The Easiest Way to Create the Perfect Haven Inside or Out

One simple way to create a tranquil and relaxing area is to set up a feng shui fountain. The best idea is to get a garden or home waterfall. The best complement to your decor is this type of element. p-068__46513.jpg The best place for your outdoor fountain is a spot where you can see it from indoors too.

The most gorgeous water fountains incorporate flowers and plants. Look for plant types that thrive year-round. Your fountain can be made even more special by incorporating things like statues or other artwork, picturesque shells, etc.

Stand-Alone Fountains: Are They Practical?

Self-contained fountains are perfect for anyone looking for affordability and convenience. You do not need any other components because they all come included with the instructions for your fountain. One name for a fountain having its own water source is referred to as “self-contained”.

Since they do not involve much work to set up, self-contained fountains are perfect for patios and porches. They are easily transportable too in case you later choose to move it somewhere else.

The landscaper will first inspect that the spot where you want your fountain to go is flat. If your landscaper thinks the ground is too bumpy, he can always flatten it for you. The time has come to put your water feature in place and fill it with water. The last step is to plug it into a socket, a solar panel, or batteries.

Since it is free-standing and does not necessitate an alternative water source or plumbing, a self-contained fountain is optimal for anyone looking for ease and convenience. Many fountain owners want them to be the focal point of their yards and position them right in the middle, although they can really go anywhere in the garden. A number of common materials can be used for fountains including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Anglo Saxon Gardens During the Norman Conquest

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was significantly changed by the arrival of the Normans in the later eleventh century. The Normans were much better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But nevertheless home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the entire population. Most often constructed upon windy summits, castles were fundamental structures that allowed their inhabitants to spend time and space to offensive and defensive schemes, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings generally installed in only the most fecund, extensive valleys. The serene practice of gardening was unrealistic in these dreary bastions. The best example of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent in modern times is Berkeley Castle. It is said that the keep was developed during William the Conqueror's time. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an impediment to assailants trying to excavate under the castle walls.

One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an old yew hedge cut into the figure of crude battlements.

Where are the World’s Most Grandiose Water Features?

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the highest continuously- running fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). The water here jets up to a elevation of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water shooting up 202 meters (663 feet).

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which comes in third place. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this fountain is the tallest in the United States.

With water ejected 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes it on the list.

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of propelling water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are functioning.

The Dubai Fountain was opened in 2009 next to Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and propels water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, finished in 1970, propelling water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

Lastly is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

A True Roman Marvel: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a treasure trove of pagan and Christian artifacts on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome.

Found in the portico of the nearby basilica one can see the famous marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). Due to the fact that the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was located off the beaten track, it remained mostly unknown. It was said that there was nothing worth seeing in this area, as it was bleak and desolate making it an unfriendly place to visit. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to renovate the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the work to lay down the foundation of the church. The blessing of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being thrown in showing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.


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