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Didòmhnaich, 26/Sep/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #138

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Sunday evening, time for the Islay bloggging roundup. Autumn has definitely arrived in Aldermaston Wharf from where I'm writing this, rather fresh the last two nights and mornings. Also the rate of the leaves turning yellow has started to accelerate. Shouldn't be long until the Barnacle Geese start to arrive in large numbers on Islay. With that on to the blogs, what have they been saying about Islay, Gigha and Jura the last week or so?

Let me start with a few more views about/from the Islay Jazz Festival: While he was critical of some musicians in Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2010 last week BigStu also has praise in a follow up entry for the sponsors (Lagavulin obviously) and some new bands in Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival. Jim Gore, the Burgundy Wine Man, also visited the festival, writing up his impressions in three entries: Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival Part One- Dog bowls and a cosmo, Lagavulin Isaly Jazz festival Part 2 - Picasso was once laughed at ye ken? and Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival part 3- How does one grind with a dwarf?.

A few more Islay visit blog entries outside of the Jazz festival to add to the mix: I've mentioned James Wm. Dawson in previous roundups, his latest entry came just after I posted the last one: Several Days later .... Many regular readers will also be familiar with the blog of David Wood, Angling and Dramming. He's off to Islay again: Islay and Finlaggan House....Here We Come....., Who Needs The River San When Staying in a Palace Like This 4 a Week? and A Tad of Frost @ Finlaggan and The Prospect of a Great Day's Fishing on Loch Gorm. were his entries so far (I suspect there will be more). Muslims go to Mecca. Swedes go to Islay. is of course a blog entry about just that, Swedes going to Islay. Not only the Swedes visit Islay, also a Dutchman called Paul (and I think his family): Schotland and Islay & Oban cover the Islay part of his Scotland tour. Brendon I think is from Australia and seems to be on a round Britain tour, Day 21 – Onwards to Islay describes his arrival on Islay.

Back out to sea, to the sea kayaks and Gigha. Douglas has a few more entries from his tour around Gigha: Two sisters of Islay., Views from the north of Gigha., Barnacles and ice creams on the east coast of Gigha., You shouldn't otter camp here., Thunder heralds our return to Cara. and Last day of summer on Cara. were the entries this week.

After all that how about a wee dram of Islay single malt whisky? The Malt Impostor has a look at The Bruichladdich Octomore 02.2 Orpheus (3 cl MoM* mini). Billy's Booze Blog reports from the Whisky Live Glasgow 2010, not an Islay or Jura event as such, but there's quite a lot of Islay and in particular Jura distilleries in this one. Guid Scotch Drink is Tasting Bunnahabhain. The Bruichladdich Blog writes about Lightning Strikes and Pandora’s Box, their new organic whisky.

In other news Ron has an Islay Ferry MV Finlaggan Pictures Update and takes a look at some Scottish Ferries Review News Reports. In CalMac II - the empire strikes back Torcuil Crichton also looks at the topic of ferries and subsidies. The event is over now, but ‘...From the Manse’ gave a heads up of the Service of Introduction to Jura and Islay for Jess Reynolds.

Bird- and wildlife time: The Seal Diet Scotland team have been in the area again, As Good as it Gets!, Little Fluffy Pups! and Golden (eagle) Delight on Islay (with a picture showing the impressive beak of a Golden Eagle very well) are their updates. The Islay Birds blog reports the first barnacles for this year, not big numbers yet of course. There's a picture of a Snow Bunting and the assistant blog master provides coverage despite a power cut. The Islay Natural History Trust blog gives a heads up for The INHT September talk! - Wednesday 29th Sep and then beckons the Harvest Moon to Come a little bit closer... John Islay Birder Armitage reports from survey work on Jura and Peregrines and White-tailed Eagles spotted during it.

It's obviously on Islay, but Guess where this is... asks Meruby's Photoblog. There are a few more Islay pictures with Tasting, The kiln and It's hot. Jim Richardson's Patterns - Of Our Workings isn't strictly speaking an Islay pictures entry, but there is one Islay picture among these generally fantastic pictures.

Mark Unsworth is away to the Photokina 2010. On Ron's Picture Blog we find the Lounge at Lagavulin Distillery and A Group of Starlings at Kintra. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll have to go for the Panorama of the Laphroaig Distillery Still House and the Casks and Peat at Laphroaig Distillery, Isle of Islay.

And that's it. Of course there's still the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Scotland the grave. Good night!

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