Fields of Rape…seed

As I’ve been doing my whole homeless, nomadic, small-town-in-the-boonies thing in northern Europe over the past couple years, I’ve spent more than my fair share of time driving through the agrarian countrysides of England and Germany.  And every spring and summer, entire fields of these yellow flowers start popping up.  Like, everywhere.  So I poked around on the internet, and turns out these yellow flowers are called rapeseed.  Yes.  Rapeseed.

Honestly.  I can prove it.

Apparently it’s used to make what we generally call canola oil, and it’s quite the cash crop in the area.  During a recent stint in the U.K., my Best Western du jour was just down the road from a rapeseed field.  And, in an astonishing development for the midlands of England, the sun actually came out.  So, I took a walk around, and here’s what I found.  Have a look.  Ugly name, pretty stuff.

And just in case you were wondering, you are here:

Rape map


So England does have that going for it.  Kinda pretty little area.

And now that you’ve seen the softer side of northern England, we’ll venture onwards to Prague.

Don’t be a stranger.

-B. Littleton

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One response to “Fields of Rape…seed

  1. The yellow fields are very evocative for an East Anglian like me. Thanks for the reminder.

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