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Sunday, 04/Jan/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #62

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How time flies: As of today 1% of 2009 are already over. The same applies to the long New Year weekend. Better hurry then to get the first Islay blogging roundup for 2009 written up. What have the blogs been writing about Islay and Jura in the last few days of 2008 and first of 2009?

Several people have visited Islay (and Jura) over the Christmas and New Year period, as can be witnessed in a number of blog entries. The Magic Bean is Back in the land of the living and was messing with grumpy people. Grumpy people on Islay? Hm. Teresa Morris wishes Happy New Year from Ardnave Islay on Ron's award winning Islay Weblog.

The Bondbloke continues to post lovely Islay (and Jura) pictures on the aptly named Photogenic Scotland: There's One for Armin which is a bit of an insider, but for others there are Ardmore House or Craighouse. There's also Laphroig Light, which is given some background in More Photographic Creativity. But my favourite is Moody Machir Bay.

Talking of pictures, on Ron's Islay Pictures by Islay Visitors we find Geese at Springbank Islay and Calmac Staff at Work. My own Islay Pictures photoblog was picked up by The Cartoonist, he and his readers seem to quite like it. Thank you! I think my own favourite of the week is Wild Seas at Saligo Bay, Isle of Islay.

Mirko Herzner continues on Jura with his pictures, among them Isle of Jura: Mountain Brook and Isle of Jura: Chat with Locals.

Now to the whisky. Purists probably won't be happy, but then again I vividly remember Robert Hicks during a Laphroaig Masterclass telling us you can do whatever you feel like with a whisky: In The Land of Forgotten Cocktails John Myers suggests several Islay Malts to use in various cocktails.

In Happy New Year, Everyone! Tamia praises Laphroaig while Miss Cellania tells a joke in Most Kind of You involving a few wee drams of Bruichladdich.

What do you need for whisky? Among other things barley, quite a lot of it. Elliott has pictures of the M.V Shetland Trader and even a video of the Shetland Trader Discharge. Unrelated to whisky and barley he also has nice pictures of the Trawlers in Port Ellen.

Birdwatching. Eye To The Telescope has his Birding Review Of The Year 2008, although Islay is only mentioned in the plans/goals for 2009. An Islay visit coming up?

The Islay Birds blog wishes a belated Happy New Year and then gets on with the birdwatching. Purple Sandpipers and Goldcrests were watched in the new year, while the old year brought a Great Spotted Woodpecker (with picture). Ian signs off for the week with a nice sunset over Loch Gorm and some Geese observations.

John Islay Birder Armitage was surprised to spot only one Buzzard during a trip on the mainland and had a slow start to the new year. At least a busy day today brought a really nice Barn Owl.

I think I'll leave it with that for this week, it's getting late. But not before linking to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, they are back with And so to 2009 this week. Good night!

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