About Christine Taylor

Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and eight horses including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Christine writes a weekly blog about life on the farm and garden with an occasional series about places of interest in West Cornwall

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Trengwainton – a garden for all seasons

banana and greek pot- Trengwainton a garden for all seasons

Exotic planting settles seamlessly into the timeless garden

We visited Trengwainton gardens this August and found a garden for all season, with a rich depth of planting evolving within the old estate walls.

I’ve always thought of Trengwainton as a spring garden, with a walled kitchen garden within, so we were pleasantly surprised to find the range of thoughtful sub tropical planting within its immaculate environs, rising to a terrace with fabulous views all the way from Penzance to The Lizard.

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Cooling Sea breezes in the heat wave

Waves breaking on sandy beach - perranuthnoe in the heatwave

Perranuthnoe’s sandy beach flanked by smaller coves

The sea has never seemed bluer than this month as the heat wave changed our lives to a Mediterranean rhythm, as day after day of endless sunshine spread before us.  We abandoned work in the afternoons to settle at the seas edge below the red baked clay cliffs of one the little coves that flank the sand of around Perranuthnoe Beach. The tranquil rhythm of the waves slipping idly on to the beach and slight breeze from the sea has been blissful this month in Cornwall with the delicious promise of a swim in the evenings in the mirror calm waters.

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June – the summer solstice garden diary

pink summer rose - june solstice garden ednoveanThe June garden settled gently into the early gentle misty rain of the month, elegantly following the season to meet the brilliant sunshine that dawned on the day of the summer solstice. From then on we tumbled head first into those endless summer days that memories are made of, days that sent the temperature gauge of our newly purchased Garden clock, shooting up to unheard of heights.

This month in the Ednovean Farm gardens summer has truly arrived bringing tumbling roses to scent the courtyard and the verdant growth to underline the Italian Gardens subtropical claims. So join me this month as we journey into summer wrapped in the unexpected heat wave that shapes our days as we work in the gardens.

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Two harbours – two great seafood suppers

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The end of the day at Mousehole harbour

There is certain mellowness about those dusky evenings, when the winter storms are spent and the summer sea laps languidly against ancient harbour walls. Here in west Cornwall we are spoilt with so many lovely sheltered harbours to visit for a seafood supper and we recently made our way around Mounts Bay to renew our acquaintance with Mousehole and Newlyn.

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May in the Ednovean Garden

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May’s garden is alive with wildflowers that soften the formal lines

Hello!!  Well this May I suddenly realised that it was nearly summer and I was still “in” spring mode so we had a flurry of editing and replanting the courtyard pots whilst in the wider garden we’ve been rescued by the wildflowers and the heady mix of formal and informal has never been more beautiful than with nature’s help this year. So welcome to my May Garden Dairy for our gardens at Ednovean Farm!  Continue reading “May in the Ednovean Garden” »

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Ages of Art – Ancient Frescos of Breage and Newlyn School Paintings of St Hilary

Detail St Christopher - Breage church frescoWe took a look at some of the ages of art yesterday in our local churches, visiting the 15th century Frescoes in Breage church and the Penzance and Newlyn school paintings in St Hilary – well worth a detour if you are looking for a different interest on you holiday in Cornwall.

We’ve been meaning to visit the frescos in Breage Church  and a recent visit to Godolphin House to see the Bluebells proved the perfect catalyst as we “passed” Breage on the way home.

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April in the garden at Ednovean Farm

April courtyard glimpsed -garden diary Ednovean Farm

Sweetly scented flowers soften the spring courtyard garden

There is an air of anticipation for the day ahead now, as I step outside the door each morning and spring settles sweetly over the garden. We’ve had to work much harder this spring, to put out garden back on track for the year but at the same time, it has been deeply satisfying to rethink and refresh the garden for the season ahead.

Bird song rings around the garden now high and clear on misty mornings with the dew still glistening on the grass and soft and mellow int he sunshine a herald of the eternal progres of spring never more welcome than this year!

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Godolphin from Bluebell woods to hill

Drifts of BluebellsI’ve watched the bluebells spring up around the country lanes of Cornwall this week and I spotted the first House Martin, back from its long migration to Africa. These twin augers were enough for me to feel spring was at its peek and summer fast approaching and I knew it was time to visit the fabulous swathes of bluebells in the National Trust’s Godolphin estates ancient woodlands and maybe climb to the summit of Godolphin hill to see the landscape of West Penwith stretched panoramically below me.

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Four spring inspirations with love from Cornwall

spring inspiration - fill jam jars full of bright spring daffodils to deck the Breakfast table - farmhouse Breakfast - Ednovean FarmSpringtime in Cornwall is a wonderful season to soak up the atmosphere as fresh new buds open in the garden, to bring welcome flashes of green so full of luscious promises.; take a walk in the countryside or even a ride around the lanes; to just sit on the beach and eat an ice cream and of course to welcome spring back into the home by freshening up the look.

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A very Happy Easter – will it be one to remember?

Happy Easter - Bright Daffodils in flower at Easter time in CornwallA very Happy Easter to you all – although I don’t believe any body is singing “I’m dreaming of a white Easter” at the moment!  Strangely, if we were start from a normal place in a normal year it would be unheard of to snow at Easter time, yet this year there is certainly a chance that The Easter of 2018 might be one to remember.   And the final piece of evidence to cap it all for me is that Easter Sunday falls on April the first! The traditional jokers day, so who knows what could happen.     Continue reading “A very Happy Easter – will it be one to remember?” »