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Sunday, 01/Nov/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #96

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Sunday evening, time to get back to another regular Islay blog feature: Same as the latest Friday Islay picture it's been a while since I last wrote a roundup. The Islay Blogging Roundup #95 was written on 11/Oct. But if I want to hit the 100 by the end of the year I better get going again. So what have the blogs been writing about Islay, Jura and Colonsay over the last two or three weeks? Expect a bumper issue!

On my first evening on Islay two weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting islayian for a pint at the Port Charlotte Hotel, we didn't talk about this specifically, but I suspect he was somehow involved in Young Leaders Impress. From the south of Islay there's Farmer’s Food Miles Feast, which alerted me to the fact that Brilliant Beginnings of Port Ellen Primary has a new host and is still going strong!

Speaking of Islay visits, Michael Westergaard (I believe he's from Denmark) went Visiting Scotland (or more precisely Islay) with quite a few distillery visits. You can also see All Photos from Islay he took. I'm not entirely sure who ‘Janna’ is and some of the spelling and words are a bit weird for some reason, but if you scroll towards the bottom of Ten years in Scotland you'll find a good long mention of an Islay visit.

I couldn't fully figure the site, but from what I gather NORCs stands for ‘Norfolk Off Road Cycling Society’. Some of them went to Scotland including Islay recently (?) and the Islay entries seem to be Day 2 – Islay, Whisky Test, Day 3 – Islay part deux, Photos and in a way Ven Is On! (note the t-shirt one of them is wearing).

I've mentioned Backpackingbongos in roundup #94 with his plans to visit Islay and Jura, since then there have been follow up entries about the Isle of Jura ‘A’ road and The wild wild west. I understand there are further entries to follow.

Time for quite a few fascinating entries at Sea kayaking with again. In the last roundup they had just arrived in Kiloran Bay, Colonsay. Since then there have been a quite a few great entries with brilliant pictures, in chronological order:

Now that looks like a lot of entries to go through, but I assure you it will be worth your time. Douglas takes some fabulous pictures and there's a lot of very interesting information to be found.

A new blog is Whisky Israel by Gal and Kfir. They are off to a good (Islay related) start with Ardbeg Corrycreckan - Tasting Notes and Lamb & Whisky - Shared Post with the Scotch Hobbyist (which features a Bowmore 12). Speaking of whisky, Tom says I Got My PC7! and the Edinburgh Whisky Blog also reviews the Ardbeg Corryvreckan: A grower?

On the Bruichladdich Blog we find the Masters of the Universe and that A Pier's Finished. There's also some interesting information about Islay Cereals. Ron picks up an Outdoor Islay Whisky Review and cries Loch Laphroaig - Help my Plot is Flooded.

Birdwatching blogging was limited for John Islay Birder Armitage, who after telling us about the survey of Light-bellied Brent Geese had to suspend posts until the end of the month. But there's no stopping for Ian and the crew at the Islay Birds blog: The big news of the month (may be even the year?) was the sighting of a Cattle Egret (which I missed seeing myself, passing Chris and Tony on the ferry not aware of what they had spotted). The Cattle Egret was joined by a Little Egret, with another picture of the Cattle Egret. There were also first Goose count results and news from the Geese ringing exercise. The end of the month also bring the October rainfall statistics.

In other old news Neil King and Carol Duncan have a very interesting posting in West Tarbert Pier - Part 1 about the Islay ferry history as it relates to West Loch Tarbert (part 2 should be interesting once it appears). Ron picks up a Nostalgic Wee Islay Guide and starts serialising it with Islay Guide Foreword by Alastair Borthwick.

As usual I'll finish with the pictures: There are Goats on The Sensual Eye and on Photogenic Scotland there's Bunnahabhain – Islay, Kilnaughton – Islay and Cemetry at Sunrise. On Ron's Picture Blog we find an Artist Impression New Islay Ferry and a sunset at Loch Indaal seen from Bowmore.

My favourites on Mark Unsworth's Islay Photography Gallery are Port Charlotte Spray, Fallen leaf and Laphroaig (now there's a surprise…). From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Sunset at Machir Bay with Geese, Horses at Kilchoman and Leaving Islay on a Rainy Day.

I think that's it for this week. As usual I leave you with the reference to the Scottish Roundup. While this week's roundup isn't up as of writing this there are Nick Griffin let loose on TV, and other surprises and F—— of S—– in 20– to catch up with from previous weeks. Good night!

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