Enjoying winter days

Cool cat

The original zen cat

The Mares that live just below our garden at Ednovean Farm picked their way gingerly across the frozen ground this morning, to collect their breakfast. They tend to wait for me snoozing under the garden shelter belt each day. They particularly like this spot in the early morning as it catches the first rays of sunshine to hit the field.  Within minutes a small posy of little birds has gathered to dart out of the sheltering foliage and snatch the plump golden oats from under April and Dollies noses. At night the two mares religiously put themselves in their field shelter at the end of the lane  and so we tramp in a little procession out along the lane each evening, with a wheelbarrow full of haylage and buckets of oats – I wonder if they are different birds with picking rights along there!

 

Lunch In the garden an unexpected winter treat!

Still by lunchtime today, we sat in the Italian Garden in the warm sunshine to eat the first lunch of the year alfresco with Spud and Louis Cats luxuriating in the unexpected warmth. The two cats have made a point of sunning themselves every day this week, in sheltered corners of the courtyard gardens in sleek, shiny, contentment.

 

Appreciating those winter days

I think I’ve appreciated the full beauty of the winter season more this week, as crisp cold mornings have warmed to cloudless blue skies. The traceries of bare overhead branches that line the lanes above mossy banks show the full beauty of the trees and in the garden the swelling buds hold plump promise of the seasons to come. If there is time a blustery walk beside the sea as the waves skip and foam beside my feet woudl be a perfect winter treat

View from my kitchen

 

Warm nostalgic glow

In the house I always like to slightly change the mood of the breakfast table to reflect the season and for the winter I’ve set two oil lamps on the long refectory table that give a soft, warm, nostalgic glow because sometimes it just nice to be cosy.

Have a great week and I hope you enjoy beauty of the winter days.

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. 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. Christine writes a weekly blog about life on the farm and garden with an occasional series about places of interest in West Cornwall concentrating on those off the beaten track places atha only the locals find

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