Wednesday, 29 October 2014

I Love Unusual Fountains - A Dose of Encouragement 44 & Things I Love #29

Today I'm combining my 31 Days Challenge

                    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:


  1. Washington D.C.
  2. Singapore
  3. Geneva, Switzerland
  4. Manneken Pis - Brussels, Belgium
  5. Paris, France
  6. Las Vegas, USA
  7. Seoul, South Korea
  8. 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.
HEBREWS 11:3

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.
REVELATION 4:11


Have you acknowledged God's wonderful creation?

You should, because you are His wonderful creation.




Thanks for joining me for this challenge & please drop by other days for the others in this Challenge.  If you would like to see a list & links to all of the 31 days just click here on Things I Love 

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13 comments:

  1. Beautiful post! I have seen a few of these fountains, myself. I lived most of my life in NYC before moving west to Colorado and the fountain there that I miss was the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park

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  2. It definitely would be hard for me to pick a favorite fountain from your picture. I have gone back up and looked at it several times and each time I see a new thing to like about a different one....lol

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  3. I love that you find the beauty in something that most of us just overlook!

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  4. I'm with you Sandra. There is something lovely about moving water. Very relaxing. That's for reminding me that I am part of God's beautiful creation too. It spoke to my heart that he really does think of all of his creation the same way.

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  5. I too love how you find beauty in something most of us would glance at and walk on by without stopping to appreciate. Thank you for linking up with GHT!

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  6. All the amazing man made beauty in the world is an awesome reminder of our creative, Creator God. He is the one who instilled the creativity into us! :-) Thanks for linking up with the Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop! :-)

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  7. I wonder if God has designed a fountain in heaven just for our pleasure. Thank you for sharing your awesome post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.” http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

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  8. Beautiful post! Thanks for linking up to Pin-Worthy Wednesday, pinned!

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  9. They are all beautiful. I especially love Yellowstone. I've been there several times and each time I go I see new wonders...

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  10. I see you have our Manneken Piss in your unusual fountains ! I know it by heart because each time I have visitors from abroad, I have to show Manneken Piss !

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  11. Lovely montage of fountain photos!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  12. A lovely post. I like fountains but these days I cringe when I see them in our area because of our drought.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  13. Very beautiful share. I have enjoyed your walk with these beautiful fountains. Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful weekend. Always a lovely Scripture share too.

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