But the county is so much more than that. There’s a sadness about the bleak moors where men, women, and even children once toiled underground to make a meagre living in the old tin and copper mines. The stark images of the engine house chimneys are an ever-present reminder.
I love the old manor houses where the local gentry once lived, and the ruins of more humble dwellings out on the moors.
I love the standing stones, and the ancient burial sites.
I love the funny twisting lanes that criss-cross the county, baffling even the most hi-tech sat nav device.
… And every time I return I’m reminded of how much I love Winston Graham’s Poldark novels, and the wonderful TV series they spawned.
If you were as big a fan as I was then you’re in for a treat, because actor, Robin Ellis, who played Ross Poldark, has produced a third, greatly enhanced new edition of his Making Poldark paperback here.
It has lots more stories, and new pictures from Robin and Winston Graham’s own private family albums.
The book is an affectionate behind the scenes account of the production, starting with Robin’s memories of being interviewed for the part. It’s evident from the way he writes that everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the making of Poldark.
Another location you might recognise is Charlestown Harbour. Scenes from films such as Treasure Island, The Eagle has Landed, and even an episode of Doctor Who have been shot here. Actually, you can buy the lot, complete with beaches, tall ships, and car park, if you have a spare £4.4m lying around that is.
If you don’t happen to love Cornwall then I hold my hands up to a completely self-indulgent post…but no one can deny the pictures are pretty!
And oh yes, I’ve sent another pocket novel off to My Weekly, so everything is crossed again.
Have a great week. xx