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Didòmhnaich, 05/Sep/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #135

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It's been a rather grey day in Aldermaston Wharf from where I'm writing this, the weather on Islay doesn't seem to have been much better either. With the weather as it is and as it's back to work tomorrow there won't be any late night outing either, last night I went for some ISS spotting. The website has a helpful tool to tell you when it will pass your location, ISS over Aldermaston Wharf, ISS over Bowmore, ISS over Port Charlotte or ISS over Port Ellen. To give you something to read while waiting for it here's what the blogs have been writing about Islay, Jura, Gigha and Colonsay over the last week or so:

For some armchair sightseeing you can visit the Distilleries of Islay with Google Sightseeing, some good stuff in there. I've written something similar with Islay Google Streetview Discoveries back in March. For some views from the air (but not as high as the ISS) go to Aerial Images from Bank Holiday Monday flight Inverness/Great Glen/Ben Nevis/Mull/Skye/Colonsay/Islay/Cumbernauld on Coldwaterjohn's Blog.

Next let me return to a few blogs I've mentioned in recent roundups: Simon D'arcy's solo sailing challenge for prostate cancer awareness finally continued, Islay to Lowmanland' Bay, Jura - 30th August and Jura to Loch Crinan - 31st August were his next entries. A cracking 24 hours on Islay including the famous Machrie is on puregolf2010.

On to some Islay whisky and distilleries: On the Bruichladdich Blog we find they were voted 5th Three Times now (read 5th Twice for the other two). Stefans Whiskywahn writes about Der neue Port Charlotte (the new Port Charlotte) while says Ardbeg Supernova – en extraordinär rökbomb.

Some recent or upcoming Islay holidays and visits: ‘Tandem in the Western Isles of Scotland’ has a series of entries with DAY 5: Gigha to Port Askaig on ISLAY. The Whisky Island., DAY 6: Around Islay Tour., DAY 7: Port Askaig to Kiloran Bay on COLONSAY via ORONSAY. and DAY 8: Colonsay to Castlebay on BARRA.. Jessica Brake had her Summer Half-Term Holiday! on Islay and Jura. Round The Oa is training walk on Trekking in Lebanon for charity. James Wm. Dawson will soon go Back to the Highlands and Western Hebrides, which in particular includes Islay. Dave of Angling and Dramming just says, Islay Here We Come.........

Now to a new blog from Islay, although most of us won't be able to read it: I believe Justina is from Lithuania, her blog is called Klajones bliuzo keliais. Thanks to Google Translate we can at least get an idea what she's writing about. Even without it she has some nice pictures of Islay.

For Eleanor and James Crossing Scotland Coast to Coast it is now getting serious, not long to go now: The countdown begins ... In other news Ron has found an Original Islay House Number and Two Islay Photography Links. An entry Huntsman tweed suit: Part 1 on a blog called Permanent style shows various tweeds from the Islay Woollen Mill, I believe part 2 is scheduled for Monday.

Of course there has also been quite a lot of birdwatching and wildlife observation: On the Islay Birds blog we find this nice picture of a Lapland Bunting as well as a Moorhen. It being the end of the month there is a double weather - update. John Islay Birder Armitage was In pursuit of the Grey lag! 1.9.2010 and writes about A cameo of birdlife! 3.9.2010.. The Islay Natural History Trust blog among other things brings us some Serious fish and a Basking Shark - Wester Ellister video. There are More goose barnacles and a great entry for the Wildlife Photography Competition by Neil Grundy (you'll have to click the link to find out what it is of). Not to forget a picture of a Basking Shark Breaching by Gordon Homer of Spirit of Islay

As usual I'll finish with the pictures: I don't know the significance of the name, but 13 september is a fotoblog from Sweden, the photographer is Maria from Uppsala. The best way to find all the Islay pictures seems to be to go to the skottland 2010 album. Some of my favourites include Lower Killeyan, Islay, Lower Killeyan, Islay (yes, they are different pictures), Mull of Oa, Islay and Laphroaig, Islay. Oh, and Islay-katt. He told me how many more were to come to the end of the series, but I forgot so I post it now, on whiskyfan’s posterous is a series of pictures from the Islay festival 2008. They include The sunday picture: Warehouse prayer with Jim McEwan, View on Caol Ila Distillery, Laphroaig Distillery in the evening light and Sunset over Bowmore (behind the hills).

On Mark's Islay Photography Gallery my favourites this week were Port Charlotte Beach, Port Ellen Distillery and Saligo Bay Coastline. Ron has a picture of an Islay Park Bench at Bruichladdich in his blog. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog my highlights were the Bruichladdich Distillery Stillhouse Panorama, the Deer on Beinn Shiantaidh, Isle of Jura and the Mini Rainbow over Saligo Bay, Isle of Islay.

Well, I think that's it for this week, I hope I haven't missed too much. Of course there's still the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with “Will that be a twin room or a double, sir? Enjoy the ISS spotting tonight (provided you have a clear enough sky), good night from me for now. More Islay blogging next week…

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