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The one with the yellow field behind…

by Clare Mansell
The one with the yellow field behind…

Since we moved back to Sussex two and a half years ago, one of the seasonal markers I look forward to every year is seeing the rapeseed in bloom. The farmers rotate the crops so you are never quite sure which field is going to burst into yellow flowers until it actually happens and then I try and dash out as soon as I can to take some photos. The first photos aren’t necessarily the best ones, but if you hesitate the weeks slip by and you miss the moment entirely.

Last year the rape was literally the other side of our garden fence, but this year it’s not quite so conveniently located. There is some a little way down the lane, but to access the field you need to go down a track with ominous signs telling you to keep out, so instead we headed north where the explosion of yellow borders the main road.

We turned my photographic expedition into the morning walk and took the dogs and Theo’s bike with us. Somewhere along the route Theo started complaining that his eye was hurting and of course the more he rubbed it the redder it got – not brilliant for the photos I was hoping to take, but we thought it probably wasn’t serious and we’d look at it when we got home.


I took a few pics of Theo and then recruited Jim for a rather important annual job – the updating of my social media picture! Two years ago on a weekend walk Jim took a photo of me standing in a rape field and I have used it as my online face ever since. It’s distinctive and rather memorable, but it has created a problem! At blogging conferences people don’t instantly remember my name or blog, but they do often remember me as “the woman with the yellow field behind her” – aaahhh! So now I feel trapped into only updating it when the rape is in bloom.

So the sky was grey, the harbour behind was devoid of water as it was low tide and Theo has one rather red and blotchy eye, but at least I got a current photo of me with-a-yellow-field-behind!

If the weather perks up and the flowers last and perhaps most importantly if I’m feeling brave enough to ask Jim to take a photo a second time, we might try another run at it, but for now I’ll have to settle with this…

rapefield15a_1600Oh and if you are wondering, we returned home and on a whim decided to try Theo on half an anti-histamine to see if it would help his irritated eye. It did, which yes probably means that he’s allergic to rape fields – Ooops!

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North East Family Fun April 27, 2015 - 3:32 pm

I love this idea of taking a photograph in the same place at set periods of time – imagine how fab they will look together framed when you have a few 😀

Sisley White April 27, 2015 - 3:33 pm

What gorgeous photos! I hope you’ve got them both framed x

Kate B April 27, 2015 - 3:39 pm

Poor Theo, I’ve been suffering with hayfever this week too. Love the photos. I love the gorgeous yellow rape colour too. Popping over from Country Kids 🙂

Carin April 27, 2015 - 3:56 pm

Poor Theo! Hope it isn’t an allergy since you live so close to the rapefield. Gorgeous photos though. And I love the idea of taking photos using the same kind of background over several years. x

jan - isisjem April 27, 2015 - 5:21 pm

Until I read the final bit I was going to ask if Theo was allergic to the rape. It’s one of the worse things for hay fever like symptoms and as pretty as it looks many people loathe it for the misery it brings them. My Mum dreads the field behind the house being planted with rape (it is at the moment, but patchy right behind the house.) because it makes her so ill. Lovely pics though!

Karen April 27, 2015 - 8:02 pm

Yeehhh they are back in bloom. We took some lovely photos the last 2 years & id love to get more this year. Live your new pics but Boohoo to theo developing an an allergy x

Carie April 27, 2015 - 8:40 pm

Oh poor Theo – I hope it turns out to be something else if the farmers have a habit of planting the field next to your house with it! But they’re beautiful photos and I love that you have a constant in your profile photos – if nothing else if you keep updating them you’ll have a record of Theo growing as measured against a rapeseed field which would be so much fun!

Donna April 28, 2015 - 7:59 am

Those fields are beautiful and it’s lovely that your photo session has turned into an annual thing for you x

Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk) April 28, 2015 - 11:34 am

I was comparing the second photo to the one on the right! Look at how big he is now?! Lovely photos. The yellow mad everything pretty even the gray skies. #livingarrows

Em @ snowingindoors May 1, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Oh bless him, I’m glad it was only an allergy and nothing more serious.

I love that you take pictures in front of the rape every year, it really does make for a beautiful backdrop.


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