To set up class today in Oxfordshire, we tootled through the countryside.  Where last time it was the early flowers – daffs, tulips, blossom trees, and forsythia – this time is the later flowers and the fields of rape.  They grow a lot of rapeseed in England, and at a certain time the fields go an intensely unbelievable yellow with the flowers.

‘Rape’ is actually derived from the Latin rapum meaning ‘turnip’, but its homonym has such a negative connotation that for marketing purposes, Canadian Oil – Low Acid became Canola and the darling of the health set.


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