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Didòmhnaich, 03/Apr/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #163

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April Fools out of the way and spring having arrived properly from the looks of it it's now time for the first Islay blogging roundup in April. So let's see, what have the blogs been writing about Islay and Jura during the last week of March and going into April?

Let me start with a new old blog: Gordon Home (the artist formerly known as Spirit of Islay) has just launched a new blog Our visits to the Hebridean Isle of Islay. At the moment he's catching up on previous visits, I expect there will be new visits blogged about soon.

Also catching up is Fishing in Scotland with Islay Part III - The Loch Gorm Experience with the last entry about a visit in 2010. Back in February I wrote doesn't sell, providing an update in the comments that it did sell after all and we would have an update soon. The update wasn't that soon, but yesterday evening I noticed the new owners, this morning Home of Whisky over in Germany spotted it as well: „“ hat einen neuen Besitzer. No mentions on the The Whisky Exchange Blog about it yet, so let's see what happens.

Speaking of whisky, there were again a bunch of Islay whisky related entries: The Scotch Noob has a Review of Laphroaig Quarter-Cask Single-Malt Scotch Whisky, provide an overview about Lagavulin – Islay’s first Classic Malt representative and Eye on Everything looks at a 25yo Bunnahabhain in Ahoy! It's a 25 Year Old *Hic*. Guid Scotch Drink is Tasting Port Charlotte while A wardrobe of Whisky portraits Kilchoman: Latest Islay Whisky Distillery and Trinklaune from Germany visits the neighbours in Deoch an Doruis: Isle of Jura. And finally Whisky Times has a Bruichladdich PEAT Review, although not in a way most would expect. Certainly not Richard The Nose Paterson, who might be more pleased with the Aspiring Gentleman's review of the Jura Prophecy.

From whisky to a more wholesome exercise, education. Earlier in the week quite a few people tweeted and retweeted about Which idea should win 100 copies of Mission:Explore?. James' blog was hijacked for Mission Explore Islay, the INHT blog wrote Please vote for Vanessa's idea... and this blog contributed Help Islay Students to go on Mission:Explore. With success: Jura and Islay to receive 100 copies of Mission:Explore.

I think some of the planned missions will include bird- and wildlife on Islay and Jura, so let me continue with just that: The Islay Birds blog reported a variety of bird sightings and still had time for a bit of weather. John Islay Birder Armitage had Divers galore!, went on a Routine goose count and dealt with Changing weather. The Islay Natural History Trust blog educates us about Roe Deer and Gorse as well as Lime kilns. Earlier in the week there was an Orange sunrise.

In other news Ron has new pictures of the New Islay Ferry Out to Sea and Peter Parker who writes about 3D models has come across a former Islay ferry in Ferry Boat - Lochiel by popa_3d I'm not entirely sure what you do with these models, but I'm sure someone will know and have a use for it. On his Jura blog Ron reports the Jura Passenger Service Withdrawn.

To close the pictures, starting with another Joy Nevada drawing: Round Church, Bowmore, Isle of Islay. On Mark Unsworth's Islay Photography Gallery we find the strangely compelling Fog on Lochindaal 2 and Fog on Lochindaal 3. James Deane explains what to do If it moves… and on the 1st of April showed some Limited Edition Specials, which he later revealed At Islay Beach Cottage. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the View to Mala Bholsa from Killinallan Point and Gortantaoid River crossing the Beach, Isle of Islay as this week's favourites.

I think that's about it, I hope I haven't missed anything major. If I have, that's what the comments are there for. Before I finish the regular link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with A round up of the best in Scottish blogging you say? Aye, I’d be up for that!. Good night, more blogging next week!

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