Rambling from the Roost: Volume 1

Welcome to Rambling from the Roost! A weekly update on all things H&H. This week’s topics include roosting, and a peek at what’s up next.

Hey Friends, I’m starting something new here on the blog. Each week I’m going to share with you so many fun things. We can start with, so what is ‘roosting’?  

As they say, the rooster crows, announcing a new week. It’s Tuesday! Well, we will call it a new week since yesterday was technically a holiday.

You’ll find the latest news from myself and from my dearest blogging friends, plus what is coming up next. It’s going to be a lot of fun! 

Fun DIYs.

Quick Recipes, and easy ones too!

And some random things happening over here at ‘the roost’.

I hope you enjoy it. I’m rambling already! 

Let’s start out with the definition of ‘Roosting’. At first, I had no idea what the meaning of this word was so off I went to google. You know, the wizard behind the big internet curtain! 

Definition of Roosting

  • a support on which birds rest
  • a place where winged animals and especially birds customarily roost
  • a group of birds roosting together

The keywords that I really liked here are ‘support’, because that would mean each of ‘You’. Without You, I wouldn’t get to do what I love and am passionate about, which is creating! 

‘Rest’ is what I’d like you to do when you stop by to chat with me. Pull up a comfy chair, pour a cuppa coffee, relax and visit with me. Come take a break and ‘rest’ here!

The word ‘group’ and ‘together’ both encompass friends that come to a special place and enjoy each other’s company!! All these words relate to you, to us, and to you and me together! I love that! 

Let’s get to it! 

This Week’s Rambling at Hen and Horse Design

Unfortunately, we were struck by lightning and it wasn’t the lottery! Everything is okay but it sure was a scary moment. The lighting struck our front garden bed. It blew open the mailboxes across the street, did lots of damage to the underground wires, and blew up my flower pots at the base of the tree. 

Broken pot at base of tree
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When the firemen arrived the first thing they said was that the tree won’t make it from the amount of electricity it sustained. More to come on this I’m sure!

  • We had so many ripe tomatoes in our garden I made a quick, delicious sauce. 
  • The arrival of labor day means it is the end of track season at Saratoga. Our horse ran on Sunday and had a good race, but didn’t win. He was running with some tough competition. He still got carrots back at the barn tho!
race horse in paddock
  • Andrew and I have been doing a lot of estate sale hopping since there are so many great sales locally this summer. I found this gorgeous platter. Plus I talked with the daughter of the woman whose home the sale was in and got lots of history. I cannot wait to share more about this beautiful tray and the house soon.
Silver tray with berries

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  • In other exciting news, the Vintage-Keepers shop is going to officially open this week.  I’ll be adding new items I’ve acquired weekly. Here you can do all of your vintage shopping in one great place.
  • It was a busy week on the blog. We talked about infusing olive oil with herbs, and those peaches. Wow, you all loved the peach dessert!  
  • Coming up, I’m going to plant garlic for the first time. Have you ever planted garlic before? Any tips? 
  • My potting bench is still sitting in the box in my garage, I’ll be putting that together just in time to use it to plant my mums! No more bending down for this ‘ol girl!

Favorite Inspiration from My Blogging Friends

I’m certainly not rushing the end of warm summer days, but boy, I do love decorating for fall in my home. It’s such a warm, inviting, and cozy time of year. I get lots of inspiration during this time, especially from my friends.

What You Can Expect This Coming Week on Rambling from The Roost

Last week I put together a fall jewel-toned floral arrangement that went perfectly in my breakfast room. Coming up this week, I’m going to share with you how I styled two tablescapes differently with the same bouquet. One in the dining room, one in the kitchen. I’m so excited for you to see this inspiration. 

Get ready with your paintbrush for this fun pumpkin DIY I’ll be sharing as well. 

These aren’t your typical pumpkins! 

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faux lavender flowers with purple daisies on the face of basket
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silver tray with colorful veggies
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cast iron skillet with accessories
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  1. It’s a shame about the tree and your setting is gorgeous.

    Thanks for sharing my biscotti recipe.

  2. Great job on your first Rambling!! Love the name and your post. Thanks for sharing my fall porch. Happy Tuesday, Susan!

  3. Thank you so much Susan for sharing my chicken feeder planter! I am still in shock at how close the lightning hit. Super happy you and Andrew were safe. I love seeing your racehorses and seeing all the beautiful items you find at estate sales. Great first weekly round up!

  4. Congratulations on your new shop. I can’t wait.

  5. What a lovely post Susan, I am glad you are all safe and sound, that lightening had to be so scary!
    And what a beautiful horse you have.

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