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Sunday, 21/Sep/2008

Islay Blogging Roundup #49

Is it Sunday evening already? Seems the weekend just flew past, relaxing and watching boats go past on the canal outside. So what have I got for you this week, in the last Islay blogging roundup before it celebrates a jubilee with its 50th edition? What have the blogs been writing about Islay, Jura and Colonsay this week?

Last week I mentioned the Fleetwood Fishing blog and was wondering if/when they were going to write about the Wyre Majestic. A few days later Alan left a comment that indeed he had now covered it: Wyre Majestic - FD433. Looking at the blog in more detail I notice there are several more Islay related entries, I'll probably write about them in a separate entry next week.

Kind of related the Trawler Photos Gallery has a picture from a recent event on Islay: Tope festival Port Ellen (Islay) - Trawler Photos Gallery. Another site I need to research in more detail when I find the time, I think there might be a few more pictures from Islay in there...

What next? Food and drink.

Frydmania writes about the Taste of summer, or at least what it used to be ‘last century’. Seems the Jura Stores didn't stock it back then though, not sure what the current equivalent would be and how kids today would define their taste of summer.

That Drinking Feeling tastes the Caol Ila 18 Year, but isn't entirely convinced. The Whisky Grotto does a bit of digging and has details of the Ardbeg Blasda sipping out before noting that Ardbeg Blasda available now! (well, kind of. Preorder only). And the Ardbeg Blasda game seems to be available again/already on the minisite (1728 is my current top score).

The “Officially Unofficial” Bruichladdich Blog this week celebrates a Milestone: 500 Visitors. Earlier in the week an entry about something very important but probably mostly overlooked for the whisky production: A Fungus Among Us.

The real Bruichladdich Blog in the meantime has news about a potential Bruichladdich Shipping Line (but will Bruichladdich Pier be able to handle it?). There's also discussion about the Rainfall on Islay, the numbers seem to vary for the other locations Islay is compared to. Partly due to said rain the Barley 2008 harvest is still not complete...

Ron writes about the Bowmore 16 Year Old Wine Cask Matured and introduces the Polar Circle Whisky Club which recently visited Islay.

Dubber & Clutch went to Islay for the Jazz Festival, although that didn't really work out: Jazzfail. Still they had a great time on Islay with visits to the Singing sands and meeting the Locals.

From Colonsay the brewery blog reports of Festival Fun and The Best Night Ever before it's All Over Bar Nothing.

The WACameron/MMMaxwell Family History blog in CHAPTER THREE has some interesting information about emigration from Islay, in particular from The Oa.

So what about the birdwatching, considering the autumn migrations have started to kick in?

The Islay Birds blog has a picture of a Robin together with news that the Rose Coloured Starling has been spotted again. The Swallows at Kilchoman have left although a couple were still seen in Bowmore. Later in the week various owls were spotted as well as a Cuckoo.

Islay Birder John Armitage in the meantime was frustrated by bad weather early in the week but during seawatch later in the week spotted five groups of Light bellied Brent Geese as well as a Chaffinch in his garden.

Last but not least Jeremy of Islay Birding News spotted 100's of Pale Bellies and is pleased with Rhinns no Rain!

And that's it for this week, I hope I haven't forgotten anything important, otherwise more in the 50th jubilee edition next week. As usual the link to the Scottish Roundup, which seems to be Stuck in the tubes at the moment. The musical background while writing this roundup was provided by Glasvegas and the Fratellis - Here We Stand.

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