June Beastie Settles into her New Home - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“…Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…”

Happy new home, June Beastie! Hopefully she’s still helping her human family to cook up a storm in that lovely kitchen.

As for the rest of us at Beastie Towers, we’ll be back on Friday with another round of unusual Beastie accessories… So be sure to join us then!

A Monster’s Eye View of Yellowstone

Hello there everyone! I hope you’re keeping well… Even in these – um – interesting times. But Beasties are always looking for silver linings, and all of us at Beastie Towers were cheered this week by the arrival of some pictures, presumed lost, from this little lady!
Smiley June Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesOn her way to her new home last Autumn, June Beastie took something of a roundabout route. She was photographed in lots of interesting places along the way, too. Unfortunately, a freak iPhone accident meant that the pictures never made it back to us… Until now! Not everything was saved, but we do have her holiday snaps from what must be one of the most fascinating places on Earth – Yellowstone National Park!

So let’s join her there, shall we?

And where better to start than with one of the Park’s most famous attractions – Old Faithful! She seems to have caught it at just the right moment. Wow!
June Beastie at Old Faithful, Yellowstone - R Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesThen again, the reason this geyser is called Old Faithful is because it erupts frequently and regularly – every 90 minutes or so, to be precise.

As you probably already know, Old Faithful isn’t the only geological oddity here! Yellowstone is one of the most seismically active places in the US… And half of all the geysers and hydrothermal features in the world are found in the park. So I think we should definitely go and find some more!
Abyss Pool, Yellowstone - R Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesWell, this looks much more peaceful. Where are we now?
Abyss Pool and Yellowstone Lake - R Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesAha! Abyss Pool, on the shores of Yellowstone Lake. The still waters of this hot spring really do run deep, too… The bottom lies 16m (53 feet) below the surface. So don’t fall in, June Beastie!

Strangely, it wasn’t always so quiet here. For a short time in the late 80s and early 90s, Abyss Pool erupted regularly, jetting hot water as high as 30m (100 feet) up into the air. This was the first time in recorded history that the pool had erupted, and as of June 1992, it has completely stopped. Weird, eh?

And even the calm surface of Yellowstone Lake conceals more hot springs, geysers and fumaroles!
Yellowstone Lake - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Really?”
June Beastie on the shore of Yellowstone Lake - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Hmmmm, maybe that’s what these are?”

The park is also famous for its wildlife… Huge herds of bison (or buffalo) and elk roam the plains, and if you’re lucky, you might spot a moose, bear or lynx in the forest. Look who came to greet our intrepid Beastie voyager as she enjoyed the view!
June Beastie and Mystery Guest - R Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesUnfortunately, our knowledge of US flora and fauna has let us down here – can anyone identify the mystery guest?

Further along, June Beastie stopped to take a look at the Yellowstone River…
Yellowstone River - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties… And to take in a few more hot springs before the sun set.
June Beastie at the Hot Spring - R Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesThose colours are quite something, aren’t they?

But the darkening sky reminded June Beastie that she had other plans…June Beastie in Yellowstone - R crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

“Is that the time? I’d better be on my way!”

Join us next week for the final part of June Beastie’s incredible journey… And if you can’t wait that long, don’t panic! We’ll be back on Friday with another Beastie blast from the past. See you then!

Beasties, Bears, and Other Venetian Creatures

Hey there everybody! And happy Tuesday!
I’m doing a little bit of reblogging today… Well, how could I not share this? It seems like long-time BeastieBuddy Tammie Painter’s little knitted tearaway, Finn McSpool, has been out enjoying the sights and sounds of quirky Veneta, Oregon… And luckily Tammie was there to take pictures! Thanks to her, you’ll all be getting a double helping of BeastieBlog this week… I’ll be back on Friday to share some of my current bloggy favourites.
In the meantime, take it away, Tammie!
(Oh, and if you’re in the Portland, OR area, don’t forget to swing by her latest art show, in West Linn Lutheran Church Creative Spirits Gallery! Find full details on her blog)

Tammie Painter

As you may know, earlier this week was Independence Day in the U.S.. Due to my disgust and embarrassment with our horrible excuse for a president, I had no intention of celebrating the holiday, but I did manage a little getaway during the long weekend since my dad invited me to the wild and crazy town of Veneta, Oregon.

Okay, Veneta (not to be confused with the region of Italy called the Veneto) isn’t really all that exciting, but it’s where my dad has set up camp in his RV for the time being and the tiny town has some fancy new lodgings he wanted me to try out. So, with invitation and reservation in hand, Mr. Husband and I headed south. And of course, Finn had no intention of being left behind.

We spotted our first bit of excitement while cruising down I-5. A bear sighting! And not just…

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Beastie Meets Beasties at the Oregon Zoo

Wow, it’s been a busy week here in Beastie Towers… AGAIN!
Fortunately, not all of the global Beastie family are entangled in Christmas market preparations. So today I’m going to leave you in the capable hands (and paws) of Tammie and her mischievous monster companion Finn McSpool, as they have some close encounters with the residents of Oregon Zoo. Enjoy!

Tammie Painter

I know I promised a continuation of my tales from Orvieto for today’s post, but I thought I’d take a little break from the Italian adventures and share a recent outing that’s a little more local.

As you know, Finn McSpool recently moved to the U.S. from Ireland (although he’s thinking about packing his bags and returning after learning the results of our latest election). He’s done a little local exploring to Portland’s Japanese Garden, but this week was his first trip to see some local beasties at the Oregon Zoo. Late November may not be the best weather for wandering around a zoo, but Mr. Husband and I discovered a few years ago that on the Monday after Thanksgiving, you pretty much have the place to yourself.

I know many people hate zoos and think they’re cruel, but the Oregon Zoo is an outstanding steward for animal, environmental, and ecological issues, including…

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Leabhar Beastie Closeup - CrawCrafts Beasties

A Very Beastie Birthday in Portland, Oregon

Hooray! It’s finally Friday! So I thought we’d get the weekend off to a great (and slightly earlier than usual) start by visiting another Beastie abroad. This time, we’re skipping across the pond to Portland, Oregon, where a book-loving Beastie has made a new home for himself with writer and artist Tammie Painter – talk about a match made in heaven! He arrived just in time to join her for her birthday celebrations… Let’s see what they got up to! Oh, and I’d also recommend sticking around on Tammie’s blog to check out her incredibly finely-detailed artwork, or stop into her Etsy shop for some Father’s Day themed gift ideas 🙂

Tammie Painter

As promised many moons ago when I revamped my blog, although I no longer have a regular travel feature, I will occasionally share any travel adventures I do have. Last week was my birthday and to celebrate I decided I’d take a tour of Portland’s Japanese Garden.

While I do love gardens, there were a few ulterior motives behind this choice. First, it was free thanks to the Cultural Pass from my local library; second, it was only a short hop away from where I wanted to have a birthday pint; and third, I was hoping to get a few reference photos for future art projects.

Oh, and last but not least, I had a new friend who had recently moved to Portland from Ireland and wanted to see a few sites in his new home.

Meet Finn McSpool Beastie


Look at that face. how could anyone resist him? Finn…

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