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Shadows of history in Poltesco Valley

Sea views from Poltesco valleyWe could almost feel the history simmering in the shadows as we walked down through the sheltered valley of Poltesco to visit Carleon Cove on the Lizard Peninsula at the end of the summer.

The wildlife haven of Poltesco, managed now by the National Trust, conceals a long industrial history in the soft verdant greenery, in a timeless peaceful mantle.

We were charmed as we walked down through the sub tropical depths of Poltesco valley to the sea by occasional art works almost enveloped by the vegetation but artfully places there as a counterpoint to each twist and turn in the path.  And yet how different this valley would have been when the Serpentine works was in full production and the cargo was ferried from the cove in flat bottomed barges to schooners waiting in the bay. Continue reading “Shadows of history in Poltesco Valley” »

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Memories of Sennen

Nostalgic cornish harbourAs the winter days stretch out before us I’ve found myself looking fondly back on our autumn beach adventures and realised I hadn’t shared our memories of Sennen. Sennen was one of the last beaches that we visited before settling down to working life and routines of a winter farm.

The storm crested waves tore across the cove at Sennen that day, trailing plumes of spray that day and yet when we walked up towards the sheltered honeyed granite harbour with sea worn walls the sea lay surprisingly tranquil. What a timeless memory of a visit to sennen Cove to see my photo album
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Spring stirs in my winter garden

Dramatic Steely grey winter skies in a sea viewWinter brings the white flash of a  seagull’s wing  against leaden  skies and yet in the garden, spring is starting to stir as it comes back to life.

The first bright Soleil d’Or Narcissi have burst into flower at Ednovean Farm in the wild garden with new ranks of Daffodil shoots pushing up through the glossy winter grass each day now encouraged by the mild winter days. This Daffodil or narcissi is grown commercially on the Isles of Scilly and does well in West Cornwall’s sub tropical climate – Cornwall has held a subtropical status since July 2016 encouraging gardeners and growers to select new plants from an ever increasing menu.

For my Garden diary photos for December and January  Continue reading “Spring stirs in my winter garden” »

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A walk with the sunset

Paddleboarder in the sunset at Perranuthnoe beachA wonderful way to end the day is a walk along the beach in the sunset and for us it should be an easy thing to plan. Perranuthnoe’s Beach is just at the bottom of the village but somehow we, like everyone I think, are wrapped up in our daily routines and don’t put those minutes to one side for some special “me” time as we go about our daily routine.

So our first new years resolution has been to take five minutes “me” time and enjoy those precious moments of just absorbing the world around us with a little bit of extra post- Christmas exercise walking along the beach. Continue reading “A walk with the sunset” »

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Happy New Year but when is the 12th Night?!

Happy New year with background of empty plates and glassesAnother year has flown by and with it the glorious end of the year that is Christmas with all of its finery and celebrations. now it it onwards towards summer and we’ve been busy taking your reservations for late winter and spring breaks over the last couple of days. The question of the when to take the Christmas decorations down  is coming nearer to the surface now as the twelfth night approaches and so I’ve done a little research into the matter and I found  that it can vary between the 5th and 6th of January depending upon whether  you start counting on Christmas day or the day after times two to the power of religion persuasion and interpretation –  incidentally in Russia Christmas day falls on the 7th of January – imagine starting all that Christmas pudding agian but Happy Christmas to our Russian readers!! Continue reading “Happy New Year but when is the 12th Night?!” »

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Merry Christmas with a celebration of winter

A christmas card for Merry Christmas witha vintage nativity scene at Ednovean FarmWe just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!
The shortest days have enveloped us and bringing with them hygge – the compensations of the winter season, those  long cosy evenings to enjoy the subtle pleasures of winter.

Winter is a time to find a good book with snuggly throw by the fireside, or watching a fantastically bad Christmas film curled up with the cat.

Winter brings the compensation of  beautiful sunrises and glowing sunsets to mark our day and Cornish harbour spangled with Christmas lights long into the evenings. Continue reading “Merry Christmas with a celebration of winter” »

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Three takes on a Christmas tree – Christmas decorating is under way at Ednovean Farm!

Traditional Christmas tree decked with ornments I’m always excited every year to renew my acquaintance with my treasured collection of Christmas decorations and start the happy ritual of Decorating for Christmas. I’m happy to say that  Ednovean Farm now has her best Christmas decorations on ready for the festive season  after a day spent in a happy muddle of baubles and cherubs and a good deal of squinting through one eye at my efforts!

This weekend I made three takes on a Christmas tree around our home, in time for the arrival of our first Bed and Breakfast guests for their Pre-Christmas breaks. I’ve set our tradition live Christmas tree under the beams in the flagstoned hall and we’ve cut two thorn trees from a thicket on the farm, for the Dining room and the Guest sitting room for a more contemporary take on Christmas Continue reading “Three takes on a Christmas tree – Christmas decorating is under way at Ednovean Farm!” »

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The Penwith Tour I Marazion to Mousehole


Treen Beach The Penwith Tour is a perfect drive around West Cornwall (formally know as West Penwith)   that follows the coast beside the tranquil waters of Mounts bay with the iconic St Michael’s Mount and then on  to the ancient town of Penzance with her granite clad streets, before skirting the bay to  the fishing port of Newlyn  to the pretty harbour at Mousehole in part one.

Part two explores the hidden fishing coves and stone circles, the world famous Minack open air theatre on the way to Land’s End.

Last month I started to write about planning a balance between leisure times and trying to see as much as possible of West Cornwall if you are staying couple of days with us at Ednovean Farm. The “Penwith tour” is a contrast to my walking day suggestions following the Penwith Peninsular by car and yet never far from the sea and it is a great way to West Cornwall

Continue reading “The Penwith Tour I Marazion to Mousehole” »

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A winter treat at the Victoria Inn

village pub exterior with sign for Victoria InnWe set out down to the village for a winters night treat at The Victoria Inn last night. I’ve often booked tables for our Bed and Breakfast our guests to enjoy their Monday special of a Pie and pint for an enticing £12 each and last night the temptation was too much for us and we set out into the velvety night for Perranuthnoe.

The Victoria is a handsome old building and just cut out for the Christmas season with that special atmosphere in its ancient walls, cosy interior and inglenook fireplaces. Continue reading “A winter treat at the Victoria Inn” »

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November – the autumn garden gently fades to winter

SSoft golden light on an old stone wall witha painted bench and autumn coloursNovember has seen our garden at Ednovean Farm fade gently into the gentle golds and russets of autumn and then slide towards to the stillness of winter, as we travelled through the month.  And yet there have been some compensations for the autumn days – the drive into Penzance has been lovely along a road lined with golden decked trees complimented by  a sky that swooped down to the horizon in a perfect contrast. Continue reading “November – the autumn garden gently fades to winter” »