Bentley Drivers Club picnic.

After the sad loss of our wonderful dog my wife encouraged me to join my friends from the Bentley Drivers Club for a picnic at RHS Hyde Hall garden to take my mind off things and very good fun it was too.

The weather was changeable during the day from brilliant sunshine to fairly rainy and windy which may explain my rather unkempt appearance in the hair department, perhaps I should have used some gentleman’s hair wax to keep things more under control.



Always nice to chat to your friends and to meet up again with others that you have met previously when at the Goodwood Revival in previous years.

I was delighted with my picnic table, including the cucumber sandwiches which my wife made for me and Mr Kipling for the fondant fancies, not up to Fortnum and Mason standards but sufficient to win a prize for picnic of the day!


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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15 Responses to Bentley Drivers Club picnic.

  1. Timothy Price says:

    Looks like fun. A couple of years ago I was at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. It happened to be game day. There were “tailgate” parties all over the campus. I came across some alumni who had a table set up very much like yours — plates, cups, cloth napkins, sandwiches, deserts, candelabra and radio. Everything but the statuette.

  2. Looks like you had a good day and a lovely picnic.
    I remember family picnics where we all met up at a designated venue and everyone took something for the table. Kids of all ages, there were games , treasure hunts, a death slide, and people we didn’t know started queuing up for tea and cake whilst their kids were joining in the fun. They thought we were a mobile cafe and play group! Great memories.

  3. SueW says:

    Classic cars and an English afternoon tea, and complete with a lace tablecloth! Doesn’t get better than that
    I recently gave my son my Eternal Beau tea service and we too enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea with him only last week. We didn’t have the cakestand, so I think an ebay search is in order. 🙂

  4. When we go to the Goodwood Revival Classic motor racing weekend we park in the classic car park and quite a few people have picnics by the side of their car, the best ones really go to town with Champagne and crystal glasses, very stylish.

  5. How lovely! Congratulations on your stylish, winning table. Lemon fondant fancies are my favourite of the three. On a recent trip to our daughter’s in Maidenhead, & going onto a family party in Broadstairs, we passed a group of 4 classic cars, at least one Bentley, a Daimler & Rolls-Royce, whose occupants were laying out picnics by Staines-upon-Thames..a lovely sight, pity we were just passing. I’m sure your gathering was a magnificent scene for all to see!

  6. An excellent spread!

  7. Joni says:

    It looks very Downton Abbeyish!

  8. Jane Rosebery says:

    What a wonderful day and a wonderful smile! The picnic looks fabulous!!

  9. What a lovely little picnic. 😀

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