Chatsworth: The Revelation Garden Fountain

cpi_80198__67941.jpg Angela Conner, the well-known British sculptor, designed “Revelation,” the newest acquisition to the ornamental outdoor fountains of Chatsworth. The late 11th Duke of Devonshire mandated her, because of her work in brass and steel, to create a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth in commemoration of the Queen’s 80th birthday. One of Chatsworth’s oldest ponds, Jack Pond, had “Revelation” mounted in it in 1999. Alternatively camouflaging and displaying a gold colored globe at the sculpture’s center, the steel fountain takes the appearance of four large flower petals which open and close with the circulation of water. A metallic globe finished with gold dust was integrated into the sculpture, which stands five meters high and five meters in width. This latest water fountain is an exciting and innovative addition to the Chatsworth Gardens, unique in that the movement of the flower petals is totally powered by water.

Aqueducts: The Remedy to Rome's Water Problems

Rome’s first elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was built in 273 BC; prior to that, inhabitants residing at higher elevations had to depend on local springs for their water. Outside of these aqueducts and springs, wells and rainwater-collecting cisterns were the lone technologies readily available at the time to supply water to spots of greater elevation. Beginning in the sixteenth century, a new method was introduced, using Acqua Vergine’s subterranean portions to generate water to Pincian Hill. As originally constructed, the aqueduct was provided along the length of its channel with pozzi (manholes) constructed at regular intervals. While these manholes were created to make it less difficult to conserve the aqueduct, it was also possible to use containers to remove water from the channel, which was practiced by Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi from the time he purchased the property in 1543 to his death in 1552. Even though the cardinal also had a cistern to get rainwater, it didn’t supply enough water. That is when he made a decision to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran directly below his property.

Putting up a Wall Water Fountain in Your Home

Any room will benefit from the addition of a wall fountain. The benefits of the water sounds include providing peace and calm to the room. People tend to hang their wall fountains in entryways, but, in fact, they can be a wonderful addition to any room where everyone meets. Even though each model might have slight differences on how to mount it, the standard instructions are the same for all. There are usually several parts that need to be assembled. You will need to connect the pump and tubing, and the base will need to be secured to the top section. Be sure to review the instruction manual before starting to make sure it is done correctly.

The set-up work is quite easy to grasp. Be aware, though, that the design you have might call for a somewhat different procedure. The easiest way to make sure it is positioned correctly is to get another person to hold it where you want it while you mark the wall. The easiest way to ensure it is hung correctly is to use a level. Both the top and the base should be marked. Your wall fountain can be installed using one of two methods. The first is to utilize screws which you glide directly into the slots on the back. Alternatively, brackets can be secured to the wall. The second option is better suited, particularly for heavier wall fountains. Determine where the brackets need to be located and mark the wall accordingly. Make pilot holes in the wall for the drywall anchors. Affix the anchors by attentively hammering them into the wall. Affix the brackets by making sure they are level and then screwing them into the wall using a drill or screwdriver. At this point, lift your unit and hang it on the mounting brackets. Ensure that it is properly installed and straight. When you are sure the unit is stable, fill with water. Make sure there is sufficient water to cover the pump. Plug the pump into the wall and see the water begin to move. Gently pour in more water until it comes within an inch of the top of the basin. Do not fill the basin all the way to the top or it will overflow when the pump is not on.

Whenever the water is not being pumped, it all settles at the bottom causing the water level to rise. If the fountain is overly full, water can spill out and cause damage to the surrounding area.

Introduce the Power of Feng Shui into Your Garden

Add feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can bring energy into your home.

As far as the size of your garden goes, it is not extremely important when adding feng shui design to it. Of course, a huge area is fantastic if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller areas as well.

The main feng shui tools can be used for your interior decor as well as your garden design. The first part is to know the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should learn how to use each of them to maximize the energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast section of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. The ideal addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a tranquil Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

People thinking about incorporating a water feature into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).

Outdoor Elegance: Outdoor Garden Fountains

Nowadays you can just put your garden water fountain close to a wall since they no longer need to be connected to a pond. Nowadays, you can eliminate digging, difficult installations and cleaning the pond. Since this feature is self-contained, no plumbing work is required.

Consistently adding water is the only requirement. Remove the water from the basin and place fresh water in its place when you see that the space is grimy.

Garden wall features come in many different materials, but they are normally made of stone and metal. The style you are looking for dictates which material is most appropriate to meet your needs. Garden wall fountains come in many shapes and sizes, therefore ensure that the design you decide to buy is hand-crafted, simple to hang and lightweight. Be sure that your fountain is manageable as far as maintenance is concerned. While there may be some instances in which the setup needs a bit more care, generally the majority require a minimal amount of work to install since the only two parts which demand scrutiny are the re-circulating pump and the hanging hardware. It is very simple to liven up your yard with these types of fountains.

The Influence of the Norman Invasion on Anglo-Saxon Garden Design

The advent of the Normans in the second half of the 11th century substantially modified The Anglo-Saxon ways of living. The Normans were much better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the rest of the population. Monasteries and castles served different purposes, so while monasteries were enormous stone structures assembled in only the most fruitful, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the occupants focused on learning offensive and defensive strategies. The barren fortresses did not provide for the quiet avocation of farming. The purest specimen of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent in modern times is Berkeley Castle. The keep is rumored to have been developed during the time of William the Conqueror. A spacious terrace recommended for strolling and as a means to stop enemies from mining under the walls runs around the building. On one of these terraces lies a charming bowling green: it's coated in grass and flanked by an old yew hedge that is formed into the shape of rough ramparts.

Deciding on the Best Spot for Your Water Fountain

Before choosing a water fountain, carefully consider precisely where you want to put it. Any high-traffic areas such as driveways, entryways, or roundabouts are perfect spots to install one.

If you prefer to put yours against a wall, there are fountains designed expressly for this purpose. To secure one against a wall, look for a bar or hook on the back made precisely for this purpose. Since the top part of your fountain is not stable on its own, make certain that it is secure against a wall to avoid damage caused by strong winds, wild animals, or other natural threats.

Anywhere people come together to sit and take in the fresh air is great for another option, a garden sculpture style.


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