May is a lovely time at New Lanark. Earlier in the month the apple tree in Robert Owen’s Garden was covered in white blossom, and around the village the sprouting green foliage contrasts with the stone of the 200-year-old mill buildings.
The mavis or song-thrush pours out its song over the valley. Mavis derives its name from May and avis, the Latin word for bird. The spell of long, dry weather had left the River Clyde very low, exposing its flat gray rocks, but with the recent return of the rain, the river is just covering them again.
In New Lanark Roof Garden, as in previous years, a mother duck and her chicks had to be rescued by rangers from the Scottish Wildlife Trust after the chicks hatched out in the roof garden and were trapped there!
Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger