A PARTY!!!! And a post about water, water, water!

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First, it’s PARTY DAY!!!  WOOT!!!

 Have you seen the cool, cool party we have going on, on Facebook??  OMGosh, you HAVE to go!  Click the picture to the left here….

Or fo to www.facebook.com/events/706113252768320/ or just go to my author page www.Facebook.com/JeanneAdamsAuthor and click the link.  (LIKE my page while you’re there, won’t you?)

The party starts at 9 am and goes through the whooooooole day!  You’ll love it!  Prizes, guests, fun, laughter, gladiators, hockey hunks, Sven managing everything…

Yep!  It’s a pile of fun over there!  So why am I over here?  Well, I’m pulling double duty today!  :>  Today’s my regular blog day.  

And before we started 800px-Versailles-fontene_2planning the party, I had this whole spring-themed post planned about fountains.  I love fountains.  I love waterfeatures in the garden and the sound of running water.  I have two fountains myself and am always kinda looking for more.  

I love my garden, and in the wild, on hikes and so forth, I adore it when I stumble across a stream or a waterfall in the high hills.  So gloriously beautiful

I also take pictures of fountains wherever I go.  The first time I traveled abroad, to France, I took so many pictures of fountains!  Oh, my gosh, you’d have thought I was a fountain builder.  The ones there are usually in public squares rather than in gardens.  The exception is Versailles, of course.

The grand fountain at Louis the 14th’s magnificent palace outside Paris, at Versailles, is a sight to behold.  I didn’t look up how many gallons of water it utilizes, but its a lot.  Doesn’t matter.  The sheer magnificence of it is worth the cost, don’t you think?  It just goes on and on and on.  There are figures and sculptures and the huge pool it all splashes into.  It cools the air and dusts the skin with the mist of water.  Even the hottest day is cooler by the fountain at Versailles.SavannahGeorgiaForsythParkWalkwayAndFountain_2006

Or there’s the one in Savannah, Georgia, where Bandita Nancy and I got to hang out.  There was a wedding about to take place the day we stopped to see the fountain in Forsythe Square, but neverthe less, I took pictures.  Grins.  This isn’t it as the picture didn’t turn out as nicely as this one from Wikimedia Commons.  :>

St Marys fountainThere were fountains in Brunswick too, which I duly photographed.  Gorgeous, isn’t it?

But I have to say, one of my favorite fountains is in one of my least favorite cities.  I’m not a huge fan of Las Vegas, given that I don’t gamble much and it’s hotter’n seven hells there most of the time.  Not my fav things as most of you know.  

But if you’ve been to Las Vegas, you’ve probably seen the Bellagio.  If you’ve seen the Bellagio, you’ve seen the amazing, famous, enormous, magnificent fountain.

It has music.  It has lights.  It has synchronized water jets that dance and play to the music.  It’s huge.  It’s loud.  It’s amazing.800px-Bellagio_fountain_show_2010_las_vegas

I love every drop of water in it and I love the magnificent show they put on with it every single hour.

A-Maze-Ing.  

Not much can touch the Bellagio’s fountain.  Really.  It’s beyond breathtaking.

Have you ever seen it?  The Bellagio fountain that is?

Did you ride the gondolas in the river inside the Bellagio?

Have you seen a fabulous fountain or waterfall?  Where?

What’s your favorite, if you have one?

fountainDo you have a water feature in your garden, on your patio, in your apartment, or at your desk? (That’s one of mine to the left there…)

I have a desktop fountain, do you?

What do you love about water features?

Let’s talk WATER, Water, Water!!

 

 

 

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Jeanne,
    I have seen the Bellagio fountain, but didn’t get to ride in the gondola. There are several here that are quite pretty including the ones at the Unisphere and the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. I would love to see the Trevi Fountain in person someday.

    • Hi, Jane–Looks like the rooster comes to you today! He’s so intrigued by the party on FB that he may not be as much trouble as he usually is. Though if you can keep an eye out so he doesn’t try to post comments and win prizes, that’d be a big help!

      I would also like to see the Trevi fountain and the Unisphere one day. I’d especially like to see the Unisphere while attending the US Open near there.

      • Jeanne Adams says:

        Nancy, one of the Ice Cats threatened to put him on skates and see “How cocky he is then!” – I think the rooster’s lying low.

        However, good warning about the FB posting! You’re so right,he WOULD do that!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Jane!! Good morning! I’m a wee bit late posting this a.m. – last minute party prep in the Lair, you know. :>

      Congrats on nabbing Himself for the day. I think he’s trying to stay off Facebook and away from the hockey hunks. Now that the IceCats are in print, the Rooster thinks’ theyve gotten uppity. Grins.

      Like you I SO want to see the Trevi!! Love the pictures. Want to see it with my own eyes.

  • Heathercm2001 says:

    Fountains are so relaxing. I could easily admire them all day. I’m excited to see the fountains at Disneyland next week. They have a huge show with fountains and color. It sounds like it is right up my alley!

    • Heather, I bet that will be gorgeous! We saw a show at DisneyWorld where they actually project ed images onto a the water of a fountain.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, Heather, their fountains are glorious! I love the ones that shoot water over the pathways. They’re almost alive, the way they shoot and dance over your head! :>

  • Helen says:

    Jeanne

    I love fountains as well and we have some lovely ones over here in Australia but I don’t have any in my garden or water features our puppy Casper just loves water and if we did I am sure he would be in it all day long LOL

    Off to the party now that I have just got home from work 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Helen, I love watching dogs in water. Someday I hope to see those Australian fountains!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Helen! Like Nancy, I’m hoping to see some of the fountains “over there” someday. But mostly, I want to see you, Anna, Barb, Christina, Annie and so many other authors and Bandit Buddies who I “know” but have never met!!

  • Shannon says:

    I’m not a facebook type. And it’s blocked at work. Hope you all have a wonderful time at the party.

    I love fountains. There’s three fountains in the pond where I walk. Not only are they lovely, they help circulate the water so it doesn’t become stagnant.

    I also love the water features at the Roosevelt monument in Washington. The thing that’s odd about that tribute is contrary to what he wanted; he specified he wanted only a statue.

    Overseas, I was attracted to a waterpark in Budapest. All were designed so that children could run in and out of the squirting or falling water.

    • Shannon, thanks for the good wishes! My dh doesn’t do FB either.

      I’ve never seen the Roosevelt memorial but would like to. I have to go to DC this summer and am hoping for a chance then. I think there’s also a water feature in the WWII memorial but am not sure I remember that correctly.

      • Shannon says:

        The WWII memorial is big and overwhelming. It’s also beside one of the main streets in DC, so it’s never restful.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Shannon!! Sorry you can’t join us on FB, but hey, you’re here, and we’re just as happy about THAT!

      I love, love, love the Roosevelt Memorial. I’m particularly fond of the bronze of his dog. Grins.

      Nancy, the WWII does have water, all in the center of the columns. (Still not terrifically fond of that design, but…)

      Shannon, I love random fountains in parks. So unexpectedly delightful.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    YAY! So excited about the party!

    LOVE water – always feel better when there is water around me – though not so much the pouring rain outside my office!

    Loved the Bellagio fountains – when we stayed there, we had a room overlooking the fountains – fabulous!

    Would love to have a water feature in our garden – just a matter of finding a nice one and getting it set up!

    • Anna, I would also love to have a water feature, but no one else here seems to feel the love for that concept. It would be great to see all these beautiful European fountains.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Anna! Ohhhh, a room overlooking the fountains….that would be so cool!!! Grins.

      And a water feature is so easy these days. So many wonderful, compact ones that you can install easily and quickly. That lion fountain was a beast to install – mostly due to weight! – but its fab when it’s running. Grins.

  • Laurie G says:

    I saw Niagra Falls when I was in the second grade. I remember going under the falls and thinking of LLoyd Bridges who was then in a show called Sea Hunt who had filmed an episode at the falls.

    In Stuart , FL there is a beautiful fountain downtown featuring a sailfish.

  • Mozette says:

    I do love water features, however not in my garden. You see, in Australia, we have a huge mosquito problem. Once you have a water feature, you have monster-sized mozzies which inundate your garden and attack anyone nearby.

    So, I don’t have any water features in my garden…

    … as much as I love them. 🙁

    • Mozette, we have mosquito issues here, too, but they’re mostly a problem in still water. Even without water nearby, they’re a plague in our back yard during the summer. I’m hoping to get in some more outdoor reading before the mosquito season starts.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Mozette, we joke here sometimes that the mozzies, as you called the, fly in squadrons and carry off small children and farm animals. Grins. I put stuff – a natural substance – in the fountains to keep the mozzies from breeding there. :>

  • Kat Deacon says:

    I have always loved water, where it was from rivers, ponds, lakes or the ocean. Fountains are an extension of that beauty. Waterfalls are also a personal favorite. I also had a chance to visit Niagara Falls and was entranced by the sheer magnitude of this feat of nature. I don’t have a water feature yet, but am still in the process of designing my landscaping. It would need to be on a low level scale due to living in the South, but surprising enough there are plenty of gorgeous options available. I love the fountain pictures your posted!

    • Kat, I love waterfalls, too, though I haven’t seen that many in real life. The dh, the boy, and I once walked to a waterfall in England while it was raining, just to see it. It was beautiful, a kind of stairstep falls, and I bet it would’ve been even better on a sunny day.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Kat, you’re so right about just the sheer joy of water. :> I grew up in the South and we had a fountain. We had to put stuff in it to keep the mozzies (Mozette from Australia’s fab term for Mosquitos) out of it, but it was so calming.

      I grew up in the mountains of NC and if you go hiking up there, you’ll just happen upon the most gorgeous little waterfalls. Or thundering ones in some of the National Parks. Or some that only appear in spring when the snows melt. So gorgeous!

      • Kat Deacon says:

        I grew up in Kentucky with lots of wooded areas with caves and natural springs. We used to go exploring (I shudder as a mother thinking about what could have happened to us). We would find naturally occurring fresh water springs inside small little caves in the ground. There are lots of limestone formations where I’m from and with the water from the springs…it created these wonderful little caves and small waterfalls. It’s funny how scary it is to think about it as an adult, but as a kid I had the best fun.

  • Jeanne!

    I have seen the Bellagio fountain dance show!! It was marvelous! There is also a smaller one that takes place inside the Bellagio Hotel, too. That one was to the song, Dancing On Sunshine.

    I love water features in gardens. I love the sound of rain outside, too. And today we’re having a lovely rain shower, (yea for the new garden plants!), so I get to listen to it while I write and party on our FB page!!

    • Suz, you gave the party a great kickoff!

      I also like the sound of rain on the roof, but only if I don’t have to go anywhere. As long as I can stay in, it generates a nice, cozy feeling.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Suz! Fabulous kick-off to the party today! Yay!! Love parties and our 8th anniversary over on FB is rockin’ the house!!

  • Jeanne, I also love waterfalls and water features. I do not have a desktop fountain, but it’s not for lack of putting one of Christmas and birthday wish lists. The dh says (with some justification) there isn’t much available space near a plug.

    That fountain in Brunswick is so pretty, and that’s such a nice little park it sits in. The one in Savannah was pretty, too, but it looks nicer in that sunny photo than it did on the gray, rainy day we were there.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Nancy, the only problem with the tabletop/desktop fountains is the splash. And you have to be sure to put distilled water in them b/c othewise, they spot up the desk if the water’s got a lot of mineral content. And yes, alas, I found this out the hard way. Hahah!

      Those fountains were SO gorgeous, werent’ they? The Brunswick one we got in sun, but you’re right, the Forsythe square one was so grey for the wedding. Still, lovely setting!

  • Gannon says:

    First of all, Happy Anniversary, you cool chicks!

    I do love the sound of a stream, waterfall, fountains, etc. I have a little tabletop fountain that my sister gave me for Christmas. The sound is so soothing. Very Zen. 🙂

  • Hi Jeanne!

    I thought it might be quiet over here but looks like you’ve got things rolling :).

    I love fountains and take a lot of pictures of them as well – why is that? Is it the sound of the fountain that draws us to them? So is there something magical about water – something on a soul deep level that calls to us. 🙂 I’m going with the latter!

  • catslady says:

    Congratulations, Banditas!!!!

    I remember some wonderful fountains when we took a trip to Europe – especially in Paris, but that was a long time ago. The same for Vegas. But I live in Pittsburgh and we have a wonderful fountain at what we call The Point – it’s where the 3 rivers merge. Water is a soothing sound unless it’s the dripping
    of a faucet in the middle of the night lol.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      OMGosh, Catslady, I LOL about the faucet. You are so right – the dripping faucet or the running toilet will make you cringe at the sound of water! Ha! I know when I hear that, all I can think of is how high the plumber’s bill will be. Snork!!

      I’ve seen that fountain at three rivers. It’s near the Pirates Stadium, right?

      • catslady says:

        It’s not too far from there. Sometimes they change the color of the water such as pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.

    • Catslady, that is SO true about the dripping faucet! I would love to see some of the gorgeous fountains in Europe one day.

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    Happy anniversary my Bandita friends! I love water too but don’t have any fountains. Even as a child I gravitated to creeks and streams whenever I got the chance. You know large flat rocks covered in moss make a natural water slide. They also make your butt green and get you in trouble with your momma but what can I say? A kid has got to do what a kid has to do.

  • Mary Buckham says:

    Congratulations, Banditas!!!! Way to bring the party with you. Great post Jeanne. No fountains around me but then I live on a peninsula with the ocean on two sides so a fountain might be overkill.

    Great job to all the Banditas on a kick-ass blog and may you continue strong!

  • Cassondra says:

    I love fountains!

    Well…actually more than fountains, I love water features that blend naturally into a landscape. I like the natural looking ponds and streams with gurgling water over rocks.

    My favorite fountains the big clay pots and spheres with water gently trickling out. I like the gentle movement.

    Ilike fountains inside. Love their energy. It kind of clears the space I think. I have several fountains but none of them are running at the moment–haven’t started them up for the summer yet.

    PARTLY I haven’t started them because I have two cat fountains–one in the kitchen andone in the bedroom–and so there is the sound of running water all the time. And the cats drink SO much more out of the fountains. Mine are homemade for under $20 each.

    I’ve never been to Vegas, and haven’t seen the big fountain there. I want to see the one in Central Park though.

    I also really love the water features in Japanese gardens, and one of my favorites was in a tiny hidden garden behind Kings College Kensington in London. Each Japanese garden has some way to mark time. And this one had a bamboo pole hollowed out, on a pivot. It was fed by a trickle from a bucket-like fountain, and it shifted back and forth, striking another bit of bamboo, marking the passing of time with each “fill and empty.” It was awesome. I want to make one of those someday.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      My Evil Twin! I knew you would be a fountain lover too. :> I love the Japanese fountains! They are so cool. I should have known you’ve have kitteh fountains and interior and exterior water features. :>

  • Brooke B. says:

    Beautiful pictures! I love going on walks and finding hidden little streams, pools or waterfalls.

    • Brooke, rounding a curve and finding a waterfall would be such a pleasant surprise. We don’t have many of them around here, alas.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Thanks Brooke, and I love that too. Especially in the mountains. There’s always moss and rocks and usually laurel thickets. Fairies abound. :>

  • Jeanne, I really enjoyed your post. I love fountains too – perhaps because Australia is such a dry continent. I’m actually going to go exotic with a few of my favorites. In 1986, I went to Rome for the first time and absolutely loved it. One of my favorite things about it was all the wonderful baroque and renaissance fountains all over the place. The Trevi is the famous one but there were some other corkers like the Triton and the Rivers fountain outside the Pantheon. Would love to go back! Another favorite place from that same trip was the Alhambra in Spain. That’s like fountains on crack. I think like me, the Arabs loved fountains so much because we come from a dry land. I still remember those beautiful gardens with the sound of running water as a constant. Would love to go back there too! Sigh. Clearly I need a trip somewhere.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Yes, yes you DO need a trip somewhere. Here would be good. We have some very respectable fountains. :> Not Allahambra spectacular, but decent. I’ll show them to you.

      Grins.

      • Actually there’s a very nice fountain in something Circle in Washington that operated as a portal to hell in one of Pamela Palmer’s books!

  • Becke says:

    Yes, we’ve seen the water dance in the Bellagio fountain. I don’t know for a fact, but Branson. Mo had a club with dancing waters and lights that could have been the precursor to the Bellagio.

    What’s your favorite, if you have one?
    There’s a cool one in Yosemite.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Becke! I’ve heard that Branson, Mo is just as fun as Vegas w/ less insanity and more civility. :> I’d love to see it, and it’s fountain sometime.

      As to Yosemite….gyeser anyone?

  • Pissenlit says:

    I’m not on Facebook so I’ll just say it here…Happy 8th anniversary!! 😀

    I’ve seen the Bellagio fountain on tv, does that count? The only awesome waterfall or fountain that I’ve seen in real life is the Horseshoe Falls part of Niagara Falls. It’s so large and loud and spray-y and cool! I guess it’s my favourite! My backyard sometimes has an area of stagnant muddy water after a large rainfall but that’s about it. My favourite part of water features is the spray. 🙂