Friday Fountain Challenge: July

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A slight change of location, but still in Switzerland, this lovely old (1848) stone fountain is in Montreux. I love the way the Swiss decorate their drinking fountains with floral displays. These may only be the humble begonia, but it looks like a lovely Easter bonnet.

If you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus for the rules

This month she is looking for stone fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: June

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The Jet d’Eau (‘water stream‘) is the 140 m (459 ft) high fountain in Lake Geneva. It’s located just in front of the promenades of Geneva, and is the key part of the city’s skyline. The fountain dates back to 1886, but actually it wasn’t meant to be a fountain from the beginning. It was a technical necessity, only created to release pressure from a water station. When it started attracting visitors, it was moved to a better location and a powerful pump was installed. Today, the water emerges from the nozzle with a speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). source

Why is it unusual? Well from this perspective it looks as though it is taller than Mount Salève (?) in the background! And it is (I believe) the tallest fountain in the world.

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This month she is looking for unusual details on fountains/unusual fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: June

My next fountain for June is from Sezincote. An unusual example of Neo-Mughal architecture situated in the middle of the English Cotswolds.

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Thomas Daniell, famous as a painter of Indian scenery, designed the Indian Bridge and the Indian Temple.

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This month she is looking for unusual details on fountains/unusual fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: June

One of the more unusual fountains I have come across is in the Water Gardens of Westonbury Mill in Herefordshire. I am claiming the water tower as a fountain because it works on the same basic principle. Water is drawn up to the top and then flows down – in this case forced out – through various openings.

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There are several follies in this garden and well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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This month she is looking for unusual details on fountains/unusual fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: June

Alcazar Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego, California

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The Alcazar Garden bordered by boxwood hedges, is planted with 7,000 annuals for a vibrant display of colour throughout the year. The garden has been reconstructed to replicate the 1935 design by San Diego architect Richard Requa. Named because its design is patterned after the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain, it lies adjacent to the Art Institute and Mingei Museum. It is known for its ornate fountains, exquisite turquoise blue, yellow and green Moorish tiles, and shady pergola.

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This month she is looking for unusual details on fountains/unusual fountains. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: May

Kiftsgate Gardens in the Cotswolds is a beautiful tranquil place, with a soft, feminine planting scheme devised over three generations of women gardeners. And I was very taken by this simple portrait fountain placed on an old stone, lichen-covered wall. Click on the link above to read more about this garden.
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if you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus for the rules. This month she is looking for fountains featuring people or animals. I’m sure she would love to see you.

(The header image is from the well head in the sunken garden)

Friday Fountain Challenge: May

The Robba Fountain (Slovene: Robbov vodnjak), since the first half of the 20th century also known as the Fountain of the Three Carniolan Rivers (Vodnjak treh kranjskih rek), is the fountain that stands in front of Ljubljana Town Hall at Town Square in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It was originally made in 1751 by the Italian sculptor Francesco Robba and is one of the city’s most recognisable symbols.

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The fountain consists of three male figures with jugs, which came several years after the fountain’s creation to supposedly represent the gods of the three rivers of Carniola: the Ljubljanica, Sava and Krka, and later as well the three territorial units of Carniola: Upper Carniola, Lower Carniola, and Inner Carniola. Steps that lead up to the fountain represent the Carniolan mountains. The water pool has a shape of a shell. In the center of the fountain stands a 10-metre (33 ft) obelisk. The sculptural part of the fountain is made of the Carrara marble, the obelisk is made of the local Lesno Brdo marble and the pool is made of the local Podpeč limestone. Source: Wikipedia

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if you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus for the rules. This month she is looking for fountains featuring people or animals. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: May

Still in Geneva whilst enjoying coffee in the Old Town on the Place du Bourg, I was people watching. The youngsters coming home from school flung their school bags in the dust and clambered on to this pretty 18th century flowered fountain to quench their thirst. This young lad spotted me and my camera 🙂

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if you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus for the rules. This month she is looking for fountains featuring people or animals. I’m sure she would love to see you.

Friday Fountain Challenge: May

This month Polianthus is looking for fountains featuring people or animals. This interesting looking black swan basilisk dragon / scultone* was captured in the Carouge district of Geneva. Such a fabulous place for spotting artistic fountains!

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Carouge had been a separate entity from Geneva until 1816. Most of the buildings in Carouge were designed by architects from Turin, as commissioned by the King of Sardinia at the time which may account for the feeling I had of being in Italy.

*A sort of dragon basilisk in Sardinia, Italy. The Scultone lived in bushlands and was immortal. It was known to have the power to kill human beings with its gaze

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