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The first candle of Christmas

textures of candles, basketsPerhaps it was the right time this week to light the first candle of Christmas In our hall at Ednovean Farm, just ahead of the terrible news from Paris and in blissful ignorance. With the recent events of the weekend, some of the joy has gone now but the comforting glow lives one and the hope of time honoured rituals.

This week I’ve looked for  the time honoured rituals of Christmas that start now in  November when the first of the festive lights will start to glow with the promise of peace and goodwill and the mighty flower garland of Cotehele will be lifted again celebration of the season.

And at Ednovean? we start our own more  homely run up to Christmas
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Autumn days

The sun breaksthrough and brings the geraniums to life on the terrace

The sun breaks through and brings the geraniums to life on the terrace

Ah autumn days and the days grow shorter as the breezes start to stir the autumn leaves. My thoughts recently have begun to turn towards brisk walks along the tide line with the white balls of foam drifting past, only to scud away across the sands and supper in a cosy pub for a special treat in the gathering dusk.

So far the temperature has been remarkably high this year, even for sub tropically inclined west Cornwall but the first misty days of autumn finally came and then cleared with the racing evening breeze to give us  to give the late afternoons a glowing golden light sometimes followed by a wonderful sunset.

This week too I’ve gathered an armful of rich russet bracken and drying seed heads from the Cornish banks to bring into the house to celebrate the autumn season and Spud-Cat snoozed on in a cosy window seat. Continue reading “Autumn days” »

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The Crowns Engine Houses Botallack Mine

Botallack Engine Houses - two semi derelict engine houses clinging to the cliffs above the sea

The sea churns relentlessly even on a quiet day at Botallack

Two of the most iconic engine houses of Cornwall are located at the Crowns in Botallack, on the north coast above the great Atlantic seas, in part of Cornwall that is designated a World heritage site. I’ve often admired the dramatic photographs taken by local photographers of the ruined engine houses, clinging to the cliffs in defiance of the seas just yards below and symbolic not only of the decline of the Cornish mining industry but  the daring of the adventurers (people who invested in the mines with the hope that ore could be found) and labours of the Cornish miners deep underground. Last week we had a couple of hours to spare and so set off to find Botallack and finally to wend our way along the unmade lane to the National Trust car park with Lucy Land Rover. Continue reading “The Crowns Engine Houses Botallack Mine” »

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October and Autumn approaches in the Ednovean Farm Garden

Miscanthus and Pampas grass

Miscanthus grass in the Italian Garden

We are approaching autumn in our gardens at Ednovean farm now and slowly I’ve noticed the changes in the season as autumn approaches as I’ve watched the birds twist and curl above the garden in a tightly grouped flock with the swift sure movements that are part of the unchanging rhythm of the seasons. Just as surely as I occasionally hear the sound of the sea drifting over the garden with just a little more insistence, or watch Spud with soft white paws treading the golden leaves of autumn that flutter on the lane, as he returns from important cat business abroad. I know each day the signs grow larger that mark the autumn days that lay ahead of us and yet the garden is still full of promise as the flourishing  grasses bring an unexpected tawny-red glow to the borders. Continue reading “October and Autumn approaches in the Ednovean Farm Garden” »

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Don’t forget to change your clock!!

the clocks change

This is the weekend when British Summer Time ends or we “Fall back” and as the mornings grow darker it isn’t a minute too soon for me! The blushing pink dawn that we enjoyed for a week has given way to a sulky twilight when we get up now to feed and care for our horses before starting to prepare our guests breakfast back in the Farmhouse. Continue reading “Don’t forget to change your clock!!” »

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Carn Euny ancient village

Carn Euny west penwith

The best preserved ancient village in South west Britain

I often suggest to our guests that are seeking early villages a trip to Carn Euny an ancient courtyard settlement, set around an accessible fogou deep, in the heart of West Penwith.  Cornwall has a wonderful ancient heritage from which it is possible to trace the early societies that lived here and linger just for a moment in their shadow.  Carn Euny is managed by Cornwall Heritage Trust with parking in a little lay-by about 600 metres from the site and access is free. Continue reading “Carn Euny ancient village” »

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Autumn days at Ednovean Farm

Ednovean at susnet

The end of the day and the house looks mellow in the golden light of autumn

With a swirl of falling leaves the autumn days have come to Ednovean Farm and yet the sun’s warmth still hints of summer. The countryside has mellowed to softer autumn shades and the bracken on the heathland that follow the coastline have turned to a crisp bronze to contrast with the twinkling blue sea. This month the first of the Atlantic storms came in to pound along the beaches with relentless force, sending wetsuit clad surfers off, to bob in the sea waiting for the perfect wave.

At Ednovean Farm last week, we had a very special guest in Classical dressage trainer Jenny Rolfe and Spanish Stallion Danilon and I enjoyed a couple of dressage lessons and the cats snoozed on in the autumn sunshine – aren’t we lucky with the weather!! Read on for my latest albums of Ednovean and photos of this morning in Cornwall. Continue reading “Autumn days at Ednovean Farm” »

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An Indian summer at Sennen Cove

Blue sky and seas in October at Sennen Cove

Blue sky and seas in October at Sennen Cove

This week we’ve enjoyed an Indian summer here n the UK and it has lent us some very special day here in west Cornwall too! We were so tempted by the early autumn sunshine that we played truant to our B&B and garden, on Friday afternoon and visited Sennen cove instead!

I was mesmerised by the blue sunlit bay as we turned off of the main road and the swathe of white sands stretching into the far distance beside the bluest sea, as we swung into the car park at the cove. Continue reading “An Indian summer at Sennen Cove” »

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October’s blue seas in Cornwall

Blue seas in Mounts bay from the coastal footpath

Mounts Bay yesterday with the bluest of seas and St Michael’s Mount as the pearl

We followed the bluest of seas along the coastal path yesterday – Mounts bay looked so enchanting that we couldn’t help but pause and just look out over the bay with a view that stretched from Perranuthnoe all the way to Penzance across the tranquil water.

St Michael’s Mount is always the pearl in Mounts Bay’s crown and never more so than yesterday so I thought I’d post a few extra photos taken on our coastal walk in Cornwall. Continue reading “October’s blue seas in Cornwall” »

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The September garden

St Michael's Mount at sunset from Ednovean Farm garden

Dramatic foliage framing St Michael’s Mount at sunset looking across Mounts bay from our garden

I think I fell in love with the garden again this morning. The lines of newly emerged pampas plumes became almost iridescent in the morning sunshine in an ever repeating pattern marching down the garden and I was once again instantly smitten by their quiet majesty. This month’s photos were inspired by the play of light and dappled shadows around the garden and of course the beautiful blue of the sea that frames our days here at Ednovean farm. Continue reading “The September garden” »