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Sunday, 20/Sep/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #92

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Sunday evening already again? Well, having written about IslayIan's Islay Photosynths yesterday I thought I should learn a bit more about them, so that I hopefully remember to take the pictures for one or two during my next Islay visit. To that end I've created one of the Kennet and Avon Canal at Aldermaston Wharf, now I don't really have any excuses not to try. But now it's time for the weekly Islay blogging roundup, what have the blogs been writing about Islay and Jura over the last week or so?

Let me start with a link I just missed last week, IslayIan's Call for collaborators. While I'm not certain I believe he has found some by now, but if you're still interested I'm sure he'll appreciate if you get in contact. In Response for John Connell Ian touches on what a blog (and Twitter) means for a small school on an island two hours from the mainland.

Being away from it all is the reason why many people visit Islay, others come for the whisky. You guessed right, time for the holiday blogs: David of Angling and Dramming went to both Islay and Jura for exactly that, as he writes in The Isle of Islay, Angling and Dramming Paradise. He wasn't alone, he was joined by Glen Pointon, who also has a Fly Fishing Blog. Two entries so far, although I suspect there might be more coming: Islay, Scotland, 'Fly fishing in a perfect world' and Islay 'Day 1 continued'.

What I did on my holidays writes Tractorotica, the 5pm Blog writes about Islay on a plate and some old regulars in this roundup are at it again: Sea kayaking with Return to Islay.

From the ‘languages I don't speak but still blog about their Islay blog entries’ department I can offer you Port Ellen, un paraíso en la isla de Islay, Jonte: Skottlandsresan del två (following Skottlandsresan del ett) and lisa: Skottland del 3: Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Bowmore (and before that Skottland del 2: Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bunnahabain och ett bryggeri and Majkens gamla farbror?).

There was also a quite a lot of Islay whisky academy activity: Dav has written about his experiences in a series of posts, starting with Lochgoilhead to Bruichladdich. Having arrived on Islay he continued with A day in a warehouse, Grain to spirit and so far last Peat, noses and those that wield them. Leo from New Zealand and Tasty Tasty Whisky went to Kilchoman, so far his entries are The eagle has landed! and Activities at Kilchoman.

The Bruichladdich Blog reports the 2009 Harvest is almost complete and Mark has thoughts about Minimum Pricing. Richard Paterson in the meantime outlines his views on Why children should be exposed to whisky and alcohol from the age of 5. The ardblog has a Bruichladdich Enlightenment zu verkaufen (Bruichladdich Enlightenment for sale for CHF 560). In Of clinical eels and PC drinks Rubbing the Gecko (I've got the funny feeling I've linked to him before?) tastes the Bruichladdich PC8.

The New Kilchoman Whisky packaging design receives a mention, in other news there is the Birth of the Islay Jacket and on Ron's Islay Weblog we find more about a New Islay Webcam at Kintra Farm as well as the view that Passenger Numbers on Islay Route Down by 14% due to RET. On his Jura Blog we can read that the Jura Passenger Ferry is under threat. And on the Carmichael Watson Project Blog we find an entry about the Memorial to John Francis Campbell (2 June 1887).

On the Islay Nature Notes 14 September - When the Sun Shines.... Jeremy Hastings is pleased about the sunshine and birdwatching after a lot of rain. John Islay Birder Armitage had a successful seawatch (incl a dolphin in addition to the birds) and prepares for a Long-eared Owl ‘hunt’. He thinks the first passage of birds has passed and prepares for the wintering geese.

On the Islay Birds blog we can read the story of a corncrake and on Thursday the first of this years Barnacle Geese arrived (just 7 so far). Early in the week Ian was away but there were still updates in his absence. Most recently there were reports of two flocks of Greylag Geese and a close encounter with an Otter.

Last but by no means least the pictures. The Bondbloke (regular readers will probably remember him) has been back on Islay, for the Jazz festival. On Photogenic Scotland (note the banner picture!) we find Bowmore Reflections, Bowmore Reflections 2 and A Sunny Machir Bay. On The Sensual Eye we find these Cygnets.

From Mark's Islay Photography Gallery I'll pick the Sunrise over the Paps of Jura, the Harvest and the Early Morning Mist. On Ron's photoblog there's Ballygrant Village Store and Kintra Farm and Islay's Big Strand. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Geese in the Gloaming at Loch Indaal, the Bright Morning in Port Charlotte but my clear favourite is Port Charlotte Lighthouse and the Paps of Jura, Isle of Islay. I think that's enough Islay pictures for today.

As usual I close with the reference to the Scottish Roundup. While the regular Sunday rollup isn't online as of writing this there's The last ever NoPoScoBloRo from Wednesday. This roundup was supported by Idlewild's Make Another World, some Divine chocolate and a wee dram of Laphroaig Islay single malt. Good night and have good next week!

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