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Friday, 26 April 2019

Van Gogh should have painted rape fields, not bloody sunflowers


I love it when my daughter comes home. She makes me do things I don’t want to do—until I do them. Despite going to the gym twice a week and walking the mile to town twice a week, I spend far too much time at the computer—and when I have God’s own country just behind the house.

The day was hot and still, the fields an eye-burning yellow, and it seemed a million miles from our house and the computer screen, not the mere ten minutes to walk there. My daughter’s back in London now, and here I am at the computer conjuring up second hand experience. Mind you, it's raining today and overly windy.

A vain attempt to keep up with my daughter.
Almost there. Yay!


Daughter gone.


Maria Zannini said...

You know I had to look up what rapeseed is actually used for. Ironically, it's even labeled differently in the US vs the UK.

In the US, we use a cross bred version of this plant that removes glucosinolates and erucic acid. While it's all labeled rapeseed oil in the UK, we call it canola.

I know. It has nothing to do with the pretty pictures, but I had to find out why you guys had such vast fields of it. They are pretty, and surprisingly tall. Since I know your daughter is also tall, those plants would probably smother me.

Mike Keyton said...

Great for playing hide and seek in though, but if you are right, we might never find you 😀

DRC said...

Stunning pictures...that did make me laugh. Love countryside walks in lovely weather. and it does get you away from the computer screen.

LD Masterson said...

I had an opportunity to visit England a couple decades ago, in May. One of my most vivid memories of the trip is the sight of the rape fields in bloom. Beautiful.

Mike Keyton said...

DRC - sorry for late reply. You're right, though and walking beats the gym any day with or without a daughter :)

Mike Keyton said...

Hi L D and sorry for the delay in answering. Busy editing. Which parts of the country did you visit? What was the best and worst of your experience - ref the latter, I hope nothing bad.