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Didòmhnaich, 18/Dec/2011

Islay Blogging Roundup #192

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So there we are, only a week to go until Christmas, two weeks until the new year. Soon all the ‘Best of the Year’ and ‘The Year in Review’ blog entries (not to mention the various reviews in the traditional media) will start to pour in, quickly followed by the previews and predictions for 2012. Well, two Islay blogging roundups to go (this one and next week's) before I decide if/what I'll write. But now back to Islay in the blogs this week:

Let me start with a difficult entry, yet it's something many people, in particular young people, face: Unemployment. Kate Hannett is facing that problem at the moment, writing about it very well in Ho ho ho. I haven't met her personally yet (at least not knowingly), but if you're looking for a Geography graduate who is also quite good at photography you might want to get in touch with her.

In a way a contradiction to what I just wrote about, at the same time something we probably all need a lot now: Optimism. That is what Anthony Pioppi writes about in Optimism at The Machrie Golf Links for 2012 Season.

Ron writes about Turbulent Times for Transport to and from Islay and asks us to Help Businesses on Islay - Support the A83 Campaign.

The Islay Energy Trust wishes Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The Bruichladdich Blog is also starting to wind down for the year and looks back in Condensed before announcing Bruichladdich and Botanist Gin will be on the telly over Christmas.

Of course there were a few more whisky related entries: writes Ardbeg – en uttömmande provning av sortimentet while The Gin Blog reviews The Botanist Gin. SmokySweet claims Bruichladdich is Scots for Awesome and the Whisky Addict has a Whisky Review: Ardbeg Blasda. In Vengeance Is Peat Part 4 the Whisky Online Blog tastes some rare Laphroaigs.

Birdwatching and Wildlife: The Islay Birds blog has a picture of a Snow Bunting, earlier in the week there wasn't much birdwatching due to the storm but that soon cleared and normality returned. The Islay Natural History Trust blog has a Reindeer spotted in Keills!! Will he be at the talk tonight? There were Barnacle geese on seaweed but for me the wildlife picture of the week, or even the month, is Fallow Deer with cattle - Niall Colthart.

As usual to close the pictures: The BondBloke has Peat Cutting – Islay. The storm pictures of the week I think can be found in Bruichladdich Pier - Thanks Roddy… on the INHT blog. On Mark Unsworth's Islaystudios's Blog the Image of the week is the complete opposite, a very calm view across Loch Indaal. On his Islay Photography Gallery is another very calm Lochindaal. Ron posts Crois Mhor Cottage at Loch Gruinart Islay - A very different view! I think it fits under pictures, on the French Le Scrap de Vava blog we find Mini "Vacances sur Islay" (partie 1), Mini "Vacances sur Islay" (partie 2) and Mini "Vacances sur Islay" (partie 3). From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Cliffs around Lossit Bay, Jura Ferry and Carraig Mhor Light and the Tall Ship Anchored off Bowmore, Isle of Islay.

With that I'll close for this week, but not before linking to the Scottish Roundup for the bigger picture, this week with Santa’s Sack of Scottish Blogging Goodness. Good night!

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