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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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Shadows of history in Poltesco Valley

Sea views from Poltesco valleyWe could almost feel the history simmering in the shadows as we walked down through the sheltered valley of Poltesco to visit Carleon Cove on the Lizard Peninsula at the end of the summer.

The wildlife haven of Poltesco, managed now by the National Trust, conceals a long industrial history in the soft verdant greenery, in a timeless peaceful mantle.

We were charmed as we walked down through the sub tropical depths of Poltesco valley to the sea by occasional art works almost enveloped by the vegetation but artfully places there as a counterpoint to each twist and turn in the path.  And yet how different this valley would have been when the Serpentine works was in full production and the cargo was ferried from the cove in flat bottomed barges to schooners waiting in the bay. Continue reading “Shadows of history in Poltesco Valley” »

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Memories of Sennen

Nostalgic cornish harbourAs the winter days stretch out before us I’ve found myself looking fondly back on our autumn beach adventures and realised I hadn’t shared our memories of Sennen. Sennen was one of the last beaches that we visited before settling down to working life and routines of a winter farm.

The storm crested waves tore across the cove at Sennen that day, trailing plumes of spray that day and yet when we walked up towards the sheltered honeyed granite harbour with sea worn walls the sea lay surprisingly tranquil. What a timeless memory of a visit to sennen Cove to see my photo album
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Spring stirs in my winter garden

Dramatic Steely grey winter skies in a sea viewWinter brings the white flash of a  seagull’s wing  against leaden  skies and yet in the garden, spring is starting to stir as it comes back to life.

The first bright Soleil d’Or Narcissi have burst into flower at Ednovean Farm in the wild garden with new ranks of Daffodil shoots pushing up through the glossy winter grass each day now encouraged by the mild winter days. This Daffodil or narcissi is grown commercially on the Isles of Scilly and does well in West Cornwall’s sub tropical climate – Cornwall has held a subtropical status since July 2016 encouraging gardeners and growers to select new plants from an ever increasing menu.

For my Garden diary photos for December and January  Continue reading “Spring stirs in my winter garden” »

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A walk with the sunset

Paddleboarder in the sunset at Perranuthnoe beachA wonderful way to end the day is a walk along the beach in the sunset and for us it should be an easy thing to plan. Perranuthnoe’s Beach is just at the bottom of the village but somehow we, like everyone I think, are wrapped up in our daily routines and don’t put those minutes to one side for some special “me” time as we go about our daily routine.

So our first new years resolution has been to take five minutes “me” time and enjoy those precious moments of just absorbing the world around us with a little bit of extra post- Christmas exercise walking along the beach. Continue reading “A walk with the sunset” »

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The Penwith Tour I Marazion to Mousehole


Treen Beach The Penwith Tour is a perfect drive around West Cornwall (formally know as West Penwith)   that follows the coast beside the tranquil waters of Mounts bay with the iconic St Michael’s Mount and then on  to the ancient town of Penzance with her granite clad streets, before skirting the bay to  the fishing port of Newlyn  to the pretty harbour at Mousehole in part one.

Last month I started to write about planning a balance between leisure times and trying to see as much as possible of West Cornwall if you are staying couple of days with us at Ednovean Farm. The “Penwith tour” is a contrast to my walking day suggestions following the Penwith Peninsular by car and yet never far from the sea and it is a great way to West Cornwall.

Continue reading “The Penwith Tour I Marazion to Mousehole” »

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November – the autumn garden gently fades to winter

SSoft golden light on an old stone wall witha painted bench and autumn coloursNovember has seen our garden at Ednovean Farm fade gently into the gentle golds and russets of autumn and then slide towards to the stillness of winter, as we travelled through the month.  And yet there have been some compensations for the autumn days – the drive into Penzance has been lovely along a road lined with golden decked trees complimented by  a sky that swooped down to the horizon in a perfect contrast. Continue reading “November – the autumn garden gently fades to winter” »

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Perranuthnoe

Perranuthnoe's golden sandy beach known locally as Perran Sands

The unspoilt sandy beach below Perranuthnoe sheltered by Cudden Point

Perranuthnoe lies in a secluded corner of Mounts bay, tucked at the bottom of a valley just above the sea. Most visitors miss Perranuthnoe as they race along the A394 to explore The Lizard  or Land’s End but for those that do spot the narrow lane turning of the main “A” road, well it leads down to a sandy beach, a peaceful unspoilt village of traditional Granite Farmhouses and cottages, all clustered below the square church tower and it is just waiting to be found.

In this  blog I  explore the beaches and coves within walking distance of Ednovean Farm, a little of the history of Perranuthnoe and the lives that shaped the landscape over time.

Contents of my blog about Perranuthnoe

  1. Perranuthnoe’s beaches and Coves
  2. Perranuthnoe – a brief history of the village
  3. Perranuthnoe church
  4. Shops and Galleries
  5. Tin and silver mines around Perranuthnoe
  6. Places to eat
  7. Walking from Perranuthnoe
    Continue reading “Perranuthnoe” »

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Porthcurno beach is simply beautiful

Porthcurno Beach sheltered by teh Logan's Rock headland must be on of the most beautiful in CornwallPorthcurno beach has of be one of the most beautiful spots in Cornwall with the pale shell laden sands framed by sculpted cliffs of honeyed granite.  Porthcurno is one of the most popular spots to visit for a summer’s day of holiday bliss and so Charles and I waited until an autumn day in October to take the easy access path down to the beach from the capacious car park but I can assure you it would still be idyllic on a summers day – you’d just have to share it!

As well as the gorgeous beach, Porthcurno has its place history both for transatlantic communications, flanked by the superb Porthcurno Telegraph Museum on the Land’s End side and the extraordinary World famous Minack theatre on the Penzance side. Continue reading “Porthcurno beach is simply beautiful” »

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Explore Gunwalloe, Dollar and Poldhu Coves

Gunwalloe and Dollar coves from the cliff topWe’ve made the most of the balmy autumn days to explore some of the pretty coves and villages and made a visit to The Lizard on a beautiful autumn day to seek out the intriguingly named Gunwalloe Cove and Dollar Cove that are  separated by the romantically named “The church of Storms” before travelling on to the popular beach of Poldhu just around the point.

This AONB (the area of outstanding natural beauty) that has the same protection as a national park and flanks the Helford River and it encompasses The Lizard Peninsular as well as the coastline all the way through Perranuthnoe to St Michael’s Mount near Penzance.

I had another reason to visit too because the ley lines cross at Gunwalloe as they do at St Michael’s Mount and so it has a very special place in local heritage. Continue reading “Explore Gunwalloe, Dollar and Poldhu Coves” »

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Our local beach at Perranuthnoe

The broad sandy beach at Perranuthnoe at low tideWe often over look our local beach at Perranuthnoe for a walk on the sands but with a unexpected late October day of sunshine  “lent” from summer and the car in the garage, we walked down to the village and our own familiar local haunt.

Perran beach is a tempting tidal expanse of soft sands flanked by warm terracotta cliffs softened by tamarisk and so popular with locals and visitor and passing walkers in the summer months. Continue reading “Our local beach at Perranuthnoe” »