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Didòmhnaich, 17/Jul/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #173

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Is it really already mid July? Time flies, although summer still doesn't seem to have arrived properly. After a nice warm and sunny week I hear bad weather is due to arrive on Islay soon, having wreaked havoc mainly in the east of Scotland already, while down south where I'm writing this we also had some heavy rain at Aldermaston Wharf lock. From the weather over to what the blogs have been writing about Islay, Jura and Colonsay over the last week or so:

I knew it was coming, but it arrived a day too late to make it into last week's roundup, so I'll start with it today: If I understand it correctly it's Vanessa's last entry on the blog, but it's a cracker, The Heat Beneath Your Feet – 360° Energy Diet.

Speaking of last entries, Tom is closing down his blog after three years: Congratulations, Bruichladdich! « Tom's "Officially Unofficial" Bruichladdich Blog. Of course there are also new things to go to, I've mentioned that I'm active on Google+ and so are quite a few others, including Richard Paterson: I'm on Google+ and there's whisky chat there already! Are you on it?

Staying with whisky, there were two reviews of the Laphroaig Càideas (which I quite like): Review: Laphroaig Cairdeas | What Does John Know? and Tasting Laphroaig Càirdeas, Ileach edition on Guid Scotch Drink.

Liza continues her excellent writings about her time on Islay, You need to stop, or you’ll fall off the edge. Part II while Bozkurt revisits an evening on Islay a few years back in tire-bouchon: Kilnaughton Beach of Islay… He also promises there's more to come. Rachel takes us to Tall Ships and Eternity on Islay and Colonsay. I'm not sure where they are from, I'm guessing from Sweden, but the SY Olivia recently visited the Whiskeyön Islay. There's also a A Scottish-Canadian in Switzerland at least for a time returning to Scotland and to Islay in Scotland 2011 - Day 7: Arran to Islay via Kinnecraig.

In other news Ron writes about an Introduction to Scything on Islay and there's an entry about the Persabus Pottery Ceramics Cafe.

So what about the birds and the wildlife? The Islay Birds blog goes Corncrake listening and birdwatching instead of tall ship spotting. The Rose coloured Starling was captured on picture (again? Is it the same bird as before?). Markie Nelson writes about a Ramble which is also covered on the Islay Natural History Trust blog in Flora and fauna Ardnave 15th July 2011. There's a great Email from Rochdale and Malcolm has a fantastic picture (make sure you click on it to enlarge) in A dragon(fly). John Islay Birder Armitage asks What is it about this obsession with birds?

Moving on to the pictures, Mark on his Islaystudios's Blog and asks I see no ships? On his Islay Photography Gallery we find some Ripening Barley. Ron has some Big Skies over Loch Gorm. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for The Paps of Jura Behind an Islay Field, Kilnaughton Bay and Port Ellen and of course the picture which was also #200 on this blog, Rinns of Islay Lighthouse from Currie Sands.

I think that's it for today, as usual the reference to the Scottish Roundup with Hacked off this weekend (and a mention of yesterday's Flying a Model Plane from Ireland to Islay entry, thank you!). Good night!

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