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Didòmhnaich, 04/Sep/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #180

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Ooooops, running rather late tonight. Got sidetracked with all kinds of things, some useful, some less useful. Among the more useful things were booking flights to Germany for visiting my family and learning more about digiscoping -vs- photography. I also had lots of tea today. But that's not what you're here for. You want to read about Islay in the blogs this week, so I better get on with that:

Let me start with a fairly unexpected post: Return of The Spirit of Islay Forum writes Gordon on his Our visits to the Hebridean Isle of Islay blog. In a way it reminds of a discussion I've seen in various places, among them on Hugh MacLeod's blog with “Reclaim Blogging”: Why I’m giving up Twitter and Facebook. Certainly one of the reasons why I keep writing this roundup and linking to other blogs…

Let's move on to a bit of whisky: Funnily enough after the previous paragraph I think I first found this link on Google+, Bowmore distillery visit writes Torgeir. The ‘Scotch Finder - The Hunt is On’ says My New Favorite Distillery - SPOILER ALERT!!!! It's Bruichladdich. The Bruichladdich Blog brings us news of The Laddie 10. The Whiskyburger from down south (very far down south‘) write about their Whisky Odyssey Part 2 – Islay Encounter with an Alligator.

Rachel MacNeill of Wand and magic Islay takes us On the shores of Loch Indaal, Islay with pictures and video, well worth a look what she has to show us. Ron has news of the Ardbeg Redbay Islay Trip 2011 and the Tallest Crane ever on Islay (for a view of it from the ground try Port Ellen Pier Works, Islay). ForArgyll has a good report on Islay inaugurates Memorial Cairn to Ileach leader of American Revolution. The Reluctant Blogger provides us with A glimpse of Islay …

Mairi of Over the Sea to Glasgow visited her friend Laura on Islay, documented in several blog entries: How the gulls are pillaging the town, Westering home and a song in the air, Laura's House and How high the gulls fly o'er Islay are the entries so far. Sam and Ed had another holiday on Islay, written up in Islay Summer Hols -2011.

A bit of bridwatching and wildlife? OK, here we go: The Islay Birds blog brings us what was spotted during the Gruinart bird walk and a variety of bird sightings. There are also the rainfall stats for the month of August. John Islay Birder Armitage is on the mainland at the moment. The Islay Natural History Trust blog brings us Sea trout leaping up waterfall in Gortantaoid River (I've watched Salmon leaping at Rogie Falls in 2005, quite an experience) and teaches us to Know your Anemone. This is a follow up to a fascinating earlier post, Let's submerge… For the history buffs a great post about the Mesolithic excavation at Storakaig.

As regular readers will know when I start talking pictures I'm coming to the end: Ron has been playing with James Deane's wide angle lens this summer, Bowmore Main Street and Morrison Square were some of the results. Mark Unsworth has some Shipwrecked Rope and Lossit Bay on his Islay Photography Gallery. A French photoblog has a few Islay pictures in L'Ecosse au carré. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the man Watching the Waves in Machir Bay and Port Charlotte Lighthouse in the Evening Light, Isle of Islay.

That's it for the week. For the bigger picture the Scottish Roundup writes about The End of Summer. Good night!

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