Cricket Match Report

The lunch at Jacobs and Keeling vs Sedlescombe cricket match at Newenden were held on 16-17 September. We won the cricket by some wickets. They were all out for 106, Zak took three wickets, it rained for lunch, then we went in and got 107 for 4. Ted excelled with 40 runs and Jasper hit 30.

Orpen portrait of Barbar

Just after Barbar, my grandmother, was married (~1920), her great admirer Mr Johnson commissioned a portrait of her by the famous artist Orpen. In her diaries Barbar wrote of it "I was rather disinterested and would have preferred the fifteen hundred pounds which was the price named. But then I had a letter from Mr Johnson. I wish that I had kept it. What he said, in effect, was 'You know you would rather have today the pearl necklace that the artist's fee would buy you; one day in the future your husband will give you those pearls but he will never be able to have you painted as you are today.' That letter should and did console a greedy girl."

Allis - Keeling family tree


Jane and Bill Allis visited England recently and met Nick and Mark Crean and Simon and Tom Keeling. Bill shared this family tree which shows how we are all descended from Edward Phelps Allis (1824-1889). There is a more legible version of the image here. Mary [Allis] Keeling (1891-1988) my great aunt was the Aunty Allis who introduced the card game as told in the rules by my Dad.