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Islay Blogging Roundup #220

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Enjoying a very slow bank holiday weekend not doing much at all (apart from baking some shortbread yesterday). I'm not sure if I started exactly 30 weeks later or if this just happened over time through various gaps and breaks, two days after the 250th Friday Islay picture I'm writing the 220th Islay blogging roundup. With that straight over to the Islay (and Jura and Colonsay) mentions in the blogs this week:

The whisky visits: Ruaridh Gallagher is on the Scotch Trail, Scotch Trail: To Islay and Scotch Trail: Islay Days 1, 2, & 3 describe his Islay experiences so far. The most recent of Gordon's Our visits to the Hebridean Isle of Islay has just come to an end, Summer 2012 Trip – continued – Friday 17th August, Summer 2012 Trip – more….. and Summer 2012 Trip – The Last Bit ! cover the second half of their stay.

The whisky in general: For Whisky Lovers brings us After Bruichladdich - The Mark Reynier Interview. Gordon writes about the Islay Whisky Classics No.62 – Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist (2008 Bottling). writes Svensk nedräkning för Ardbeg Galileo.

The Islay visits: Islay diary 3 - June 2012 is the latest instalment on demurely (see Islay diary 2 - June 2012 and Islay diary 1 - June 2012 for the previous ones). Rick was Hanging in Glasgow on his way to Islay, hopefully there will be a follow up post soon.

The dogs: Yes, Daisy and Holly were on Islay for another week. Read more about their adventures in Us doing serious Rabbit Hunting!, Ticks, Otters, Orca & Another Distillery!, We are in the Naught Corner!, More Rabbits!, We're in The Naughty Corner, Again!, In The Poo, Again! and We Get A Wabbit, We Get A Wabbit!.

Back at school: The Our Learning Blog of Port Ellen Primary School is back in action after the holidays, What We Did On Holiday gets a mention, but also Speeches 2012 for Captain/Vice and the Elections. There's also a heads up for the ISLAY BOOK FESTIVAL 2012. It's not directly school, but there's a lot to learn at the Islay History blog, so I'll mention it here: John Murdoch - 'Land and Labour Pioneer' and Neil Orr of Portnahaven (1864-1941)- Gaelic singer and teacher are the topics this week.

Over on Colonsay: After a Glorious weekend… apparently Colonsay in the grip of fear…..

A bit of sailing: Rob visited the area on board the Vagabond, Furthest West – for the moment, The Sound of Jura and Balvicar Island of Seil. Pause button pressed. describe his experiences.

The bits that didn't fit elsewhere: Gordon teaches us about Pollack Fishing off the Rocks on the Sound of Islay (and provides the recipe for cooking it, Pan Fried Pollack Fillet with Simple Salad) while Camilla Macpherson did an Islay book signing at The Celtic Shop. The Islay and Jura Timebank announces the Timebank Walking Group while Justin asks Hebrideans: Do they know it’s summertime at all?. Ron informs us about Trinity Temple - The Islay and North Uist Connection.

The birdwatching: James, the NEbirder, is currently spending some time on Islay on a placement with the RSPB, An introduction to Islay; and Islay; Second Installment. describe his experiences so far. On the Islay Birds blog Ian provides an update from the bird fair in Rutland before moving on to the birds, including a nice picture of a young Sparrowhawk by Bob and the sightings from the bird nerds walk today. The Islay Natural History Trust blog has Benny the Blenny for us, also news from the Family Activity Session - Rockpooling and the Bruichladdich Rockpooling.

The pictures: David celebrates his First Month Living In Islay with a number of pictures from said month. Joy Nevada documented her Islay visit with a few pictures and a drawing. Don't know what it all means, but Maa, jossa ei ole lukkoja polkupyörissä and (easier to understand) Port Ellen / Isle of Islay / Scotland contain a few nice pictures from a Finnish blogger. Mark Unsworth on his photography gallery has a view of Ripening Barley and some casks at Bruichladdich Distillery, in his blog the Image of the week is also of some casks. Think I missed this earlier, Kim has a shot of the maltings in Port Ellen. On Ron's photoblog we find A Sheep with a Great Islay View and an Alpaca on Islay while on his blog he brings us a Beautiful 1932 Colour Postcard of Lagavulin Distillery. Charlotte has been back home for some Jam, Hills and Sea Swimming after some Early Morning Mist. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Calling Lapwing in Flight, the Rusty Ball at Saligo Bay and the Colourful Dunes in Machir Bay, Isle of Islay

The end: Before I finish for this week the reference to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Whose blog is topical anyway?. Good night, time for a wee dram of Islay single malt.

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