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Didòmhnaich, 14/Oct/2012

Islay Blogging Roundup #226

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Mid October already, time flies. It's been a quite nice day in West Berkshire from where I'm writing this, although there was certainly a chill in the air at times. As now usual for a Sunday I also did some baking, this week's bread is a Three Flour Mixed Nuts with Poppy Seeds Bread. That's quite a mouthful (pun intended). And with that over to what the blogs have been writing about Islay, Jura and Colonsay this week:

Let me start with three distilleries by Jason Julier: Distillery Visit: Kilchoman, Distillery Visit: Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich: Distillery Tour were his updates this week. Another distillery is covered by the GrapeScot in Lagavulin Distillery - slow production and good wood policy makes great whisky, who also brings us Caol Ila - the biggest whisky producer on Islay and Bruichladdich - the innovative Islay distillery. The Malt Review tastes The Elements of Islay – Bw1, Br4, and Pl1

You have to scroll down a bit to get to the interesting part (as far as this Islay blogging roundup is concerned) to get to Aaron's part and their time on Islay in Highland Trains and Island Grains: A Week in Scotland. Gordon Homer announces the (re-)opening of the Islay Visits Forum. A Norwegian blog writes about a Whiskytur til Islay, a Swedish blog brings us Bruichladdich vertikal while a German blog writes about Essen in Schottland (food in Scotland), some of it I believe from Islay.

Over on Colonsay the Croftess has a few thoughts about 50 shades of fuss. I wonder if the Islay reading circle has read and reviewed it as well? I mentioned part 1 two weeks or so ago, now Pete Ward brings us COMING UP FOR AIR TOO – COMMUNING WITH ORWELL (PART TWO).

Of course there has been a bit of birdwatching and wildlife on Islay again: The Islay Birds blog brings us Ian's and Bob's sightings and numbers from today, torrential rain with little birdwatching on Thursday and a variety of birds including a geese count on Tuesday. John Armitage writes about Arrivals and departures!! The Islay Natural History Trust Blog shows us A tiny fungus and a Seaweed garden in a sand pool - Machir Bay.

Finishing with the pictures again: The Scottish Islands Explorer gives this blog a wee mention in Bird's Eye View. Demurely shows two different scenes from the same spot a year apart in Idyllic Islay. Having fully returned from the continent Mark Unsworth brings us ‘Hooked on the Paps’ as his Image of the week. Contrasting images on the INHT blog with Machir Bay - Sunday afternoon and Rain clouds over Bruichladdich pier this morning. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've picked the Rainbow Over Gruinart Flats, the Six Barnacle Geese in Flight and Moon and Three Geese at Gruinart, Isle of Islay.

That's all for this week, as usual the reference to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Raising awareness. Good night!

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