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Didòmhnaich, 19/Sep/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #137

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And then it was mid September. Some say autumn has arrived, even if you don't think it's here just yet it is certainly just around the corner. Certainly the days are getting shorter very quick now, it's starting to get dark as I'm writing this. Not long until the Barnacle Geese will return to Islay for this year and we can start reading about it in the blogs. But now back to this week, what have the blogs been writing about Islay, Jura and Gigha over the last week or so?

The blog I personally followed most closely last week (and I'm sure I wasn't the only one) was of course Eleanor and James Crossing Scotland Coast to Coast. As most of you will be well aware they've completed their adventure on Friday, Last day. Muirtown Locks to the North Sea. describes the final leg of their journey. Day 6. Tough, rough weather ..., Day 5. The nasty middle bit. and Day 5. Phew.... A job well done by the whole team, Eleanor and James of course on the water, but let's not forget Sally who wrote it all up for us to follow their progress!

Sticking with the journey on the water team two more blogs I also mentioned last week, brothers Douglas and Donald on their way around Gigha in a sea kayak and a small inflatable: Douglas wrote Goat bhuna and the Mull of Cara, Paying our respects to the Brownie on Cara., Midges at the mill, on Gigha., Two resting places on Gigha., A feast on Gigha. and A sack of logs and a space for the Brownie.. Donald on the other hand wrote down his experiences in Gigha and Cara too, Gigha and the Brownies of Cara, Gigha and some Craro Bull, Gigha and some more fishy tales, Gigha by foot and Gigha and the race home. Great accounts of their (and Phil's) adventure around Gigha.

Still keeping with a sporty theme (but now on dry land) there's Scottish Climbs: Port Askaig Brae on The Drum-Up. Also outdoors it was a long summer, according to Wildwood Wisdom. From sport and outdoors to music:

Rather different opinions about the Islay Jazz Festival it seems: Brian Palmer writing on Ron's blog seems to be very impressed in his Islay Jazz Festival 2010 Report and Pictures. Big Stu writing in Concerned 4 democracy: Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2010 doesn't seem to be fully convinced this year.

Of course there was some birdwatching again as well: Pembrokeshire Birds writes about Chough feeding time - on Islay, Hebrides. The Islay Birds blog had little to report early in the week due to bad weather, towards the middle of the week it started to improve. Quite a sightings later in the week. John Islay Birder Armitage writes about Harbingers of winter? after returning to blogging. The Islay Natural History Trust blog again has a variety of topics, including Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia), Combining at Octomore and Foam at Saligo.

In other news the Islay Energy Trust mentions the Marine Scotland Consultation on Islay. In Gary Boyd, Artist Blog: ISLAY BEACH we find a few interesting paintings of Islay beaches. Ron mentions a Special Bike Journey on Islay and Jura.

Then the whisky: The Bruichladdich Blog writes Tittle Tattle Yawn to hopefully kill all rumours it has been sold dead. Guid Scotch Drink has been Tasting Kilchoman while The Whisky Dungeon has An Apotheosis of Ardbeg. On a German food blog I found Roastbeef low&slow, which they serve with a Bruichladdich PC6.

On the more general topic of visits to Islay and Jura I've found The cats have been playing « Somethingtochew0n, Jura – the empty island « Lochedge and Isle of Islay on There were also a few visits to Islay with a photography theme:

Several Days in the Life of Me aka Quotidie Interfatio: Islay - Day Three & Four by James Wm. Dawson, who I already mentioned last week is the first. Chris's Photo Blog: And nary a drop reports from a photography visit to Islay. And third there's islay. by hong-an tran, who recounts a visit from 1997 with many pictures (and left me intrigued by the picture of the lifeboat (?) with the words ‘Neustadt/H’ written on it. How did that get to Islay?).

On the photoblogs we had the last Islay picture on whiskyfan’s posterous with ARDBEG - the famous waterfront. Earlier he had Dun Nosebridge, remains of an iron age fort on Islay and Kilchoman Distillery on Islay. On Mark's Islay Photography Gallery we find a Standing Stone at Lagavulin and a nice view of McArthurs Head Lighthouse. Of course Mark has also just launched Islaystudios's Blog (note to self: update the blogroll!) where among other things he writes about Getting my new gear wet ! From my own Islay Pictures photoblog among my favourites this week were Border Collie in sunny Machir Bay and Horses and a Pony at Sunset over Machir Bay, Isle of Islay.

I think that's about it this week, I hope I haven't missed too much. As usual the link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with The Vicar of Rome came to visit and can you tell an election is coming? (and the mention of one Islay blog). Good night and happy blogging!

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