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Diluain, 03/Oct/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #183

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Right then, after the great news of the official opening of ‘the islay’ hotel in Port Ellen it is now time to return to the regular schedule. Meaning the Islay blogging roundup. What have the blogs been saying about Islay and Colonsay over the last week or so?

Let me start with a familiar blog many of you will hopefully have read before, Sea kayaking with Douglas has just started another series of a sea kayaking visit to Islay with An Islay retrospective. Further entries so far include Dry mouths in the deceptive calm of Portnahaven and Commitment off the Rinns of Islay. And there's more to come…

On the Scottish Book Trust blog we find Amongst authors and readers on Islay while burnedthumb at Lúcháir writes about visiting Islay without the whisky. Rather the opposite is Gordon, who summarises his recent stay and the whiskies he tasted in September 2011 Visit.

Speaking of whisky, Peatreek writes about New Directions... Laphroaig Triple Wood. Oliver Klimek publishes his rating for the Classic of Islay 2009, the Bruichladdich First Growth Cuvée B and the Laphroaig 1998/2011 Malts of Scotland. The Bruichladdich Blog on the other hand tells us The Botanist Wins the Monaco 2011 Diamond Award and soon there will be The Botanist in New York. Volker likes the Kilchoman.

Rachel takes us to Colonsay for the Temple of the Glen, Isle of Colonsay.

Designer Kate McLelland has created a rather fantastic Islay Map, one of the best I've ever seen.

The Islay Energy Trust asks Is your home a Green Home? and reports that the Sound of Islay Tidal Project wins Energy North Award. There's a new entry on the Local Legends Project, Painting Sean O’Leary – Episode 5 – Sean on film, a shopkeeper, Caroline and Ella.

Birdwatching. The Islay Birds blog gave us big updates on Sunday and Friday, showing the variety of birds on Islay. On Thursday a large charm of Goldfinches was spotted. The Islay Natural History Trust blog takes us to The old clearance village of Olistadh and has doubts whether Bulrush - Typha latifolia are edible. Not to forget two versions of a Fox Moth.

The pictures: He hasn't written a blog entry, but there are three pictures of a Mute Swan by James Deane on the INHT blog. On his Islay Photography Gallery Mark Unsworth shows us the Mash man's records and the Dunnage Warehouse, Laphroaig. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I'll go for the Fishing Boat passing Lagavulin Distillery, Three Ileach and a Welshman on Jura and the Two Choughs in the Dunes at Ardnave, Isle of Islay.

And that I think is about it for this week. Of course there's still the link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with A robust roundup, full of innovation, flowers, zombies, ladies and nocturnal adventure. Good night.

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