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Didòmhnaich, 24/Mar/2013

Islay Blogging Roundup #246

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That's a rather grey, wet and to an extent disappointing weekend coming to an end. While I got quite a few things done I didn't get out with the quadcopter again and didn't really get to try out my new lens apart from some quick zoom comparison shots. Still, at least I've had power, unlike many people on Arran, in Argyll and parts of Islay. The INHT blog writes a bit about Snow on Islay. And with that over to the other Islay mentions in the blogs:

The prize for the longest and yet also very entertaining blog post of the week (by some margin) probably goes to Tim, who wrote Islay – Our adventures and exploits on the Holy Isle 2-9th March 2013. Peter from Sweden at the moment is Längtan till Islay (longing for Islay), hopefully he can visit soon.

The Flaneur ponders How do you pronounce Laphroaig? Scotch whisky from Islay @LaphroaigWhisky. Sku tells A Tale of Two Port Ellens. Gal on Whisky Israel tastes the Bruichladdich The Organic (Multi Vintage). The FastLane Magazine writes about the Black Bowmore 1964: 42 Year-Old Islay Single Malt while a Finnish blog has Douglas Laingia Punavuoren Ahvenessa. Daniel says, Klockan är Islay Time. Then there's the SmokyBeast Review: Port Ellen 23 Year - The Legend of the Jaguar Shark and Petra from Germany writes Loch Gorm von Kilchoman: Neue Sherryfass-Reihe der Whisky Destillerie auf Islay. Whisky for Everyone is impressed by The Bowmore Water Program.

The Boncylist mentions an Islay cycling visit in All in a day’s work.

Judging from the pictures this is from a current or very recent visit by a Swedish group: Säsongen äntlingen igång!, En solig dag på Islay and Lugnet före stormen. Also the last title means ‘Calm before the storm’ and was posted on Friday…

Ron reports on Chaos in Argyll due to High Winds and Snow. This also impacted Islay, where this time Port Ellen and parts of the Rhinns were hit (Gruinart/Ardnave and Portnahaven mainly, while Port Charlotte got away lightly).

The birdwatching: On the Islay Birds blog we find the International Goose Count numbers, a just before the storm birding update and an after the storm birding update. On the INHT blog we read about a walk to Beinn Dubh Valley and a Rubbish sign at Machir Bay. John Armitage might have been slightly premature with Winter's end, here is Spring. Well, not quite!

And finally the pictures: Mark Unsworth's Image Of The Week is of Lossit Bay. James Deane has an update, 2013 Print Range - What’s new?. On flora 105 we find a nice picture of Loch Indaal Lighthouse (originally tweeted by Bruichladdich). The INHT blog shares Sheep - Rockside dunes and Sand dune - Machir Bay. There's also a great picture of a Barn Owl. On Ron's new photoblog we find Looking over Loch Indaal from Pennycraig, Sunset over Loch Ardnahoe and Paps of Jura from the Isle of Islay. Ron's also launched a New Isle of Jura Photo Blog including Heavy Shower over Ardlussa Estate and Loch Tarbert. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've picked Moon from the Islay Ferry, Moon Over Bowmore and Rain Shower Approaching Machir Bay, Isle of Islay.

That's it for this week, for the bigger picture head over to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Dates Debates And Memories But The Music Comes From A Very Different Planet. More next week with this year's Easter edition. Good night!

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