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Didòmhnaich, 16/Oct/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #185

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This will have to be a fairly quick Islay blogging roundup, after a busy weekend with great weather in West Berkshire both yesterday and slightly unexpectedly today I'm running rather late. Oh, and I've done more baking in case you're interested. Quickly moving on to Islay in the blogs over the last week or so:

A blog entry I was expecting when I wrote More Peat Cutting on Islay, now with Rachel is Peat Cutting at the Isle of Islay on Cumi & Ciki. The Traveling Savage has also written a few more Islay entries: The Lowdown on Islay, Home on the Range at Ballivicar Farm and Picture This: Horned Guardian of the Oa to be precise.

Douglas is also continuing his sea kayaking around Islay stories with Islay retrospective #2. The entries this week so far are The Ardmore Islands and appropriate consumption., The intoxicated Giant of Ardbeg., And they say there is no "Oa" in Paradise!, Oa, what a beautiful day! and Oa, if it wasn't for the midges!.

Very much related is Islay north coast on Savage Shores. Away from the wild landscapes Our Learning Blog of Port Ellen Primary has visited the big islay hotel and seems to rather like it. In other news there is apparently now a fashion label called Islay (and yes, it's named after the Isle of Islay).

Moving on to the whisky and keeping in mind you can already find the advent calendars in the supermarkets Home of Whisky writes about their Islay Christmas Malt 2011. Dominic Roskrow`s Blog writes about Laphroaig Live from Sydney, part two after having doubts in Dom’s Diary – Laphroaig Live from Sydney – part one. Whisky-Inside from Germany writes about Hunter’s Hike: Die etwas andere Besichtigungstour bei Laphroaig while A hint of garlic has a Whisky Review Laphroaig Cask Strength Batch 002.

And on to the wildlife and birdwatching: Last weekend I wrote ‘I should think we will have 5 digit numbers by next weekend…’. Well, as the Islay Birds blog reports that mark was reached on Monday with 22,265 which by Wednesday had increased to 34,665 Barnacle Geese. It seems a rather wet month so with 4 inches half way through the month but still quite a few birds being spotted. The Islay Natural History Trust blog joins into the bird reporting with Barnacle Geese at the head of Loch Indaal, Whooper Swans at Rockside, 298 Whooper Swans on the Rhinns and Arrival of the Barnacle Geese. Unfortunately also some sad news with Whooper swans killed by overhead wires.

To close a few pictures: Mark Unsworth has some on his Islay Photography Gallery as usual, including a Fast Flowing Burn and some Empty beer kegs. The Bondbloke has Portnahaven – Another View. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for The Paps of Jura from the Islay Ferry on an April Evening, the White-Fronted Geese in Flight and Granny's Rock overlooking Machir Bay, Isle of Islay.

That's all I've got time for today, as usual the link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Rules, Reporting and Right-wingers. Good night!

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