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Didòmhnaich, 12/Sep/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #136

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Ironing is done, laundry mostly done, time for a cup of tea and a few biscuits. And this week's Islay blogging roundup. Quite a lot going on in the blogs this week, mentioning Islay, Jura and Gigha. The main activity of the first blog I'm going to mention is not taking place on Islay though, even though the main actors are from Islay:

Of course I'm talking of Eleanor and James Crossing Scotland Coast to Coast with their inflatable kayak. After some last minute panic on Wednesday they left Islay on Thursday morning. Later on Thursday their journey really began with the paddle to Corpach. They have some interesting means for the portage where necessary and yesterday headed up Loch Lochy. They are depending on finding WiFi on the way for updates, fingers crossed we can read further updates soon!

Sticking with the kayaking theme we continue with another familiar blogger, Douglas Wilcox: He's under way again with Clear skies over Gigha. This time he brought someone else, his brother Donny, who writes about Inflatable Boat Journeys From Scotland. Gigha's a break brother and Gigha and the skerries are his entries so far.

Also on the water are the sailors, several of them having visited Islay recently: Always look on the bright side... write Hampus & Lotta from the Swedish yacht Ingeborg. Susan is sailing around the world on the Olydia II, she writes Islay - More than a Distillery Stop.

On to a few more visits to Islay: The Go Islay crew has been Bird watching on Islay (and a few other activities…), you can more in Sam n' Ed stuff: Islay Hols - Summer 10. At Four in the Morning: Islay, a super-blog is a very long report from a great visit to Islay, many great pictures as well.Scotland, August 2010 on the Staffordshire and Derbyshire Rivers blog. A very interesting take on a holiday blog entry is The Sound(s) of Islay on mapsadaisical, which combines pictures with sound recordings. I've mentioned James Wm. Dawson last week, he's now arrived on Islay and so far has written Islay - day two from his adventures.

In other news Catherine MacPhail had a busy week, which included an appearance at the Islay Book Festival. ‘...from the manse’ reports that a Children's/Youth Worker starts work on Islay and on the The Northern Antiquarian we can learn about Achnancarranan, Islay, Argyll. On Ron's Islay Weblog we can read of Good News for Jura Ferry - For Now. Ron also writes about rumours that Ardbeg and Bruichladdich Islay Distilleries Up For Sale?, rumours quickly squashed by Bruichladdich and Ardbeg.

Speaking of distilleries, what about Islay whisky in the blogs? A taste of Islay – Kilchoman 2010 Summer release writes My Custard Pie. On you can Vinn en väckarklocka från Laphroaig (I'll let you guess what that means) and the Scotch Hobbyist is Doin’ the Lagavulin, cask-strength style. The Whisky Online Blog (are there offline blogs?) writes about the The New Peatlings from Bruichladdich while - whisky blog titles Bowmore-On-Thames. Ardbeg Rollercoaster bjuder på en åktur writes about a tasting of said whisky.

Birdwatching. And wildlife. The Islay Birds blog has some nice bird pictures again, this week of a Teal and a American Golden Plover, there were also sightings of 100+ Wigeon and 60+ Red breasted Merganser. The Islay Natural History Trust blog has an interesting update on Beach foam and a brilliant picture of a Hen Harrier by James Deane. There's also an Adder (Vipera berus) and various Caterpillars.

As usual I'll close with the pictures: I've already mentioned Mark Unsworth's On the edge of the Corryvreckan picture last night, other pictures I liked this week in his Islay Photography Gallery were Freshly Stencilled and Clam dredging off the Isle of Mull. Ron has a picture of Saligo Bay. A few more Islay pictures have popped up on whiskyfan’s posterous, including The wreck at Kilchoman Beach (Machir Bay) and Traditional Scottish music on the Bunnahabhain pier. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for The Paps of Jura from Loch an t-Siob, Isle of Jura and Rainbow in the Kilnave area, Isle of Islay.

That's it this week, I think. Hopefully haven't missed anything important this week. Before I say good night the obligatory link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with “It’s not crap being Scottish; the footballers just make it seem that way.” *. Good night!

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