An Englishman's home is his castle
A couple of weeks ago, on my way to Cornwall, I visited the last castle to be built in England.
It's built on a hill, overlooking a deep gorge in Devon - and is not yet 100 years old.
It was built by a rich English businessman, but because of the First World War it wasn't completed until a year before he died. His family continued to live there until 1974, when they gave the castle and gardens to the National Trust. The views from the castle are really beautiful
...but to my mind it's not a real castle. It's certainly not how I imagined a castle to look, when I was a child. The castles of my childhood were populated by King Arthur and his knights. Or by wizards and dragons (maybe that's why I collect dragons now?). Or by The Famous Five. Who? The Famous Five are characters from a series children's books written by Enid Blyton in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. They (4 children and a dog) have a whole series of adventures - the first one in a ruined castle - and do all sorts of exciting things like camping and exploring. As a child, that was my idea of heaven. What was your idea of heaven when you were a child?
Oh dear, I've got sidetracked! I was only going write about castles - and I've ended up writing about children's literature and collecting dragons! So, back to castles. The idiom in the title of this blog means means that English people believe they should be able to control what happens in their own homes, and that no one else should tell them what to do there. When I was writing that, I started thinking about other idioms about castles. Can you work out what these idioms mean? (No cheating and looking on the internet ;-) )
- To build castles in the air
- To be king of the castle
Finally, while I was in Cornwall I took a couple of other photos of castles and homes that I thought I would share with you:
Who do you think lives behind this door?
This one is definitely a kind of house that the Famous Five would have enjoyed. I know it's not really a castle, but....
...and my favourite kind of castle
gorge: a narrow, steep-sided valley
gorge: an of south west England
to my mind : in my opinion
sidetracked: to forget what you are suppose to be doing and start doing something else