The lovely old house in the picture above is one of two chosen as Nampara, where Ross and Demelza lived.
My heart still beats a little faster at the memory of the enigmatic Captain Ross Poldark, alias actor, Robin Ellis, riding out across the wild Cornish moors. But then I was just besotted with the whole Poldark thing, from Ross’s feisty young wife, Demelza, played by the lovely Angharad Rees, who sadly died recently, to the wicked old Jud Paynter, played by Paul Curran.
For me, Poldark sparked a lifelong love affair with Cornwall and a fascination for the eighteenth century, not to mention an abiding admiration for the late Winston Graham, who wrote the brilliant novels. My thanks to him, and the lovely Robin, for giving us the most charismatic romantic hero of all time – Ross Poldark!
One of my favourite scenes has to be when the handsome Captain Poldark, the wind in his hair, stands in the bow of a sailing ship bound for France, on his way to rescue his friend Dr Enys from a French prison…Now there was a powerful romantic image if ever there was one!
But these days, back in the real world, Robin Ellis lives in South-West France with his wife, Meredith.
Twelve years ago he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. And now, to raise awareness of the condition, and to indulge his passion for cooking, he has produced a special cookbook Delicious Dishes for Diabetics.
Here’s a recent interview with him in the July issue of Sainsbury’s magazine.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my nostalgic indulgence. If you have any fond memories of Poldark that you’d like to share, or comments about Robin’s great cookbook, don’t be shy about stopping by.