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Didòmhnaich, 11/Nov/2012

Islay Blogging Roundup #230

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And another weekend over. But then again I've only got a short week ahead, three days in the office before I'm off for my next Islay adventure. First the Islay Sessions over the weekend, then a week of relaxing at the cottage as well as hopefully (weather permitting) getting out on the beaches and may be even a hill or two. Down here in Aldermaston Wharf I took a few nice sunrise at the canal pictures during the week and today made another bread, a Three Flour Chopped Almonds & Sunflower Seeds Bread this time. But now to Islay, Jura and Colonsay in the blogs this week:

Let me start with a few sequels to postings mentioned last week: After Pt 1 and Pt 2 we now have Somewhere in the Kingdom (Pt 3). Martijn continues his Islay visit with Bezoek aan Islay, 2) Kilchoman. Kind of a follow up to A wander on the wild west coast of Jura pt1 by Backpackingbongos I've found Come Rain, Come Shine: A Backpack around the Western Coast of Jura part 1 and Come Rain, Come Shine: A Backpack round the West Coast of Jura part 2.

As the last in the series the GrapeScot brings us Laphroaig - soft name, smoky whisky. has a Review: Three recent Bunnahabhain. From Bruichladdich we hear about Epic Journeys: Bere Barley 2006 and The Ciara Caskie Allan Appeal. Gordon tastes the Cadenheads 1991 21yo Ardbeg 44.7%. The Alcademics answer the question Which Distilleries Have Floor Maltings?, which includes several Islay distilleries while Joshua has a rather long title and lots of commas in his entry title: Bruichladdich’s, now famous, Diamond Jubilee, Punk Islay, Sex Pistols, Valich, distillery only bottling. (That’s the end of the commas. Promise.). Ewan of Scotch-Broth went on an Islay and Jura whisky tour.

With Christmas rapidly approaching Rachel has a few potential presents on offer, WHISKY DRINKERS APPAREL ~ from Wild & Magic Islay and the WHISKY CHARM BRACELET.

I hadn't really expected to hear from the colonsaycroftess (due to her writing a novel this month), but there is some Illicit activity going on.

At rowan cottage you can take a look at the Next step in the garden at Rowan. Ron has decided that the Islay Newsletter is Back and Here to Stay

Of course there was some birdwatching and other wildlife this week: The Islay Birds blog brings us a picture of a male Brambling and a long report from visiting birders. A variety of birds was also spotted over the weekend. On the Islay Natural History Trust blog we find an Otter - Bruichladdich Minimarket, Barnacles at Ballitarsin and Fungi - Lorgba, Port Charlotte.

A few pictures to finish the week as usual: On Moments Passing Through we find the American Monument. Ron has two Sound of Islay Panorama Pictures Autumn 2012. Mark Unsworth's Image of the week is unusual for him, as the fireworks were heavily worked on in Photoshop. The INHT blog has Scary Loch Indaal, the Blacksmith workshop - Pennycraig and some pictures from the Bonfire Night - Port Charlotte. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've picked Stone in the Surf in Machir Bay, On the Beach in Port an Eas and Cliffs in the Sun near Sanaigmore, Isle of Islay.

That's it for now, the next Islay blogging roundup will probably appear in three weeks. In the meantime check out the Scottish Roundup, this week with Buyouts, books, Barack, bikes (and a birthday). Good night!

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