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Sunday, 11/Nov/2007

Islay Blogging Roundup #9

It is raining in Swindon from where I'm writing this, the weather reports from Port Ellen indicate that it has been chilly but nice on Islay this afternoon. With the weather out of the way it is time to look at the blogs again. What have the blogs been writing about Islay (and Jersey) this week?

Let me start with the Islay Birds blog: The latest report lists an impressive array of birds including a grey phalarope and a black scoter. There is also mention of little egrets, jay and a marsh harrier, but they were seen on Jersey by the beachblogmaster (well, it might be a bit cold for sunbathing on the beach).

More birds were watched and photographed by Fraser Simpson, who went to Islay with SOC Touring recently. Several very nice pictures, not only of birds but also of the landscape.

Pat the Chooks continues with the theme, when writing about Ballcuffs and a couple of birds. No, ballcuffs aren't a species of bird (at least not that I know of), but grey wagtails are. And for a change I even knew how it looked (as my readers told me).

Enough of birds? OK, just one last one: Gordon Yates is back home from Islay. He spotted lots of birds including a Hobby. While he stayed for just over two weeks it looks like the weather wasn't as nice during the second week as during the first week. Meaning I picked the right week for my visit, as we arrived on the same day.

OK then, on to something different. Whisky. I've mentioned him a few times previously, now Jonny has written a final entry about his stay at the Bruichladdich Academy: Journey to Islay (the roundup). The Bruichladdich Blog in the meantime writes about Discerning Thieves, so be careful if someone offers you a bottle of Port Charlotte which fell off the back of a lorry. The bottles are numbered and therefore traceable.

Andrew Jefford (of Peat, Smoke and Spirit fame) has some doubts about the mysterious “1850 Bowmore” (see also Whisky bottle sells for £29,400). Interesting bit of detective work there.

Now this one is only indirectly about Islay (although it was written, like this roundup, with a wee dram of Laphroaig): Moral Dilemma. Which left me wondering if there's a similar constellation on Islay somewhere? I couldn't think of one, but that obviously doesn't mean there isn't one.

The next one is a bit older, but as I don't often see my pages being written about in Hebrew I decided to mention it. Assuming I interpret this correctly it is the blog of Ira Abramov, who seems to write about Scotland and Whisky regularly. And in this entry he mentions my Islay panoramas and also the famous Islay song ‘Westering Home’. Now I just need to figure out how to leave a comment on the blog...

And finally Ron has a stab at a book review in Islay Past and Present. My copy should be on its way shortly, as I ordered it during my visit in October. Once it arrives I'll check if Ron is right with his assessment ;-)

Yes, that's this week Islay Blogging Roundup completed. Any ommissions are my mistake. Or yours, as you didn't send me the input. All that remains is the weekly link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week asking Are the Glasgow games for the common weal?

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