Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A day out to New Lanark

Today I've spent the day out and about. My aunt is visiting from Canada and my uncle and aunt are visiting from England so I joined them and my parents on a day out to New Lanark. Its a World heritage site village which had working cotton mills and was run by a social reformer called Robert Owen, who believed in better working and living conditions for his workers. The mill buildings now house visitor centres plus they also spin and dye yarn for sale.

I took a ton of pictures whilst I was there. New Lanark is in the Clyde valley and the falls of Clyde are nearby, making the surrounding area really pretty.

The view towards the mill.

Another view towards New Lanark

Across the River Clyde.

Another view across the river

Wool bobbins being wound

Wool bobbins

A huge carder for cotton fibres.

A Carder

I bought some yarn whilst I was there - some DK weight wool. There's only one ball here but I did buy more than one - enough to knit a cardigan in fact.

New Lanark DK bramble

Here's a slide show of all pictures, including some pictures of my various relatives acting a little silly.

All in all it was a great day and really interesting to hear about this side of Scottish history. It was also good to have a relaxing day as so far this week has been pretty busy. I was working nights at the weekend then I'm back on night shift again Thursday/Friday. Then its a couple of hours sleep and off to a cousin's wedding on Saturday afternoon so its going to be a little hectic for the rest of the week too.
Oh and back on to nights on Monday night. I think I might be a little worn out next week.


tintocktap said...

Ooh - that all looks so familiar, given that I was born and raised in Lanark! We go to New Lanark and walk up to the falls almost every time we're up visiting my parents. Glad you had a good day out!

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

Looks like a great trip and I love the color yarn you purchased. CJ pk;-)

Maren said...

Oh my, you're going to be busy. Looks like you had fun on your trip. Lovely pictures!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow a lot of opportunites for great pictures!

Ineke said...

What a coincidence! We should stay the first night of our vacation in Scotland in Lanark, in the Mill hotel. But it is changed by the travelling office in a night in Glasgow. Very nice to see those pics!! If possible we will visit the mill, although it is not the main interest of my DD and DH.

MysteryKnitter said...

Awesome pictures!