—> 2012 —> Islay Blogging Roundup #211

Didòmhnaich, 13/May/2012

Islay Blogging Roundup #211

Islay Blogging Roundup in stencil

Well, that's a fairly nice weekend in Aldermaston Wharf over, got out a bit with some Apple Blossom in West Berkshire, watching a Rook vs. a Red Kite over Aldermaston Wharf and even spent some time looking up Trees. With the Islay Festival only two weeks away now surely some warmer weather can't be far off now? Anyway, now it's time for what the blogs had to say about Islay, Jura, Gigha and Colonsay this week:

Let me start with a new blog and one I only came across this week, both from (at least for now in one case) Islay residents: Many of you will have seen Phil Gray's pictures before, I've mentioned him on the blog a couple of times. He's now on tumblr under PG Photography Blog. The other blog, also on tumblr, is from Kim and called The Big, Bad World.

I don't know what they're saying, but I think the Phil I've just mentioned also gets a mention on a Finnish blog in the 10. Kevät/ Spring Islay-Edinburgh-Glasgow entry. More Islay (and Jura) in 9. Kevät/ Spring 2012 Islay from earlier this year.

A Scots Larder is a food blog, but recently spent a very nice day on Islay's neighbour Gigha, described in Gigha. A pictorial blog of a beautiful island. The Jinja Coo in the meantime visited other neighbours of Islay, Colonsay and Oronsay, as described in Colonsay.

Glen Pointon has more from his recent fly fishing visit to Islay in Fly Fish Islay 'John Lee, a brown virgin'. Savage Shores looks back to Port Ellen.

Quite a few whisky related postings this week: Beers I've Known is still posting about their Islay visit, Ardbeg and Botany were added this week. Mark tasted the Bruichladdich Renaissance Feis Ile 2011 while the Malt Impostor tried The Bruichladdich Rocks (50 ml airline bottle). Only limited rock band comparisons in the JSMWS's Bruichladdich’s Octomore “Comus” – Ummm, wow. this week. The Porch Hound has Ardbeg 10 Revisited while Rachel claims Whisky for Girls in The Ileach ~ we are famous! The Guid Scotch Drink is Tasting Bruichladdich 17 Year Old Rum Cask, on The Perfect Whisky Match Kilchoman, the new kid on the Islay block - She said… and Kilchoman 2006 Vintage Release "The Toddler Skipped Walking for Running!" He says… Also The Coopered Tot says Octomore 4.2 Comus puts a honeyed glory on the blaze and the ashes and Bowmore Tempest swirls rich sweet fruit and nut flavors with peat and tidal flats bitter tang..

Steve spent a few days on Islay this week, mainly visiting distilleries: Welcome to Islay… It’s pissing it down!, Day 2 on Islay… Weather’s picked up a fair bit, Day 3 on Islay… Busy tours! and Day 4… Last day on Islay! were the entries so far. Pictures are still to come once he's back home. Also more to come from Gal, who so far wrote Visiting the Isle of Jura distillery–Part I of II.

With spring in full flow there was quite a lot of birdwatching and wildlife: On the Islay Birds blog we find several nice bird pictures including a Curlew, a Black Tailed Godwit and a young Dipper. The Islay Natural History Trust blog brings us Corncrake corridors - Smaull, Comfrey - Bridgend Woods and Green veined white and Orange Tip butterflies. There were also news of INHT Blog Milestones and impressions of Bob Bales and Fergus Muir at the visitor welcome evening.

The pictures, let me start with a painting this time: A familiar view in Port Ellen on Another side to LivingRoom Whisky. The Life of a Whiskey Drinker has an old picture of Caol Ila in 1919. whisky & spice introduces their Islay Distilleries Gallery. Mark Unsworth has been Pouring the Drams and captured two helicopters flying through the Paps while his Image of the week + shows some good cloud formations. There are some Stunning Jura Pictures by Niall Colthart on Ron's blog. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for the Ancient Woods on the Southern Shore, the Hidden Bay in the Southern Skerries and the View of the Southern Skerries, Isle of Islay.

With that I'll close for this week, I hope I haven't missed too much. If I have, there's a comment box below. For the bigger picture head over to the Scottish Roundup, this week with From the eyrie. Good night!

Sharing and discussing. Opening up the discussion. Have your say:

Share ‘Islay Blogging Roundup #211’:



[Previous entry: "Great Corncrake Video (not on Islay though)"] [Home] [Next entry: "Pool Playing Dog on Islay"]