Kee Notes


Together

The winter weather seems to be finally behind us and with Easter fast approaching it's great to see the golden colours of Spring appearing in the hedgerows and meadows.

We have spent countless winter days (and nights) in the studio recording our new Sequence CD, which is called "Together". This CD will be available early April.

This special album of mainly vocal tracks comes as a result of numerous requests for Carole to record some of the many varied songs she sings on our Dancing Holidays and other events.

Songs associated  with stars such as Doris Day,  Julie Andrews, and more recently, Kylie, which we have arranged into 16 bar sequence.

We hope you enjoy dancing and listening to “Together".

Can You Yodel

The past couple of months have brought some lovely sunny days to enjoy, with a little rain I suppose!! The dogs and cats have taken to lying outside together in the warm sunshine. Heidi is now 8 months old, she is already a big dog and she loves the cats.

We have been in the studio recording our new CD which is called "The Twelfth of Never”. It will be available in a week or so. Can you yodel? I think we are about to find out.

Look out also for Carole's vocal track of a beautiful waltz, "So I could find my way".

We have had a lot of interest in next year's Dancing Holiday to Lake Garda,  we have not yet had final details of this holiday, however full details will be put on the website as soon as we have them.

Heidi Hi

We had a great time at the Victoria in Torquay last week, plenty of laughs with a brilliant group of people.

Carole taught the Marlborough Mambo and Blue Moon Blues during the morning dances and everyone was soon dancing them perfectly!!

Whilst this year's holidays are now mostly full don't give up - you can go on a waiting list, as there are usually some cancellations for very valid reasons nearer the time.

We could not believe how the grass had grown and trees had become full of leaves during the few days we were away. Oh yes, and the weeds had also appeared. Another job for Mrs Keeling I think.

We have a new addition to our family now, her photo is in the Photo Album section. Heidi is a white German Shepherd dog and is now 5 months old.

She has settled in extremely well and her and Sam, our Border Collie, bonded from the first minute. It is fantastic to watch them play together and she is excellent with the cats and ponies, having learned from Sam.

Isn't it romantic

With Valentine's Day just round the corner, I hope you have prepared a nice treat for your loved one.

I have booked a table for Carole and I on 14th February, but she wasn't that pleased as she is no good at snooker.

We finished recording the new CD a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully it should be available from Maestro around mid February.

It's called "Isn't it romantic", and the title track is a foxtrot. 

We worked hard on this CD and considered several other tunes to record before deciding on the final "line up". We'll save these for another time!

Carole wrote out into sequence "Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto" for me, and also arranged it, and we think it makes a nice Rumba.

We did two bonus tracks which we do "live" on our Holidays and have been asked many times to record, i.e. a mazurka which we play for the Sweetheart Waltz and Carole's vocal track "Tell me Ma" for an upbeat  Mayfair Quickstep.

Hope you enjoy listening and dancing to "Isn't it romantic".

Christmas Greetings

The Dancing Holidays this year have been really enjoyable with many people returning and new people joining us for the first time.  As always they helped make the atmosphere perfect. Many thanks to all the staff and managers at the Hotels for all their help in running these events.

A Christmas at home with our family is still what Carole and I look forward to most. Plenty of games, laughs, food and drink, and walks with Sam.

I had a very Happy 60th birthday last week, with a surprise party at a dance.  You'll probably be thinking "he doesn't look a day over 30"!!!! but it's true. Carole played Happy Birthday on the keyboard, she got a bigger cheer than I did! I had a brand new racing bike as a surprise present from the kids, something I've always wanted, maybe the Tour de France could be on the cards next year. Second thoughts, maybe not.

Recording a new CD has had to be delayed until the New Year as different priorities and projects presented themselves, but we will be starting this in January.

Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone, and hope you continue to enjoy your dancing.

A Date for your 2016 Holiday Diary

The animals are all OK at Cotton Lane Farm. The three cats we "rescued" in March have settled in extremely well. They all have their own personalities but it is Thomas, one of the black and white brothers, who quickly bonded with our  Border Collie, Sam, who is now 14 months old.

The ponies have now completely lost their winter coats and it's great to see them run around the paddock together, often when they know you're about to put them in their stables for the night!! Sam follows me everywhere, he's always with me when I'm at home.

We are looking forward to our next Dancing Holiday at the Inn on the Prom, St Annes. We are already being asked which of the latest dances Carole might teach, probably will be two of the winners from the next couple of inventive competitions which take place before the holiday.

We have been planning the venue for the next continental Dancing Holiday after Madeira in 2015.

By what seems like overwhelming popular demand, we will be returning to Spain to the fabulous Diamanté Beach Hotel in Calpe where we had such a brilliant holiday three years ago. Full details of this holiday, which will be from 6th October 2016, will be available in a couple of weeks.

Enjoy your summer dancing.

Spring

As the winter weather hopefully fades away and the sight of bulbs appearing in the garden I always look forward to Spring, my favourite time of the year.

The months of January and February were sad for us as we lost two of our much loved pets, Cassie our German Shepherd dog and Phoebe our beautiful little cat, who were both elderly. You know it will happen one day but it doesn't make it any easier.

We still have Sam our Border Collie, who is now 10 months old and is making an amazing dog, and the two ponies, and we have now adopted three cats from Cats Protection who all get on really well. Meal times are full on! Occasional hissing and scratching but that's Carole for you.

We have just returned from a brilliant Dancing holiday at the Norbreck Castle, Blackpool which followed the Torquay holiday earlier in the month. We enjoy these breaks very much and meet such great people. Carole taught the Washington Tango and Star Ruby Rumba in the morning dances which everyone enjoyed. Of course there were three new dances out last weekend with more to follow in a couple of weeks.

The new CD which will be titled "The Rose", is well underway and set for Easter release. 16 tracks completed and four more remaining which we will finish this week.

So as usual, it's all go and no time to get bored at Cotton Lane Farm.

Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, everyone seems to be saying "can't believe how quickly this year has gone...."  We fully agree. Of course Carole and I have already "experienced" two Christmases already, being the two brilliant Turkey and Tinsel dancing holidays at the Victoria in Torquay.  Two great weeks with two groups of fantastic people, what a great time and what a laugh. You wouldn't believe how many crackers I pulled!!

The weeks leading up to Christmas are always busy at the Keeling household, as they are for everyone. We always look forward to spending the holiday with the family. It will be the first Christmas for Sam, our border collie, who is now eight months old and is already turning into a beautiful dog loved by everyone.

We will be working on the new CD in January as we reset up the recording studio now the builders have finished. 

Then suddenly the 2015 dancing holidays start again. There are places available on all at the moment, although The Madeira Dancing holiday is now very close to being full which is very pleasing at such an early stage. 

Must go now, I need to wash my hair and have a shave!

Hope you all have a great Christmas and Happy and healthy New Year and keep enjoying your dancing in 2015.

SAM 1113


Delayed CD

Many people have been asking about whether a new CD is being released soon. The building work at our home is taking longer than expected, which we all know is often the case for big projects. We are very happy with the result however the need to co-ordinate activities has become a full time job and as a result it was impossible to set time aside to concentrate on recording new tracks.  We will therefore start work on the next CD early in the New Year. Hopefully it will be worth the wait!

The Dancing Holiday in Madeira in October 2015 is receiving a lot of interest and bookings are going really well 12 months before the event. If you are interested please ring Personal Touch or if you have not been with us before and wish to know any other details give us a call. 

Looking forward to seeing many of you on the next two Tinsel and Turkey holidays at the Victoria in Torquay, I'd better start practising "jingle bells" again, where does the time go?

Charity Dance

Many thanks to everyone who came along to our Charity Dance on Sunday and made it such an enjoyable afternoon for all.

Thanks also to friends who brought raffle prizes along and also donations from people who could not make it on the day.

We were pleased to raise a total of £1012 for this year's chosen charity, the Stroke Association, and Alexa Wigfield, Stroke Association Regional Fundraiser, came along to be presented with our cheque and also spoke about the work they undertake.

A special thank you to our friend Tom, who helps sell tickets each year, and who could not be there on the day. We missed you at the dance, Tom, and everyone sends their best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Some photos will go in the photo gallery section shortly.

Richard Keeling - Ballroom & Sequence Dancing - richgkee@aol.com Copyright © 2017