.Each 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. Fund raising for the event will have started in the summer months and now for a few brief weeks they embody the spirit of Christmas.
The glowing Christmas nights of Mousehole have shone across Mounts bay to us each night and last night was the final night – the twelfth day of Christmas. The final twelfth night of Christmas would be our last opportunity (until this December of course) to visit the famous Mousehole lights that feature all of the traditional Christmas symbols of songs and folk lore before they are finally switched off to mark the end of Christmas. For us, as the crowds subsided, the twelfth and final night it is the perfect night to reflect, to watch the lights rippling across the sea in the harbour and experience the atmosphere of Mousehole at its best.
The glowing Christmas nights of Mousehole have shone across Mounts bay to us each night and last night was the final night – the twelfth day of Christmas.
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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.
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Autumn 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” »
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!” »
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!!” »
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!” »
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” »
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
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