The Crusaders quaffed borage in their stirrup cups before riding off to battle.

‘The Crusaders quaffed borage in their stirrup cups before riding off to battle’.

No matter where in the world I cycle, there is nothing quite like meandering the country lanes of home. This field of flowering borage re-connected me with the route I have just completed to Istanbul: the route of the First Crusade of 1096.

I wonder if their stirrup cups were filled with borage?


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Posted on June 30, 2014, in Cycling UK and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Andrew Pooley

    When I worked as the Corporate Fundraiser for Cancer Research Campaign we used borage (starflower) as our fundraising flower because it is used in many cancer treatments. Not a lot of people know that!

  2. Looks similar to a field of Patterson’s Curse, here in Australia. It is also known as Salvation Jane. Patterson’s Curse because if cattle eat it they can die. Salvation Jane because apiarists love it for production of honey.

    • …..the field I photographed was alive with bees, so the English honey bee thinks the same as the Aussie…….but didn’t know about its danger to cattle.

  3. Nice picture. Home is where the borage is?! Just to add to the science from others – Borage is well known for its high levels of gamma linoleic acid (GLA) which is thought to contribute to natural anti inflammatory properties.

    My upcoming post also has sentiments of the home landscape (in my case skyscape). Hope you are rested and recovered!

    • Thanks for those reflections, David…….and yes, I am recovered and riding the miles once again (sometimes with Jenny on the back of the tandem).

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