The cat is from Cheshire.
They are all in or associated with Cheshire. Because I know about the cat and one of the image urls has the name Nantwich which is a town in Cheshire!
I hope you enjoyed it. The next county is not going to be so easy with all kinds of "clues". Ha!Did you know Cheshire is famous for its cheese? And dockyard cats that look like they are smiling? I guess the cats must have come first, because some of the cheese is formed into cats.And it is traditional for the cheese to be sliced starting at the tail and working your way forward, until all that's left is the smile!And that's where he got it, they say. Lewis Carroll, I mean.So there.But there is one clue you both missed - the black and white distinctive "Magpie" houses.
Interesting because I had no idea where the magpie came in. I know this gets very boring, but I used to live in Cheshire - just. Altrincham used to have the most wonderful cheese shop where you could buy Cheshire cheese in various states of maturity - and taste before buying. I never saw anything other than a standard cheese shape though. I had thought the top picture must have been Chester and the church was Prestbury, so I got to the right answer the wrong way.
The church is in Wilmslow. Not exactly a good clue, I just liked the architecture. :)In my research, I read that the dock cats (who hung around the Chester docks and feasted off the many rats that came off the ships) were all so well-fed that they must surely be the happiest cats in the world. Hence the storied smiles in many cartoons and sculptures and what have you. They are probably not really smiling in real life. Maybe. Who knows. :)Our friend Claire is from Widness, btw. I hope I spelled that right.
And A.?You've been everywhere, luv. :)
Oooh, war! Merry Christmas everyone...and you Maxie.
The name 'Cheshire' actually comes from the original name, 'Cheese Hire'. So popular were the cheeses made there, that people used to rent them -or hire them, if you will - to show their friends and families who would gaze upon them with awe.Actually, I just made that up.Merry Christmas, sir!
Hi Alison. Where were you when I needed you :) Hope you had a good Christmas.--------milord: Actually, it comes from "Chest Hire". It derives from all the topless strip clubs found there since Roman times. Most are quite cheesy as well. But the cats all smile. Merry Christmas back at you. Happy New Year I mean.
Nearly right, Widnes :)Which has more Lancashire roots, than Cheshire roots, but is right on the border with Merseyside too.All a palaver over a bridge :)Merry Christmas :)
Claire, sorry. You'd think I would get it right after stalking you for so long. Or at least I did in the old days. Hope you had a good Chlrstmas. And may 2009 bring you what you are hoping for.