J is taking a week's vacation so we've decided to take a few little day trips around Edinburgh.
Yesterday we went to New Lanark.
New Lanark has a fascinating history. It started off as a cotton mill in the late 1700s. In the early 19th century Robert Owen purchased it. Owen was a firm believer in education and social reform. Later in life he actually went to America and tried to set up a Utopian town, which failed miserably (surprise!). As owner of the mill he set up an infancy school, lengthened the time the children stayed in school (the teachers were not allowed to punish the children), set up one of the first co-operative stores, and put into practice a crazy amount of other socialist ideas.
In 1968 the mill was shut down, but it's since been renovated and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a strange little informative ride (like Haunted Mansion in Disneyland, but with yarn), a working Spinning Mule and several rooms that you can go into which show what life was like back then.
Onto the pictures.
At the train station
On the train.
Oh no! The other passengers are turning into beach balls!
The weird ride.
Makin' a fool of myself
The Cora Linn Falls
Mechanic doing a bit of work on the spinning mule
And, the yarn I bought!!