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Didòmhnaich, 19/Aug/2012

Islay Blogging Roundup #219

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That's a rather hot summer weekend coming to an end in West Berkshire, most of which I spent on my fake balcony overlooking the Kennet & Avon Canal. A tiny bit of Islay was also involved with last night's Islay single malt in Aldermaston Wharf (a Kilchoman Machir Bay). Weather on Islay I believe has been mixed, I've seen some beautiful sunny beach walk pictures but also a picture of low cold haar over Port Ellen.

Moving on to what the blogs had to say about Islay, Jura and Colonsay let me follow up on Daisy and Holly who as you might remember arrived last weekend. Since then they've had a number of adventures on Islay, described in And we have our own private beach!, Highland Not Not's, A day looking for Frolicking Otters!, Dead Sheep Pong!, An All Night Gale! and Serious Rabbit Hunting!.

A few Islay whisky related posts: The Scotch Odyssey writes about The Port Charlotte Paradox while the Alcademics write about I Peated in your Scotch: A Trip to Laphroaig. Charlotte Wessels is the lead singer in the band Delain, but took time out for a holiday in Scotland, Islay whisky features in the 10 Things I Loved About Scotland. Keith thinks he knows what's in The not so secret Islay, although I have my doubts about his conclusion.

Gordon reports from Our visits to the Hebridean Isle of Islay in Summer 2012 Trip, Summer Trip 2012 – Monday 13th August and Wednesday 15th August. He also blogs about whisky, for example in Islay Whisky Classics No.59 – Bruichladdich 1970.

Glen is a regular visitor to Islay for some fishing, you can read about his latest adventures in FLY FISH ISLAY 'some good crack'. Katie writes (and posts lots of pictures) about Islay 2012… contemplating the holiday over a 26 hour journey back down south…

On the Islay History blog Neil has some interesting reads in Deaths in the wild, 1840s and Solam: legend of a plague village. Slightly related Ron mentions the Old Islay group on Facebook. Justin says Olympians flock to the Hebrides…

The report from the Islay stand at the birdfair isn't in yet (although I've found a picture with them showing their Best Stand Award!), but I'm sure we'll get an update on the Islay Birds blog soon. This week we heard of birds lurking in the wetlands at Gruinart, saw a scary amount of midges and waders spotted by Nick. The Islay Natural History Trust Blog in the meantime has an update from a Walk to Rubh' a' Mhail, an update from the Family Activity Session - Woodland Wonders and introduces The New Weight Quiz.

For Islay's neighbours Jura and Colonsay you can read about Rosie's visits in Jura and Colonsay. The Colonsaycroftess proclaims A plague is upon us!, shows us a Paddle board at Port Mor and lists 10 reasons Colonsay is better than Edinburgh. Oh, and The Whisk(e)y Room tastes Two from the Isle of Jura.

The pictures: The Alcademics have a few from A Beautiful Day on Islay. On his photoblog Ron brings us a Classic view of Port Charlotte, Bowmore Distillery and some Sea Pinks. On his Photography Gallery Mark Unsworth has a view from Port Charlotte. Pam on her 366 Photo Project blog brings us Day 230: The view from the Jura Hotel, Isle of Jura, Day 231: Bowmore Harbour, Islay and Day 232: Top Right = Swallows Roost B&B, Port Ellen, Islay. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Small Waves and Fishing Boat in Machir Bay, Wave Breaking Over Rocks in Machir Bay and Wave Hitting the Beach in Saligo Bay, Isle of Islay.

That's all for this week. For the bigger picture I normally send you over to the Scottish Roundup, although as of writing this the latest one isn't posted yet. Good night!

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