Back to where we were yesterday.
If you look carefully there is an oval plaque on the low wall inside the arch.
Within the grounds of Belfast Castle you will find a Cat Garden which is nicely laid out with a pond in the middle. The name refers to a legend attached to the castle that says it’s residents will only have good fortune provided a white cat lives there.
There are apparently nine references to cats, some obvious and some hidden. I wonder how many I can find?
Mosaic Cat – 1
This mosaic and the one below were to big for my viewfinder, when standing beside them. Taken from the car park above the colour detail is not so good.
Mosaic Cat – 2
This next one was visible yesterday, beside the small turret.
Ceramic Tile cat
Is this stone cat watching a fly?
This topiary cat is owner of all he surveys!
Sleeping Stone Cat I bet that spot is warm on a sunny day.
Another sleeping cat, this time in Bronze.
All this sleeping makes me want to sit down.
Want a closer look?
Cat playing with a ball of wool.
Now sit back and I will read you a poem…
Before the cat will condescend
To treat you as a trusted friend,
Some little token of esteem
Is needed, like a dish of cream.
This little verse by T. S. Eliot is accompanied by an etched cat (on the right) with his head in a bowl of cream.