Robin Apron by Mosney Mill
Who says robins are just for Christmas? Here at Mosney Mill, robins are all the rage all year round, and as Britain’s National Bird, we think the robin deserves pride of place in every country lovers home. This cheerful repeat print shows Mosney Bob, our Robin, in all his puffed-up glory! But even if you did just want to jazz up your kitchen for the festive season, we suggest you cook up a storm in this cheeky number!
Beautiful quality British made luxury cotton aprons.
About Mosney Mill
The moment Emma Sutton drove down the bumpy farm track to Mosney House, in Lancashire, she knew the place was special. The overgrown hedgerows were teaming with robins, blue tits and an assortment of finches who seemed to fly out ahead of her as though guiding her on to Mosney ground.
The connection Emma felt was almost spiritual, she instantly felt she was ‘home’. The fields were overgrown and the buildings in need of some love but this little patch of land in the Lancashire countryside, on the banks of the River Darwen near Preston had to be hers.
Sitting at a desk in her studio, which overlooks the land at Mosney, Emma can watch deer, dozens of varieties of birds, butterflies, the odd bunny and a variety of other wildlife. She has coined names for many of them and brought them to life through her illustrations printed onto different ranges of fabrics, wall coverings, bone china, stationery and kitchenware.
At Mosney Mill there are so many beautiful animals and wildlife roaming the grounds, each with their own unique characters. Many of which have inspired the collections.
Meet Mosney Bob! I love robins. After a really sad time in my life a little robin followed me around for days. Every time I left the house he was there twittering away, bobbing from fence post to fence post, making me smile and filling me with hope. Bob twitters to me each morning from the tree above the chicken coop. He watches me tend to our rabble of livestock, knowing all too well I’ll have a handful of seed or a mealworm or two to leave on a fence post for him.
The very first time I set foot on Mosney ground, it was so over grown you really couldn’t see more than a few metres in front of you. I was walking Finlay our Labrador and two Roe deer leapt out majestically in front of me, if I’d held out my hand I could have touched them. I don’t know who was more shocked, the deer, myself or Finn!
Meet Reg and his friends! One of his most successful additions to Mosney has been a large pond with an island on it. Moorhens and Mallards are regulars, this year a family of Canadian Geese who usually visits in spring to rear their goslings on the river in front of us, decided to use the pond as their nursery.
Being an ardent tea drinker, I spend rather a lot of time staring out of my kitchen window into the trees while waiting for the kettle to boil. There’s nothing that can make me smile more than the sight of a cheeky blue tit or two feeding and playfully perching amongst the leaves and blossoms. I am also lucky enough to have blossom trees close to my studio window where I spend hours watching the blue tits performing their daring acrobatic moves.
After a couple of failed attempts, we finally managed to plant the most glorious wildflower meadow. It was marvellous to watch as month by month a different sea of colour would emerge as flower by flower the meadow grew and evolved. Needless to say, the wildlife loved it. Bees have inspired me, who knew there were so many different varieties! They would practically roll in the pollen and appeared to be almost drunk!
We don’t get many rabbits on the land here at Mosney HQ. I was working at my drawing table when my daughter Skye came running in to tell me there was a little bunny playing in the corner of our meadow. She asked me to draw him and to call him Edgar. I spent a good while watching that little bunny play while sketching him, and by the time I’d got his likeness just right, I’d named him Edgar Green Bunny!