Contest #615: Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, on the outskirts of Belfast, Northern Ireland

Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in south Belfast is one of our most popular parks. It is home to the City of Belfast International Rose Garden, which attracts thousands of visitors to our Rose Week celebrations, which take place in July each year.

Covering more than 128 acres, the park is made up of rolling meadows, copses, woodland and gardens and is home to a wide range of plants and animals. An ideal base for exploring nearby Lagan Valley Regional Park, it contains international camellia trials, a walled garden, a Japanese-style garden with water features for quiet contemplation.

Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park was donated to the people of Belfast by Lady Dixon in 1959, in memory of her late husband, Sir Thomas.

Originally formed in the mid-18th century, as part of the Wilmont estate, the park was first owned by the Stewarts; a farming family from Scotland. The estate was used for growing crops and bleaching linen and the main family house stood on the site of what is now the park’s lower car park.

Here’s a blush rose, with raspberry scent.

Here’s a pink, come taste the edge.

And here, my dear, upon the stair,
is simply the hip of a white-blue rose
I’ve carried up to bed.

—L.L. Barkat, from Love, Etc.

For 2 points, as found before the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Walter_V_R
  • Nancy Barbato Sinatra
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Eloy Cano
  • Farceur
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Robin Giles

No-one else with the hint!

Contest #600 Reveals

A. Charles de Gaulle Bridge, Dinant, Belgium – From Garfield


Before the hint:

  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower
  • steve willis
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

After the hint:

B. Pura Luhor Poten Temple and Mt. Bromo, Indonesia – From Horvath


Before the hint:

  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Phil Ower
  • krenek
  • Garfield
  • steve willis
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

After the hint:

C. Tenby Castle and Museum, Wales – From Garfield


Before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • krenek
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

After the hint:

  • Steve Willis

D. New Town Hall / Site of 1st Defenstration of Prague, Czech Republic – From Krenek


Before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • steve willis
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

After the hint:

  • Gillian B

E. Treib–Seelisberg Railway, Near Lake Lucerne, Switzerland – From Garfield


Before the hint

  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Sandworm
  • krenek
  • steve willis
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

After the hint:

F. Rujm el-Hiri, Golan Heights – From Lighthouse


Before the hint

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • krenek
  • Garfield
  • steve willis
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

After the hint:

G. Mount Tuam, Victoria, Canada – From Garfield



Before the hint

  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

After the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Ben W.
  • steve willis

H. Pen Y Gwryd Hotel, Snowdonia, Wales – From Phil Ower


Before the hint

  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • krenek
  • Garfield
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

After the hint:

  • steve willis

I. Pitch Lake, La Brea, Trinidad – From Garfield


Before the hint

  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • krenek
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

After the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • steve willis

J. Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy – From Sasha


Before the hint

  • Martin de Bock
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Paul Voestermans
  • krenek
  • Garfield
  • steve willis
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

After the hint:

K. Jorden er flad (The Earth is Flat), Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark – From Krenek


Before the hint

  • Martin de Bock
  • hhgygy
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

After the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • steve willis

L. Portmeirion, Wales – From Phil Ower


Before the Hint

  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • krenek
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

After the hint:

  • Garfield
  • steve willis

M. Giant Pufferfish Statue, Yangzhong, China – From Steve Willis


Before The Hint

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Gillian B
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Sandworm
  • krenek
  • Garfield
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

After the hint:

And that closes out Series #591-600. Congrats to Abcdefg Hijkl with a total of 43 points (1 less than the absolute maximum available). Close on their heels we have Horváth (aka hhgygy), Garfield, Martin de Bock, Phil Ower, and Paul Voestermans.

Contest #600 – Hints

For each image, enter your guess in the comments and be sure to include the image’s letter. You enter multiple image guesses in each comment or do a new comment per image.

As always, you can click the image to see a larger version of it.

Good luck!!

A. From Garfield

A

Hint: Charlie Parker or Boney James would love this bridge

B. From Horvath

B

Hint: Very important on the 14th day of a month-long annual festival.

C. From Garfield

C

Hint: it was a school until the town created a museum over 140 years ago.

D. From Krenek

D

Hint: 600 years ago they threw a rock at the wrong man from a window here.

E. From Garfield

E

Hint: That’s a 38-degree gradient that this little electrical train takes.

F. From Lighthouse

F

Hint: Built between 3000 and 2700 BCE. Possibly a calendar. Not unlike the calendars near Amesbury.

G. From Garfield

(what can we say, she sent in a BUNCH of really good ones!!)

G

Hint: Yes, the beacon here is vital to You if you fly here, John.

H. From Phil Ower

H

Hint: You could almost say that one of the greatest mountain climbing expeditions in history started here.

I. From Garfield

I

Hint: Sir Walter Raleigh was impressed with this stuff — way better than that what came from Norway.

J. From Sasha

J

Hint: Mentioned in the Decameron. You can get here by climbing 33 flights of steps.

K. From Krenek (you thought I was going to say Garfield, didn’t you?)

K

Hint: The statue here reflects the views of the ancient Mesopotamians, Homer and Tia Tequila.

L. From Phil Ower

L

Hint: Three of the contests are in the same small country. This one was the filming location of a very popular mid-60’s British TV Drama.

M. From Steve Willis

M

Hint: Can’t really say much. Yep, it’s a fish.