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Didòmhnaich, 18/Jul/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #129

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So there we are, it's Sunday again. The second half of July 2010 is well under way, although after the excellent first half of the year the weather on Islay seems to have deteriorated quite a bit. Still, it will help the Islay distilleries once they come out of the quiet season over the summer months. With that in mind over to the blogs with Islay or Jura related entries:

The new pubround – Kilchoman and Bruichladdich writes Epic Epicurious about Islay's ‘youngest’ distilleries. I'm not entirely sure what Kantarellikeikeitto kohtaa Guinnessin Islay-saarella on the Finnish blog Äijäruokaa is about, but as far as I can tell it seems to be a soup or something similar containing Guinness and an Islay single malt whisky, in this case Caol Ila.

Hi From the Isle of Islay off the West Coast of Scotland say Alwyn, Peter, John and Colin before reporting from their Day two on Islay. Siubhan grew up on Islay, now lives in the south of England and blogs on biscotti. She recently returned to Islay for a visit, writing about it in Windswept and Portnahaven. My Visit to Islay, Scotland, at the end of June writes John Palmer from Canada.

Now for some sailing, in Norwegian and French (really a rather multilingual Islay blogging roundup this week…): The Norwegians travelled through the 10 Juli Crinnan Canal, Skotland before arriving on Islay 11 Juli Port Ellen, Islay, Skotland. They left 12 Juli Islay til Oban, Skotland. On a similar journey is Croisière Fred from France, posting quite a few updates and pictures: 15 Juillet 2010 - Port Ellen, Campbeltown to Port Ellen, Port Ellen – Ile d'Islay, Port Ellen 15/07/2010, 16 Juillet 2010 - toujours Port Ellen ;-), 16 Juillet 2010 - toujours Port Ellen ;-), 17/07/2010 - Port Ellen to Crinan Canal and Port Ellen to Crinan Canal (no, I haven't posted links twice, some are dual entries. The first one has the text, the second the pictures).

In other news Ron writes his Islay News Roundup First Half of July and informs us Very Important: Islay Ferry Online Booking Changes. The ardblog picks up on the Ardbeg Single Cask “Lord Robertson” 2000.

On to the birdwatching and wildlife: John Islay Birder Armitage is still away. But then Ian and his contributors provide daily updates on the Islay Birds blog: There are young fluffy Swallows, two young Kestrels and some Choughs. Not to be outdone the Islay Natural History Trust blog has a lot of interesting updates as well, including the Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus), the Wild Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) and Becky announces The search is on for Islay's first Purple Hairstreak. Now let's see who is going to be the first…

Of course there are also the pictures: Ron has A House in Bowmore. Mark on his Islay Photography Gallery has Whisky & All That Jazz (I've got a funny feeling we're going to see them again) and a dramatic sky over Kilchoman Church. Kilchoman Bay from the same day is also very nice. On my Islay Pictures photoblog I had the Jura Excursion week, my favourites of the week being Beinn a'Chaolais and Beinn an Oir from Beinn Shiantaidh, Isle of Jura and of course the Otter on the Jura Shore of the Sound of Islay taken by my sister.

And that's it for this week. Apart from the link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture of course, this week with Sunday Selection. Now it's time for my Sunday wee dram of Islay single malt, today I've decided to allow myself a Laphroaig Cairdeas. Good night!

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