Fountain Series # 7 – April: urban fountains – Lucky Hans and the fairytale fountain, or count your blessings

Hans Im Glück 1


A fountain celebrating Lucky Hans, who knew how to count his blessings, and love his life, to find opportunities, where others might have seen only challenges – a good story for the end of another working week.  I have copied the text from Wikipedia:

Hans im Glück Face

Hans has been working hard for seven years but wishes to return to see his poor mother. His master pays him his wages which amounts to a lump of gold the size of his head. Hans puts the gold in a handkerchief and starts out on his journey jogging but soon becomes tired. He spots a rider on horseback and seeing the ease at which the horse travels he offers to exchange his lump of gold for the horse. Happy with the exchange, the man gives him the horse and Hans rides off.

hans im Glück Pferd

The horse bolts and Hans gets bucked off, whereupon he meets a shepherd who convinces Hans to trade his horse for a cow. Telling Hans that a cow can provide milk, cheese and butter and is of more leisurely company.

Hans im Glück Kuh


Hans takes up on the offer and continues his journey only to find that the cow is dry and not producing any milk as he had been told. Disgruntled with the cow, Hans meets a butcher who gives him a pig for the cow.



Thanking the butcher for the pig Hans sets off jogging again, hopeful he has now found an ideal travel companion. Alas, Hans meets a countryman who informs him that the pig’s owner is the squire and he is in danger of being arrested for taking the squire’s pig. Hans takes the countryman’s goose in exchange for his pig, happy that it will provide a good roast and a supply of goose fat.



At his next stop in a village Hans meets a scissor-grinder and explains his story to him. The scissor-grinder offers him a grindstone for his goose arguing that a grindstone will provide a source of income. Hans happily exchanges the goose for the grindstone. He continues on his way, but is tired carrying the grindstone and is short of money for food.

Hans in Glück 3

Hans stops for a drink on the banks of a river, the grindstone falls into the deep water and is lost. Hans is happy to be rid of the heavy grindstone and being free of all troubles. He walks on to his mother’s house and recounts his lucky tale.

Hans Im Glück 2


If would like to join in with the fountain photo challenge then please take a look at my fountain page. No complicated rules, just a fountain and a camera required :)

Fountains for April are those you find in an urban setting – or a village – or a couple of houses :)! Or in a shopping center, surrounded by  concrete etc. etc. even in the airport! I saw so many indoors fountains in the US.

  • Create your own post and title it Fountain series April
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag ‘fountain series’ so everyone can find the benches easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new bench theme comes out on the first Friday of each month

To make it easier to find everyone’s posts, perhaps you could add the TagFountain Series‘.

You don’t have to post on a Friday.  Any day in the month will do. If you have loads of pictures that fit into a theme, feel free to post several times during the month or create a gallery or whatever works best for you.

We have already had some wonderful fountain shares from around the world.  For April fountain challenge – fountains in urban settings we have a submission from Nowathome: shares a fountain from South Africa she found at the Neethlingshof Wine Estate in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands – Nowathome submitted another fountain she found at a winery a in March, I suspect her visits to the vineyards are not only about the water though, wish I could join her on her trips, I can only imagine how much fun that must be. Kaz reminds us, yet again, of why people all around the world emulate the British when it comes to all things gardening and why I love to have a wander through English gardens – she shares 2 lovely fountains. Beautiful in themselves and even more so because of the way they are positioned and their surroundings, fountain perfection!

Nowathome has shared a fountain that makes me think of Alice in Wonderland – it’s as if one of the Queen’s chess pieces was turned to stone and placed inside a fountain – for all eternity his only companions a couple of golden koi.

Please do join us on our visit to fountains around the world. Thanks all for joining in! I look forward to more contributions in the coming months! Poli

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