Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The churchyard cat

Delamere-Church-CheshireA peaceful encounter with a tabby cat in a churchyard. He did not see me at first. Both of us enjoying the afternoon birdsong and solitude. I watched him nodding off by a gravestone, those sleepy feline eyes slowly shutting, not a care in the world........tabby-in-the-churchyard
camelia-in-the-churchyard Until he heard my feet shuffle in the gravel on the churchyard path. A set of enchanting green eyes fixed upon me. Who was going to release the stare first? {not the cat!}Cat-in-a-churchyard churchyard
I wonder if he comes here all the time, perhaps he is the resident church cat? I even found him portrayed in stone as a gargoyle by the church tower, warding off evil spirits. Tabby-cat-churchyard-hiding cat-gargoyle He soon went back to the business of being care free and snoozy. Must have recognized a kindred churchyard friend who was there to appreciate the serenity.  Here at St Peter's near Delamere Forest in Cheshire, the afternoon sun started to just touch the edges of the pink camellia whose petals are beginning to fall. Time to head back.......gravestone-Delamere
I hope we chance upon each other again and maybe make friends, the cat and I. Maybe share a bench and talk of church mice and the clattering of jackdaws in the tower. I'd like that very much, dear little tabby.tabby-cat

ANIMALTALES

23 comments:

Kriss MacDonald said...

The church cat looks like quite a character. Probably has some interesting tales of the churchyard too.

lisa prince said...

i have to say this is exactly the same as one near ours , my sisters sees the same cat every time she goes

Beautyqueenuk said...

Aw that cat looks so similar to mine, so cute x

ApparentlyAwkward said...

Beautiful cat - what lovely markings/coloring! #animaltales

Erica Price said...

Gorgeous cat - quite a big fellow isn't he?

Coombe Mill (Fiona) said...

A true hunter on the prowl! #AnimalTales

Phoebe Thomas said...

A lovely observation and beautiful photos.

Twinsplustwo said...

That's one tubby tabby!!! I wonder if it's expecting?

Michelle Ordever said...

What a beautiful, beautiful cat! Reminds me a little bit of our first cat, Holly.

Joanne DAY said...

Stunning cat, looks just like ours! Your pictures are gorgeous x

Jacqueline Brown said...

Such a beautiful looking cat. I hope you see it again.

missielizzie said...

What a beautiful post. I love churchyards, they're so peaceful.


When I visited one in Paris there were loads of cats living there, people had made up beds for them inside the broken crypts.

Jen Walshaw said...

I adore churchyards too. We have one in the village, but no church near it as it was bombed! I love the bushes with the flowers.

Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault said...

What a fabulous cat - I have a real soft spot for tabbies. And so large - it would seem life in a churchyard is good. Many thanks for linking the churchyard cat to #AnimalTales.

Lisa and Stella said...

He certainly seems at home there...I bet he has a master or mistress in the churchyard. Lovely photos :)

chickenruby said...

he looks like a very big and content cat

Sarah Bailey said...

What a lovely looking cat - he looks very content sitting there watching the goings on.

Nell@PigeonPairandMe said...

Beautiful shots. Some cats just ooze serenity - it looks as though this one is of that kind.

Claire Toplis said...

Loving the cat pictures of course xx

Kara said...

Whay a cute cat, wonder if it belongs to the church

Michelle Ashmore said...

They're lovely photos :) He looks a bit grumpy in the second photo though, like he's not happy about having to share the churchyard!

Globalmouse said...

What a sweet cat - he looks pretty well fed and happy!!

Ickle Pickle said...

I love cats - they make me laugh so much, we have two. This one looks very erm well fed ;) Kaz x

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