-> 2011 -> Islay Blogging Roundup #165

Didòmhnaich, 01/May/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #165

Islay Blogging Roundup in stencil

Oooops, how did it get so late again? Getting distracted by all kinds of things at the moment. Luckily there is another bank holiday in the UK tomorrow, so I can sleep in if need be. Still, better get on with it, a new Islay blogging roundup after a break of three weeks. So what have the blogs been writing about Islay and Jura recently?

The holiday season is kicking off now, so we should start seeing a few Islay holiday related entries. Ron is Off to Islay right now and has started to provide updates from his holidays, among others First Day on Islay, the Pictures and the Story and Spectacular Wave Action at Saligo Bay Islay. Gordon on the other hand has just left again after his week on Islay. His adventures included warehouse tours, walks in Bridgend Woods and lunches and music. Nicola and her family went to Islay earlier in the month, written up in Islay 2011 (whisky & weans).

I'm not entirely sure when the visit actually took place, judging from the pictures certainly before this year, but some German cyclists visited Islay in Regen, Wind und Schafe (Teil 1) and Regen, Wind und Schafe (Teil 2).

Tommy seems to be doing an internship at Bruichladdich, although he also gets to visit the other distilleries. You can read about his time on Islay in Life On Islay, Working day at Bruichladdich, A Walk with Mark Reynier, A little starstruck, I must say: Jim McEwan and Bowmore and Arrrgghh beg.

Still kind of Islay visit/holiday related is JoyNevada's Illustration Friday - Journey and Islay at Easter. A blog entry I can very well relate to as I was on the same walk with Becky is the Kintour to Kynagarry, Islay, April 2011 entry on the geograph blog.

Whisky related - whisky blog has some Islay related entries with Please Sir. Can I have some (Bow)more...? and Islay Jazz Festival: Day Two (plus a wee exclusive). Similarly the Edinburgh whisky blog has Trip to Bowmore: Interactive Video Magic Thingy! after I’m on Islay!!

In other news there's an election coming up and at least the SSP Highlands & Islands 2011 Election Campaign has mentioned Islay in their election blog: Save the Jura Passenger Ferry, SSP campaign on Isle of Islay: support RET and publicly-owned ferries! and the Ileach hustings. For the SNP I'm aware of @Feorlean (Michael Russell), who also has a Feorlean Blipfoto account, where we find Thursday 28 April 2011: Sea and Sky and Friday 29 April 2011: Early Morning Ferry passing Jura. In the interest of balance, there might be other parties with reports from their campaigning on Islay out there, I just haven't come across them yet.

Of course there was also some birdwatching and wildlife: 3 Square Premier reports of Channel Wagtail and the century! The Islay Birds blog reports from the first visit to Texa and the wildlife spotted, various birds on Colonsay and has pictures of Black Tailed Godwits. The first Pied Wagtail was spotted on the bird table and a variety of birds was noted together with the lack of rain. The Islay Natural History Trust blog brings us a Nature Holiday on Islay - Tim, Jo, Alfie and Freddie Madgwick and a Longhorn Beetle, later confirmed as the first recorded Longhorn Beetle in the area. There were also Eight Great Northerns and a CalMac Ferry by Jo Griffiths and information about Tockmal on the Oa.

As usual let me finish with the pictures, quite a lot out there this time: Starting with the irregulars we have MNK Photography: Project 365: Days 115 to 120 and NIKLAS SPELTHAN: Holidays are over (it doesn't mention it, but I think most if not all pictures in Nadine Rogge. Welch Lebensfrohe Person were also taken on Islay). Kayaking Islay and Jura mainly consists of a slideshow with pictures. Islay « roscophotographic also has some great Islay pictures while Coming Soon: Islay is a preview.

I'm fairly sure I've mentioned Donald Feist before, he's been back on Islay for some pictures recently: Personality profiles, Bees and Daffodiles, Kilchoman and Claddach and Last Spring Islay shots include his latest pictures. Regular readers will certainly be familiar with Mark Unsworth, on his Islaystudios's Blog he has another Image of the week while his Islay Photography Gallery has Kiloran Bay, Isle of Colonsay and Rhinns Light. James Deane is asking Whimbrel or Curlew? after Celebrating a Great Week! From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Sunrise over the Dunes at Machir Bay and the April Sunset at Laphroaig Distillery, Isle of Islay.

Before I finish let's answer the question What's cooking?: Loaf of the day: Islay white sourdough with oat flakes and spelt. As usual the link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Sniffing, The Sun, sectarianism and Salmond after last week's Manifesto madness. Good night!

Share ‘Islay Blogging Roundup #165’:

Opening up the discussion. Have your say:



[Previous entry: "New Jura Panorama: A Burn and Two Paps"] [Home] [Next entry: "Kilchoman Islay Distillery Video"]