Adding Windchimes to Your Outdoor Space

Wind chimes add an eclectic beauty to any landscape. Serving as a filler to footpaths, herb gardens and entrances, they add a vital element to areas with flower gardens and water features. brk-303-2__92712.jpg And wind chimes are a fantastic means to improve the ambiance of your backyard. If you like musical sounds, wind chime gardens are a great way to complement your outdoor experience. Setting up a smaller garden or deciding to have it cover your whole yard is a choice you will need to make. One of the great benefits of a wind chime garden is that you can create them to your own unique specifications, by deciding where the chimes are placed, the tone and design. To design your outdoor garden, you will want to consider the most advantageous placement of your wind chimes, while considering the direction and pattern of the wind. Identifying the best location is essential and will contribute greatly to realizing your very own peaceful and unique outdoor space.

Do Animals Enjoy Garden Fountains?

If you are considering installing a water feature, make sure your pets like it. Your freestanding fountain may be taken for a big pool or a drinking pond by your dog. Your pets will not be negatively affected if you incorporate a wall fountain to your property. You should take into account the fact that birds may think they have found a new place to bathe when they see your fountain so think carefully where you put it. Putting in a birdbath is a fantastic solution if you want birds to check out your yard, however. The indoor use of wall water fountains is completely possible if wish to avoid these hassles. Dentists’ and doctors’ practices as well as manor homes are just a few of the places where you can find these types of fountains.

The Influence of the Norman Invasion on Anglo Saxon Garden Design

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was drastically changed by the arrival of the Normans in the later eleventh century. The Normans were better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But there was no time for home life, domestic architecture, and decoration until the Normans had overcome the whole realm. Castles were more fundamental designs and often erected on blustery hills, where their tenants devoted both time and space to practicing offense and defense, while monasteries were major stone buildings, commonly located in the widest, most fruitful hollows. Relaxing 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 the time of William the Conqueror.

A large terrace meant for exercising and as a means to stop enemies from mining below the walls runs about the building. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an ancient yew hedge cut into the form of crude battlements.

FengShui and The Sounds of Wind Bells and Wind Chimes

These wind-powered music machines have comprehensive origins – from the shaking of dried bones placed to protect crops, to their usage on boats to warn crews of shifts in wind direction.

Around 1000 BC, skilled Chinese craftsmen cast bells in bronze to complement religious ceremonies and chase away malignant spirits. South Asia, Japan, Europe and the Americas eventually imitated the practice of placing windchimes in homes. As each society incorporated its own significance, the tranquil sounds and movement of wind chimes continued to be enjoyed around the world.

Feng shui (meaning “wind-water” in English) placed relevance on the tone, constitution, and localization of wind chimes in the dwelling to favorably affect a person’s home.

The Source of Today's Outdoor Garden Fountains

Pope Nicholas V, himself a well educated man, ruled the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of ancient classical Greek documents into Latin. In order to make Rome deserving of being the capital of the Christian world, the Pope resolved to embellish the beauty of the city. At the behest of the Pope, the Aqua Vergine, a damaged aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into Rome from eight miles away, was reconditioned starting in 1453.

A mostra, a monumental commemorative fountain constructed by ancient Romans to mark the point of entry of an aqueduct, was a practice which was revived by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was directed by the Pope to build a wall fountain where we now see the Trevi Fountain. The water which eventually provided the Trevi Fountain as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona flowed from the modified aqueduct which he had renovated.

Windchimes can be made from crystal glass, shells, stones
A more substantial final firing temperature in clay wind chimes brings about a higher and more ringing tone. Stoneware clay fired at greater temperatures produces less of a flat sound than does... read more
Wind Bells and Windchimes can be made from glass, earthenware, porcelain, or other materials.
A more substantial final firing temperature in clay wind chimes results in a higher and more ringing tone. Making use of a lesser heating temperature in ceramic yields a duller sound... read more
Wind Chimes can be made from crystal, shells, porcelain, or other materials.
A higher finishing firing temperature in clay wind chimes results in a higher and more ringing tone. The contrast between earthenware clay fired at reduced temperatures and stoneware clay fired at higher temperatures is that earthenware clay will generate a... read more
Wind Bells and Windchimes can be made from ceramic, resin, wood, or other materials.
A greater, more ringing tone in clay wind chimes is achieved with a greater finishing firing temperature. Stoneware clay fired at greater temperatures generates less of a dull sound than does earthenware clay fired at decreased temperatures. ... read more
A Chronicle of Outdoor Fountains
The translation of hundreds of ancient Greek texts into Latin was commissioned by the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who ruled the Church in Rome from 1397 until 1455. He undertook the embellishment of Rome to make it into the worthy capital... read more


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