A New Look for Rupert the Rooster
Years ago we bought a concrete rooster in St. Paul, Minnesota, while visiting our son there. Why did we buy a concrete rooster? Well, Judy has a thing about inanimate poultry. Ducks, peacocks, turkeys, chickens – but mostly chickens.
The rooster, which we have named Rupert (actually we’ve renamed him a couple of times, but I think we are sticking with Rupert) is dang heavy. I know because I’ve had to carry him around on a number of occasions.
While carrying Rupert I have been briefly tempted to express some misgivings about Judy’s insistence that we invest in a concrete rooster. However, we all have our quirks (I certainly have mine), so I just go with the flow.
Rupert is our only outdoor poultry (most are on the mantel in the living room). Over the years, he has grown rather dingy and mossy. I like moss, but it’s not a good look for a rooster.
So Judy decided to spruce him up, using some acrylic paint markers. After a great deal of careful work, Rupert had the appearance of a new rooster. I must admit that he is really quite handsome now.
We have given him a high-visibility location on the patio. I think he adds a certain dash to the back garden.
Not all concrete garden art should be painted, but I would say in this case it was the right choice.
Your yard is so incredibly green. May I ask where you live? What city, I mean?
Six blocks outside Chicago.
Rupert looks very handsome now that he has been painted … His wings & tail are really something. A concrete rooster is much less noisy than the one & only live rooster we had.
That’s a very good point.
Judy has some artistic talent.–I think Rupert looks terrific. I have a ceramic rooster on my fence post near my neighbor’s chicken coop that Rupert needs to meet. Wonder if you could carry Rupert on the plane with you to the next fling in Austin??? What’s another 30lbs really?
Rupert would love the Fling.
Cock a doodle do! Looks really jolly
a very chuckley post! Rupert looks quite charming. I’m trying to imagine a living room mantel full of poultry! I have a concrete pig in the garden, and he is similarly heavy. I hadn’t named him until I read this post but now I think I’ll call him Peter. I haven’t painted him but I think Peter and Rupert could be friends if they didn’t live in different hemispheres.
Rupert and Peter could be pen pals, if only they knew how to write, and had money for postage.
Oh yes, he does look handsome now! A good job, Judy!
Thank you, I was quite pleased with how he turned out.
He is looking very smart in his new colours, a very handsome focal point for your patio.
Great job – he looks fabulous.
Yes, yes! He looks splendid. A guardian of the garden. Also, your patio looks very inviting.
“Guardian of the garden” – I like that!
Roosters can be rather fierce, as I’m sure you know, so interlopers better beware. My fanciful mind has him coming alive at night and rushing to attack suspicious characters. Does he have a name?
Perfect! Rupert, you guard that garden!
Rupert looks cool. I have one concrete Hindu god statue. Last year I knocked her head off, but I could still set it back on. I spray it with whatever leftover rust-0-leum, I have when needed.
Headless statues can look very classical.
Rupert is stylin’ with his new look. I think he looks quite handsome. Good job Judy! He can keep you company when you gather on the patio.
He’s good company, even if a bit quiet.
He looks fabulous and is really one of those ornaments that indeed does look good in color. I am impressed with all those detailed markings Judy did on him!
He’s looking mighty fine!
You have a right to crow about him.
Oh my, what a handsome cock. Judy did a wonderful job and Rupert is looking quite dashing in his new outfit.
LOL..I can totally relate. My husband got me a bottle tree the other day. I have been wanting one for so long and he picked it up. What we do for the ones we love….:-) great post!
Well done, you can’ t have a down- at- heel rooster letting the side down.
Is Rupert the reason all those chickens crossed the road?
how creative is Judy? I just love Rupert’s makeover, I’d snap him up if I saw him for sale!xxx
I’ll bet that was a lot of work but Judy did a great job!
Applause for the artist because Rupert is one handsome dude. 🙂 As you glance at Rupert, remember one thing – you don’t have to clean a coop.
Jason is the one who might want live poultry. I am opposed. Plus, Rupert might be jealous.
Rupert is quite handsome now.
Oh, now I want a concrete flamingo just so I can paint it pink!