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Didòmhnaich, 21/Feb/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #112

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Sunday evening already again? Well, it's been a busy weekend: Most of today I've spent first watching and filming the action then editing a video of the Waterside Series 2010 - Race B - at Aldermaston Wharf. Also this weekend I started to set up a Facebook group for the Islay walking week. It's not fully set up yet, but it's a start. But now back to the task at hand for the Sunday evening, the Islay blogging roundup:

Let me start the week with a recent visitor probably well known to many, Gordon Yates. Gordon and his wife have just returned from a week of An Islay Winter. In keeping with the theme Brigid Kaelin has a post Snow and Scotch, although it mainly about going to play at the Islay Whisky Festival in May. Surely there won't be any snow then?

The post came in too late last week, but ClydeSights has a picture of the Isle of Arran in Gourock, which he followed up with the James Watt Dock line-up. Not a blog, but on Flickr are pictures of tests of the evacuation equipment and showing her war wounds.

I'm still a bit undecided about it myself, but Mike at the Oor Alba Blog has an interesting view on “Bagging” Scotland after reading my Bagging on Islay and Jura post.

The WHISKYhost Blog has Laphroaig Six Ways while Richard Paterson has Whisky for breakfast, but not on Jura, no, in Houston. Tim of the Whisky Exchange finally publishes his TWE Blog Whisky Predictions for 2010 – Pt. 2, among others Ardbeg from Islay receives a mention.

Ardbeg also received further mentions this week, mostly rather unhappy: The Roller Coaster is broken… and A Broken Down Roallercoaster at Ardbeg just to pick two. Or for the German speakers, Rollercoaster-Jagd mit Hindernissen. But there was also the Ardbeg Rollercoaster Review and Off The Rails…

The Bruichladdich Blog in the meantime writes about the 2010 Distilling Season after the Milling Restarts. There's also information about the New Warehouse and thoughts about the Wonderous Winter Weather.

That's really enough whisky now! In other news on Ron's Islay Weblog we find a report by Jeremy Hastings - Can You Ride Tandem? The Islay Energy Trust writes that the Renewables Day attracts 150 visitors while Elliott of Islay Sea Shipping has pictures of the Port Ellen Linkspan (or current lack of it) and the MFV Speedwell. An interesting story can be found in Men are from Mars - Your Cave Is Bigger Than Our Cave…, although I wonder what the outcome was?

Of course there was a bit of birdwatching (and wildlife watching) as well: The Islay Birds blog has three great pictures, a Golden Plover, the Paps of Jura over Loch Ballygrant and an Otter. Not to forget the latest Goose count numbers. John Islay Birder Armitage had some sad news last Sunday night as a Gyr Falcon carcass was found!, followed by A more than pertinent reminder! On his wildlife blog John writes about feral cats on Islay. Dave Bickerton asks Another Richardson's Canada Goose? when leaving Islay.

I think it's time for the pictures now. Let me start with Ron's Picture Blog and the Wyre Majestic Wreck. The Jura Picture of the Day had some nice ones this week, Stay on the path and Now that’s a countryside walk as well as Approaching a steep climb I all like a lot.

On Mark Unsworth's Islay Photography Gallery we find a great picture in Abandoned (no, not the blog, don't worry). I also quite like Loch Cam and Bruichladdich. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog my favourites this week were Rocks and Waves at Saligo Bay, The Isle of Arran leaving Port Ellen and of course the Singing Sands on a Sunny Day, Isle of Islay.

I'll finish this week's Islay blogging roundup with some (disco?) music: New American Standard “Islay Edits”.

That's it for this week. Apart from the usual reference to the Scottish Roundup of course, this week with Boobs, Blogs and Toblerone Shaped UFO’s! Time to finish the wee dram of Laphroaig Quarter Cask and get to bed. Busy week ahead. Good night!

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