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Didòmhnaich, 26/Feb/2012

Islay Blogging Roundup #202

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That was a quite productive (catch up) weekend. Yesterday I got a far overdue haircut and finally prepared the illustrated WalkIslay 2012 Islay Walking Week Programme. After a chilly morning in Aldermaston Wharf the forecast turned out to be wrong and it was a sunny spring like day, allowing me to get out and take over a 1,000 pictures (after going wild with the 7fps mode) of the Waterside Series 2012 Race B visit to Aldermaston Wharf (of which for now I've kept 24). Anyway, so far for that, now it's on to the Islay and Jura mentions in the blogs this week:

Let me start with something I've blogged about twice myself, the Accordions for Islay children appeal. The Black Diamond Accordions Blog now brings us the latest chapter of the story: Accordions for Islay Children Appeal V: 'Twitter brings new boxes to Islay kids'

With the holiday season kicking off soon German readers (and whisky drinkers and sailors and cyclists) might be interested in Inselhüpfen mit Rad und Schiff in Schottland im September 2012. From his work/holiday retreat on Jura Tony De Saulles has some great entries again, about work and a windy walk on Jura as well as a day trip to Islay from Jura.

How about some whisky? Frank from Canada tastes the Laphroaig – 18 ans (# 23) and is quite impressed. Gordon writes Eight go wild on Islay !, there should be a lot more coming about that adventure. Whisky for Everyone in the meantime Have just tried - Caol Ila Moch while Rachel went on A Journey Through Laphroaig. Bozkurt tasted the The Macphail's Collection Bunnahabhain 8yo… while has the Octomore 4 – rökig whiskys okrönte kung. Not entirely whisky related, but in AW! a Swedish heavy metal blog writes about the Ardbeg Embassy in Stockholm.

In other news Jerry Nelson considers moving to Islay in A column as controversial as a non-emergency phone line (scroll to the end). Ron links to Historic Interviews Stories and Songs from Islay. The Our Learning Blog from Port Ellen writes about Learning Time as well as Super Heroes. There was also a heads up for THE SHINTY TOURNOMENT, I expect we will read about the results next week.

On to the wildlife and birdwatching: Rachel spotted a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly in her house while Gordon Yates is just back from Islay, where he went Round In Circles. The Islay Birds blog has a long list of birds spotted by Bob and Lorna and the numbers from Bob's & Martin's count between Bowmore and Gartbreck. And the Fulmars are back. The Islay Natural History Trust blog in the meantime praises Gordon Yates - Raptors DVD and has pictures of Glaucous Gulls - Gordon Yates. There was also some Sun - just for few minutes. John Armitage's birding odyssey continues with A useful catch up!

And finally the pictures: Dave's Photos include some in Islay 2, there are a few more in Islay 1 which I somehow missed in January. On his blog Mark writes Phoenix creates media frenzy and illustrates it with many pictures, while on his gallery we find Moss and Trunks. Ron has Ardbeg Barrels and Port Askaig and Sound of Islay. And from my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Singing Sands and Carraig Fhada Lighthouse from The Ard, the Tree and Cliffs in the North of Islay and Laphroaig Distillery Seen From the Islay Ferry.

That's hopefully it for this week, I hope I haven't missed anything significant. As usual the link to the Scottish Roundup, this week with This Little Light of Mine… Good night!

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