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Didòmhnaich, 02/May/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #120

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So there we are, the first weekend in May, not long to the Islay Festival now. I suspect quite a few of you will be visiting and are looking forward to it (as I've been asked a couple of times, no, I'm not going to be there. I'll be back in June for the Islay Beach Rugby). Anyway, back to this week's Islay blogging roundup, once I've got something else out of the way, some birthday wishes:

Picture of a sign saying 'John Tam 40 Today'

It's John Campbell's 40th birthday today. To many people he's better known as the distillery manager of Laphroaig distillery. To celebrate I'm allowing myself a wee dram or two of my last bottle of Triple Wood today, my favourite Laphroaig. But now back to the blogging roundup, starting with a few Islay whisky related posts. Now there's a surprise…

Lucas went hiking in the Eastern Carpathian mountain range in Poland, Ukraine and Slovakia. What does that have to do with Islay? Well, his post is titled Mountains, Bears and Laphroaig QC. Good enough for me. Camper of visited Islay and Bowmore recently, so far there are two posts about his visit: A Visit to Bowmore on Islay in Scotland and Aging and Terroir on Islay. The Master of Malt have a post Bruichladdich Whisky, or more precisely their 2010 releases.

Richard Paterson asks Fancy a free preview of the Jura Feis Ile Whisky and 7 drams? If you like your Islay single malts (or any single malts for that matter) on your holiday you might want to be careful with one place: Back from vacation – a word on whisky in Disneyland.

Over in Israel the guys have been busy as well tasting Islay single malts: Bowmore 1992 Bordeaux Finish, Bruichladdich 3D3 and Tasting 3 Caol Ila - 12, 18, CS (Caol Ila sample pack) were their entries this week.

Last week I mentioned a few posts from Douglas Wilcox' sea kayaking visit to Islay on his Sea kayaking with blog. There were a few more this week: The point of no return, Rubha an Leacan to Gob an Rubha Dhuibh, Oa, Islay, Sea kayaking with dolphins at the Mull of Oa, Going with the flow, round the Mull of Oa! and A glimpse of distant white shell sand promised a break. were the entries this week.

Ron is now Off to Islay and has started to post a few Islay pictures and updates on his Posterous account: Spring at Loch Ardnahoe, Laphroaig seen from the Oa, Tree at Sound of Islay and Loch Nam Ban are among them.

I have no idea what they are writing, but this Spanish blog mentions the upcoming Scottish Ultra. Ya estamos aqui. I'm not entirely sure what Ny header is about either, but I do know the pictures are of Lossit Bay.

As usual the birders have been busy with updating us with the sightings on Islay and elsewhere: The Islay Birds blog has news of the first Corncrake on Colonsay, two Hen Harries and an Emperor Moth as well as the Barn Owl's first egg. Followed by the second egg today. John Islay Birder Armitage has been away for a week, but on his return went back to birdwatching on Islay soon.

Pictures. Of course I've got links to pictures. Daily Inspiration #95 “Pinhole M8? by Franz-Georg Wand might not sound like much, but there is a great story with some interesting Islay pictures behind it. On Mark's Islay Photography Gallery I quite liked the Freshly Rolled Grass, the Malt Floor and the rather abstract Incoming tide.

I think that's it for this week. Of course I'm going to give you the link to the Scottish Roundup before I leave you for today, this week with The final stretch. You have one guess what the focus of that is…

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