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Didòmhnaich, 13/Mar/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #160

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After the busy day yesterday a rather slow day today just relaxing. Now it's time to get back to work and into the routine, time for this week's Islay blogging roundup. What Islay mentions did I find in the blogs this week? Let me start with a few upcoming and recent visits:

It's still a few months away, but the Vintage Girl is planning to run the Islay Half Marathon. He doesn't seem to have met Brian, Jez or Carl or any of the other cyclists on Islay, otherwise I'm sure they would have had a lot to talk about: Patrick from Germany cycled through Argyll on his single speed bike and spent two days on Islay.

The RyeGirl from NYC wasn't dreaming in cocktails but visiting Islay recently, as described in The Academy at Bruichladdich, Bruichladdich, Dinner at The Bowmore Hotel and Holy Trinity. Speaking of whisky, All Things Whisky has a Feature Interview with Mark Reynier of Bruichladdich while Trinklaune from Germany takes a look at Deoch an Doruis: Lagavulin. Mark C Newton has a taste of the Laphroaig Quarter Cask which he quite likes. Whisky for Everyone have just tried the Caol Ila Cask Strength. On the Master of Malt Whisky Blog you get two things for the price of one: A Laphroaig Whisky Tasting and an interview with John Campbell, Laphroaig distillery manager.

Ron has some Stunning New Images of Islay Ferry MV Finlaggan and reacts to the news that Gordon's Spirit of Islay is likely to close in a while. Doug Johnstone (who wrote a book called Smokeheads heavily featuring Islay) mentions more smokeheads press and stuff and wonders what Islay residents make of the book. Port Ellen Primary School had a visit from Andy MacDonald from the Islay Energy Trust and took part in World book day.

So how about the birdwatching and wildlife? The Islay Birds blog has pictures of an Iceland Gull and a Richardson's Canada Goose. Goose counting also helps to see a lot of other birds. John Islay Birder Armitage worked on the International Goose Census and the Second day of goose census. The Islay Natural History Trust blog in the meantime asks Has anyone seen any Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)? There's also a nice picture of Common Dolphins sent in by Bobby Holden while Hazel Catkins and They are on their way… are reminders that spring is on its way.

You want pictures? I give you pictures: To start with a rather old picture, Postcards Then and Now: Islay, Port Ellen, Charlotte Street c1904. Over in Canada (but with pictures of Islay) Ian Besch ponders perspective. His interview with the Ileach has been brought to Ron's blog, on his own blog James Deane writes about Making it Social and that it is Time to Walk. With the current disaster in Japan James thinks of Dramas of Nature.

Mark Unsworth announces his new website, you can find it at the Islay Studios website. On his Islay Photography Gallery we find Waves in the sand. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Morning light at Machir Bay and Highland Cattle and Sheep, Isle of Islay.

And finally a late entry, just early enough for inclusion into this week's roundup: An Update March 2011 has been published by Iain on the Portnahaven Primary School Renovation Project.

That's it for this week I think, I hope I haven't missed anything important. For the bigger picture I'll send you over to the Scottish Roundup as usual, this week with Four Seasons in one Roundup.

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