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Sunday, 23/Aug/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #88

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Looks like England won a game of cricket today. Congratulations to my English readers, commiserations to my Australian readers. While that is certainly headline news in the English press I'm not sure how many of you outside of those two countries will care. I think I better move on to the Islay blogging roundup very quickly, also for my own sanity (the BBC has been full of it…). What have the blogs been writing about Islay and Jura the last week or so?

Let me start with a different sport and an entry on Kate's Paddling Blog: Jura, and the big 'C'. Monica took it a bit easier for her visit to Islay, after saying Scotland Ahoy! she discovered Its Wet Wet Wet! (no, not the band). I mentioned their first visit a while ago, now they are back with 24 hours in Islay and another 24 hours in Islay followed by another 24 hours in the Magic Isle: August 2009.

David Lansing discovers the Flora and fauna on Islay, including a Corncrake (I'll get back to the birdwatching again later) and has A drive along a Great Wee Road. Jack and Kim travelled to Scotland for a fortnight, Day 10, August 5th, Bridgend took them to Islay. Day 11 and Day 12 were also spent on Islay and Jura before leaving on Day 13. In some places the veil between Heaven and Earth is thinner… writes Robert Askey about his stay on Jura. Last but by no means least a blog from (I believe) Spain: Islay, naturaleza y tradición escocesa.

Let me get back to the birdwatching, I've already mentioned David Lansing's Corncrake. The Islay Birds blog has certainly been struggling with the rain. Still some observations were made like an Osprey and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth. John Islay Birder Armitage went looking for divers and waders and did some home window birdwatching.

OK, on to whisky, or the whisky industry: Ron picks up on Diageo in the News whereas David Lansing writes about Bruichladdich: the enfant terrible of whisky. The OH Group also writes about Bruichladdich in Islay Gears up to use Local Barley. The Bruichladdich Blog itself reports on Weighing in on Barley after pointing out the SWA Barley Myth.

The Scotch Hobbyist’s Blog brings the story of Laphroaig Live coming to Kentucky in September, I wonder if there's a link to the Recipe for The Laphroaig Project cocktail by Owen Westman of Bourbon & Branch I spotted in the Cocktail adventures at Oh Gosh!? The Scotch Hobbyist also tastes the Bruichladdich 3D3 – A gentle [peat] giant while Tom feels It Seems Like Just Yesterday… and wonders about Mystery Malts. There was also the Islay : The last Regional Whisky tasting.

Picture time! Michael Schobert has a series of the Celtic crosses on Islay, Kildalton Cross, Kilnave Cross, Kilchoman Cross and Celtic Cross Nerabus. On Mark Unsworth's Islay Photography Gallery we find this Woodland pond at Kilmeny, an Old shed at Barr and this Sunset at Kilchoman. On my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think my favourites are the Dark Paps of Jura from the Sound of Islay, Carraig Fhada Lighthouse near Port Ellen and the Islay Beach Rugby Action.

I think that's about it for this week. As usual the reference to the Scottish Roundup, not surprisingly this week with The release of Megrahi. This might actually have implications for Islay, at least as long as you take websites like this one seriously.

That's all, good night!

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