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Didòmhnaich, 21/Aug/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #178

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That's a busy weekend coming to an end for me: On Saturday morning I picked up a new microphone, which I plan to use for the voice overs in future Islay Videos. Later that day I watched some colourful skies in West Berkshire and filmed a steam powered canal boat in Aldermaston Wharf (also a first opportunity to use the microphone). This afternoon I went to see some Classic cars at the Kennet & Avon Canal Visitors Centre. But enough of my weekend, over to what the blogs had to say about Islay, Jura, Colonsay and Gigha this week:

It's been in the making for quite some time, just over a week ago it arrived: Rachel MacNeill's Wild and Magic Islay's tipi. Quite understandably she's posted two entries with pictures of it, Camping in an Islay Tipi and Another Magical Home for Fairies ~ and everyone else too!.

Maureen Currie covered her visit to Islay in two long entries, Islay - Day 14, 15, 16, and 17 - Back to My Roots and Islay - Day 18, 19, and 20 - Slainte. Brad visited three islands during his stay and writes about it in Hop Scotch: Island-Hopping the Hebrides of Scotland. A family holiday on Islay is described in Islay.....and its goodbye to care* by Julie.

Let's talk a bit about sport or at least physical activity: Kevin Daly dropped in during his Dream Trip to Scotland, Day 3: Machrie Golf Club and Single Malt. Greg says Islay, Scotland’s best kept cycling secret in his report about the Ride of the Falling Rain. Vince at Crest of a Wave has a bunch of entries about sea-kayaking around Colonsay and Oronsay: South East Colonsay, Oransay Priory, Oransay, "Do the Strand", Kiloran Bay, Isle of Colonsay and Thirty Years After were the entries if you work your way through backwards.

On the German die genussverstärker blog we find another instalment of their travelogue, Reisebericht: Laphroaig Destillerie, which leads me nicely to the whisky: Another German blog, Blödbabblers kleine Welt, tastes the Laphroaig 10. Doxa Persona writes Islay Spirits: A Mystical Experience. Tasting the Sublime.

In other news Northings writes about the Art Exhibition at Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle and Ron tells people to Take a Walk on Islay's Sheltered Side.

Of course there was birdwatching and wildlife as usual: The Islay Birds blog was in the capable hands of James for part of the week as part of the crew left to represent Islay on the Birdfair. I assume we'll hear more of that once they've returned. James had an interesting result with a trail camera and spotted various birds while out looking for Marsh Fritillary larval webs. John Islay Birder tells us Moths are dull.....don't you believe it!! Part two. and asks A question of what lies ahead? The Islay Natural History Trust blog brings us a Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatum and a Fungal Spore Print (with health warning). There's also a Bumble Bee Foray and a Bumble Bee Blunder.

The last area to cover, regular readers will know this, is of course the pictures: Ron has a Classic Islay Sunset and some Cotton Grass. Mark Unsworth's Image of the week on his Islaystudios's Blog is of Lossit Bay this afternoon. On his Islay Photography Gallery we find some Saligo Surf as well as Light & Shade in the Forrest. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've gone for the Walkers passing a burn near Mala Bholsa, Isle of Islay and the June Moon over Loch Indaal, Isle of Islay.

That's it for this week. As usual the link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Would you save a life or just walk on past?. Good night for now, more next week!

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