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Didòmhnaich, 29/Aug/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #134

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Having been away in Germany last weekend visiting my sister and father I ran out of time to write the Islay blogging roundup last week. I thought about catching up earlier in the week, but then decided against it and instead go for a bumper roundup this weekend. So here we go, what have the blogs been writing about Islay (and Jura) over the last two weeks or so:

Let me start with Simon D'Arcy's solo sailing challenge for prostate cancer awareness: On Thursday he mentioned plans to sail to Port Ellen, where he duly arrived on Friday. On Saturday he met Rupert (picture) and watched him being fed. Yesterday he was wind bound in Port Ellen and as of today he's still in Port Ellen. Hopefully next week I can link to his updates from Jura, where he's planning to head next.

The tidal energy project in the Sound of Islay has been in the news again recently, one of the best reports has been re-published in Ian Fraser's blog Islay reaps its tidal power. Of course the best source is probably directly from the people involved in the project, i.e. the Islay Energy Trust. On their blog we find IET at the Islay Show, Tidal turbine to be built in Scotland and their June Newsletter.

The new football season has kicked off but for this roundup I don't have any football and Islay related entries. Instead some other sport: There was Cricket on Islay where Islay Wins Adder’s Tail Trophy. An interesting one to call writes puregolf2010 about their arrival for a round of golf on Islay. Of course there are also Douglas and friends at Sea kayaking with Lunga, Scarba and the Corryvreckan from Crinan summarises the whole trip, Waiting for the ebb in the Corryvreckan and A Corryvreckan eddy provide more detail.

Moving on to Islay holidays (but still keeping with some sport) there's Fishing in Scotland which writes about the Islay Trip 19th - 26th July 2010 and Islay Trip Part II. Ingvars Mobile Blog just writes Skottland. Much Ado About Paper also had a Fab Holiday, mainly on Jura. Happy Daze : A journey around the UK and Ireland: Leg 28 is from a sailing visit to Islay. I'm not sure what Eindelijk weer een blogje met van alles en nog wat! means, but it includes a visit to Islay on a Scotland holiday.

On to the whisky, over some holidays for a few bottles of wine. Yes, really: Coume del Mas: Holiday. Now the real whisky, Quick Dram : Laphroaig Triple Wood is on Whisky Israel, whereas Eye for Spirits looks at the Ardbeg Supernova Stellar Release. Back to Laphroaig the Scotch Hobbyist’s Blog completes a Laphroaig Cask Strength comparison. from Sweden writes Ardbeg Blasda, ett tämjt rovdjur med klorna kvar while Whisky looks at the Ardberg Rollercoaster (plus video)

The Bruichladdich Blog says The Stills are Alive and in MDCCCXXXVI investigates when Islay started to become famous for its whisky. The ardblog writes Rollercoaster ausgerollt… (the Ardbeg Rollercoaster is sold out) and looks forward to Ein Sherry Casked Laphroaig am 23.9.2010. Whisky for Everyone Have just tried ... Bruichladdich 20 years old 'Flirtation'.

Kind of related the Danish Whisky Blog looks at Great places to have a pint (and I'd add a wee dram), which includes the Port Charlotte Hotel on Islay. UK has a Highland Fling, which includes a visit to Jura.

James and Eleanor were Capsizing at Sannaig … and ask Does attitude make you paddle faster? On Ron's Islay Weblog we find the Islay News Roundup Second Half of August and a question Will Calmac be (part) Privatised?

Now the birdwatching and the wildlife: Shearwaters - sheer delight writes Concerned 4 democracy. On the Islay Birds blog among others we find a Wheatear, a Bullfinch feeding one of its fledglings and a Siskin. There's also a Basking Shark (well, the fin of it). The Islay Natural History Trust blog shows us a difficult to find Sea Hare (Aplysia punctata) and brings a report from the Stormcats Tope Fishing Festival. Also more pictures of Ian's collosal crustacean and more Basking Sharks. John Islay Birder Armitage is away, but still writes about potential reason for the decline in Greenfinches on Islay.

Of course there were also a few pictures: Islay pix. : Le Chat Blanc to start with. On Mark Unsworth's Islay Photography Gallery I quite liked Leaving Islay with the wonderful sky, Red Deer (I'm guessing on Jura) and Lochindaal. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I believe quite a few people liked Beachwalking in Machir Bay and Waves and Rocks in Saligo Bay. I also liked Machir Bay Dunes 1, Isle of Islay.

And that's it for the last two weeks, I think. I hope I haven't missed too much. Of course there's still the link to the Scottish Roundup which had Back to School and Sad Goodbyes and The World Turns. For me it's time for a wee dram (or two, as I can sleep in tomorrow if I want, writing this from the south of England). Good night!

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