For weeks the promise of spring has hung in the air as capricious as the promises of an unfaithful lover in an unhappy affair. Cornwall has escaped the vicious chill that has gripped the rest of the country and we’ve enjoyed cool frost free days – in Perranuthnoe at least, I know we have a small micros climate so close to the sea. Yet still I’ve found the bright green bulbs pushing up from the earth a faithless sign of spring days to come. Until now that is!
This morning, I opened the stable door upstairs for a cat on an urgent mousing mission and as he neatly swished passed, my eye caught the mossy terracotta pots of willowy, overwintering Geraniums, touched by the morning sunshine and allowed myself to think “perhaps we’ve made it over the hump of winter and Cornwall feels full of the promise of Spring.
The sun has grown a little warmer each day and climbed just a little higher in the sky, with the sunset imperceptibly moving just a little further along the Mounts bay and back into our field of vision from the car park. The other evening for the first time this year, I felt it was just too nice to go indoors and so I lingered over little garden tasks and looked up just in time to catch a moment of the sunset with the sky reflecting on the sea beyond the garden palms.
Village days in Perranuthnoe
With the changing of the season came the end of an era and the popular couple at the Victoria Inn moved on but I’ve a suspicion you’ll still be able to enjoy Anna’s hospitality and Stuarts cooking at their Brasserie style restaurant, The Square, in Porthleven
Meanwhile the Victoria Inn has a new local chef owner Nick Boyle and head chef David Walters ready to serve ethically produced, locally sourced food, in Perranuthnoe – wishing these two local chaps all the very best for the new season.
And finally the popular Peppercorn Kitchen cafe is running a series of cookery school lessons throughout January and February, using the herbs and spices of the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean – Why not brush up those culinary skills on an early spring break for something a little bit different to start the year?
I’ll leave you this week with the last golden rays of sunshine as the day draws towards evening looking down over our garden at Ednovean Farm and across to St Michael’s Mount