opium fields of Didcot

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Every summer I marvel at the beauty of the Oxfordshire poppy fields. I drive through them on my work commute. Not stopping to wonder why farmers are growing poppys. Not until today.

The Daily Mail tells how the poppies are supplying the NHS with the morphine to overcome the shortage caused by the Afghanistan war. Afghanistan was a major poppy producer. NHS Morphine grown in the UK is now used for soldiers injured in Afghanistan. Now these fields remind me of Dorothy falling asleep in the flower fields before the Emerald city, Kansas, the USA.

There are some ornamental poppy’s in the wendy house garden. I had been pondering on how to use them beyond ornamentation. Poppyseed bread perhaps? Some athlete’s who failed drug tests due to trace levels of morphine have blamed poppyseed bread for the drug’s presence.

While searching for ways to use my poppys I was suprised to find very detailed instructions with photographs describing how to harvest and refine opium.  I wont be piloting these instructions. Honest, really, no really….

opium fields of Didcot
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  1. Brian writes:

    The poppies are lovely, but those smokestacks in the background make the picture really unusual. I imagine those towers taking the place in real life of the Emerald City towers that Dorothy would have seen.

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    wendy writes

    I love the idea that the Didcot power station is the Emerald city….

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  2. nick writes:

    The British government can try as hard as it likes to destroy the poppy/heroin industry in Afghanistan but it’ll never succeed. There are too many people who’re making money out of it and they’re not going to give up easily.

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  3. Happy Frog and I writes:

    I’m really impressed with the photo. All the beauty in the front with a great smoke billowing beast in the background.

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    wendy writes

    Me too Froggy! The steam from the cooling towers feels mystical. When I saw the photo in the Daily mail article I thought it was perfect – which is why I linked to their photo and credited them as the source in the hover-over text. You’ll also see from the URL the photo is hosted on the daily mail servers, clicking on the photo links to the full original daily mail article.

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