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Sunday, 11/Oct/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #95

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Sunday evening already again? Time flies. Well, time for the Islay blogging roundup then. The roundup will take a short break after this one though, for the simple reason that I'll be away (on Islay) for a week soon. While I'm hoping to find inspiration for many further future entries I'm most likely not going to spend much time with this interwebthingy during that week. But back to business, what have the blogs been writing about Islay, Jura, Oronsay and Colonsay over the last week or so?

Let me start with the Germans this week: On Wednesday morning I had a nice surprise when spotting the line Gänse auf Islay | Spreeblick in my feedreader. For those who didn't guess it, ‘Gänse’ is German for Geese and they linked to my Geese on Islay video. Spreeblick is one of Germany's largest and best known blogs, hopefully this will help to further Islay's fame in Germany. But that's not all from Germany, writes about Malt Project Volume VII: Islay Revisited & Hidden Treasures, a new DVD with updated footage of Islay's distilleries.

Did I just write distilleries? I did, which nicely takes me to more about the whisky and the distilleries: Unsurprisingly McMath Scottish Distillery Holiday: In a storm is about a visit to Islay's distilleries (more in Finishing Monday and Did I mention [..]). There's also a Whisky Review and Ron blogs that Ardbeg Supernova Best Scotch Malt Whisky. Well, according to Jim Murray that is. Your (and my) opinion might differ.

In other whisky related blog entries the ardblog writes about the Whiskykorb im Oktober (Laphroaig) or the prices and availability of Laphroaig in Switzerland. No news from the Bruichladdich Blog this week, I hope that's because they're too busy distilling.

Going back to three blogs I've mentioned previously Island Hacking has a Machrie moment and the BFG has a Big break before The final approach. From Golf to (Trout) Fishing, Angling and Dramming claims that 2009 was The Best Trout Fishing Season I've Ever Had, I assume that's because it included a visit to Islay.

Sea kayaking with continues his journey around Oronsay and Colonsay with The crosses of Oronsay, The stories of contrasting graves on Oronsay, From Oronsay to Colonsay, In the wake of our ancestors on the west coast of Colonsay., Pigs have wings in Pig's Paradise, Colonsay, The tale of Cailleach Uragaig, Colonsay and Kiloran Bay, Colonsay.

Elliott of Islay Sea Shipping has news about the M.V Shetland Trader and the M.V Ben Ellan. On Ron's Islay Weblog we find Islay Comrades in Arms and Len Hayton reciting his poem 'After a Ceilidh on Islay'. IslayIan writes about Design in S1, how to use technology when teaching design at Islay High School.

Earlier in the week Ron noted More Geese arrive on Islay, following the Islay Birds blog even more have arrived by now. As of Friday there were 22,405 Barnies at Loch Gruinart, up quite a bit from the 14,365 on Monday. There are also pictures of a Merlin and a difference of opinion between Whooper Swans at Ardnave. John Islay Birder Armitage is back and writes about Garden birdwatching on Islay.

Finishing with the pictures, Photogenic Scotland has a Sunny Day at Machir Bay while Ron has a 13 Pointer Stag and Hinds from Teresa Morris of Islay Wildscapes. On Mark's Islay Photography Gallery my favourites were the Wall to nowhere, Soldiers Rock and East Carrabus Farm. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll have to go for Barnacle Geese in flight at Rockside Farm and Waves at Kilchoman Beach on an October Morning, Isle of Islay.

That's it for now, apart from the usual reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Debate debates and constitutional conundra. The next Islay blogging roundup will follow in 2-3 weeks and hopefully be a bumper issue…

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