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Didòmhnaich, 25/Jul/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #130

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Time flies, it's Sunday evening again, time for the weekly Islay blogging roundup already. Did you have a nice weekend? Mine was quite nice, got quite a few things done, including a new Islay video I'm probably going to blog about tomorrow or Tuesday. Also went for a walk along the canal this afternoon, despite it being rather muggy today. Anyway, back to Islay and Jura in the blogs this week:

Let me start with a blog I mentioned on Friday, Jane's Going The Extra Mile. The entries in question are of course Running it into the ground… and Islay & Jura : The Heart Of Scotland. Jane isn't sure yet if she'll be able to post updates while en route, fingers crossed someone can let her use their computer and internet some evenings. Ron also lends a hand and writes about the run in Charity Run on Islay and Jura.

For some more activity we can go sea kayaking with Douglas again in Slack water in the Sound of Jura. I suspect as usual further entries with more pictures are to follow. Back on dry land we can follow Alex and Bob`s Blue Sky Scotland for some hillwalking, Islay just provided the introduction, the interesting part follows in Mala Bholsa and Sgarbh Breac.Islay. Oh, and judging from a comment by Bob there is more to come here, too.

Back on the water the Mare Liberum Crew Blog has a few Islay and Jura entries, having arrived from Craobh Haven: Jura - the adventure escalates, Port Ellen and The White Hart hotel.

Usually I mention the birdwatching towards the end (no particular reason, just habit), so this week I'm going to pull it forward. Also because Bob mentioned the Eagle (and had pictures of it) in his entry. Gary Prescott, the Biking Birder 2010 is currently in the area, writing about his visits to Islay and the Oronsay RSPB Reserve.

On the local blogs the Islay Birds blog has a Collared Dove and a Redshank. The weather is bringing some much needed rain as well. John Islay Birder Armitage has returned to Islay, birdwatching and seawatching.

The Islay Natural History Trust blog announces that George Robertson is to judge the Wildlife Photography Competition. There's a Common Lizard (Lacerta vivipara) less tail and a Ruby-tailed wasp (Chrysis ignita) and Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia). Not to forget that the Lobster is Out of his skin.

In other news Ron reports the (probably not very surprising) news that the Port Ellen Pier works are delayed. The Islay Energy Trust provides a heads up of the upcoming Tidal Project Public Information Days.

Of course this wouldn't be an Islay blogging roundup without any whisky mentions. There were a number I thought worthwhile mentioning:

Anthony Wills of Kilchoman distillery will be in Germany in September for some special tastings as few German blogs report: „Kilchoman Special ” Tasting mit Anthony Wills writes while WHISKYFANBLOG.DE titles Kilchoman Special Tasting mit Anthony Wills am 16.09.2010.

The Danish Whisky Blog has thoughts about Peat and Sherry while Calle and Inga from (I think) Sweden write Mot Islay och whiskyns ö, Whisky för hela slanten and Nu lämnar vi whiskyön.

There are Memories of Jura on Whisky Ace and the Bruichladdich Blog says It Never Rains....., apart from when it does. Kind of related Good Drinks Etc. reviews Islay Ales.

Finally the pictures: Ian Besch is still here (the last picture is from Islay). On Ron's photoblog we find Loch Gruinart and Killinallan Point. On Mark Unsworth's Islay Photography Gallery this week were only two pictures, Red Sky at Saligo and Whisky & All That Jazz 2, but both are great. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for The Gloaming at the Dunes at Machir Bay and The High Road on a Beautiful June Evening, Isle of Islay.

And that's it for today, apart from the weekly link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with A mixture of news, views and pictures from Scotland. Good night, I think I'll have a Laphroaig Cairdeas this evening.

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