I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
By John Masefield (1878-1967),English Poet Laureate.
Whenever I hear that poem, which admittedly isn’t very much now, I always think of magical Cornwall. The poem always stirs thoughts of sailors and shipwrecks and events not quite explained.
Cornwall has a history of shipwrecks because of the coastline which although very beautiful, is also very dangerous. Quite often the lifeboats have been called out to try to rescue boats caught on the rocks…but more than that, Cornwall is quite simply one of the most magical places on earth.
After all, didn’t King Arthur and Merlin originate from here…..
King Arthur and the Round Table experiences a vision of the Holy Grail. By Évrard d’Espinques (c. 1475)
The Enchanter Merlin, by Howard Pyle from The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (1903)
“These Cornish folk are very hardy”
Most Cornish harbours are small and beautiful and well worth a visit, but be careful if you visit some of them and park your car close to the sea, because many times now the car parks are submerged under water when the tide is high. So, don’t say I didn’t warn you …… and this harbour is one of the worst offenders…
For those people hooked on Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier or Jamaica Inn.You can experience it first hand. Poldark is popular again and many of our teachers incorporate general English with English literature and watching Poldark and discussing it afterwards is a way to improve your conversational English and find out more about your chosen area.
Finally, for those of you who like humour and unrequited love , Doc Martin, is your “ must go to” destination. And if you haven’t seen the series, then click here to find out more about British humour
About the location
Firstly, spring arrives early in Cornwall and although it can rain like a Monsoon, it wont be for long. Its wild. Its windy. Its beautiful.
Many well known and aspiring authors have given up their hectic City lives and moved here. They feel inspiration from the area. None more so that Derek Tangye , who moved here with his wife and started up a Daffodil Farm and then continued his writing about their animals and life in darkest Cornwall . Read more about his life and books here, all great illustrations of life in Cornwall.
So for people who want to experience the magic of these lives, then book one of our Homestay Tutors.
All of our Tutors really do get what Cornwall is about. They will find your interests. If you love Poldark, they will take you to experience the Moors and the wild seas. If you love the humour of Doc Martin then they will drive you to have fish and chips overlooking the Harbour which is heavily featured in the TV series.
Pascale loves to swim most days in the sea, regardless of the weather. So if you want to really become Cornish, then you will have to join her for an early morning swim before lessons. Yes, these Cornish folk are very hardy
David enjoys taking his students sailing or surfing and is a keen “ water dad” scooping everyone up for a day on the water. Ideal for boys (and girls) who really want a wet and wild summer – with English lessons of course!
You can fly into Newquay Airport, after taking a connecting flight from Heathrow or London Gatwick or try a continental transfer into Bristol International or Exeter Airport. Our Tutors will be on hand to help you start your magical experience.
Eight o’ clock and my phone reminds me loudly that today is the day – we are heading out to Cape Town City.
The busiest and favourite day of my trip to South Africa so far was last Friday. We woke up at 9.00 and left the house at 10.30, after breakfast.