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My nan was born in St Ives in 1912, and grew up on a farm near Botallack - right slap bang on the Tin Coast. I always felt so sad for her that she never returned to Cornwall before she died. Having married a military man, she travelled a great deal, settling in Aldershot - quite possibly the most anti-Cornish place you could come across. My Cornish DNA gets very restless and unhappy unless it gets regular top ups of the south-west coast, so I don't know how she managed so far away from her roots. For me, it feels as though I have fragments of iron filings in me which are being pulled strongly and insistently home to their source. I wonder if she ever felt that pull? The theme of my spring br

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