OK – enough chilling. I’ve now collected the manservant from the top of the mountain and put him on a plane back to work in DC. For the remaining few days of my annual holiday I’ve moved back in with my son, daughter-in-law and snakes…. and slightly better internet.
On the drive out to Coonabarabran there were occasional paddocks of gorgeous yellow that, from a distance, looked like a paddock full of wattle …. though it wasn’t …..
This is wattle (a common name for trees & shrubs in the genus Acacia) along the side of a country road:
The paddocks were flowering rapeseed (Canola oil). Soon your chips might be bubbling in oil from here:
Rapeseed has been grown commercially in Australia since 1969 when farmers sought to reduce their dependence on cereal crops. The industry was decimated by blackleg (a fungal disease) early on and scientists set about developing disease resistant varieties. In the 1990’s Rapeseed became more commonly referred to as canola and became a major crop in southern Australia. Now we harvest about 2 million tonnes of canola a year – most of it is exported.