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Didòmhnaich, 10/Oct/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #140

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The Barnacle Geese haven't arrived on Islay just yet (it's the ‘wrong kind of wind’ I hear), but I suspect that will change soon. I hear the weather was very nice on Islay all day, down here in Aldermaston Wharf it only cleared up in the afternoon, but then the evening was rather nice. Oh, and a lot of people got fairly excited about the date today. As I always write the month name (too much working with Americans and the resulting misunderstandings) I couldn't get too excited about 10/Oct/2010, just doesn't look as interesting as 10.10.10. Whatever, back to the task at hand, this week's Islay blogging roundup:

For a change let me start with the birdwatching today, the Islay Birds blog writes about the Geese not having arrived yet and has a nice picture of a Buzzard on a fence post. With the Barnacle Geese not having arrived yet at least there were 570 Pale bellied Brent Geese on Loch Gruinart. John Islay Birder Armitage is impressed by the Artic Tern after A day of Light -bellied Brent Geese. On the Islay Natural History Trust blog we find a great picture of two Bottle-nosed Dolphins and a strong warning from Malcolm: Do not eat. No, don't!

Some interesting things going on in the schools on Islay as well: On the Brilliant Beginnings blog from Port Ellen we can read about an Islay Tidal Array Visit and how they went Rock Pooling. For a podcast with Islay participation head to for Episode 4: Kathleen Johnston, Keills Primary.

An interesting site is KnapdalePeople, which covers a quite wide area including some interesting entries related to Islay and Jura and their history: Keills (not the one on Islay, this is on the mainland, but has an important link to Jura) is one of them. Going back in the blog I also found Jura and the Sea, Jura: Standing Stones, Jura: the Telford Pier, Islay: Kildalton Cross and Islay: Finlaggan to name a few.

Now a few whisky related entries: On Mash Tun Musings we find The Malts of Islay and a Japanese blog writes about a visit to Bruichladdich. All Things Whisky has the Islay 2010 blog starting in June, which then moved on to The Lead Up To... This was followed by the real thing, Day One - Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain, Day Two - Ardbeg and Lagavulin, Day Three - Caol Ila and Kilchoman, Day Four - Laphroaig, Day Six - Leaving Islay and an Evening in Glasgow and the bonus Images of Islay (note that some of these are still work in progress as of writing this). If you understand German you might be interested in the letter to the [liebe frau casino] about a visit to Islay's distilleries. Whisky for Everyone Have just tried … Bruichladdich Waves.

For some visits in general we can return to Angling and Dramming for Jase Snape's Pics from our Sept 2010 Islay Trip and follow a surfer on The Blog of Dob: islay (pictures in his Islay 2010 flickr set). Ron is Off to Wester Ross and Islay

Back to the usual schedule with the pictures at the end: Mark Unsworth is back from Germany and writes about the Bowmore Photographic Competition where he was one of the judges. On his Islay Photography Gallery he shows the stormy side of Islay with Spray over the pier. The Bondbloke has Portnahaven – Islay in B&W. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll have to go for Cloud inversion at the Paps of Jura seen from the High Road, Dark and stormy Saligo Bay and Heavy rain shower over Machir Bay, Isle of Islay as my favourites this week.

As regular readers will have come to expect I'll close with the link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Won’t someone please think of the children?. That's it. Time for a wee dram of Laphroaig and then I'm off to bed. Good night!

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