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Didòmhnaich, 21/Nov/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #144

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Just over a week to go until December now, Christmas is approaching quickly. No letting up in the Islay blogging though, still a lot of activity out there and some really good stuff to mention here. By the way, if you're reading this in the office I recommend The Ultimate Productivity Blog, very helpful tip there. Anyway, back to the Islay blogging, starting with a brand new blog about a project on Islay:

Earlier in the year Iain Henderson and I exchanged a few comments on Twitter when his father was looking into buying the former Portnahaven Primary School. He has since done so and Iain has started a blog about it: Portnahaven Primary School Renovation Project. I'm not entirely sure who Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs is, judging from a quick Google search it seems to be some TV programme about renovations (I don't have a telly, so I think I'm excused). Anyway, I think this will be a fascinating project and blog to follow.

Now let me go international: Let me start in Germany, mainly because I can actually understand what they're saying. I believe Der Shopblogger is one of the largest blogs in Germany, on Friday it posted an entry SPAR-Markt + Postoffice in Port Charlotte. Yes, that's the one on Islay, not sure if they have SPAR shops in Florida? Next up is Sweden with Johannisbergs bigårdar. I'm not entirely sure what this is about, it is something with Bees and honey. Judging from the pictures Honung med en touch av Islay seems to be about honey infused with Islay single malt whisky, any explanations from Swedish speakers welcome. And finally over to Hungary, Okkult dekadencia - Bruichladdich Black Art 2. - Slainte Mhath! is about whisky obviously.

I've already mentioned the first two parts of Whisky Story last week, this has since been followed by Ardbeg Distillery, Islay. Well, A Week of Whisky in Scotland wouldn't be complete without a visit on Islay, so you'll find that in there as well. You could argue that the Arctic Nomad's photoblog should be mentioned under the pictures, but then again Water of Life and Laphroaig Distillery read more like a travelogue with pictures.

One or to whisky links: Speaking of Black Art, the Bruichladdich Blog mentions a Black Art Formula. They also mention some ‘product placement’ in Morning Glory and announce an updated Tin Booklet. A morning dram with Jim McEwan of Bruichladdich on the Bounty Hunter Wine Blog is just that.

Ron kept himself busy with an Islay ferry update or two in a rather stormy week. He also found time for the Old Islay Postcards Part II. The Islay Energy Trust blog provided an update on Community Support for Sound of Islay Tidal Project

Of course the bird- and wildlife watching continued despite the storms: The Islay Birds blog has a and not one but two entries about a large (and probably long) bird count by James. The ferry and the storm still got a mention though. John Islay Birder Armitage is away, but still posting pictures of a Waxwing in local village. That might make at least one contributor to the Islay Natural History Trust blog jealous (unless he's seen one by now). On said blog we find a nice picture of Barnacle Geese (Branta leucopsis) - Loch Indaal, a December Moth and the Lesser Spotted Dogfish (and dog). Last week I mentioned the Shorefield Project, Shorefield Project - feeding the cattle and Shorefield Project - Octomore provide an update. They even send us away from Islay for A Labrador and his pal the Bottlenose Dolphin - Tory Island off Donegal.

And as usual the pictures to finish off this Islay blogging roundup: Ron has been quite busy this week posting pictures on his photoblog, they include Islay at Dusk seen from the Ferry, Sunrise over Sound of Islay and Jura and Blackrock and Islay Sunset. On Mark's Islay Photography Gallery we find Puddle reflections and he asks Dram for anyone ? I can think of a few people who won't say no… On his other blog the Image of the week #8 is a nice sunset at Laggan Bay. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll have to go for the Bowmore from the pier panorama, the Otter on the Jura Shore of the Sound of Islay - 2 and the Moon over Gruinart, Isle of Islay, and the Paps of Jura.

I've got the funny feeling I've forgotten something I should have mentioned, but it's getting late and I'm tired. Hence I now finish with the usual reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with It’ll all be over by Christmas? (for which I'm grateful for the mention and praise for this blog). With that it's time for a nightcap of Laphroaig QC, good night!

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