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Didòmhnaich, 19/Dec/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #148

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Are you getting excited yet? Just a week ago to go until Christmas now. I hope your travel plans, be they to Islay or elsewhere, will not be disrupted by the travel chaos in parts of the UK. I have the luxury of not having to travel this Christmas, I'm staying in Aldermaston Wharf this year (with a few Islay single malts to taste, books to read and more). So what have the blogs been writing about Islay in the run-up to Christmas?

Let me start with a new blog over in Germany, Neu: Whisky & Dreams Blog write Sigrid and René and promise to write about mainly Islay, in particular the whisky. They also run Bruichladdich Sammlung - and more.

Speaking of Bruichladdich, while no tastings just yet there are a few mentions of their gin: Erster Islay Gin von Bruichladdich and Bruichladdich Gin ????? for example. En stor resa för Port Charlotte – till Sverige is not about the village, but the whisky (and ‘en stor resa’ I believe means ‘a long/big journey’). The Bruichladdich Blog in the meantime tells us Ella Retires, that their 2010 Distillation Ends and that their year ends with a party: 10.

The Whisky Story continues with Port Ellen Distillery, Islay while Whisky Israel is ‘Smokin’ – tasting SMOKEHEAD. I'm not a big fan of mustard, but I know a few people who are. They might like Ahmija: Viskisinappi, which Google Translate tells me is about home made Laphroaig whisky mustard. Other Laphroaig's are tasted in Bonded Warehouse on Whisky for Everyone have just tried the Bowmore Tempest.

I've mentioned it in Mixed Islay News and Links earlier this week, The Machrie In Trouble? writes and Anthony Pioppi says The Machrie in Serious Financial Trouble. Ron continues where he left off last week (and the week before), you guessed it, more Islay snow pictures: Snow on Islay, Snow Images from Bowmore Islay by The Ileach, Winter at Loch Gruinart Islay and Vanessa's Islay Snow Images.

It's a bit cold for much wildlife- and birdwatching, but there's was still quite a lot of blogging about what was possible: On the Islay Birds blog James' let's the pictures do the talking and in a way helps a Grey Wagtail to get some food. Earlier in the week he reported three Red Kites, which might explain why I see comparably few down here in Aldermaston Wharf at the moment? John Islay Birder Armitage has a similar experience, The blast of winter descends! Earlier in the week he was involved in the International Goose Count and a second day of goose census. Fresh snow is also good to find out about some of the wildlife, read Deep, and crisp and even! to find out how. The Islay Natural History Trust blog has Five waders, a Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) and a Robin (Erithacus rubecula) to name a few. The Shorefield Project - feeding in the snow provides an update on the project and there's a Dramatic shot of 21st century deer stalking on Jura.

Pictures. Of course there were pictures. Unsurprisingly some of them with, yes, snow. On Mark's Islay Photography Gallery we find Uiskentuie Strand and some fascinating Melting ice patterns. Another snow and ice picture is his Image of the week on the Islaystudios's Blog. It's not technically a blog, but the pictures in a forum posting Islay again are too nice to leave them out. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for October Morning in Machir Bay and Lagavulin Pagodas with crane, Isle of Islay.

That's all for this week, I'll probably continue blogging over Christmas, so there's likely to be a Christmas edition roundup next weekend. Before I finish the regular reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Nonesmanneslond. Good night!

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