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Didòmhnaich, 27/Mar/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #162

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So, did you all remember to change your clocks (well, at least those who have to this weekend)? Longer evenings from now on, kind of. The holiday season starts soon as well, in 2.5 weeks I'll arrive on Islay for my first visit this year. Still a few Islay blogging roundups until then, so let me see what the blogs have been writing about Islay this week:

Quite a few whisky related postings this week, so let me start with them: The Scotch Noob has a Review of Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single-Malt Scotch Whisky while the Northern Walker says Just add water: Laphroaig 10 year-old. Over in Switzerland on Eldondo´s Blog we find the 03/25 - Laphroaig Vertical Tasting. The - whisky blog writes about Work Hard And Be Nice To People, which then turns into a tasting of a Caol Ila. The Whisky Times looks at Bruichladdich Waves while the Whisky & Dreams Blog from Germany explains their readers Was ist denn eigentlich eine Bruichladdich Valinch Abfüllung ?

Moving on to food but still with whisky Chef Privé serves a Laphroaig-cured trout. Xavier writes A wee dram in Islay in his travel report. David Driscoll writing on the Spirits Journal of K&L Wine Merchants visited Islay and obviously whisky features heavily:

The Bruichladdich Blog writes about Cox & Bull although I've got the funny feeling some will claim the same about Whisky - Under the Influence of Stars. While I get the organic part of it I'm rather baffled by the astronomical (or rather astrological?) part of it.

In other news Port Ellen Primary school had a visit by the HMS Vanguard Submarine (well, some of their crew) and their own Circus Show (see also P1/2 Circus). Ron has a few more New Images of Islay's new Ferry MV Finlaggan.

The crew of Seal Diet Scotland returned to Islay and Jura for a few days to see ripping tides, swimming stags & flocking geese! After a dreich start it was even Sun screen ahoy!! before they had to say So long Islay!

The Islay birdwatching and wildlife blogs were busy as well. The Islay Birds blog has reports from visiting birders and more from residents and visitors as well as Catherine's sightings from The Oa. John Islay Birder Armitage writes about the muti-various effects of weather!! On Islay he noticed the departure of winter visitors while on Jura he watched Whooper Swans and a Golden Eagle. On the Islay Natural History Trust blog we find Snakes on a plain and a Ground Beetle - Carabus granulatus? There were also Clouds to identify and Haar blankets the Rhinns.

Of course there were also a few pictures: Mark Unsworth's last Image of the week before he disappeared for a holiday was a long exposure of Loch Indaal. He also had some Fog on Lochindaal in his gallery. James Deane writes about The Big Reaching Lens, which certainly comes in handy for the wildlife on Islay. He also writes about Getting it right! for the pictures he sells. Ron has a few more of James' pictures in Islay Coastal Fog called Haar. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Sunset at Rhuvaal Lighthouse and the Northern coast from Mala Bholsa, Isle of Islay, as they seemed to be most popular.

That's it for this week. Before I leave you for this week the usual link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Granitecentric. Good night!

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