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Islay Blogging Roundup #267

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The clocks have gone back (well, at least for those in the UK, large parts of Europe and a few other places) and it's time for another Islay blogging roundup. Having been away and therefore taken a three week break there's a lot to cover this time, a lot of Islay mentions in the blogs over the last few weeks:

Let me start with the visits, Conny says Snart på Islay…, presumably there will be more to come. Michelle and Jeff travelled past Bruises, castles and Lochs to Islay, where they saw Bunnahabhain and other fun things as well as Bunnahabhain is a fun name, but Bruichladdich is better before leaving From Islay to Skye. Graham Wilson came by bike and wrote about his adventures in Islay: A View From The Saddle and Wild About Jura. Mary and Peter travelled Inverary & Isle of Islay, Whisky Tasting on Islay and Islay to Fort William. Matthew writes about A Journey to Islay while a Ukrainian blog has Travel to the islands of Scotland. Day six: the island of Islay, peat bogs, streams and distillery (translated by Google). Pete has An Islay Whisky Adventure and Margie spent A week in Islay – one of my favourite places in the world. BajorRon writes about a visit to Finlaggan: Seat of Power in Islay.

On to the whisky: Scotch Cinema reports Parks & Recreation Delivers the Best Lagavulin Sighting Ever! Steven Fisher reports back from Telegraph filming in Scotland, covered also by the Bruichladdich news blog in Shooting – “The Masters” For The Daily Telegraph. The Whisky Wire reports of a Laphroaig Tweet Tasting while Whiskynotes from Belgium tastes the Ardbeg 1974 (single cask #5666). Whisky Israel tastes the Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2007 and the Bowmore 23 year old Port matured (2013 release). Similarly the Malt Impostor tastes The Port Charlotte The Peat Project (200 ml mini laddie bottle) and The Bruichladdich Laddie Classic Edition_01 (200 ml onsite migraine attenuator). Rachel reports from her Whisky Tasting On Colonsay and teaches us to Drink Whisky, Speak Gaelic.

Lots of updates on the Our Learning Blog of Port Ellen Primary, a selection includes Camping in P1/2, Harvest, Our Mesolithic Trip To The Woods and of course The National Mod in Paisley. A little bit of art, Rebecca created a map of the Isle of Islay and (while not specifically mentioned I think we can claim it) Look at my Chough and the New Work.

Lots of updates from the Dower House Restoration Project, among them Photo Update: Moving Into Our First Autumn On Islay, Remembering why we're here when it's raining!, While Gary's Away!, Waiting For Jenny! and There are times when you feel you are soaring…. Anna leaves Islay in Flitting while Justin is back to blogging with Pass in the night… and Early warning…. Ron claims Islay is Trendiest Place in Scotland for Weddings and Winds of Change on Islay.

Moving on to the birdwatching and wildlife: During my recent visit I had a nice chat with Amy who is volunteering on Islay over the winter. On her blog we find a possible Southern Hawker on Jura and a Winter Thrush. She also visited large parts of Islay with a Chough survey, Smaull Farm and Port An Eas on the Oa. From Ian's Islay Birds blog I've picked the Red Backed Shrike, the White Tailed Sea Eagle at Gruinart (which I missed seeing), the arrival of the Barnacle Geese and a variety of sightings by visiting and resident birders. The INHT blog shares pictures from A walk on the wild side, a Feathered Thorn and wonders if something is Slime mould or frog spawn? John Armitage writes about 100's and then 1000's !, Geese, geese and more geese! and Geese, yet again. 16.10.2013.. Also Ron blogs about the Islay Farmers Delegation In Brussels to Discuss Goose Threat.

The pictures to finish again, starting with two paintings this week: The American monument on the Mull of Oa, Islay, Hebrideas and Saligo Bay, Islay, the Hebtrides by Robert Hogg. Ron shares Rhuvaal Lighthouse, an autumn view and a sad ruin. Charles Kenwright has Water Lilies, Loch Finlaggan, Islay, Scotland. James Collett wonders about the Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour – 3am? and shares picture of the American Monument, Mull of Oa, Islay. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've picked the Breaking waves in the sky above Islay, the October 2013 sunset at Saligo Bay, the Barnacle Geese lifting off at Gruinart and the Horses grazing at Moonrise, Isle of Islay.

With that I'm closing for this week, surely that's enough Islay blogging links anyway. Good night!

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