Monday, 28 September 2009

Another lovely day

The flight of steps from the upstairs kitchen and Dining room

Another day, another beautiful sunset - sigh well someones has got to do it. .........
From the moment that the we flung open the kitchen door to the bright crisp morning until the smouldering sky of the sunset, the Indian summer has made September a very special month this year.
I've been working on a new path through the garden reached up a different flight of stone steps though............

that winds under the sheltering palm trees

that open to show a partly conceal bench facing the shipping lanes

before continuing past the horse's post and rails, with a lovely view down over the pasture towards Perranuthnoe

and then slipping under an arch before re emerging on the main lawn. It's just a short stress buster after a busy day or a stroll before breakfast but a journey non the less......

why not continue into the village and take the coastal path to Marazion?

But save a little time for that sunset, perfectly finishing the day in a warm glow

and sometimes i even light the candles on the garden tables to light the way home!

Tweets from the Breakfast table
For a super supper Sophia's on the Promenade on Penzance discovered by two of our guest last week

Saturday, 26 September 2009

It's a ducks life!

An abandon Duck in the bottom of one of our roll top baths
It's a ducks life at Ednovean Farm - don't tell but a closely guarded secret is the little Duck that weighs down the pile of fresh towels for our new guest. They wait our little flock on the window sills to accompany our guest stay until abandoned at the bottom of the bath tub to be retrieved by us in the morning, sanitised, patted dry and put back with the clean towels ready for the next arrival. Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh

The Pink room window sill with her waiting duck and towels, you can just see the Parterre through the window.

We retrieved the wood for the window sills from the old floor boards upstairs when renovating the barn- the ones in the Pink room have big holes made by a ships beetle. My father could fit the boards faster that I could sand them with an industrial belt sander "Hurry up Christine!"

The weather has been so lovely that the sharp shadows, cast by the sunshine, caught my eye as I walked through the parterre

The geraniums are enjoying the weather here!

The golden Pampas beside the gate has been dramatic this week as the plumes move gently in the sea breeze

Else where on the farm Little Amie has continued to grow with a sharp curious intelligence as she waits for her sister Dolly to arrive this morning


Charles leading Dolly (Divas last years foal) out to the pasture before we go in to serve Breakfast

And lastly a cautionary tale of a plump tom cat and an even a plumper mouse that had snuck into the corn bin to eat the horses muesli - and where was Olley? Where indeed!

Olley (mouser retired) image kindly supplied by a guest with more to follow of Olley

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

A visit to Perranuthnoe Beach

Perranuthnoe beach from the cliff path

We set off across the field to Perranuthnoe yesterday to visit the beach just below the village and treat ourselves to lunch at the cabin which is tucked just beside the slip way to the sands.

Our guest through the summer have brought back such good reports that we could resist the temptation no longer and we ambled down through the village, stopping to peep at the little collection of craft shops in the old white washed farm buildings before hurrying on to spend a few moments in contemplation of the black board menu and catch up with the horsey news with Mary.

I can never resist a Greek salad nor Charles warm chirizo with butter beans, so we very soon ordered and carried our two steaming mugs of tea into the neatly mown lawn with its enchantingly mis matched tables to sit and wait. As we listened to the waves caressing the shore just beyond the Tamarisk trees in our sheltered little cocoon, our freshly prepared salad soon arrived, accompanied by warm pitta bread. We spent a pleasant hour idly watching the world go by, tackling our herby, olive oil dressed treat before walking out along the coastal path above the end of the beach, where one solitary beach comber ambling along the tide line below.

Just editing today ('cause its raining!) to add the web site for the cabin:-

Strengthening the fences beckoned back at the farm fort the rest of the afternoon but it was quiet memory of the Indian Summer and of the empty beach. The mares were grateful for their new field though and spread out to sample the delicious untouched grass of their new domain much as we had savoured our cliff top lunch!

Just after the spring tide making the sea retreat to its furthest point

The coast path from the village but not for us today

The little collection of shop in the unspoilt old farmyard

There is even a hairdresser and a beauty retreat there now

The sky beyond the courtyard last night

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Pampas grasses marking the Autumn

Is Autumn here with vibrant blue skies and a dazzling light, that casts sharp shadows throughout the garden. The promise of the year has been fulfilled at last with the grasses and yuccas, erupting into dramatic flowers moving gently in the whispering breeze today throughout the garden at Ednovean Farm.

The ancient banks that line the lanes here in West Cornwall have become flamboyant with swags of gleaming blackberries tantalizingly out of reach of the local berry pickers that patrol the lanes in the hope of making a tasty pie or is it jam?

Perhaps we have time to visit the sea for one last picnic under the shelter of the the cliffs in this vibrant Indian Summer that has made the birds sing and the butterflies dance with renewed energy, who knows but maybe we''l try one day soon!

Charles took a stroll around the garden this evening under the mesmerising blue of the sky to record our garden in September - strangely quiet and still today after the visitors of last Sunday

A rustic flight of steps colonised by ferns leading to a new path that I've made through the shelter belt. The scented hedge make the walk rather special at the moment to find a secret bench looking out over the shipping lanes across the fields.

The different shapes and forms of the palms add a stark symmetry to the sky before unravelling in the breeze

The Italian garden entrance as the sun became lower in the sky allowing the light to fall in enticing slants from the individual lawns along the avenue.

With the foliage of our gravel border mottled by the evening

The tall grass spires against the sky

A glimpse across the garden from between the palms

It has taken years for the foliage to properly frame our urn

The edge of the Apricot rooms special area

Agaves in the lower border - I hope the year is kind to them
The bluest of skies today bespoke to this autumn

Thursday, 17 September 2009

A new vacancy

Well, we've just had a new vacancy today,
apologies to all that we have turned away,
perhaps it's not to late??????????????????????

The 18th,19th and 20th of September

and we did keep one night back for tonight so we could offer four days starting from tonight the 17th

any takers?

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

The Dukes of Hazzard

It's an interesting lighting system but

Well our lengthy search for a "new" vehicle to carry our mountains of shopping has at last been successful and The Cornishman had just the job for us - true the mammoth lighting system to the front and the rear make it resemble something from the Dukes of Hazard but its arrival has been like the relief of a siege. Take for instance our efforts at shopping on like - very efficient and successful apart from my lack of ability to understand metric units - I waited in trepidation for the first shop - would i end up with a case of bananas or................they delivered three. Charles tried the second time - they solemnly delivered one solitary banana. And so it was a a relief this morning for Charles to be able to jump in the landrover and race up to Trevelyan Farm shop and buy a beautiful organic melon for our guest breakfast!
The Landrover herself has seen life, it must be said and in need of ah hum a little light industrial cleaning to say the least. A quick google search brought one number who kindly recommended Automotive Valeting 01736 763308 from Rinsey. Paul Osborne worked miracles on her appearance, working steadily for the morning and she is now ready to tackle Tesco's, the Cash and Carry, the corn merchant, the garden centre.......whoops did I say the garden centre?!
It was an early start this morning for us and i turned Sooty out to mooch about first thing I think his opinion of the Dawn behind him is clear in his face but he was back in his newly cleaned stable in time for breakfast, just in time to put his feet up for an hour or two while we get on with the work!
Sootty up much too early this morning in his opinion
But was that the mares in their stables he heard?
Last nights sunset still amazing after a week of over indulgence in sunsets!

Monday, 14 September 2009

ednovean farm ngs opening

.........the tables were laid for tea on the upper terrace, overlooking the Parterre.......

the parasols were raised to cocoon the tea takers

Terry was laying in wait (wearing a very natty high vis vest if i may say!) to ferry the cars across the field to Charlie.........

who arranged the cars in orderly lines below the lower garden gate

Anne's very professional banner was erected to guide the hungry

the plant sales were laid out in one of the Italian gardens quiet enclosures by Rebbecca

Rebecca's succulents are gorgeous and highly recommended by our garden rabbit collection, accustomed as they are to "fine dining"
The entrance and table were set up by Anne and Peter ready to go...........

half concealed by the palms...................

and never could there be a more charming group of muggers for the £4 entrance fee

Our neighbour Jan in position, on the junction between the Italian garden and the gravel border, armed with a gardeners knowledge and a collection of reference books to give gardening advice.........

and at last the visitors started to arrive!
Well what a day at Ednovean Farm. It started for us early - very early - when I prodded the washing machine and tumble drier into action just after 5.00am because that heap of towels just doesn't wash itself By 6.00 'o clock it just was light enough to start work in the stable yard, feeding the brood mares and turning Sooty out for a retirement munch on the grass while Charles exercised Danni in the early half light of dawn. Meanwhile i mucked out two stables for the boys and made a frantic and not very successful effort to weed the car park and tidy up around our newly delivered porta loo, which at least harvested another barrow full of weeds to salve my conscience. Charles returned and we turned out our family of four brood mares and their foals into their pasture and would you believe Lizzie had the temerity to yawn when she saw me! Then Charles ferried the first of the big yellow marker arrows up to the main road to sign post the route the first of many to be positioned as the morning went on.
We were back to the kitchen in time to prepare our house guests breakfast and see our departing guests off back to London before tackling the bedrooms, with just enough time to click print on the computer for the visitor information leaflets for the gate. Our morning was puctuated be ladies bringing the first of the home made cakes for the afternoon teas, all borne in delightful old cake tins that had seen many years of faithful service I'm sure.
What a relief when Ann and her husband Peter arrive bearing some jolly bunting and set up an impomto Lynch gate into the garden with a very professional looking notice board as well. I added a beautiful white cloth a gift from an Aunt, protected by a vintage cloth of my mothers to the entrance table, together with a pretty bunch of sweet peas in a jug, a gift from my neighbour's Jan's garden before scurrying away again to the important job of going around in circles. By 12.30 I abandoned a heroic attempt to spring clean the garden room, in half an hour and covered the sofa in there with a beautifully faded old quilt, decanting the rest of the wicker chairs in groups across the lawn, for the garden visitors to admire the view. At about this time Olley departed from the Dining room developing wheel spin as he rounded the corner but he did make brief appearance later in the day, before retiring back to "his" stable yard
The church room tea party all arrived looking delicious in pert Rah Rah skirts, to set the tables delivered by Micheal and Amanda the night before, and bounced through the day wearing even bigger smiles which always helps to make the day a really special memory( apologies to the gentlemen who were not wearing skirts of course but equally affable and attentive to our garden guests)
We had a great day and met a super group of people and thanks to Marion Stanley (ngs area rep) for taking the time to visit us again this year - although we did sneak off to see the foals of course!
We raised £350 this Sunday and saw many people enjoying our garden, before at 5,00pm, just as efficiently, the church room brigade broke camp, with Micheal and Amanda stowing the china and attractive wooden furniture back into hatch back cars. In the garden, bunting, table cloths and cushions were gathered in and the garden suddenly becoming empty and serene again and the car park gate clicked shut again for another year. some how I think I wont be doing any gardening at all this week
It was great to see perranlady - do click her blog for a super set of pictures taken when the garden and teas were in full swing

.......................And now the sums
We had 81 paying visitors and 2 free pass users = £324
A donation from a kindly passing gentleman to = £001
Plants sales and donation = £025
Total £350
Private visits through the summer =£090
loose change =£006
Total for 2009 £446

We'd like to thank the ngs for the opportunity to share our garden with so many lovely people but sadly feel that work pressure suggests we take a break from the prestigious yellow book opening. We do hope to be open as usual for Perranuthnoe open gardens in June or July - see you then I hope