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Didòmhnaich, 14/Nov/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #143

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Sunday evening in November, it's cold and damp outside (at least where I live). I've done my first home baking of the season earlier today (just shortbread for now, the Bremer Klaben will follow soon). Christmas and the New Year can't be far away. It won't make it into this year, but if I counted right I'll write the 150th Islay blogging roundup on the first weekend of 2011. But that's still a few weeks away, what have the blogs been writing about Islay and Jura this week?

Let me start with a few whisky blog entries: Whisky Story is travelling around Scotland in the footsteps of Alfred Barnard. After the Campbeltown Sign-off he travelled to Kennacraig, followed by the Islay Arrival. This was followed by An Islay Pilgrimage, I think there might be more to come. On THE CASKS we find the Notes from the Bruichladdich Tasting, Round II and the Notes from the Bruichladdich Tasting, Round III. The Malt Impostor tries The Bunnahabhain 12 (50 ml airline bottle) while the Bruichladdich Blog writes about the MCMLXXVII (I'll let you figure out which year that is, or cheat and just follow the link) and the Black Art - The Search for Immortality.

With the recent storms there was quite a bit of discussion about the ferries, something Ron was all over: Islay Ferry Status Update, Calmac Statement about Status of Islay Ports and to an extent Jean Knowles and the Ileach on Port Askaig Islay were about it, in addition Ron also published the Islay Ferry MV Finlaggan Latest Pictures. The Bruichladdich blog also has an opinion, Pierless they write.

Many will be aware of the proposed closure (proposed by Argyll & Bute Council) of Keills Primary School. Staff, pupils, parents, former pupils and many more people don't agree with the proposal (rightly so) and have set up a website about their protest under SOS Keills - SOS Save Our School. It's a blog, so you can find updates as they happen.

Then the Islay and Jura visits: chloe illustrates: Islay pics… mainly has pictures from a visit. Norman and Kathy Shanks have a nice report from their ISLE JURA TRIP 6th – 20th JULY 2010. And for an epic journey you might want to try A circular route Jura, Islay and the mainland by bike and fast ferry on THE SPORTSWOOL DIARIES.

The Islay Birds blog has some quite ruffled Whooper Swans, some Greenland Whitefronted Geese (whoever came up with that name?) and a mirror image of a Heron. Not bird related but gale related there was a close escape on Monday. John Islay Birder Armitage is back to blogging after a busy month. The Islay Natural History Trust blog kicks off a series with The Shorefield Project - Highland beef, followed up with Shorefield Project and Shorefield Project - the first Highlanders arrive late this afternoon. There's also information about The lugworm (Arenicola marina) and Anti-goose tapes at Killinallan, not to forget the announcement that James Deane wins INHT Wildlife Photography Competition

Made it so far? Good, to finish a few pictures: On Meruby's Photoblog we find a lovely one of Kilchoman Beach and I also very much like The day after … On Ron's photoblog we find Dawn Loch Ardnahoe Islay while on Mark's Islay Photography Gallery are some Wild Goats. More dramatic the image of the week of Port Ellen's Carraig Fhada lighthouse on the Islaystudios's Blog. Ian Besch writes about on beauty and illustrates it with a few nice pictures. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog my favourites were Heron in flight at Gruinart and Rocks, Waves and Dunes in Saligo Bay, Isle of Islay.

That's it for this week, as usual the reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Speak up and speak out. Good night!

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