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19/05/17 Roof Garden # , , ,

New Lanark Garden Diary: May 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: May 2017

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 Apple Tree in Robert Owen’s Garden

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.

Where have the Falls gone?!

 

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!

Last year’s duck family on the go

 

Find out more about visiting New Lanark this spring. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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31/03/16 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark Mill Hotel , New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site # , , , , , , , ,

May Bank Holiday Activities at New Lanark

May Bank Holiday Activities at New Lanark

This year the Early May Bank Holiday falls on Monday 2nd May. Make it a ‘May Day’ to remember with a trip to New Lanark World Heritage Site!

 

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Spring Food & Gift Fair – Monday 2nd May

Our annual Spring Food & Gift Fair will be taking place on the May Bank Holiday, with a host of stalls selling local produce, crafts and gifts! Entry is free and the fair runs from 10am-4pm. Also available will be New Lanark Ice Cream, New Lanark Wool & Textiles and special stalls from the Mill Shop & Village Store!

 

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New Lanark Visitor Centre

The award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre tells the fascinating story of the cotton mill village of New Lanark which was founded in the 18th century. There are many attractions to enjoy within the Visitor Centre, including: Annie McLeod Experience Ride, Roof Garden, Robert Owen’s School for Children, Millworkers’ House in 1820s and 1930s, Robert Owen’s House, Village Store and the Working Textile Machinery / People & Cotton Exhibition. A full day at New Lanark Visitor Centre can be complemented by lunch in the Mill Café, and a browse in the two shopping areas – the Mill Shop & Village Store.

 

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Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve

New Lanark World Heritage Site is surrounded by native woodlands and is the gateway to the famous Falls of Clyde: ideal for woodland walks this May Bank Holiday and wildlife spotting at the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve. Look out for wildlife and you may catch a glimpse of kingfishers, otters, deer and badgers.

 

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Clearburn Picnic & Play Area

In March 2016 Clearburn was awarded ‘Best Picnic Area within a UK Heritage Location’ at the Hudsons Heritage Awards 2016. In September 2014, we were delighted to open our brand new Clearburn Picnic and Play Area which will be a fantastic resource for the community and visitors alike. The development of the project was generously supported by The Big Lottery Fund and The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. With adventure play areas, a giant willow storytelling dome, a secret hideaway tree house, and bug hotels (to name just a few of the features of the Play Area!) there is more than enough to keep the kids entertained.

 

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New Lanark Mill Hotel

Why not make a full weekend away of your May Bank Holiday? We have a number of accommodation options onsite so you can wake up in a World Heritage Site! We have the stunning New Lanark Mill Hotel, Wee Row Hostel and 8 self-catering Waterhouses.

 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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07/05/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Ted’s May at New Lanark

Ted’s May at New Lanark

Hi again everyone, Ted here! I hope you’ve all been enjoying the nice weather (while it lasted!) There were certainly lots of visitors soaking up the sun at New Lanark whilst exploring the village, walking to the Falls, enjoying Clearburn and enjoying a New Lanark Ice Cream cone, or two!

We’re only one week into May and I’ve already been really busy at New Lanark and going ‘up the hill’ to the town of Lanark.

On Monday 4th May New Lanark hosted its annual Spring Food and Gift Fair. Over 600 visitors came down to enjoy some delicious Scottish produce and pick up some wonderful hand made crafts. I had a great day checking out all of the different stalls, and even had my first taste of the famous Arbroath Smokies!

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Getting the fish ready for the smoker!

At the weekend I also popped into the new exhibition in the River Room at New Lanark. ‘Seasonal Inspirations’ is a beautiful collection of paintings by local artists Eileen, Eve and Nancy – some of them are even available to buy. Entry to the exhibition is free, and it’s running 10am-5pm daily until the 29th of May! (closed 16th May)

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Impressive paintings at ‘Seasonal Inspirations’

Last week I took a trip up to Lanark to visit the Lanark Museum! The museum is now located within the YMCA building in the Bloomgate. It’s open from 11am-4pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from April to September. It has loads of interesting artefacts including old photographs of Lanark, historical Lanimer crowns and a stone marking where William Wallace’s house would have stood! You can find out more about the Lanark Museum online at www.lanarkmuseum.org, by visiting their Facebook page or calling 01555 666680.

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Checking out some old photographs…

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All hail King Ted!

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The crown jewels….of Lanark!

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Looking forward to Wallace Weekend on 23-24 May!

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Using the touchscreen to find out about the history of Lanark…

 

When I’ve not been gallivanting I’ve been ‘pom pom’ing!  New Lanark are planning a ‘Craft Bomb’ to join in the celebrations with the launch of Voluntary Arts Week which is all about celebrating the nation’s creativity from 15-24 May 2015. You can get involved by making a pom pom or any other knitted creation and sending it to New Lanark before 15th May. (you can drop it off at Visitor Centre reception or post to Melissa Reilly, New Lanark Trust, New Lanark Mills, Lanark, ML11 9DB) They’ll then use all of the creations to decorate a secret part of New Lanark on 15th May! You can check out this great tutorial which teaches you how to make pom poms with forks and toilet rolls. 

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These pom poms are quite comfy!

 

I’ll hopefully see you at New Lanark soon! Did you know that throughout the whole of May you can get 25% off New Lanark Visitor Centre tickets by downloading this voucher, printing it off and showing at reception? What a great way to explore the award winning Visitor Centre with great attractions like the Annie McLeod Experience, Historic Classroom, Roof Garden & Clearburn Natural Play Area!

There’s lots of other great events coming up in May, including…

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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20/04/15 Events at New Lanark # , , , , , ,

Meet the Stallholders: New Lanark Food & Gift Fair

Meet the Stallholders: New Lanark Food & Gift Fair

To celebrate Visit Scotland’s ‘Year of Food and Drink’, New Lanark’s annual Spring Food and Gift Fair on Monday 4th May will highlight the best of local produce and include demonstrations by chefs and producers from across Scotland. The fair will also include arts & crafts and gifts & accessories, along with demonstrations from traditional crafters and artisan producers. Our in-house produced New Lanark wool will feature and there will be the chance to take part in some knitting and crafting workshops! Entry to the fair is free. Ticket required for Visitor Centre Exhibitions.

Take a look at some of the wonderful crafts & produce on offer…

James Dinnen – painter
James Dinnen is a Scottish artist selling his original artwork and prints. He specialises in stunning colourist Scottish west coast landscapes , cityscapes and figurative work. His work is colourful modern and bold and will add colour and vibrance to any room. His work is in private collections around the world such is the demand from expatriate Scots for his nostalgic and modern cityscapes and landscapes.

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The Bijou Wine Co
Why not enjoy a beautiful glass of wine whilst wandering around the many stalls at The Food and Gift Fair? The Bijou Wine Co is a quirky wee wine bar serving stunning wines to enjoy at the Fair or you can buy a bottle (or two) to enjoy at home.

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Janet and John – shop/gallery
Janet & John is a small shop/gallery just off Byres Road in Glasgow’s West End, promoting the work of almost 50 artists and crafters, all of whom are based in Scotland. I sell my handknitting through the shop, some of which will be included on the stall and I will be demonstrating one of my patterns at the fair. Visit our website, Facebook page or Twitter.

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Angel Wire Jewellery – Vibrant Fun Aluminium
Unique hand crafted Jewellery made from Light, Non Allergenic Aluminium. Fun and vibrant inspired by the colours of the Mediterranean.

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Tom’s Tablet – Scottish tablet
“Tablet is something I remember from my own childhood growing up in Scotland. My Grandma used to make it for us to enjoy – happy memories!  I took her recipe and after much practice to perfect the flavour, the colour, and consistency, I taste-tested it on my Dad. I worked hard to make the ‘best batch’ especially for him.  Today, I pay homage to his memory by producing… TOM’S TABLET,  ‘the best batch of finest quality Scottish Tablet’ from Rona Orr, Founding Partner

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Rona has been producing tablet for 10 years now and after much practice has perfected her Grandma’s version of the “best batch”. Diane, her childhood friend, brings 20 years of brand experience having worked for some of the globe’s most influential brands. Together, they have pulled on each others strengths to develop Tom’s Tablet!

OUR VALUES
Quality is key to our success.  We work extremely hard to produce ‘our best batch of Scottish Tablet’ using the highest quality of ingredients.  As soon as the tablet has cooled, our customer service team aim to provide the best service possible to our valued customers.

OUR BELIEFS
TOM’S TABLET is based in Scotland.  Our product is, and will always be  ‘made in Scotland’.  Both Rona and Diane lost their Dads prematurely.  To mark this, each season, we donate a percentage of profits to our nominated charities.

 

Lochielknits
Lochielknits is a home based business which is situated in a small rural location, 2 miles from the historic market town of Lanark. I take pride in making quality hand knits in a smoke free environment. The yarns which I use include alpaca, cotton and merino wool although I also provide items knitted in acrylic for those whose allergies require it. I stock a selection of women’s accessories, children and baby items and cushion, e reader and phone covers. Visit me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lochielknits

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Thistly Cross Cider
Established in 2008, Thistly Cross has gained a reputation for making award winning ciders that people rave about. Using fresh fruit, including strawberries from our own farm, we pride ourselves on maintaining our core values and pride in everything we make; we’re invested at every step of the cider-making process, from apple to bottle. We’re bringing all 6 of our cider varieties to New Lanark: Original, Traditional, Whisky Cask, Strawberry, Ginger and Elderflower. Visit our website, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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The Linen Chest
I have had the Linen Chest for 22 years and deal in soft furnishings. I try to source all my stock in Scotland failing that UK . I have throws, cushions draught excluders (mainly in winter), coasters . Candles (which are made in Scotland), fridge magnets and small household giftware. I also have a small selection of tablecloths and napkins but usually in winter.

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Agnes MacLean Glass
I am a glass artist who specialises in stained glass specifically tiffany style wall art/sun catchers, clocks, mirrors and tea light holders. You can visit my website or like my Facebook page here.
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Superlative Pearls
What started as a hobby, moved quickly to become a passion and ended up an obsession! Hand made jewellery and all things glittery – I just can’t stop making them, so much so that I had to end up selling them to fund my obsession. My customers seem happy enough with that! My jewellery is sparkly and beautiful and because this is more a hobby than a business I can afford to sell gorgeous jewellery at pocket friendly prices. The more I sell the more I get to make – everyone wins!

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All That’s Delicious
“All That’s Delicious” was set up in 2012, after working as a professional chef for high end hotels and international cruise ships around the world. During this time I worked with some of Britain’s well known celebrity Chefs who gave me the inspiration to create my own brand. We have created a fabulous range of baking mixes using quality ingredients, measured out and ready to bake. Our mixes make home baking fun, quick, easy and enjoyable. In our range we have also crafted an indulgent,melt-in-the-mouth collection of handmade Scottish Tablet. Including our Award winning Traditional which was awarded a Great Taste award in 2014. We currently stock Farm shops, Gift Shops and Delicatessens throughout Scotland. Including the luxury Gleneagles hotel and Scottish Parliament to name a few.

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Video History Scotland
Video History Scotland are an independent producer and distributor of a range of unique Scottish archive history and nostalgic Scottish memories DVD titles covering areas that include the Clyde and Highland Steamer fleet and Scottish maritime history, historic accounts of towns and islands of the Clyde and the West Highlands and historic archive titles covering Scottish Steam train and railway journeys amongst others. Our titles have been written produced and manufactured in Scotland. These are unique productions that have been written and produced using rare archive materials from our archive libraries. Visit us online at www.videohistoryscotland.com
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Karuna’s Sweet Gifts
I will be selling handmade Belgian chocolate. These will be in the form of 3d shoes, trucks etc, lollies, and chocolate cards. Chocolate bouquets and sweet cones. For pictures of many more www.facebook.com/KarunasSweetGifts.
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 COUTAL
We are a Scottish company dealing directly with a woman’s co-operative in Morocco. We bring over argan nut kernel powder which we refine and add essential oils in a 7 stage process.

Our main product is our argan powder face and body scrub and we also hand craft a range soaps with Scottish flowers, herbs and argan powder, which is our unique selling point. We give on site free hand treatment demonstrations so people can sample our products.

COUTAL exfoliates and deeply cleanses the skin. It removes impurities and refines and softens skin texture. The concentrated oils in the argan powder superhydrate the epidermis; regenerating, replenishing and nourishing the skin.

COUTAL is completely authentic and non-gimmicky. It is simply a product that works…

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iheartbags – Harris tweed bags and accessories
My company, iheartbags is pleased to introduce itself to your readers. I design and make Harris tweed bags and accessories. I started off a couple of years ago making bags for friends before finding some Harris tweed and have not done any other make since then. I develop different styles suggested by my customers, such as tote bags of two sizes. I also make I-pad and kindle covers as well as phone covers and cushions. I have a small workroom which is packed with tweeds and enjoy spending as many hours sewing as possible.

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Unique Shabby Chic
We are two ladies who created a company with a vision to make original hand crafted gifts from scratch. We work from home and love attending craft fayres. We also sell online at www.facebook.com/unique.shabbychic.589. Bespoke wooden gifts hand crafted with love and personalised to order. Your vision is our creation. If in doubt add glitter ♥

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The Wee Fudge Company
The Wee Fudge Company is an award winning artisan producer of Scottish Fudge. Voted Best Producer at Feastren 2012 the business also holds a Great Taste Award and was a finalist in the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2014. They will be selling an extensive range of fresh fudge made from fine natural ingredients; all free of artificial additives, colourings and flavourings.

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Glam Glass

Local artisan glassware. Individually designed and handcrafted pieces to provide sparkle to your home, or a special gift. From beautiful plates,bowls and coasters to stunning light catching candle waves, suncatchers and tealight holders. Each item is unique and crafted by me in my own studio. Commissions a speciality. Classes and workshops available. Join me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Glamglass2.

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Chocolaaah!
I’m a small, fledgling company based in Hyndford Bridge, and I started making chocolate goodies last year with the view to being able to work from home. Everything is made by my own fair hands, adding no artificial preservatives. My filled chocolates don’t have a long shelf life because of this, but this just means that there’s no excuse for not eating them straight away! I also produce novelty chocolate gifts such as hand decorated chocolate shoes, champagne bottles, mini chocolate pizzas, thank you gifts for teachers, teapots…anything that’s hopefully just a little bit different. Join me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Chocolaaah

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Lilias Silk Paintings
As a Silk Painter working from my own studio in the south side of Glasgow,I exhibit and sell throughout Scotland including Paisley Art Gallery,Auld Kirk Museum,Stirling Castle and Kirkcubright Art Festival. Working on pure silk with vibrant dyes I specialise in the “Gutta Resist” technique which allows me to indulge my passion for unusual architecture.My quirky buildings and atmospheric landscapes are inspired by our travels throughout Scotland and Ireland. My work also includes handpainted silk scarves,ties,corsages and cards with many pieces going abroad. I am happy to accept painting commissions. Visit me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LiliasSilkPaintings

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Damn Delicious
We are a family run farm based near Biggar, Scotland and we take great pride in using unique and natural farming methods to ensure that our meat is of the finest quality and always tastes absolutely delicious – it’s meat like it should be. At the New Lanark Spring Food and Gift Fair we will be offering our Amazing Damn Delicious Aberdeen Angus Burgers as well as Wild Venison Burgers. We will also have a selection of our Grass fed Natural Beef and Lamb  for sale. Visit our website or join us on Facebook.

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Mulberry Foods
Selling a delicious selection of preserves, sauces and sweet treats!

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Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership – Victorian Tour
Come say hello to the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership team and find out what projects they’re working on which celebrate and enhance the unique landscape and cultural heritage of the area from ancient wooded gorges to designed landscapes. Join the free Victorian themed tour to Corra Linn by booking at www.cavlp.eventbrite.co.uk.

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Clydesdale Community Initiatives – Free woodworking course
Join the FREE Green Woodworking Course and make your own stool with Clydesdale Community Initiatives! Specialist workshops start at 11am and 2pm, lasting 2 hours each. Materials and equipment are provided free of charge but places are limited so call 01555 664 211 or email [email protected] to book, quick!

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RSPB Scotland – sowing wildflower seeds
Come along and sow some wildflower seeds with RSPB Scotland. These will grow into some beautiful plants that will attract bees and butterflies to your garden. You can also find out about the stunning Baron’s Haugh RSPB nature reserve in Motherwell. You can visit our website here!

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 Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

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