We are home safe and sound from England, and I’m already missing spring with the daffodils and lambs. We were greeted with sleet, sleet, as we landed yesterday. Shudder.

A little warmth is in order. So let’s pull out some pictures of Geese by Pier 1. I shot this table late last summer, thinking at the time that the lively geese would be suitable at any time year, really.

Farmyard animals, country checked linens and amber stemware.

They’re a bit Jemima Puddleduckish, don’t you think? They remind me very much of the geese waddling down the road as we approached Valentina’s Lost Orangery on the way back from one of our days out. These lovely ladies were in no rush to move, and I got out of the car to encourage them back into their own yard. They were clearly enjoying a muddy day out themselves.

We had a duck-filled time in England. As I may have mentioned, one of my granddaughters, Juliana, has a thing for ducks. She loves them, so I kept a weather eye out for duck-related things that might amuse her, like this sign in Biddestone, a small town we passed through in Wiltshire.

And these ducks/geese on a thatched roof in the same town. Apparently the rooftop figure that the thatcher chooses to put on the roof (often an animal) is his/her signature. We saw foxes, geese and owls among other animals. (sorry for the blurriness of the second shot)

You can see why I was inspired to show you Geese this morning!

I styled the table using a taupe Cambria dinner plate from Pottery Barn, with vintage Jewel by Spode on top. I’ve had both of these plates for quite some time. The taupe Cambria is discontinued, but there are several other colours available including a very nice sage, which would be a great multi-purpose base. 

The Farmhouse check napkins are from Pier 1 and the rattan napkin rings are from World Market (looks like they’re no longer available online).

The tablecloth is a HomeGoods find from a couple of years ago. It’s neutral taupe pattern provides a nice layer of additional interest without being too intrusive.

The amber stemmed etched Depression glass is Julia by Tiffin Franciscan. Replacements and eBay are your best sources for those.  The amber twist pattern water glass is from Williams Sonoma several years ago.

The leaf plates are part of the Harvest Figural collection by Spode, available at Replacements.

The horn open salts are from Ballard Designs. 

The cutlery is Sawyer by World Market.

Oh spring, you can’t get here fast enough!

I saw these guys in Green Park, in London. Don’t you love Mama duck’s expression?  🙂 

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.

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