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Sunday, 08/Nov/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #97

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With the first week of November over the days are certainly getting shorter now, the second Islay blogging roundup I start writing since the clocks went back and it's long dark outside. Time for more (Islay) blogging? Here's what the blogs have written about Islay and neighbouring Jura over the last week or so:

Let me start with some of the ‘repeat offenders’, bloggers mentioned in the last roundup I can mention again this week (apart from the regulars). Namely they are Backpackingbongos and Sea kayaking with Let me start with the trip that very nearly didn't happen, but then luckily produced two wonderful entries:

From walking straight on to kayaking, Douglas has written a few more entries over the last week from their tour around, Islay, Oronsay, Colonsay and Jura. We are now firmly on the return leg on Jura:

Let's keep with the theme and stay out with nature, birdwatching to be precise: The Islay Birds blog has a picture of a Redwing. Early in the week was a good day for Whooper Swan spotting, later we learn how fast they travel. There are also some Geese count numbers for Gruinart for those interested.

John Islay Birder Armitage has returned to blogging, although he's currently blogging away from South Yorkshire. A visiting birder is the Killy Birder from Killingworth (is there a Killie Birder from Kilmarnock?), who so far wrote Islay and Jura Pt 1, which implies there will be a Pt 2. Other visitors were the Losers Weepers, who have pictures of the two Egrets and various Geese in ‘Islay 2009’.

Enough nature? OK, have some whisky, starting with Daddy's Dram. Whisky Israel has a Ardbeg Corryvreckan vs. Airigh Nam Beist comparison. The Bruichladdich Blog ponders the options for Recycling and writes about New Regs. Paul Potts, a self confessed geek, provides a Scotch Whisky Review: Laphroaig Quarter Cask.

In other news Joan Lennon says Islay Rocks! while Neil King and Carol Duncan continue with West Tarbert Pier - Part 2, some fascinating information in there from days gone by. Ron continues his nostalgic phase with More Islay Nostalgia - TV programme 1960s and Nostalgic Ad Port Askaig Hotel.

For an insight into how blogs and new media is used on Islay in education you might want to look at Media Studies Islay (via New Media Studies blog), for more see also the Islay ICT blog.

Last but by no means least the pictures: On Photogenic Scotland we find Port Ellen – Islay and The Paps of Jura from Bowmore at Sunset. My favourites in Mark's Islay Photography Gallery this week are Stenciling the cask, Fast flowing Burn and Low Tide at Gruinart. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll have to go for Walkers in Glen Logan, Laphroaig Reflections and Horses at Sunset, Isle of Islay.

I think that's it for this week. This Islay blogging roundup was finished with a wee dram of Bruichladdich Octomore (Futures) and some chocolate. For the bigger picture visit the Scottish Roundup, where as of writing this you can read last week's roundup Scottish Roundup, Come on, gather round, Scottish Roundup Where nobody wears a frown…. I'm sure the new one will be up soon. Good night for now!

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