Felicity Taylor Eclectic Handmade

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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Haunted Cornwall, and the story of Sarah Polgrean.

As promised, here is a bit more about Sarah Polgrean (1786/7 - Sat 12th Aug 1820)
As you may know my daughter is fascinated by ghost stories.
A recent book we had from the library told the story of Sarah and the subsequent stories that built up around her.
She was hung at Bodmin Jail for fatally poisoning her husband  Henry Polgrean.
According to the 'Brougham Printer' Falmouth, she joined in prayer before her execution and sung a hymn 'with extraordinary resolution'. 
Sarah endured a hard life and was thought to be promiscuous. It was said that she liked a sailor 'Yorkshire Jack'.
The story tells of a quiet few words with Jack on the gallows, and just before her death she said "You Will?" Jack replied "I Will".
Jack fell I'll after her death. It is told that he had promised to marry her in three years alive or dead.
At  the time of their agreed marriage, Jack fled to sea and returned from the mediterranean on a fruit laden ship.
There was a terrible storm and he was washed overboard and died.
Sarah is said to haunt the churchyard at Ludgvan, wearing a white shroud with a feint trace of the hangmans rope.

The story that got my imagination going though was the ghostly goings on in Mounts Bay Cornwall.
It is said that during storms sailors have reported hearing bells and a voice saying "I Will, I Will".
You can hear all sorts of things if you just listen!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Painters Progress: St' Keyne Well near Liskeard A traveller encounte...

 Hubby has started a blog about walks and the area where we live as well as his own art work, take a peek at some lovely landscapes.Painters Progress: St' Keyne Well near Liskeard
 A traveller encounte...
: St' Keyne Well near Liskeard  A traveller encounters a countryman who came to draw water from the well, and is told of the proper...

Friday, 27 June 2014

Bright patchwork.

Alongside the hexagon patchwork. I've been trying to use up more of my fabric stash to make some much needed covers for the sofa ( a certain doggy keeps chewing the blankets.)
I'm late coming to patchwork, and I've seen such lovely examples online.
Mine is a bit hit and miss, but I love the overall look so far, and the simplicity of using up bits of fabric too small for most other things.
A previous hexagon piccy below I'm afraid it hasn't changed much since!

Even smaller scraps get used on applique projects.

These ladies are waiting on my pinboard to be finished!

I keep trying to sort out my sewing area, but pieces of wood keep appearing!
They will be banished when the shed is made!
Does anyone else have a house where as soon as a space is made-it gets filled?

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Enjoying the garden.

I have loved all this fantastic weather, and feel that my batteries have been recharged.
I only potter in the garden,

Some have....well ... a dogs life.

Somehow in my pottering I have managed to produce a few strawberries.
Some courgettes-lurking behind, and a huge rhubarb plant, that luckily we all eat it, as long as it's crumbled,sponged etc. 
If anyone has any other rhubarb ideas(!) I'd love to hear them.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Frugal DIY greenhouse and shed.

Sorry I am very erratic with my posts. I find I get distracted by sooo many jobs.

So many things have happened recently.I have started a part time job, Eleanor is going to start the 'Big' school in September. I have really enjoyed the time we've had together. But she didn't gel with any of the groups, so we felt she was getting too insular. She can now start with her old friends at the big school.
I have found that home education (in  the way I would like to have done it) is just too expensive for us. It's O.K. maybe if you have other children at home to play with, but I found that nearly everything cost money- classes (£6 for each subject) train fares, extra visits etc..
The home ed. lady wished that the children could get the money that the school received . I don't know if that would be a good idea in all cases, but it would have helped us.

With all this fab weather we've spent some time in the garden.
I'll show you some initial photos of our latest projects.
The start of a greenhouse made from free salvaged wood.
(It looks new! It's amazing what people will throw out!)

It was screwed to the fence posts, and we used up old trellis that was hanging around.

The plastic was new, and was flexible enough to bend around the wood.

Things are finally growing! The tomatoes are looking a lot healthier, and no sign of blight yet.

Do you remember the picture below, showing an area that needs sorting?

Well we decided on a shed, or rather by luck we found one dismantled in a house nearby (as you do.)
The owners said we could have it! We literally dragged the first panels home. Sparks flew of the path from the nails underneath.
Then hubby made THE TROLLEY!!! Out of pallets,  with wheels on, and with Eleanors help we wheeled the rest home, it was hard work,we got soaked and had some funny looks, but we were chuffed to get it for free.

It even had insulation.

Some of the panels are...non existent.

Undeterred, we have stacks of wood all over the garden to make up bits needed.
We have insulated the floor.It was the most complete bit of the shed, with just a few repairs needed.
It sits on concrete and breeze block posts.


Treating the wood.

Now to use up all the (bloody ) doors and windows that have been salvaged over the years hehe.

To be continued..

When THE SHED is up I can then think about some planting areas.
We have a lot of hostas, a few other plants but I want to add a bit of colour. maybe next year!

The rather crappy cheap plastic greenhouse is doing a great job giving plants a bit more heat.

This is the first time I've grown  Basil with any success. I don't have a sunny windowsill inside.

I sit here with my cup of tea in the morning. Things are taking shape. We've had strawberries, lettuce and the courgettes are starting!
What a long post! The shed will take a while to do but I'll pop some photos on as we make progress.
I have a couple of little crafty projects to show,I've taken the photos, and now need to write the posts!
So hopefully I'll be back soon!


Saturday, 24 May 2014


We had a visit last week to the coastal fishing village of Polperro.
I'll let the pictures do (most of) the talking!

Secret smugglers coves.

A beautiful shell house.

We had glorious weather -last week anyway!

Monday, 19 May 2014


I'm always moving 'stuff' around. Very few things stay in the same place.
I think it's to do with refreshing and renewing.

Spices put away in a cupboard- out with something more inspiring!

My hexagon patchwork is VERY slow. It went well until I noticed I had a larger gap (or two!) on the edge, so it put me off my stride trying to think if I unpick it or not. I could sew it to a cushion- a suggestion by a friend. I do like the overall colouring though.

I am still working on  ideas inspired by........jumbles, 


a bit of collage....

I love local history. I've done lots of work with my daughter, who likes ghost stories.
I'm working on a picture from the story of Sarah Polgrean, a woman hanged in Bodmin jail for poisoning her husband. I'll tell you the story in another post!

A bit more collage.

As I sit here the heavens have just opened. I love hearing the rain if I'm tucked up inside!
I can hear thunder, time to turn off the computer!
Best Wishes x

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