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Islay Blogging Roundup #114

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Two Islay blog entries today, after the announcement of ‘Go Islay’ Goes Live this morning it's now time for the traditional Sunday evening content, the Islay blogging roundup. Considering we are well into March now I hope to bring you the first proper spring on Islay and Jura entries soon, so far there seem to be only very tentative signs of it. Here's what the blogs have been writing about Islay and Jura over the last week or so:

John Islay Birder Armitage brings us Thursday---- a hint of what's in store? where he spots first movements towards spring. He also has some interesting reading about the Diet of a Golden Eagle. The on Sat. 6th March....a period of hiatus? Or is it?

On the Islay Birds blog we find the monthly weather summary, drier and colder than usual for February on Islay. There was an odd looking Goose (and the Geese count numbers), a great picture of two Mute Swans with their five young and an interesting picture of a Teal duck.

But there's at least one sign spring can't be that far away, Gordon Yates writes Snowdrops Flourish after returning from a week on Islay. Our first night on Islay - The Lochindaal write the Whisky Boys from a recent visit.

Speaking of whisky, Angling and Dramming writes about John MacLellan joining the Kilchoman Distillery Team, as does Ron in Islay Whisky News from Kilchoman and Ardbeg. I'm not really sure what Islay, una historia de humo {Nº19 Terruño} writes, but it seems to be mainly about Islay whisky. I don't think Mendelssohn-Bartholdy made it to Islay though. WhiskyHost tastes a Bowmore in his Tuesday Tasting - Bonus Master of Malt Edition. The Whisky Exchange blog writes about the Ardbeg Rollercoaster & TWE 10th Anniversary and the Scotch Hobbyist tries the SMOS Caol Ila 1991 18 Year – Smokin’. Not to forget John Hansell's Review: Ardbeg Rollercoaster.

Kind of related the Bruichladdich Blog writes about the Renegade Rum Success. We can read about Ardbeg & Graeme Obree on THE CASKS. Kind of in last years news I found 2009 Islay Whisky Festival Visit-Jura Distillery on the Glenfiddich Explorers blog.

In other news World Island Info writes about The Loch Islands of Islay, the series about the Islands on the Isle of Islay I kicked off on Monday. On the Bad Witch's blog (which I probably linked to already in 2008) we find Pagan Eye: Sea Change. Ron discusses the pier and future of the ferry to Port Ellen in A Local View on the Port Ellen Pier Reconstruction and To Ferry or not to Ferry to Port Ellen.

OK, time for the pictures, I'm sure some of you have been waiting for them. On Scot Through A Lens there are several nice Islay and Jura ones: Peat Smoke at the Laphroaig Distillery, Islay and Lagavulin Distillery, Islay, Scotland as well as The Paps of Jura. Ian Besch has the Oa, Islay and a nice story about two cyclists. On Ron's Ron's Picture Blog we find Sunny Oa Peninsula.

On Mark's Islay Photography Gallery my favourites this week were Kilchoman Bay, Glen Astle and the Wild Goat. On my own Islay Pictures photoblog all pictures this were tagged with the island_on_islay tag, my favourites were Two Islands in Loch Finlaggan and Tree covered Island in Loch Lossit, Isle of Islay.

That's it for this week. Last week I mentioned Islay High School, who were going to have a HM Inspectorate of Education visit this week. To my knowledge they passed with flying colours. Congratulations! Before I close the usual reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with That was the week that was … Good night!

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