Brightening our day

This year two fields alongside Levers Causeway in Storeton are planted up with oil seed rape which is currently in flower. I’ve been waiting for a sunny day to photograph the field against a nice bright blue sky.  But we haven’t had too many sunny days up to now and the rapeseed flowers are fading away to be replaced by their seed pods and the bright yellow is quickly changing to green.

Storeton has long been an area for agriculture. Storeton has Viking connections and the name derives from the Old Norse meaning “great farmstead”.  The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1085 as ‘Stortone’.  It is much older as it has been thought that the medieval poem ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ refers to Storeton Hall in the dark ages before the Norman Conquest.  The later hall was built around 1360 for William Stanley.  Today it is now a house and farm buildings.

I’ve taken a few shots of the field and St Saviors Church on Gerald Road in Oxton high up on Wirral’s central ridge can be seen in the distance.

Whilst the fields are full to the brim of oilseed rape plants…

…the verges have many different wild plants such as Honesty in full bloom here.

Soon the fields will be all green and then as the plants seeds ripen they will turn brown and be harvested later in the summer.

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