Kilometres de jaune


One of the very pretty features of springtime in the Maconnais (and many other regions of France), are the fields of what I’d call mustard, but most Europeans call rapeseed, which springs up in fallow fields everywhere hereabouts. The fields are carefully delineated, and pop out of the background of wheat, beans, onions and grapes when viewed from the heights.

Today on our 7.5 kilometre tough – meaning, good – walk over uneven ground (a snap for Linda but a veritable rehab program for me), we walked through mustard and meadows full of every wildflower and butterfly known to this region. Finished with a delighful lunch in Chapaize at Le St. Martin…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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3 Responses to Kilometres de jaune

  1. AmyB says:

    Wow. Rapeseed, like what they make canola oil from? Is it the same stuff the we call mustard here?

  2. Roger says:

    Pretty to look at but hell for hayfever sufferers! Not the same thing as mustard or canola.

  3. KB says:

    We “Europeans” hate oil-seed rape. Its hideously garish colour despoils the landscape, it smells awful, it’s generally genetically modified, and it’s sprayed liberally with pesticides. But my bees love it and turn it in to large quantities of strongly flavoured honey which has the disadvantage of crystalising very fast. But if you eat enough of the honey you become immune to the hayfever!

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