Friday Fountain Challenge: December

My final contribution for this month is a real bobby dazzler – The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc in Barcelona. It was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1929 by Carles Buigas. My daughter and I headed out to see the fountain in action on a Friday night in October. There seemed to be hundreds of…

Friday Fountain Challenge: December

Snowshill Manor is a Cotswold manor house packed with extraordinary treasures collected over a life time by Charles Wade In addition there is a lovely garden with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. And in one courtyard is this delightful huffing and puffing Green Man fountain. I think he’d look rather splendid in my…

Friday Fountain Challenge: December

One that failed to get posted during the year is this disturbing fountain from Prague. This is in the Prague Castle Gardens and is of Hercules wrestling with a lion. The sculpture of Hercules is made by architect Palliardi in the time of baroque flourish (1787-1797) and is in the garden on the bastion. I don’t know…

Friday Fountain Challenge: December

I’m back in Switzerland for this first December fountain. The delightful “Le Vieux Carouge”, with its specific old French-Italian architecture, its abundance of fountains, courtyards, shuttered houses and bohemian vibe, doesn’t feel at all like you are in Geneva. If you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus…

Friday Fountain Challenge: November

My final November fountain is from Scotland, though it is fairly typical of anywhere in the British Isles – a memorial fountain. The heart of the oldest part of Dunkeld is ‘The Cross’, where the High Street broadens out to flow either side of a central area that was once home to the Mercat (or market)…

Friday Fountain Challenge: November

One water feature that seems to recur in our gardens, especially those managed by the National Trust, is a the classic European sculpture of a naked boy / cupid  with a dolphin / fish / sea serpent of some description or even in the case below, a swan. Often holding. sitting on, wrestling or otherwise engaged….

Friday Fountain Challenge: November

Another fountain in a public garden, this time the Dingle in Shrewsbury. Formerly a stone quarry the Dingle is the result one of its gardeners – Percy Thrower – who was very famous in England for appearing in the TV programme ‘Blue Peter’ and who was the superintendent of Shrewsbury’s parks for 28 years. There…

Friday Fountain Challenge: November

This unique and delightful water feature was made by Michael Johnson at The Copper Works, Newlyn and is located near the Sensory Garden in Penlee Park, Penzance. I know, from a distance it doesn’t really look much does it? But come a little closer… and admire those copper leaves and the fluid shape of the…

Friday Fountain Challenge: October

The Concorde Fountain – Paris The Fontaines de la Concorde are two monumental fountains located in the Place de la Concorde in the centre of Paris. They were designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorff, and completed in 1840 during the reign of King Louis-Philippe. The south fountain commemorates the maritime commerce and industry of France, and…

Friday Fountain Challenge: October

A quick post from Barcelona with a stately fountain for Poli 🙂 The Cascades are in Parc Ciutadella close to the centre of Barcelona and also home to the zoo. Apologies for the quality of these images but the light was fading and I haven’t time to edit them as there are things to do…