09 June 2013

Yellow Country Lanes


Right now
you may get lucky and find yourself driving by a field of rapeseed
in England




Like anticipating each holiday,
I always look forward to seeing this crop
before it is harvested for its vegetable oil
(known as Canola in North America)

Here is what it looks like from an airplane




Hello, 'yellow brick road'...




The word 'rape' in rapeseed comes from the Latin word 'rapum' meaning turnip
Turnips are in the Brassica family, along with cabbage, Brussels sprouts, rapeseed,
and mustard (which resembles rapeseed)

While fragrance is not rapeseed's forte,
visually, it will knock your socks off when growing en masse




Although there is no indication as such,
I've wondered if English singer-songwriter Sting was thinking of rapeseed
when he sang 'when we walked in fields of gold'

Sting, feel free to drop me a line to confirm :)

- photos by me -


25 comments:

Pom Pom said...

Wow! Lovely yellow! I think Sting will contact you.

Alison said...

It is pretty, isn't it. Its wonderful that so much of the British countryside is still under cultivation, rather than being asphalted over.

Jeanie said...

I remember this from my visit to France last spring -- stunning. (I thought it was mustard till told otherwise!)

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

It is beautiful, isn't it, as are your photographs. I used to live in Lincolnshire and you couldn't move for the stuff at this time of the year, sadly there's less of it in Wales.

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

It's the most vibrant colour! :) x

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Rape fields are such a glorious sight! x

Jan said...

You can't beat the yellow field and blue sky combo when England is behaving itself!!!! Jx

Gesci said...

I miss the rapeseed so much! We brought several bottles of oil over with us, as almost all US Canola oil is GMO, so I still get the flavor, but I have had moments of longing for those bright yellow fields!!

Sissym said...

Landscapes are a wonderfully soft and delicate beauty.

Kisses

Ali Honey said...

Wonderful photos. What a colour.

Iota said...

But lots of older English people feel it is something of a blot on the landscape (perhaps literally). It's (a) not green, and (b) such a very vivid colour, and (c) relatively new on the English landscape - around 30 years at a guess.

Have you ever seen flax/linseed (I think it's the same, but not sure)? If not, have a look in google images for "fields of flax" or something like that. Beautiful, and a more gentle colour.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Interesting perspective, Iota. I've been seeking flax fields for 3 years and still yet to see... Maybe this is my year?

greenthumb said...

So very pretty, I used to love seeing grow.

Bronwyn said...

It's quite eye-catching, isn't it? Nature is pretty darn amazing!!

Privet and Holly said...

Sting said to tell you
that you looked right
into his soul and unearthed
his secret muse of the
rapeseed : ) !! And that
your pictures were exactly
his mental images when
composing--beautiful!

xo Suzanne

Jenny Woolf said...

I don't like the smell either but it says "summer" to me. I think those fields of gold might have been buttercups. We were in a gorgeous buttercup field the other day.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love the time of the year when some fields become that bright yellow, so beautiful when you can see the sea in the background. My cottage is surrounded by fiels and some birds must have stolen rapeseed and then drop it in my garden, because some is blooming there this year!

ann said...

Well, I am exactly Sting. And I do wish I were driving those English country roads. I especially liked seeing the red poppies in the rape fields. Thanks for the memory.

Gill said...

You can see flax growing around Alton, Hampshire I believe, and the local pub in Sting's village in Wiltshire used to be called The Wheatsheaf, but is now known as The Fields of Gold...

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thanks, Gill! Fields Of Gold - ha! go figure :)

Tina in CT said...

As always, beautiful photos and prose.

Claire said...

looks beautiful but I have been suffering terrible hay fever this year!!

Cathy said...

I love the beautiful yellow fields that are present. We have some in our local area. Thank you for posting your gorgeous photos :-)

onlinephduk said...

This is the best time of year in my opinion, the photo depicts a really beautiful countryside, which is perfect for a Sunday drive. Those are giant fields of Canola, we do not really have anything like that in my part of Canada. I did not think of Canola as being very fragrant but I can imagine it.

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Denise said...

Wow Laura -- these photos are awesome!! I did see some rapeseed fields when we were in England, and I had to ask what they were. They really are incredibly beautiful, especially next to the velvety green grass. I'm glad you're enjoying all the beauty around you. :)

Have a wonderful weekend, Laura!

Denise at Forest Manor