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Sunday 08/Feb/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #67

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Another busy weekend is coming to an end, at least for me. Yesterday I managed to squeeze in a rare entry on my other blog about winter in Aldermaston Wharf, earlier today I finally finished the long overdue Two weeks on Islay in June 2007 travelogue. There was quite a bit of blogging about Islay this week, as well as some ‘twittering’. With even the Daily Telegraph jumping on the bandwagon and publishing a guide to Twitter (via Neville Hobson) will there soon be even more? But first to Islay and Jura this week:

With large parts of the country grinding to a halt in the snow and the ensuing chaos Islay didn't escape completely. While I'm not aware of any traffic problems there certainly was some snow on Islay and Jura, which lead to some great pictures:

Becky doesn't blog much any more after completing her Islay's coastal walk, but she's still active on Flickr. Try Feb paps 2009 2-01, Ghiur-bheinn 006 and Ghiur-bheinn 041 for a start. Mark Unsworth on his new photoblog shows us Snowdrops in the Snow, Snow on the Paps of Jura and Frozen Lochindaal. Last but not least Ron has some Islay Snow Pictures. On some teasing from down south about the snow moving north the response from Islay was bring it on!

But that's enough snow. How about some whisky to warm us in this cold weather?

På Whiskytur til Islay – Del 2 is the second part of an Islay whisky travelogue from Norway, some nice pictures here. Drinkhacker reviews the Port Ellen Eighth Release 29 Year Old. hermiston has a long writeup about the Ardbeg Committee and an Ardbeg dinner. Edward Bates of The Fine Wine Blog from Berry Bros. & Rudd write about Island Dreams & Drams, which includes a great stay on Islay tasting some whiskies.

The Bruichladdich Blog clarifies their position about Port Ellen Maltings and answers the question What’s in a Name? He also wonders Where Has All The Whisky Gone? Tom of the “Officially Unofficial” Bruichladdich Blog tastes the Bruichladdich 3D3 and says it's A Wonderful Tribute.

From the whisky to the birdwatching: Let me start with the other Islay. Tor Egil Høgsås went to spot the Peruvian Pelican at Matarani, Islay. Mark, who apparently looks like a fat Paul Scholes (and calls his blog that way), went on an aerial survey in the west including Islay (if I read it right birding from a plane).

The Islay Birds blog says they must go out more often at night and brings news of a Sea Eagle. There are record numbers of Purple Sandpipers and a Robin defending its patch from a Pied Wagtail.

John Islay Birder Armitage also spots the Sea Eagle while out to count Geese. He also went Gull chasing and watched rugby when the birdwatching produced not much.

Brian Palmer is learning about Herons (apparently there are some using bread to fish) and thereby increases his ornithological knowledge by 33%.

islayian visited the signing of an agreement for 10 tidal turbines and has a link for further Sound of Islay project details. Jez Hastings also attended the presentation.

And then the Islay pictures: I've already mentioned Mark starting his Islay Photography Gallery photoblog. In my referers I found this earlier this week: Fotografies de l'illa d'Islay * L’home dibuixat, if I read it correctly a Catalan blog mentioning my Islay Pictures photoblog. I think my favourite pictures this week were Deer Watching the Islay Malt Pillage at Claggain Bay and McArthur's Head Lighthouse.

Elliott at Islay Sea Shipping has a few new pictures this week as well: The M.V Shetland Trader arriving, the M.V Shetland Trader discharged and news about the Islay Ferry Service. Mirko Herzner in the meantime continues his series about Jura Gardens, I quite like Isle of Jura: Jura Gardens (9) and Isle of Jura: Jura Gardens (5).

In other news: Ron writes his Islay Info Website Receives Major Upgrade and tracks down a few Islay Videos not from Youtube. Scott Currie has a rare Midwinter Update on his and Bronwen's Life on Islay blog. And James fancies a jetski to travel to Bowmore.

That I think is all I have this week. Well, apart from the usual link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Outbreak of Peace - Rumours Exaggerated. Good night!

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