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Didòmhnaich, 30/Sep/2012

Islay Blogging Roundup #224

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Not entirely sure what happened yesterday, suddenly it was way past my bedtime and I hadn't blogged yet. Well, I had elsewhere earlier in the day, but just no Islay blogging. I hope I'll be forgiven. It's been a busy weekend, to start with I watched a Steam Train passing Aldermaston Station yesterday, followed by Another Steam Train passing Aldermaston Station today. I've also been looking at the Early Autumn at the Kennet and Avon Canal and made some Shortbread as well as some Three Flour Mixed Nuts & Linseed Bread. But now back to Islay (and Jura) in the blogs:

Let me start with some pictures today, after all it's not every week I can link to the blog of an MSP (although it has happened before). On Friday Michael Russell posted The Paps of Jura from Islay, when I asked him on Twitter for another on Saturday he obliged with Windy Morning, Bowmore.

Other visitors include the GrapeScot who writes ISLAY - the wild, wonderful and welcoming whisky island. A visitor from Torrisdale in Kintyre writes about the Islay Community Walled Garden. You can read about music and whisky on in Lagavulin and the Smooth Moves. Islay's tremendous Jazz Festival. The WhiskyBrother is sending Greetings from Islay.

A few whisky related entries: Jason went on a Caol Ila: Distillery Tour while the Malt Impostor tasted The Kilchoman Machir Bay (750 ml church handebell [E flat] bottle). In Germany Home of Whisky asks Ardbeg Galileo – Geschmack oder Marketing? (Taste or Marketing?). The Part-Time Homesteader seems to have a pretty complete collection of Kilchoman, proudly presented in Whisky Part 2 - Kilchoman.

Over to Jura for a moment, where Peter Ward is COMING UP FOR AIR TOO – COMMUNING WITH ORWELL (PART ONE). Presumably there will be a part two at some point.

The Islay History blog has some interesting 1930s Islay Adverts. Posie is writing about Farm diversification at its best...... Ron is off for his Autumn Trip to Islay.

At the schools we had Keith Brumpton Visits Bowmore Primary School and Harvest at Port Charlotte. On the Our Learning Blog of Port Ellen Primary we find A Tiny Green Elf, The Day my Brother Exploded! and Our Exploding Teacher (which were all part of the 100 Word Challenge). There are also news about the Harvest Play and the Mull Theatre Visit.

Of course there were bird and wildlife news: The Islay Birds blog brings us a large variety of sightings today, earlier in the week there were three Golden Eagles and the monthly bird nerd meeting. The Islay Natural History Trust blog has good news about Rowan trees, the winner of the Design a Butterfly Competition and an update from the Nature Ramble at Ardnave - 24th September 2012. John Armitage reports of Grey lag Geese on the move. 27.9.2012.

Finally the pictures: On The Hazel Tree we find many nice pictures in A walk on Machir Beach. Ron has Two Autumn Islay Panorama Pictures. Mark Unsworth is away I believe. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've decided to go for Rhuvaal Lighthouse from the Ferry in April 2012, April Morning in Machir Bay 2012 and Islay Deer and Beinn an Oir.

That's all for this week, as usual the reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Life goes on – whether you’re paying attention or not. Good night.

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