About Christine Taylor

Christine has written a weekly blog about life at Ednovean Farm and interesting places to visit in West Cornwall for over ten years now, concentrating on those off the beaten track places that only the locals find. 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 five horses, including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Ednovean Farm has been awarded AA five star gold for Bed and breakfast and is included in The Michelin Guide and The Alastair Sawday Guide . The Farmhouse and gardens has been featured in BBC Homes and Antiques, Homes and Gardens. Period Living and 25 Beautiful Homes as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location.

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July in the Ednovean Farm Garden

Ednovean farm and Echiums frame the lawn

Golden Oat grass frames the urns with the sweep of the lawn beyond

Ah July and the garden begins to party. Our usual contrasting leaf shapes and textures have been joined by an explosion of colour this month in celebration of the zenith of the year. I’m afraid though I must now admit that the photos will be few and far between for this months diary ad our camera has had a minor hiccup and only took black photos –true it has been ailing for a while but this month it finally succumbed to a version of Canon Berrie Berrie and is in intensive care at the camera hospital even as we speak. Still maybe I can describe the garden to you this month in its summer finery along with the few photos I did manage Continue reading “July in the Ednovean Farm Garden” »

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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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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” »

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Ednovean Farm’s twenty four years as a B&B!

The entrance to Ednovean Farm

The entrance to our car park at Ednovean Farm is now framed by lush planting

It was on the 11th of May in 1991 that Charles carried me through the front door from our wedding reception after an earnest year of converting our Farmhouse into our home from a 17th-century granite barn.

We had spent a year working on the main part of the building to make our home and in 1991 we put a hand painted sign at the end of our drive and waited for our first guests to arrive. Weeks went passed until finally a lady came along and reserved the yellow room – a pretty twin bedroom decorated with Sanderson’s vintage Lilly pad fabric, white washed walls, painted furniture and Laura Ashley wallpaper with a shower room unfashionably across the hall (Sorry this bedroom is now the office) Continue reading “Ednovean Farm’s twenty four years as a B&B!” »

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Ancient sites to visit in West Cornwall

Men-an-Tol

Men-anTol an ancient healing stone on the Penwith moors in West Cornwall

Cornwall wears her history lightly and it sometimes feels that the past is still a whisper away. To visit the high places on the Penwith moors untouched by agriculture, as part of your holiday, will be to touch history. There are sites in Cornwall that represent every period of history and Cornwall has more nationally designated monuments (Scheduled Monuments) than any other county in England. Today they still sit silently waiting, just as though the ancient peoples had suddenly walked away and they are waiting for them to return.

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April in the Ednovean Farm Garden

Tulips and formal topiary in Cornwall

The tulips have been a joy this month appearing reliably again each year.

As April flaunts the last of her spring credentials, the hotly anticipated Tulips have at last faded in our entrance at Ednovean Farm. The last of the silky white petals falling just as the first plump buds of the Irises emerged. Spring is dead long live the spring and on with the show! Continue reading “April in the Ednovean Farm Garden” »