Anglo Saxon Gardens During the Norman Conquest

115126-7904__47289.jpg Anglo-Saxons felt incredible adjustments to their day-to-day lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. The skill of the Normans exceeded the Anglo-Saxons' in design and agriculture at the time of the conquest. But nevertheless home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the entire populace. Because of this, castles were cruder buildings than monasteries: Monasteries were frequently significant stone buildings set in the biggest and most fecund valleys, while castles were erected on windy crests where their inhabitants devoted time and space to tasks for offense and defense. The tranquil practice of gardening was not viable in these bleak bastions. Berkeley Castle is perhaps the most intact model in existence today of the early Anglo-Norman form of architecture. The keep is rumored to have been invented during the time of William the Conqueror. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an impediment to assailants wanting 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 form of crude battlements.

The Beautiful First Wonders by Bernini

Bernini's earliest water fountain, named Barcaccia, is a breath taking work of art found at the bottom of the Trinita dei Monti in Piaza di Spagna. This spot continues to be filled with Roman locals and tourists who like to exchanging gossip or going over the day's news. The streets surrounding his water fountain have come to be one of the city’s most trendy gathering places, something which would certainly have pleased Bernini himself. In about 1630, the great artist designed the first fountain of his career at the behest of Pope Ubano VIII. The fountain’s central motif is based on an an enormous ship slowly sinking into the Mediterranean.

The great flooding of the Tevere that blanketed the whole region with water in the 16th was commemorated by this momentous fountain as recorded by reports dating back to this time. Absenting himself from Italy only once in his life for a prolonged period of time, in 1665 Bernini voyaged to France.

Dogs, Cats and Water Fountains

Think about how your pet may respond to a water feature before you buy one. Your pet dog could think that your freestanding fountain resembles a large pond to drink from or a pool in which to swim. Your beloved pets will probably take well to a water element in your yard. You should take into account the fact that birds might think they have found a new place to bathe when they see your fountain so think carefully where you put it. Add a birdbath if your objective is to draw birds to your property. To prevent this, however, installing a wall water fountain inside your residence is a great alternative. Grand homes, in addition to dentist’ and doctors’ offices, often have such fountains on display.

Recommendations for the Most Beautiful Indoor or Outside Space

Including a feng shui fountain in your living area will most surely contribute to creating an atmosphere of harmony and serenity. Setting up a garden or home waterfall is an easy way to make this happen. The best complement to your decor is this type of element. Position your outdoor fountain where you can see it from indoors as well.

Plants and flowers are also crucial for the most beautiful water fountains. The best idea is to add some plants which stay beautiful no matter what the weather is outside. Your fountain can be made even more personal by including things like statues or other artwork, picturesque shells, etc.

Incorporating Feng Shui into Your Yard

Feel the health benefits of feng shui by incorporating its design elements into your yard.

Do not be concerned if your yard is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. A sizeable space is great for those lucky enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

Whether you are adding feng shui design to your home or garden, the tools are the same. The initial part is to know the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

Before getting started, make sure you understand the five elements of feng shui so that you can make the most of their energy.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be incorporated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that section connects to self-cultivation and personal development energy. 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.

Consider integrating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Disappearing Water Elements

A second term for a disappearing fountain is a “pondless” fountain. You cannot see where the water comes from, because it is underground. Any area where there are people, such as a walking path, is perfect for a disappearing fountain since it adds pleasant sounds and a lovely visual effect. They come in a wide number of styles, some of which are ceramic urns, waterfalls, granite columns, and millstones.

Disappearing fountains also come with many advantages. Since the water source is underground, there is no open water to pose a risk to those around it. This means that children can safely be around it. Evaporating water is also not an issue since the water supply is not exposed to heat. This means you will use less water than if you had another style of fountain. The water source will remain clean and free of dirt since it is underground and algae will not grow in it, so you will not need to waste a lot of time cleaning it. Lastly, it is easier to find a space for it due to its small size.

Guidelines for Hanging a Wall Water Element

Wall fountains can suit any room. A waterfall will bring a feeling of tranquility with the comforting sounds of moving water. People tend to hang wall fountains in any space where folks gather, but most commonly in entryways. Although each model might have slight differences on how to hang it, the basic guidelines are the same for all. Assembly will include putting together a number of parts. Once you connect the base and the top you will then need to attach the pump and the hoses. Be sure to review the instructions before starting to make sure it is done right. It is usually a simple process. Keep in mind, though, that each model might need a slight change. Have a colleague hold the wall fountain in the desired location, then mark the wall accordingly. The best way to make sure it is installed correctly is to use a level. It is recommended to mark both the bottom and the top placements. Wall fountains can be mounted in a couple of ways. You can put the screws in the wall and glide them into the holes on the back of the wall fountain. A second option is use brackets mounted on the wall. This last one is the more advisable technique, particularly if your fountain is large. Mark the point on the wall where the brackets need to be attached. Drill pilot holes in the wall where you need to position the drywall anchors. Gently tap on the anchors with a hammer to insert them into the wall. The brackets can then be mounted on the wall utilizing a screwdriver or cordless drill. The wall fountain is all set to be mounted onto the brackets. Be certain that it is properly straight and not loose. If the alignment is acceptable, it’s time to add some water. There must be enough water to cover the water pump. Then plug it in and the water will start to move. Carefully pour in just enough water to reach one inch below the top edge of the basin. The basin will overflow when the pump is shut off if it is too full, so be certain not to fill it completely. Whenever the pump is off the water all settles at the bottom of the bowl, causing the water level to rise. The water will overflow and cause damage if your wall fountain is overly full.


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