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Didòmhnaich, 11/Sep/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #181

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Sunday evening again already. Didn't get as much done as I had hoped this weekend, well, at least I managed to bake two batches of shortbread. That should hopefully last for a week. With the storm currently approaching Islay it would probably only last for two days if I was there, but what's going to reach West Berkshire probably wouldn't even register as wind on Islay. With that on to what the blogs had to say about Islay during the last week or so (which was quite a lot):

He missed out on last week's roundup as he didn't have the time to write an entry until the Monday, so the Traveling Savage goes first this week: Keith has has just spent a week on Islay (he's now on Mull, made it just before the storm) and wrote a number of great entries. Crossing Kildalton kicked it off, Fathering the Sun continued it and Picture This: Light Slivering Kilnaughton Bay is the last one so far. As I said he's now on Mull, but may be he'll find the time for a look back to Islay?

The big event on Islay this weekend was the Bruichladdich 10yo celebration. To start with of course there were several entries in the Bruichladdich Blog, including The Laddie 10, New Website and Chairman&Rsquo;S Speech On The Occasion Of The Launch Of The Laddie 10. Ron picks it up in Bruichladdich 10 Bottled on Islay at 11/9/11 11am while Mark Unsworth writes about it in 9/11 Ten Years On. For those who prefer to listen the Whiskycast Episode 333 comes from Bruichladdich on Islay.

Staying with the whisky, writes I goda händer hos Ardbeg (which according to Google Translate means ‘in good hands with Ardbeg’) while Blödbabblers kleine Welt tastes the Bruichladdich 15 2nd. Edition. Mark Charan Newton tasted the Bruichladdich 17 Year Old Rum Cask. Not whisky as such, but Islay whisky related food: Whisky Recipe: Smokehead Burger on caskdreams.

A special mention to Gordon Homer, a) because it's his 50th birthday this week and b) because of his attitude towards buying whisky, both described in September 2011 on his Our visits to the Hebridean Isle of Islay blog.

I mentioned Mairi of Over the Sea to Glasgow last week, since then she's added quite a few more entries from visiting her friend Laura on Islay: How blessed the sheep's bell music makes, Museum of Islay Life, Felt like a grain on your sand, Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle, I wish I had a window over the bay, Kildalton Church & High Cross, Big cloud tumbling high: The road to Finlaggan, Always the wind: Finlaggan continued and finally Eilean Mòr - the chapel at Finlaggan are the latest entries.

In other news Northings has a great report from the Islay Book Festival 2011 and James of Legal Knowledge Scotland writes “tax land” from Islay, some arguments many will have heard before. Our Learning Blog from Port Ellen Primary returned with Welcome Back Everybody! and followed up with Allan Burnett at Port Ellen Primary School as well as Islay Book Festival among others. Related to this see also Derek Robertson writing Land of Me at Port Ellen PS: Encouraging Outdoor Adventure 5/5.

Various news from the birdwatching and wildlife side: The Islay Birds blog has a long list of sightings by Jim D. and notes the first Barnacle Geese (12 in all) back at Gruinart. That number increased to 16 by Saturday. John Islay Birder Armitage has just returned to Islay again and writes Baird's Sandpiper relocated. 10.9.2011. The Islay Natural History Trust blog in the meanwhile brings us a report from a Seashell Workshop and a video of a Scallop! Then there are Agaricus arvensis - The Horse Mushroom and a Bumble Bee nest - Bombus lucorum. Finally with the storm approaching this post might come in handy: A little yellow is needed in our lives this morning.

Picture time. There wasn't one last week, but Mark Unsworth's Image of the week is back with a peat fire at Laphroaig. On his Islay Photography Gallery we find M.V. Finlaggan 2 and an unusual picture of the Port Ellen Distillery & Maltings (and thank you to Mark for giving away the secret of how he did it). WhiskyCast's Mark Gillespie is currently podcasting live from Islay and also taking/posting a few pictures: Moon over Port Wemyss and Surf's up for example. James Deane has finally been out and about again, he was At Kilchoman again and has been Chasing waves. Ron writes about Isle of Islay Twitter Pictures (with a bit of a change of heart about Twitter) and has pictures of Bunnahabhain Distillery and An Unfinished Whisky Barrel on his photoblog. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Low Tide at the Wreck in Machir Bay, Isle of Islay and Kilchiaran Chapel and Bay, Isle of Islay.

That's it for this week I think, I hope I haven't missed anything significant. Of course there's still the link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Scottish blogs – talking of mind, body and other stuff. Good night!

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