Fountain Challenge # 32 – curiouser and curiouser – the bathers’ fountain and other Swiss stories


You know when you are out and about, your phone battery dies, and you use your partner’s phone to take significant photos, in this case this week’s fun fountain submission? Well that is where this week’s fountain is, however, I do have a back-up – the bathers above, the fun thing about this fountain is, it is in a private garden, I discovered the bathers while on a walk, as you can see it was evening, and I do know you cannot spot the fountain, I couldn’t either, but I could hear it, so that has to be good enough for all of us. I took the photo by climbing into a flower bed and then getting real close to the wire mesh fence and angling the phone to avoid getting the mesh on the picture, all considered it turned out ok. So if you look very closely you can see three figures, a gentleman, a lady and behind the lady, oddly enough, a female figure reminiscent of an Egyptian hieroglyph, very odd, I can only think she came later, maybe the bathers represent life and the Egyptian statue, regal and separate is a reminder of what happens afterwards?  We will have to keep on guessing I suppose, I couldn’t really climb into the garden to take a better photo, I was discouraged you might say, by the voice of reason on the walk with me.

What is interesting about this garden above too, is that is is whimsical, like the garden with the blue sheep. This is in stark contrast to many other gardens you will see in Switzerland, where, as an old colleague of mine used to say, only grass growing at a right angle to the ground is found to be acceptable. Case in point the garden below, which is more typical of the most extreme Swiss approach to gardening, I suspect finding this type outside Germany or Switzerland would be hard:


I think gardeners here go for one of two extremes, either you go the route of my next door neighbour – his garden is a meadow, which he cuts with a scythe, the garden  attracts bees and butterflies and other insects and is beautifully wild, or else you teach your plants who the boss is.

Love to garden, like fountains? Then join TGeriatrix, HeyJude, Aletta, Chava and Kaz and share your photos.

Last weeks entries were from TGeriatrix – a fountain in Münich,  Chava shared a fish fountain, very original, I have never seen one like it before, Jude is off traveling and I guess everyone else has run out of fun fountains! No matter, next week the theme changes to stately, fancy fountains, like Versailles for example, the theme may be interpreted very broadly, so do feel free to be inspired!

  • October: Stately, fancy fountains – think Versailles OR – I am adding a twist to this, fountains you have played with, changed the colour of etc:

For example this one below:

Colourful fountain.jpg

Want to join in, please do, you may find the guidelines below:


I shall post a fountain each Friday within a particular theme which will change each month. You are invited to join in by posting one or more of your own fountains within the month that fit into the theme and either add a link (ping-back) in your post to mine or link to it in a comment on my post.

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.


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