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The grandeur of the Cornish cliffs – a coastal walk from Zennor to St Ives

The north coast of CornwallMy thoughts turned to the grandeur of the Cornish cliffs this week. Perhaps with the screening of the hotly anticipated new Poldark series on television tonight in mind! So a flick through our photo album brought back memories of a dramatic walk we took one autumn day along the wild untamed coastline. We started from the picture perfect Cornish village of Zennor to finally finish in the artists colony of St Ives.

We drove over the top of the hills to park in Zennor near the church before setting off towards the cliffs with a picnic and excited Dog (sadly no longer with us) Zennor was once described by on of my American guest as “just how as she imagined a Cornish village should be, with the huddle of traditional granite cottages backed by the high moors and then the lush tiny fields rolling down to the sea”
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February days in the garden

 

Bold crocusAh February days in the garden when the perfect mystery of the season begins expand its magic as each day I’ve watched the garden slowly unfold from its winter rest. Each day has brought a new part of the cycle of the gardens return to life that it has been so slight that it has been almost imperceptible. I’ve watched the Daffodils slowly unfold from the soil and spread through the garden starting in the warmest most sheltered corners and then finally surging through the garden in an unstoppable tide. Continue reading “February days in the garden” »

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Valentines day

Valentines in the Blue roomA very happy Valentines day to everybody that stops to read my post today. These day I prefer to think of it as a celebration for the developing spring that unfolds across the land. The bird song that has sprung up after the long silent winter; the bright green spring shoots as the days lengthen and the sun climbs in the sky.

Of course is is the special day for young lovers who have waited in heart stopping anticipation for the postman’s step or should I say the ping of the arriving e-mail these days.  Continue reading “Valentines day” »

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Watching for a snowflake

Garden pathSnow is quite rare in Cornwall and so a weather forecast with the possibility of snow left me excitedly watching for a snowflake. For days a chilly wind but no  hint of the white stuff apart on the BBC but yesterday as we worked in the garden at Ednovean Farm great white flakes began to fall swirling gently around us. Continue reading “Watching for a snowflake” »

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January in the Ednovean garden

Soleil D'orWinter has snarled its petulance to us this week, as January draws to a close, I hope it is one last act of defiance and we can move forwards into spring. Yet still today, as I walked to a wilder corner of the garden to take some snaps today ready for today’s blog, I was charmed by the scent of the early Soleil D’or Daffodils as it swirled around me. Continue reading “January in the Ednovean garden” »

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Favorite What shall I do when I stay at Ednovean Farm?

St Michael's MountMost morning at Ednovean Farm I stretch out an ordnance survey map after breakfast, to give guest advice or pointers about their days out in west Cornwall and so today I thought I’d put a blog post together with some of my top tips. Today, I’m starting my blog series with walking days from Ednovean Farm along the coastal footpath. Continue reading “What shall I do when I stay at Ednovean Farm?” »

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Looking back over 2014 at Ednovean Farm

 

Candles and DaffodilsWith the New Year came the time to take down the Christmas decorations and I swept away the last of the pine needles in a rolling tide of green across the flagstones of our hall. Life can seem a little bit flat after the long build up to mid winter celebrations, when suspended reality seems to hover of our days and so I always make sure I plan a new focus for our home at the packing cases go back into the loft. This year I set the candle lanterns on an old pine blanket box, which had been one of our first purchases for the home nearly 24 years ago now and picked up some vibrantly fresh daffodils from a roadside stall with all of their promise of spring. Join me now for a peek at our year…….. Continue reading “Looking back over 2014 at Ednovean Farm” »

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December – the winter garden

MahoniaWinter clutched lazily at the garden this month with short dull days and long dark nights. Somehow, it seemed that the best plan, was no plan for this month and the garden got what our plumber describes as “A coat of looking at”. There have been a few joys though …… Continue reading “December – the winter garden” »

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Christmas magic and winter solstice

Winter solsticeThe days have sped by in a sort of twilight as we’ve approached the shortest day this week. Each day It has seemed it never become quite light , before dusk fell again and the birds silent for the night as we retreated indoors. This week I set up my alternative Christmas tree as we approach the Winter solstice and looked for a little bit of that special Christmas magic. Continue reading “Christmas magic and winter solstice” »

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November in a Cornish Garden

The lawnI nearly didn’t write an update this month as I generally find November a somnolent month, a sort of halfway house to winter in an undecided state of semi hibernation. But this week we had such a lovely day catching up with our garden jobs I took a few snaps and here we are ready to go! Continue reading “November in a Cornish Garden” »