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Didòmhnaich, 14/Aug/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #177

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Well, that's the middle of August reached and proper summer still seems to be largely elusive. Mostly through clouds and when there were breaks in the clouds a full moon the Perseids meteors were similarly elusive, although at least I managed a few nice shots of the Clouds and Full Moon over Aldermaston Wharf. But now over to what the blogs had to say about Islay, Jura and Gigha this week:

I think his stay is coming to an end now, but let me start with a regular guest in the roundup over the last few weeks, Mark Rainsley: Windy Islay is his most recent entry, which closes with ‘Lewis and the Western Isles next…’. Hopefully there will be a summary of his stay on Islay.

There were a few sailing visits to the area, starting with the Darwin Sound which visited Gigha and Islay (actually, they might even still be around). The Round Britain Experience also stopped on Islay, read about it in Day 39 – Glenarm to Port Ellen, Islay and Day 40 – Port Ellen to Craobh.

Staying with the visits, David Burton (Phishtitz) has many entries with even more pictures on his blog: I'll start with Port Ban, Kintyre, as there are some nice views of Jura as well. Then we move on to the real thing: Kintra, Islay, Kintra sunset, Ardbeg, the best place in the world?, Lagavulin and Tough decisions to start with. It continues with Loch Ardnahoe, Loch Finlaggan, Jura and Loch Ardnave. There's even more in Loch Gruinart, Loch na Lathaic and finishes with Port Charlotte.

Let's continue with a bit of whisky: Partially still travel, but Die Genussverstärker have a Reisebericht: Lagavulin Destillerie. writes Årets utgåva av Laphroaig Càirdeas överträffar förväntningarna (which I'm half guessing might mean ‘exceeds expectations’?). mucks gehirn in the meantime proclaims Mir gehört 1 Quadratfuß der Insel Islay! HAHA! while the ardblog takes a look at the Ardbeg Uigeadail “Murray-Batch”. For those more interested in food there's a Himbeersorbet mit Smokehead Islay Whisky on rock the kitchen!.

Related to whisky the story of the Organic Whisky and the Nissan Leaf on Islay. Ron picks it up in Video of Whisky Powered Car on Islay while in Germany writes Von Whisky und Elektroautos. Schotte müsste man sein!.

How about some events? Northings has a detailed preview of the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2011 while Wildwood Wisdom reports from the summer camps on Islay.

Of course there was some birdwatching and wildlife again: The Islay Birds blog reports of rainy days and preparations for the Bird Fair at Rutland and visits to the Islay show leaving the birdwatching to others. The glorious 12th doesn't really happen on Islay and Barn Owls and Merlins were spotted. The Islay Natural History Trust blog has a very nice picture of Water droplets on grass and pictures of a Dark-green Fritillary and Dark Green Fritillary - Take 2. Not to forget an interesting entry about the Green Tiger Beetle larvae.

The pictures: Summer Madness writes James Deane with some nice beach pictures. On microblogging site Twitter Phil has a nice picture of a dragonfly and earlier in the week he had Carraig Mhor Lighthouse. PureLightPhoto went on a Whiskey Tour and came back with a few nice pictures. Ron has a Stunning Atlantic Islay Sunset and Stage 2 of Stunning Islay Atlantic Sunset. On his Islaystudios's Blog Mark Unsworth brings us the Lily Loch as his Image of the week, as his original plans were thwarted by the weather. On Mark's Islay Photography Gallery in the meantime we find Bunnahabhain Distillery. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've picked Killinallan Dunes at High Tide, Calm Afternoon in Claggain Bay and April Evening at Laphroaig Distillery, Isle of Islay.

I think that's it for this week. Of course there's still the link to the Scottish Roundup, although this week's edition seems to be delayed. Good night!

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