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Didòmhnaich, 22/Jan/2012

Islay Blogging Roundup #197

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Over a third of the first month of 2012 already gone, time flies. Spotted some fresh shoots on bushes today, also took the first picture of some lambs born a week or two ago. Is spring coming early this year? Even did some birdwatching with a flock of Lapwings although unfortunately I only had the phone camera. But enough of that, back to the task at hand, the Islay Blogging Roundup, what did the blogs have to say about Islay this week?

Having somehow missed out James Deane Photography's entry last week I thought I better give him a belated mention after he came Online Again.

The Our Learning Blog of Port Ellen Primary is embarking on a new adventure with some Quad Blogging, there is also an introduction to PORT ELLEN PRIMARY SCHOOL now. With Robert Burns Day coming up very soon you might also be interested in their very own Address to a Haggis Poems.

For those interested in both fishing and whisky, Angling and Dramming is writing about their Fly Fish Islay Packages 2012. Kate on the other hand has been back to Islay over Christmas and New Year and writes about What a gale. Ron writes about Islay Croft Holidays - New Accommodation near Port Ellen and revisits Fiona Middleton and the Islay Seals.

A few Islay whisky related blog entries: The Scotch Cinema has some Ardbeg Spotted in "The Skin I Live In" and the Whiskyfanblog from Germany writes about The Islay Taste Map by Martine Nouet & Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The Bruichladdich Blog has some interesting theories about the Vikings bringing whisky to Islay in Right Time Right Place. Mark also explain why the The Classic & The Laddie 10 have similar bottles. Diving for Pearls has a Single Malt Report: Bidding Bye-Bye to a Bowmore Bottle and Eldondo created a Fire-roasted BBQ sauce with Laphroaig QC. I don't know if it was the one Eamonn writes about in Saving the Laphroaig from the Taliban. Fredde tastes his 100th whisky with the Port Charlotte – PC8 Ar Dùthchas, 60,5%.

The Islay Birds blog brings us an extensive bird count by Bob from between Bowmore and Gartbreck, an interesting story about a Blackbird and a Sparrowhawk and a wet Friday while it's dry in Cambridge (while there's no hosepipe ban in Aldermaston Wharf as far as I know it's been quite dry here as well). The Islay Natural History Trust blog shows some Optimism and Wild snowdrops? There are also some Larus hyperboreus (I'll let you find out what they are if you don't know the Latin name).

To close the pictures: hong-an tran has scanned in some old pictures from a visit to islay 1997 (I'm fairly sure I've already linked to islay back in 2010). On his Islaystudios's Blog Mark Unsworth explains Photographic Presentation (he's also framed some unusual sized panoramas for me) while on his Islay Photography Gallery we find another version of Kilchiaran Bay. Ron in the meantime brings us the Kildalton Cross and an Afternoon at Machir Bay. Alf has been Taking a Bung. Scott Jessiman has some boats in Lagavulin Bay, All tied up. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Sunshine and Waves in Machir Bay, Waves Under Dark Clouds in Saligo Bay and A Long Fence, Isle of Islay.

That's it, as usual the link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with A hearty hotchpotch. Good night!

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