Anglo-Saxon Grounds During the Norman Conquest

Anglo-Saxons encountered extraordinary changes to their daily 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 farming at the time of the conquest. ft_279__11105.jpg Nonetheless the Normans had to pacify the overall territory before they could focus on home life, domestic architecture, and decoration. Castles were more fundamental constructions and often built on blustery hills, where their people devoted both time and space to practicing offense and defense, while monasteries were major stone buildings, regularly located in the widest, most fruitful hollows. The calm method of gardening was impractical in these dreary bastions. Berkeley Castle, maybe the most pristine model of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists today. It is said that the keep was developed during William the Conqueror's time. A massive terrace serves as a discouraging factor to intruders who would attempt to mine the walls of the building. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an ancient yew hedge cut into the shape of crude battlements.

Water-raising Tool by Camillo Agrippa

The praise Agrippa’s water-lifting innovation earned by Andrea Bacci in 1588 was short-lived. It may be that in 1592 when Rome’s latest conduit, the Acqua Felice, started delivering the Villa Medici, there was no longer very much need for the equipment. Its application could very well have been limited but Camillo Agrippa’s innovation had a prominent place in history as the most remarkable water-lifting device of its kind in Italy prior to the modern era.

Renaissance landscapes of the later part of the sixteenth century were home to works such as melodious water features, scenographic water displays and water caprices (giochi d’acqua), but these weren’t filled with water in ways that violated gravitation itself.

Your Garden Water fountain: Maintenance & Routine Service

Setting up an outdoor wall fountain demands that you take into account the dimensions of the space where you are going to put it. It will need a very strong wall to support its overall weight. Areas or walls that are smaller will require a lightweight fountain. You will need to have an electrical outlet in the vicinity of the fountain so it can be powered. Whatever the style of outdoor wall fountain you select, they typically come with simple to understand, step-by-step instructions.

Everything you will need to correctly install your outdoor wall fountain is typically provided in easy-to-use kits. The kit provides a submersible pump, hoses as well as the basin, or reservoir. If the size is appropriate, the basin can be hidden away among your garden plants. Since outdoor wall fountains require little attention, the only thing left to do is clean it consistently.

Change the water frequently so it is always clean. Debris such as twigs, leaves or dirt should be cleaned up quickly. Extremely cold temperatures can affect your outdoor wall fountain so be sure to protect it during wintertime. Bring your pump inside when the weather turns very cold and freezes the water so as to avoid any possible harm, like as cracking. The bottom line is that if you properly maintain and care for your outdoor fountain, it will bring you joy for many years.

Beautiful Fountains for Your Favorite Pet

Whenever your cat hears water flowing in the kitchen, does he come running? Does he inspect the water in his bowl with his foot or drink toilet water? While these behaviors might seem odd, in fact they are common because cats shy away from water that is not moving. As a matter of fact, they do not have a strong natural tendency to hydrate.

Undomesticated cats get adequate moisture from the meat they consume. Therefore, felines do not have a natural desire for much water. Nevertheless, cats which do not hunt in the wild need proper hydration, so you need to be sure they have an adequate supply. Make water easily attainable to your cat by putting in a cat fountain.

Having one will ensure your cat has plenty of water at hand anytime it wants to drink. Fountains come in numerous shapes and sizes, so be certain to choose one that best fits the needs of your cat. There are fountains that always have constant flowing fresh water while others have a basin which refills as your cat drinks from it.

Green Fountains

Do you want to make your home just a little more stunning? Well, think about adding beauty and value to your residence by installing a solar water feature. You get all the rewards of an electrical fountain, as well as other financial benefits and an overall betterment to your health. While your initial expenditure may be steeper, the long-term savings are beneficial. You will not have to concern yourself about energy shortages since your fountain will not be fueled by electricity.

Running water fountains will lead to an increase in your electric bill. Keep in mind that while you may not see any advantages right away, your home will be worth more further down the road.

The issue with using more electricity is not solely about our electric bills, the effect on the environment is considerable. Solar powered water fountains get their energy directly from the sun thus making them the perfect “green” fountain. Using solar power to run a water feature is not only beneficial to our environment but it also heats and cools our homes.

This kind of water fountain doesn't need as much upkeep as others.

These water features need less cleaning than other kinds. As there is no electrical motor that can get clogged, little cleaning is needed. And because there is little cleaning to do, you will have more time to enjoy yourself!


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