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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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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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?” »

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Looking back over 2014 at Ednovean Farm

 

Candles and DaffodilsWith the New Year came the time to take down the Christmas decorations and I swept away the last of the pine needles in a rolling tide of green across the flagstones of our hall. Life can seem a little bit flat after the long build up to mid winter celebrations, when suspended reality seems to hover of our days and so I always make sure I plan a new focus for our home at the packing cases go back into the loft. This year I set the candle lanterns on an old pine blanket box, which had been one of our first purchases for the home nearly 24 years ago now and picked up some vibrantly fresh daffodils from a roadside stall with all of their promise of spring. Join me now for a peek at our year…….. Continue reading “Looking back over 2014 at Ednovean Farm” »

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December – the winter garden

MahoniaWinter clutched lazily at the garden this month with short dull days and long dark nights. Somehow, it seemed that the best plan, was no plan for this month and the garden got what our plumber describes as “A coat of looking at”. There have been a few joys though …… Continue reading “December – the winter garden” »

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Christmas magic and winter solstice

Winter solsticeThe days have sped by in a sort of twilight as we’ve approached the shortest day this week. Each day It has seemed it never become quite light , before dusk fell again and the birds silent for the night as we retreated indoors. This week I set up my alternative Christmas tree as we approach the Winter solstice and looked for a little bit of that special Christmas magic. Continue reading “Christmas magic and winter solstice” »

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November in a Cornish Garden

The lawnI nearly didn’t write an update this month as I generally find November a somnolent month, a sort of halfway house to winter in an undecided state of semi hibernation. But this week we had such a lovely day catching up with our garden jobs I took a few snaps and here we are ready to go! Continue reading “November in a Cornish Garden” »

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November days at Ednovean and winter festivals in Cornwall

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A feral tom-cat at Ednovean Farm, Wilbur

Ah these November days in Cornwall we’ve had a little of this weather and a little of that weather this week but generally I do think we’ve been lucky. Some days have dawned when the house cats have resembled hibernating hamsters, tightly curled up and wrapped in their tails yet with the extraordinary instinct of cats for sunshine, they have set out to sunbathe on the gravel terraces as soon as sun has come through. Meet Wilbur our feral friend Continue reading “November days at Ednovean and winter festivals in Cornwall” »

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October in the Ednovean Farm garden

A garden urnWelcome to my monthly diary as I continues to follow the life at our garden at Ednovean Farm through October and into the autumn. No sooner had the last diary been posted than the first gale of autumn swept through the garden scattering the strappy spent fronds from the Cordyline australis across the lawn and tearing at the tall pampas seeds. Continue reading “October in the Ednovean Farm garden” »