Keitch agrees with me on one thing: this story is just so damn delightful. As she told the County Gazette, “The carrot had grown into the ring. It must be a chance in a million… It was so amazing. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was great to get my ring back after all those years.”


She’s now on the fence about the ring’s future. “We searched high and low but couldn’t find it. I was gutted and never thought it would turn up again Although I had handed it down to [Sarah], I’m deciding whether to give it back to her or not. I may just clean it up and keep it in a box.”

Lin Keitch and Dave will soon be celebrating Lin’s 70th birthday, and plan to celebrate by buying a new car, which will be much harder to lose in the garden. Presumably they won’t be lending it out any time soon, Sarah.