A Day Out At New Lanark

New Lanark is a World Heritage site on the River Clyde, about 40 miles South east of Glasgow.  We were lucky enough to visit this place as a family this past summer – I had visited several times growing up as it is a popular destination for school field trips, but certainly appreciated it more this time around.  Founded in 1786, New Lanark is a preserved example of attempted Utopian society and planned settlements.  As a village based the around cotton mills, it became synonymous with welfare, social reform and the burgeoning Industrial Revolution of the 18th century in Great Britain.  The Mills operated commercially until the 1960s, but remain preserved to this day, along with the village and local community.  My husband was happy to get the opportunity to get pictures he could use for his history classes, and we had fun traipsing around the historic village in spite of the rain!


New Lanark on the banks of the River Clyde



Some examples of the machinery used



The cotton mills and housing


Robert Owen’s house


Clay and Erin outside Robert Owens’ house


**I had planned to post about this when we actually *visited* last August….but I’m running about 6 months behind 🙂


Dreaming of Summer

Here are some more pictures of our time in Scotland and Erin’s 2 year photoshoot with our dear friends ThisPaperShip!  Also pictured is our adorable neice, Millie Grace, who was the intended purpose of our summer trip.  Erin loves her new little cousin very much, and it gave us such joy to see her interacting with Millie. We are very blessed to have such a great relationship with our family – not many families can understand how we all stay so close being so far away but again, that is just another bonus of the third culture lifestyle.


Now that we are back in Dallas, we are full steam ahead again in our respective day jobs.  I love Autumn so much and can’t wait until it arrives and the Holiday season can inch its way closer to us! I do miss all the activities that the summer here brings us, even though we are certainly keeping busy with Erin and work.  We have some fun things on the calendar coming up, and plenty of projects in our house to get underway, so we never find ourselves without something to do.

Our summer trip was so much fun. We got take Erin to Inverness, and we spent some time exploring Castle Urqhart and Loch Ness. Erin was very fascinated with the trebuchet, and her daddy happily explained it to her.
castle urquart






Here are some other snapshots taken at King’s Park in Stirling and Callendar House in Falkirk. King’s Park is a right of passage for all Stirling kids 🙂



And finally, some more of Princess Erin









Now back to the reality of work and our busy weekly schedule. Roll on Autumn and the Holidays!!