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Didòmhnaich, 15/Aug/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #133

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Whooosh, and it was Sunday evening. It was a fairly grey and wet or even very wet weekend in Aldermaston Wharf until finally some sun came out this afternoon. So I spent large parts of the weekend doing ‘admin stuff’, well, that has to be done at some time as well. Hopefully some of it will safe me time later on, in particular my simplified e-mail setup (at least I think I've simplified it). With that out of the way it's time to return to Islay, Jura and Colonsay in the blogs this week:

Let me start with people doing strenuous activities for charity: I've already mentioned her on Tuesday, but Intrepid Jane is back from her 200 mile run on Islay and Jura and writes about it in A Very Moving Experience! Then there are of course Eleanor and James Crossing Scotland Coast to Coast who have just secured some Bruichladdich sponsorship. Not sure how many bottles are left, but I think you better be quick if you want one…

Speaking of Bruichladdich, the Guid Scotch Drink is Tasting Bruichladdich. The freshly distilled Bruichladdich Islay Gin is being blogged about around the world, Bruichladdich distille le premier gin d’Islay writes Malts et Houblons and a Japanese blog I can't read the name of also covers it. Epi-Q in the meantime is Visiting Bowmore and the Colonsay Island Micro Brewery has Famous Folk Flock To Brewery.

A fairly young blog is - ingen eld utan rök by Daniel and Martin from Sweden. While they also cover some other whiskies their focus is on the peaty Islay whiskies. This week they write Laphroaig Cairdeas Master Edition på riktigt, I believe a follow up from last week's Grovhuggen analys av Laphroaig Cairdeas Master Edition. If you speak it looks like a good blog to follow.

In other news the North Cheshire Clarion writes about the Ride of the Falling Rain 2010 and Ron provides just that in his Islay News Roundup First Half of August, he also has Islay Cycling in the News. Pronounced “O”, Isle of Islay can be found in Iain Irving : Curatorial Office, although I must admit I'm not entirely sure of the link between The Oa and curating. A Scottish Jaunt (long) is the report of a visit to Islay, in particular the distilleries.

While I'm seeing the first birds on my bird feeder it can't compete in any way with what's being spotted on Islay: The Islay Birds blog reports of a Lesser black backed Gull taking a mackerel. Then there are Swallows in Jura and Swallows (with some Sand Martins) in Kilchoman. The Islay Natural History Trust blog in the meantime has some Flying ants and mentions Porbeagle Sharks - how The Sun sees them (I've got the full link to the report somewhere, in case you want to read it. The comments are rather shocking though). There's also Little and large, but you'll have to click the link to find out what is little and large. John Islay Birder Armitage writes Raptor persecution continues unabated! and some limited bird movement. John also took the time to watch the Perseid meteor shower.

And finally to the pictures: On whiskyfan’s posterous we find Lagavulin Distillery and Lagavulin Pier and Dunyveg Castle both taken in 2008, I believe there's more to come. Regular readers might remember holgana, this week with american monument. Ron has the Paps of Jura from Islay and my favourites on Mark's Islay Photography Gallery this week were Storm Approaching and Dusk at the Boatyard. Mark also has a great picture of Kilchiaran Bay from a very similar viewpoint to the Swell in Kilchiaran Bay picture I posted on my Islay Pictures photoblog today. Another favourite there this week was Moon over Saligo Bay, Islay.

This week I'm going to close with a picture a friend from Islay just sent me, some fabulous weather in Port Ellen this evening. Of course I can't let you go without the link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with A blogging mix: Hiroshima, doorsteps, chickens and hitchhiking. Now pour yourself a wee dram of Islay single malt and enjoy the summer evening:

Picture of a Calmac ferry in some beautiful evening light

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