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Didòmhnaich, 31/Jul/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #175

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That didn't entirely go to plan. Yesterday I decided to kick off a project to try to reanimate a ‘bricked’ netbook from a completely and utterly corrupted Windows installation. As I had no means to reinstall Windows I decided to try a Ubuntu Linux install after reading promising things on Ubuntu on the Dell Mini. It worked a treat. Apart from a few very minor tweaks almost everything worked straight out of the box. It actually worked so well that I decided to give the same treatment to another old laptop, which also worked very well. Still the result is that I'm now running rather late with this week's Islay blogging roundup. I better hurry then:

Let me start with Rachel, who has started to show us her new tipi on her wildandmagicislay's posterous blog. Three entries about it so far, although I suspect there will be more: A Magical Tipi, A Magical Tipi II and Wild and Magic Islay Tipi III describe what happened so far.

Andrew (The one I mentioned a week ago) hasn't got a blog yet (although I'm trying to convince him to get one), but Ron brought another introduction of him this week: New Owners for The Bowmore House B&B Islay. Mark of Savage Shores at least temporarily also relocated to Islay and opened an Islay office. He also dropped in at the Ardmore Islands.

To celebrate lets have a drink: The Germans tasted some Islay malts, WHISKYFANBLOG.DE tried the Ardbeg Alligator: Viel Torf mit noch mehr Biss. Apropos Biss … and Eye for Spirits the Bruichladdich 20 Years Old James MacArthur 1988. If you prefer beer you can join in with the Ales by Mail Twitter Beer Festival 2011, as that among others will feature Islay Ales' Angus Og. Kind of related to Islay whisky are the Cameraman tales by Robert Riddle-Black about a visit to Laphroaig in the sixties.

Time to get out again for some birdwatching and wildlife. The Islay Birds blog has reports of Golden Plovers and Lapwings and Bullfinches and Wheatears. There are also Stonechats and talk of the upcoming Bird Fair. The Islay Natural History Trust blog brings us Roe Deer, Flipping Barnacles! and an Orb-weaver Spider - Larinioides cornutus.

Third (hope I counted correctly) mention for Bozkurt, although from the looks of it this might be the last one for a while: morning in bowmore, evening in port ellen...

How about a few pictures? On his Islaystudios's Blog Mark returns to Saligo again for his Image of the week, while on his Islay Photography Gallery he shows us some Rope & Tackle. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Chough resting on a fence post, the children playing at the Wreck in Machir Bay and the Islay and Jura Ferry in the Sound of Islay.

And that's it for today, I've got to get to bed. But not before posting the usual link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with This, That and the Other Thing. Good night!

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