For the last several years, one of my tasks in getting ready for the summer ahead is to break out this fountain, which I position next to my pergola. Yesterday, as hit the switch to turn it on, the water slowly filled the upper reservoir, and began to spill down to the basin below.
It’s splashing water is just loud enough to hear from my open bedroom window upstairs. It’s music to my ears as I drift off to sleep. There’s something so relaxing about the sound of water. In the mornings from now until October, I’ll sit in my lounge chair, listening to the fountain, and think/pray/dream. This is one of my favorite times of the year.
Now a days, you don’t have to have a lot of money or space to get yourself a little water feature. Although they might be a bit cheesy, they even have them for your desktop. Maybe listening to water helps transport us to a better place, maybe a vacation or trip to the beach.
Earlier this spring, my family and I went on a little camping trip to Sycamore Cove, just north of Malibu, California. I could hear the waves crashing all night as I lay in my tent. Now, as I sit here in Westminster, Maryland, listening to my lion’s head fountain, I can think about that trip as well, and all the fun my family and I had that weekend. Or, there was the time in Rome sitting in front of the Trevi fountain, eating gelato. But, as my mom pointed out the other day, don’t forget the dolphin fountain in Cortona’s public park overlooking the Val di’Chiana below. Oh, and how about…