We visited the World Famous Minack Theatre at Porthcurno this week on a glorious February day that felt like summer – maybe that is where the phrase “summer in February” came from. The Cornish have a name for these special days – they call them “a day lent” and we took full advantage of the gift, as the car nosed its way between the tall Cornish banks, already laced with daffodils, deep into the wilder countryside of the West Penwith Peninsula.
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The ivy clad farmhouse at Ednovean farm has the mellow dignity of a building loved by time but it holds a little secret close to its heart, a little secret of its previous life as a historic 17th-century barn before its renovation to become our home of today.
As we created our home at Ednovean it was important to us not only to honour the integrity of the old building but to reuse or recycle as many of the original materials as we could. And so a massive renovation of a trio of Farm buildings began that was to stretch from 1990 until the year 2000.
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Rosamunde Pilcher is something of a Cornish icon these days, bringing the fans of her books and films to the south west every summer to soak up some of that special “Pilcheresque” atmosphere. Throughout the winter in Germany the tranquil days of a Cornish summer have been translated into the setting for the Pilcher films leading to the expression that Sunday night is “Pilcher night” or as one of our German bed and Breakfast guest put it “you can sometimes see the same film three times in one year” I gathered his wife was a big fan!
We were thrilled last year when scenes for “Fast Noch Verheiratet” were filmed here at Ednovean Farm and we had the chance to meet some of the cast and crew at work. Our heroine’s bedroom was the Pink bedroom complete with its hand carved four poster bed although she magically walked out through the Blue Bedroom’s French doors, to stand on the terrace gazing at St Michael’s Mount
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There is a breath of spring blowing through our garden now at Ednovean, bringing a tide of promising fresh green shoots from the earth and setting the early daffodils dancing on the breeze.
Spring comes early to Cornwall and the daffodil fields are starting to bloom around the country lanes just as winter reaches it zenith and the garden has brought its own relentless energy to renewing itself for the seasons to come.
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