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Didòmhnaich, 03/Jun/2012

Islay Blogging Roundup #214 - Jubilee Weekend Edition

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That's the long Jubilee bank holiday weekend almost half over, as expected it was rather damp again in Aldermaston Wharf… There were a few garden parties around I think, but that's about all I've seen/heard from the Jubilee. More important for me personally was the quick chat with my sister once I managed to get hold of her, as it's her birthday today. She spent most of the day with her horse, which was in good form today, so she was happy. All that out of the way it's time for what the blogs had to say about Islay, Colonsay and Jura this week:

I could have started with the Islay festival, but instead I'm going to take you to the mainland, to mainland Scotland, England and Wales: That's where Gavin, Allan and Ally (as well as their driver Neil) went to complete the 3 Peaks Challenge May 2012. A great read with some fantastic pictures, even when they're not from Islay.

Another blog I'd like to give priority is Kate's needled. I've mentioned her several times already, I always enjoy reading her blogs, especially now seeing how she's coping with the aftermath of her stroke. I am two, A Jura triathlon and Islay inspiration were her posts this time.

But now back to the festival: The boys from - whisky blog have Islay Odyssey - Day Six: Single Malt Scotch Westie, Islay Odyssey - Day Five: Des Lynham's Time Travelling Swedish Mercedes, Islay Odyssey - Day Four: Too Much Goats Cheese, Not Enough Cow Bell, Islay Odyssey - Day Three: "Was There 2-4-1 On Wacky Glasses At The Shop?", Islay Odyssey - Day Two: No Joel, This Isn't The Bar We're Looking For - It's The Job Centre and from the journey up Islay Odyssey - Day 1: A Man With An Ice Lolly Is A Man With Responsibility.

Not to be outdone the Master of Malt Blog brings us Feis Ile 2012, Day 2, Feis Ile 2012, Day 3, Feis Ile 2012, Day 4, Feis Ile 2012, Day 5, Feis Ile 2012, Day 6, Feis Ile 2012, Day 7 and Feis Ile 2012, Day 8. Similarly LivingRoom Whisky offer us Islay Festival Day Two, Islay Festival Day Three and Islay Festival Day Four.

Craig continues his Craig's Fèis Ìle 2012 blog from last week with Bruichladdich (Brook Laddie), Caol Ila (Cool Eela), Laphroaig Oh And A Snifter Of Ardbeg.Bowmore – And A Very Good Snifter Of Islay Ales., Port Ellen Maltings, Kilchoman – And A Side Trip To…, Bunnahabhain and finishes with It’s A Sad Day

From Islay itself Rachel's Whisky for Girls has Feis Ile ~ Ardbeg, Feis Ile ~ Bunnahabhain, Feis Ile Agus Diura ~ Kilchoman & Jura, Feis Ile ~ Bowmore, Feis Ile ~ Laphroaig and Feis Ile ~ Caol Ila. On the Bruichladdich News we find Bruichladdich's Day in the Sun - Feis Ile 2012

From Germany we had Alina and Thomas Islay Festival of Malt and Music - zum 3. Mal and Ein Quadratfuß Land, Teestunde und Dudelsackrocker. Zdenek Kortis from the Czech Republic writes News Palírny ve Skotsku pod lupou.. PART III. (Port Ellen, Bruichladdich) and Palírny ve Skotsku pod lupou.. PART IV. (Bruchladdich a Caol Ila Master Class). From Scotland Abbey Whisky has Feis Ile 2012 – Better late than never… and Islay Festival – Caol Ila Feis Ile 2012, Single Cask 300897.

Not from the festival as such but closely related is Ardbeg day … celebrating the finer things in life. Similar Whisky Israel with Ardbeg Day–Let’s go! and Tasting ‘Ardbeg Day’ 2012 Release. More sailing related although they dropped in at the festival is Andy who is sailing round Britain: Week 4 - Monday - Islay, Week 4 - Tuesday - Celidh Update and Week 4 - Wednesday - Oronsay are his relevant entries.

I'm not sure if this was during the festival but Visita a Islay, destilería de Ardbeg certainly is about an Islay visit.

Waverley, Glasgow to Oban doesn't instantly let you think of Islay, but when you think about the geography a bit they of course passed Islay, through the Sound of Islay to be precise. The cycling queen went Cycling to Jura, the magical island. On Jura we had the Jura Fell Race 2012.

Sciency Thoughts thinks about the recent Earthquake on the Isle of Islay. The IET has news of the Secretary of State for Scotland visits the Sound of Islay.

For the birdwatching and wildlife Gordon Yates had Corncrakes A Plenty. the Islay Birds blog brings us a great picture of a Corncrake, a good day for seeing Hen Harriers and an unexpected Spotted Flycatcher. The Islay Natural History Trust blog has Small Tortoiseshell Caterpillars which then turn into chrysalises. Also various walks including Machir Bay to Saligo (Part 1) and Dunlossit Estate (Part 3). Nick publishes his Islay Bird List.

To finish of course the pictures: Islay, 2011 is an interesting shot somewhere near Ardnave I think. A lot (and I mean a lot) of pictures in the Whisky Experiences of the Aperture Addict. On Mark Unsworth's gallery we find Reeds at Sunset and Un Titled 2 while his blog is about Image of the week and Media matching. For James Deane it is All coming together… It's good morning Jura from Laggan. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I'll go for the Last Minute of the Sunset and of course the Starry Skies in the Gloaming at Machir Bay, Isle of Islay.

I think I'm going to leave it at that. For the bigger picture head over to the Scottish Roundup with This week’s Diamonds of the Scottish blogosphere. Good night!

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