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Sunday, 07/Sep/2008

Islay Blogging Roundup #47

Sunday evening. Not an evening at Saligo Bay on Islay, just an evening at home. At least I've got my wee dram of Islay Single Malt, an Ardbeg today. Together with some raspberries and some shortbread I made this afternoon. No, not of the Islay Single Malt Whisky Chocolate Chip Shortbread variety just yet, for the time being just some normal homemade shortbread and some chocolate chip shortbread. That should get me through this weeks Islay blogging roundup. So what have the blogs been writing about Islay this week?

In the last roundup I was wondering if Ian was going to publish the August rainfall figures on the Islay Birds blog. The next day he delivered: August 2008 was certainly wetter than 2007, which combined with the news that we had the dullest August since records began makes me think it definitely was quite bad.

Still Ian and his contributors managed to get some birdwatching done in the first week of September: A nice picture of a Linnet captured with a little patience, Fulmars and tired Wheatears and among others 187 Ringed Plovers and 4 Knots in a birdcount at Loch Gruinart.

John Islay Birder Armitage reports of a glorious day and 14 Chough around the house and concerns about Mink being spotted on both Islay and Jura. Not that much to see on a windy day yesterday though.

Now I think I probably have linked to this French blog before, after all delphinéa au groenland has an entry that somehow looks familiar from a few months ago: 30 mai 2008: suite irlandde ecosse. The reason to link to it again is the latest entry 06 septembre 2008: retour suite, which also mentions Islay (unfortunately I have no idea what they are writing about). In any case, there are a lot of fascinating pictures on the blog, so visit it anyway.

Some more travel to Islay blogging: Roaming around: Islay and Jura part 3 is the latest instalment by another blog I've mentioned previously. The Art of Subtle Procrastination: Six Glorious Weeks says she loved Islay beef mince and Islay Ales during her holidays. And they visited Colonsay last week. Not really a holiday, but from a holiday park the Muasdale Reports: Sunset 6.9.08 has a nice sunset over Islay.

Some rather unusual ones: WACameron/MMMaxwell Family History: CHAPTER TWO traces the Cameron family back to Islay, while ISLAY - Trawler Photos Gallery has an old picture of two fishing boats at Caol Ila.

As mentioned yesterday Ron got into YouTube videos this week, his latest is A Very Beautiful Islay Winter Video, given to him by Jeremy Hastings of Islay Birding. Earlier in the week he reported about Irish Interest in Islay and asks if it is The Beginning of the End for Calmac?

What about the whisky? John reviews the Bruichladdich Rocks, Waves, & Peat trilogy while a German cigar blogger writes about the upcoming Bruichladdich dinner with Jim McEwan in October. The Bruichladdich Blog focuses on the Islay Barley harvest this week with three entries: Barley - Finely Balanced, Barley Harvest Update and Barley Battle.

Last but not least a blog I've noticed before, but hadn't linked to so far. I can't read a single thing on it as it is from Japan and therefore in Japanese. It seems to be a blog about whisky and in some way also Islay (a few Islay links in the sidebar). The reason I finally pick it up is this entry: (Lots of Japanese characters I can't copy) Rebuilding the Islay Hotel in Port Ellen, Isle of Islay. The blogger over in Japan picks up on my Rebuilding the Islay Hotel Video, which is quite cool. Word about the Islay Hotel project is spreading in Japan! That's what the internet is all about, sharing information.

That's all I picked up this week, more next week. As usual the link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Laws, Levies, Let-offs and Leadership. Now let's hope September will be drier and sunnier than August...

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