I enjoyed reading the comments of all who took part in intuitive experiment #25.

It was not an easy one, and the photo is not the best quality either, so well done for having a go. (A few of you got some good intuitive hits – in particular, well done to Terri for picking up on the name, also to Andrea, Mere Dreamer and Maureen.)

So, who was the woman in the picture?


She was my great-grandmother, Ida Margaret Sayce (nee Smith.)

Early Life

Ida was born around 1908 in Birkenhead, UK (near Liverpool.) Her father, Robert Henry Smith, was born in Cork, Ireland and her mother Margaret was from the Isle of Man. She had 2 brothers and 3 sisters, and the family also adopted a cousin.

(And funnily enough, this week I am visiting Co. Cork, the birth place of my great-great grandfather…)

What I know about her early life comes from my grandmother and census records. Ida’s father worked as a cook on a ship and was apparently fond of a drink (I am not 100% sure but this may well have been a euphemism for a more serious alcohol problem.) I am also guessing that he would have been absent for much of the time due to his work. She grew up in a modest, terraced house not far from the docks in Birkenhead.

In this picture she is a teenager, visiting her grandparents in the Isle of Man.

She met and married her husband Wilfred in 1926 when he became her parents’ lodger. They had three children – James born in 1927, John born in 1931, and my grandmother, born in 1934.

They lived in the village of Port Sunlight and Wilfred worked at the Port Sunlight soap factory as an engineer or a foreman (can’t remember which.) He was also a keen gardener and kept the family fed during the war and rationing years, with the produce from his allotment.

As the family lived close to the important port city of Liverpool during World War 2, a lot of bombs were being dropped around their local area, and they sheltered in their rather inadequate bomb shelter under the stairs. I remember my grandmother telling me about seeing bombed out houses, dead bodies and schoolmates absent from school, never to return.

Tragedy struck the family when Ida’s beloved eldest son John collapsed and died suddenly at the local swimming baths in 1946, aged 15. He had an undiagnosed heart problem.

At some point in her thirties or forties, Ida contracted multiple sclerosis, and was confined to a wheelchair.

My grandmother told me that a kindly neighbour used to come round regularly to clean and help out. I imagine that Ida’s husband would have been rather overwhelmed with the responsibilities of his job, looking after the house, children and his ill wife.

It is interesting that some people picked up on nursing. She was not a nurse, but she would have been nursed and looked after for some of her adult life, as her condition grew worse.

Ida died 1955 age 47, I am guessing from complications of MS.

What was she like as a person?

When I went for a mediumship reading a couple of years ago, the medium told me that Ida (whose surname I adopted as my own a few years ago) was coming through. The medium said she was a lovely, sweet, shy lady, which was also the impression I had got from my grandmother.

Tuning into her myself, I feel a sense of quiet strength and perseverance. She was not someone to rock the boat or go against social norms.

I also feel a strong sense of keeping things hidden. And also repressed emotion, including grief and suffering. Due to the era, family background and culture she lived in, there was a lot of ‘stiff upper lip’ behaviour and things that went unsaid between family members. I believe that this emotional repression, and the grief caused both by Ida’s suffering and her son’s untimely death, had a huge impact on my grandmother and as a result, on the emotional life of later generations of the family.

I think that her desire to hide her emotions actually made her more difficult to read, for many of you. So if you did not do well on this one, I hope you’ll have another go next time. Practice really is the most important component for improving on these exercises.

A couple of questions for those who took part:

  • How did you do with this experiment?
  • What, if anything, did you learn about your intuitive process as a result?

Please leave a comment below!

PS. Do you have an idea for an intuitive experiment subject? If you know of a kinda famous (but also sort of obscure) person with an interesting story (must be in public life or deceased) please do send in your idea.

Want To Do Another Intuitive Experiment?

Move on to experiment #26!

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