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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The changing face of Autumn in the garden

The Autumn leaves still frame the arbourI’ve come to treasure the changing face of autumn in the garden – the mellow shades of gold and russet that deck the leaves, the low subtle light and the ever-changing skies.

Now is the time for planning a little bit for the promise of warmer days to come when winter gives way to spring, by filling pots with new bulbs. Continue reading “The changing face of Autumn in the garden” »

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We visited St Ives

Large sandy harbour - St Ives

The vast stretch of sand in St Ives Harbour

We visited St Ives at last this week and found summer seemed to linger on within the bustling streets and thronged harbour even though it was late in October.

The bustling tourist destination of St Ives is so different from the quiet, laid back, world of Mounts Bay and so we eased ourselves gently into the visit by taking the Train from Lelant Saltings. The train runs from here about every thirty minutes so there is never long to wait and the ten minute journey has spectacular views

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Our visit to St Michael’s Mount

Our visit to St Michael's Mount- HarbourWe made a long planned visit to St Michael’s Mounts this week, finally taking advantage of the gentler pace of life that arrives with autumn in Cornwall. Autumn is such a special time of year – the days are still warm and those special spots are far less crowded – just right for a visit in fact!

St Michael’s Mount has an ancient Cornish name – “Karrek Loos yn Koos” referring back to a time before the swampy forest in what is now Mounts Bay was submerged under the seas. The journey to the St Michael’s Mount today encompasses the long history beginning with the pagan legends of giants, with a causeway at low tide that follows a pilgrim’s path towards a monastic island where the archangel St Michael’ was said to have appeared to the fishermen.

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Autumn a season of joys and consolations

Bronze Autumn Bracken frames a view across the sea to St Michael's Mount

St Michael’s Mount from the coastal footpath around Mounts bay

Autumn days brings those glorious days of bright sunshine and cool clear air, days of racing waves trailing plumes of vapour and the thoughts of cosy warm suppers tucked beside the ancient inglenook of a pub high on the moors.

The country lanes are filled with tawny leaves drifting underfoot, the high warm banks dressed in russet bracken now with rich red berries spangling the hedgerows occasionally I meet the occasional walkers clasping an Ordnance Survey map in lanes softly enveloped by autumn at its best.

The changing pace of life of the autumn has finally given us a chance to purge the debris generated by “The Beast from the East with bonfires sending lazy plumes of smoke up into the air.

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August to September the ticking of the garden season’s clock

A timeless view in a changing season St Michael' Mount from a garden

The timeless view to the Mount from our garden

The clock of the seasons is ever turning, bringing the mists of autumn to gently shroud the garden and with it the morning dew to spangle the lawns. With the change of the seasons the scent of the sea has come back to us at Ednovean, along with the rhythmic music of the waves to our ears.

August and September have brought the familiar markers of the gardening year in the faithful cycle of the seasons, as summer slips away again to meet the next landmark of our gardening days the autumn equinox.

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Away down to Lamorna

Harbour wall and shletering landscape - lamorna cove

The harbour at Lamorna – notice the winter storm damage that sent granite blocks tumbling to the sands

“Away down to Lamorna” is chorus of a famous Cornish song and I had forgotten just how beautiful Lamorna Valley was, until we drove down through the valley to the harbour again this week.

The tinge of autumn was yet to touch the luscious green of the all enveloping trees in this sheltered valley and summer lingered on for a perfect late autumn day.

We had planned a lunch at the Lamorna Wink before a visit to Chygurno Gardens on one of its last open days before the winter. As the season slips from summer to autumn we’ve already revisited several gardens this year – gardens that we first visited when planning our own gardens and we previously visited the terraced Gardens of Chygurno back in about 2000 just as the first Tree Ferns were planted.

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Lamorran House Garden

View from Lamorran GardenThe trees were already showing a trace of gold on their leaves, as we took the King Harry Ferry across the River Fal to the Roseland Peninsula, to visit the Lamorran House Gardens again.

Our last visit to Lamorran’s subtropical, Italianate garden must have been nearly twenty years ago and we were looking forward to retracing our steps through the palms as the far bank slipped away behind us and the faint vibration of the clanking ferry mechanism spread up through the deck to our feet.

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Is it autumn yet?

Autumn russet bracken framing ST Michael's Mount in a blue sea

St Michael’s Mount from the coastal footpath near Perranuthnoe

Should we say it is autumn yet I wonder? Well this week summer blew Cornwall a parting kiss and delivered blues skies, warm seas and gorgeous sunshine to the days, as we drift between the meteorological* autumn and the autumn equinox* in the hinterland known as late summer.

These balmy late summer days are just perfect to walk along the tranquil coastal footpaths and soak up the sun on the empty beaches, so join me in this week’s blog to explore a secluded cove in the shadow of St Michael’s Mount and watch dusk fall over a fish supper in Marazion, as summer blows a parting kiss.

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Bonython Estate Gardens

Trees reflected in a lake - bonython gardens

The magnificent Gunnera lake is everything you would expect a lake to be, cool and elegantly stylish

Bonython Gardens with its 18th century walled gardens, tranquil lakes and dramatic sweeps of parkland is almost a hidden gem amongst the Great Gardens of Cornwall.

With its laid back approach, Bonython is definitely a must for garden visitors seeking to step off the “Tourist Trail” and move into another world of old fashioned hospitality in a deeply personal garden.

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Trengwainton – a garden for all seasons

banana and greek pot- Trengwainton a garden for all seasons

Exotic planting settles seamlessly into the timeless garden

We visited Trengwainton gardens this August and found a garden for all season, with a rich depth of planting evolving within the old estate walls.

I’ve always thought of Trengwainton as a spring garden, with a walled kitchen garden within, so we were pleasantly surprised to find the range of thoughtful sub tropical planting within its immaculate environs, rising to a terrace with fabulous views all the way from Penzance to The Lizard.

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