The golden days of autumn have begun to fade now, slipping inexorably towards the beginning of winter and as the days have grown shorter I have started to make small adjustments to our home searching for cosy new throws for our bedrooms and extra candles to shimmer on the Breakfast table to brighten the winter days ahead. Little winter treats but maybe these three simple ideas will inspire you to tackle the days ahead as winter arrives.
A drive through the cornish lanes
The Cornish lanes are almost more beautiful now, with the last lacing of gold and amber at the foot of the tall earthy banks, lined in turn with the trees arching overhead, revealed once more in all of their architecturally beauty.
The Cornish lanes are being transformed now and I treasure the womb like lanes that occasionally part to reveal the rolling countryside and the trees that from in the sheltered valleys. I spotted this view as we made a trip to “The dump” Winter is a great time to practise a little Feng Shui as life settles down to a slower pace although we always repair and recycle as much as possible there always comes a day when the end has come for a particular toaster or Hoover!
I’m not sure if my winter treat is the chance to see the Cornish lanes or the opportunity of removing excess items from my life – maybe that one is inextricably entwined.
Candle light and scented candles
A winter treat for us is always to spend a little time over Breakfast enjoying the golden glow of flickering candles shimmering across the old oak table as the pace of our lives slows down for the winter.
Sometimes I prepare the dining room for our Bed and Breakfast guests and sometimes it is just for us but taking some time to set the scene and give a little bit of magic to the start of the day is always worthwhile. A time to relish the 17 century stone walls of our old home at Ednovean Farm that seem to come alive in the gentle light that only a candle can give.
For a real treat I like to light a scented candle and set it on a table in our flagstoned hall to let the scent drift up through the house and always look out for the Orange and Cinnamon ones around Christmas time. I particularly love the scented candles from the north Cornwall Company St Eval held in no nonsense tin with a replaceable lid to preserve the fragrance. One of Cornwall’s success stories, the candles of St Eval that started life being crafted in their farmhouse kitchen table.
We were inspired by the last golden days of autumn too!
The last golden days of autumn have inspired a little facelift for our website too – check out the new photos on the page links taken from the snaps for the most popular Facebook posts this autumn and giving our Home page a warm glowing new look ready for winter