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Didòmhnaich, 15/May/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #167

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After all the early sunshine in April and early May it seems the sun is taking a break, from what I hear it's been rather damp on Islay most of today, down south in Aldermaston Wharf it's been mostly cloudy this weekend as well. Hopefully it will be nice again latest in June. But now to the history, Islay and Jura in the blogs last week:

Let me start with the Islay holidays again. Graemes Villeret went on a Voyage en Ecosse where he also visited Islay, my French is too rusty to figure out when. A short cycling visit is described in Where is Your Bicycle?: Islay of Scotch. I suspect there will be many similar mentions shortly, one of the first one is David Wood's Anging and Dramming Trip to Islay May 2011 for the upcoming Festival. Looking a long way back is the fearn oracle: a day in september 2001, with memories of an Islay visit brought back through recent events.

Ron is still providing us with frequent updates from his holiday on Islay, including the Wild and Magic Islay's Peat Cutting Workshop. Entries from his holiday blog include Rainbow over Loch Indaal Islay, A Changeable Day on Islay and An Enchanting Walk on Islay.

Let's continue with a wee dram, The Malt Impostor trying The Bruichladdich 1989 Black Art 19 yr (3 cl MoM* mini) and (with the obligatory ‘don't drink and drive’ warning) The Maltbank Herald writing about Európai turnén az Ardbeg chopperek (that's the Ardbeg Choppers).

The Bruichladdich Blog reports their 2010 Financials, has thoughts about the bomb scare in Bombs Away! and finally reports success with the anaerobic digestion in The Juice Flows.

I've mentioned The Land of Me at Port Ellen Primary last week, the Argyll and Bute Land of Me blog has a bunch of Port Ellen mentions: Getting ready to go at Port Ellen …, Meeting with parents at Port Ellen, Creating The Land Of Me In Port Ellen, More photos from Port Ellens Land Of MeRaccoons in Port Ellen, A-Z-Of Nature Book in Port Ellen, Animal Dancing in Port Ellen and Port Ellen childrens thoughts on The Land Of Me. That was quite a lot!

Birdwatching. Of course there was birdwatching. The Islay Birds has just started to post a few pictures by Andy Robinson like this Little Egret and others. Earlier in the week there was a Dipper at the Woollen Mill. John Islay Birder Armitage had Divers save the day! and unfortunately a Somewhat sour skua watch. The Islay Natural History Trust blog reports A new snail followed by a Snail update. There's also a Herring Gull Banging at Window (which reminds me of this experience with a Grey Wagtail at Sornbank a few years back).

I'll finish with the pictures again: Douglas Blyde's visuals has a few entries with pictures from distillery visits: Ardbeg, Port Ellen, Bowmore, Caol Ila and Lagavulin. Mark Unsworth has some great pictures of The Ardbeg Chopper as well as Caol Ila Distillery and Colonsay House. James Deane writes about Wedding Bells (not his, as he quickly points out) and how they relate to his photography. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Foggy April Morning in Machir Bay, the Islay Lifeboat and Islay Ferry and the Loch Laphroaig and Laphroaig Distillery Panorama, Isle of Islay.

I need to find out what's happening with the Scottish Roundup, which has been quiet since April, so all that's left to say for today is Good Night!

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