Keeping Company With Poldark In America

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It’s the wee hours of cool morning in October as I write this and if the weather follows the direction of the last few days, I shall be peeling off the added layers rather quickly. Such variations in Georgia temperature are no surprise to me and I am looking forward to mild days well into November as is usually the case. I’ve been working and sleeping at my daughter’s house for the last few days. There are always projects to be done and I enjoy doing what I like to call my “gifts of service.”

Evenings are generally quiet when I sleep over at my daughter’s house. By choice she doesn’t have cable TV or internet service so I tend to read or watch something from her DVD library at the end the day. I’m usually knackered from a hard day of clawing back her backyard from the woods that try to reclaim it or picking up the castoffs from the “ Circle of Nine “ as I like to call the tall pine trees that guard the East end at front of her property. Never in my life would I imagine that so many pine cones could fall from a group of trees along with loads of pine straw and broken bit of tree limbs and sticks. This time of the year it’s a challenge to get the grass clear of debris long enough to cut the grass.

Lest you think this post all about gardening and projects, I wanted to talk about how I’ve been keeping company with Poldark in the evenings lately. I sent my daughter the first season for her birthday and had no idea I would be watching it while I was here. John and I are keen Poldark fans having watched the original series from the 70s before Aidan Turner made the character Ross Poldark, his forever, for a new generation of viewers. Based on the Poldark novels by Winston Graham, it follows the lives of the Poldark family and the miners who live in Cornwall during the 18th century.

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While there is much more to Poldark than just the male lead, according to the news media a great many women seem to be quite taken with Aidan Turner’s good looks and moody portrayal of Ross Poldark. While I can appreciate a smoldering look and nice set of abs myself, it is the coast of Cornwall and the wide open sky over Bodmin Moor in the first season of Poldark that has me longing for my Cornish home. Even I am surprised to find myself getting a bit teary watching some of the outdoors scenes set in places that look so familiar, and when I mentioned it to my daughter last night she said, “ You’ve only been away for six days! “

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I didn’t tell her first feeling of homesickness began when I was watching the series after she’d gone to bed on day two of having my feet back on Georgia soil.

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Two days!

While I may not be “ Proper Cornish “ as a native might say, I can see that I’ve put down roots that have grown deeper than I had realized.

Earlier this year, John and I put our home on the market after a trip to Tenby in Wales. John grew up there and has always loved it and wanted to move back. While I enjoy our visits to Tenby, I found it a bit busy for me with its normal population of 5,000 or so. The number rises during tourist season and one would think 5,000 a laughable amount for someone who once lived in the city of Atlanta with its millions of people rushing about. That said, it was on a visit in early March that I told John I thought we should consider a move after having seen a house for sale on a quiet street within walking distance to the harbor.

Tenby harbor is often photographed and is a lovely place to live, but in the end it is not Cornwall and after having our house on the market for three months with a lot of interest including a full price offer from a couple who after a second viewing thankfully decided the narrow lanes from the main highway to our village would be too intimidating, we mutually decided not to sell.

The house I’d admired in Tenby sold within two weeks of viewing it and after that we realized there was a shortage of available homes there that would meet our needs, we then shifted to villages near the sea and on the coast path in Cornwall. Again, the properties available were priced so high and required so much work along with a fair amount of isolation for daily travel that we decided to stay where we are.

Sometimes one only needs to move forward with an idea of “ what if we moved to … “ to realize that the best place is the one you already call home.

John and I both have been rolling stones when it comes to houses, with similar histories of never have lived one in place for long. Before moving to Cornwall, I had never lived in the same house for more than four years. Funny to think that at 47, four years was my max time in one house. John has been in our house for almost twelve years and is quickly reaching a new record himself.

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Deciding to stay where we are was an important decision for us both and represents in a way a next level of combined commitment. While our commitment to each other has only grown stronger since meeting in 2008, our love of different locations such mine for the Isle of Skye and John’s for Tenby has always held a whisper of possibility. Committing to a future solidly grounded in Cornwall and in the village where we live has sense of two trees with separate roots now growing together in the same direction.

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If you’ve not seen Poldark, I would encourage you to lay on your hands on the first season before seeing the second which is available in US as well as in the UK. My photos of Cornwall though they be a good representation cannot show you the wind off the sea or give you a proper sense of the weather changes that happen on Bodmin Moor that make it both welcoming and slightly hostile at the same time.

There is a rugged beauty to the moor and the sea and coast Cornwall that needs to be experienced to fully appreciate. If you cannot see it in person, the Poldark series can give you a better feel for the area we are so fortunate to call home.

Lastly, a note of thanks for all who have welcomed me back to blogging and your kind thoughts about the words and images found here. I’m a bit rusty, but I am sure I will find a pace that works even if it’s not the two postings a week I’d hoped for just yet.

10 thoughts on “Keeping Company With Poldark In America

  1. Hi. very interesting post. We like to look at houses for sale too, hopefully near a natural area or park. But when we get home we realize we have the best place for us – a workshop and room for his austistic brother who stays with us now. We don’t have a very good guest room for when our 2 kids come home, but they don’t come much anyway – we go to CO to see them mostly.

  2. Food for thought, this post. We have lived in a large apartment on the fourth floor with no elevators for 25 years, and this year, with my husband breaking his leg and me having some surgery, it became clear that this is not a place to get older and frailer in. However, we are not really sure yet where and when to move. In a way, I think we have stagnated in this place and could do well with a “re-potting” in some more fertile soil, as it were.

    How anyone could contemplate leaving lovely Cornwall, I shall never understand.. 😉

  3. Touching post, Elizabeth. As you know, Les and I have struggled to find our English home. I, preferring to stay in our lovely Devon location by the brook and he in Wales near Snowdonia. After a couple of years of searching, we found his place-a derelict barn, to be resurrected and converted. I suspect that he will be feeling homesick once the barn is renovated, but sometimes those lessons of the heart can not be told, but experienced. I firmly believe, that there is a divine plan, albeit imposed by Gwynedd planning restrictions, Natural Resources Wales bat mitigation plans , money financing availabilities, the arrival of grandchildren etc….that will dictate how and where we settle. Cornwall is beautiful just like Devon and Wales, and I think each person finds their connection in their special magical place. I miss Dartmoor terribly when I am in the US, Les misses Wales, and we miss our US home and its conveniences to some degree when we are over there. We count ourselves very blessed and lucky that we have found our magical places that erase all the stresses of every day life. I am glad you and John have found yours. I love Cornwall too! x

  4. Ahh Poldark! Having read every one of the books and seen cast and crew in our Cornish Village during the filming of the first series, I set my DVR to record every episode of the new version. I can’t watch it. I sat down a few times and pressed play, then quickly turned it off. The scenes in my imagination and memory are not to be erased or overwritten. Instead, I erased the DVR.

  5. As a fellow Georgian (up near the Dahlonega area) and huge Poldark fan I loved your recent blog. My husband and I just got back from 9 days in Cornwall the end of September and I also am a little homesick for the place. It still catches my breath when I look at our pictures of the cliffs overlooking the sea near Kynance Cove and Crackington Cove. I see a return visit in our future! I have never seen the original Poldark series but know it was beloved by many. After seeing the first series of the new version I quickly read the whole set of Winston Graham’s Poldark books and they have come to be my all time favorite!! Wish we could talk all fans into reading them for it fleshes out the characters and gives so much depth to the story. I do share your dream of one day living there!

    • Jeanni – I’ve been to Dahlonega many times – have had Zelda tell my fortune and my lucky vegetable! :o) Is she still there? My sister and her husband live in Blairsville, have been there for over 20 years. I know what you mean about feeling homesick for England! When I’m there, I start to dread having to come back to America! I would stay if I could! We visited Cornwall (Port Isaac) on our last trip 3 yrs ago. We stayed in Vicars Close in Wells on that trip and it was wonderful.

  6. I love this post – and loved that the take-away from it was that your relationship is stronger than ever and it’s the “being together” wherever you are that is what is essential. I too moved around a lot in my childhood and teen years, my parents were realtors who never stayed in a house more than 2 yrs! I’ve been in my little 1939 cottage in Sarasota since 1993! And I’ve been driving my 1998 Toyota Rav since it was new! :o) But I get an itch for change, and so far it’s been relieved by redecorating, moving the furniture, changing a wall color, but someday, someday, I want to move to England like you did! The next act of my life perhaps? As a dear old friend used to say “Time will tell”! My mother and I are very close and she is 84 now. I will stay put until she is gone but I love that she and I have been on trips to England twice now, and someday if I do live there, it will give me some comfort knowing we were there together, making memories.

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