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Sunday, 13/Sep/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #91

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That's a quite busy weekend almost over already. Yesterday I learned about creating a plugin for my Islay Pictures photoblog, today I learned about ‘anamorphic HD’ (no, you don't need to know) while working on another Islay Video. That video is still far from completion, so I thought I better turn my attention to the Islay blogging roundup this evening. What have the blogs been writing about Islay over the last week?

Let me start with the wildlife- and birdwatching this week: The Silurian visited Islay for some whale, dolphin and porpoise spotting. Probably unbeknown to them they were spotted by John Islay Birder Armitage while he was out for a seawatch. John also completed the Grey-lag Goose survey, but he didn't seem happy with the results.

On the Islay Birds blog we find a picture of a young Fulmar and some background about it. On Saturday there were Birds of Prey and some Geese, while the Tuesday brought a large Thunderstorm, Goldfinches and a landslide.

That landslide wasn't on Islay though, but still had an impact on Islay. As ForArgyll reported the A83 was closed after another landslide at Rest & Be Thankful. It has since been opened, but looking at the ForArgyll site there's another issue many visitors to Islay will need to take into account for their journey planning: Major delays on Erskine Bridge for 3 weeks.

I haven't seen any real reports from the current Islay Jazz Festival just yet (although I hear there were good crowds at some of the concerts), but there were a few holiday reports: Becca & Bella: Mostly Books: Summer in Scotland:Islay and Becca & Bella: Mostly Books: Summer in Scotland:Islay (part 2) for example.

Then there was the Kingfisher 2009 Scotland Trip --- Laphroaig @ Single Malt Lover! (which is the one I found first). Digging a bit I also found entries for Ardbeg and Bunnahabhain. Which nicely leads me to the whisky:

On Ron's Islay Weblog we find Kilchoman Released their very first Islay Single Malt Whisky while the Bruichladdich Blog titled Kilchoman Comes of Age. There's also Harvest Time and Harvest Time (yes, that's correct, twice). Back to Kilchoman, writes about A Coming Of Age. On to a bunch of whisky tastings:

Hot from the press Whisky for Everyone reviews New Releases ... Ardbeg Corryvreckan (although I'm not sure it's for everyone at that price). On the same blog we find Have just tried ... Bunnahabhain Toiteach, while the Scotch Hobbyist has been Sampling A young, peaty Bunnahabhain.

The Scotch Hobbyist also writes about the Laphroaig “Distillery Live” details, as does John Hansell (unsurprisingly): John Campbell (Laphroaig) Kevin Smith (Maker’s Mark) and me LIVE in two weeks. There's a Laphroaig Single Islay Malt Quarter Cask on Whisky while Onversneden reviews Four of a kind! (all Laphroaig). The Kopparverket Whisky Society is planning ahead for the ISLAY provning 2009 10 21.

In other news God blessed the broken road (there's a nice Islay reference in the 2nd to last paragraph) and the Islay Energy Trust mentions the Newsnight Scotland programme. Not entirely sure what Fajan o Jöns is saying in Ølfabrikken Islay Cask Stout, it seems to be some ale matured in Islay whisky casks. Not to forget the Princess Royal on Islay - Official Opening of Port Askaig on Ron's Islay Weblog.

Islay Picture time! On Mark's Islay Photography Gallery I particularly liked Ardnahoe at Dawn, Port Charlotte Lighthouse and Round Church Rainbow this week. On Ron's Picture Blog we find a Rowan Tree on Islay. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Sheep and (White-fronted?) Geese and Bruichladdich Casks Waiting to be Filled.

That's all I have for this week, time to finish up and get to bed. But not before the usual reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Paedophiles Until You Prove Otherwise. Good night!

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