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Didòmhnaich, 04/Apr/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #118 - Easter Edition

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Happy Easter everyone! I hear it's been a lovely day on Islay today with some nice sunshine and many people enjoying pies and pints at the Islay Ales Open Day II. If he took any pictures we might get to see them on Gordon's of Spirit of Islay fame Easter 2010 travelogue. As I won't be on Islay for another week I've been watching Mods on their Easter drive and some Dramatic clouds moving in over Aldermaston Wharf. But back to Islay and Jura and what the blogs have been writing about them over the last week or so:

What Does John Know? has two guest posts of interest for this blog from B.J. Reed, Guest blog #1: Islay and Guest blog #2: Jura and Orkney from his and and his friends visit to the islands. Mikael Karlsson | Photographer (remember him from last week?) has posted Scotland part two and Scotland part three, both containing a few from Islay. Looking over from Muasdale on the mainland there was Snow on them there hills.....

Andy Wallis writes about the Media Production Videos from his Media Studies class at Islay High School. On Ron's Islay Weblog we find a few pictures from Mark Unsworth of Islay Studios of the Bruichladdich refurbished Still Room and New Warehouse. He also wishes a very happy Easter.

Many will enjoy a wee dram of Islay single malt over Easter, the Whisky Blogger from Austria tried the Kilchoman Autumn Release Whisky for Everyone Have just tried ... Double Barrel (Ardbeg/Glenrothes) from Douglas Laing & Co, an Islay/Speyside combination. If you live in the US and like your Laphroaig, then the WHISKYhost has some good news for you in Laphroaig 18 - SALE! They also tried the Ardbeg Rollercoaster in their Tuesday Tasting.

The Bruichladdich WMD III entry on the ardblog was an April Fools and I don't know which language Czarodziejka gorzalka w kilcie is written in (I'm guessing an Eastern European language) but recognise the Bowmore bottle. The Bruichladdich Blog in the meantime has some weather observations in the 2009 Harvest and a new idea in Gin Genie.

Away from the whisky and out in nature the Islay Birds blog had another great picture from Danny Arnold, two wrestling Hares. There were stories of Whooper Swans and loss of electricity through rather rough weather. Thanks to some hard work by the lads repairing brought down power cables power came back and Ian could post the latest Goose count numbers. Finally there were first sightings of the Shelduck and the monthly weather summary.

John Islay Birder Armitage has now returned to Islay and spotted a few more signs of spring. He was also hit by the loss of power and writes down his thoughts about it (as well as thanks). Of course there was also some birdwatching on one of the nicer days.

As usual I close with the pictures: On Ewan Graham's Islay Photos I quite liked Kilnaughton Rocks and Carraig Fhada Lighthouse and Carraig Fhada Lighthouse 2. Mark Unsworth on his Islay Photography Gallery sends us Dreaming of Summer after the rather chilly Loch Indaal Shores earlier. I think my sister would approve of this portrait of a Pony.

I think that's it for this Easter edition of the Islay blogging roundup, hopefully I haven't missed anything. Of course here's the regular reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with A week for Holy Fools… That's really it now, time for a wee dram of Islay single malt (and some Easter chocolate)!

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