The Evolution and Inspiration of Highland Fling
Highland Fling originally launched as a small collection of mugs, trays and coasters for winter of 2012. The snuggly warm colour palette and tartan textures were inspired by a chilly trip to a Castle in Edinburgh the previous year, with a pretty vintage floral design thrown in for good measure. Along with Creative Tops, I decided to build on this collection for 2013 with some cute giftware pieces like the spotty heart-shaped pie dish, insulated flask, biscuit stamps and pastry forks. As demand for the collection grew, we wanted to continue to develop Highland Fling with a different twist; I just had to find some new inspiration. When I moved to Stamford in November of 2013 it hadn’t really crossed my mind that I would be just a short walk away from Burghley House. I had only really visited once before and it was so bitterly cold that day that all I could really concentrate on was how I could convince everyone else to forget the big fancy house and go and get a hot chocolate at The Bull and Swan instead.
Stamford is the first town I have ever lived in, having been a village girl my previous 28 years so the expanse of green space with impressive oak trees and roaming deer lured me there in no time at all. I was even inspired to finally take up running, which came as quite a surprise to most, especially myself but how could one resist with such a beautiful route right on the doorstep!
Whilst wandering through the parkland one day with bobble hats on and carrots in our pockets, at the point I was about embark on a shamelessly crass selfie with a rather handsome stag, I had a light bulb moment. And after finding the perfect little snippet of handpainted vintage artwork to use as inpiration, the stag finally came to join the Highland Fling collection.
We still run through Burghley at least once a week – something that I think myself very lucky to able to do every time we go. In December my big brother and his gorgeous family left the scorching heat of Bangkok behind and came to England to spend Christmas with us, which is one of my favourite Christmas presents every year. We wrapped up my gorgeous little niece Rosie in her winter jacket, making her look like a little marshmallow and took her to feed the deer – a pretty big day for her.
The Deer park at Burghley is open year round during daylight hours with The Orangery Restaurant open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The house itself and the Garden of Surprises re-open on the 19th of March for the summer season and they also have lots of lovely events throughout the summer such as open air cinema and the battle proms. They are of course also host to the world famous Burghley Horse Trials in September where we hope to have a pop-up shop in the Country Living marquee this year.