The Impact of the Norman Conquest on Anglo-Saxon Gardens

win730__28140.jpg The Anglo-Saxon way of life was dramatically 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 home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the entire population. Most often designed upon windy summits, castles were fundamental constructs that allowed their inhabitants to devote time and space to offensive and defensive schemes, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings frequently installed in only the most fecund, extensive valleys. Peaceful pursuits such as gardening were out of place in these desolate citadels. The finest specimen of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent in modern times is Berkeley Castle. The keep is said to date from William the Conqueror's time. A significant terrace serves as a hindrance to intruders who would attempt to mine the walls of the building. A picturesque bowling green, enveloped in grass and bordered by battlements clipped out of an ancient yew hedge, makes one of the terraces.

Enrich Your Yard with the Use of Feng Shui

Introduce feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can carry energy into your household.

Do not be concerned if your garden is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is relatively unimportant. It is fabulous to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can always incorporate feng shui design.

The main feng shui tools can be used for your interior decor as well as your garden design. In order to understand the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first have to understand your home’s bagua.

It is also important to know the five elements in the theory of feng shui and how best to use each one to maximize its energy.

The northeast corner of your garden, for instance, connects to personal growth and self-cultivation energy, and Earth is the feng shui element that is important to incorporate it. 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.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas ideal for a water feature.

Chatsworth Gardens and its "Revelation" Water Fountain

Angela Conner, the reputable British sculptor, fashioned “Revelation,” the most recent acquisition to the appealing outdoor fountains of Chatsworth. She was mandated by the late 11th Duke of Devonshire to make a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth, in 2004/5 in celebration of the Queen’s 80th birthday. In 1999 Revelation was mounted in Jack Pond, one of Chatsworth’s oldest ponds. It takes on the configuration of four big flower petals made from steel which opens and close with the water flow, alternatively camouflaging and displaying a gold colored globe at the sculpture’s heart. A gold dust decorated steel globe was created and incorporated to the prominent sculpture standing five meters high and five meters wide. This newest water feature is an exciting and interesting extension to the Gardens of Chatsworth, because the motion of flower petals is entirely run by water.

A Water Element Your Cat Will Appreciate

Does your cat like to leap onto the countertop when he hears the tap? Does he sip water from the toilet or feel the water in his bowl before drinking it? Odd as these behaviors sound, they really show a cat’s natural instinct to avoid still standing water. In fact, they do not posses a strong natural inclination to hydrate.

In the wild, cats ingest meat full of moisture which keeps them adequately hydrated. Consequently, felines do not have a natural desire for much water. Pet cats, however, rely on you for their water, as they do not get the essential hydration from their foods. Cat fountains are a simple way to supply a water source for your pet.

If you get one, you can rest easy knowing your cat has easy access to water. You can pick one you know your cat will like since they come in so many unique models. Fountains can have continually moving water for freshness, or a receptacle that fills up as your cat empties it.

The Father Of Roman Garden Fountain Design And Style

There are numerous famous water fountains in Rome’s city center. One of the finest sculptors and artists of the 17th century, virtually all of them were planned, conceptualized and constructed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. His abilities as a fountain designer and also as a city architect, are evident all through the roads of Rome. Bernini's father, a renowned Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son, and they ultimately moved to Rome, in order to fully express their art, primarily in the form of public water fountains and water features. An exemplary worker, Bernin earned compliments and the the backing of popes and important painters. He was originally celebrated for his sculpture. Working seamlessly with Roman marble, he used a base of expertise in the ancient Greek architecture, most notably in the Vatican. Though he was influenced by many, Michelangelo had the most profound impact on him, both personally and professionally.

The Transforming Benefits of Water Elements

From improving air quality to contributing a feeling of peace to the area, a fountain adds so much to your life.

You might not even be aware of the extent to which a water fountain, whether inside or outside, will complement your life. All over the world coastal cities have large populations which may perhaps be linked to the fact that the human body is composed largely of water. While there are many luxurious ways to incorporate the benefits of water into your daily life (like investing in a beach house!), a much more attainable option is to install a water feature in your home.

The addition of an outdoor garden fountain to any patio, terrace, or veranda will make a huge difference to your enjoyment of the space. Outdoor water features can further elevate even the most gorgeous space. If you have a screened porch, give some thought to installing one there, or if not, then on the external wall above your patio. Your flower garden will become a place of elegant decadence and tranquility if you put in a tiered version. Birds love birdbath fountains because the flow of the water ensures that it remains clean and does not build up bacteria and algae. The enchanting sound of trickling water is the final touch your garden area needs to become a haven of peace.


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