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Didòmhnaich, 20/Mar/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #161

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After yesterday's busy day and perfect weather it was quite a bit slower and also cloudier today. Anyway, laundry, ironing, some admin and other boring things have to be done at some point as well. Now it's back to Islay blogging with this week's Islay blogging roundup. What have the blogs been saying about Islay and Jura this week?

The big news of the week was of course that the Islay tidal power scheme was approved. The Islay Energy Trust blog has some further detail in Consent Given for Sound of Islay Tidal Energy Project. Ron picked it up in Islay's Tidal Energy Project Approved by Government. Considering the project has been running for quite some time now I was slightly baffled by how many other blogs and websites wrote about it as well, although most of them were just copies of the press releases. Among the few notable exceptions were Robert Kyriakides thoughts about The Islay Undersea Turbine Project and a wonderful entry on Douglas' seakayakphoto blog I can't properly link to as for some reason the blog has disappeared (it's still in the Google cache for now).

With a slightly different view the Bruichladdich Blog doesn't seem to be entirely convinced by who will benefit from the generated power and where the promised jobs will be, they are instead busy with Fine Tuning their biogas generator.

I've first mentioned her two weeks ago, Joy Nevada has two new blog posts up with her Islay (and there in particular Portnahaven) inspired illustrations: Portnahaven Church, Isle of Islay and I Love Islay, baby clothes. Changing topic rowan cottage reports Snow on the Paps, something I'll come back to later. Ron writes about The Islay Flag, something created by Brian O'Neill from New Zealand.

The Islay Birds blog keeps us updated with the bird sightings, among them bird counts on east Loch Gruinart and Ardnave Loch and bird sightings on a warm Sunday afternoon. The Islay Natural History Trust blog in the meantime had a Deer beach and after asking Has anyone seen any Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)? last week Carl followed up with It's amazing what two days of sunshine produces… this week. There's also a very nice Buzzard on Jura from James Deane.

No, I haven't forgotten the whisky: Islay isn’t always smoke & peat writes while on the exact other side of the spectrum The Jewish Single Malt Whisky Society tastes the Bruichladdich Octomore 2.1. The Bruichladdich Blog asks Why Islay? and claims tax exemption was an important catalyst. Over in Germany Trinklaune writes about the Laphroaig 10 and says it's an excellent component for a cocktail.

Moving on to the pictures: Earlier I mentioned I was going to get back to the snow on the Paps of Jura, James Deane went Climbing Beinn an Òir and came back with quite a few pictures. Yes, with snow. He also said it was a Good Week for Birds, in a joint posting with young Vanessa, a photographer in the making? The Image of the week on Mark Unworth's Islaystudios's Blog shows a feeding frenzy while on his gallery we get to see Loch Indaal & The Paps of Jura. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Moon on the Islay Ferry and the Port Charlotte Hotel after the rain, Isle of Islay.

That's all for this week, I hope I haven't missed anything major. As usual the link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with On freedom, getting old and…yes, politics. Good night!

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