As I trawled through our photo albums today looking for inspiration, it occurred to me that Ednovean Farm did indeed have a mood for all seasons. Changing her outfit like a capricious woman according to her mood, with a character that floats from playfully Mediterranean in the summer to warm and cosily British in the winter. I thought I’d write a short blog today to share a few of my favorite images from the year.
The first photo that caught my eye is a real favorite of mine snapped just before our guests came out to breakfast to enjoy a private breakfast a deux. We’d set the table in a sheltered corner amongst the fennel and feverfew that had seeded into the gravel and I had laid it with a vintage ’50’s cloth that had belonged to my mother. The first rays of morning sunshine had just come over the wall as I took the snap.
Staying with the sunshine I love this old steamer chair that Charles found in a reclamation yard and I had re covered with a jolly strip. Set under the Date Palms in a corner of the courtyard lawn it just says ” sit here and relax for a while and step back to another era” to me.
The early morning is a favorite time of mine as I feed the horses before going to the kitchen to cook our guest breakfast. and I took this snap as I walked back form the main garden of the light shining through a rose that had escaped from its bounds with the house still cast in the shadows and bedroom curtains all shut in sleep. The rose was given to me by my father when we were first married as he said it had always been in our families gardens.
I love the urns that frame the italian garden entrance and often photograph them – this shot was taken this Autumn again in the early morning when the garden was still in deep shadow and so it stood out in an almost detached way from reality. We spotted the design when we were making reconnaissance visit to as many gardens as possible and fell in love with this design at Lamorran House Gardens. The head gardener was kind enough to tell us where we could find one – the Art Marble company.
Now as the season draws to a close I think our hall table sums up Ednovean’s mood. The first visit of our new bed and breakfast guests to sign in on the elegant little Georgian table, backed by a set of Lionel Edwards prints from blocks lost in the second world war with the brass key tags waiting for their new guests. I’ve changed the wall colour now though from the Farrow and Ball Menagerie to a sharper pale grey Elephants breath Ah all in the mood and all in the colour!
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s little trawl of my Ednovean archives- I’ve put together a little slideshow below of the season from a rare snowfall to Christmas mince pies and sherry waiting for our guests. I’m planning to write about some of the smuggling activities in the little coves around us one day soon so pop back again