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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Land’s End to St Ives

Cape Cornwall - the only cape in britain

Cape Cornwall from the air

The final part of the Penwith tour will take you from Land’s End to St Ives and surely this drive  must be Cornwall’s own route 66. The road contained by ancient banks twists through farmland flanked by tiny fields whose boundaries date back to the bronze age. with the sea an eve present backdrop it is not surprising it has been voted one of  the nation’s favourite drives. Expect to pass through tiny hamlets and farmyards; to see remnants of the Cornish mining industry romantic now in their decay; to see villages flanked by towering moorland cairns on a winding road that will almost transport you back to an earlier era.

I am indebted to Mike McNally photography for the aerial views I am about to share with you. Mike and his wife took a scenic flight from Lands End when they stayed with us at Ednovean Farm and kindly sent us a disk of snaps of West Cornwall.

  1. Sennen
  2. Cape Cornwall
  3. Botallack
  4. Pendeen
  5. Portharas
  6. Gurnard’s Head
  7. Zennor
  8. St Ives

Continue reading “Land’s End to St Ives” »

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Morning call – a little enchantment

 

Ednovean Farm has a courtyard garden and fountain

The first rays of morning sunshine in our courtyard garden

There’s always a feeling of anticipation for the day ahead as I open the door to let Spud-Cat pad out on his morning patrol, Will there be a spot the sunshine pooling lazily around the parterre – is there a little enchantment in the air as the sun slides across the courtyard gardens to start the day?

This morning was glorious and I popped back with the camera to record the shadows on the gravel terrace still damp from the overnight rain and it was just as a lucky after thought that I glanced around the corner to see Spud perched on the fountain for his morning glass of water in a moment made magical by the glow of the dawn sunshine holding him in a spotlight. Continue reading “Morning call – a little enchantment” »

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Find Ednovean Farm in 25 Beautiful Homes

Ednovean Farm magazine article in 25 Beautiful Homes

Read about us in this month’s 25 Beautiful Homes

Ednovean Farm is included in the July issue of 25 Beautiful Homes just arriving in the shops now. We were so pleased to be included and enjoyed a wonderful day last year with professional writers Pat Garrett and photographer David Giles.

Charles has scanned in a couple of pages to give you a flavour of the article headed by our lovely view out across the Date Palms in our garden towards St Michael’s Mount. To read more about our story that began when Charles carried me over the threshold to the current day up to the current day when we have just celebrated our silver wedding anniversary read on! Continue reading “Find Ednovean Farm in 25 Beautiful Homes” »

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Coastal walks and harbour pubs

Trebarvah beach linked to Perranuthnoe

Just east of Perranuthnoe, a hidden slipway leads to Trebarvah Beach reached by a hidden slipway or walk along the sands from Perran at very low tide.

There is something so evocative of the memories Cornish holidays of spending the days wandering around the coastal footpath before finally settling in a secluded cove to picnic and then later, much later, driving around the Bay to find a traditional harbour side pub for supper. It has to be Fish and Chips of course anything else would be sacrilege to tradition!

This bank Holiday the weather has been so kind to Cornwall and we have basked in the sunshine and we were tempted to walk again down to the coastal footpath to see the last of the spring flowers with the tide lapping the rocks below us. Continue reading “Coastal walks and harbour pubs” »

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A little bit of spring magic

Aprrle blossom in spring at Ednovean Farm

Apple Blossom on our vintage West Country apple trees

I felt a little bit of spring magic in the air today with a froth of apple blossom opening in the orchard and clear blue skies overhead. Suddenly the trees bare branches of winter are clothed in fresh rich green foliage forming cathedral like arches over the road that I drive along to a local farm to collect our fresh breakfast eggs. The fascinating collection of lofty crows nests, set high above the road in the branches that have intrigued me all winter, have disappeared from sight now, behind the cocooning shroud of green. Continue reading “A little bit of spring magic” »

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A spring walk to the sea

Walking from Ednovean fArm to the coastla footpath for this view along the way

The May is slow to flower this year but Perranuthnoe’s sandy beach had just been exposed by the tide and St Michael’s Mount was framed by Penzance

Everybody has their spring rituals I’m sure and for us, it is a walk down to the sea again, that stretch of blue that frames our horizon The sea so close that it frames our days and yet with winter jobs to do in the stables, it is so very so very far away. But with the weather set fair on Saturday we set off to walk across the couple of fields that leads to Trebarvah and then follow the narrow lane down to the fork to towards the coastal footpath in what has become our own spring ritual – the first walk to the sea for the year! Continue reading “A spring walk to the sea” »

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April garden news from Ednovean Farm

sub tropical planting in cornwall courtyard

Fifty shades of green perhaps! Leaf shapes and textures in our side courtyard

April has succumbed to the full awakening of spring despite the best efforts of the fickle weather. Now at Ednovean Farm our formal box parterres are clothed in a swathe of impossibly vibrant green and I have recorded the progress for my April photo album throughout the month as always to share with you now. But also this month, as well as our garden at Ednovean farm that our house guests enjoy,  I though I would make some suggestion for some extra gems to visit in May from the National Garden Scheme list for Cornwall.

We opened our garden at Ednovean Farm for a few years for this wonderful organisation that raises money for cancer charities and gardeners bursaries amongst other things so you entry fee will be going to a worthy cause. Continue reading “April garden news from Ednovean Farm” »

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All in a week at Ednovean Farm

The entrance to Ednovean Farm framing a sea view

The glorious blue seas that frame our home at Ednovean Farm

All in one week, here in West Cornwall, I’ve heard the skylarks sing, I’ve seen the first shoots of corn emerging from the bare earth in the countryside, the bluebells blossom in the moist shade and so much more. I’ve looked out over the Ednovean Farm gardens, to watch a bright red tanker out to sea in Mounts Bay and watched the flag flutter from the village church in Perranuthnoe for St George’s day. This week I’ve few photos to share of Danni’s (Danilon our Spanish Stallion) classical dressage course when we visited Jenny Rolfe in Devon and I was a guest for a change in a cosy Bed and Breakfast – all in all it’s been a busy week! Continue reading “All in a week at Ednovean Farm” »

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Coastal footpath Zennor to Gurnard’s Head

A spring walk to Gurnard's head along an unspoilt coastline

A spring walk to Gurnard’s head along an unspoilt coastline

Spring time is a wonderful time to explore the coastal footpath and immerse yourself in the new life coming to the coastal stoop and yet still see the historic surviving traces of man’s activity exposed before it is enveloped by the cocoon of summer vegetation hides them for another year. A few years ago now we had the opportunity to walk the coast footpath from the pretty atmospheric village of Zennor on a glorious spring day and below you will find some snaps from our walk around to the great jutting granite headland of Gurnards Head. Continue reading “Coastal footpath Zennor to Gurnard’s Head” »

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Ednovean Farm’s spring garden in March

Spring growth, bright greenleaves

I opened the top door and spotted the climbing Hydrangea had sprung into growth over the last few days

This month I’ve watch the spring develop around me and I’ve celebrated each tiny progress in my weekly blogs charting the burgeoning daffodils that have brought bright swathes of colour in casual drifts under the palms. So for this final blog roundup celebrating the beginning of spring in Cornwall I took one last walk around the garden to record some of the broader views and enjoy the layers of texture of the palms shrubs as the garden moves forward to the next chapter of its life.

Gardening just above the sea in spring, at least has the benefit of the warmer maritime climate keeping the frost away and lending extra light to the garden as the sun bounces off of the water. Continue reading “Ednovean Farm’s spring garden in March” »