When I walk in the less visited parts of Hyde Park (and it is possible to get a little bit lost in the 351 acres), and especially when I see some of the more ancient trees, it reminds me that Henry VIII used to hunt there with his court. If you look at the Knightsbridge gates to the park, you’ll notice that there are two bronze deer on top of the gates in recognition of that fact.
So I decided to do something a little different with my front garden and put my own bronze stag there – well, who needs another urn? Henry is now almost part of the family, and a firm favourite with passing tourists, who love to stop and take his photo. Life size and incredibly true to life, Henry is handsome and unique. He is proof positive of my decorating dictat that if in doubt (or lacking in funds), it’s always a good idea to create one main focal point of a room or space, and let that one piece do the talking. Well, Henry can’t talk, but he does get talked about!
I also decided to immortalise him in my QVC range, so he ended up gracing us as an ornament, votive candle holder and much more. It seems I am not the only one who adores Henry. He even has his own instagram account ‘Henry The Stag’.
I always think he looks his best with a light dusting of snow, and if the weather reports are anything to go by, he’ll be getting another dusting before the winter is out.