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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The spring equinox and spring days

early morning dew on spring morning

A spring morning in our garden and the day almost seems to shimmer with anticipation

There has been an almost tangible air of expectation in the air in the days leading up to the spring equinox. I felt it so strongly this week as I walk down through the dew laden morning to feed the brood mares and I stopped to take a snap of the morning magic as each droplet of water magnified the rising sun thrice fold. The very early Easter this year at last coincides with the height of the spring flowers as it always seems rather sad that the very brightest flowers have long finished before our guest arrive for their Easter break.

In this week’s blog I’ve looked a spring changes in Perranuthnoe, the growing momentum of spring in our garden and Danni our Spanish stallions special spring treat –  a dressage course with Jenny Rolfe, just because I thought you’d like to see his picture!

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The March Lion

Daffodils in a cornish spring garden

After the storm and the Daffodils are unruffled

“March roars in like a Lion and out like a lamb” Well March has certainly roared in like a lion this week, treating us to (hopefully) one final flourish of the #stormwithnoname as social media dubbed it. Now I’m waiting patiently for the second part of the edict “out like a lamb”

Still this morning, the viciously cold wind of yesterday, gave way to a gently warm day today and the wild storm capped waves that yesterday raced across Mounts bay have settled down once more with the mellow blanket of spring once again wrapped around us. Continue reading “The March Lion” »

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My February Garden diary

early spring garden border with spiral topiary at Ednovean Farm

Evening sunshine on a spring border

As February gives way to March the month which brings with it the official meteorological first day of spring, the sunshine still conceals a chill in the air. And yet the garden is leaping into life around me, with bulbs emerging throughout the garden, each flower bringing bright splashes of colour to our lives after the long winter. How carefully I look at the new delicate buds each day, as if they could predict the year for me, as the Jet stream sinuously weaves its powerful spell over the British Isles. It never stays in one place or should I say position for long enough for me to predict my week let alone month and so the unrelenting progress of spring brings its own reassurance of the continuity of the season. Continue reading “My February Garden diary” »

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Storms and Valentines

Cat on a bench in a rfemal courtyard garden Ednovean Farm

After the storm and s[ud-Cat was the first to find a sunny spot in the courtyard for the morning

We have had such a week that ranged from ferocious storms to gentle calm in the run up to Valentine’s day. This week I spotted the first pale pink cherry blossoms starting to break today, as I passed a farmhouse garden on Danni  in Rosudgeon riding along the narrow ancient lanes edged with moss covered banks studded with primroses. I seemed that  no sooner had I written my last blog following the steady step of spring than storm Imogen scorched in to the British isle bringing wind gust of up to 90 miles and hour and sixty foot waves to be seen just off of St Ives.

This time I thought I really would make an effort to captures an impression of the relentless ferocious rhythm to the seas that these storms bring and headed down into our local village of Perranuthnoe to visit the local beach. Continue reading “Storms and Valentines” »

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The steady step of spring

Bright pink tulips vintage Dining room

Fresh burst of spring colour in our dining room

I’ve noticed the steady step of spring of late, bringing with it a subtle change in the light and with it the momentum of the season changing  from winter into spring.

I love to tweak our home to reflect the change of the seasons and this week I’ve suddenly wanted to edit some of my little still lifes that brighten up some corners in our home at Ednovean Farm by adding splashes of brighter fresher colours. Suddenly the the wonderful texture of the vintage apple basket in the hall that felt so right with its soft colours and bold textures for the winter season, was ready to be moved to a quieter corner. This week in Cornwall we’ve had days of brilliant sunshine and blue seas, rainbows and rain storms, all treading the steady step into spring Continue reading “The steady step of spring” »

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January and time to plan the garden year

Cornish spring daffodil

The multi headed Narcissi where the first welcome flowers of spring this month

January is a great month to take stock of the garden and plan the direction of the garden year and this year we’ve started work quite early. The mild winter has brought the new spring growth so far forward that now is the time to start, although I must admit I step gingerly on to our lawn sometimes as I feel it gently yielding like a soft green cushion under my feet. As our gardener remarked as we toiled away  “I’m usually still in my winter hibernation now!” still as our garden has been formed over the last twenty five years now, some areas are ready for reassessment and rejuvenation to allow the garden to breath again with fresh new growth. this months diary looks at :-

  • Garden rejuvenation
  • Planning garden changes
  • January photo album

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Photographing the Blue room and other news

French bedin the blue bedroom at ednovean farm

The pretty French bed in the Blue bedroom

This week’s snaps of Ednovean farm travel from a glorious sunset over the sea to my attempts at interior photography in our elegant Blue bedroom. i must say that I ind interior photography very hard and I had sneakily planned to wait for the complimentary disk to arrive after last years interiors photo shoot here but in the meantime I wanted to show off our elegant Blue bedroom a little more on our website and so with the tips gathered from  the visiting pro photographer in mind I set to work. Continue reading “Photographing the Blue room and other news” »

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Countryside and seaside beyond Ednovean Farm

January landscape west Cornwall

A January view over west Cornwall

The gentle weeks of winter seem to speed by us now and I love the soft muted colours at this time of the year as somebody remarked on Google+ “It is just a matter of editing your colour palette” Each day as we exercise the horses  (and a horse is great for looking over those Cornish hedges!) I look down over the broad sweeping valleys interspersed with those particularly short rounded trees of Cornwall made magical in the low angles of the light and hinting back to older landscapes. They seem to huddle in the sheltered crevices of the contours before the land sweeps broadly up again to the bracken covered hills. This week was St Hilary Feast and the hounds were paraded in Goldsithney as they had always been but somehow we hadn’t expected to see them when we set out for  a ride with Danni our Spanish Stallion and Archie his first son – danni is looking slightly concerned as you can see but happy to stop to chat before we continued on our way deeper into the Cornish countryside.

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A cosy start to the new year

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A very Happy New Year! Church candles on our broad wooden window sills

We made a cosy start to the New year here at Ednovean Farm with the breakfast room filled with candles to flicker and glow despite the weather outside. I think that is the art to starting the morning to look for a little bit of magic to start the day or set the scene.

We open our part of the house to welcome our Bed and Breakfast guest to breakfast and start the day cosily under the cocoon of the open roof timbers and for New years day i lit the candles on the chandeliers that line up under the soaring point of the roof and give their glittering reflection to the old vintage mirror that hangs at one end, doubling their flickering warm glow in a reflection that stretched on beyond the walls. Maybe winter days are short but they can be very special it is just a case of looking for that little bit of magic.

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December my winter garden

A view from Ednovean Farm's Garden to St Michael's Mount

A garden view to the sea and St Michael’s Mount whose turrets give the look of fairy tale to our garden

As I crossed the lawn this morning I stooped to wipe the mud from my fingers and felt the soft spring like growth of the grass and warmth in the December dew in my winter garden. This month the garden has grown quiet and spare in the short days of gentle dusk like light and I’ve appreciated the shapes and the angles of the formal planting even more, as they are revealed in the play of the low sunshine that occasionally dances on the plants. With the festive season the garden came into the house too over Christmas in the shape of a homemade swag of foliage to play a part in our festive home Continue reading “December my winter garden” »