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” »
A very happy Christmas to you!! Thank you for dropping by to read my blog throughout the year and your lovely emails from around the world that I so love to read. Christmas morning has dawned here with the cats are still tightly wrapped in their tails, the horses all tucked up warmly in their stables and the light patter of rain on the windows. Still today I have a date with a wonderful Christmas lunch cooked by Charles and maybe a wheelbarrow and pitchfork for the mucking out!
My last job for Christmas Eve was to weave an evergreen garland to stretch under the exposed roof timbers upstairs and hang the few remaining golden cherubs u to glitter in the candle light. I always leave this job until the last minute (and so sometimes it doesn’t materialise!) so that the foliage stays as fresh as possible over the twelve days of Christmas. I’ll take a couple of snaps later in the morning so open read more below!
So thank you again, for following our website and blog over the year, to all of our guests who have stayed or those that we still have yet to meet I’d like to wish that you have a wonderful Christmas and the New Year brings you love, hope and joy!! Continue reading “A Very Happy Christmas!!” »
The very symbol of Festive celebrations has to be the Christmas tree filling the house with the gorgeous deep pine scent of the forest, glowing against the old slate flag stones of our hall.
Each year I take the selection of the Christmas tree very seriously indeed searching the local press and even peering over hedges to the small Christmas tree plantations that have sprung up in the small fields over the last few years.
This years selection was no exception and it created quite a stir with the cat and horse family as the prickly green monster arrived as they gently hibernated for winter to end! Continue reading “Oh Christmas Tree!” »
This year I’m making Christmas spirit a little bit at a time here at Ednovean Farm. This week I added a welcoming door wreath that could not be described as understated and my first alternative to a Christmas tree to our guest sitting room. Which look will win over? Will it be the OTT festive or more understated and tranquil- I’m not sure but I do enjoy decorating! Continue reading “A Little Christmas spirit at a time” »
This week I’d like to share some snaps from a nature photography challenge given to me by a facebook friend– a winter’s week in pictures! I thought it would be more fun to look each day at the countryside around me that I see as I carry out the day to day jobs and journeys. So join me for seven days of photos set in west Cornwall this winter looking at the ordinary landscapes around us and a visit to the sea to watch the waves. Continue reading “Seven winter days in pictures” »
Perhaps 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
Continue reading “The first candle of Christmas” »
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” »
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!!” »
We’ve reached the final days of August with the last Bank holiday of the year and it always brings a poignant moment for me as I realise that summer is slipping away. Too soon the long heady summer days have slipped away and I always pause to reflect on their passing before settling down to enjoy the long somnolent days that lead into autumn. Maybe there will be still time in the next couple of months to take a trip to the beach and relive the childhood enchantment of paddling along the seashore as the warmth of summer lingers on. Yet I’ve noticed in the countryside around us there is a small but subtle change of the seasons as the harvest begin to be taken in
It was on the 11th of May in 1991 that Charles carried me through the front door from our wedding reception after an earnest year of converting our Farmhouse into our home from a 17th-century granite barn.
We had spent a year working on the main part of the building to make our home and in 1991 we put a hand painted sign at the end of our drive and waited for our first guests to arrive. Weeks went passed until finally a lady came along and reserved the yellow room – a pretty twin bedroom decorated with Sanderson’s vintage Lilly pad fabric, white washed walls, painted furniture and Laura Ashley wallpaper with a shower room unfashionably across the hall (Sorry this bedroom is now the office) Continue reading “Ednovean Farm’s twenty four years as a B&B!” »