Things I Love
with my usual Wednesday Series
A Dose of Encouragement
I love fountains but I have seen so many over the years in various countries where we have lived or gone on holiday that I now like to look out for unusual ones.
Maybe it is just because I love watching moving water or prancing about in waves - I wonder does paddling in cold ripples on the beach also qualify here?
When we lived in Belgium we were in a Village called Tervuren and it was a lovely village with a royal castle and the gardens were open to the public as a park.
There was a roundabout in front of the castle and a long road leading up to it and shortly after we arrived there they started to work at the roundabout.
It was a mystery as to what they were going to do with it because it was obvious soon enough that it was not just going to have nice flower beds. Well you can probably guess it must have had a fountain because that's what I'm writing about today but for the story and to see just what type of fountain was involved you will need to read Tervuren Fountain
We have lived in America and Belgium as well as our homeland of Northern Ireland and we have also visited several places on holidays over the years so I've picked out some of the more unusual fountains in those places as a representation of
"Fountains throughout the World".
From Top Left going round Clockwise we have:
- Washington D.C.
- Geneva, Switzerland
- Manneken Pis - Brussels, Belgium
- Paris, France
- Las Vegas, USA
- Seoul, South Korea
- Old Faithful Geyser - Yellowstone Park, USA
These are all beautiful fountains but my heart lies firmly with the one in Tervuren which is more unusual than these and as I would pass it on almost a daily basis it continued (over all the years we were there) to put a smile on my face each time.
Tervuren Fountain will always be special to me - you really need to go and have a look.
About halfway through my time in Belgium I was fortunate enough to be in a ladies group which managed to arrange to visit the workshop of the man who created the Fountain. This workshop was at his home and all around his large (very large) garden were many more sculptures of many different animals and people and objects.
I remember telling him that I already knew then that The Fountain at Tervuren would be the thing I would miss most when I left Belgium and it is true, although I do miss the friends I made there as well.
It took Tom Frantzen a long time to design, get all the materials necessary and then to create this beautiful feature.
This always makes me think of my wonderful creator who did not even have to gather together materials because He made the world from nothing.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed
by the word of God, so that things which are seen
were not made of things which do appear.
Tom Frantzen is a very gifted sculptor and has made beautiful things but even though we use the word create in this context he really made them out of other things whereas God is the true creator because he made the world and us and everything in the world from nothing.
Oh how marvellous is my God.
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power:
for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure
they are and were created.
Have you acknowledged God's wonderful creation?
You should, because you are His wonderful creation.
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