In need of a car

Hi everyone - I'm just writing on the off chance that someone has a car to spare between (roughly) August 12 and August 20. I'm hoping to go on holiday around the UK and am slightly stumbling at the cost of hiring a car...

If anyone is interested in lending me a car, I can assure them that I am an extremely competent driver - I've been driving for 7 years and have never had to make an insurance claim nor had any points on my licence.

I'm planning to drive to the Isle of Wight, Bristol, the Lake District and Sheffield and would return the car professionally cleaned and with a full tank of petrol. 

Lemme know - and love to you all

Poppy, we might be able to help, subject to working out a few details.....Tom & Siobhan
Posted by: Tom the older | August 01, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Van conquers the Solent

Van swam the Solent. Incoming tankers were dodged, the crossing was made safely and that all those kind people that sponsored her, will not be getting a refund, but Maggies, the Samaritans and Bodiam church are very grateful for their generosity. Thank you!

Posted by: David | July 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Is this really Van in the water? Or a spoof like the opening of the Olympics? Whatever, she is MARVELLOUS. Mum/Jen
Posted by: Jenifer Keeling | July 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

It's not cricket

Sunday the 22nd was a beautiful sunny day for the cricket match which never was. The pitch is still water sodden. As Captain Paul said, "This means the Keelings retain the title for another year." So we had a lovely lunch courtesy of Grandpa and Granny at the Brick Wall hotel followed by swimming sports. 

Quote of the lunch came from Harry, "It's rather nice not playing cricket. It means I can drink as much as I want at lunchtime." Present at lunch: Granny and Grandpa, George, Carrie, Ruth, Simon, Harry, girlfriend Harriet, Archie, Eila, Tom the older, Edward, Imo, Paul, Van, Jasper, cousin John and his sons Jack, Felix, Luke and a distant cousin James Petri.
Van, Jasper, Paul, Luke, Jack, Felix, Edward

Granny, Ruth, Grandpa, Harry, Harriet, Archie, James, Tom, John, Carrie's legs

 That's probably Tom going through the ring.
 And photos from Tom

Thanks for catching the red arrows! I would have forgotten allmabout them. Mum

Posted by: Jenifer Keeling | July 26, 2012 at 08:27 AM

Does Granny mean Dad waffles about nothing a lot? ; )
And it is definitely Uncle Tom in the picture, in the middle of one of many perfectly executed hoop dives. Champ
Posted by: Ruth | July 26, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Brilliant ! George does it again with a good commentary on a non event Mum
Posted by: Jenifer Keeling | July 24, 2012 at 01:20 PM

This Sunday's Match

Today I met with the opposition's High Command; we discussed the options, examined feasibility studies, read through detailed reports commissioned by C.O.B.R.A., but could not come to a consensus of opinion.  Then someone looked out the window and announced that it was still raining.  It is clear that, unless a sirocco blows from midnight tonight right through to 2.30 on Sunday, our best hope would be to hold a re-enactment of the Somme. So, our decision made, it is now my sad duty to relay to you all that there will be no match this Sunday.  In fact there will be no match this year and the earliest we will get the chance to retain the cup will be 2013.

Mum & Dad are keen that the lunch should still go on.  Tom K has offered to shoulder the responsibility of coordinating the numbers.  Can everyone let him know, either way, if you are planning to come.  You can email him on or he will be at Jacobs from Thursday 19th at lunch time.
(not the pitch by the way)
Trust the Village to brush up on their Jet stream manipulation tech just to prevent another smashing. Shame shame!!!

Posted by: Harry | July 20, 2012 at 12:43 AM

7 Days to go

Having made contact with the Sedlescombe High Command today, there has to be reasonable cause for doubt about next week's crucial fixture.  We have agreed to discuss the matter again next week before Wednesday, at which time I will update you all.  There was one telling statistic came out of the conversation and that was that they have yet to play a match on the ground this year!  I went round to Jacobs today and decided to take a small detour and review the pitch for myself (see below)......

It's clearly not looking that healthy!!  Infact the football goals they have up all around the square look altogether more suitable for the conditions.  It is quite clear that they require unrelenting, Saharan like sunshine from now 'til then, but I will update later this week, so watch this space.  Currently, and amazingly considering the Noah like weather we are having, the match is still on.