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Didòmhnaich, 26/Jan/2014

Islay Blogging Roundup #280

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Sunday evening has arrived. After a rainy morning and early afternoon in West Berkshire (with a rather wet run along the Kennet and Avon canal) it luckily cleared up for a while in the afternoon, allowing me to take a few pictures of Red Kites which obligingly turned up. Good practice for Islay. Now it's time for a look at this week's Islay mentions in the blogs:

Some Islay whisky was consumed: Pete had the Laphroaig 10 Year Old Original Cask Strength. On the Whisky Wire we find a Whisky Insiders Interview - Allan Logan. Onversneden tastes the Port Ellen 24y 1983, The Whisky Agency ‘Butterflies’. Ben looks at the Octomore Vertical. Also the Malt Desk was tasting Laphroaig Càirdeas 2008-2013.

Some updates from Islay: The IECBS had a New Total! and a Friday’s Update after their recent launch. From the Dower House we learn about Andy and the Chainsaw Gang at Topsy's! and Dogs and swans and rainbows.

Some mixed Islay mentions: The Tweed Pig writes about Whisky and Tweed - Ardbeg Uniforms and Judy R. Clark. A poem thinking of Islay in Hebrides, winter…. Leslie makes some Burns Night Brownies inspired by an earlier Islay visit. A German publisher writes about Ankerherz Places, Folge 3. Die Whisky-Insel. Tim from Wisconsin is Traveling again: Off to the Isle of Islay.

A very sad update from neighbouring Colonsay in Where have we been??? A stark reminder to check your smoke alarm regularly: ‘If it hadn’t been for the smoke alarm, I wouldn’t be writing this now!!’

Some birdwatching and wildlife updates: Ed Burrell writes about Losing it (don't worry, it's not him losing it). The Islay Birds blog shares Mary's bird count numbers, some Whooper Swans and a Golden Eagle and the Big Garden Birdwatch from a very wet Islay (I can see a theme there, apart from the Red Kites in the afternoon I had a lot of rather wet Sparrows on my window birdfeeder here in Aldermaston Wharf this morning, also a Blue Tit or two). The INHT blog declares Spring is coming!, or at least the Snowdrops. John Armitage had A bit of a washout! 24.1.2014. and his records in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch. Unfortunately the RSPB Islay blog is closed for maintenance as I'm writing this, so I can't get the links this week.

Some Islay pictures to finish as usual: Feanese has a painting of the shoreline near Ardtalla, inspired by a picture. Ron shares a sunrise over the Sound of Islay. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've picked the horses in a field at Kilchoman, Sanaigmore beach at sunset and the October Sun and clouds in Saligo Bay, Isle of Islay.

That's it for this week, more blogging next week. Good night!

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