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An undercover guest and Breakfast musings

AA Five star Gold Farmhouse awardThat big “B” in B&B or Bed and Breakfast to give it the full name, was tested this week by an undercover inspector from the AA, who booked in incognito to stay overnight and road test our home for you.

This week’s blog was going to be about our breakfast in bed option as of course I’ve already written about our Farmhouse Breakfast in the dining room.

This spring the Continental offering of soft warm croissants that gently fill the air with a delicious bakery smells, have proved  irresistible to honeymooners this spring and we’ve even enjoyed breakfast in the garden ourselves on more than one occasion, this glorious spring. Continue reading “An undercover guest and Breakfast musings” »

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A visit to the St Michael’s Mount gardens

garden terraces of St Michael's Mount gardenThe gardens of St Michael’s Mount reopened at Easter and finally, this week, I fulfilled a long held ambition to visit them! I know we live within sight of the mount but somehow the time was never right – that’s not until this week as we enjoyed a Mediterranean spring here in Cornwall and I made a concerted effort to take the time off to see them. Well we were not disappointed and they are simply fabulous swathed across the impossible rock face with clever terracing and path ways constructed for visitors to see them although I understand one of the job requirements for the gardeners is the ability to abseil! Continue reading “A visit to the St Michael’s Mount gardens” »

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Exploring Tremenheere Sculpture gardens
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Agave with sculpture at tremenheere sculpture gardnesWe had a real spring treat this week and explored the Tremenheere sculpture gardens with a guided tour from director and founder Dr Neil Armstrong arranged in conjunction with Cornwall 365.

Tremenheere gardens hold a growing world class collection of sculptures and a recreated Chelsea Gold Medal winning garden Tremenheere has a fabulous setting cocooned within a cathedral like woodland that embraces an inspirational sub tropical planting against the counter point of extensive views over Mounts bay. Continue reading “Exploring Tremenheere Sculpture gardens” »

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A very Happy Easter to you all!

Happy Easter spring daffodils in Ednovean hallJust wanted to wish you all a very Happy Easter and hope you are enjoying the sunshine wherever you are but particularly if you are in Cornwall!

Charles and I have been busy over the last few weeks preparing the house and garden for our spring break and Easter guests. Finally when we had finished we just had time to flop on a bench in the last of the days sunshine with a glass of wine to watch the garden settle into the dusk. It is lovely to listen to the birdsong with Spud cat in attendance naturally.

I made a short video of the spring garden with the tinkling fountain and the birdsong which sounds great even if my movie skills could be better! Continue reading “A very Happy Easter to you all!” »

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Reflections upon April in the Garden

apple-blossom in the april gardenIt seems almost too late to reflect upon April in the garden now, as the season speeds through at a dizzying pace. The last of the narcissi that I photographed at the beginning of the month, are but a distant memory, as the apple blossom forms a delicate pale pink froth over the once bare apple trees and the magnificent spears of the Echiums make an informal guard of swaying spires around the lawn.

We’ve been lucky this year and nature awarded us a dry Mediterranean-style spring of clear blue skies and cool nights admittedly occasionally interspersed with savagely cold winds drawn straight from the arctic. Continue reading “Reflections upon April in the Garden” »

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Spring flies and garden dreams – the garden in March

New formal garden layout with GazeboI finally understood the song “slow down you’re going to fast” as spring sped away from us this year in the garden. It felt that no sooner than the tide of Daffodils had spread across garden than their vibrant yellow blooms seemed almost to look far too bright as the intensity of the light increased with the lengthening days.

This month I have spent a little time working on a garden project that I have had in my imagination for many years and it is finally taking shape in the Italian Garden. So join me for my March diary update with a photo album of Ednovean Farm’s garden for March as the spring garden slips towards early summer. Continue reading “Spring flies and garden dreams – the garden in March” »

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Secret Cornwall – twelve secluded beaches

cornwall secret beaches looking down on sandy beachExplore the secrets of West Cornwall with twelve of the most unspoilt secluded beaches and coves this week set along the hauntingly beautiful coast. They are almost a secret but not quite if you are armed with a well thumbed ordnance survey map and a pair of walking boots to follow Cornwall’s dramatic cliff top walks and lush valleys to the sound of the sea. So shh don’t tell and I will tell you some of my favourite spots to enjoy an idyllic day away from the tourist spots in unspoilt secret West Cornwall. Continue reading “Secret Cornwall – twelve secluded beaches” »

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Our February garden, stealing a march on summer

February garden entrance We stole a march on summer this month in the garden, working intensely to prepare the Italian Garden ready for its role in a short period film pilot last weekend and did you spot Ednovean Farm’s House and Gardens as “The Garden House” in Sunday’s Rosamunde Pilcher premier? (details below!) I think the garden stole the show from the house but our German guests said “it was like taking a visit again” and “Fairy tale setting!” Thank you to all of our kind European friends who told us about the film and sent the link so we could watch it too!

So join me this month to see my snaps of a few days of hard labour by ourselves and our gardeners and I think the result was pretty good although I say it myself!

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Summer memories

summer memory of a path through a golden field of cornAre you thought turning to summer memories now, as the last of the winter days give way to spring? Memories of warm, lush, days of delicious idleness; of summer days spent in Cornwall in an irresistible love affair between sea and countryside…

Summer days when the leafy canopies of the trees cast shadows so deep, you can almost drown in the depths of the lush lucid shade. Summer days bring bright rippling fields of corn to the countryside, stretching to the horizon as an unconscious proof of the bounties of the season. The swathes of faded gold enveloping the old mine buildings left from another era.

Here are some of my favorite memories and hopes for summer days to come in Cornwall!

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Apricot bedroom facelift

Teapot and cups in freshly decorated bedroomSome people wonder what happens during the winter time in a Bed and Breakfast – well believe me we still keep pretty busy and this week, our pretty Apricot bedroom had a facelift ready for her summer guests.

I spent hours in an agony of indecisions pouring over the Laura Ashley wallpaper charts on line because sadly the old thirties inspired paper had been discontinued and eventually fell for a lovely vintage inspired print with a contemporary twist called Summer Palace.

 

 

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