Let’s take a drive in the countryside on this gorgeous late summer day.

A soft, warm breeze is blowing, tossing the still-green leaves. Blackberries darken on roadside vines and apples are ripe for the picking. What could be more wonderful?

Barns by Warren Kimble was produced by Sakura about 20 years ago, and simplicity of the folk art depictions continues to charm. 

I think the round barn is my favourite.

In styling the table, I went with Pottery Barn Cambria Celadon dinner plates, topped with Nocturne by Royal Prestige dinner plates (an eBay find). There is a wonderful dinner plate in the Barn pattern (photo courtesy of Replacements), which I hadn’t realized at the time. Hmm – maybe for another table setting at some point. That “wooden plank” edging could be very versatile for fall tablescapes…

The Rooster Canister is one of a set of three I found on eBay. There are still a couple available. Isn’t he a wonderful rooster?

If you’re in the country you gotta have some roosters, like the one at the top of the cupola on this plate, which Replacements calls Rooster (of course).

We must have more red barns, too. This salt and pepper set is by Pioneer Woman, from Amazon. 

There is something to see on every side of the set, from hay bales to dogs. 

We have another rooster, on the Farmhouse Napkin rings, also from Amazon. The napkins are Wheaton Stripe in Cactus Green by Pottery Barn.

The flatware is Twig by World Market; I liked how the black metal picked up on the napkin rings and the general country feeling of the table.

The final rooster is a little harder to spot. Any ideas? 

Happily crowing away on the handled mason jar glasses from Pottery Barn, many moons ago. (After spending several weeks of concentrated time with granddaughters, it seems I automatically start playing Where’s Waldo?).

The fourth and last plate features a three-story barn, something I’ve never seen in person but looks great on the plate.

I’m thrilled to see that the apple picking schedule is up at our local apple farm, Myers. Love those Ginger Golds, so I will be taking my little self over there to get a bushel on Monday. Woot! They’re a tangy, crisp apple and as is typical of the early season varieties, a bit softer. Get ’em while the getting is good! They don’t last long.

We are now safely back in Canada after an uneventful, though long and cramped flight. I’ll be getting up in the middle of the night for a few days while my inner clock resets. Tons of pictures to process and sight-seeing expeditions to write up. The best part of travel is the actual experience. The next best part is reliving it through the photos. Thank you, dear readers, for providing the incentive!

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