As February gives way to March the month which brings with it the official meteorological first day of spring, the sunshine still conceals a chill in the air. And yet the garden is leaping into life around me, with bulbs emerging throughout the garden, each flower bringing bright splashes of colour to our lives after the long winter. How carefully I look at the new delicate buds each day, as if they could predict the year for me, as the Jet stream sinuously weaves its powerful spell over the British Isles. It never stays in one place or should I say position for long enough for me to predict my week let alone month and so the unrelenting progress of spring brings its own reassurance of the continuity of the season. Continue reading “My February Garden diary” »
We have had such a week that ranged from ferocious storms to gentle calm in the run up to Valentine’s day. This week I spotted the first pale pink cherry blossoms starting to break today, as I passed a farmhouse garden on Danni in Rosudgeon riding along the narrow ancient lanes edged with moss covered banks studded with primroses. I seemed that no sooner had I written my last blog following the steady step of spring than storm Imogen scorched in to the British isle bringing wind gust of up to 90 miles and hour and sixty foot waves to be seen just off of St Ives.
This time I thought I really would make an effort to captures an impression of the relentless ferocious rhythm to the seas that these storms bring and headed down into our local village of Perranuthnoe to visit the local beach. Continue reading “Storms and Valentines” »
I’ve noticed the steady step of spring of late, bringing with it a subtle change in the light and with it the momentum of the season changing from winter into spring.
I love to tweak our home to reflect the change of the seasons and this week I’ve suddenly wanted to edit some of my little still lifes that brighten up some corners in our home at Ednovean Farm by adding splashes of brighter fresher colours. Suddenly the the wonderful texture of the vintage apple basket in the hall that felt so right with its soft colours and bold textures for the winter season, was ready to be moved to a quieter corner. This week in Cornwall we’ve had days of brilliant sunshine and blue seas, rainbows and rain storms, all treading the steady step into spring Continue reading “The steady step of spring” »
January is a great month to take stock of the garden and plan the direction of the garden year and this year we’ve started work quite early. The mild winter has brought the new spring growth so far forward that now is the time to start, although I must admit I step gingerly on to our lawn sometimes as I feel it gently yielding like a soft green cushion under my feet. As our gardener remarked as we toiled away “I’m usually still in my winter hibernation now!” still as our garden has been formed over the last twenty five years now, some areas are ready for reassessment and rejuvenation to allow the garden to breath again with fresh new growth. this months diary looks at :-
- Garden rejuvenation
- Planning garden changes
- January photo album
This week’s snaps of Ednovean farm travel from a glorious sunset over the sea to my attempts at interior photography in our elegant Blue bedroom. i must say that I ind interior photography very hard and I had sneakily planned to wait for the complimentary disk to arrive after last years interiors photo shoot here but in the meantime I wanted to show off our elegant Blue bedroom a little more on our website and so with the tips gathered from the visiting pro photographer in mind I set to work. Continue reading “Photographing the Blue room and other news” »
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.
We made a cosy start to the New year here at Ednovean Farm with the breakfast room filled with candles to flicker and glow despite the weather outside. I think that is the art to starting the morning to look for a little bit of magic to start the day or set the scene.
We open our part of the house to welcome our Bed and Breakfast guest to breakfast and start the day cosily under the cocoon of the open roof timbers and for New years day i lit the candles on the chandeliers that line up under the soaring point of the roof and give their glittering reflection to the old vintage mirror that hangs at one end, doubling their flickering warm glow in a reflection that stretched on beyond the walls. Maybe winter days are short but they can be very special it is just a case of looking for that little bit of magic.
As I crossed the lawn this morning I stooped to wipe the mud from my fingers and felt the soft spring like growth of the grass and warmth in the December dew in my winter garden. This month the garden has grown quiet and spare in the short days of gentle dusk like light and I’ve appreciated the shapes and the angles of the formal planting even more, as they are revealed in the play of the low sunshine that occasionally dances on the plants. With the festive season the garden came into the house too over Christmas in the shape of a homemade swag of foliage to play a part in our festive home Continue reading “December my winter garden” »
The 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!
This week I’d like to share some snaps from a nature photography challenge given to me by a facebook friend– a winter’s week in pictures! I thought it would be more fun to look each day at the countryside around me that I see as I carry out the day to day jobs and journeys. So join me for seven days of photos set in west Cornwall this winter looking at the ordinary landscapes around us and a visit to the sea to watch the waves. Continue reading “Seven winter days in pictures” »