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Didòmhnaich, 13/Feb/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #156

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Mid February, the days are notably getting longer and the very first signs of spring are starting to appear. In about two months the tourist season for Islay starts in earnest, following yesterday's WalkIslay 2011 Illustrated Programme I've used the rather wet day in Aldermaston Wharf to complete the WalkIslay Walks 2011 map, I hope it will be useful. That done back to this week's Islay blogging, let's see what the blogs had to say about Islay and Jura:

Let me start with the Latest News from the Islay Half-Marathon, as they need some help: They are looking for Alan MacLellan (the record holder). If you are a runner can you spread the word or if you know where to find him let them know?

The final buyer should become known in the next few days, Malts et Houblons wrote Islay en vente sur eBay! I doubt it will happen, but may be we will see it again with a blog on it?

Moving on to whisky, I'm not sure if this was/is/will be an official Laphroaig video, but on J O H N X. C A R E Y ::: DIRECTOR: I found a nice video, EDITED BY ME: Laphroaig Scotch Whisky - "Winter Revel". All Things Whisky has a rather interesting Feature Tasting – Octomore vs Ardbeg Supernova. Over in Germany a blog with the (at least for me) cryptic name ‘Hey Foxymorphandlemama, That's Me!’ writes BURNER after tasting the Laphroaig QC. The ardblog writes about Ardbeg im Film.

The Jewish Single Malt Whisky Society has four whisky reviews today – tasting the Isle of Jura range! After a slow start (not for sales, for reviews) the mentions of the Bruichladdich The Botanist Islay gin keep popping up: Facets of the Fabulous: Epicurean : 'The Botantist' Islay Gin and The Botanist Islay Dry Gin | YetAnotherGin are two I came across this week. The Bruichladdich Blog writes about Heresy while Mark Reynier drums up interest in the Islay Beach Rugby.

In Germany the ‘123energie Blog’ (which seems to be a corporate blog for a German electricty/utility company) writes Zwischen Fischerbooten und Whisky-Destillerien: Das erste schottische Wellenkraftwerk, which nicely brings me to the Islay Energy Trust on BBC News. Ron also picks this up in BBC Video about High Cost of Living on Islay, followed by First Signs of Spring on Islay

It was mixed fortunes weather wise for the birdwatchers this week as the Islay Birds blog reports: A very wet start to the month, but also a nicer days with Pale bellied Brent Geese. James provided numbers from a bird count at Gruinart and some reported seeing snow at The Rest on their way to Islay, followed by lots of birds on Islay. The Islay Natural History Trust blog has been busy as usual, interesting entries include Hailshowers across Loch Indaal, Owl Pellets - Martin Armstrong, Birds are starting to sing, some Hybrid Geese and information about Uiskentuie strand (where I always thought the reference to the raised beach was for the flat bit with the road?). John Islay Birder Armitage had a routine day of counting geese! 8th February, 2011 and ponders how to accurately determine the number of harriers.

Time for a few pictures: Ron has a nice Sunrise over the Paps of Jura, a view of the Pagodas of Ardbeg Distillery and Carraigh Fhada Lighthouse with a sailing boat. Mark Unsworth's Image of the week #15 is of snowdrops at Bridgend while on his other blog he has the Kilchoman Malt Floor. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the walkers in a hill glen and Bowmore seen from Knockdon, Isle of Islay.

I think I'll leave it at that, of course not before the weekly link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Democracy, Devine and the Daily Mail – a snapshot of Scotland’s Blogosphere. Good night!

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