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Didòmhnaich, 04/Jul/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #127

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Hoping that any American readers I have will still switch on their computers and visit this blog today I think I'll wish them a Happy Fourth of July and Happy Holidays! I hope you have better weather than what Scotland including Islay are currently experiencing, from what I've seen it's been rather windy and wet in most of Scotland today. With an impression of the weather on Islay yesterday back to what the blogs have been writing about Islay and Jura though:

Screenshot of the weather readings for Strathclyde on 03/Jul/2010

With Port Ellen having been the wettest place in Strathclyde yesterday I suspect there wasn't much Islay Gardening in Lagavulin as Ron writes. More likely some will have caught up with the news of the Islay News Roundup Second Half of June. Strictly speaking it's not a real one, but Welly the Boot’s Islay Adventure might be a fitting description for many if the weather holds.

Speaking of Islay visits, there were a bunch recently:

Mike of the Oor Alba Blog finally catches up on the last days of their Islay visit: As promised .. the last few days of Feis Ile 2010 trip. George post another picture from his recent climb of the Paps of Jura in Beinn a' Chaolais Isle of Jura Scotland. If I read it right the picture in Even more Cogra Rainbows, but Sam and Ed do mention their Islay visit during 1/2 term (and the lack of fish then).

On Traves Tangents we find quite a number of Islay visit entries: Hello Sailor!, Port Ellen, Gigging - Port Ellen style, Kildalton Cross, Machrie Golf Links, Bowmore and Port Charlotte & back. I think there might be more to come. I'm not entirely sure, but I think it's her dad who blogs on Pepsand's UK Cruise about the same visit to Islay: Points north: Glenarm, Ballycastle, Port Ellen and North up the Sound of Jura are his entries.

The launch of the new Islay ferry was watched by many, not only I blogged the various videos from the launch of the MV Finlaggan, Ron posted a similar entry and wrote MV Finlaggan w Gdansku with (I believe) a few whisky references.

Speaking of whisky:

Good Drinks Etc.: Islay is a combined visit and whisky tasting entry. Billy's Booze Blog writes about Whisky Squad #4 – Islay Malts. The Maltbank Herald writes about Bioladdich in Hungarian. Mac na Bracha asks about The best peats?, unsurprisingly with a big focus on Islay single malts. -Uisge Beatha- from Sweden leaves for Scotland 100702-100712 which will include a visit to Islay. As of yesterday 100703-17:27 they've only made it to Campbeltown though.

On the weather theme Bruichladdich was reduced to Trickle Distilling at least until Wednesday, I guess this might have changed slightly by now.

Schottland – auf der Suche nach dem Sp(i)rit sees a German blog catching up on a Feis Ile visit, quite a few pictures to see there.

On to the bird- and wildlife where Gordon Yates has A Unique Photo (of a Black Guillemot and young). The Islay Birds blog brings us these Swallows, a Wren and a Willow Warbler. Ian also has an update on the rainfall levels this year, in short, not much so far this year but in the first days of July almost as much as in the whole of June.

John Islay Birder Armitage describes a fascinating encounter with a Buzzard and writes about survey work and the weather. The Islay Natural History Trust blog keeps up the high frequency, examples include Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor) and Devils Bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis), a Microlight (no, that's not a plant), House Sparrows and Waders.

Last but by no means least the pictures. And a birthday.

Mark and Helga Unsworth of Islay Studios celebrated 10 years trading on Islay this weekend, congratulations and many more successful years to come! From Mark's Islay Photography Gallery my favourites this week were New Heather Growth, Sunrise at Ardnahoe and Sunrise at Bunnahabhain. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll have to go for Haar (sea fog) rolling into Machir Bay, Border Collie on the beach in Machir Bay and Sun and Clouds over Machir Bay.

And that's it for today. Apart from the usual reference to the Scottish Roundup of course, this week with Summer’s lease hath all too short a date… Good night!

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