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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Christmas trees and decorating

Christmas treeI set out on a blustery day this week to choose the tree , after a certain amount of time spent in reconnaissance admiring beautiful trees for sale beside the road or leaning near shop doorways. I’ve learnt over the years to take a thick pair of “prickle proof” gloves with me to aid my shopping deliberations because of course faced with a neat bay of Christmas trees, carefully sorted by size and price, my theory is the best one lays undiscovered at the back. Continue reading “Christmas trees and decorating” »

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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

Wilbur Tom cat Esq

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” »

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The smugglers of Prussia Cove

Prussia Cove a famous smugglers cove in West CornwallOne of our guests favourite walks from Ednovean farm is eastwards towards Cudden Point and as they walk the coastal paths around the bay towards Prussia Cove they follow the paths the smugglers have trodden in past centuries.

The sheltered waters of Mount’s Bay and the hidden coves that are tucked along its edges have a rich dark history and today I thought I’d tell you a little bit more about the smugglers and shipwrecks in our part of the bay. As I researched for today’s post I came across a rich dramatic history in the lives that moved between Cornwall, Guernsey, France and over to the Americas; a history that touched the turbulent times of France in the shadow of the guillotine and mingled with the lives of the negro slaves in the New world; that found a kind of respectability as with ships of marque; were arrested for piracy but had mysterious friends in high place at the admiralty; murders and sea battles; and final betrayal and return to poverty. Continue reading “The smugglers of Prussia Cove” »

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An autumn walk to Trenow Cove

Trenow CoveAs one of the first gales of autumn tossed the country with its half spent force, we stole a few minutes for an afternoon walk from Perranuthnoe along the bridle path towards Trenow Cove. The low Cornish banks are laced with bronzed brackens now but somehow this year it looks a celebration of the countryside after our long warm Autumn. Even the garlands of berries seem to look forward towards the winter as a final legacy of our gorgeous summer. Continue reading “An autumn walk to Trenow Cove” »

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Ednovean’s moods for all seasons

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Evening light on a dressing table

As I trawled through our photo albums today looking for inspiration, it occurred to me that Ednovean Farm did indeed have a mood for all seasons. Changing her outfit like a capricious woman according to her mood, with a character that floats from playfully Mediterranean in the summer to warm and cosily British in the winter. I thought I’d write a short blog today to share a few of my favorite images from the year.

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