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Didòmhnaich, 26/Jun/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #170

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Since the last Islay blogging roundup at the end of May a lot has happened, including me being away on Islay for two weeks. Summer has returned at least for a while to Aldermaston Wharf although it still seems to be mostly wet on Islay. There's no way I can really summarise four weeks of Islay and Jura in the blogs in just one roundup, so this will just pick a few to get started again:

To start with a new Islay related blog, although you won't read much about Islay in it: madislay's posterous So why do I mention it here? Simple: ‘Group of Pupils and 2 staff from Islay High School, Scotland. In Madagascar for 4 weeks. Working in an orphanage, then walking in the national park.’

A few Islay and Jura visits: The Great Honeymoon Vacation, Part One: Scotland, Isle of Jura 21st to 29th May 2011, the Islay Fisher creating Islay Sheep Bone Art, Ron praising The Holy Coo - A New Bistro on Islay and Joe Wilson visiting Islay High School. Charlotte Hannett is dreaming: Etsy Treasuries - Islay Summers.

A bit of sport on Islay and Jura: Jura Fell race, a Japanese blog picks up on the Islay Beach Rugby 2011 (in particular wee Leo) and there was A great effort by Islay’s young triathletes! Douglas and his friends completed their Islay and Jura visit: Navigational aids in the Sound of Islay., A night with the angels on the Sound of Islay., Swanning about and an invasion of privacy in the Sound of Islay., Leaving Jura under a cloud, A reputation for midges in West Loch Tarbert, Jura., Mist in the Sound of Islay, Swept round the point or sea trout for breakfast?, Retreat from Islay, the mysterious case of the disappearing headland., A time for reflection on Ardnave Point. and Ardnave Sunset, Islay. were the closing entries.

A few whisky related posts: Feis or Flight and First week at Bruichladdich: A Scotsman, An Englishman, an Irishman and an American, or, The Joy of Mash. The Libation Diaries with Carmen I think are still catching up (I saw her on Islay during the beach rugby): May 19th: Islay bound!! Pt.1 and May 19th: Islay Bound pt.2 describe her arrival on Islay. The Edinburgh Whisky blog writes Kilchoman: 90% Islay, 10% magic. Joan from Spain writes Destil·leries: Ardbeg, Destil·leries: Lagavulin and Destil·leries tancades: Port Ellen. Eye for Spirits from Germany says Islay legt nach: Kilchoman Inaugural 100% Islay Release and tastes the Caol Ila Moch. The Bruichladdich Blog writes about the Electric Leaf and an unexpected Gas Guzzler not to forget some Sporting Success.

Vanessa continued her series about living and saving energy on Islay: The Problems With Measuring, A Community Garden and Some Local Beef, Books, Books and More Books and Gold at the End of the Rainbow were her entries about the last four weeks. Kind of related the Islay Energy Trust brings news about the Tidal Energy Resource Maps Published (with some great help by Andy in the comments).

Of course there was quite a bit of birdwatching and wildlife:

Gordon Yates was on Islay for the last few weeks (having met him I confirm he definitely was there) and wrote about his experiences in Short Eared Owl Stars, Seabirds Suffer and Corncrake Appears.

The Islay Birds blog had some great stories and pictures the last few weeks: Roe Deer with her offspring, a Corncrake with some of her 12 youngsters, another Corncrake, a Whinchat, a Hen Harrier in flight, an Owl with its catch, a Dunlin and another Hen Harrier, this time on a post.

The Islay Natural History Trust blog had all kinds of updates: Some flowers from our ramble at Sanaigmore yesterday, Another new moth for Islay!, Corncrake - Dean Eades, Isi's Golden-ringed Dragonfly Video, Heron behind Shorefield, a Mystery Egg and Red Deer in an Islay landscape were some of the entries.

John Islay Birder Armitage had a Routine day but enjoyable! 10.6.2011., some Odd surprises and a few concerns! 11.6.2011. and an Activity meltdown! 12.6.2011.

And quite a few Islay pictures were taken:

Mark (no, not that one, another one) took pictures of Liz and Gilbie- Islay Wedding while Ron took Pictures of Oystercatchers on Islay. He also has Claggain Bay, Clouds Sunrise over the Paps of Jura and Peaty Islay Puddles. Earlier in the month James Deane showed his pictures From The Weekend. Mark Unsworth has a few interesting pictures and more importantly the stories behind them on his Islaystudios's Blog: Don’t drop it !, From the old to the latest…. and Just like Christmas. On Mark's Islay Photography Gallery we find Shipwrecked, Saligo Bay and an interesting view of Bowmore Village. There's an Islay Sunrise on Day by Day Photos. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for On the Way Home, Isle of Islay, Deer at Sunset and June Sunset in Machir Bay, Isle of Islay.

I think I'll leave it at that for today, back to the regular schedule next week. Before I finish the usual link to the Scottish Roundup, most recent this week with Sluts, Trams, Bigots and Barbie. That is all.

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