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Didòmhnaich, 13/Nov/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #187

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Running rather late again today, so I hope I get this roundup together in a decent time. Having spent a large part of the day pulling together information for my tax return I then went out rather late, only to come across a Murmuration of Starlings in West Berkshire. While not a match to the Barnacle Geese on Islay I did enjoy the show. With that on to the blogs and what they've been saying about Islay:

The Islay Sessions were the big event of the weekend and the first blog mentions are starting to appear: Ron has ab Islay Sessions Music Festival Wee Report and Scratchy Noises from Glasgow has both a The Islay Sessions Workshops Report and a Islay Sessions Concert Review. Mark Unsworth's Image of the week is also Islay Sessions related. There are a few video snippets on Facebook, but as (for now) most of them are not public I won't link them here. Fingers crossed there will be further blog entries and videos online over the coming days.

Let's continue with a few visitor reports: The Traveling Savage writes All Bark and All Bite: The Beasts of Ardbeg. I think Islay on a blog simply called K is also from a visit to Islay. Tracy Rich went on a few Autumn Walks which included walks on Islay (scroll down for them).

It wouldn't be an Islay blogging roundup without any whisky posts: Whisky Israel writes about Tasting Laphroaig Cairdeas 2011 Ileach Edition while writes Game, Set and Batch about the Bowmore Tempest. Thomas Peatling writes about the Botanist Islay Gin.

The Our Learning Blog of Port Ellen Primary School has a lot of interesting entries again, including the recently mentioned PEPS Are On Twitter. Others include Halloween, Bonfire Night and SCHOOL VALUES.

I'm not really sure where this fits, so I've decided to give it its on section: Kate Hannett has just launched a brand new blog called Scarecrow hair, one of her first entries is Piccalilli and Penguins.

In other news at Rowan Cottage the garden continues to grow and The Hazel Tree has a feature about Finlaggan and the Lords of the Isles. On the Hooded Badger we find a review of the Islay Single Malt Sweet Orange and Poppy Seed Body Scrub.

The birds and the wildlife: Rachel MacNeill shows us her Swan Family and in November Butterflies Gordon Yates also mentions Grey Seals on Islay. The Islay Birds blog reports of a day at Killinallan with 29 Great Northern Divers and a variety of birds on Wednesday and Thursday. The Islay Natural History Trust blog has some amazing pictures of Short-eared owls in the North Sea - Neil Brown and Whooper Swans At Cruach - Dave Protherough. There are also Crustose Lichens if you're interested in something different. There's also Birds & Whisky… on Ornithological Idiocy.

The pictures, meaning I'm coming to an end: Also from the Traveling Savage we have Picture This: Stone Memories on the Mull of Oa. On Fine musings we find a Photo, a Photoset of Saligo Bay and another Photoset of Saligo Bay. On the INHT blog we find More pictures from Ardnave. James Deane had An Oa Day yesterday. Ron has some old pictures of the road to Port Askaig. I've already mentioned Mark Unsworth's image of the week above, on his Islay Photography Gallery we find Lagavulin Distillery. Lots of ferry pictures including the two Islay ferries in Bruce Peter's A visit to the Hebrides. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Big Splash in Saligo Bay, the Sheep under a Big Sky at Saligo and of course the Stars in the Night Sky over Kilchoman Church, Isle of Islay.

That's it for this week, of course there's still the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Remembrance Sunday – what does it mean to us?. And that's really it now, good night!

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