This is the kind of scene I encounter on my way to work. Sure beats sitting in freeway traffic. This is Meadowbrook Pond in Richmond, RI, one of many peaceful and lovely spots in the largely unknown southwestern part of the state. There is much more to Rhode Island than beaches and the mansions in Newport.
I always enjoy the constantly changing, creative displays when I stop in at the Back in Thyme restaurant in Hopkinton. This isn’t really a sit- down place, but I usually grab a bite at the one table, and gaze at the quirky and fun decorations, all created by the owner, who is also a professional gardener.
See what I mean? She is just as creative with her food, and I am completely addicted to the tea she makes from herbs she grows and picks herself. There’s lots of fresh ginger in it. Below is another strangely attractive creation. The leaf is a nice touch. This woman is an artist who notices and appreciates the beauty in little things.
If you ever visit RI, consider venturing into the interior, where many pleasant surprises await. The state is so small, it’s an easy and pretty drive from the coast.