Episode 36: The One With The Circus Music and a Trip to New Lanark Mill

They don't muck about round here.

They don’t muck about round here.

We’re back with a slightly belated episode with lots of comedy circus fun for you to enjoy. Expect a good ab workout to occur during this high-comedy show. Grab your knitting and a tissue to wipe away the tears of laughter!

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PodRetreat 2015

Story time this week where there is a roundup of all the happenings at PodRetreat2015, including patio chairs, statues of Elvis and fuse box infernos. If you want several good reasons why you shouldn’t buy French cars or Welsh farmhouses, you’ll find them here.

Don't. Buy. French. Cars.

Don’t. Buy. French. Cars.

The car broke down. This was a bad thing. The fact we weren’t involved in a serious accident? Miraculous.



The RAC man was terribly nice and arrived quickly to hook up the car in the pouring rain whilst we melted in the cab.

Priorities. All to calm the nerves, of course. Wigan Central.

Priorities. All to calm the nerves, of course. Wigan Central.

If you find yourself in a bind and need some decent real ale and a pork pie, Wigan Central is the place to go, owned by Prospect Brewery. Highly recommend the Nutty Slack and Pickaxe Porter.

Get the brews in.

Get the brews in.

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Enablers’ Corner

In Enablers’ Corner, we visit New Lanark UNESCO World Heritage Site in Scotland and learn a bit about the mill and social impact it had. There’s a quick description of the facilities on offer there as well as inforation about the yarn they spin, which is the main thing we all want to know about, after all.

Izzy McLeod meets The Shining.

Izzy McLeod meets The Shining.

The Mill is situated about 40km south-east of Glasgow in Scotland and was built in 1786 by David Dale, in partnership with Richard Arkwright. The mills, land and village were sold on in 19th Century to a partnership which included Dale’s son-in-law, Robert Owen.

Owen was a philanthropist and social reformer, who proved it was possible to have healthy, clean conditions, with a happy workforce and still be a profitable business. He pioneered improvement of conditions within the mill and introduced free healthcare and education. He also built the first infants’ school in Britain in 1817.

There are many things to see and do at the mill these days, including the visitor centre, rides, walks, picnics and a comprehensive learning and outreach program. The Prestonpans Tapestry is currently being exhibited at the mill, a 104m wide, volunteer stitched work of art. There’s a hotel and youth hostel on site and the Clyde Walkway also runs through the village. There is a beautiful garden on the roof of one of the mills which offers outstanding views of the surroundings.

Frog on the fountain in the roof garden.

Frog on the fountain in the roof garden.

The mill still produces knitting yarn for sale, from British wool, which is not only very reasonably priced, but also all the profits go back into the upkeep of the mill. What’s not to love?

The Pattern Pick

Finally, the Famous Shinybees Pattern Pick returns and it’s a bit of a crazy one on the subject of ‘ball’. Warning: may cause you to laugh so hard you urinate.


Thanks for listening, I hope you enjoyed the episode. Please feel free to get in contact with any feedback or just for a crafty natter. Educational points about the differences between terms in English and that language the Americans speak always welcomed!

Show notes as always are on the blog at www.shinybees.com.

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