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Didòmhnaich, 27/Jul/2014

Islay Blogging Roundup #299

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Almost there. The next roundup will be the 300th edition, if all goes to plan next Sunday. Apart from that, the recovery from my leg injury continues, did a few more full runs this week, followed by rest days with walking only. Continue to feel better, but I think it will at least be another 2-3 weeks until I'm happy. But enough of that, back to the roundup and what the blogs have been saying about Islay this week:

A few Islay whisky posts: The Whisky Ledger had a Laphroaig PX Cask.. or is it? (you'll have to read to find out, not giving it away here) and Sisco writes about an Islay whisky featuring in the film Constantine (2005). The Bruichladdich news blog writes about Natural Wine Marries Natural Whisky. Fredde tastes the SMWS 3.194 “Surf and Turf BBQ” 58,3% (Bowmore)

Gordon continues his reports from his Islay visits with Islay Visit Part XXXVII The Second Instalment!, The continuing Islay Visit Part XXXVII and Islay Visits PartXXXVII – Now where were we? Somehow missed this last week, Ian and Madge have Thurs 17th July – Isle of Islay. In Wednesday Nina mentions a rather expensive souvenir she's now using. Elena writes about her cycling holiday including a visit to Islay in Scotch Whisky! Douglas (who is also a birdwatcher, so it's an early birdwatching link) spent a holiday on Islay & Jura.

Ron writes about the Big Strand and A Stunning Kintra Sunset. Two former Bowmore stills who made their way from Islay to Canada get a mention (with picture) in Day 53 - Wednesday, July 24 - Ceididh Trail.

Of course there was birdwatching and wildlife: On the Islay Birds blog we find Jonny's sightings, Swallows, Cuckoos and Pheasants and Janice and Tim's sightings. On the INHT blog read about Kilnaughton flora and hoverflies, the Geology Ramble - Kilchiaran 20th July and a Swallow-tailed Moth. On the RSPB Islay blog the Butterflies abound…, there was The Wee Bee Hunt and a Grayling, Isle of Islay. Jim of nibirds (Northern Ireland birders) is looking at an Islay Boat Trip from Ballycastle in August.

The pictures: Ron has a spring view of Portnahaven. Chris Townsend digs out some older pictures of The Paps of Jura. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've picked Going surfing in the evening sun, Port Ellen distillery warehouses and maltings and Lagavulin distillery in the mild evening light, Isle of Islay.

That's all I've got for this week, I hope you found something interesting. Good night for now, more next week.

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Disathairne, 26/Jul/2014

Diving at the Isle of Gigha

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Tonight something a little bit different: Away from Islay to its neighbour the Isle of Gigha, and from above sea level we go under water for some diving. James Hartley (who you will hear from again in another blog entry soon) takes us to the Gigha Pinnacle:

YouTube: Gigha Pinnacle

James says it's one of the healthiest reefs he has seen in the UK, which must be a good sign for the waters around Gigha and Islay. I was just amazed by the amount of underwater life there, all the fish and plants and everything. I hope you've enjoyed it as well, I'm planning to blog another video by him in the coming days.

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Dihaoine, 25/Jul/2014

Friday Islay picture #332 - Field at Kilchoman

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It's Friday again, so it's time for another Friday Islay picture. Due to my injury I only I took a fraction of the pictures I thought I'd take during my Islay visit in June. Still, managed to take a few, here's one of them:

Picture of a field with high grass and flowers in bright sunshine

A nice colourful field at Kilchoman in the bright June sun. Just liked the view, the colours of the field under the bright blue sky.

And that is all for tonight. Good night!

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Diardaoin, 24/Jul/2014

Archie enjoying the beach in Machir Bay, Islay

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Running quite a bit later than planned, so the entry I had originally planned for today will have to wait for another day (it will take longer to prepare than I have time tonight). So instead I'll let you watch Archie enjoying the beach and dunes in Machir Bay:

YouTube: Archie3

I have to admit I'm not entirely sure the dog is called Archie, I'm just assuming it based on the title of the video. In any case, he certainly seems to have a great time. Sticks, sand and dunes to run around in, what more could a dog want?

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Diciadain, 23/Jul/2014

Plane departure from Islay with a difference

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Regular readers will be well aware that I love Islay from the air pictures and videos. Recently I came across another one from a plane departing from Islay. Usually the videos and pictures are from inside the plane, this one is a little bit different. The camera is mounted under one of the wings, the first one where I can recall seeing this done:

YouTube: Islay early AM departure

With the camera not having to film through a window I think the view is much better, much clearer. I love the views, the colours of the landscape. Only minor disappointment is that Patrick didn't go past Port Ellen and the distilleries (although you can catch a short glimpse of Ardbeg at around 3:45 min if you watch closely). Hopefully he'll return to Islay one day and catch up on that in similar glorious weather.

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Didòmhnaich, 20/Jul/2014

Islay Blogging Roundup #298

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If I want to hit the 300 mark this summer I think I better get going. After the return of the Friday Islay picture, my first full run since the injury (rested today, only went for a walk) and this summer's gardening (a view from the other side) it is time to bring back the Islay blogging roundup. What have the blogs been saying about Islay recently?

Let me start with a new blog from Islay, called ANGELADUNBAR. As the name indicates, it's by Angela Dunbar, an Islay Folk Singer. You can find videos and other news on the blog.

A few Islay visitors: Gordon writes from his Islay Visit Part XXXVII. Nina has a series of entries from her Islay visit, to Scotland, the sky of Islay, even slower, immersion, immersion, continued, and she shall have music wherever she goes…, this, too, is Islay, Sunday on the Isle of Islay and and in the end…. The Grapescot (quite late) writes about Feis Ile 2014 Islay Whisky Festival - Highlights and Islay Whisky Festival 2014 - Ardbeg while Jacob just has The Islay. Whisky Saga brings us The Big Islay Adventure 2014 – part 1, The Big Islay Adventure 2014 – part 2 and The Big Islay Adventure 2014 – part 3. Rainer writes about Islay 2014 and Gartbreck Distillery

The Bruichladdich blog writes about The Laddie Banjo, announces Duncan McGillivray Retires and has a report from the Islay Beach Rugby 2014. Ron shares Lily Celebrates her 100th Birthday, a report Sailing Onboard the Thalassa to the Islay Festival and announces Ardbeg Kildalton to Support Port Ellen Community. The Rowan Cottage answers Why come to Islay in June?

A lot of updates on Becky's Islay Welly Walks blog, including Lily's birthday and sandcastle competition, Heiko's Birthday Walk and Islay and Jura Youth Action at Killinallan. From the Dower House we hear about "Sleeping with a rat?", see the Highlights of the last 2 weeks in June! and read about Where We Are…. The IECBS shares an update about Improving the track to the turbine site.

The IHS Head Teacher blog shares a Review of the Year 2013/2014. On the Our Learning Blog of Port Ellen Primary we can read about Beach Rugby, the Scottish Education Awards, the P6/7 Science Trip and Our Trip To Bowmore.

The Malt Impostor writes about Duncan McGillivray, Bruichladdich Distillery Manager, retires after 40 years and tastes The Wemyss "Heathery Smoke" 30 year old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (50 ml performance art piece). The Whisky Advocate has John Campbell of Laphroaig – In 140 Or Less. The Smokybeast has Battle of the Beasts Part 1: Lagavulin 12-Year, Battle of the Beasts Part 2: Ardbeg Supernova, Battle of the Beasts Part 3: Bruichladdich Octomore 2.1, Battle of the Beasts Part Four: Kilchoman Barrel Room and Battle of the Beasts Finale - The Baddest Beast in the Land! Peter also had some festival posts: Feis Ile 2014: Mein Besuch bei Gartbreck, Feis Ile: The Ultimate Islay Tour – Lagavulin, Caol Ila und Maltings and Feis Ile: Schicht als Stillman und Mashman bei Ardbeg.

Of course there was lots of birdwatching and wildlife: On the Islay Birds blog we find Emily's sightings, news about Islay at the British Bird Fair, a Black Tailed Godwit, the return of the blog after Ian's move, a Rose Coloured Starling and a brilliant Hen Harrier. The INHT blog shares Sanaigmore Ramble - 13th July 2014, A Pond of Wonders, Camping and caves at Bagh an Da Dhoruis and answers the question So What's been happening?. On the RSPB Islay blog we can read about a Balancing act, the Return of Trail cam!, news of Hot Weather and the Sea bird surveys. Gordon Yates writes about a Corncrake Spectacular, Islay’s Seabirds and a Skydancer.

To close of course the pictures: James Collett has Loch Fada, Islay and the Rhinns Of Islay Lighthouse, reports from his Beinn Bheigier Walk, Islay, shares a nice Glenastle Loch, Islay, Sunset Timelapse and takes us to Lossit Bay, Islay. Ron shares Portnahaven Church and Kilnaughton Bay. The Alcademics share Snap Shots: Boats Off Bowmore. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've picked Filming the sunset in Saligo Bay, High Road on a June evening, Saligo Bay sunset June 2014 and Bowmore from Knockdon, Isle of Islay.

That's it for now, I hope you found something interesting. If all goes to plan it will be #299 next weekend followed by the magic #300 the weekend after. Good night for now.

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Disathairne, 19/Jul/2014

Sandra's Islay (and Jura) video diary

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First full run since my injury completed (around 3.5-4 miles in about 40 minutes) without any noticable side effects earlier today. This years attempt at some kind of gardening completed this afternoon. Time to relax with a few nice Islay videos. Sandra and her partner visited Islay for a few days at the end of June and they documented their stay with a three part video diary:

YouTube: Kennacraig to Islay 28 June 2014

YouTube: Islay Saligo Bay to Portnahaven 29 June 2014

YouTube: Islay Portnahaven to Ardnave 30 June 2014

Very nice to follow them on their adventure, I hope you enjoyed it as well. Of course they were slightly lucky with the weather, but then again you can get weather like this at this time of year quite often. I've had many great days in June over the years.

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Dihaoine, 18/Jul/2014

Friday Islay picture #331 - Harvest under the Paps of Jura

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Much later than planned, but after well over a month finally a Friday Islay picture again. I have mixed feelings about the picture, as I took it when I noticed the first signs of my calf injury which was going to ruin my Islay holiday this June. At the same time posting it is a sign of recovery, as I can start to post more again. Not to mention that after almost exactly 5 weeks I'm hoping to do my first full distance jogging this weekend. But now for the picture:

Picture of a combine harvester bringing in hay under the backdrop of large hills

This is a view from the road up to Kilchoman towards Rockside Farm and the Paps of Jura. Farm work under the backdrop of the Paps of Jura on a beautiful sunny June day.

And that is all for tonight. Bedtime for Armin. Good night, if all goes to plan more blogging over the weekend.

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Diciadain, 16/Jul/2014

Islay Pipe Band at the European Championships

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Yay, two posts on consecutive days from me again. Another sign I'm slowly getting better. After yesterday's blues by visitors to Islay we're kind of moving the other way around this time. It's the Islay Pipe Band competing in Forres at the 2014 European Championships:

YouTube: Islay Pipe Band - 2014 European Championships, Forres

While there's still room for improvement (their own words) they finished an excellent 4th place in Grade 3A. Congratulations!

Oh, and if you're on Islay on the 19th of July (that's Saturday this coming weekend) you can hear them playing at the Port Ellen Sports Day.

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Dimàirt, 15/Jul/2014

Blues on Viking Ship visiting Islay

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Remember the Viking Ship which visited Islay on Saturday? Turns out it's not only a beautiful ship, it's also a great (improvised?) concert venue. On Saturday evening Edinburgh based Chicago Blues band The Blueswater played on the deck of the ship:

YouTube: The Blueswater onboard Draken Harald Hårfagre Viking Longboat (Islay, 2014)

Wonderful music on a great ship, I hope you enjoyed as much as me. For more by them try the The Blueswater YouTube channel or The Blueswater on SoundCloud.

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