Summer evenings of memories

A view down through the entrance at Ednovean farm to the sea

The sea is such a startling blue now

This week we finally plunged into summer with an unexpected heat wave that transformed our world with a tide of Mediterranean warmth. We walked down to the coastal footpath of course for a wonderful day on a secluded cove and drank a toast from a bottle of wine given to us by a departing German guest for them enjoy many happy holidays in years to come.

We made a trip into Penzance for supper at the Old Lifeboat House on the harbour and finally celebrated our silver wedding for the second time at The Square in Porthleven so today there are way too many photos and I’m saving our picnic for another day!!

The soft light of dusk

The week did not start so well and I began to think that it only rained at 6.00 p.m every summer evening because I had bought some sausages and suggested a barbecue sorry 😉 But then I would look out after supper and it find had turned into a wonderful evening with a soft luminous light as dusk fell. Walking around the garden I thought it was almost intoxicated by  the summer now with great froths of flowers springing up and luckily as I snapped I spotted the loppers that I had left on the table after a days gardening  too! By the time I had finished the cats had snuggled down in the garden room noticeably warmer that the courtyard as I retrieved them for their bed. Finally returning as the last low rays of sunshine were slanting across the dining room.

Penzance harbour and supper at the Old Lifeboat House

Penzance has a busy commercial and leisure harbour - great for an evening strollCharles jokingly said he would take me for a “date” one night to a secret destination and my surprise was a visit to penzance where I managed to take some photos of the pleasure boat harbour and admire the  light coming in under the ross bridge before visiting The Old Lifeboat House – a restaurant recommended by a friend just across the road. The restaurant was packed with a happy,relaxed atmosphere and I think booking is essential as many were regulars!

We watched the Scillonian come into harbour from our table her great bulk filling the harbour entrance as she glided along the to her birth on the massive granite jetty I visited the other week and walked the near empty Albert Pier in my blog “A Visit to Penzance harbour. I had a great fish pi and huge salad (£13.50) and Charles a massive portion of Pasta with Monkfish, smoked Pancetta and Rosemary  (£15.50)

Porthleven Harbour and a visit to The Square

An elegant yatched moored under the tall sea wall of Porthleven HarbourAnd finally as they say! We celebrated our Silver Wedding for the second time with a pilgrimage to The Square in Porthleven as I love Stuart Eddy’s simple Mediterranean style cooking with and individual punchy yet discrete set of underpinning flavours and I have a particular liking for the Tempura of Prawns too of course!

The evening brought the outgoing tide to the harbour bustling with visitors and families; people spilling out of flower bedecked pubs or simply promenading around the harbour to admire the boats the star of the show just had to be a beautiful tall yacht just under the harbour wall. Still we had a table booked and stepped into the smart interior of The Square and spent a happy five minutes pouring over the menu. I remained faithful to The Tempera rejuvenated or should I say reinvented now with the addition of crispy Primrose Herd prk and set on a delicious crunchy bed of fennel. Charles always loves crab of course and then we ploughed on into the Plaice which was delicate and softly succulent. As it was anniversary we weakened for pudding – chocolate of course but in a very grown up way 😉

P.S Can I apologise for my appearance – it was a choice between taking Danni for a graze and an evening pamper in the shower – so the horse and a good supply of hair spray won!!

About Ednovean Farm


Ednovean farm has been welcoming guests for Bed and Breakfast in West Cornwall for twenty five years now is set in a tiny hamlet surrounded by lush sub tropical gardens. Be with inspired by the sea views over Mounts Bay with the evocative St Michael’s Mount from your terrace or Walk to the village and spend your days exploring the local beach and coastal footpath. The wonderful gardens, sandy beaches and pretty harbour side villages are only a car ride away to immerse you in the ancient and industrial history of the world heritage site that is West Cornwall

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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