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Didòmhnaich, 20/Feb/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #157

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That's a busy but quite productive weekend nearly over for me: Yesterday I bought some Hotel Chocolat Islay single malt chocolate (‘tasting notes’ to follow, I quite like it) and completed the Lossit Bay April 2010 panorama. Today I finished my latest Islay video, which I now need to upload to show you in the next few days. But I wasn't the only one with a productive week and weekend, as this week's blogs and blog entries about Islay show:

Let me start with the new blog (and related website) on the block: James Deane launched his new James Deane Photography website with lots of fantastic Islay pictures this weekend, announcing it in his new James Deane Photography Blog with Website now live! Welcome to the Islay bloggers James, I'm very much looking forward to read and see more from you (and of course link to it)!

Next a few visits to Islay, starting with Skotlannin Reissut - Scotland Tours: 3. Pääsiäinen 2010 (That is Finnish I think. The Islay bit starts about 1/4 down the page and seems to be from a visit in April 2010). Next up is McDroll....The Journey to a Perfect Life: The Whisky Island and I wonder if the shores of Loch Finlaggan will soon be dug up? Then there's Whiskybloggen : Our visit at Laphroaig which includes a nice video. Also Kingsbarns Distillery visit Islay for some filming, hopefully soon to be seen on URTV. A rather different visit is described by Derek Robertson in Rapman, 3D mice and the design & technology curriculum, certainly no whisky involved here.

Moving on to wildlife and birdwatching with a few more visitors, Gordon Yates writes about Stormy Weather and Colin Bushnell on Ribble to Amazon! has a whole series of entries from a visit to Islay:

The local birders were busy as well: The Islay Birds blog has a number of reports with a variety of sightings and more including a 27+ years old Barnacle Goose. John Islay Birder Armitage says Canada Goose takes the day ! and Ne'er was a Stonechat more welcome! 19.2.2011. The Islay Natural History Trust blog has Moonlit bullocks at the Shorefield, a great picture of a Merlin (Falco columbarius) by Gordon Yates and Three more Bullocks in the Shorefield.

Jez Hasting writes about the old art of Scything while on Ron's Islay Weblog we can learn about Redesigned Islay Websites for Ardbeg, Quilters and INHT. He also writes about Islay Studios and Black Bottle Whisky and mentions James Deane Islay Photography Website Online.

On to a bit of whisky, Whisky reviews Celp Whisky – the Seaweed Experience (which is Islay whisky based), while Sipology has a Head to Head : The Last Laph, Laphroaigs 15 & 18. The Scotch Noob writes a Review of Bunnahabhain (12 year) Single-Malt Scotch Whisky and John Hansell announces the Malt Advocate Whisky Awards “Artisan Whisky of the Year”: Kilchoman (Summer 2010 Release), followed by a lively discussion. has a look at the Bowmore 1993 (Whisky Agency).

I'll finish with the pictures, Net niet | Creative Nature is from Saligo Bay. On Mark Unsworth's Islaystudios's Blog we find pictures of Sarah Brown Designs and the Image of the week shows the Kilchoman distillery water source. For a wider view try Water Source, Kilchoman Distillery on his photo gallery. On Ron's photoblog I quite liked Beach Cattle at Loch Indaal and the Sunset at Loch Indaal. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Stones and Rocks at Saligo Bay and the Lossit Bay beach panorama April 2010, Isle of Islay.

That should be about it, I hope I haven't missed anything major. It's late and I need to get to bed, of course not before the weekly link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Roundup brings you romance, referenda, respect, reading and rabbits. Good night!

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