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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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” »

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July in the Garden at Ednovean Farm

Date palms red garaniums and box give a mediterranean feel to the terrace at Ednovean Farm July in the garden and now it almost seems intoxicated with the season, throwing up vibrant (did I really plan that there?!) plant colour combination in a glorious profusion. But then July is the summer ball or the proms for the garden, as it reaches the zenith of its power and it is time for a little bit of razzle-dazzle, after the restraint on the cooler months.

This month we’ve had a visit from a professional garden photographer, very nearly caught up in the Italian Garden and revelled in the vibrant days of Summer.
Continue reading “July in the Garden at Ednovean Farm” »

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Two days in Penzance

Penzance harbour full of pleasure craft backed by the lovley old buildings of the townI spent two days in Penzance this week and just as the UK revelled in the heat wave I was attending a computer course at dpn, tucked away in the mix of granite buildings and courtyards that form the working hub of the town. But in the lunch hour I spent my time visiting the town and exploring the side streets down the harbour, to pick up the glorious cooling breeze from the sea. I had time to explore the sub tropical Morrab gardens, on the way to the sea front with the iconic Jubilee Pool set on Penzance’s broad promenade. Penzance was expecting a very famous visitor on the first morning in the shape of Prince Charles and so the whole town had its best bib and tucker on ready for the royal visit. Continue reading “Two days in Penzance” »

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Summer evenings of memories

A view down through the entrance at Ednovean farm to the sea

The sea is such a startling blue now

This week we finally plunged into summer with an unexpected heat wave that transformed our world with a tide of Mediterranean warmth. We walked down to the coastal footpath of course for a wonderful day on a secluded cove and drank a toast from a bottle of wine given to us by a departing German guest for them enjoy many happy holidays in years to come.

We made a trip into Penzance for supper at the Old Lifeboat House on the harbour and finally celebrated our silver wedding for the second time at The Square in Porthleven so today there are way too many photos and I’m saving our picnic for another day!! Continue reading “Summer evenings of memories” »