Another workshop at Boscrowan.

Every so often I hold a workshop in the soft furnshings workroom here and often in aid of a charity. The next one will be February 6th 2015.  On this occasion all the proceeds will be going to the Save Our Lido appeal which is for the restoration of the Jubilee Pool in Penzance which was battered by the storms of February 2014. It was opened in 1935 and is one of the few remaining art deco outdoor pools in the country.


In addition to the two holiday cottages we have a converted farm building here, where myself and several part time ladies make bespoke soft furnishings for clients local and further afield.









I have an ever increasing pile of small remnants of fabric left over from clients soft furnishings projects here in my workroom. So a very good friend and myself are holding another covered coathanger and tisuue box cover making day. So what does a bespoke covered coathanger look like you ask?




The photo below is one of our delighted participants the last time we held a  similar event.

Coathanger making course







So, if you’re interested it’s Friday 6th Feb 2015. Lots of food, fun and laughter and you learn new skills. Every penny of the £35 per head will go to a good local cause too.

Morning session 10.30 coffee and cake, practical session – 1.00 then lunch

Afternoon session begin with 1.00 lunch then the practical session followed by tea and cake

So the two sessions are open to all and if participants feel that they lack the necessary ability then that’s a challenge we love, as we guide them through at every stage and there’s a delicious lunch too.

And if you really are too daunted by the prospect of threading a needle but would like to support the Lido then I am making some to sell @ £9 and again, all the proceeds to the appeal. Just send me an e mail to order!





The festive season!

It has been remarked upon by our current guests that blog posts have lapsed somewhat this Autumn. Guilty and surprised how time has flown by since the making of blackberry jam, but equally amazed to learn of the frequency that some of our regular guests look at our blog and facebook posts I resolve to do better in the New Year.

So I thought I’d show you a resume of Christmas since mid December – Boscrowan style!

First there is the now annual charity wreath making workshop and lunch which I run with a very good friend at a venue close by, with all the proceeds (which this year was in excess of £1000) going to Marie Curie Cancer Care. A horsebox full of greenery – holly (declared more prickly than last year by some participants!), berried ivy, bay, and anything else green and exciting that Jenny and I could gather from our field hedges on the lovely sunny Saturday before and


several trayfuls of meringues were made  for my meringue wreath desert which  turned out to be a bit of  a showstopper – over 2′ across and served 30 with ease. Must repeat that one for any event where large numbers are involved.



Some wonderful wreaths were produced.


wreaths 2015







and we made more for special commissions.

Then there was the decorating of the cottages for Christmas

p and p









and the guests in both cottages so kindly entertained us with champagne  so I went equipped with camera too to capture the scene.

champagne friday






On Christmas day David and I enjoyed a picnic and walk  overlooking the sea at Bosigran







With more coastal walks in the splendid weather on the days to follow

The Brisons






Walk to Perranuthnoe









So, let’s wish all our readers and our guests past, present and future a very, very, Happy New Year and thank you for following Boscrowan with such interest.

Oh and a special mention and toast to Maria who has now been to stay here 26 times in the 13 years since we first opened Peace and Plenty to visitors in 2001 – what amazing support! We conclude that she rather likes staying here.


Come and enjoy Cornwall this Autumn

Suddenly when September arrives I am reminded that this is one of my favourite times of year. We can still enjoy glorious sunny days but the nights are drawing in ever so slightly with evenings a little colder and every good reason to start thinking of the months ahead and evenings in front of a roaring woodburner – well that’s for the guests in the cottages enjoying their restful holidays, Jess and Meg (our 2 collies) in front of our woodburner and me out in my soft furnishing workroom cutting out curtains for clients, my foot on the sewing machine pedal or pondering over track lengths and finished drops in front of yet another woodburner. Thank goodness David enjoys cutting wood!

But to the days now – great pleasure can be gained from gathering the Autumn harvest



The hedgerows are bursting with ripe blackberries. Our guests wander the fields to the delight of Meg who can never resist an excuse for a walk and gather their own and some even pick them for me to make into blackberry jam for the cottage cream teas.

jam making

Nothing so satisfying as a pan full of bubbling jam – and it’s a variety that you don’t often see for sale in the shops or even the Farmers Markets.

Then there’s our orchard – established about 12 years ago – apples for crumbles, apple juice or just picking to eat and enjoy fresh from the tree






and of course the horses – Gem and Huckleberry and the pigs – Hop, Skip and Jump love them too!


It’s a great time to visit Cornwall – when the coastal footpaths are less full, you can walk into a restaurant and enjoy a meal without having to book days or weeks in advance, you don’t have to queue to enter a car park, yet the sea is still warm enough for a swim.


On the footpath from Lands End to Sennen.

The wood burner


So come and enjoy Cornwall this Autumn!