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Didòmhnaich, 27/Feb/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #158

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The end of February, while it's been rather damp for most of the weekend in Aldermaston Wharf I hear it's been rather nice and spring like a lot of the time on Islay this weekend. Unfortunately my new lens didn't get much of an outing this weekend, hopefully I'll get enough practice in before my next Islay visit. But back to more current events, after yesterday's panoramic excursion to Jura back to Islay and what the blogs wrote over the last week or so:

Speaking of spring, there are first signs of Spring at Rowan Cottage. The Islay Birds blog also reports a smell of spring in the air (and some goose count numbers) as well as clear spring weather and singing birds. Earlier in the week the monthly informal Islay birdwatching evening took place. Not to be outdone the Islay Natural History Trust blog also mentions a Spring Day and the First Amphibians. Also an interesting mention of Two trees. John Islay Birder Armitage had some Concentrated birding bliss before some Lonely survey sojourn! The blog of The Gearach has some strong words for inconsiderate people in Roe Deer & Buzzard. Not everything went to plan for Seal Diet Scotland in their latest visit as they describe in Knots, Crosses & the Odd Leak! Not to forget Gordon Yates writing about a Whiteout.

The Bruichladdich Blog reports that they are a Step Closer to Power Self-Sufficiency after a bit of Jobsworths. All Things Whisky reviews the Port Charlotte – PC5, PC6, PC7 and PC8 while the Scotch Hobbyist declares the Ardbeg 10 – A personal benchmark. Over in Germany Trinklaune takes a look at the Deoch an Doruis: Bunnahabhain and in Canada SmokySweet write about their Whisky of the Week: Ardbeg Corryvreckan. The Whisky Exchange BLOG also has some Whisky Tasting Notes: Caol Ila Moch.

On a more general (whisky) note Torgeir on whisky has some interesting thoughts in his Info on Islay post, he also writes about his Ardbeg distillery visit and more broadly about Distillery visits in general. The Gentleman writes about The Islay Gentleman, focusing on whisky.

The half term holidays are now over in the whole of the UK I believe, Sam n' Ed stuff report from their February 1/2 Term - Islay. Ron has some Good News for Keills Primary on Islay while the Islay Energy Trust writes about Climate Week, I understand some (or all?) schools on Islay are participating.

OK, time to finish with the pictures: James Deane says It’s a Camera Day with a great picture of waves at Currie Sands, following a lot of work on his website and pictures among others illustrated in Giclée Prints arrive. On Mark Unsworth's blog the Image of the week is of rushes and cottages, while on his photography gallery he shows the ruins of Kilchoman Church. Ron has pictures of the Thomas Telford Church at Risabus and of Kilnave Cross. Scott Jessiman has some nice distillery pictures in his Images of Islay. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Loch Ardnahoe and a Calmac Ferry, Isle of Islay and courtesy of my sister Conversation with a bird, Isle of Jura.

I think that's it for this week. As usual the link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Around the world in 50 Scottish blogs. And with that: Good night!

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