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Didòmhnaich, 29/Jan/2012

Islay Blogging Roundup #198

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Well, that was a mostly cloudy and dull weekend in Aldermaston Wharf from where I'm writing this, after the rather nice Winter sunrise in Aldermaston Wharf on Friday morning. Had a good play with my new toy yesterday, unfortunately something went wrong with the export of the timelapse video I had created so I haven't got anything to show yet (not the cameras fault). I think I'll have lots of fun with it, here and hopefully in particular on Islay. But before I get there I'll have to write a few more Islay blogging roundups, including what the blogs had to say about Islay and Jura this week:

What should I start with this week? How about some international blogs writing about Islay whisky? A entry about Ardbeg in Turkish (thanks to Cem for the confirmation) can be found on çukurcuma times while Andrey Konovalov from I believe Russia mainly writes about Laphroaig in his Isle of Islay entry. Back to a language I can understand:

The Water of Life Society from Edinburgh asks How do you say "Bruichladdich"? and Cask Tales says Laphroaig 10 – Powerfully peaty with delightful depth and brings hints on How to taste whisky with Isle of Jura's Richard Paterson. Over in Germany Whisky & Dreams compares the Laphroaig 10 Years Cask Strength Batch 002 versus Batch 003 while the Whisky Critic tries the Laphroaig Quarter Cask. And the Bruichladdich Blog reports of the latest Bio-Dynamic Bruichladdich.

A new Islay blog on the block (I really need to update that blogroll…) is, for his introduction read About the blogger… (obviously). He also answers the question Yes but… how do you live? tells us You’ll wonder how I eat… and writes about Wild Goose.

In other news Alastair Mennie is planning a Charity Paddle from NI to Islay, something which Ron also picks up from a news report in Paddling from Ireland to Islay. Ron also has some Islay Energy Trust News, some of which we also find on the Islay Energy Trust blog with the IET Community Energy Co-operative Survey. Mario Reading went for some Shooting On Islay.

Back to school, where there was a lot going on in The Big Room at Keills: To start with the Frozen Planet cameraman visits The Big Room, which must have been an amazing experience. They also joined The Big Schools Bird Watch 2012 and Mrs Harper looked back at 2012. So far this term …. From Port Ellen the Our Learning Blog reports the children have been doing some Highland Dancing and they even tell us how to dance The Dashing White Sargeant. Harry (who earlier introduces himself in P4/5) writes of My first Burns NIGHT! and for those who would like to listen to a few poems there are the Burns Recordings.

Of course there was birdwatching and other wildlife: The Islay Birds blog has several big lists, Bob, Peter and Pia visiting Gartbreck and Laggan, Crystal counting on Loch Gruinart and a visit to Jura again with Bob, Peter and Pia. The Islay Natural History Trust blog has a map of Iceland and Glaucous Gulls on Islay January 2012 - Peter Roberts followed by a White-winged gull update. I believe these counts also brought this view of Port Charlotte from Laggan - Peter Roberts.

The pictures: Someone from Sweden/England blogging at Herringbone has some nice pictures in Islay, Scotland (incl some from Jura). Fine musings picked up Liz Hathaway's sunrise over Loch Indaal, sunrises/dawn pictures also feature on the INHT blog with Sunrise over Loch Indaal this morning and Dawn from Port Charlotte yesterday. James Deane is Back on the Nightshift, well, clouds permitting at least. On his Islaystudios's Blog Mark Unsworth's Image of the week shows some Ardbeg Corryvreckan being poured while on his Islay Photography Gallery we find Cask Reflections and some River Sorn Dreams. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Cormorant Flying in the Sound of Islay, the Misty April Morning at Kilchoman and the Kilnaughton Bay Panorama, Isle of Islay.

I think I'll leave it at that for today, hoping I haven't missed too much. For the bigger picture head over to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Blogs o’ Independent Mind. Good night!

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