Suddenly it’s May

French lavender

The French lavender has started to bloom with a promise of summer days ahead

I don’t know how it happened but suddenly it’s May. The glorious month that leads delicately into summer, rather like an entree, it  temps and tantalises, with the promise of the warm summer days to come. With summer days in mind this week it has been a flurry of preparations at Ednovean farm with odd jobs to take care of to get ready for the May bank holiday weekend. Garden tables and chairs have been scrubbed and benches painted in happy anticipation of long days of sunshine listening to the bees and the whisper of the sea.

Well naturally it rained; it is a sort of tradition for bank holidays after all. I will say in Cornwall’s defence that the rain that swept across the rest of the country largely missed us and delivered a light drizzle instead.

Spanish Stallion

Danilon is a Pura Raza Espanola Stallion. He’s waiting for his morning exercise

One member of our household expects to go out no matter what the weather – Danni our Spanish stallion who supervised the car park from his stable. If you stay with us you will meet many of his young stock as they start their training and of course he gentleman himself . Occasionally I will get Danni out of his stable, to give our Bed and Breakfast guests a short in hand demo, if they are very keen horse lovers or photographers. Today I must thank Niki for these lovely studies of Danni. The lower ones were taken in the winter months when we have more time for training.

This May Bank Holiday days out!

Our guest have remained pragmatic and cleverly planned a range of trips to make the most of the weekend.

The visit to St Ives was popular for Saturday and the traditional “changeover” day is a great day to visit.  I always advise taking the train from Lelant Saltings to arrive in stress free style – the tracks follow the sea, with the bays opening up with glorious views throughout the journey. St Ives has a wonderful mix of traditional seaside charm, art galleries, shops and fish restaurants, with enough pasties to sink even a sea gull – yet still tempered with  a refreshing dash of fresh, modern style.

The Tate Gallery is a must see of course and if possible buy a double ticket to include the Barbara Hepworth garden, which is one of my personal favourites. When two of our guest recently visited the Barbara Hepworth Garden they dropped their train ticket at the reception desk and got a small discount for using public transport too!

Today Falmouth and Pendennis Castle was a destination for one couple, with one of the largest natural harbours in the world along with Lanhydrock House for another. Our last guests were garden lovers and stayed closer to Penzance. They chose Trengwainton Gardens as a tradition country House garden and for a contrast the modern garden at Tremenheere Sculpture gardens near Gulval where the latest  installation “The restless Temple!” by artist and designer Penny Saunders, has just opened.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Exotic planting in Tremenheere Sculpture gardens

I think the conversation will be an interesting one over Breakfast tomorrow morning! And for Monday the forecast is sunshine –  perhaps time to catch up with that walk along the beach!

Walking along a sandy Cornish beach

Tomorrow is another day! Sunshine is forecast for Monday

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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