Wind Chimes, the Gift of Music
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Wind Chimes, the Gift of Music

Ever since childhood, I’ve been a musical person. At the age of seven, I started taking piano lessons. When I was a teenager, I began singing solos at community events. Not surprisingly, I adore wind chimes. Every time the wind blows, these beautiful music makers spring into action. Their soothing, melodious, and high pitched sound calms and refreshes me. I am amazed at the amount of eclectic wind chimes available for sale at various retailers. One can enjoy the music of pig, cat, or even seashell themed wind chimes. If you know someone who enjoys natural harmonies, wind chimes make a perfect gift. On this blog, you will discover how to buy the right set of wind chimes for your loved one. Enjoy!

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Five Water Features That Make Functional Fun

Tyler Morgan

You probably think of a water feature as a part of a luxury landscape, but a great looking outdoor water fountain can be functional too. Here are some attractive and practical ways to use outdoor water features.

A Personal Splash Park

Choose a spot near a children's climbing set or other play area. Fill it in with concrete or a spongy playground material and add pipes that shoot water at regular intervals. The result will be an amazing water feature that doubles as a splash park for the kids. 

Water for the Dogs

Dogs love the opportunity to drink running water. Install a water fountain in any area of your backyard where dogs spend their time. Choose a design that includes at least one basin that is shallow and low to the ground. Pups will love drinking from their very attractive water dish. Of course if you make the basin large enough, they will also use it as a wading pool. 

Among the Trees

You need to water your trees and garden anyway, so why not use a beautiful water fountain? Install a large water feature near your trees or just uphill from your garden. Allow the water to flow out of the fountain and down into the soil. One great look for this type of fountain is a waterfall. Pile bricks or natural looking stones to the angle you want, and then create a waterfall that will flow through the rocks as it makes its way to the ground. The stone structure can be large enough to cover a wide area and can be built up to create a hill if there is none above your garden. 

Feature Fish

Everyone loves an aquarium. Watching fish swim is a relaxing activity, and feeding fish can be entertaining for adults and kids alike. Take this experience into your yard with a small pond stocked with goldfish. Goldfish are easy to care for and can live in unexpectedly cold temperatures. Add a bench or other unobtrusive seating near your pond for a quiet spot to contemplate life. 

At the Front Door

A welcome mat isn't the only way to greet guests as they arrive at your house. Consider a water feature near your front door to give friends and family something lovely to look at when they come to your home. You can even have your water feature connected to a doorbell so that the water flows higher or in a different pattern when someone rings your bell. 

An outdoor water feature is a beautiful and artistic addition to your landscape, but it can be functional too. Consider how you can use water in your yard. 


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