Welcome to the first New Lanark Gardens Diary of 2017!
Up until about 100 years ago in Scotland, the first Monday in the new year was known as Handsel Monday and this was the day on which people exchanged presents. The First Statistical Account tells us that it was a day ‘for recreation and merry-making’. The word ‘handsel’ meant to put a gift in someone’s hand and could also mean to inaugurate or start something new. The first photo for New Lanark Gardens Diary 2017 shows the houses at Caithness Row in low-angled sunlight with birch trees in the foreground and a crisp frost on the grass. Very best wishes for 2017 to all our readers, guests and visitors!
2017 also happens to be Visit Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. You can find out more about how you can be involved in this exciting year at New Lanark by visiting our website.
Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger