22 April 2012

Golden Fields of Rapeseed

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

With a break in the rain, I
 grabbed my camera and dashed to the fields 

to the welcoming sounds of a rooster, 
a pheasant (sounds like old car horn), 
and a great tit (squeaky bike pump)

and this sweeping view...




In the mustard family, 
rapeseed is commonly used in the European Union
as edible oil (Canola), animal feed, and biodiesel

You can see the fields are abloom :)



{ Stunning }

- photos by me -





41 comments:

greenthumb said...

Just stunning.

Great Scott said...

incredible!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, glad you said it's the same as canola. it is gorgeous! :)

Shauna said...

Wow, that is breathtaking.

{Shauna}
www.ShaunaWyrick.com

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Both of my girls are in the UK right now ... and they are seeing a lot of weather ... just like this.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

That is a beautiful field. Thank you for sharing!

Sandra said...

Lovely pictures of the rapeseed fields. They seem to be quite early this year. Over here in Switzerland they are often in flower around Mother's Day which is the second Sunday in May.
Did you know that "Canola" is actually a brand name and was developed in Canada (Can + ola = Canadian oil). Canola comes from genetically modified rapeseed plants to remove the high percentage of erucic acid (a toxin). Rapeseed oil is high in Omega 3, along with walnut and flaxseed oils. The rapeseed oil now put on the market has also has also been cleared of the excess erucic acid content.
It's important to get an organic cold-pressed oil for maximum health benefits. I never heat or cook with rapeseed oil, just use it on salads or vegetables. I use olive oil for all my cooking as it's stable at higher temperatures and also tastes great with many vegetable dishes

Golly, I bet you didn't imagine that a lovely field of yellow rapeseed would incite someone to write so much about oils! There are a lot of misconceptions about oils and I like to do research and find out things for myself so that I know the healthiest choices to make!

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Are they early in Switzerland too? I did know a few of those facts, but you never know what I'll forget between yesterday and today :) Thank you for the details :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I hope they are loving it. Will you visiting your daughter some time soon?

a happy little life said...

your fields are lovely! like acres of sunshine!
no sign of rapeseed fields in bloom here yet. we just finally lost our snow in lower finland.

interesting on the canola oil... and canada.. who knew! big fan of canola in our house and olive oil. had just experimented with a special soy oil in my last year in the states. and interested in coconut oil, haven't tried it. have a hard time parting with 10 euros for a small jar :(

lovely photos :)
have a great day! xo tracie

Me said...

Hi Laura - thanks for stopping by my blog - always good to meet new bloggers - especially ones who have the same interests !!!!

Love your photos - thanks for sharing with everyone !

Love, hugs and positive energy !
Me

Kay G. said...

I am always begging people in England to take photos of the golden fields of rape for me because I remember the sight of them to be so beautiful.
Looks like my memory is correct.
Thank you!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I love them!!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

If it grows in Canada, does it grow in Finland too?

This is Belgium said...

stunning indeed !
thanks for visiting Belgium!

Sunray Gardens said...

That is really beautiful!

Cher Sunray Gardens

Anette Ryan said...

Hi Laura! So nice to see you on my blog and that you want to follow a Swede in the land Down Under. I assume you already have found the translation button but don't fully trust what it tells you ;) My husband an I often have a very good laugh at what he gets to read in English. It will be nice to check out your blog and see what you thoughts are about your other country. BTW TIVO is great! Have they got them in the UK? I know Sweden didn't have them 6 months ago.
CU! Anette :-)

Anette Ryan said...

BTW forgot to say that those canola fields reminds me so much of Sweden.

Joyce said...

They ARE stunning! I have a beautiful photograph of the rapeseed fields in France that I had made into a canvas. It hangs at the bottom of my staircase and always makes me smile.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the photograph and your blog which gives a lovely American view of the UK. Here on the hill we can see a lot of yellow oil seed rape in the valley below. My bees love it, but it makes a very hard, light coloured honey, the taste of which not everybody likes. The poor bees don't know whether to fly or not as we are having so many showers and it is not very warm, so I have fed them sugar syrup to ensure they have plenty of food to keep them going when they cannot fly to collect nectar and pollen.

Gillian.

Pom Pom said...

Wow! Gorgeous! I'm glad you captured it, Laura!

Jenny Woolf said...

Amazing colour, isn't it. I find the smell quite strange, not ever sure if I like it or not.

Ariana said...

Laura, I just took about 100 pictures of these fields as well, over in my neck of the woods (Suffolk!) It is just so gorgeous. I never get over the countryside here-- it is always beautiful, no matter what season!

Anne said...

Gorgeous photos! We have rapeseed fields all around Munich and I LOVE them!

Jenny said...

I was so enraptured by a similar view the other day that I stuck my iphone out the driver's side window and snapped a few shots from the road. So very beautiful!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

When traveling through the French countryside by train, I kept adjusting my sunglasses and blinking my eyes. I could not believe this vivid yellow and certain that I had never seen anything quite so bright.

Wonderful shots!

Bises,
Genie

tinajo said...

It is really beautiful - and thanks for leaving a comment the other day, gave me the chance to find you! :-)

Becs said...

Hi Laura, thank you for your comment on my blog ....I have clicked over and realised I have been following you in my google reader! I'm from the UK but always learn a little something about the UK from you. :) Love these photos, especially the first one... and I learnt that rapeseed oil and canola oil are one and the same, so thank you for that too. :) Will try and be a better commenter from now on...Happy Monday. x

the cuby poet said...

The yellow of the rapeseed fields is so bright and a delight in the landscape. We have many fields planted around here. Lovely.

likeschocolate said...

We leave for Germany this week and I am hoping we haven't missed the Rapeseed fields. They are so gorgeous.. Thank you for your comment. Have a lovely week! Kelleyn

O meu pensamento viaja said...

Amazing pictures.
I'm following you and I hope you'll follow me as well.
Xoxo
Nina

O meu pensamento viaja said...

Thank you, dear!
Xoxo
Nina

Iota said...

Lovely to look at, horrid if you have allergies... I have heard more than one GP say that the amounts of rapeseed should be regulated, for the sake of those poor allergy sufferers (of whom there are many).

Sorry to put a dampener on your enthusiasm. Yes, the fields are stunning. Have you ever seen lineola fields? A delicate shade of purple and similarly stunning.

Natalie said...

Loved seeing these fields when we were there at this time last year. Saw them in Germany, too. So lovely.

lisaroyhandbags said...

So pretty! The prairies in Canada have fields and fields of rapeseed too - so bright :)

beetree said...

Beautiful field, and gorgeous photos, as always! I have a picture of my kids standing in a mustard field and I love it...this sea of yellow reminds me of it. :) Your pictures always make me want to go back to England!

My Beautiful World said...

These are beautiful photos they draw you in. So happy to be here visiting you again, I have enjoyed catching up on all your wonderful posts, Hope you have a great day my friend.

Always Wendy

Viola said...

Gorgeous photos! =) What a lovely yellow colored field!

I use to drink rapeseed oil.. :)

Kate and Russ said...

I think we call this flax in the States? I could be wrong. My "Cargill" background might be showing through. I just love the English countryside this time of year with the green and yellow patchwork pattern!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Flax is a blue, wispy flower. I have not seen fields of it before, but I have heard it is a sight to behold. Hopefully this summer :)

northsidefour said...

These beautiful pictures remind me of a puzzle I did as a child, simply lovely!