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Islay Blogging Roundup #186

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After a two Sunday break because of my recent Islay visit in October it's time to return to the Islay blogging roundup. Quite a lot was written about Islay in the blogs, so I will probably only be able to cover part of it. Having only just returned from an Islay visit myself I thought I start with the reports of other Islay visitors:

Let's start with some Family Tales, if I read this right a member of the Smith family which owns the Yalumba Winery in Australia is on a combined holiday/promotion tour of the UK, which included a visit to Islay. Three entries so far: Hello Fisherman’s Retreat……we’re back!, Where’s Kentraw Farmhouse? and My magic day on Islay.

Then there were 1 distillery, 2 distillery, 3 distillery...floor, Back from the northern lands and and a bunch of entries in Islay Whisky Tour 2010 from the fotofreunde-dresden in Germany (yes, the date is correct). Quite a few pictures here (no surprise considering Zoe Campbell is a photographer), but I still decided to mention it here: Islay, a sunny, wet, windy, wild wednesday of a holiday. Douglas had more Islay sea-kayaking, the latest one summarised in Sea kayaking in the Sound of Islay, the highlight I think being Haute Cuisine reviewed at An Cladach.

The Traveling Savage is still posting entries from his Islay visit, both pictures and longer entries: Picture This: Low Tide at Machir Bay, The Strong, Silent Type, Picture This: Finlaggan on Eilean Mór, Bucking the Trend at Bruichladdich Distillery, Picture This: The Paps of Jura, Bowing at the Altar of Bowmore, Getting My Hands Dirty at Laphroaig and Picture This: Horned Guardian of the Oa were the most recent ones.

An interesting blog called Manufacture & Industry has a DISTILLERY VISIT NO.2 : LAPHROAIG, ISLAY, which also took me to an entry I missed earlier, DISTILLERY VISIT NO.1 : BOWMORE.

Islay has a book festival, it also has writers as Joan Lennon reports: The Islay Writing Circle - A Day of Words. On the education side Ian Stuart (as I write on a plane to the US for a big global conference, I hope he'll blog about it) writes about Teachmeet Remote while on the Our Learning Blog the children of Port Ellen Primary write about Vivian French Visits Port Ellen Primary School, the Halloween Party and Our Achievements At The Mod just to mention a few. Ron reports of Facebook Changes on Islay Scotland Account. The Islay Energy Trust brings news of a Double Boost for Tidal Energy and announces the IET Annual General Meeting.

How about a bit of Islay whisky? Fredde writes Bunnahabhain – Darach Ùr, en riktigt trevlig överraskning! The Bruichladdich Blog writes about the Real McCoy and picks up on the Unpretentious Laddie 10. If you speak French you might be interested in La Dame de Pierres. From Switzerland the ardblog thinks Port Ellen – der neue Hype.

The birds and the wildlife. Of course there was quite a lot of attention when BBC Autumnwatch visited Islay, you can read about it in their own blog at 2,880 minutes on Islay... A regular photographer and filmer of Islay wildlife is Gordon Yates who had An Islay Goose Feast. The Islay Birds blog has pictures of Godwit and Linnet, rain reports and bird reports, even longer bird reports, lots of rain and Whooper Swans departing. On the Islay Natural History Trust blog we find Choughs at Ardnave today, a Peacock Butterfly in November - Jenni Minto, a Short-tailed Field Vole (Microtus agrestis), some Basking Sharks off Ellister - Jane Dawson, an instruction booklet how to Record Wildlife on Islay, Jura and Colonsay and a quite fantastic Aeshna juncea - - The Common Hawker by Kate Hannett. In a Quick update! John Islay Birder Armitage tells us he's going to take a break until January.

To finish as usual the pictures: The Technokid has lots of Islay pictures in October 2011. James Deane has been out and about as well as busy at home as Fireworks! and Restoration show. I had a nice chat with Mark while I was on Islay and he's fully back to blogging after visits to France and Germany. In his Islaystudios's Blog he has River Sorn at full spate and waves at Kilchoman plus an interesting lens comparison in Bridgend Woods. On his Islay Photography Gallery we find the Islay Woollen Mill, a Splash and some Footsteps. Oh, and a very nice Islay Waterfall. The BondBloke has Sky over River Laggan – Islay, Bruichladdich and a Dry Stone Wall – Sanaigmore, Islay. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Southern End of Machir Bay from the Dunes, the Whooper Swans and Barnacle Geese near Sunderland Farm and of course the Stars in the Night Sky over Machir Bay, Isle of Islay.

I think I'll leave it at that. Of course there's still the link to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week is still pending but last week we had Bye bye summer time, hello winter after Brrrrr: beavers, birds and a bundle of letters previously. Good night!

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