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Autumn days and sloe gin

Glossy back sloes - blackthorn fruits to make sloe ginAutumn 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 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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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!!” »

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Oh Christmas Tree!

christmas tree 2015The moment finally arrived this week, after extensive research (by which I mean I checked the prices very carefully at various local outlets) that I made my decision as where I could find the best Christmas tree this year and as a housewife of course, it had to be for the right price too!

And so it was on a damp and misty morning, I set off along the A394 to the local garden centre at Breage, to collect Christmas because Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a proper tree!

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A Little Christmas spirit at a time

Christmas decorations at Ednovean Farm

Christmas baubles on my alternative 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” »

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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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Christmas magic and winter solstice

Winter solsticeThe days have sped by in a sort of twilight as we’ve approached the shortest day this week. Each day It has seemed it never become quite light , before dusk fell again and the birds silent for the night as we retreated indoors. This week I set up my alternative Christmas tree as we approach the Winter solstice and looked for a little bit of that special Christmas magic. Continue reading “Christmas magic and winter solstice” »

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Christmas trees and decorating

Christmas treeI set out on a blustery day this week to choose the tree , after a certain amount of time spent in reconnaissance admiring beautiful trees for sale beside the road or leaning near shop doorways. I’ve learnt over the years to take a thick pair of “prickle proof” gloves with me to aid my shopping deliberations because of course faced with a neat bay of Christmas trees, carefully sorted by size and price, my theory is the best one lays undiscovered at the back. Continue reading “Christmas trees and decorating” »