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25/03/15 New Lanark Wool & Textiles # , , , , ,

Mamma Mia…New shades of wool!

Mamma Mia…New shades of wool!

New Lanark Wool & Textiles are delighted to introduce 5 new shades of New Lanark wool which have been inspired by the beautiful cities of Italy. The vibrant shades add a splash of colour to the range of New Lanark wools, and are perfect for creating eye-catching Spring/Summer garments.

The balls of 100% Pure Wool are currently available to purchase in the New Lanark Mill Shop in ‘Double Knitting’ and ‘Aran’ varieties, with ‘Chunky’ coming soon!

Aran is priced at £4.50 per 100g, and Double Knitting is priced at £3.50 per 50g.

Take a look at the colours below and please let us know what you think by tweeting us @newlanarkwhs or posting on our Facebook wall!

 

Milano – A bright purple shade with blue undertones. 

New Lanark Wool - Milano

 

Roma – A rich red shade with blue and yellow nebs. 

New Lanark Wool - Roma

 

Verdi – An eye-catching green shade with light yellow and cream nebs. 

New Lanark Wool - Verdi

 

Como – A beautiful blue shade with teal undertones. 

New Lanark Wool - Como

 

Verona – A warm purple shade with pink undertones.

New Lanark Wool - Verona

Happy Knitting – Italiano style!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer 

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23/03/15 Behind the scenes at New Lanark , Events at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

Laughs and Landscapes Heritage Media Project

Laughs and Landscapes Heritage Media Project

Ahead of the ‘Laughs and Landscapes’ exhibition opening at New Lanark on 31 March, we were delighted to welcome Mark Melville from Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire to write a guest blog to introduce the project…

“They say time flies when you’re having fun and this might explain were the last two years have gone on the Laughs and Landscapes heritage media project.

The project set out nearly two years ago to engage unemployed young people with their local heritage by using the creative industries and development of media skills as a tool for this, we had volunteers participating in all kinds of creative workshops and doing everything from going on photography expeditions, making documentary films of local heritage locations and delivering a fantastic digital transfer service in the community offering to transfer community cine-films and old 35mm photographic slides to digital formats.

 

Laughs and Landscapes

 
The work that was done all formed part of our Laughs and Landscapes touring exhibition showcasing the volunteer’s hard work and achievements.
 
The laughs and landscapes project really has been an education for the young people involved, getting the opportunity to shadow and learn from media industry practitioners and participating on projects that covered the stories of places like New Lanark, David Livingston, the Coal-burn miners and even a World War 1 battalion from Lanark and Carluke to name a few of the historical projects.
 
In terms of successes along the way there has been some great ones! a Local MSP put forward a motion in the Scottish Parliament for our Laughs and Landscapes project which was backed by several more MSP’s, we showcased an excellent project documentary film at the South Lanarkshire Youth Film Festival last year, we digitized and enhanced long lost 100 year old glass slides found in an attic that documented a world war 1 battalion from Lanark and Carluke and last but not least many of our participants have gone on to develop new found confidence and aptitude’s and found work and college opportunities thanks to the experiences they have gained on the project and work portfolios.
 
The touring Exhibitions have been well received as well with fantastic comments being left in the book from far flung places such as China, Palestine and Australia.
 
All in all I feel the project has been a brilliant success having seen first-hand how it has built confidence and created positive changes in the young people involved in the project, it has allowed them to celebrate and showcase their talents and successes and in turn they have developed a wealth of knowledge with regards to local history and learned about things they would never have thought about researching beforehand.
The next Laughs and Landscapes project exhibition is at New Lanark starting on 31 March 2015 – So why not come along and see for yourself the great work being done.”

 

Mark Melville, Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire – Guest Blogger

 

Entry to the exhibition is free, and runs until Monday 27th April 2015 in the New Lanark River Room.

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18/03/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

Ted’s March at New Lanark…and beyond!

Ted’s March at New Lanark…and beyond!

Hi everyone, it’s me Ted again – the resident bear at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I’ve had a very busy March so far taking trips to other visitor attractions in Scotland, and have even been working on my wardrobe with New Lanark Primary…but more about that later!

Battle of Bannockburn
Last week I packed my backpack, donned my cardigan and headed to The Battle of Bannockburn experience with some of my friends at New Lanark. When we got there we met lots of other people from visitor attractions across Scotland through who are all linked together through ASVA (Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions)…I can’t wait until I get the chance to visit another attraction! All offers to my personal assistant [email protected].

 

Ted and Robert the Bruce statue

We had a brilliant day at the Bannockburn Experience. First of all we entered the ‘Prepare for Battle’ room where you can discover the weapons used in the battle, experience 3D film all around you and best of all – talk to some characters who would have been involved in the battle. I liked this bit the best and think it would be really cool at New Lanark, what kind of stories would you like to hear from people who used to live/work in the mills? Let me know by commenting below.

Bannockburn Experience

After ‘preparing for Battle’ we put the tactics we had learned to good use and teamed up as the Scottish and English army to play against each other in an interactive Battle Game!

Battle Game

Fresh from battle I met up with Bruce the Bear who lives at the Bannockburn Experience. I commented that he looked a lot more regal than me so he suggested trying on some of the chainmail and other armour soldiers would have worn in 1314. Wow, that stuff is heavy!

Ted and Bruce the bear in chainmail

New Lanark Primary ‘Dress Ted’ competition
After my trip to the Battle of Bannockburn I went to see the Quaker Tapestry in Kendal, and ventured more locally to New Lanark Primary School. As my cardigan and wooly hat are getting a bit warm for Spring, the pupils have entered a competition to design me a new outfit fit for a Spring Fling! I’ve had a look at some of the entries so far and there are some very talented children at the school. Keep an eye out for my April blog as I’ll be modelling the winning entry!
Ted and his Dress Ted competition entries

I’ve also been busy helping the New Lanark team get ready for Stargazing LIVE this weekend on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March. (5-8.30pm) The event is going to be great, with a talk from Clydesdale Astronomical Society, Stargazing on the Roof Garden and some amazing Cosmic Crafts – including this ‘Build your own Jet Pack’!
Ted and his Stargazing LIVE jetpack
The £4 tickets are selling really fast, and Saturday night has now sold out totally! If you want to go along to the Sunday night try and book them as soon as possible by calling 01555 66134, emailing [email protected] or buy them online.

After Stargazing LIVE there are lots of fun Easter events happening at New Lanark in April. You can visit this page on the New Lanark website to find out lots more about them, but here’s a wee idea of what will be going on:

Sunday 5th & Monday 6th April – Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Friday 3rd – Sunday 19th April – Easter Holidays Daily Tours
Wednesday 8th April – Clearburn Family Drop-in nature workshop
7th, 9th, 11th, 14th, 16th April – Easter Craft Workshops

I’ll hopefully see you at New Lanark soon. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to meet the Easter Bunny!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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16/03/15 A Visitor's View , New Lanark Visitor Centre # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark: A Visitor’s View – Donna Mairi MacIver

New Lanark: A Visitor’s View – Donna Mairi MacIver

We were delighted to welcome blogger Donna from www.ordinarywanders.com to write a guest blog for us on her trip to New Lanark. Have a read to find out what she enjoyed most about her visit…

 

What does the world famous Smithsonian Museum have in common with a small mill town in the south of Scotland? The answer lies in the heart of the New Lanark UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Our journey back to the 19th century began with our descent into the village from the car park. The rows of perfectly symmetrical buildings stand seemingly untouched. The River Clyde continues to flow through the site and churns as it ever did, though no longer in demand as the lifeblood of these once great mills. So much has changed at New Lanark due to the renovations which brought the original buildings back to life, but there is a sense that the true heart of this old mill town has endured.

Rooftops of New Lanark

I didn’t know much about Robert Owen, one time owner of the New Lanark mills, until I visited this famous historical landmark on that cold, grey day in February. Just walking around this site allows visitors to gain an understanding of what Owen wanted to achieve whilst in charge of the mills. His words are quoted throughout the town and provide a great insight into his forward-thinking views, which were sometimes deemed to be quite controversial.

Robert Owen's quotes at New Lanark

This is such an inspirational place to visit – here are just some of my personal highlights from the New Lanark Visitor Centre:

  • The Annie MacLeod Experience

This is a great little ride that allows visitors to gain an insight into life in New Lanark. Annie MacLeod, the ghost of a girl who worked in the mills in 1820, hosts the ride. She introduced us to some of Owens’ modern ideas, such as a workers sick fund and shorter working days. The rides’ effects and illusions were a real treat and I think it’s the perfect way to engage children with the reality of life in the 1800’s.

  • Robert Owen’s School.

Owen believed in community and education. Most notably, whilst other young people around the country were put to work almost as soon as they could walk, those of New Lanark were being encouraged to stay in school.  In this model classroom there are lots of things that you would expect to see; benches for the children to sit on, slates to write on, a lectern. There is also a replica cage that was once used to house a real crocodile. Owen was no ordinary man and the education he insisted on for the mill children was certainly not ordinary. He really was a person before his time and this classroom is indicative of that.

Robert Owen's School for Children

  • The Mill Café & Shop

The Mill Café has a great selection of refreshments and our generous soup and sandwich lunch kept us full until teatime (that’s dinner time to any non-Scottish readers!) The star of the show, though, was the coffee. The perfect, frothy latte I received really set me up for heading back out into the damp Scottish afternoon. We could have sat in this busy little café for the rest of our visit, if only the sites we had passed on the way in hadn’t called out to be explored.

Though the mills no longer work to full capacity, traditional methods are still used to produce smaller amounts of New Lanark wool. This can be bought in the on-site Mill Shop alongside lots of other locally sourced gifts and trinkets. It’s a real treasure trove there and well worth taking the time to look around.

Coffee in the Mill Café

  • Robert Owen’s House

This was the last stop on our tour and it felt like the satisfactory end to an epic journey. Inside there are replicas of the rooms that the Owen family stayed in. There is also a small exhibition that informs visitors about what became of the Owen family after they left New Lanark. The world famous Smithsonian museum? It was Robert Owen’s son who proposed its creation via the United States Congress. The Owen family all continued to do great things once they left Scotland, including; campaigning for gender rights, championing the resettlement of freed slaves in North America and establishing the first kindergarten in the US.

Other historical buildings include a replica of the mill workers accommodation and of the Village Store that once served the whole town, where you can still buy a treat or two. If you’d like more time to wander around the site you can choose to stay for a few nights in one of the renovated mills, which has been turned into the New Lanark Mill Hotel, or the Wee Row Hostel. And if you really enjoy your visit, you can even choose to stay on a more permanent basis in one of the local residential houses – though these are so popular they are swept off the market almost as soon as they appear.

Whatever the reason for your visit, I can guarantee you will leave inspired by the story of Robert Owen, his perseverance and his ambitions to make the world around him a better place. I know that I did.

Guest blogger – Donna Mairi MacIver

www.ordinarywanders.com

 

If you would be interested in writing a Visitor’s View Blog on your trip to New Lanark, please email [email protected] 

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12/03/15 Behind the scenes at New Lanark # , , , ,

How do you make New Lanark Ice Cream?

How do you make New Lanark Ice Cream?

Did you know that New Lanark make our own Ice Cream? Our Award Winning Dairy Ice Cream is made using fresh milk to a traditional recipe and is available in a range of delicious flavours, from Vanilla to Jammy Dodger!

New Lanark Ice Cream Ltd is owned by the New Lanark Trust, so whenever you buy a cone or tub of our Ice Cream you’re contributing to the restoration and development of the historic village within New Lanark World Heritage Site.

Andy, Ronnie (photographed below) and Jim from the New Lanark Ice Cream Team recently attended the Ice Cream Expo 2015 in Harrogate.

We’re delighted to say that our ‘Vanilla’ flavour was awarded a Diploma of Merit in the Dairy Ice Cream, artisan class. Our ‘Vanilla Pod’ and ‘Jaffa cake’ flavours gained a Diploma in the Open and Open flavour classes respectively. Congratulations to the team!

New Lanark Ice Cream Team - Andy and Ronnie

After our success at Harrogate, we thought this would be the perfect chance to visit the New Lanark Ice Cream factory to find out how our delicious Ice Cream is made…

 

Step 1. All the secret ingredients are mixed together in a machine called the ‘Pasteuriser’. This huge machine can hold up to 220 litres at a time, and cooks the mixture in the temperature controlled enviroment over a period of up to 24 hours.

 

Step 2. Next comes the ‘Batch Freezer’, the mixed up liquid from the pasturiser is poured into the Batch Freezer in batches of 10 litres at a time. At this point special flavourings and ingredients can be added.

New Lanark Ice Cream being poured into the Batch Freezer

 

Step 3. The machine then takes 10 minutes to freeze each batch into a frozen consistency that isn’t solid, but still manageable allowing it to be poured into tubs like you can see below…

 

Step 4. Depending on the flavour of Ice Cream being made, solid ingredients are mixed in at this point using a spatula. Today we’re making Jammy Dodger Ice Cream so the ‘jammy’ flavour and biscuit pieces are mixed in gradually. 

New Lanark Ice Cream 

Step 5. The tubs are then transported to the Blast Chiller which freezes the Ice Cream quickly at a temperature of around -22 degrees!

Step 6. TASTE! What can we say – freshly made Ice Cream has to be the next best thing since sliced bread. New Lanark Ice Cream isn’t aerated so the consistency is very thick and creamy. 

 

New Lanark Ice Cream is available to buy at our Ice Cream Parlour in the Mill Café, is sold in a number of local farm shops and is served in hotels & restaurants across the country. We make over 60 flavours of Ice Cream and 20 flavours of sorbets. If you have a special requirement or taste we can also do bespoke flavours! Email our Ice Cream chef/production on [email protected] to find out more. 

 New Lanark Ice Cream

Anyone for a cone?

Melissa – Marketing and PR Officer

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09/03/15 Roof Garden # , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: March 2015

Roof Garden Diary: March 2015

March came in ‘like a lion’, full of snow showers and wild gales.

A  few brave snowdrops are in bloom in New Lanark Roof Garden, sheltered  from the worst of the weather by the low hornbeam hedges which hang on to their brown autumn leaves all winter.

Remember – Stargazing LIVE takes place on 21 and 22 March – see the New Lanark website to book tickets.  

This month Venus is stunning  – a huge diamond sparkling in the west  after sunset.  The small reddish star visible close by is the planet Mars.  Enjoy the night skies!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Blooming Daffodils in the New Lanark Roof Garden

Daffodils in the New Lanark Roof Garden

Snowdrops in the New Lanark Roof Garden

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02/03/15 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

The Music in Lanark 2015-2016 Series

The Music in Lanark 2015-2016 Series

Since 2000 Music in Lanark has been bringing exceptional talent to the people of Clydesdale. From September through to March of the following year they present concerts showcasing a wide range of musical styles, from classical chamber music, opera and jazz to traditional Scottish. They also provide a regular platform for young musicians to perform at the beginning of each concert, thus enabling talent to flourish.

Music in Lanark have hosted many fantastic concerts in their base at The Institute in New Lanark,  and will even host a concert in the Mill Café later this year!

We invited Music in Lanark to write a guest blog on their confirmed concerts you can enjoy this year…

 

Music in Lanark – Eclectic is Us!

We have an eclectic programme put together for the coming season, embracing classical, vocal, jazz, traditional, Eastern Mediterranean and Hebridean traditions. Tickets for all concerts are available to purchase at: www.musicinlanark.co.uk

APOLLO 5 : Saturday 22 August, 7.45 in The Institute.
This British a cappella ensemble Apollo5 has been praised for its engaging and entertaining performances. With a repertoire ranging from retro jazz, pop and classical arrangements a cappella, they are adept performers on the concert platform, at festivals, private parties and corporate events.

POMEGRANATE PIANO TRIO : Saturday 19 September, 7.45 in The Institute
In their first year Pomegranate quickly established a reputation for fine performances. Fenella Barton (violin), Rebecca Hewes (cello) and Robin Green (piano) have a broad core programme and have played in the major UK concert halls: a night of quality culture!

Pomegranate Trio

LORNA REID QUINTET : Saturday 17 October, 7.45 in The Institute
The last time Lorna and her quintet visited MiL there was standing room only! The hugely talented jazz diva (compared to Diana Krail, Caro Emerald and Bonnie Raitt) travels with as classy a band as you will find. She will present her “Lounge” programme of songs crossing jazz, blues and Americana.

Lorna Reid

KOSMOS ENSEMBLE : Friday 13 November, 7.45 in the Mill Café
“Telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship. I defy you not to be mesmerised” [Richard Morrison, The Times]. Come and be mesmerised – not to be missed!

Kosmos Ensemble

ROSANNO SPORTIELLO : Saturday 12 December, 7.45 in The Institute
The fabulous Italian-American swing pianist Rossano Sportiello comes for a pre-Christmas highlight as part of a UK tour. He graduated in classical piano aged only 16 and then transferred his allegiance to jazz. He can, as they say, do it all. His aim? “I want to see people smiling and having fun!”

Rossano Sportiello

TYDE : Saturday 16 January 2016, 7.45 in the Institute
A folk night to start the new year in relaxed vein. “Three brilliant players with a musical maturity way beyond their years. Their music goes straight to the heart of the audience, with an appeal second to none. Pure Joy.” [Tom McConville]; “The best young band I’ve heard in years” [Mike Harding – BBC Radio2]

CUILLIN SOUND : Saturday 5 March 2016, 7.45 in The Institute
Three of Britain’s leading woodwind players offer an inspiring evening of traditional Hebridean folk melodies played alongside a slide show of magnificent colour photographs and vintage Scottish films of life in Eriskay, Skye and St Kilda the early 20th century – stunning!

Cuillin Sound

FERIO SAXOPHONE QUARTET : Friday 18 March 2016, 7.45 in The Institute
A Tunnell Trust Award brings this exciting young chamber ensemble on tour to Scotland. Graduates of the RCM, they aim to widen the horizons of the saxophone quartet repertoire and have received enthusiastic reviews wherever they have performed.

Find out more about Music in Lanark. 

Music in Lanark – New Lanark guest blogger

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25/02/15 New Lanark Wool & Textiles # , , , , ,

10 most popular shades of New Lanark Wool

10 most popular shades of New Lanark Wool

New Lanark was formed as a cotton spinning village in 1785 by David Dale. It gained international fame under the enlightened management of Robert Owen and was a successful spinning centre until its closure in 1968. Since 1974, the site has been restored and brought back to life by New Lanark Trust and is now once more an internationally famous World Heritage Site.

Today we produce yarn using traditional methods in one of the historic mills, where a 19th century spinning mule is still working. We specialise in producing high quality British Organic wool, Aran wool, Double Knitting and Chunky woollen yarns, which are ideal for hand knitting.

We offer three fantastic ranges spun from British wool: Donegal Silk Tweed, Heather Mixtures and Natural Blend – all available in a range of stunning shades.

Our wool is sold in the Mill Shop, online and wholesale around the world. To give you some knitting inspiration we’ve pulled together a list of some of most popular shades…

1. Blue John

Blue John wool

Did you know that New Lanark Wool was used to create the iconic Christmas jumpers featured in the Harry Potter films? ‘Blue John’ and ‘Damson‘ are sold to Lochaven International, in Stewarton Ayrshire who make the replica Harry Potter jumpers that are sold at Universal Studios in Orlando and Warner’s Bros Studios Leavesdon near London.

2. Damson

Damson

Our range of natural colours are also very popular…

3. Pebble

Pebble

4. Woodland

Woodland

5. Ecru

Ecru

6. Limestone

Limestone

Not fogetting the bright colours!

7. Denim

Denim

8. Cherry

Cherry

9. Heather

Heather

10. Sky

Sky

All proceeds from the sale of New Lanark Wool and Textiles are returned to New Lanark Trust to be reinvested in the care and development of New Lanark World Heritage Site. You can learn more about the wool making process at New Lanark Visitor Centre. 

We hope to see you soon…Happy Knitting!

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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06/02/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Ted’s February at New Lanark

Ted’s February at New Lanark

Hi everyone, it’s me Ted again – the resident bear at New Lanark World Heritage Site. I’m here to let you know about all of the exciting events and exhibitions happening in February at New Lanark…

The month got off to a pretty chilly start – with a downfall of snow that my cousins in the Arctic would have been proud of!

New Lanark snowNew Lanark snow telephone box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided to keep warm with a trip to the newly opened Prestonpans Tapestry. The tapestry is a whopping 104m long, and it was stitched entirely by volunteer embroiderers along the route. If you’re a bit of a history buff you’ll love the tapestry! It tells the story of the journey 25 year old Bonnie Prince Charlie made from France to Victory at Prestonpans in 1745.

New Lanark Prestonpans Tapestry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For my trip to the tapestry I donned a new hat just like the ones the Jacobites depicted in the tapestry are wearing – complete with a knitted white cockade! The Jacobites wore a white rose in their hats to celebrate Bonnie Prince Charlie’s birthday, or to show their support for his cause. My hat was knitted using cosy New Lanark Wool (Double Knitting – 100% Pure New Wool) in a dashing shade of ‘Denim’.

Prestonpans Tapestry Ted

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You’ve got plenty of time to see the Prestonpans Tapestry, its open 10am-4pm daily until 19th March. Did I mention it’s free entry? (knitted hats are optional)

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There’s a special event happening on Saturday 21st February to celebrate the Prestonpans Tapestry. Visitors can experience ‘Living History’ as the British Redcoats and Jacobites parade around New Lanark, displaying their uniforms and weaponry. (11.30am-4pm, free to view)

Spring Events at New Lanark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re down at New Lanark this February be sure to pick up one of our new ‘Spring Events’ flyers. There’s a lot going on over the next couple of months including Stargazing LIVE on 21st and 22nd March, our Easter Egg-Stravaganza on 5th & 6th April and a Spring Food & Gift Fair on 4th May!

Here’s a look at what’s happening later on in February…

6th – 10th February – Daily Tours. Explore New Lanark with one of our guides and discover some amazing insights into the history of the site. What was a piecer? How were Robert Owen and David Dale related? Why did the workers wear no shoes? Join us to find out! Tours are included with the Visitor Centre ticket and leave daily at 2pm from the reception in the Institute for the Formation of Character during school holiday periods.

12th February – Music in Lanark’s Yehundi Menuhin School Chamber Ensemble. Since 1963 the school has provided the environment and tuition for over 60 musically gifted children from all over the world. An ensemble of pianists and string players comes to Scotland annually. Music in Lanark is proud to host the first concert of 2015’s tour! More info: http://www.musicinlanark.co.uk/

14th February – Valentines Dinner in the New Lanark Mill Hotel. Love is in the air! Enjoy a 3 course dinner with glass of bubbly on arrival, red rose & pianist in lounge for £29pp. Contact the New Lanark Mill Hotel on 01555 667200 or email [email protected]

 

Phew – that’s a busy month! We’ll hopefully see you at New Lanark very soon.

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

 

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04/02/15 New Lanark World Heritage Site , Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: February 2015

New Lanark Roof Garden February 2015

Roof Garden Diary: February 2015

Winter arrived in earnest in mid-January and a coating of frozen snow still lingers over New Lanark Roof Garden.  Even the stalwart heather ‘Silver Knight’ and the grasses have been flattened by the blanket of white.  The snowdrops, normally in bloom by February, are hardly showing.  Yet the days are slowly lengthening towards Spring.   In the photograph, the Braxfield Row houses are caught by the gold light of the February sun.

Enjoy the Roof Garden as part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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