Our Ednovean Summer has flown away with us this year and suddenly the season has given way to autumn. We’ve had good days and bad days; sad days and happy days. We’ve met so many of our lovely guests again this year; we’ve introduced ourselves to some new ones. And suddenly the year has almost gone. So we packed our beach towels and fled for the last few sunny days of summer, to a nearby cove to swim in an oily calm sea!
Ednovean – summer haymaking
A summer wouldn’t be a summer without haymaking. “Making hay while the sun shines.” is the phrase that comes to mind. Well we waited and waited for the weather to finally settle. It was nearly the end of August by the time the last field was cut and the last bales stacked by the top yard beside the little orchard of vintage apples trees.
Spud cat helped of course, clambering up onto the rick to inspect before slaloming down to hide if the tractor approached.
The Paddock car park
The field nearest to Perranuthnoe was used as an overflow car park once the hay was cut this year in a bid to ease congestion in the village. It proved popular and soon gathered its own supply of regulars amongst the locals. Actually, I think they mostly popped in to chat with Peter (car park host) on their way through!
Dolly the horse at the end of the garden
Dolly was well known to our regular guest, as she would always saunter up the field to introduce herself to new guests and check them out for titbits. Sadly we lost her this summer with an unmanageable hock injury. It was a sad few days for us at Ednovean Farm and the garden has lost one of its guardians. As “L” said who helps me with the borders said “Maybe we’ll have two robins keeping us company in the garden now”
We had a glowing report from out AA inspector about our new breakfast arrangements. “You’ve layered charm upon charm” I must say serving breakfast involves quite a workout in the mornings now as the kitchen is upstairs and the Breakfast rooms are set around the courtyard outside. But nothing is lovelier on a summer morning than the French doors flung open to rooms full of summer sunshine. You probably spotted my last blog about making two new breakfast rooms in the spring? As the season is changing I’ve reintroduced the candles to each room to add mellow dancing shadows.
The garden arbour is no more. It finally sagged to a point of no return and last night had a Viking funeral at the end of season village barbeque on the beach. We do have a beautiful replacement built in its stead though.
Breaking my with my usual habit of reusing materials it was carefully crafted in the garden by the two brothers of Fixed Right.
I think it has a sleek contemporary vibe perfect for the Mediterranean inspired space. I prefer to use a very modern design rather that a hackneyed pastiche if new really is called for!
Terrace focal point
The second sin of buying “new” was a font like urn for the focal point form the front door. We missed a nicely mellow one at the local sale room. So new it had to be. This year we really wanted to commemorate the fact that Ednovean is a Medieval settlement with a chapel on the site in 1290.. Maybe it’ll weather quite fast!
Beach days of the Indian summer
And very occasionally we would steal away in the evenings with a packed supper to enjoy one of the beaches or coves around Perranuthnoe. Yet is wasn’t until summer was drawing to a close that we decided the garden looked fine, the hay was in, the horses perfectly happy with the cats comatose in the heat. So we also packed towels and beach books and took a few afternoons off.
I hope you’ve had a good summer. As you can see we haven’t been out and about as much this year! Cornwall has been exceptionally busy but maybe now we can venture out to enjoy the mellow autumn days. There’s even talk of a visit to a restaurant for my birthday!?
I’ll leave you with a snap of Danni our veteran Spanish Stallion