GRAND MANAN, N.B.

AUGUST 31/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on August 31, 2005

Temp 15C,calm, thick fog - visibility less than 1/4 mile, rain. Expecting lots of moisture next 24hrs, as the remnants of KATRINA pass to the northwest of the Bay.

MISTRESS had our load again yesterday, and will have a couple of more days before standing down for a week. Will evaluate what quota we have left, and how we will use it. The lobster baid market starts the middle of the month.

Mother appears to be making a rally, and is once again making noises about getting back to her house. Will have to waint and see.


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AUGUST 30/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:33 AM GMT on August 30, 2005

Temp 14C, SE @15kph, rain and fog. Will not say a thing after watching what our friends to the south have had and continue to endure.

MISTRESS back in working form, and will be for the rest of the week. The quota is getting to be of great concern as lobster bait will be an issue within the next three weeks.

One observation while on the mainland is that a number of the maple trees are starting to show thier fall colours. Nice, but could do without the harbinger for a little while yet.

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AUGUST 29/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:27 AM GMT on August 29, 2005

Calm, thick fog, temp 15c. Quite a contrast as to what is unfolding in New Orleans.

Returned on 1730 ferry last night. A successful trip in all aspects, kids ready for school, tired, and happy with thier experiances over the past few days.

Mother definatly not doing well, good possiblity she will not return to her home unless things improve vastly.

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AUGUST 25/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:19 AM GMT on August 25, 2005

Calm, 12C, slightly overcast, the sun just attempting to show itself across the harbour.

Children have been roaming the house since o400 getting ready to hit the mainland. Something akin to what Christmas Eve used to be like. They are sprawled in the sun room watching the clock getting ready to move the old folks as soon as possible.

Mom sick with the flu in hospital, not feeling well at all.

Herring all week have been from the other side of the Bay, but at least are getting our share once again. The weather has been unusual in that we have had no appreciable breezes all summer = to date.

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AUGUST 24/O5

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on August 24, 2005

Overcast, 13C, no wind absolutley calm. Moon large and red over the harbour last night, almost like the harvest moon.

There hasn't been enough breeze this summer to keep the dulse on the back of the island washed out. The quality is not there as a result.

School trip prepartation tomorrow, and weather looks good. The kids are pretty excited as a trip to the water park, plus relatives in the mix.

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AUGUST 23/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:38 AM GMT on August 23, 2005

Temp 13C, no wind, visibility 1 mile in fog. Sun is attempting to make it through, and should with no problem.

MISTRESS had a good trip to the head of the bay, and loaded so we have plenty to work with for a day or so.

One of the fellows yesterday found a herring that was tagged around Boothebay Maine, and caught at the head of the Bay. They(Gulf of Maine biomass) obviously get around, and share the same spawning ground as local fish.

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AUGUST 22/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:24 AM GMT on August 22, 2005

Thick fog, no wind, temp 14C. Looks as if it will burn off as the day progresses.

MISTRESS left yesterday early PM to do the survey for DFO, and hopefully get a few fish for us.

Kids getting a little anxious to get school started as the school supplies, and new duds start to pile up - another sure sign of season change.

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AUGUST 21/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on August 21, 2005

Drizzle, visibility about 1/2 mile in fog, no wind, temp 15C. The drizzle is welcome as the lawn and gardens getting real dry.

Got all the mowing done yesterday,and just about all the wood going in the basement done. Was going to finish today, but will have to put it off until dry again.

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AUGUST 20/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:02 AM GMT on August 20, 2005

Temp 11C, calm, overcast with threat of showers. Beautiful sunrise at about half tide, lots of geese moving to saltwater to feed, and sevral blue herons doing thier thing. Geese making a racket going over the house don't know if this years' crop is airborne yet or not.

MISTRESS puts to sea tomorrow but no great prospects of fish around yet. No movement on the quota, and still unable to get any from the wiers.

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AUGUST 19/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 3:39 PM GMT on August 19, 2005

Beautiful sunny day, no wind, slight draft from the west, temp 21C.

Returned this AM with Scott and grand day to have a ferry trip. Lots of porpoise and a couple of whales to breakup the time. Scott now in the local home,and has a beautiful view of the Bay and Long Island. Mom appears to be making some progress, but will next week at the earliest before an final decisions will be made.

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AUGUST 18/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on August 18, 2005

Very fallish this AM, slight breeze from west at 10kph, temp 12C, very clear. The sunrise is starting to move to fall position over Ross Island.

Not a breath of wind last night, and with moon coming on the harbour was looking like daylight when I turned in.

No fishing until weekend, and am exploring other options as our inventory is not a comfort level by any stretch.

Got word yesterday that Scott has a bed at local home so will make arrangements to get him over here in the AM. Still no great change in mothers situation

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AUGUST 17/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on August 17, 2005

Thick fog, visibility less than 1/4 mile, temp 14C, sw 10kph.

Herring a concern now, MISTRESS, returned from the head of the Bay with only 30 ton. Twenty plus hours sailing. The price of fuel calculates that she costs $200/hr to operate. Even if the fish were in abundance too expensive to go and get them. Locally gas is at $1.17 per litre and no indication that is even levelling off at that.

Mom still having her medication looked at in an attempt to get the blood pressure under control.

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AUGUST 16/O6

By: GRANDMANAN, 3:23 PM GMT on August 16, 2005

Temp 20C, clear, no wind, absolutley beautiful day. Returned on the ferry not a ripple of any kinds. Lots of porpoise, but no whales. Did see a whale on the trip over yesterday and showed it tail when he sounded.

Scott is now in his new residence, impressed with the staff and overall facilities. He seemed to enjoy the trip over,and watching the passengers moving around. Mom still in hospital, but looks pretty good overall.

The day is first rate, but still a strong hit of fall in the air. Mornings are indicating a subtle change in the prevailing wind from the sw to ne.

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AUGUST 15/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:05 AM GMT on August 15, 2005

A good rain overnight, currently 15C, no wind and overcast. Giving rain for today and tomorrow.

Getting ready to make the trip with Scott to St. Andrews, and looks like an excellent day for the ferry crossing. Will have an opportunity to check on mom as sounds as if she will be in the hospital for a time yet.

Don't know if the MISTRESS was successful last night or not.

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AUGUST 14/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:26 AM GMT on August 14, 2005

Hazy threat of rain, temp 15C, no wind. Giving rain later on in the day.

Have a reservation for the ferry, so will attempt to move Scott to his new home in the AM. Mother still in hospital high bloodpressure and sugar issues. However getting very good care.

MISTRESS putting to sea this evening, and will see if any fish have showed up closer to home. Quota still an issue, but exploring our options with CONNORS BROS.

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AUGUST 13/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:07 AM GMT on August 13, 2005

Temp 15C, visibility 1.5 mile in fog/showers, no wind.Had some showers overnight that give some much needed moisture to the lawn, and gardens.

Yesterday good weather all day, had Scott ready to go to St. Andres, and the ferry was down. Lost a piston took them two cancelled trips to get her going. We will attempt to get him there on Monday. Mom still in hospital and attempts to find the problem(s) still ongoing.

Going to look for some fish tomorrow night, as time is going by the fall easterlys only a month away.

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AUGUST 12'05

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:11 AM GMT on August 12, 2005

Great looking morning, not a ripple on the water, sunrise shining across the harbour. Temp 12C looking for rain and fog for the weekend.

Moving Scott to seniors home in St. Andrews today until a bed is available here. Mom still in hospital, but making good progress will check on her this PM.

Loss of herring quota starting to have ripple effects in community as other boats not fishing or greatly reduced efffort in an attempt to prolong quota. We are shutdown until plant up and running, should be by midweek. Still no groundfish, and the halibut quota now used up for a couple of weeks while the revaluate/tally amount landed.

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AUGUST 11/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on August 11, 2005

Thick fog, 14C, no wind. Weather forecast for the next few days is what we have at present.

DFO finally decided on quota levels. Not good as down 40% from last year. We have not enough inventory to do what we require or enough quota left to satisfy the bait market next month. A bit of a dilema to say the least.

Mom evacuated to mainland hospital yesterday certainly would be no flight out of here today.

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AUGUST 10/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:37 AM GMT on August 10, 2005

Visibility 2 miles, temp 13C, southerly at 10kph. The hot sticky weather showed up late yesterday, but not the temps they had on the mainland.

MISTRESS got her fish, but 22 hours sailing there and back.Not many to be found, but the wiers starting to catch some on the other shore. MONEYCOVE filled up with a reported thousand hogshead.

Not a good day yesterday lost major motor at plant, mom joined Scott in hospital.

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AUGUST 9/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on August 09, 2005

Heavy fog, no wind, temp 13C. Fog so thick can't see the shore, 300ft. No indication that fog will burn off today. Very hot forecast for the mainland high 30'sC so will endure the fog quite easily.

MISTRESS no luck so headed to the head of the Bay yesterday. This is the longest strech in years that she has been skunked. Still very few wier herring around, and it is getting real late for them.

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AUGUST 8/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:32 AM GMT on August 08, 2005

Slight haze, 12kph southerly, 12C temp. Quite a bit of dew this morning.

Great day all day yesterday, got the riding mowing done. Need to trim the shore as detracts from a good job. The pushing mowing to be completed after grass gets dry.

MISTRESS went to work last night, but do know if any success.

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AUGUST 7/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:55 AM GMT on August 07, 2005

Absolutley clear, no wind, temp 17C> One of those days that goes a long way to make up for those foggy weeks we had.

Had morning coffee on the verandah, ducks and geese at the tide line feeding quite a picture for sure.

MISTRESS goes back to work tonight, and hopefully will have some fish. Starting to sell more, and use more and only a couple of months left, and she will be tied up.

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AUGUST 6/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on August 06, 2005

Partly cloudy, nw wind at 18kph, temp 17C. Had sw breeze yesterday PM at about 30-35kph, a harbinger of fall.

Still no herring this past three days, and have give it a rest until Sunday night. There is no fresh bait to amount to anything on the eastern seaboard, by all accounts.

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AUGUST 5/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:34 AM GMT on August 05, 2005

Temp14C, slight southerly breeze, overcast. Weather warning from U.S. weatherman calling for severe thunderstorms this PM. The sky is suggesting that this will take place.

No herring last couple of days. The fish are there, but will not come off bottom. No groundfish landed all summer, and the wiers have not caught anything. The Jubillee has not been this late catching in the past twenty years

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AUGUST 4/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on August 04, 2005

Clear, tempt 14C, no wind. Looking for a warm humid day.

Emily has returned to the fold,and the phone has been going crazy since she hit the house. Must say the lack of phone calls in her absence made the house much quieter. She come over on the ferry by herself, and had a great time talking with the passengers both known and unknown.

No fish yesterday the lightning kept them down, and dispersed. Still lots of whales there so must be feed to keep them in the area.

Marilyn couldn't make it to Saint John due to the AIR FRANCE crash in Toronto. Couldn't get out today either so had to cancel and will make plans for later on possibly in September.

Updated: 10:39 AM GMT on August 04, 2005

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AUGUST 4/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on August 04, 2005

Clear, tempt 14C, no wind. Looking for a warm humid day.

Emily has returned to the fold,and the phone has been going crazy since she hit the house. Must say the lack of phone calls in her absence made the house much quieter. She come over on the ferry by herself, and had a great time talking with the passengers both known and unknown.

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AUGUST 4/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on August 04, 2005

Clear, tempt 14C, no wind. Looking for a warm humid day.

Emily has returned to the fold,and the phone has been going crazy since she hit the house. Must say the lack of phone calls in her absence made the house much quieter. She come over on the ferry by herself, and had a great time talking with the passengers both known and unknown.

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AUGUST 4/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on August 04, 2005

Clear, tempt 14C, no wind. Looking for a warm humid day.

Emily has returned to the fold,and the phone has been going crazy since she hit the house. Must say the lack of phone calls in her absence made the house much quieter. She come over on the ferry by herself, and had a great time talking with the passengers both known and unknown.

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AUGUST 3/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:33 AM GMT on August 03, 2005

Slight overcast, 10kph west breeze, temp 14C. Lots of rain yesterday afternoon, along with thunder. Again overnight a small amount of the moisture made it to the cellar no big deal.

Emily spoke to her nannie yesterday, and is ready to reunite. Her time at the lake is great, but feels time to return home. Marilyn flying in this afternoon from Man. will pick her up in Saint John. They are going to drop me off at the ferry and carry on to pick up Emily with the idea of getting home sometime tomorrow.

Herring large from the Banks, and call for lobster bait coming in daily now expanding to Shediac area. Their lobster season opens next week and no bait around whatsoever.

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AUGUST 2/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:25 AM GMT on August 02, 2005

Foggy this AM, but already starting to burn off, temp 14C, no wind.

Had some thunderstorms and showers overnight so most of the watering has been completed for a few days.

Kids still having a good summer, and the summer vacation is now officailly half gone by. Be getting them ready for school shortly.

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AUGUST 1/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:34 AM GMT on August 01, 2005

Overcast, no wind, 14C temp. Giving a few showers for the night with a possibility of thundershowers.

Yesterday stayed sunny and warm all day. Got alot of yard work completed, and some more winter wood below deck.

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