Earlier today I decided to head out some place close to home. I'd often gone to the Wachusett Reservoir on the West Boylston side, but not during the winter months. Yes, most of the snow is gone now, but there is still plenty of ice and enough to look at.
So I headed down there and surprisingly it was a decent day out. The weather is all over the place around here and I hear that tomorrow it'll be about 15 degrees warmer. If that's true we are probably a few weeks away from some Spring blooming.
On one side of the Reservoir it was all ice all the way to the shore line. But, given that the shore was all rocks a lot of the melting was going on underneath. This is a photo of the edge of the ice.
I walked around a little taking some more photos, but soon decided to head to the other side. I went back up to the main road and took this photo of the Old Stone Church in the distance. I've done a couple photo sessions there in the past and look forward to doing more in the future.
Walking along further down the road I spotted this swan and group of birds relaxing on the shore line.
So naturally I had to get closer. The swan was busy diving down to find food that it didn't mind me at all.
This is a view looking back towards the road.
I kept walking around a little taking random photos here and there, but I started to get hungry. I knew there was a plaza just up the street so I ventured over there to see what might be a good spot. I knew there was a Chinese restaurant there, but I wasn't in the mood. So I decided to stop at the Country Kettle. It was just before lunch time so it wasn't very busy. I had my phone with me and they got great reviews online so I knew I had to check it out.
When I walked in I was surprised as it looked like a quaint cafe. I was almost expecting a diner setup, but it was much nicer.
I spoke with the manager and she graciously let me take a few photos. We talked a bit and the whole staff was super friendly.
So I sat down and decided on a chicken salad wrap. It was really good and everything tasted fresh. The wraps were a little crispy and sturdy. Nothing worse than getting an amazing wrap and its all soggy on the bottom or just falls apart on you.
There were lots of neat paintings and photos on the walls . It looks like they've been around for a long time and are a family business. I will definitely have to come back and enjoy some breakfast food next time. I think I might have found my new local spot.
I continued to walk around a little, but pretty aimlessly. Much like others in the area I'm anxiously looking forward to the Spring.
Here's a random power line I saw along my walk. I just liked how it contrasted with the nice blue skies.
And this is a group of trees I found interesting.
Overall a fun day walking around with my X-E2. Next week I'll be doing another outing so stay tuned.