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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High tide at Rinsey beach

We watched the last of the sandy beach vanish under the high tide with the imposing cliffs flanking the coveMaybe we should have checked the tide table before we set out because it was high tide when we reached Rinsey beach but we enjoyed watching the first big waves of autumn rolling across the cove for the afternoon anyway.

This September I want to show you some of the less publicised beaches in west Cornwall that are a little bit off of the beaten track so perfect for a quiet day beside the sea and so this week we went to the hidden gem that is  Rinsey Beach that is about a ten minute drive from us at Ednovean Farm. The breaking waves make this secluded unspoilt beach a popular spot for local surfers but there is also a great tidal pool – Ray Pool – to the east of the beach for less arduous bathing! Continue reading “High tide at Rinsey beach” »

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Supper at the Mackerel Sky Seafood bar, Newlyn

We ate supper at Mackerel Sky Seafood bar in Newlyn and I took a snap as we left of teh brightly lit restaurantWe had a longing for a treat this week and chose the Mackerel sky seafood bar in Newlyn for supper. After all, where would we find fresher fish than the nearest fishing port just across the bay from us where fish are auctioned at the market and sent to France, Spain and Portugal!

Now it is not possible to book a table at this little tapas bar but after a tour of likely parking places in Newlyn we not only found the very last free spot in the car park but strolled into the restaurant to find the last two seats at a window bench. How lucky that was! Continue reading “Supper at the Mackerel Sky Seafood bar, Newlyn” »

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Discover Porth Chapel Beach in West Cornwall

Porth Chapel beach below St Levan in West CornwallPorth Chapel beach is idyllically set below tall granite cliffs, with sands of broken shells dipping to the sea – it’s just a short walk from St Levan, tucked between Porthcurno and Porthgwarra and quite near to Land’s End. It is just a perfect spot for an afternoon away form the tourist’s hot spots of Cornwall for a few hours of peace and near solitude.

With soft summer days still before us this September, we still have time to discover some of the secret less know spot of Cornwall and this week we visited Port Chapel beach. Continue reading “Discover Porth Chapel Beach in West Cornwall” »

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Our garden’s journey through August and September as summer slowly fades to autumn

Daisies in the golden glow of evening sun as summer turns to autumn in the gardenWe watched the heady days of high summer slowly slip to the gently ease of autumn throughout August and September in our garden here at Ednovean farm. The whisper of the crickets’ song has finally faded into the dusk and with them, the swirling flights of House Martins catching the last midge over the lawn before their autumn migration.

Each year our garden charts the season in its never ending evolution and I’ve found that writing the garden blog over the years has helped me to understand the subtle changes that take place year by year too and it is an unexpected pleasure to look back over the photos of the season reflected in our garden. I do hope that you enjoy them too! Continue reading “Our garden’s journey through August and September as summer slowly fades to autumn” »

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A classic Cornish weekend beside the sea with silent coves and tumbling waves

Waves tumbling in across Mounts bay in cornwall for a classic cornish coastlineThe August bank holiday turned out to be a classic Cornish weekend with still clear tranquil seas bathed in sunshine one day turning to dramatic tumbling waves racing across Mounts bay in the blink of an eye.

For the last Bank Holiday of the year we walked from the farm to visit a nearby favourite cove to enjoy the summer sunshine, spurning the busy roads and we enjoyed two very special days of contrasts that must be the very essence of experience of Classic Cornwall. Continue reading “A classic Cornish weekend beside the sea with silent coves and tumbling waves” »

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St Michael’s Mount with Fish and Chips

We enjoyed traditional Fish and chips sitting on the terrace of teh Godolphin Arms in Marazion the other eveningWe enjoyed watching the ever changing tide around St Michael’s Mount and the sunset, from the terrace of The Godolphin Arms in Marazion, along with a seaside supper of traditional Fish and Chips the other evening.

Our evening was made even more special by the beautiful sailing boat moored just off of the mount but for once I had forgotten the camera and for me the sight of the elegant lugger sitting, on the mirror calm seas like a ghost of the past and so I deposited Charles at the Godolphin and quickly drove took the five minutes home to retrieve the camera. Continue reading “St Michael’s Mount with Fish and Chips” »

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The Lizard and Kennack Sands

Kennack Sands on the Lizard Peninsular in CornwallWe made a pilgrimage to The Lizard Peninsular yesterday to visit Kennack Sands – a sandy beach that held fond memories for Charles as the scene of many of boyhood adventures – although yesterday it might have been said to be a little more crowded than it was fifty-four yeas ago!

Still with the house and the horses settled we set off with our usual picnic turning right at the crossroads to follow the winding road along to Helston and then fork out passed the big navel station at Culdrose. Finally we reached the endless flat heathland with a horizon broken by the iconic, yet redundant, deep space facility of giant satellite dishes, joined now by the latest craze – the big white wind turbines in tidy lines – I wonder which will stay the longest?! Continue reading “The Lizard and Kennack Sands” »

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Lobster with a sunset

The sun setting over the sea as we ate our supper at ben Tunicleffe's restaurant in West CornwallWe enjoyed a lobster supper accompanied with a beautiful sunset over the sea  last night, when we ate supper at Ben Tunnicliffe’s new restaurant at Sennen Beach

It was a significant birthday for Charles and I was thrilled when he choose Ben’s because we used to enjoy his cooking at the Michelin starred Abby restaurant in Penzance (We had fewer horses then!) many years ago. Continue reading “Lobster with a sunset” »

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The B&B Breakfast – a peek into the kitchen

The day in a B&B starts with a full english breakfstOne thing that puts the Breakfast “B” into B&B is the full British Breakfast to start the morning. It must be said it is mostly a holiday treat now in the British Isle with a more leisurely start to the day for guests as the gulls call outside and the scent of the sea is in the air.

The other morning our guests arrived at nicely paced intervals and so I was able to take a few snaps of the breakfast, as I cooked while our guests chatted over their first course around the long farmhouse table. Maybe my gallery of photos below will inspire you to try one! Continue reading “The B&B Breakfast – a peek into the kitchen” »

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5 suggestions for a wet day in West Cornwall

Wet weather suggestions from Spud and Louis for wet days in CornwallSpud and Louis have a “wet day routine” of a cosy duvet day snuggled up in the Garden room but for non-feline readers here are a few suggestions for Galleries and Museums for the odd wet day that comes along every now and again.

Over the years I’ve built up quite a bank of suggestions about days out in Cornwall with little titbits of info brought back daily by our guests to top up the “library”! So if you should see a mornings rain in the forecast try one of these until the clouds roll away as surely they will, or as a local Cornish bard that used to say “Penwith moors in the rain – Marvellous!!” and stay with your plan! Continue reading “5 suggestions for a wet day in West Cornwall” »