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Didòmhnaich, 03/Jan/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #105

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The year started with a regular feature, the Friday Islay Picture #133, three days into the new year we continue with the 105th Islay blogging roundup as the other regular weekly feature. Good timing this year. Let me dive straight into it, where have the blogs been mentioning Islay and Jura over the last week?

Hogmanay was the big event this week, in TeuchterTex: Happy New Year!! we can read some interesting memories of first footing on Islay. The Muasdale Holidays Reports also wish a Happy New Year with some snow on Islay and Jura, also visible in the Beautiful Day today.

I suspect quite a lot of Islay single malt whisky was consumed over Christmas as well as the New Year celebrations. Drinks With Nathan reviews the Ardbeg 10-Year, while I'm slightly baffled by the ISLAY QUARTET 2000 (larger picture). A ‘cask strength’ blended malt?

Writes of Way has a great account of a winter walk To the Lighthouse, the lighthouse in question being Rhuvaal. I thought I had mentioned A wet, wild and windy west coast wander in a previous roundup, but now I'm not sure. Or may be it was the Jura article? Anyway, I suspect we will read much about Islay and Jura on this blog over the coming months as the author, Peter Edwards, is about to launch a book Walking on Jura, Islay and Colonsay in May 2010.

Only indirectly Islay related as their loss is Islay's gain, but on the Hilton Church Blog we can read about a farewell service for Rob and Gwen Barlow. They are moving to Islay after four years at Hilton Church.

He only just lost out in the For Argyll Awards, but he doesn't seem demotivated: Elliott keeps informing us about ship movements around Islay. The M.V Lord Of The Isles covered for the M.V Isle Of Arran for a few days, now on her way back to normal service.

No rest for the birders, the Islay Birds blog (another runner-up in the For Argyll awards) has a visiting birders picture of a Canada Goose in the middle of a flock of Barnies. From the same photographer comes this picture of an Iceland Gull, earlier in the week Margaret took this picture of a Red Deer Stag. Not to forget the December and therefore annual rainfall figures. As many will have suspected the year was wetter than usual.

Stacey sends Christmas Day greetings from the other side of the globe and John Islay Birder Armitage his New Year view in Caught in the morning light! He also writes about the Blue Moon and how the birds cope with the wintry weather.

On Ron's Islay Weblog we find his Looking Back at 2009 - Islay Blog Review and news about the resurfacing of his Islay Desktop Calendar 2010.

Of course there were also the Islay pictures: On Mark Unsworth's Islay Photography Gallery we of course find the already mentioned The First Minutes of 2010 picture. But there's also Strolling into the Sunset and Coming home to Roost. On Ron's photoblog we find Loch Indaal and Rhinns of Islay Reflections.

Then there's Meruby's Photoblog with further Islay pictures, including Barley, the Malting floors and of course Happy New Year! From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll pick Jura Ferry and Caol Ila Distillery, View to Kintyre from Port Ellen and Ardbeg Distillery and a Passing Boat, Isle of Islay.

And finally there's now a picture blog for Jura, no surprise it's called Jura Picture of the Day. So far we have Jura at night and Rocks of Jura. Certainly makes me look forward to more.

I think that's about it this week, more than I had expected as this time of year is usually much quieter on the blogs. Even the Scottish Roundup had two entries this week, first of all the announcement that they are Introducing the Scotblogs awards, then the normal roundup with Happy New Year. This Islay blogging roundup was supported by a wee dram of Laphroaig Triple Wood (again) and some ‘Fleur-de-sel’ chocolate from Gmeiner Confiserie. Good night!

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