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Sunday, 11/Jan/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #63

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Sunday evening already? Messing about with my Islay videos collection made the day fly past. With the help of a wee dram of Bruichladdich PC6, some Halbherbe Schokolade mit Salz and the Stereophonics' Decade In The Sun (no Islay connection I'm aware of, if you know of one please let me know) playing on the stereo it's time to write this week's Islay blogging roundup. What have the blogs been saying about Islay over the last week?

Let's start with a look back at 2008. As predicted in my own review of 2008 on, someone at The Ileach did a great job of summarising the year, as now published on Ron's Islay Weblog: Islay Year Review 2008 by Jim Mitchell. But now on to 2009...

How about I start with the Islay pictures? Quite a few of them out there:

Ron has Islay Pictures from the Arctic Circle on his Islay Pictures Blog. They include Portnahaven and Isle of Orsay Sunset and Walking the Dogs at Machir Bay. Teresa Morris also has some nice pictures in her Islay Seasonwatch on Ron's blog.

On Photogenic Scotland we find More of the Sheep and The Shortest Telegraph Pole in the World?. To which I had to reply with A Most Dangerous Fence Post on the Isle of Islay on my own Islay Pictures Photoblog. I also posted one of my favourite pictures ever, the October Sunrise over Kilchoman Beach, Machir Bay, Isle of Islay (something I'll get back to once I've had a chance to take a certain picture).

Talking of the pictures, Tom of Tom’s “Officially Unofficial” Bruichladdich Blog liked one of my pictures so much he's now using it as his New Header Image. Glad you like it, Tom! If you're new to whisky and interested in the distillation process he's also published The Basics of Distillation; Part 3 last week.

The ‘real’ Bruichladdich Blog is back after the Christmas break: And They’re Off! (yes, that joke was also in last week's roundup). There's more about it in this week's Ileach (Ron, are you going to publish that?), but I was impressed by Donald James' fitness again as pointed out in Dressed to Kill. And there was an interesting For Sale ad. 150 years ago though.

Then there was the Swedish baby which knows a good Single Islay Malt when she sees it. And a A little ramble and a review about the Seanchas Ìle book.

Elliott of Islay Sea Shipping had some great help from Graham Paterson this week: Great pictures of the M.V Clansman going through the Sound of Islay in what looks (to me) like some comparably rough conditions. In calmer conditions we can see the M.V Loch Buie during her visit to Islay.

How about the birdwatching this week? Some great excitement as John Islay Birder Armitage has to report: First he found a Canvasback, then what he believes to a female Lesser Scaup. That was until the (man?) flu struck him down...

Ian on the Islay Birds blogs in the meantime reports the return of the dreaded Fulmars, as expected the weather turned bad soon after. He also reports the sighting of the Canvasback duck and later on a Glaucous Gull and the Lesser Scaup.

I think that's about it this week. Apart from the usual reference to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Money money money. Good night!

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