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Didòmhnaich, 25/Sep/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #182

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Last weekend the Islay Blogging Roundup took a break, partially because I was on the Autobahn between Ingolstadt and Heidelberg last Sunday evening (Who brought up that myth you drive as fast as you want on the Autobahn? Utter nonsense! Speed limits, traffic, you name it, everywhere). So this week's should be a bumper roundup, covering blog entries mentioning Islay and Jura from the last two weeks. Let's roll:

There were quite a few visitors to Islay and Jura blogging about their experiences, among others from the Islay Jazz Festival and the Jura Music Festival: The Amazing Inflatable Brass Jaw Blog writes about Islay Jazz Festival (Day 1) and Islay Jazz Festival (Day 2). Kind of still topical is Charles Franklin Blues, as they played it on Islay. Sue Wilson writes Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2011 on Northings while the Whisky Times has a great Lagavulin Islay Jazz festival 2011 Review with many pictures. Moving over to Jura the CUMI & CIKI: A Food, Travel and Adventure Blog says Picture Perfect Scotland- Jura Music Festival.

Other people went to Islay for their birthday and some whisky: A certain Gordon Homer writes about September 2011 to start with. Which is followed by There She Blows !, Nights are fair drawing in…., The Birthday Drams….., (untitled), Week Two and so far finally Wednesday 21st (I think there's one or two still to come).

But there's still more: The visit is already long over, but South West Sea Kayaking revisits Islay with Soldier’s Rock and Islay flora and fauna. Glen Pointon writes about his Islay trip September including Islay on the sea and more.

Over to the whisky where the Bruichladdich Blog writes about Welcome to The Laddie 10 and The Resurrection. Also some sad news in “Tis der Trousse!”. Not to forget the PC9 Online and the question of the Best Entry Level Islay?

Other whisky related entries include the German Mixology writing about the Ardbeg Alligator. Ein Biest benannt nach der Struktur des Fasses., the Swedish writing Kilchoman – minst, yngst och charmigast, Peatreek covering Lake Placid... The Ardbeg Alligator and SmokySweet tasting the Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Not forget the Whisky Critic with Islay Series #2: Bowmore.

A bit more wholesome the education bloggers: Ian Stuart writes about TeachMeet at Scottish Learning Festival as he sees it from Islay. At Port Ellen Primary P6/7 remember local hero.

In other news wildandmagicislay shows us the Hypnotic Waves on the shores of Loch Indaal and Writes of Way goes Dining from nature’s table with the Hideous Mutt. Ron writes the Islay Info Facebook Profile Updated and has the story of Leaving Islay by Toni Sinclair. He also mentions the possible formation of an Islay Ferry User Group. The Islay Energy Trust gives a heads up for the Renewables Day 2012.

On to the birdwatching and wildlife, where the most exciting news probably came from the BBC Nature UK blog with Autumnwatch Live 2011: Iconic wild places and a new band of Autumnwatch adventurers mentioning a return to Islay. The Islay Birds blog has a picture of a Ruff and a Pectoral Sandpiper as well as a picture of 5 Dunlin, 1 Black tailed Godwit and 7 Ruff. There were also quite a few visitor reports and a lot of birds of prey yesterday. The Islay Natural History Trust blog brings us a story of Seaweed as fertiliser and claims Taking pictures in the rain is quite tricky. They also report that BBC Autumnwatch to visit Islay and have nice pictures of Birds in the Barley Crop.

There were quite a few pictures as well: Some readers might remember her from (much) earlier roundups, on Meruby's Photoblog we currently find Islay pictures again from a visit in June. They include Finally, Killinallan Beach, Islay, Machir Bay, Islay and The silence.... Alf aka the Bondbloke has been back and posting pictures in various places: On Blipfoto there's an Islay sunrise and an Islay Morning while on Day by Day photos we find A View from a Bedroom, Islay Sky and Brass Jaw at the Outback Gallery – Sanaigmore Islay. There's also an entry simply titled Islay on mj's photography.

James Deane admits he's one of the Storm Junkies. Mark Unsworth on his Islaystudios's Blog has an interesting Ardbeg cask as his Image of the week. Just from the title you might think Lens review Canon 8-15 L series zoom isn't that interesting, but you'll find some interesting Islay pictures here as well. On his Islay Photography Gallery we find Saligo Bay and The New Still, Laphroaig. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for The Mull of Oa across Loch Indaal, the Islay Ferry Isle of Arran Passing the Paps of Jura and Barnacle Geese Lift Off at Loch Gruinart, Isle of Islay.

I think I'll leave it at that, there's enough for you to read and look at now, I hope I haven't missed anything important. As usual the link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, after last week's Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness this week with Klingons, Scones and the Musical Forest. Good night!

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