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Sunday, 15/Nov/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #98

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Is it really mid November already? Well, the UK had the worst storm of the year so far, although I think Scotland and with it Islay pretty much got away with some rain. I suspect that's likely to change over the coming weeks. But back to the second week of November, where were Islay and Jura mentioned in the blogs this week?

In last week's roundup I mentioned the Killy Birders entry Islay and Jura Pt 1. As expected Pt 2 appeared soon after, the next day to be precise: Killy Birder: Islay and Jura Pt 2. Another entry implying there will be another one is Keith and Aya: Scotland, Part 1. Don't know if the second one will be about Islay though.

Over the last few weeks it has been a great pleasure to follow Douglas and his friends on their kayaking tour around Islay, Oronsay, Colonsay and Jura. Unfortunately we now kind of have to say good-bye to Douglas as at least this tour is coming to an end with Raised sea stacks and river valleys on Jura's SW coast, Ferry gliding in the Sound of Islay and Farewell to Islay, Oronsay, Colonsay and Jura. There's also a summary of the trip in Islay to Oronsay, Colonsay, Jura and return to Islay, September 2009. I have to stretch the definition of the Islay blogging roundup (which already includes Jura, Colonsay, Oronsay and on occasion Gigha) a bit, but you might still be interested in these links from Douglas' blog:

Another report from an Islay visit is taming the thorens: scotland and on TroutLegend we find FromTheForum: Toddoishi’s “Stalking the wild brown trout of the Isle of Islay, Scotland”. This is a report by Todd Oishi (I believe from Canada?) about the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championship on Islay in June.

His Islay Birding News have been quiet the last few weeks, but then Jeremy ‘Jez’ Hastings seems to have been busy on a bike: Project 7 Racing is born. IslayIan in the meantime took 5 pupils to Alton Towers for the WDCS Sea Life Junior Whale Conference. You can see pictures with them and read how well they presented themselves and the whales in these entries:

Elliott has some ferry updates on Islay Sea Shipping, namely the M.V Hebridean Isles and the M.V Lord Of The Isles. Ron also goes Islay ferry mad this week and writes about Another Call for Oban to Islay Ferry, Will New Islay Ferry become MV Isle of Islay?, Poll: Name the new Islay Ferry and More Islay Ferry News.

On the whisky side the WhiskyHost says Better to be lucky than good and the ardblog wonders if the Kilchoman Inaugural Release ever made it to Switzerland. A different type to the usual awards is indirectly won by Bruichladdich, as Packaging and Converting ESSENTIALS reports in Crown Wins Two Awards For Design And Packaging At The 2009 International Spirits Challenge. The Bruichladdich Blog reports of the Foundations for the new warehouse and writes about Bruichladdich Time of Day.

Birdwatching: On the Islay Birds blog we find an interesting picture of a few snails and the latest Goose count numbers with 50,145 Barnacle Geese alone. Ian then went on holiday, James is covering with his observations including spotting the Cattle Egret again. John Islay Birder Armitage has now returned to Islay where during a goose count he's had a very nice and memorable sight.

Last but by no means least the pictures: On Photogenic Scotland we find Bowmore, Tied Down. My favourites on Mark Unsworth's Islay Photography Gallery this week are Killinallan Beach, Erosion at Gruinart and Cloud Reflections at Gruinart. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll have to go for Admiring the View, The North of Islay with Rhuvaal Lighthouse and Calm Claggain Bay, Isle of Islay.

I think that's it for this week. As usual I leave you with the links to the Scottish Roundup, this week with a double edition: New MP born after long Labour (a Glasgow by-election special) and A bad spell for Gordon Brown (the normal roundup). Good night for now!

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