It’s lovely where I am this week in my little tent at Henley Rowing Regatta
– all the university clubs and rowing clubs through out the world compete in 8’s or 4’s and doubles. I have a stand in the shopping village at Remenham Farm, the midway point of the races with Temple Island being the start and finishing through Stewards down by Henley Bridge. All the action can be enjoyed from my ‘office’ which is a stones throw from the river Thames.
All the pretty people taking a stroll along the tow path, young guys careering along on bicycles equipped with bells and whistles to alert strollers they are coming through in hot pursuit of their team heroes. A herd of young men in bright rowing club blazers and a posey of ladies in pretty floral dresses litter the banks with their Pimms and Picnics. The chosen few retire to the relative sanity of the cooperate enclosures to sip fine wines with a delightful feast. By 2pm the banks are bulging with revelers making it almost impossible to stroll the length of the course- picnic stakes are by now well and truly claimed, the quintessential summer Henley picture is in place
Well that’s how it starts- but by 6pm everything is a little messy!!! Blazers are splashed with red wine, women are carrying their shoes, some tears and drama thrown in and off they all go to one of the pop up clubs on the river to dance away till midnight to the thomp thomp thomp that lulled me to sleep last night :)))) I managed to incorporate the ‘sounds’ into a dream…12 midnight sees the end of the partying and is quite busy, people trying to find their way homes!!!! Loudly complaining to their partners about the wisdom of parking so bloody far away…..It’s a great English tradition though and I’m lucky my Trotters take me to such lovely places- not bad for a hard day at the office.
Visitors to the Regatta need the Trotters as we know how a heavy hamper can certainly take the edge off the fun of a picnic along the banks of the river. There was actually one being used yesterday which had been bought last year- and certainly created a serious degree of picnic envy –
coming up with the idea of the Trotters and getting my idea to market has been an amazing part of my life journey, i wouldn’t change it for the world- my ambition is to be the brand that is synonymous with picnics and all alfresco dining-
Only time will tell…..