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Didòmhnaich, 10/Jan/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #106

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There we are, Sunday evening, time for the Islay blogging roundup. It looks like the recent cold snap in the UK is starting to ease now, so it will be back to work tomorrow as normal for many. I hope some of this will spill over into ‘normal’ times, but it was great how people pulled together. Yesterday several of us got together and cleared most of the car park for our flats, today I estimate 40+ people got together to clear the snow from the only access roads (Station Road & Mallard Way) to our part of Aldermaston Wharf. But now back to the real topic of this entry, Islay and Jura in the blogs over the last week or so:

There were still a few mentions of Hogmanay, the winter and of course the snow (even though there wasn't as much as in the rest of the UK). Angling and Dramming writes about a great Islay Hogmanay 2009 and you will find a few great pictures of the snow capped Paps of Jura in there. Regular readers will be familiar with the Muasdale Holidays Reports who often enjoy great views over to Islay and Jura from the mainland. In Frosty start this morning, Cold but Bright Morning and Another Bright Day they have a few more great views of Islay's and Jura's hills in the snow to offer.

Whisky. Quite a lot there this week. The Bruichladdich Blog is back from holiday and reports of a A Cool Yule, a Still Wed and a Hole in the Wall. The Scotch Blog (from Canada) reviews the Bruichladdich Islay Single Malt (WMD-II - The Yellow Submarine Edition). On Tasty Tasty Whisky we find A week at Kilchoman Part-1 while Whisky Israel tastes the Kilchoman Autumn 2009 Release.

Quite a busy blog week for Laphroaig: To start with Malt in China reports of a Beijing Single Malt Club holds Laphroiag dating night. A blog called ‘Smoke on the Water’ from Hämeenlinna, Finland seems to have a few rare bottlings in 3 x Laphroaig 10 yo. and Laphroaig 16 yo, Silver Seal.. Finally My Wine Education writes about Laphroaig Distillery Live (from Loretto Ky) back in September.

In other news ‘A natural history of Britain’ has an interesting painting in Carry Akroyd’s landscapes. The Captain’s Blog has an interesting mention of the (now long gone) Islay Cheddar in And the Banned Played On. Does anyone know more about the campaign mentioned here?

On Ron's Islay Weblog we find Islay and the Big Freeze followed by Islay and the Big Freeze Part II and to keep with the theme some Islay Winter and Snow Images. The Islay Energy Trust thanks everyone who voted for them in the For Argyll Awards where the IET won the Best Environmental Initiative category.

The recent weather has been tough for the birds (and other wildlife) across the UK and Islay is no exception as John Islay Birder Armitage reports in Induced behaviour changes? On his Islay Wildlife blog he also reports of Hard times! Today he writes Some respite at last?, same as down here where I'm writing this it might warm up slightly. The Islay Birds blog has some interesting information about Oran, a White tailed Sea Eagle. The Little Egret is still around and a variety of birds was spotted today.

You know what's going to come now, don't you? Correct, the pictures. On Meruby's Photoblog there are Jura Gardens (4/4) and Jura Gardens (1/4) among my favourites. Can't place them right now, but in particular the guy with the horseshoe in Feis Ile 2009 looks familiar. On Jura Picture of the Day there's also a picture of Jura Gardens. Earlier in the week we go On the Boat.

On Mark Unsworth's Islay Photography Gallery there's a winter theme (for obvious reasons): Sunset over a melting loch 2, Ice Melt and Sunset at Kilchoman 2 (read the text…) are among my favourites this week. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll have to go for River Sorn in the Autumn and Horse at Sunset, Isle of Islay.

I think that's it this week. Apart from the usual reference to the Scottish Roundup of course, this week with (surprise!) There’s No Business Like Snow Business. Oh, and this Islay blogging roundup was written with a wee dram or two of Bruichladdich Peat, various chocolates and some great music on BBC 6 Music. Good night, have a great week, hopefully without snow disruptions!

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