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The Christmas lights of St Ives

Christmas lights in a shopping street St IvesI spent a happy hour or so walking under the ribbon of lights that canopied Fore Street in St Ives and made a lasting memory of Christmas magic on an evening spent with friends!

We parked above the town and took one of those mammoth runs of granite steps that snake down to the sea guided by and ex-st-ives-ite who knew the footpaths well and we emerged seamlessly quite near to the town centre to follow a single line of lights as it lead towards the harbour, just as the lightest of drizzles started to fall.

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Christmas at Ednovean

Snow makes Ednovean into a Christmas cardOur Christmas tree is set up in the Dining room and it has spread its own rich distinctive scent throughout the house – doesn’t it bring back such wonderful, nostalgic memories of so many Christmases long passed, when that evocative scent starts to drift through the air again each year.

I’d love to wish you a wonderful Christmas time and thank you for popping by to read my blog over the year before I show you a little bit of Ednovean Farm at Christmas time.

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The nostalgic glow of Christmas lights in Penzance

Spectacular flamboyant Christmas lights - PenzanceLast night the doughty old town of Penzance was glowing, bathed in Christmas lights and with the very essence of an old fashioned nostalgic Christmas, so join me for a stroll along the old timeworn flagstones under a thousand twinkly lights.

I think there’s something special about Christmas in a Penzance – a town that has stood almost unchanged through the centuries that has seen so many Christmases’ come and go like the tide in its harbour.

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Mousehole Christmas Lights – the twelfth night

.Christmas lights in Mousehole harbourEach year the villagers of the beautiful old harbour village of Mousehole in the far west of Cornwall, haul the boats from the harbour to fill the waters with floating  pontoons of Christmas lights, dresses the ancient granite walls and welcoming the world to their tiny coastal community. Fundraising for the event will have started in the summer months and now for a few brief weeks they embody the spirit of Christmas.

 

 

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A Christmas Card from Ednovean Farm

Christmas card wishing a very merry christmas set in Ednovean FarmWe 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 next year!

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.

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Autumn days and sloe gin

Home made sloe gin with crystal glassAutumn days are with us now but with the consolation of harvesting the sloe berries from the hedgerows to make Sloe Gin for a winter or Christmas treat. Sloe Gin is a delicious deep, dark, mellow liqueur, made from the fruits of the native Blackthorn trees that line the farm hedgerows. They just need a little time and patience (and nerves of steel if the truth be told) to penetrate the vicious sharp spines where the glossiest plumpest fruits are to be found. This autumn we’ve (I’m using a royal we there as it is actually Charles project and he has the scars to prove it!) made a batch of Sloe gin and read on for a simple recipe for a warming Christmas treat –  allow a minimum of two months for it to mature. Continue reading “Autumn days and sloe gin” »

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Happy New Year – 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 – 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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A Very Happy Christmas!!

Christams wreath and Christmas card

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas with our warmest wishes Christine and Charles

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!!” »