Hiya! It is I, Bruce. Today I am here to tell you about the place called New Lanark.


Tom and Kate have been to this place many times, and are fond of it for many reasons. Kate particularly likes New Lanark because
1) it is the birthplace of Utopian Socialism and
2) it makes yarn.


As well as being an important World Heritage Site, New Lanark is a place where you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Falls of Clyde.


This was definitely the bit that interested me.


Up along the river banks and woods, there is much fun walking to be had. I smelt many interesting smells and went for a swim . . .


. . .I looked after the humans, hurrying them along the paths, and posing obligingly for photographs.


. . . I also heard some sounds that were new to me. For example, these icicles on the opposite bank made an interesting crrrrrrack and crrrrrash sound as they broke and fell into the river.


Then we came to a place called The Hide.


There was much excitement around The Hide because The Egg had just appeared in the nest of a Peregrine. The humans at The Hide had equipment through which Tom and Kate could look and see the Peregrine sitting on The Egg. Kate seemed quite interested in The Egg, but was perhaps even more animated by the colour of the Peregrine’s eyelids, which were apparently a very very very bright yellow. I was not allowed to look through the equipment, but I was very good on my lead and did not snaffle any of the Hide humans’ tasty meat-filled sandwiches while they were being distracted by the excitement of The Egg.


Now, I know and understand many human words — egg and chicken, for example, are two words that make a lot of sense to me. But two words that do not make sense are the words called Monkey Walking, which is what the humans shout at me with glee when I do this on a path with gaps in it:


The naming of things is perhaps the deepest of all human mysteries. For example, why is this crunchy, tasteless, pointless thing called Lichen when there is nothing to like about it at all?


Why is this piece of Scottish hydroelectrical equipment called YORKSHIRE?


Who named this bench BROWN LONG EARED BAT?


And which daft human decided that this fence should be called DONKEY?


Answers on a postcard, please . . .


See you soon, Love Bruce

Kate adds: A shout-out to Laura, the New Lanark ranger, who reads this blog and who we met on our walk today. Thanks so much to Laura and all her colleagues for their hard work maintaining this wonderful landscape for everyone to walk in and enjoy! xx

59 thoughts on “New Lanark, the egg, and the naming of things

  1. Kate, your blog always is a great joy to read. And when dear Bruce posts, it is especially joyful – it truly does make me think about thinks and take in things around me :)


  2. Hi Bruce! thanks for the nice post :) lovely places you have been to today.. the New Lanark yarn that Kate loves is indeed beautiful and I may have to order some at some point… the history of the mill and the social ideas at the base of it also sounds really interesting, so thanks for sharing!


  3. I so love vicarious daytrips as narrated by Bruce the Wonder Dog! I believe I’ll have to start a campaign to visit Scotland; I have a slew of materials since attending our Scottish Heritage Festival at the library over the weekend.


  4. Please is there a dog with a more expressive (and – sorry Bruce- comical) face? Look at the eyes while he has to sit for a picture with Kate. They simply scream “let me get back to my running!” Then the tongue out while crossing the wooden path- the very picture of concentration. Pure puzzlement over the lichen. Is it just me or should this doggie be in the movies? Photogenic plus personality = star!


  5. Yo, Bruce! Dawg I see you are getting down with tagging. Donkey on a fence? That’s art, my furry brother! Thanks for the morning walk. You make the monkey sing paw by paw by paw.


  6. Dear Bruce, you are a lovely and very intelligent dog. Thank you for sharing your experience, without you I problably never would know New Lenmark, this beautiful place and this precious yarn Mill. A big hug for you and many greetings to Kate and Tom. Have a nice weekend!


  7. heh…Yorkshire Switchgear made that piece of equipment Bruce (sssh, it’s not hydroelectrical btw, I’m just being pedantic!) Transformer I think, I’m out of practice identifying bits of substation kit!


  8. Bruce, I am glad to see your mistress up and about and taking walks. I hope this means she is feeling better and will continue recovering.


  9. Hi Bruce, I’m with you on the subject of paths with gaps – we who have small feet find them a trial to walk on! I hope you enjoyed your trip to Lanarkshire – famous of course because I was born there!! Give my love to Kate, Anne x


  10. My visit to New Lanark is mainly of crowds of visitors hooting with laughter as I scrambled down the bramble covered slope into the ‘town’ picking wild raspberries. I told them how delicious they were, as they were under the misapprehension that I’d want to share!


  11. Happy days, Bruce! I always like the places your humans take you – full of water, and brush, and wild critters. Best regards, and post again soon,
    Your friend,


  12. I live next to Lanark County here in Ontario, Canada, a part of the country settled by Scots (really, most of Canada outside of Quebec was!) It also has a history of mills, but sadly, they are no longer producing wool. Your walks and photos from the countryside are my favourite part of your blog, apart from the knitting, of course.


  13. yellow eyelids, meat-filled sammies, SWIM, monkey-walking and scots whimsy (a bench named donkey? a badger as tour guide? who knew?), utopian socialism, all, all, the attributes of a wonderful world. thank you, bruce. xxx


  14. At least Bruce walks across the open spots, if awkwardly. What a laugh we all had when my hubby had to carry our large black lab across a similar path!


  15. Hello Bruce, good to see you, looks like a great day out, despite its puzzles and I must say, Utopian Socialism are long words for a dog. Could you ask your person if she noticed what shade of New Lanark wool it was? It’s a lovely colour, wishing you many happy walks


  16. Ah Bruce, thank you very much for your helpful tour, you handsome hound, you. My dog, Jess, also used to do that endearingly daft lip-biting thing you are doing in the first photo, usually accompanied by a hufff-whine-yelp, whilst waiting at the front door for a double you-ay-el-kay (apparently, she learned to spell).


  17. Hi Bruce ,you and my spaniel would get on well ,she hates going over anything with gaps in it! Our regular walk has two such bridges over a river and she ” monkey walks “(love the term ) across and nothing will persuade her to stop or come back once over !


  18. Hi Bruce, it’s me, Colin, the choclat labby. Lucky you to live in sush a beautifull country! I also like to make long walks in the countryside with my mum en the Boss! Love to read your blogs! My mum likes the blogs of Kate, so whe are both happy! Paw, Colin


  19. Bruce, you have what we call a “curl lip” in that first picture! Our dogs usually give us that expressions when they want something.
    I have a feeling you and our Leo would enjoy knowing each other.


  20. New Lanark is one of my favourite places to visit too – and for all the same reasons!
    Looks like you all had a wonderful day together.


  21. oh dear! I’m visiting from Australia later in the year and looking forward to seeing New Lanark. I had NO IDEA there was also a yarn mill there!!!!! There lurks danger…. (to my finances)


  22. Ah, fond memories of day trips to New Lanark with the kids when we lived in Glasgow. An awful lot of years ago, and I’m STILL trying to find a project worthy of the kilo of oiled wool yarn I bought there!


  23. Dear Bruce:

    I am so glad to see you out and about, swimming and fetching and generally being curious about things. My human doesn’t take me outside, because she knows I will run away for an adventure all on my own (which would make her very worried and a wee bit sad). Your humans trust that you will stay with them, no matter how many odd things you encounter. My human took some wonderful photos of spring things in our neighborhood yesterday, but I didn’t get to enjoy the outdoors with her; I just snoozed while she was gone. I’m also not a big fan of swimming, but I do love birds! I have never seen a peregrine; I expect I would be fascinated and long to chase it about.

    Take care, and happy paw trails to you –
    George Bailey, the ginger wonder kitty


  24. I’m always glad to see your posts, and when I saw that Bruce was posting this time, I was even more excited. I think that the words, “Oh good, Bruce!” may have been uttered. This sounds like a nice outing, though cold. (Icicles? At the end of March? Brrrr!)


  25. I love New Lanark. We once stayed in Lanark with friends and stumbled across New Lanark whilst hiking. We had no idea it was there, and suddenly we found ourselves in the midst of a World Heritage Sight. It was a surreal, but excellent discovery.


  26. Dear Bruce: I am so envious of you, that you get to visit New Lanark often. I was in your part of the world not too long ago and very much wanted to visit there, but my traveling companions out-voted me, and we went to visit yet another castle instead.

    I agree with your head-scratching about the naming of things. I often find myself asking the same sort of thing when I see a truck for a certain company here in the United States, where I live. The company is called Yellow, but its logo is actually orange.


  27. It’s usually the yarns that grab my attention, but in this case it has all been about Robert Owen, what a guy and if I might say, an honorary Manc.


  28. Thanks for the travelouge. Was just reading an Isabel Dalhousie novel that mentioned the Falls of Clyde and your photos make me wish I weren’t a continent and ocean away! So glad you were able to enjoy a delightful outing.


  29. Dear Bruce, thank you for the post. I just read it to my husband as part of my campaign for us to do our next vacation in Scotland. As a token of my appreciation, I send you a “virtual doggie biscuit and bone”. Many thanks!


  30. Thanks, Bruce. I got to see New Lanark in 2010 when I was in Scotland for the first (and so far only) time. Your view of it is lovely and different from mine! I loved watching the equipment spin some yarns like the ones Kate admired. I can only spin one strand at a time. Those amazing mechanical contraptions can spin hundreds at once–but they do it just the same way I do! Drafting and putting in twist.


  31. I went to New Lanark last autumn and loved it! Being from DC it was interesting to see the connection to our own Smithsonian through Robert Owen’s sons… I also may have bought a kilo of yarn. I’m hoping to go again!


  32. We visited the mill at New Lanark last summer – of course I HAD to buy some yarn! I’m still deciding what to use it for, I want it to be something special – in the meantime, I just love ‘squishing’ it each time I see it in my stash and remembering a very lovely visit! :-)

    SueH The Knitting Assassin!
    Twitter – @Librarymaid


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