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Islay Blogging Roundup #189

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So somehow the end of November sneaked up on me. Not really sure where the month went. Anyway, it's time to write up for you what this week's Islay and Jura mentions in the blogs were, while enjoying my latest baking experiment, Islay whisky soda bread with Octomore. Here we go:

Let me start with the Traveling Savage and his Islay Rewind: A Look Back and the Week of Bests. Earlier he also completed his distillery visits with The Lost Drams Diary. A German site/blog called writes Machir Bay – Traumstrand auf Islay (dream beach on Islay).

A few days ago I blogged the Islay Ales video tastings, here's a written one: Breakfast Beer Tasting: Islay Saligo Ale. Peatreek goes The Full Monty... The Laddie 10, while the Whisky Critic writes his Islay Series #3: Laphroaig. Raised Glass tries the Ardbeg Alligator and Malt Fascination went to A Masterclass with Jim McEwan. Smoke On The Water writes about the Kilchoman 3 yo 100% Islay, in Finnish. The Bruichladdich Blog has some strong opinions about Age Matters and some interesting pictures in Drams Away! Has this happened before, a seaplane in Loch Finlaggan?

Kind of related Ron mentions A Very Special Islay Christmas Gift, cooperation between Bowmore and the Islay Woollen Mill. The Islay Energy Trust blog has news of the Crown Estate Inquiry by Scottish Affairs Select Committee which included evidence by the IET, as well as the ISLES Project for Scottish-Irish Grid (keep in mind Ireland isn't that far away from Islay).

I'm not really sure what/if there is an Islay connection here, my Swedish isn't good enough and Google Translate wasn't helpful either: Duktiga Robin! Is the dog called Laphroaig of Islay? Definitely on Islay (although not from Islay originally) are Samson & a magical carriage.

Savage Shores writes about An ill-advised open crossing. A much safer alternative (probably) is described in Come Stitch with Me – Winter Stars Part 1, with one of the stitches/patterns apparently named Islay. I have no idea why.

Mark Unsworth goes into video production and writes about it in Lighting up the Lochside, Pammy writes about her Islay visit in Isle of Islay : Day One, Isle of Islay: Day Two, Isle of Islay: Day Three, Isle of Islay: Day Four and latest Isle of Islay : Day Five. No mention yet of the filming, may be that happened on day six?

Ian Stuart promised a series of post about his adventures in America, Pre work and travel is the second entry. On the Our Learning Blog from Port Ellen Primary we learn about Our Viking Topic, Our Calendar and Brownies.

Birdwatching and wildlife: The Islay Birds blog started the week with many sightings from Islay and Jura before the Fulmars were shown to be right by mid week. By the end of the week it had calmed down enough for some birdwatching. The Islay Natural History Trust blog also reports of the Stormy weather, but there are also Barnacle Geese - Loch Indaal and Common Scoter displaying - George Jackson. With less than a month to some of you might also be interesting in Easyfundraising for the INHT at Christmas.

Let's finish with the pictures as usual: James offers to Win a £50 Gift Voucher to buy one of his Islay pictures. I've already mentioned Keith earlier, he's also got one picture posted, Picture This: Searching the Cliffs of Islay. Carl has a few nice pictures on the INHT blog, namely Loch Indaal Lighthouse and the Paps and The incomparable Saligo Bay. Ron has a few Summer Views of Machir Bay Islay. Mark has some Saligo Bay Surf as well as Uigeadail at Uigeadail on his Islay Photography Gallery. Franziskus claims the south of Islay is the end of the world in Isle of Islay, Scotland. Fine musings has a Photoset of Machir Bay. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for October Photography in Machir Bay and Barnacle Geese over Loch Gorm, Isle of Islay.

That's it for this week, I hope I haven't missed anything you deem important. The Scottish Roundup has more for the bigger picture, this week with Scottish Roundup: A big reveal in a largely frothy collection of blog posts. Good night!

PS: The bread turned out nice. Not as ‘peaty/smoky’ as I thought it might be, but still very nice.

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