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Didòmhnaich, 03/Oct/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #139

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It's been a rather damp weekend in Aldermaston Wharf again, it seems the weather on Islay has been quite a lot better with much more sunshine. Having lived in the UK for more than 10 years now I also almost missed that 20 years of German unity were celebrated in Bremen today (I grew up in Bremen and was a student in Oldenburg when the wall came down). But you're probably here to read what the blogs have been writing about Islay, Jura and Gigha recently, so I better get on with the task at hand:

Having settled in again after their big adventure Eleanor and James Crossing Scotland Coast to Coast the EBD and ‘support crew’ Sally are taking a look back: Having mainly seen pictures taken from dry land we now get to see A kayak's eye view part 1 and A Kayak's eye view part 2. They also have Two stars and a wish for the Kayak and we're treated to An interview with the EBD!

Staying out on the water Douglas is still posting more entries from his tour around Gigha: Through the Brownie's window, on Cara., Who's been sitting in my chair? and A pasting, a couple of scones but not a Brownie in sight, at Big Jessie's. rounded off his report from the tour.

Kind of related (as it's a physical activity) is cycling in islay & jura on boo vake. On Angling and Dramming we can read about Another Fine Trip to Islay and The Islay Anglers Return. There's also the Best Finlaggan Brownie of the Week.

Let's move on to the whisky and related Islay visits, starting with the languages I can't read: writes Wyprawa na Islay: Destylarnia Ardbeg (I'm fairly confident I've already mentioned Wyprawa na Islay: Destylarnia Laphroaig a few weeks ago). Next is a Japanese (at least I think it's Japanese) blog with several entries from a visit to Islay: Journey from Arran to Islay, the southern distilleries and standing stones, Bowmore distillery and Islay Ales and more standing stones seem to be the relevant entries.

I can read what Islays neue Malt Whisky Brennerei Kilchoman auf Tastingtour in Deutschland is about (and I think most of you can at least figure out from the title what it is about). Whisky Israel has an Interview with the ‘Laphroaig Collector’ – Marcel Van Gils while there's just Whisky on Where's Shan Now?. While the title indicates music there's also quite a bit of whisky in Islay Jazz Festival 2010: Day One on The Bruichladdich Blog writes about The Great Journey to the first mainstream release of Port Charlotte.

Last week I had mentioned Brendon's Blog, he has left Islay by now but Day 22 – Islay 2 and Day 23 – Islay 3 round up his time on Islay. I'm not sure where is from originally, but Tom who now studies in Wien (aka Vienna in the English speaking world) also went to Eye-la/Islay.

In other news Ron has just that, his Islay News Roundup September. He also thinks Ferries and Ports Infrastructure Should Get More Money and has thoughts about the Road Equivalent Tariff Trial Extended To Help Struggling Economies.

I'll start the birdwatching with WORKING EATS INTO THE BIRDING WEEK ! and Well Chuffed on Islay and continue with the Islay Birds blog: To start with a picture not from Islay, but Kingston on Thames, a Great Crested Grebe. There was a reported sighting of a Red Grouse as well as 800 Greylag (and 2 Barnies) and the week finished in sunshine with a variety of sightings. John Islay Birder Armitage has been surveying on Jura again and also had a fruitless day birdwatching. He also writes about an Otter bonanza while the Islay Natural History Trust blog has a White-legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger). They also write about Trust receives gift of books from Jane Dawson and 'The Handbook of British Birds' - donated by Jane Dawson, some really beautiful old books.

Quite a variety of Islay pictures today: Let me start with the Bondbloke, regular readers might remember his pictures from previous roundups. He's recently been back to Islay to stock up on Islay pictures like Kilnaughton Bay Sunrise, Abandoned Pram and Looking East from Islay. On Meruby's Photoblog I very much liked La Luna and Another one (or may be one more?).

This week's Image of the week (2) from Mark Unsworth isn't from Islay, but Germany, taken during his visit to Photokina 2010. He also posted an Islay picture, Clouds over the Hebridean Isles on his photoblog. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog my favourites were the Tourist picture at Laphroaig Distillery and the Song Trush at Kilchoman.

That's it for today, I'm raising a wee dram of Laphroaig Cairdeas on the German reunification now (closest I can get to a 20yo, it has some 19yo in it). Before I leave you the obligatory link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Season of tiffs & mellow fruitiness…

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