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Sunday, 14/Sep/2008

Islay Blogging Roundup #48

Back from a nice walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal, similar to the route I took in May. Not as sunny as I had hoped, but still better than most of August. Anyway, back to Islay blogging as promised earlier today: This week's Islay blogging roundup. What did the blogs have to say about Islay, Jura and Scarba this week?

The first mention you already had earlier today, the Japanese Blogger writing about a visit to Islay. I'm not going to repeat that entry, read the details there. Also from Japan Takeshi Mogi points out the Bowmore WebCam he discovered.

Tom of the ardblog is asking for some help. Help to identify various plants he photographed on Islay. Don't worry if you don't speak German, he understands English, so head over and if you can provide any information leave a comment at his Islay-Plant-Search Part 1.

From plants it isn't far to birds, so what's new from the birdwatchers? Ian at the Islay Birds blog has a great picture of a Buzzard on a peat stack. The bad weather then put birdwatching on hold until a Hen Harrier and a Peregrine Falcon were spotted during the Loch Gruinart guided walk.

John Islay Birder Armitage reports of duck numbers improving before an enforced step out. On his return he starts counting the Meadow Pipits on the telephone wires just outside his house before moving on to a surprise: A party of Barnacle flying up Loch Indaal. The first he's seen and quite early!

Jeremy Hastings seems to have had a quiet week, he followed the Islay Jazz Festival before taking out some Japanese visitors for an Islay Dawn. More from him in Ron's Islay Nature Report 36 - Mushrooms.

Not too much from the Jazz festival in the blogs yet: Ron has a few pictures Mark Unsworth took for him. Andrew Dubber says he'll be back in a week. Dubber & Clutch promise postcards from Scotland, although none seems to be from the festival just yet. They did grow their sea legs though and took lots of pictures of their Islay adventure.

Remember the Islay Seals and Fish? When I wrote that entry I didn't know who the photographer was. I know now: Roaming around: Islay and Jura part 4 provided the answer.

Another instalment of sea kayaking around Islay found its way into my browser this week as well: The spirits of Dunyvaig Castle, Lagavulin Bay, Islay. Fabulous pictures by Douglas Wilcox again! But there's more:

A few entries from a visit to Scarba and the Corryvreckan just north of Jura: A bit of a scare with a sudden tidal surge on Scarba. Followed by The Great Race of Corryvreckan and then a residence on Scarba.

So how about a bit of Islay whisky? First of all, can somebody tell me what this is? Islay Storm? I've heard of Islay Mist, but Islay Storm? Is that some supermarket own brand? writes about a fine pair of Spanish siblings. Which leads on to the Bruichladdich Blog, where Mark tries to set the records straight on Several Issues.

John has some interesting information about Ardbeg (as part of Glenmorangie) where Dr. Bill Lumsden answers your questions. No plans for floor maltings in the near future but potentially a second set of stills? I'm sure Tom of the ardblog will be interested and hopefully pleased.

The account of a trawler being wrecked is an entry in the Fleetwood Fishing Industry blog: Criscilla FD261. The blog seems to be very young still, I wonder if they will cover the Wyre Majestic, if I'm not mistaken she was a Fleetwood trawler as well.

Moving over the Sound of Islay ‘For Argyll’ points out various options for the Jura Hotel now that it is on the market. This will be interesting to follow, hopefully a good solution can be found!

For completeness I should mention it I think: Tom Freemans World Tour of Islay - 2008. Well, apart from that they never made it to Islay, at least not as of writing this. He's still on Arran.

And that's it for this week. I hope I didn't forget anything important. The wee dram of Islay single malt came from Bruichladdich, the PC 6 (hey, it's Sunday and the first nice weekend for ages). The music still the same as the last two days, the Glasvegas debut album (I guess that means I quite like it). As usual the link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Leaders dropping like flies for the bigger picture and non-Islay blogging.

Good night!

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