Weekly

8th May 2019

The weather has mainly been lovely and bright and sunny this week – very cold though, deceptive when you look out of the window. And there was a random hail shower yesterday!

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1st May 2019

Wow 1st May, how did that happen? Photos taken a bit earlier at around 7am today, still looking a bit gloomy but I think it’s going to be a nice day later 👍 Bonus photo this week of a yacht that was parked off the end of Bruichladdich pier at the weekend…

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24th April 2019

Sorry, missed last week due to being on the mainland! Here are this morning’s photos… think it’s going to be another lovely day on Islay, if somewhat windy… 😳

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10th April 2019

Beautiful sunny day today, rather a contrast to last week! Forecast is for stable high pressure for quite a few days as well – no rain until next week  :0)  Double photographs this morning to show the sun coming up…

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3rd April 2019

Very cold start to April – back to winter after the lovely weekend. Snow on the hills yesterday and white horses on the loch today. Brrrr…

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27th March 2019

Still quite grey but at least you can see the far side this morning! Mild too but the forecast is for it to get colder again… 😳

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20th March 2019

Another grey one this week – visibility even worse than last week! Possibly getting a little warmer though?

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13th March 2019

Still a bit grey and rainy this week – and chilly, brrrr!

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6th March 2019

Slight contrast to last week – grey and rainy this morning. This is more like usual Islay weather  :0)  Sorry about the raindrops on my windows… and I hope the window cleaner is coming soon to wash all the salt off!

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27th February 2019

Beautiful morning this morning – warm, still and sunny. A bonus shot of the distillery for you as it’s such a lovely day – the daffodils are out, spring is definitely coming!

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20th February 2019

Apologies for the omission of the first half of Feb there folks, I was away for longer than expected – and although I did take these pics last Wednesday, somehow I haven’t had chance to upload them!

So these are the new views I thought I’d take during my second year on Islay… looking roughly west and east from my wee flat. So lucky to have a beautiful view, especially to the west…

Hope you enjoy them!  :0)

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30th January 2019

Morning all… well once again I have wimped out this week I’m afraid, not wanting to wade in slush up to my ankles… so here we have another two pics looking in the opposite direction to usual, from the distillery towards the pier… weather looks quite threatening doesn’t it?

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Here’s the view in the opposite direction… should be able to see the hills on Islay looking this way, and the Paps of Jura, but all hidden in cloud…

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Next week I’m away on the mainland, so there will be an intermission. In honour of the fact that I’ve been on Islay for a year on 4th February, on my return I’m going to choose a different view for the weekly photos… any suggestions?  :0)

23rd January 2019

A special treat for you this morning – it was extremely icy when I arrived at work at 8am and I decided that discretion was the better part of valour and I wasn’t going to slither along the road to the pier – so instead I have these beautiful views of the sunrise taken out of the distillery office window. Completely un-colour-balanced, these were genuinely the colours this morning…

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…and a very attractive wee cloud  :0)

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16th January 2019

A bit blustery and stormy this week – intermittent rain and hail showers and noticeably colder than it has been lately… snow forecast I understand, but not likely that we’ll see much of it in Islay I shouldn’t think! Famous last words?

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9th January 2019

Happy New Year everybody! Here we are back to Islay after the Christmas break and a lovely morning to start the ‘Weekly’ posts this year – calm and still – and a bonus photo for the first post of 2019, this beautiful sunrise appeared just before 9am…  :0)

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19th December 2018

Slightly more daylight this week – mild, not raining, not too windy… can’t grumble!

This will be the last weekly post for 2018 as I’m off-island for the next two weeks – Merry Christmas and catch you in 2019!

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12th December 2018

Here you go, two black rectangles this week! Pretty dark at 8am today. Slightly windy, slightly rainy, very mild. You can just about see Bruichladdich’s Christmas tree to the right of the main distillery building in the second photo – the blue/white triangle  :0)

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5th December 2018

Gloomy, wet and a bit breezy this week – still relatively mild though. ‘Storm Idiot’ as my colleague has named it is forecast for Friday just in time to disrupt everyone’s travel plans for the weekend!

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29th November 2018

…and this week, I have to apologise for wimping out on the weekly photos due to horizontal rain and the fact that you would have seen nothing more than a black square! My excuse is that I’d missed Wednesday this week anyway… normal service will be resumed next week.

Flying back from Glasgow last night and landing in 50+ mph winds was an interesting experience – incredibly skillful job from the Loganair pilots.

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21st November 2018

Bit earlier than usual, before 8am, this week so pretty dark – chilly, windy, rainy – it must be November!

Next week I won’t be here on Wednesday – that’s the first Wednesday I’ll have missed since I arrived at the beginning of February! So I will post on Thursday 29th instead… :0)

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14th November 2018

It’s another grey one – very mild though, 13/14°C? How strange!

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7th November 2018

Absolutely vile today – horizontal rain – brown Loch Indaal  😦

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31st October 2018

Happy Halloween… well it was a lovely morning at 8.30. Now it’s raining!

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24th October 2018

Still quite mild here at the moment and much less windy today than it has been, but rather grey and drizzly.

Apparently winter is coming at the weekend…?

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17th October 2018

Actually a really nice day here today – warm, still… brightened up a lot since these photos were taken at 8am.

That’s cloud on the hills, not snow  ;0)

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10th October 2018

Nice morning – quite mild, around 13° – but a bit windy! Waves not breaking over the pier yet…

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This is the view on the windward side of the pier… sorry it’s fuzzy, it was difficult to hold my phone steady!

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3rd October 2018

Still quite grey today and still quite mild! All but one of the boats at Bruichladdich pier out of the water for the winter now… For some reason, two photos taken at the same time nut facing in opposite directions have come out completely different colours…?

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26th September 2018

Dreich this morning, as the locals say – but curiously warm, about 15°?

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19th September 2018

Storm Ali this morning – jolly windy. First thunderstorm since I’ve been here happened yesterday evening too… sorry about the blurry photos, impossible to hold the camera steady!

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12th September 2018

Quite a pleasant/changeable morning – temperature about 12° – a few big rain showers and rainbows floating around…

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5th September 2018

Nothing to see here – not even Bowmore!

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29th August 2018

Really nice morning here on Islay, very warm – although there was a mental shower of rain just after I took these photos! Changeable as ever…

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22nd August 2018

Another rainy one this morning, still mild and calm though, similar to last week – in fact the photo of the distillery looks virtually identical! Not unpleasant :0)

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15th August 2018

Rather dark and rainy here this morning, Strangely warm though, probably about 15°. Islay is wrapped in a duvet of cloud.

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8th August 2018

Well I’d hoped the Thalassa would still be moored at the end of the pier this morning to make a really interesting shot, but unfortunately she bailed out early… here she is heading off towards the horizon, just passing Port Charlotte lighthouse there on the right. Sorry about her being a speck in the distance, only had my phone to hand!

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Nice morning here today, still, intermittent sun and overcast, feels quite warm although the temperature is apparently only 13°. The weather has been quite changeable recently, mixture of sun, showers and overcast, but still feeling quite comfortable at around 16°, lovely and warm when the sun comes out  :0)

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1st August 2018

Overcast here this morning, less windy than it has been, still feels quite warm – about 15° I think… People fishing on the end of the pier this morning  :0)

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25th July 2018

Nice morning here again today, temperature 17°. Loch surprisingly choppy outside the shelter of the pier, hmm…

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18th July 2018

Morning all, beautiful day here again on Islay. Very still, Loch Indaal like a mirror. Temperature around 16°. Sheep on the beach this morning (look carefully on the slip way towards the left of the photo…)

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11th July 2018

Blimey what a change in the weather today! First rain for weeks… I’m sure the farmers and gardeners will be glad. Still quite warm at around 15°.

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Where’s Bowmore gone?!

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4th July 2018

Still got super-hot, super-amazing weather on Islay – these posts could get welcomely repetitious! Hasn’t rained for ages and temperature consistently in the mid-20s…

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27th June 2018

Absolutely stunning weather here on the paradise island of Islay at the moment – 26° on the way home from work yesterday, 20° on the way in this morning. Beautiful :0)

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20th June 2018

Nice and sunny this morning, 12°. Heavy rain during the night…

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…and more to come judging by this sky, just to the left of the distillery.

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13th June 2018

Sorry, didn’t get chance to post these pictures I took yesterday, yesterday. The weather has really broken now – started raining for the first time in weeks yesterday afternoon and now we have ‘Storm Hector’ to visit. Winds nowhere as bad as predicted so far though…

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6th June 2018

Where’s the sun gone? Still warm though, 16° on the way to work this morning…

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The Paps looking a bit misty this morning…

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30th May 2018

This could get repetitive – in a very welcome sort of way – another stunning day on Islay. Temperatures consistently above 20° for the last five days or so…

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I also noticed this morning that there are sea pinks growing out of the pier itself! Very pretty…

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23rd May 2018

Another absolutely beautiful morning – already warm at 8.10 this morning, and forecast to get steadily warmer during the week leading up to Bruichladdich’s festival day on Sunday!

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16th May 2018

At last! A beautiful Wednesday morning in Bruichladdich. There were even some people bathing in the sea this morning – nutters. And there are some boats parked at the pier  :0)

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9th May 2018

Where has the nice weather gone?!  :0(  Temperature about 8° or 9° and windy…

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2nd May 2018

…and also very changeable today – bright sunshine one moment, pouring down the next – temperature about 10° or 11°. Sound like last week? Abso-precipitation-lutely!

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I rather enjoyed these oil drums with rain in the top on Bruichladdich Pier this morning – if you look closely at the second photo, you can see the water blowing off the top and flying away…

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25th April 2018

Very changeable today – bright sunshine one moment, pouring down the next – temperature about 10° or 11°. The sun was warm but there was an unpleasant chilly breeze blowing. The contrast in these two photos looking in opposite directions at about 08.15 this morning gives you an idea of the range of weather on Islay!

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18th April 2018

Not a bad morning again today – still looking quite gloomy in these photos for some reason but it isn’t really this dark! Quite mild, about 10°, and windy though not as bad as yesterday when the sea was breaking over the road on the way to work – poor car is covered in salt…

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11th April 2018

Well for once we’ve had a nice Wednesday today – looks a bit gloomy in the pictures, but once this big black cloud had passed over (without any precipitation) this morning, it turned into a beautiful sunny day with a temperature of a balmy 10°!

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4th April 2018

Horrible weather today – freezing, 3° even without taking wind chill factor into account, blowing a gale and raining. Yesterday was similar. I heard on the radio this morning that it had been 16° in East Anglia yesterday. Spring has got lost en route to the Western Isles…

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28th March 2018

First Wednesday of British Summer Time this week and the heavens decided to douse me in a small shower of rain as I walked along the pier to take photos… also much colder today, back to 4°!

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21st March 2018

It’s a grey and rainy Wednesday here at Bruichladdich again this week… and once again, yesterday was lovely. Top Tuesdays and Wet Wednesdays!

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14th March 2018

We’re on another week of 7.50am photos this week – very windy and stormy here today, all the boats to the island cancelled…

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I decided to cheat this week and show you pics from the same location, same time yesterday as well – which was a beautiful spring day. How quickly everything changes!

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7th March 2018

As per last week, these photos taken slightly outside the optimum window of 8am to 9am – 7.50 again. The weather was quite mild and pleasant today, though with a slightly chilly breeze this morning and raining most of the day. The sea was quite an interesting green colour – see also photo on the main blog page (‘Wet Wednesday’). The infinite range of hues and constantly changing colours of the water are quite fascinating…

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28th February 2018

Last day of my first month here! Jolly chilly, -3°, but hardly any snow, unlike the rest of the UK by the sounds of it… I cheated a bit this morning and took these photos at 7.50am, slightly outside of the 8am to 9am time frame, so Bruichladdich is looking a little darker than normal. It’s getting noticeably lighter in the mornings now though.

If you can spot some tiny white buildings across the loch at the end of the pier, that’s Bowmore where my flat is… quickest way to get to work would definitely be by boat, rather than driving round the bay!

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21st February 2018

Well it’s an absolutely beautiful morning here this morning – sunny, still, crisp, slightly frosty – just a little different to last week! All the birdies are tweeting fit to burst, feels like spring is coming  :0)

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14th February 2018

Hello happy followers… well I’m afraid my attempt to post photos from the same location each Wednesday morning has failed on the second week, due to storm force winds today… in the interests of not being one of those idiotic people who get themselves swept into the sea while trying to photograph huge waves, I decided it was sensible not to venture out onto Bruichladdich pier this morning – here is the view from safely on dry land!

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This was my attempt to take a photo looking back towards the Distillery…

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I make no apology for the blurriness of these pics, my poor little phone was waterlogged and nearly wrenched out of my hand by the wind… the fingerprint recognition thingy stopped working and everything! Shocking…  ;0)

7th February 2018

These are the first of my weekly photos taken from the same location. I’ve decided to go for Wednesday mornings between 8.00 and 9.00am, when hopefully I’ll be on my way to work most weeks! The photos are taken from Bruichladdich pier – one facing towards the Distillery and one facing across Loch Indaal to the larger part of the island. Still not full light at this time in the morning in February. It was a lovely still morning though, and not too cold – unlike later when it became wild, woolly and rainy!

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I’m planning to post a photo of the same location, taken on the same day at roughly the same time each week, so we can watch the change of the seasons… :0)