Friday, 24 December 2010

Happy Christmas from all at Ednovean Farm

Can we wish you all a very Happy Christmas, may that parking place appear,
 may the shops not have sold out and the crowds travelling in the right directions
 and Charles, Ollie cat and i will be waiting in Cornwall hoping to welcome you to see us again in 2011

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Winters shortest day at Ednovean Farm

It was a super day here in west Cornwall today a balmy five degrees compared with the rest of the country and do you not what? i was grateful for it, enjoying riding Dani along the Cornish lanes in the warm winter sunshine. But today was the shortest day and so couldn't go unrecorded and the sunset seemed to be the best tribute to the year. The top picture was taken from our garden at Ednovean Farm of course, looking down over the village and the view on the Mount was on a brief trip down to Marazion where the Mount lay serene in the tranquil Bay.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

A winter reflection

Such a fabulous day in West Cornwall today with a clear light and warming winter sun. But with the weather forecasters predicting gloom an doom yet again, backed by some pretty impressive weather maps, I was dispatched to take Danni out for a l o n g ride this morning and so we set of towards the flooded quarries and tangled woods of Millpool. Admiring the suns caress on the tangled mossy green tree branches overhead, as Danni paddled through the little streams that cross the track and the deep reflective waters either side of the path. I always wonder how they managed to drive a bus through here in "days-gone-by or so they say but for a horse it's perfect away from the busy traffic cocooned in an ancient world. There was still some ice in places, deep in the woods in sharp contrast to the midges dancing near the streams. Such moments away from the bustling world but today we had a mission - today was the day to buy the Christmas tree and so Danni tucked up in his stable with a comforting haynet and Charles complaining as usual about Christmas trees, we set off to Penzance to sort amongst the pre wrapped objects and trying to guess which ones have even branches and which ones do not..........! Eventually i was seduced by a slightly ragged tree but with its own real fir cones - who could resist?

And what better way to drive home than around the edge of the bay along the road that threads passed the Marazion marshes with the RSPB reserve beside the sand dunes that suddenly open to give glorious glimpses of St Micheal's Mount.

The lovely muted colours and textures of the winter landscape

the sky reflected in the waters

the two swans that i often glance across at as i drive passed

The fabulous reed beds and .....yes .....definitely a bird!

a fabulous winters day in Cornwall reflected int he ancient brooding landscape

the depth of the shadows under the trees

another bird there - maybe i should have photographed the bird watcher with the most impressive camera I've seen for a long time instead!

and to my empty beach save for a couple and their dog

The beach today at Marazion if you click the picture to enlarge it though you should be able to make out the amphibious vehicle making its way to the Mount...........and leaning against the side of the barn - a prickly Christmas tree just waiting under the winter sky. Good night!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Owls and things

Firstly thank you to Carole Drake a professional garden photographer for this shot of the courtyard which she kindly sent to me after her 5.00a.m. photo shoot at Ednovean farm this summer.

It has been a strange gloomy day today sullen and unmoving as the year slides gently to its end. The sunset photo that I taken just looked boring to me and so I decided to remember the happy days of Summer - those endlessly long days and abundant hedgerows that feed the wildlife and haunt our dreams (well actually i have nightmares that Breakfast is late but that is by the by!)

We had a reminder today of the wildlife's struggle at this time of year when a small owl landed at Charles feet in Danilons stable this morning, thin and too weak to fly up again. I think we saw him the other night when we came home at dusk and spotted a small brown owl sitting on the five bar gate as comfortably as a tabby cat. I didn't get out of the car for several long minutes as we enjoyed the rare privilege of the close proximity to the wild creature. But today it was a sad little bird that Charles showed to me wrapped in his puffa coat and cossetted in a laundry basket (I've got lots naturally)

With ten stables to muck out our day was already full but luckily, A friend from the the village came to our rescue and drove the bird to Mousehole Bird Hospital where he was described as a small brown owl, a day time feeder and settled in with some milk and newly defrosted mice. If all goes well we may be able to release him again on the farm so fingers crossed for his recovery, this small frail casualty of winter.

I spent my spare time this week putting together the final manuscript for a Kindle book The Silver Stallion from Spain but there was one problem - strange horizontal lines that had appeared in the text and stubbornly refused all efforts to delete them. A few enquiries aound the village led to Kay of Wellyracks who diagnosed the problem as errant frames - I've no idea how they got there but was very pleased to get rid of them!

The upload prove fairly "Christine" proof - I only hope I ticked the right boxes and people can actually read the script. Its about an hours read for children nine to ninety best enjoyed by a warm fire with a box of tissues and a mug of cocoa!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

A living Christmas card

Looking back across the lawn to the house

And so the winter I'm only joking it has been exceptional weather this year in the UK never more so than here in the usually balmy Cornwall. We had a tantalising glimpse of "normal" weather here this weekend and shed the woolly hats and gloves before waking up to our very own, now familiar Christmas card. So come with me now on a visit to the gardens you may have enjoyed in the heat of the summer and explore again the corners now alive with the birds and rabbits that the sheltering hedges embrace.

The formal parterre dusted with frost that is the heart of the courtyard

No takers for that sun lounger this morning I'm afraid

One of our woollier paths that lead back to the more formal areas - the rabbits are on duty here to trim the grass

That serpentine bank again built with the last (Well nearly) of the heaps of stone from our barn renovation twenty years ago - I think we have managed to recycle most of the house now!

I loved the light on our very own standing stone/discarded gate post with Perranuthnoe village and the sea beyond the spring bulbs will come up here very soon now

The raised seat in the Italian garden usually a few degrees warmer in here but today well........
Whilst the Olive trees are already surrounded by newly emerging Irises behind that garden
Back towards the house and the little formal garden below the courtyard of the Apricot room - just seen tucked in the top corner

Our poor date palms teh other side of teh "home" courtyard - can frost really be that thick???

and left in the camera from November but such a beautiful morning looking out across Mounts Bay from our front door that i didn't want to waste it. So today, this is Ednovean Farm, a living Christmas card and we even have a great Robin who has won picking rights in the stables from the other birds and fills the old barn with his sweet song as we work. At least not for us the bustle of the shops, the icy pavements, the traffic jams as we beattle about with our wheelbarrows and take extra hay out to the fields before breaking the ice on the water troughs..........mind you they have central heating in shops!!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

A few green shoots of a thaw

There are a few more green shoots of the thaw showing today but Ollie is steadfastly maintaining his vigil in the Laundry basket - in fact he has now been there for four days only coming out for the briefest of constitutionals and the essential bowl of Pussy-cat food. Rather worryingly he has just gone outside without uttering the immortal words "I may be some time" to be sure but out of character none the less. i must conclude that a) the weather has got warmer or b) it will be a darned sight worse in a few hours.............

I took another walk across the top of the farm today and stopped to take a photo of the footpath that our guests take to walk to the village before climbing higher for that intriguing shot of Marazion - it makes you realise how close everything is to visit in Cornwall

Marazion in the corner of Mounts Bay from Ednovean Farm

and of course ST Micheal's Mount again - just because i love it

and Ollie - I'll watch very carefully for his next prediction!