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Didòmhnaich, 17/Oct/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #141

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OK, I'm back. Took a break from blogging yesterday and visited friends, just in case you were wondering why there was no blog entry yesterday. Unlike Islay today which I believe was fairly grey and cloudy it was beautiful and sunny (although rather cold) in southern England, so I made an excursion to Gloucestershire for the Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum. But now it's back to Islay and the Islay blogging roundup:

Keeping with an autumn theme there's a post with just that title on the Wildwood Wisdom blog: Autumn. Of course another thing happening in autumn is the arrival of the Barnacle Geese on Islay, an event well covered in the blogs: The Islay Birds blog was still waiting on Tuesday but on Wednesday they had arrived. As of yesterday there were 27,230 Barnies, 621 Whitefronts, 5 Pale bellied Brent, 8 Pink feets, 1 Canada parvipes sp and 3 hutchinsii sp. at Gruinart. The Islay Natural History Trust blog also covers the arrival of the geese, The Boys are Back in Town, Winter Mode and Barnacle Geese at Gruinart were the key entries. Of course also John Islay Birder Armitage mentioned the geese, 14th October, 2010. Here at last!! he writes.

Other wild- and birdlife related entries include a visit to Jura and some interesting memories, Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus), a Grey Seal pup at Ardnave and a (dead) Triggerfish. There were also pictures of a Wheatear and a strange Greenfinch.

Ron has now arrived on Islay and has so far posted two updates: Cracking Evening seen from Islay ferry and Mixed day on Islay. From a recent visit is Islay, Reflection & the Lurgy… and the Writing in the Sand… on filles a velo. You just know... is also about an Islay visit and can be found on Global Dog Travel. Also Pat goes to Bowmore on the Whisky Tasting Club Blog, even though the entry is more about photography than whisky.

Going back quite some time the Ray City History Blog from (you guessed it) Ray City, in Georgia USA, has a number of interesting entries related to the sinking of the Otranto: OTRANTO SUNK IN COLLISION, Oct 12, 1918 ~ 372 U.S. Soldiers Lost in Sinking of Otranto, October 13-15, 1918 ~ RECOVERING CORPSES FROM OTRANTO WRECK, Bivouac of the Dead and Burial of the Otranto Victims cover the disaster in general as well as its impact on Ray City, where many of the victims came from.

Of course there were also a few whisky related postings: 10engines: the bruichladdich distillery -islay and The Malt Impostor tasting The Laphroaig Quarter Cask (50 ml airline bottle)* to start with. Followed by Guid Scotch Drink: Tasting Ardbeg and the American Scotch Review bringing an Interview with Jim McEwan of Bruichladdich. From the foreign languages department there are Der gezähmte Wilde von der Insel: Laphroaig 18 Jahre on WHISKYFANBLOG.DE, Whiskybloggen : Destination Islay on the Swedish ‘Whisky Bloggen’ and Bunnahabhain ‘Toiteach’ on Onversneden.

Let me finish as usual with the pictures: Islay Morning on Big Sky Photos is this weeks offering from the Bondbloke. On Meruby's Photoblog we find Along the A846 and Saligo Bay in Winter 1/9, and yes, that means there's more to come. On Mark's photoblog we find Saligo Bay and Seaweed at Saligo. If we go to Islaystudios's Blog we find his Lee Filters Big Stopper Video Review explaining how he actually took the picture, in Picture of the week we can see another example. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Islay ferry in October evening sun in Port Ellen, Barnacle Geese and Cattle at Loch Gruinart and Cloudy October sunset at Kilchoman, Isle of Islay.

That's it for this week, I hope I haven't forgotten anything major but I'm tired and need to get to bed. Not before the reference to the Scottish Roundup of course, this week with “Spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night…” Good night!

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