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Didòmhnaich, 06/May/2012

Islay Blogging Roundup #210

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Right then, Islay blogging roundup, bank holiday edition. Despite some unexpected sun the weather has been fairly close to expectations in Aldermaston Wharf this bank holiday weekend so far. It's been much better on Islay and Oronsay as far as I'm aware. On that note over to what the blogs have been saying about Islay, Jura, Gigha and Colonsay this week:

Let me start with BILL HONEYWELL this week. Bill is on a fundraising cycle tour of 43 Western Isles where this week he visited Gigha, Islay and Jura (Colonsay and Oronsay to follow later in the month). His entries were: The Island of Gigha, The Island of Gigha (2), Gigha, Gigha (continued), Gigha (again!), Gigha (again!) cont..., The Hebridean Princess off Gigha, Gigha (final episode!), Islay, Islay (2), Islay to Jura, Jura, looking to Islay and Kintyre and finally Jura (2). If you're on Twitter you can also follow Bill's adventures under @CancerBikeMan.

David and his friends have completed their first fly fishing visit to Islay, David himself writes about it in April Trip 2012 while Glen writes Fly Fly Islay April 2012 'Tranny fly fishing'. Going back a few years The Bearded Whelk is remembering a visit to Scotland and a special bottle in Mull of Kintyre and Finding the Laddie.

Over to the whisky, starting with a few follow ups from last week: The Whisk(e)y Room concludes their Islay visit with Scotland, Day 7. Beers I've Known continued their reports from Islay with Lagavulin and Laphroaig (and on the mainland came across A Fyne state of affairs). The Jewish Single Malt Whisky Society Blog (phew, that's quite a mouthful) moved on to Islay distilleries explained thru Rock and Roll comparisons – Part 3 – Caol Ila & my review of their 2007 Distillery Bottling.

Other Islay whisky related posts this week include Islay: My Single Malt Whisky Heaven, Bowmore - Magic Happens on the Darkest Nights, Bruichladdich 10yo "The Laddie Ten"... and Whisky and Magic. Travelling quite a long way to Brazil (yes, they drink whisky down there as well) we find Islay, a Ilha do Whisky — Parte I and Islay, a Ilha do Whisky — Parte II, not sure if there's more to come.

Bruichladdich has comments about a capricious colour conundrum. Rachel on Whisky for Girls in the meantime has been Pouring Whisky down the Drain @ Bruichladdich. Ron went to Design a Tartan for 18th Birthday of Friends of Laphroaig

I mentioned Alasdair's search for the Wallaby a while ago, judging from Bridging the Gap – in progress: In Search of the Wallaby he's making good progress. ...From the Manse announces an upcoming visit, Dr John Blanchard is coming to Islay in June. There's a picture of the new skiff in Lily Bheag for Islay while Lesley Riddoch mentions Land issues on Islay. From The Big Room at Keills we hear about Olympic Village Development while there was a Port Ellen Visit: WILDLIFE CENTRE AND MUSEUM and we also had a news update from the Islay and Jura Timebank. Oh, and An eviction notice has been served....

Over on Colonsay it was a Beautiful Beltane - without a hitch... A new blog I've just come across is colonsaycroftess, this week with Post Book Festival Depression Blues? Not Likely! and 3 Reasons why I think I’m pregnant.

Of course there was birdwatching and wildlife: The Islay Birds blog belatedly remembers its birthday, has a nice picture of a Ringed Plover from Michal and welcomes back said Michal with his first bird sightings (I've met him several times, he's a very nice guy). The Islay Natural History Trust blog brings us Bluebells - Bridgend, Sparkling diamonds and hairy monsters and a Marsh Fritillary. There's also Common Scurvy Grass - Saligo and a Hermit Crab - Tom Redman as well as a Spiny Spider Crab - Tom Redman.

The pictures. Daniel has quite a few on his blog from a visit to Scotland and in particular Islay in April 2012, the best way to get to them seems to be the 04/29 - 05/06 archive. Mark Unsworth's Image of the week is from The Oa while he also has an Un Titled picture on his gallery as well as a view of a Peat Bank. Ron links to An Islay Cuckoo and more on Flickr. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Traigh Baile Aonghais from the Dunes, Bay in the Southern Skerries and A View at Killinallan Point, Isle of Islay.

With that I'm finishing this week's roundup, of course not before the reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with A few of my favourite things (no, not mine. Kate's.). Good night!

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