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The spring equinox and spring days

early morning dew on spring morning

A spring morning in our garden and the day almost seems to shimmer with anticipation

There has been an almost tangible air of expectation in the air in the days leading up to the spring equinox. I felt it so strongly this week as I walk down through the dew laden morning to feed the brood mares and I stopped to take a snap of the morning magic as each droplet of water magnified the rising sun thrice fold. The very early Easter this year at last coincides with the height of the spring flowers as it always seems rather sad that the very brightest flowers have long finished before our guest arrive for their Easter break.

In this week’s blog I’ve looked a spring changes in Perranuthnoe, the growing momentum of spring in our garden and Danni our Spanish stallions special spring treat –  a dressage course with Jenny Rolfe, just because I thought you’d like to see his picture!

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Countryside and seaside beyond Ednovean Farm

January landscape west Cornwall

A January view over west Cornwall

The gentle weeks of winter seem to speed by us now and I love the soft muted colours at this time of the year as somebody remarked on Google+ “It is just a matter of editing your colour palette” Each day as we exercise the horses  (and a horse is great for looking over those Cornish hedges!) I look down over the broad sweeping valleys interspersed with those particularly short rounded trees of Cornwall made magical in the low angles of the light and hinting back to older landscapes. They seem to huddle in the sheltered crevices of the contours before the land sweeps broadly up again to the bracken covered hills. This week was St Hilary Feast and the hounds were paraded in Goldsithney as they had always been but somehow we hadn’t expected to see them when we set out for  a ride with Danni our Spanish Stallion and Archie his first son – danni is looking slightly concerned as you can see but happy to stop to chat before we continued on our way deeper into the Cornish countryside.

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Autumn days

The sun breaksthrough and brings the geraniums to life on the terrace

The sun breaks through and brings the geraniums to life on the terrace

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” »

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October’s blue seas in Cornwall

Blue seas in Mounts bay from the coastal footpath

Mounts Bay yesterday with the bluest of seas and St Michael’s Mount as the pearl

We followed the bluest of seas along the coastal path yesterday – Mounts bay looked so enchanting that we couldn’t help but pause and just look out over the bay with a view that stretched from Perranuthnoe all the way to Penzance across the tranquil water.

St Michael’s Mount is always the pearl in Mounts Bay’s crown and never more so than yesterday so I thought I’d post a few extra photos taken on our coastal walk in Cornwall. Continue reading “October’s blue seas in Cornwall” »

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A summer snap looking towards Perranuthnoe and Penzance

West cornwall coast

Looking back towards Perranuthnoe from the coastal footpath

This morning I thought I’d brighten the morning by sharing a summer snap taken on a walk from here at Ednovean farm when we walked along the coastal footpath east of Perranuthnoe. The last photos I shared were taken way back in April so I thought I was time for an update!

We walked along to Stackhouse Cove with a picnic the other day on Charles’s birthday – it is just so relaxing to sit on a silent cove and listen to the sea.  Of course there was a short swim (brrr!) to our chosen beach but it was a wonderfully relaxing way to spend the afternoon. Continue reading “A summer snap looking towards Perranuthnoe and Penzance” »

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Ednovean Farm – what is in a name?

Ednovean Farm today

The mellow granite building that is now our home has stood over the centuries on this spot at Ednoe-Vean

One question I’m often asked by our bed and breakfast guests is “What is the meaning of Ednovean?” And of course with farm and field names they hold knowledge of ancient names for the area.

The name Ednovean was originally two words Ednoe-Vean and is mentioned in one of my favourite books for place name reference “Cornish Place-names” by O.J. Padel. The description there of the evolution of the name for Perranuthnoe and the reference to Ednovean is fascinating. Continue reading “Ednovean Farm – what is in a name?” »

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Tiptoe into summer

ednovean farm breakfast with a viewJune seemed to appear suddenly this year, without warning. With June came the first meteorological day of summer – in fact I think we tiptoed into summer this year from the long spring days that lingered still fresh and new in our minds. The sea that frames our lives looks impossibly blue these days – one day soon we must walk down to the water’s edge again…… but not yet, not until I’ve finished painting! Still wouldn’t it be nice to linger over breakfast on the lawn gazing at St Michael’s Mount while planning  the day stretching ahead around the Cornish coast?

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A walk beside the sea to summer

Waves gently breaking on the shore below us as we walked down to the sea

Waves gently breaking on the shore below us as we walked down to the sea

The walks along the coastal footpath just below Ednovean Farm, is so popular with our Bed and Breakfast guest but we seldom make the time to enjoy them ourselves. This glorious week of sunshine was just too much for us though and we played truant one afternoon to set off on foot across the fields to walk down to the sea and the coastal footpath. Continue reading “A walk beside the sea to summer” »

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A wonderful Easter week

The coastal footpath great for walking and just east of Ednovean Farm

We walked down to the coastal footpath from Ednovean Farm

What wonderful weather we have had in Cornwall for the Easter holidays! The weather pendulum swung from woolly hat to bikini as the high pressure settled over the British Isles and we had one of the best spring weeks for years.

Yesterday the lure of the blue seas and skies that I could see from our window proved too much and we stole away to walk along the coastal footpath just east of Ednovean Farm. Continue reading “A wonderful Easter week” »

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February days in the garden

 

Bold crocusAh February days in the garden when the perfect mystery of the season begins expand its magic as each day I’ve watched the garden slowly unfold from its winter rest. Each day has brought a new part of the cycle of the gardens return to life that it has been so slight that it has been almost imperceptible. I’ve watched the Daffodils slowly unfold from the soil and spread through the garden starting in the warmest most sheltered corners and then finally surging through the garden in an unstoppable tide. Continue reading “February days in the garden” »