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Diluain, 15/Sep/2014

Nice Islay scenery video

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Just a nice and simple Islay video tonight. Calm and relaxing, showing some scenery around the south of Islay. Sit back and enjoy:

Islay video from Robert Newcombe on Vimeo.

Nice work there from Robert, I hope there's more to come (so far this is the only video on his channel).

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Didòmhnaich, 14/Sep/2014

Islay Blogging Roundup #305

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That's a busy weekend coming to an end, at least I managed to get quite a few things done (or at least started) I had on my list for a while. This afternoon caught up on some photo processing, posted a set of pictures of changing guard at a Great Crested Grebe's nest. But that was in West Berkshire and this blog is about Islay, so let's move on to the Islay mentions in the blogs this week:

To start with a few Islay visits: I mentioned him last week already, this week Johnnie Does Ardbeg. Having discovered his blog had been mentioned here it was time to leave Islay, written in MALTE I SKOTTLAND 4 – 9 juni 2014 Dag 5. Esther writes about a cycling tour to the islands of Arran and Islay, Scotland. On Malts of Pandemonium we can read a long and interesting report about his Trip to Islay. Swiss Miss Adventures writes about a Scotland trip with Jean. The GrapeScot looks back on Caol Ila - tranquil, with a touch of TCP! Feis Ile 2014. They are not there yet, but on Scotch & Sci-Fi we can already read about Islay day Zero and wait for more to come.

A few Islay whisky tastings, starting with the Whisky Lassie speed tasting 4 whiskies - 5 minutes…. Someone with Annoying Opinions has an opinion on the Octomore 5.1 and the Port Charlotte PC8. Malt Fascination tastes the Laphroaig 1995, 17yo, 61.5%, Nurses and Doctors attend a Beach BBQ – SMWS (29.134). From Sweden peat.se writes Den verkliga lanseringen är Supernovan. Bozzy tastes the Bowmore Dorus Mor 10yo….

Jeffrey Hill of The English Blog (as in the language) picks up on a referendum related cartoon and spots the Islay link, see Cartoon: Scotland's Voice for it.

Ron writes about the wrecked Steamship Floristan at Kilchiaran Bay Islay. The Islay Estates news blog announces Harvesting Underway and writes about Whisky Rocks – An Islay Odyssey. On the 40 Walks Blog the final walk is Walking with Adrienne Scullion on 23 August 2014 from Saligo Bay to Machir Bay.

Moving on to the birdwatching and wildlife, the Islay Birds blog has Paul's sea watching, Peregrines and Hen Harriers and Susan and John's sightings. The INHT blog says Finding fungi was fun! and has news from the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust on tour!. John Armitage writes his Reflections on a Barn Owl neighbour! And on the RSPB Islay blog Mary writes about Autumn on the moor…

Again I'll close with the pictures, where Ron shares the Paps of Jura from Persabus and a sunset over Loch Indaal. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've picked Dramatic cliffs at Sanaigmore looking south, Wild Goats in the evening light and The Rhinns of Islay lighthouse from Claddach.

That's all for this week, more Islay blogging next week.

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Disathairne, 13/Sep/2014

Jura House Gardens panorama

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Finally got round to complete something I had wanted to do for well over a year. I'll take you over to Islay's neighbour Jura for it, to a place which unfortunately is now closed to the public. The place in question is Jura House Gardens, where I created a panorama of how it looked in 2010:

Panoramic picture of a walled garden

The picture above is the as usual far too small preview, for the real thing (assuming you've got Apple's Quicktime installed) go to the QTVR panoramic view over Jura House Gardens in my Isle of Jura panoramas collection. For those who can't see it I'll post a larger plain picture version (larger as in twice as big as the picture above) on the Islay Pictures photoblog on Sunday morning.

I hope you'll enjoy the panorama either way, to bring back memories or to discover a place unfortunately now closed to the public.

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Dihaoine, 12/Sep/2014

Friday Islay Picture #338 - Gulls at Sunset

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Getting a bit late this evening, but I don't want to leave you without a Friday Islay picture. After a nice meal of steak with garlic butter and some red wine I've now moved on to a wee dram of Laphroaig PX Cask and chocolate. The picture I've picked is another one of the only sunset I was able to enjoy on Islay this June because of my injury:

Picture of an approaching sunset with a bunch of birds swirling around in the air

A few gulls swirling around in the air at the approaching sunset in Saligo Bay. A nice view at a day coming to an end. A quite calming view with the calm seas enjoyed that evening.

That's all I've got for today. Good night and have a great weekend!

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Diardaoin, 11/Sep/2014

Colonsay Music Festival 2014

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The Islay Jazz Festival starts tomorrow, so I could write about that. But then again I don't really know much about jazz, so I've decided to write about another music festival, one that started today. It's not on Islay either, but just across the sea on Colonsay:

Ceòl Cholasa, Colonsay's Music Festival kicked off today with 16 concerts on the list. The guests include the Battlefield Band, Rura, Kathleen MacInnes, David Francey, Bella Hardy, Mairearad and Anna, Pauline Alexander and Marit and Rona. Quite impressive lineup!

To give you an idea of how some of it will sound two videos I've picked out:

RURA - Mary

YouTube: Rona Wilkie And Marit Fält Live At Glasgow's St Patrick's festival 2012

I'm sure everyone will have a great time, if there are any reports or videos available later I'll post a follow up.

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Diciadain, 10/Sep/2014

TheAirBag.net comes to Islay

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An interesting event will take place on Islay in just over a week, especially for all the daredevils young (well, older than 12 years) and old. As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Mactaggart Leisure Centre one the main attractions will be a visit of the airbag of The AirBag.Net. To give you an idea what to expect here's a promo video I found:

YouTube: TheAirBag.Net Promo

The celebrations will take place on Saturday 20/Sep/2014 on the Bowmore Playing Fields from 12:00 - 17:00. Unfortunately the minimum age for TheAirBag.Net is 12 years (probably leaving a few youngsters disappointed), but there will also be other attractions like Body Zorbs, bike work shops, electrics bikes, BBQ and more.

Before I close for today another video of TheAirBag.Net in action. As there won't be any snowboarding on Islay this will probably be closer to how it will look next week:

YouTube: MBUK take on theairbag.net

I hope everyone will have a lot of fun and that there will be plenty of pictures and videos from the stunts…

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Diluain, 08/Sep/2014

Goddard Radio Moscow reviews Islay Ales

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Having earlier posted a picture of Inside Islay Ales brewery on the photoblog I thought I post a video of a beer review of one of their ales here tonight. The review is from GoddardRadioMoscow, but doesn't come from Russia. Also don't let the German football shirt he's wearing confuse you, he's not from Germany either. Enjoy:

YouTube: Beer Review #310: SBM #4 - Islay Ales - Saligo Ale (Scotland)

Having mentioned the German football shirt, he seems to have spent quite a lot of time in Germany, including in Heidelberg where my sister lives. He reviewed some of the beers of the Vetter Brauhaus, where my sister takes me when I visit her. I should think Walter Schobert of Islay Ales probably knows them from when he lived not far away in Germany.

There will be more reviews from him of Islay Ales in the course of his Scottish Beer Month, I'll try to mention them here if possible.

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Didòmhnaich, 07/Sep/2014

Islay Blogging Roundup #304

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Sunday afternoon again after a rather quiet weekend for me. Updated the Islay Pictures photoblog to the latest software yesterday and tinkered with the design, adding a header picture. I picked one of me taking pictures in Saligo Bay, courtesy of my sister Imke. But now over to the task at hand, this week's Islay mentions in the blogs:

A few Islay whisky posts: The Whisky Moose tasted the Kilchoman 100% Islay - 4th Edition - 50% while the Buffalo Whisky Guild went for The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley. The Pyromaniacs experienced an Ardbegeddon. On the Bruichladdich News blog a heads up for Cbs News '60 Minutes' To Feature Jim McEwan. I mentioned it previously, now Peter Moser has an update about his Kalender 2015: Islay & Jura – für den guten Zweck IJSCF – jetzt kaufen!. Caskstrength.net has The A.L.S. Challenge (that's Ardbeg's Latest Supernova) while the GrapeScot just says Bruichladdich rocks!

Malte from Sweden visited Islay in June, his blog posts about it so far cover MALTE I SKOTTLAND 4 -9 juni 2014 Dag 2, MALTE I SKOTTLAND 4 -9 juni 2014 Dag 3 and MALTE I SKOTTLAND 4 – 9 juni 2014 Dag 4. Johnnie of The Nosing Arse also went distillery touring on Islay, so far covering Johnnie Does Bowmore and Johnnie Does Laphroaig.

Mashtun and Meow (that's Jim and Laura) has a series of posts about their Islay visit starting with Islay 2014: Bowmore Open Day. This was followed by Islay 2014: Bruichladdich Warehouse Experience, Favourite Pubs: The Lochside Hotel and Islay 2014: Lagavulin. I believe there's more to come.

On Voyages of Norman James we can read about a passing visit in The Sound of Iona and Loch Tarbert, Isle of Jura and Islay Sound and Port Ellen. Hopefully they will return for a longer visit soon. Another visitor by boat writes on Blaze Around, where we find pics day 46 Barbae Dounie to Jura, pics day 47 Jura to Gigha to Islay, pics day 48-49 Port Ellen and pics day 50 Port Ellen (Islay) to Campbeltown.

The Scottish Islands Explorer writes about Port Askaig in Postcode Preferences. On Wednesday the Earth Science Picture of the day was of Creag Mhor - The Rhinns of Islay. Ron wrote a Wee Guide to Beaches on Islay while Becky to German walkers up Beinn Bheigier - "Wenn Engel reisen, lacht der Himmel".

Moving on to the birdwatching and wildlife, the Islay Birds blog starts the month with the rainfall stats and Bob and Martin's sightings. There are also various visitor sightings and sightings from RSPB walks on Islay and Jura. On the INHT blog we find a wee taster for a walk to Lily Loch.

To finish as usual the pictures again: A Swedish site has pictures of Vackra Islay, Skottland (according to Google Translate vackra means beautiful). Ron shares a rainbow at Persabus and a sunset at Saligo. A different kind of picture (it's a painting) in Sarah's birthday present for her dad. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've picked The old bakery in Bowmore (mainly for all the wonderful responses), the Overcast day in the dunes at Machir Bay and Mull and Colonsay seen across Loch Gorm, Isle of Islay.

That's all for this week, more next week. Good night!

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Disathairne, 06/Sep/2014

Barnacle, Fish or Fowl?, Islay video

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Regular readers might remember Philippa Mitchell's Barnacle – fish or fowl? project. Late last year I asked Want to help Philippa with her Islay Barnacle Geese project? and her blog appeared in several Islay blogging roundups. Recently her son Huw made a film of their Islay visit and art exhibition in April this year:

Islay from Philippa Mitchell on Vimeo.

Nicely done by Huw, telling the story of their visit and the exhibition. I hope you'll enjoy it, for more about the project please visit Philippa's website.

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Dihaoine, 05/Sep/2014

Friday Islay Picture #337 - Dune Path

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And then it was Friday, time for the Friday Islay picture. Decided to keep it simple, just a view of a path through the dunes leading to Machir Bay. An inviting path:

Picture of a sandy path leading through dunes

I hope you enjoy the tantalising view of the path to the beach, may be your imagination will take you down to the beach now?

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