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Sunday, 16/Aug/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #87

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From celebrities back to some proper blogging again. It's difficult to decide if the summer slowdown has hit the blogs, it doesn't really look like there is less in the blogs, certainly not about Islay. With that in mind let me dive into what the blogs have been writing about Islay, Jura and Colonsay (for I found something touching all three islands) this week:

Let me start with a bit of birdwatching and this post for some reason unknown to me titled The Watering Hole: August 11. On the Islay Birds blog we find a Spotted Flycatcher and a heads up for a light blogging week. John Islay Birder Armitage reports from a good day at the Islay Show (with a birding angle) and has a birding update including some comments on the “Glorious Twelfth”. Jeremy Hastings reports of his activities from Sunday onwards.

Should this summer be too hot for you (admittedly unlikely if you live in the UK) you can head down south (far south) to Stacey in Antarctica (who used to work on Colonsay). She's got A few birds... and A few wintery scenes.... If that doesn't cool you down then I don't know.

There are also some sad news on the Islay Birds blog, with Rory having left and Michal about to leave. Anyone who has met them will be sad to hear about them leaving. Thanks for everything you did during your time on Islay, Rory and Michal!

From birdwatching to holidays and other travels:

Chris is sailing round Britain and recently sailed from Bangor to Tobermory on the Island of Mull, stopping on Islay and Colonsay. Off the coast of Islay is the entry on ‘strolling the streets’ about a cycling visit to Islay. John Connell catches up on visit in June with an simply called Travel Blog » Islay. Robert Askey visited Jura and writes about Whisky aside, some Jura island treasures. There's also an earlier entry about Jura – the start of my journey.

Kind of a hybrid entry is “Westering Home” to Bunnahabhain on ‘Angling and Dramming’. The blog is about angling and fishing, but also about whisky. The Best Whisky in the World Comes From Islay....Probably is another entry, as well as a report from The Black Bottle Scotch Whisky Fly Casting Championship 2009.

All this leads us nicely to the whisky:

The Bruichladdich Blog reports of the Laddie Classic and a Maltings Fire (not sure if that's of any significance for the Islay distilleries?). On Jak's Corner we find an Ardbeg tasting in New Zealand. Dr Whisky on his Malt Mission 2009 #359 tasted the Laphroaig 18yo and in Malt Mission 2009 #360 the Port Askaig expressions.

In other news the previously mentioned Blog of Kevin Dolgin says Distilleries and Nature Coexist on the Isle of Islay. On Ron's Islay Weblog we find Orbs on Islay at Kilchoman and further news of his new Southern Inner Hebrides Website.

Last but by no means least the pictures: Rock in Evening Light and Lost World are some nice Islay pictures on Michael Schobert's photoblog. On Mark's Islay Photography Gallery there is an Incoming tide at Saligo as well as Saligo Dreams 4, earlier in the week there was a Vapour Trail over Bowmore. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll pick the Seal in Portnahaven and the Ardbeg Distillery Panorama, Isle of Islay.

With that I'm closing for today, now it's time for a Bruichladdich Peat Islay single malt and some raspberries. Before I leave you though the reference to the Scottish Roundup with a Last minute round-up. Good night and have a good week, in particular if you're back to work after the summer holidays!

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