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Didòmhnaich, 26/Dec/2010

Islay Blogging Roundup #149 - Boxing Day Edition

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Of course there is an Islay blogging roundup published today. Just because it's Christmas doesn't mean I have to stop blogging. So I'm sitting here, sipping a Laphroaig Triple Wood, listening to Slash's Guitar Heroes on BBC 6 Music and sifting through the (admittedly fewer) Islay and Jura related blog entries this week. Let's see what they had to say:

No surprise there were a few Christmas wishes: Ron says Islay Info Wishes Everyone a Very Merry Christmas while Carl on the INHT blog just wrote Happy Christmas Everyone!! There's Happy Christmas from the Islay Energy Trust with an animation and Dr Whisky writes All I want for Christmas… (check in particular the Richard Paterson and Sport sections for some Jura and Islay mentions). Mark Unsworth just wishes A Very Merry Christmas. On Christmas Day the Islay Birds blog wished a Happy Christmas with a Tufted Coquette. No, that's not an Islay bird.

Speaking of the Islay Birds blog let me continue with the birdwatching and wildlife: Ian and Margaret returned from their rather difficult travels (weather influenced) and thanks to James for some great coverage in freezing conditions. Ian picked up again with a big report on sightings. John Islay Birder Armitage is wondering Do we really want a white Christmas? and Only two days to normality!! before signing off for this year. The Islay Natural History Trust blog has some pictures of the Eclipse of the Moon (here I'm going to make an excursion to Aberdeenshire for the best pictures I've seen of the event: "And the moon shall be as blood" - the winter solstice lunar eclipse, link via the Scottish Roundup). Before leaving for his Christmas holidays Carl had an update on The Shorefield bullocks - and a rook, Malcolm then had Geese in the snow.

Earlier in the week Ron was wondering Will Islay have a White Christmas?, Malcolm provided the answer: Thawing! and More thaw (I think that's a No. A White Christmas in the UK is only if it actually snows on the day).

Many people around the world will enjoy a wee dram (or two) of Islay single malt whisky over Christmas, here are a few related entries: Sven Eriks whiskyblogg writes about Lagavulin and The Maltbank Herald has 10 éves a modern Bruichladdich. The Bruichladdich Blog has an update on the Botanist Gin In Scotland. Forrest tries the Kilchoman Islay Single Malt Summer 2010 Release and the Whisky Addict the Ardbeg Uigeadail. The Distant Thunder Whisky Club says Don't Judge Jura By It's Cover.

The Whisky Story stops at the Bridgend Hotel while Anthony Pioppi has some slighty encouraging news in his Update on The Machrie: Links to Remain Open Through the Winter. Fingers crossed it all works out!

There might be a visit to Jura coming up between Christmas and New Year for someone, just check out A wilderness Christmas? and then follow Backpackingbongos to see what happens.

Of course there were pictures as well: On Mark's Islay Photography Gallery is a nice Melting Icicle while on his Islaystudios's Blog the picture of the week is a Christmas eve image of geese flying into the sunset. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll have to go for the Western Sky during October Sunset and Saligo Bay from Saligo River, Isle of Islay.

That's it for this week, I hope you've enjoyed some of the links and found them interesting. Of course there's still the link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Lies, Eclipses and Festive Frivolity, in particular as one of the links (even though it wasn't an Islay link) came through it.

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