I must admit I was excited at the prospect of a rare snowfall here in West Cornwall over the last weeks. A dusting of those magical icy crystals does add an adventurous spice to our normally subtropical climate and when I opened the front door on the predicted morning? Well there was definitely a powdery dusting of the white magic clothing the Parterre in the Courtyard but I don’t think we had been transported to Narnia!
We wanted to wish you a very Happy Christmas and thank you for visiting us and following my blog and we hope to see you again in 2018.
There’s a traditional Christmas tree resting gently on the flagstones of our hall now decked with my favourite decorations like an old Christmas friend who has come back to visit us dressed in the same familiar clothes.
We walked up across the farm in a bitterly cold wind one day to cut two thorn trees from a thicket that was invading the field ready for Christmas decorations.
Just 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!” »
Are 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!
Another 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?!” »
We 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” »
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!” »
A very happy Easter to you all!!
I hope you are enjoying the first Bank Holiday of the year with its curiously unfixed date. As we celebrated Easter with our guests at Ednovean Farm this year I wondered exactly why it was such a moveable holiday. Each year is different from the last, as the seasons change and each year gives a different experience and atmosphere to the holiday and so in this blog I set out to find out and also share our Easter Morning here at Ednovean Farm Continue reading “Easter 2016 Wishing you a very Happy Easter!!” »
We made a cosy start to the New year here at Ednovean Farm with the breakfast room filled with candles to flicker and glow despite the weather outside. I think that is the art to starting the morning to look for a little bit of magic to start the day or set the scene.
We open our part of the house to welcome our Bed and Breakfast guest to breakfast and start the day cosily under the cocoon of the open roof timbers and for New years day i lit the candles on the chandeliers that line up under the soaring point of the roof and give their glittering reflection to the old vintage mirror that hangs at one end, doubling their flickering warm glow in a reflection that stretched on beyond the walls. Maybe winter days are short but they can be very special it is just a case of looking for that little bit of magic.
As I crossed the lawn this morning I stooped to wipe the mud from my fingers and felt the soft spring like growth of the grass and warmth in the December dew in my winter garden. This month the garden has grown quiet and spare in the short days of gentle dusk like light and I’ve appreciated the shapes and the angles of the formal planting even more, as they are revealed in the play of the low sunshine that occasionally dances on the plants. With the festive season the garden came into the house too over Christmas in the shape of a homemade swag of foliage to play a part in our festive home Continue reading “December my winter garden” »