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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. 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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A Christmas Card from Ednovean Farm

Traditonal christmas Tree in flagstone hall - Farmhouse B&BWe 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 ahead? A cue for hygge

Plump cushions and fresh whtie pillows dress a bed for hyggeAs the cooler, shorter autumn days set in, so a silent cue for Hygge is whispered through the household. Hygge – that useful, unpronounceable, new word that has crept into decorating speak these days and signals cosy-time to start in the house again.

I’ve started gently here at Ednovean Farm, searching out comfortable plump new cushions for the Blue bedroom’s pretty French bed and retrieving warm quilts and faux fur throws for shelves and cupboards to dress the beds again in our own vintage style before sadly putting the fresh white summer covers away for the winter months ahead.

 

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September garden diary – is autumn calling?

Trees arching over distant urns - September gardenAh goodbye September and with it the summer days as  autumn calls and the year mellows. The  autumn solstice – those mysterious harbingers of our year intoned by the weather men has passed us by and yet the life of the garden continues.

This  September the garden has continued to thrive here at Ednovean Farm,  with the native hedgerow, that helps the garden melt into the countryside providing an unexpected bounty of juicy black Sloes berries  that tempted us to make  some  Sloe Gin for Christmas.

We checked out the  the National Dahlia collection for you too, as the month has drawn to a close, to enjoy the final autumn blooms of September, upon the recommendation of one of our Bed and Breakfast guests – and did I buy one – read on!? Continue reading “September garden diary – is autumn calling?” »

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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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Garden diary – July’s blousy days

July garden with blue AgapanthusAh the blousy days of summer – those hot July days that fades into long summer evening. July’s  days so full of promises and long forgotten dreams that you hope they will go on for ever. This month the memories formed in the July garden will fill winter musings, as we sit by the fire, pull out a snuggly throw and turn on the telly or find a good book.

If you have been following my facebook posts on our Bed and Breakfast page you’ll have seen some of my snaps taken in the golden glow of those summer evenings that are such a perfect time to explore the garden and the coup of the Agapanthus on the lower gravel terrace. So join me for memories of July’s blousy days and dreamy evening here in the gardens at Ednovean Farm in my latest garden diary. Continue reading “Garden diary – July’s blousy days” »

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Dreamy summer evenings and sad goodbyes

Dappled evening sunshine - summer garden dreamsThis week  at Ednovean Farm we’ve swung from with the joy of dreamy summer evening spent in the garden and sad goodbyes to two of our Stallion Danilon’s young sons, who have gone out into the world to their new homes.

In the countryside this week I’ve watched the potato harvest in full flow, with clouds of dust rising from the mammoth farm machinery in the fields, as I’ve cantered with Danni along farm byways before settling back to walk on the tarmac roads again beside fields of ripening corn. The heady days of summer, accompanied by the skylark’s song. Continue reading “Dreamy summer evenings and sad goodbyes” »

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June garden diary

June garden diary for Ednovean Farm - lovely view over garden June has marked the capricious zenith of summer in the garden at Ednovean Farm – it has been a month in which we have swung from gales to heat waves – until the summer solstice that arrived almost as a surprise. This month the magnificent Echiums that so intrigue our garden loving Bed and Breakfast guests, have started to fade, to be replaced by the emerging flowers of the ranks of Agapanthus that populate the garden. So on with the show and join me for this month’s garden diary as we tweak the garden and appreciating the shadows as the temperatures soar! Continue reading “June garden diary” »

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Glorious May in the garden

Mediterranean inspired iris and terracotta potThe glorious month of May and nature has woven a silken thread thorough the garden spontaneous reclaiming the carefully planned spaces with flamboyant mischievously places flowers as though she chose to sprinkle a little fairy dust across the landscape. The sea has never glowed as blue as it has this May, to make a perfect backdrop to our days in the garden and we’ve been busy re ordering some of the spaces in the Italian Garden. So join me for this month’s garden diary for the fabulous month of May. Continue reading “Glorious May in the garden” »

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Walking in natures garden – Land’s End

land's End natures garden on the cliffsWe took a walk through nature’s garden around Land’s End this week along dramatic cliff tops laced with bluebells tumbling towards the sea. May has been a fabulous month in Cornwall and so for a couple of hours we stole away to thread our way through the wild flowers and watched the sea swirl around the rocks below in the far most southwesterly tip of the British Isles at Land’s End Land’s End