Welcome to the world of a Cornishman who has left his birth county, and gone ‘upcountry’ to live.
It is three years since I created this web site and began offering the thoughts of myself and Deb to the world. It has been looked at by a lot of people, and hopefully a lot more will take a peek in the coming year.
In the thirty years since I packed up my family and took them away from Cornwall, so much has happened. But I still remember that day that I left the fishing village of Porthleven where we lived for twelve years.
Just before I drove away to Oxfordshire, I stared across the harbour at the seriously damaged walls that had been partially destroyed by a storm the night before. It was so sad that these were my last visions of a village where we had become a part of the community.
My name is George Williams and I was brought up in Helston with our family home in Penrose Road. During my childhood I rarely left Cornwall except for short holidays to see relatives, but that changed when I started work at Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, and training courses took me away on a regular basis. I saw a new world away from Cornish clotted cream, pasties, pirates, and piskies. That job became my career, and I eventually left to better my life taking my wife (Deb) and two children (Andrew and Lynsey) across the Tamar in 1989.
Now I have spent almost as long away from Cornwall as when I lived there, and holidays are the only time we go back.
We Cornish don’t forget where we come from. We are proud to be from there, and always see pictures in our minds of the expanse of the sea with rocky cliffs, golden gorse-covered moors, sandy beaches, fishermen’s coves and remains of old tin mines. We miss the simple language that confuses the visitors, and even mystifies other Cornish people living just a few miles away, where different words and phrases were used.
I have enjoyed my life in all the different places we have lived around England, but my heart still misses a beat now and again as I think back to Cornwall.
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