The Outcome of the Norman Invasion on Anglo-Saxon Landscaping

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 ability of the Normans exceeded the Anglo-Saxons' in design and agriculture at the time of the conquest. But before focusing on home-life or having the occasion to consider domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire population. Most often designed upon windy peaks, castles were straightforward constructs that permitted their occupants to devote time and space to offensive and defensive programs, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings commonly placed in only the most fecund, broad valleys. 5002-gry__05059.jpg Tranquil activities such as gardening were out of place in these destitute citadels. Berkeley Castle is perhaps the most unchanged model in existence today of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture. The keep is said to date from William the Conqueror's time period. A significant terrace serves as a deterrent to invaders who would try to mine the walls of the building. On one of these terraces sits a quaint bowling green: it's covered in grass and flanked by an old yew hedge that is created into the shape of rough ramparts.

Use a Wall fountain To Help Boost Air Quality

If what you are after is to breathe life into an otherwise boring ambiance, an indoor wall fountain can be the answer. Installing this type of indoor feature positively affects your senses and your general well-being. If you doubt the benefits of water fountains, just look at the research supporting this theory. Modern-day machines produce positive ions which are balanced out by the negative ions discharged by water features. Favorable changes to both your emotional and physical well-being take place when the negative ions are overpowered by the positive ions. The increased serotonin levels resulting from these types of features make people more attentive, serene and energized. An improved state of mind as well as a removal of air impurities comes from the negative ions released by indoor wall fountains Allergies, pollutants among other annoyances can be done away with by these water features. And finally, water fountains are excellent at absorbing dust and microbes floating in the air and as a result in bettering your overall health.

Where are the World’s Most Impressive Water Features?

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the highest continuously- running fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). The water here shoots 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).

Located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is third placed Gateway Geyser (1995). It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

Next is the fountain found in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which shoots water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

Number 4: Fountain Park (1970), Fountain Hills, Arizona - although it can reach heights of 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating, it only reaches 91 meters (300 feet) on a normal day.

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. The fountain propels water up to 73 meters (240 feet) and performs once every half hour to pre-recorded music - and even has extreme shooters, not used in every show, which reach up to 150 meters (490 feet).

Constructed in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at #7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

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

The Wonder of Multi-Tiered Fountains

Gardens are common places to display a multi-tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain generally have many tiered fountains. Common places to see them are in courtyards and city squares. While some tiered fountains have intricate designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very simple.

Any area can be embellished with one, although a more conventional setting is sometimes more suitable. It should appear as if the fountain has been part of the environment since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

Why a Fountain Can Make Your Environment Better

Your quality of life will be favorably influenced by a fountain as it not only provides you a place of peace and calm, but also serves to clean the air.

Both an indoor and an outdoor garden fountain will help you in ways you might not even realize.

People around the world are compelled to go to coastal cities and major bodies of water, most likely influenced by the fact that our bodies have a high water content. While there are many lavish ways to incorporate the benefits of water into your daily life (like investing in a beach house!), a much more accessible solution is to put a water feature in your home.

Enhance any outdoor area by adding a gorgeous outdoor garden fountain. Even if you are already pleased with your outdoor area, the introduction of one of the many outdoor fountains available will make you love it even more. A terrific idea is to set up one on the wall of your screened porch, or perhaps outside as part of your outdoor decor. If you have a flower bed, consider installing a beautiful tiered type there to add a sense of peace. The flow of the water in birdbath fountains, as compared to still water, means that bacteria and algae will not accumulate in the water, making for fresher water for wild birds. Add the ultimate touch with the tranquil sound of flowing water in your garden.


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