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Sunday, 02/Aug/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #85

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That's another weekend almost over. The Homecoming Ride of the Falling Rain wasn't very rainy at all from what I hear. I've just enjoyed some nice scones with clotted cream and MA MacKinnon's homemade Islay blackcurrant jam, very very nice. May be we are still going to get a summer after all? But first to this week's Islay blogging roundup, here's what the blogs had to say about Islay recently:

Let me start with an amusing entry on the ardblog (Tom is now also on Twitter as ardblog) and some rather strange Islay-Blends. Even if you don't speak German you should be able to get most of the names. He also asks for feedback about Wohnen im Octomore… (Staying at Octomore). I've never stayed there, but I've heard good things about it.

As we're kind of on the topic of whisky let me stay with it. STV recently had a programme Made In Scotland, which was picked up by ‘Travel. Eat. Drink. Stuff.’ in the US: Made in Scotland.... All About Whisky. Also from the US, just says Hey You Kids, Get Off My Bog!

The Scandinavians were also busy blogging about Islay whisky: Not that I can read any of it, but in fantastinen viskin maailma: Bruichladdich Oirthir Gaidheal 16 yo - Islay festival 2009 bottling someone from Finland seems to review (or otherwise comment) on the Bruichladdich Festival Valinch I also have a bottle of. Manihank: Islay tour 2009 - en reseskildring is Hank's (who is from Stockholm in Sweden) travelogue of a distillery tour in Scotland and in particular Islay.

Dr Whisky kicks of a review of another string of Islay malts with the Malt Mission 2009 #356 and a Bowmore. He follows up with Malt Mission 2009 #357, which is an Ardbeg. Funnily enough Malt Mission 2009 #355, Malt Mission 2009 #354 and Malt Mission 2009 #353 were also of Islay single malt whiskies.

A rather more controversial posting can be found on ForArgyll: Diageo: the real issue is the Scotch whisky industry. Quite a heated discussion in the comments there.

Despite this being the holiday season I haven't seen many Islay holiday blog entries, although friday! on ‘needled’ indicates we might be treated to something soon.

Ron has a Cycling Week on Islay Weblog which leads on to Kids and Cycling on Islay, Port Mor Wheelers Grand Day Out, Wild Wheels - Unique New Initiative from Islay Birding and culminates in Islay Ride of the Falling Rain. There was also a bit of tweeting about the mother of all breakfasts before the ride and what a great day it was.

OK, birdwatching. Over on the Islay Birds blog we have some fascinating ‘guest pictures’ from Poland, taken by Michal. To start with two gulls, followed by said two gulls in a fight over a fish. But the best is probably the White tailed Sea Eagle (click on the picture to biggerise). Closer to home on Islay another White tailed Sea Eagle was spotted near Caol Ila.

John Islay Birder Armitage indulged in his second passion and looked at two Puss Moth caterpillars. He also mentions meeting fellow birder James Wolstencroft. If you're using Twitter you might want to follow James Wolstencroft (gonolek) on Twitter, he often mentions the birds he spots on Islay like Arctic Terns and Cuckoo's killed by Buzzards. Earlier in the week John reported of Migrant Cuckoos as well as Gannets.

From birdwatching to pictures, Mark at the Islay Photography Gallery has been updating daily again this week. My favourites include Gully Rush at Saligo, Cloud, Saligo Bay and The Paps from Moorburn. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll pick Cloudy North Islay Landscape and Rhuvaal Lighthouse, Isle of Islay, and the Isle of Colonsay.

I think that's about it this week, I hope I haven't missed anything important. As regular readers will have come to expect the reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Shame over Gary McKinnon. Have a good week, hopefully with weather that somehow resembles summer…

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