Sometimes you just gotta settle for less.
I'm in the excitingly fun process of turning some difficult grassy places into a shade garden. This is located right beside the screened-in porch, and I've always longed for a bubbling fountain. Wouldn't that be nice to sit inside the porch, hear the water, and see the birds come to it?
But the first disappointment came when I learned that most fountains use electricity, and our house doesn't have any electric outlets on the outside. After considerations of how much it would cost to have an outlet put on the outside, that was voted out. (I would rather have a water faucet at the front of the house instead, anyhow)
Then there are solar-powered bird baths.
But this is a shade garden, without sun.
The next stop was to learn that some solar-powered fountains have a solar panel with a very long cord, so that you can put IT in the sun while the fountain is under the shade. And after reading and researching and looking at thousands of reviews and companies, there seems to be only one thing to say about these:
So I had another idea: what about a small battery-operated desk/meditation fountain that I could just set inside the screened-in porch? An ambiance thing that I could turn on and off whenever I'm in the porch--certainly not the ideal I had been nursing, but still: beggars/losers and all that.
They're Junk. Or really expensive. Or don't even sound like "bubbling."
It's a very far cry from what I had in mind, but this is what I've settled for:
And it only cost $1. The "Healing Sound of Water" is beautiful even when it's techno, I guess.