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Didòmhnaich, 06/Mar/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #159

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Same as last weekend it's back from the Paps of Jura to Islay for this week's Islay blogging roundup. Quite some lively blogging about Islay again this week, mainly with the usual topics, whisky, wildlife and pictures:

Let me start with the blogs I can't really read, only just gather enough to know that they mention Islay: I'm fairly sure I've mentioned this blog before, in any case from Finland Smoke On The Water writes about the Caol Ila Moch. The whisky-blog from Poland has Wyprawa na Islay: Destylarnia Bowmore. If I remember correctly the The Maltbank Herald is from Hungary, they write Zöldenergiára vált a Bruichladdich (which judging from the pictures is about the anaerobic digestion at Bruichladdich).

Back to more familiar languages Green whisky on wordsonwhisky covers the same topic. The Whisky Critic has a Bruichladdich Peat Whisky Review and Tasting Notes while the Scotch Hobbyist has More Islay Benchmarks – Laphroaig 10 and QC. Over in Germany Home of Whisky announces 3 von Islay – neue Whisky Chamber Abfüllungen.

Still kind of whisky related there's Ardbeg on the Rumble TV blog. Sustainable Whisky writes The Green Stuff, covering both the Bruichladdich anaerobic digestion and the Sound of Islay tidal energy project. Which in turn nicely leads me to ECO DRAMA on Our Learning Blog from Port Ellen primary.

Ron has a new Islay ferry week on his blog, with New Islay Ferry will Arrive Early May 2011, Pictures of Islay Ferry MV Finlaggan in Dry Dock and New Images of Islay Ferry MV Finlaggan.

Let me continue with a few pictures, or more a painting/graphic to start with: Portnahaven Post Office, Isle of Islay, by Joy Nevada. Scotland In The Gloaming has picked up another Islay picture, Bunnahabhain Pier, Isle of Islay. The next one isn't a pure Islay one, but The Journey so far – 2010 on British Landscapes Photography has a nice view of Killinallan Point (7th picture from the top). On Mark's Islaystudios's Blog this week's Image of the week shows a different view of Saligo Bay while there's a Distant Ruin and some Silver Surf on his photography gallery. James had a Bad Hare Day after earlier in the week spending the night out and about for the Lights of Loch Indaal and some amazing night pictures. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Port Ellen Maltings and Distillery in June 2010 and Rhuvaal Lighthouse and a Calmac ferry, Isle of Islay.

Regular readers might wonder what happened to the birdwatching and wildlife, as I usually do the pictures last. Well, thought I do it differently this week. The Islay Birds blog mentions 6 Magpies (but then that wasn't on Islay) and Dolphins (which were). The Red Kites visiting Islay might be travelling far and we might get bird reality TV from Kilchoman soon. Or at least reports of it, as I doubt the broadband will support live streams. John Islay Birder Armitage says Divers to the fore! 5.3.2011. and he had a Bottle-nose Dolphin bonanza! The Islay Natural History Trust blog is wondering about Natural oil seeping from peat? (if you know the answer leave them in the comments there). There's a Siskin (Carduelis spinus) returning and the first caterpillar of the year was spotted with an Oak Eggar Moth caterpillar.

And I think that's about it for this week, I hope I haven't missed anything major. As usual I close with the link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Elections, Erections and (Middle) East Politics. Good night!

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