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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Don’t put your daughter on the stage Mrs Worthington……..

Farmhouse kitchen

A shot from a photo shoot in 2007 when I believe the kitchen was “Lichen”

Ednovean Farm has been primped and preened for her moment of fame over the last couple of weeks, for her chance to shine in the media.  We had a photoshoot here the other week and believe me; no corner went undisturbed in preparation for the event.

To ring the changes in the kitchen from the last shoot and because – well – it really was time – I decided on a new colour for the kitchen cupboards. After an agony of indecision, I decided upon a tin of Farrow and Balls Blue Ground. The tin of paint was duly ordered over the internet and it would arrive by courier on a designated day. What could possibly go wrong? and why was the horse involved in delivering the paint? Continue reading “Don’t put your daughter on the stage Mrs Worthington……..” »

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Life in the Gulf Stream

View over formal Parterre and sub tropical planting

Early morning and I peek down on the parterre in our courtyard garden lined with Date Palms

We are so lucky to live on the West Cornwall Peninsula. The most south westerly peninsular in Britain warmed by the Gulf Stream – the warm air that flows from the Caribbean north east towards Europe and that lends us this unique sub tropical climate. Yet each day as I look down over the courtyard in the morning I still admire the Date Palms for their arching beauty and their ability to transport my imagination to anywhere in the world. Continue reading “Life in the Gulf Stream” »

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The Penwith tour: – Land’s End

Land’s End

Aerial view of Land's End

Land’s End the most southwesterly point in the UK

The raw power of the Atlantic meets the English Channel in this the most westerly point of the UK: – Land’s End in Cornwall.

Land’s End is so well known throughout the world, that is arguably the one destination that all of our visitors have plans to visit at one point in their stay in Cornwall.

These days the starkly beautiful, storm lashed peninsular of Land’s End is a “broad church”, marked on the ordnance survey map as having a Theme park. There the facilities and attractions are designed to appeal to the widest possible range of the public – right down to Shaun the Sheep this year for the very youngest! Continue reading “The Penwith tour: – Land’s End” »

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Ednovean Farm – what is in a name?

Ednovean Farm today

The mellow granite building that is now our home has stood over the centuries on this spot at Ednoe-Vean

One question I’m often asked by our bed and breakfast guests is “What is the meaning of Ednovean?” And of course with farm and field names they hold knowledge of ancient names for the area.

The name Ednovean was originally two words Ednoe-Vean and is mentioned in one of my favourite books for place name reference “Cornish Place-names” by O.J. Padel. The description there of the evolution of the name for Perranuthnoe and the reference to Ednovean is fascinating. Continue reading “Ednovean Farm – what is in a name?” »

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June in the Ednovean Farm Garden

Formal courtyard garden at Ednovean Farm

I looked down on the courtyard garden early this morning and was pleased to see the hedges improving!

June has been a wonderful month for the garden here at Ednovean farm, with the sun almost dancing in the garden’s shadows. The long dry spell has suited our planting of drought loving and grey leafed plants perfectly here in our seaside garden. This month more of the garden furniture has had a bright new makeover, more unruly hedges have been almost tamed into submission and I completed a tiny new garden project. Continue reading “June in the Ednovean Farm Garden” »

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A summer evening

A summer border int eh garden at Ednovean Farm

The soft golden light as the day fades to evening in our garden

“There is something very comforting about a summers’ evening in Cornwall” Charles remarked tonight as we sat in the garden and he’s right – there is something quintessentially British about sitting in the fading light as a long summer evening meets the night. It brings those half remembered impressions of past summers back to the forefront of our memories– those symbols that say summer in big bold letters. The chiming of a church clock perhaps, or the golden light of early evening, maybe anticipating the prospect of barbeques on the beach –all these things add up to summer days that stretch on seemingly forever as unbelievable we approach the longest day of the year. Continue reading “A summer evening” »

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It definitely feels like June

 

 

Echiums in the ednovean farm Gardens in June

It feels like June with the Echiums swaying gently and alive with bees against the bluest skies i

All in all I can definitely say it is starting to feel like June now with a new high forming over the British Isles to bring that delicious holiday heat. Perhaps we were lucky, last week, to live in West Cornwall, with the most westerly and the most southerly point nearly on our doorsteps. Certainly our Bed and Breakfast guests made the best use of geography and leap-frogged to the best spots to enjoy their holidays: one day a trip to the Lizard Point to walk around the Peninsular, another to Land’s End to explore the craggy granite cliffs and they even managed a warm sunny evening to watch a play at the Minack Theatre too! Continue reading “It definitely feels like June” »

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Tiptoe into summer

ednovean farm breakfast with a viewJune seemed to appear suddenly this year, without warning. With June came the first meteorological day of summer – in fact I think we tiptoed into summer this year from the long spring days that lingered still fresh and new in our minds. The sea that frames our lives looks impossibly blue these days – one day soon we must walk down to the water’s edge again…… but not yet, not until I’ve finished painting! Still wouldn’t it be nice to linger over breakfast on the lawn gazing at St Michael’s Mount while planning  the day stretching ahead around the Cornish coast?

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Vote for Ednovean Farm!!

Ednovean Frm and the Dorset Cereal pack

Ednovean FArm is proud to be considered a as a finalist in this months heat of The Dorset Cereal’s B&B awards

We are thrilled to have reached the final selection for the June heat of the Dorset Cereal’s B&B awards.  This is the first year for this competition, and they will be looking for independent, special places to stay in association to the Alastair Sawday team. We’d love you to vote for us of course and even better you will have a chance to win a hamper too just by casting your vote! To vote just follow the Ednovean Farm B&B link!

Thankyou if you voted for us – as the next twelve B&B’s are now on the page so the links above are no longer live 🙂 Until the next time!

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May in the Ednovean Farm Garden

 

Sub tropical garden in Cornwall

Looking down on the echiums and Date Palm at the courtyard entrance

May has come and nearly gone in our Cornish garden at Ednovean farm and it has never felt as alive and full of spring promise as this year as the garden continues to mature.The scent of the blue bells is still hanging in the air, long after it should have been gone but then this has been a strange, voluptuous month, held in slow motion, hostage to the cool breezes. Continue reading “May in the Ednovean Farm Garden” »