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Sunday, 10/May/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #78

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Sunday evening again, time for this week's Islay blogging roundup. After a very rough week spring seems to have returned to Islay today. It was certainly sunny down here (as my rather red face will prove) at the Brimpton Airfield Fly-in Day I visited this afternoon. Of course not comparable to the Islay Airport open day, but then the purpose is different anyway. Now after that afternoon out it's back to what the blogs have been writing about Islay, Jura and Colonsay over the last week or so:

Let me start with Islay High School and education: Islayian writes about Big Adventures Small Technologies, an adventure several students from Islay High School will soon embark on. But before that is something else, the Education2020 Unconference in June. There's a lively discussion about Education2020 on Twitter, who's coming, who's travelling when, but more importantly the appeal to provide input on the Education 2020 Wallwisher Message Wall. This is also picked up in the blogs, as John Connell writes: Education2020: give us your thoughts & ideas!

Talking of visiting Islay, there are a few blog entries about Islay visits I've spotted: A blog only about a short visit to Islay is 24 hours in Islay, seems they had a great time. An interesting blog seems to be A British Island Adventure by a couple planning to visit all British islands (apparently there are thousands of them). Now you guessed it, they are on Islay at the moment. Last week they were on Colonsay and Oronsay, this week it's the turn of Islay, so far with Islay - day 2 - the distilleries and Islay - day 3 - on to Port Charlotte.

I don't know why it was posted so late, but the entry ‘Islay’ on the blog ‘The Long and Winding Road’ is about a visit to Islay at Hogmanay. Posted in May. Still, it's a good read.

Many people visit Islay for the whisky, so here are a few whisky related postings: The Scotch Hobbyist writes about a Nightly dram of the Port Ellen 7th Annual Release (28 Year). The Whisky Party has a Best in Blog: Port Askaig, Caol Ila, and Previews of the Islay Festival of Malt & Music entry. John Hansell mentions the Diageo whiskies announced for Islay Whisky Festival as well as Kilchoman: Own the first bottle from the first cask.

The Bruichladdich Blog writes about Whisky Not-So-Galore and the (lack of) benefits of the whisky industry to an island's infrastructure. Bruichladdich also makes it into Oishinbo, a Japanese cartoon.

Remember the bad weather I mentioned in the first paragraph? It certainly had an impact on the Vango Scottish Ultra the ileach newspaper blog writes about (they also have a The Vango Scottish Ultra - Day 2 video). The For Argyll blog also reports about it in Scottish Ultra abandoned in atrocious conditions and Scottish Ultra 2009 results.

More bad weather on Ron's blog with Islay Rain Rain Rain and more Rain as well as in the Islay Nature Report 10 May - April showers. He also announces an Accommodation Late Availability page.

On the birdwatching side the Islay Birds blog reports the combined arrival of the RAF Ornithological Society (RAFOS) and a Corncrake at Kilchoman. There's also a great picture of a young Robin demanding to be fed and some Canada Geese mixing with Greylags.

John Islay Birder Armitage writes about Frenchman's Rocks and why they are good for birdwatching. Later in the week he reports mixed results in a seawatch.

The Islay Sea Shipping blog doesn't escape the bad weather either and reports of diversions of the Islay ferry service. Earlier there were disruptions for ‘technical reasons’. On a more positive note the M.V Expedition was reported going through the Sound of Islay.

Let me close with the pictures today: Ron has an Islay Sunset at Loch Gorm while on Mark's Islay Photography Gallery we find a rather unusual Bride at Saligo Bay. Going back a few months there is a great picture of Port Charlotte and the snow covered Paps of Jura.

On my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think my favourites are the Waves Breaking in Saligo Bay and the Calm Evening in Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay. Photogenic Scotland has a picture of Otter Ferry – Loch Fyne, a nice stop on the way to Kennacraig for the ferry to Islay. Mirko Herzner stopped at the Diageo Malting Plant before going walking on The Oa. Here he had some fine and sunny views.

That's all there is for this week, as usual I close with the reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Money for nothing and the digs are free. I think at least my UK readers can guess what that is about...

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