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Didòmhnaich, 15/Sep/2013

Islay Blogging Roundup #263

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Autumn has really arrived now. My local supermarket has started the Christmas season (I believe the Co-op on Islay isn't far behind either). The first cold nights have arrived in West Berkshire and it's windy and wet on Islay today. I've also been baking for the colder season, another Bremer Klaben. This should also be a good time for some more Islay blogging now, with that over to the Islay mentions in the blogs this week:

The big story of the week is of course Islay to get ninth distillery on the Whisky Advocate Blog. Gordon also picks up on it with some of the points the internet detectives have spotted in A 9th Distillery on Islay….. Still a lot of open questions (water supply, planning permission, personnel to name a few), so I suspect there will be the odd blog posting to follow.

Sticking to the whisky theme, the Bruichladdich News write Laddie Launch Travel Retail Exclusives and Harvesting The Ballinaby Barley Fields. Laphroaig's John Campbell went to Germany recently, which receives two mentions in whiskyundfrauen: Smoke on the water: Laphroaig and Extrem-Kochen: Whisky-Dinner mit Laphroaig. From the same event (I believe) The Mindmachine reports “Friends of Laphroaig” Dinner mit Distillery Manager John Campbell und Whiskykoch Chris Pepper. Ruskin Hartley writes about The Water Of Life while My Annoying Opinions tastes the Bruichladdich Black Art as well as the Lagavulin 21, Old and New. Luk from Poland tastes the Laphroaig 18 Years Old and Onversneden the Brodir. The whiskeywench tries the Bunnahabhain 18 year old.

Moving on to the visits: Hock's European Vacation included a visit to Islay with a tour of Laphroaig, the Kildalton Cross as well as stops at Lagavulin, Bowmore and Bruichladdich. The Romahome has now left Islay, but we can still read about the Final Whippety Wander On Islay. The Pyromaniacs have Harbour Inn A Review. On Oboto Sobatmas (I have no idea what that means?) we find Half-century Hebridean nonsense and Isle of Islay - What a trip!! A slightly different wedding was celebrated in Remote Coastal Elopement: Simon & Leanne. Jenna and her husband visited Islay and Laphroaig, staying in the Stormpods at Lagavulin.

The Islay Energy Trust reports New Sound of Islay Tidal Project Officer appointed. The Our Learning Blog of Port Ellen Primary also returns for a new school year, starting with The New P1's. We can also read about the Ancient Archaeological Trip, the Port Ellen P4/5's Navy Visit and an Astronomy Trip. Good to see them back! Kahuna Education have a brief note about the Islay Book Festival. As her time on Islay is sadly coming to an end Anna is Tidying Up.

On to the birdwatching and wildlife: To start with a Tumblr probably worth following for at least the next six months, as Amy who is writing at In a Kingdom by the Sea is starting at the RSPB on Monday. She already wrote about her first full day on Islay and Hooded Crows. Welcome to Islay, Amy! Over to the regulars, the Islay Birds blog has sightings by Paul and Kathleen, the brief return of Michal to help rescue a Fulmar and Bob counting Ravens. On the INHT blog we can join Tracking invasive non-native plants and find Mists and mellow fruitfulness (told you, autumn has arrived).

Not much in regards to pictures except for the ones included in posts already mentioned and a nice shot of Carraig Fhada lighthouse by Amy. So the only thing I can offer here apart from that is my own Islay Pictures photoblog, from which I've picked Natural arches near Bholsa, the Moonrise over Loch Gruinart and the Beach, rocks and waves in Saligo Bay, Isle of Islay.

That is all for this week. For the bigger picture head over to the Scottish Roundup, where this week's roundup will hopefully be up soon. Good night!

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