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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The secret guest for breakfast

The full breakfastWe had a secret  bed and breakfast guest this week at Ednovean Farm, in the shape of an undercover inspection from the AA. Rather like a mystery shopper the inspector will book in incognito and sample a stay with us and then only reveal their identity after their breakfast has been finished.

My word! if I had known I would have run around in circles for weeks chasing imaginary spiders – we just have to wait for the report to arrive now- the postman will be greeted each morning with great enthusiasm I can tell you!

For an update scroll down or check my latest post (8th of April)! Continue reading “The secret guest for breakfast” »

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The grandeur of the Cornish cliffs – a coastal walk from Zennor to St Ives

The north coast of CornwallMy thoughts turned to the grandeur of the Cornish cliffs this week. Perhaps with the screening of the hotly anticipated new Poldark series on television tonight in mind! So a flick through our photo album brought back memories of a dramatic walk we took one autumn day along the wild untamed coastline. We started from the picture perfect Cornish village of Zennor to finally finish in the artists colony of St Ives.

We drove over the top of the hills to park in Zennor near the church before setting off towards the cliffs with a picnic and excited Dog (sadly no longer with us) Zennor was once described by on of my American guest as “just how as she imagined a Cornish village should be, with the huddle of traditional granite cottages backed by the high moors and then the lush tiny fields rolling down to the sea”

We followed the footpath towards the scent of the sea and began our journey almost through time as we stepped away from civilisation and immersed ourselves in the wild coastal scenery untouched and unspoilt by man. Continue reading “The grandeur of the Cornish cliffs – a coastal walk from Zennor to St Ives” »

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This morning in Cornwall

Ednovean Farm view to St Michaels Mount and Penzance

Looking across Mounts Bay beyond St Michael’s Mount to Penzance and Newlyn

This morning is just too beautiful not to share and so I’m putting a quick mini blog up just of the view. I took this snap from my kitchen this morning looking down over the gardens to St Michaels Mount with the tide right out by the look of it too.

St Michael’s Mount will be open this morning with Tuesday at 1100am. and again at 2.00p.m. From the 15th of March it will open from 10.30 – 5.00 daily (except Saturdays) It looks so lovely out there I wish I could go.  Continue reading “This morning in Cornwall” »

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February days in the garden

 

Bold crocusAh February days in the garden when the perfect mystery of the season begins expand its magic as each day I’ve watched the garden slowly unfold from its winter rest. Each day has brought a new part of the cycle of the gardens return to life that it has been so slight that it has been almost imperceptible. I’ve watched the Daffodils slowly unfold from the soil and spread through the garden starting in the warmest most sheltered corners and then finally surging through the garden in an unstoppable tide. Continue reading “February days in the garden” »

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Valentines day

Valentines in the Blue roomA very happy Valentines day to everybody that stops to read my post today. These day I prefer to think of it as a celebration for the developing spring that unfolds across the land. The bird song that has sprung up after the long silent winter; the bright green spring shoots as the days lengthen and the sun climbs in the sky.

Of course is is the special day for young lovers who have waited in heart stopping anticipation for the postmans step or should I say the ping of the arriving e-mail these days.  Continue reading “Valentines day” »

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Enjoying winter days

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The original zen cat

The Mares that live just below our garden at Ednovean Farm picked their way gingerly across the frozen ground this morning, to collect their breakfast. They tend to wait for me snoozing under the garden shelter belt each day. They particularly like this spot in the early morning as it catches the first rays of sunshine to hit the field.  Within minutes a small posy of little birds has gathered to dart out of the sheltering foliage and snatch the plump golden oats from under April and Dollies noses. At night the two mares religiously put themselves in their field shelter at the end of the lane  and so we tramp in a little procession out along the lane each evening, with a wheelbarrow full of haylage and buckets of oats – I wonder if they are different birds with picking rights along there! Continue reading “Enjoying winter days” »

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Watching for a snowflake

Garden pathSnow is quite rare in Cornwall and so a weather forecast with the possibility of snow left me excitedly watching for a snowflake. For days a chilly wind but no  hint of the white stuff apart on the BBC but yesterday as we worked in the garden at Ednovean Farm great white flakes began to fall swirling gently around us. Continue reading “Watching for a snowflake” »

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January in the Ednovean garden

Soleil D'orWinter has snarled its petulance to us this week, as January draws to a close, I hope it is one last act of defiance and we can move forwards into spring. Yet still today, as I walked to a wilder corner of the garden to take some snaps today ready for today’s blog, I was charmed by the scent of the early Soleil D’or Daffodils as it swirled around me. Continue reading “January in the Ednovean garden” »

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A spring affair

Flowers on a window sillFor weeks the promise of spring has hung in the air as capricious as the promises of an unfaithful lover in an unhappy affair.  Cornwall has escaped the vicious chill that has gripped the rest of the country and we’ve enjoyed cool frost free days – in Perranuthnoe at least, I know we have a small micros climate so close to the sea. Yet still I’ve found the bright green bulbs pushing up from the earth a faithless sign of spring days to come. Until now that is! Continue reading “A spring affair” »

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Favorite What shall I do when I stay at Ednovean Farm?

St Michael's MountMost morning at Ednovean Farm I stretch out an ordnance survey map after breakfast, to give guest advice or pointers about their days out in west Cornwall and so today I thought I’d put a blog post together with some of my top tips. Today, I’m starting my blog series with walking days from Ednovean Farm along the coastal footpath. Continue reading “What shall I do when I stay at Ednovean Farm?” »