Saturday, 25 August 2012

Mellow yellow

We love in an area which grows a lot of canola - for it's oil, not for it's bio fuel properties.

The town closest to us, Swellendam, has a canola oil processing facility and, as a way of celebrating the revenue generated for the locals by this important crop, they hold an annual Canola Fair at the beginning of August.  Everyone who has a business in the town enters into the spirit of the occasion.

Trees, bare of leaves in the heart of town get a colourful face lift via empty coca cola bottles which have been recycled and filled with yellow paint, and shop fronts are draped with yellow ribbons.
Recycled coke bottles adorn a grove of trees in
the town centre
The views driving to and from the town are a sight to behold.  Yellow canola fields interspersed with both green wheat and uncultivated fields.
Canola fields along the N2 highway
I found the following sight a contradiction.  Water-wise aloes, normally found in the Karoo, or on remote hilltops, majestically standing guard over the canola crop.
Aloes and canola flowers - to magnificent to behold
The bright yellow colour of the canola flower is very uplifting - especially in the middle of winter :)

Between the locally produced persimmons, naartjies (mandarins), honey, wheat and the canola oil, not to mention the sheep and cows for those that eat meant - the local farmers amply provide for the grateful local inhabitants :)  Yay - low food mile produce just on our doorstep.

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  1. The fields are indeed beautiful and those aloe plants are amazing, I have never seen anything like them before.

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    1. Mr H - S'funny. When I was much younger I thought that aloes were such ugly plants compared to those grown in my country of birth (England). Now that I'm older and wiser I can see the beauty in all of nature :)

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    1. Jane - I wish my camera took pics true to nature (colour-wise). In real life the contrasts are amazing!

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  3. Our kids love it when the canola blooms. How nice that the town has a celebration like that. Towns that hold events for fun really strengthen their communities. You are lucky to live nearby!

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    1. Linda - Yes - close enough to enjoy the benefits, but far enough out to appreciate the peace and quiet :)

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  4. I love that! Wow, I've used Canola oil for years but never thought about what it looked like 'before' it was oil. That's fascinating! I think it's so great that the whole town goes yellow to celebrate that. When I was young, we had a town nearby that had a strawberry festival celebration every year because they grew so many, and everything, everywhere, was red. It was so cool.

    Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. 1st Man - It seems fitting that those who benefit from the earths bounty should acknowledge and celebrate. Can imagine the strawberry fair must've been brilliant :)

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  5. Its looking gorgeous! And so nice to have a flavour and character to what's grown locally. how's the garage coming along?

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    1. Sandy - Best way to travel the world LOL Garage - yeah, it's in it's final stages, but those last niggley bits have to be finished before I'm moving over...

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  6. Those fields are just lovely. Kind of reminds me of the mustard fields, in bloom, in and around Napa Valley, CA.

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    1. DFW - Would love to see a pic of those :)

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  7. I've never seen canola fields, gorgeous! So nice that there is a strong agricultural component to your local economy.

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    1. Leigh - They are even more colourful, amazing and breath-taking in reality. Yeah - I agree, local produce and support is addictive :)

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