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Didòmhnaich, 05/Dec/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #146

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And then it was December. The third (or was it fourth?) batch of shortbread has been baked and the first Bremer Klaben is in the oven. In some places the snow has been and gone, in others there is still a lot of snow. Here's great picture of The Rest and be Thankful taken by @ islayian today on his way back to Islay. Time for a wee dram (Laphroaig Cairdeas for me today) and look at what the blogs have been writing about Islay and Jura this week:

Having just mentioned baking and whisky I think I'll start with some whisky and food: The Booze Braggart has a recipe for Islay Whisky Fudge. The Swedish Whiskyblogg prefers to just taste the whisky, here the Port Charlotte An Turas Mor 46% while The Jewish Single Malt Whisky Society points out a Crazy Bruichladdich deal at Julio’s Liquors!

The Bruichladdich Blog in the meantime moves from Maniacs’ Maltesers to Maniacs Praise Octomore and announces that the Botanist Gin has been released (I don't drink Gin so won't be able to write much about it, but hope to link to many reviews soon). The first post on Clarke Boyers new blog re: Whisk(e)y is The Peat Proposal, of course about Islay whiskies.

Michael Baeron recently visited Islay, his entries were 10 Distilleries with Fat Alan and Islay. Another whisky journey (although more of the virtual kind) can be found on News From Nowhere: You Take The High Road, But I Took The Low Road.

An interesting story can be found on Omri's Blog (AP Literature and Composition Blog), On the Isle of Islay. Ron is still in winter mode with three Islay winter and snow entries: Snow on Islay Today - Pictures by Ewan Graham, Frozen Loch Finlaggan Islay Panorama and Views from Persabus Islay by Jessica May Fletcher.

On Faraway Visions (Faraway is the name of the boat) we find a sailing journey to Jura and then on to Islay: Day 93 – Oban to Jura and Day 94 – Jura to Islay.

Islay birdwatching around the world: The BTO Bird Ringing - 'Demog Blog' says: The first Barnie causes a twitch. No, it's not the first one on Islay, but on the other side of the Big Pond. The same bird also features in the Islay Birds blog, as it was ringed on Islay in 2002. There's also a slightly unexpected picture and after Ian and Margaret left for Trinidad James managed to upload his first picture, of a Dunnock to be precise. James also invented a new birdwatching style, thawing out your frozen water system. After a few days in snow hit Inverness John Islay Birder Armitage returned to Islay on Thursday.

The Islay Natural History Trust blog asks Did I really swallow that? Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) No, it wasn't a Blackbird (Turdus merula) feeding on windfall apples. There's also a nice picture of Bar-tailed Godwits and cow - Loch Indaal and the latest update on the Shorefield Project.

Pictures, you want pictures? OK, here we go: Ron has Port Ellen from White Hart Beach and a Rainbow on the Bunnahabhain Road. On his Islay Photography Gallery Mark has a beautiful Sunset over the Oa while the picture of the week on his Islaystudios's Blog is a different view of the snow capped Paps of Jura. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Steam in the Bruichladdich Distillery Tun Room and Fishing Boat passing Ardbeg Distillery, Isle of Islay.

That's it for today, I hope I haven't missed too much. If I have just add it in the comments. As usual the link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Snow, St. Andrew and the Scotland Bill. Good night!

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