GRAND MANAN, N.B.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on September 30, 2005

Clear, 8C, calm with small draft from the sw.

Blew and rained hard for a moment just after dark. The high on my guage was 72kph at 2020hrs.

Forecast for the weekend is excellent, and the longrange has no frost listed. Again saves on the woodpile, but have had a fire three nights this week to keep dampness under control.

Gas moved up once again to $1.22/litre a five cent increase. That equates to approx. $6.00 USD per gallon. Not a great deal of pleasure driving underway these days.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:38 AM GMT on September 29, 2005

Slight overcast, wind southerly @15kph, temp 12C. Forcasting a gale from the south for this PM and changing to high winds west overnight. Temps still very good.

Demand for herring just getting greater, and no quota to address the demand. Bait at $500/ton with no problem at that price. At least a 40% increase over last years' price.

The men went back up the river for the duck hunt yesterday. They picked the boat up and went along the St. John River to the hunting area. Opening day is 1St Oct., and all hands are ready. Looks like a nice day, but not for ducks. I think the hunting is secondary to the trip.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:34 AM GMT on September 28, 2005

Clear, calm, 10C. A beautiful sunrise this AM about 3/4 tide and the sun coming over Ross Island quite a sight. The sun has changed its rise position in the eastern sky by quite abit this past couple of weeks.

A lot wind yesterday, but by dark had quit. The MISTRESS went to work, but haven't noticed any bait trucks going by as yet. An attempt to move the line is underway as the wiers on the front of the island do not have any twine on them.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 3:25 PM GMT on September 27, 2005

Overcast, west @20-25kph, temp 13C. Trying to clear, and beome cooler as the day moves along.

Lost hydro at 0700 for approx. 1.5 hours. An osprey nest on the line on Deer Island must have blown off onto the line. No great inconvience, the kids were hoping that school might be cancelled, The bus was running pretty well on time so they had to get moving.

If weather persists no MISTRESS to get bait until the wind abates or the line is allowed to open. If they could get the line open they would be able to work within the lee of the island with no problem.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:26 AM GMT on September 26, 2005

Overcast, sw @ 10kph, temp 12C. Looking for rain and wind as the day unfolds.

First fire last evening, after getting the chimenys swept yesterday. Needed the heat going to bed, but sometime during the night it was too much heat, and the house is still too warm.

Wind is increasing as more daylight shows up.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:08 AM GMT on September 25, 2005

Clear, calm, 5C temp. A gorgious sunrise this AM, with half tide presenting a great opportunity for the reflection. Red sky and a few clouds made for quite a picture.

Donna having a great day to travel, and certainly looking forward to a few days on her own.

Mom got out yesterday AM, and appears none the worse for the experiance. Now she knows the warnings when she had low sugar, and can combat them right away.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER, 24/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:36 AM GMT on September 24, 2005

Clear, nw@15kph, temp 10C. The first frost warning issued for tonight. So the flowers will be done pretty soon.

Donna off to the lake for a week of R&R, and just getting off before some signifigant wind on Monday. The seasons are definatly changing to the winter mode this past few days.

Mother off to the hospital esterday afternoon. Low sugar, but they got her on deck pretty quick. Kept her in overnight for observation. The only time I have been in there with no beds occupied until she got there. A good thing for a change.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on September 23, 2005

Overcast, sw @ 15kph, a bit hazy from near drizzle.

Pickling about completed or rather the comment is that is the last damned cucumber going into a jar this year. Harvested the potatoes last evening, not a great crop, but lots of small ones. Another sign that fall is upon us, but no frost in the long range as yet.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:36 AM GMT on September 22, 2005

Clear, calm, 12C. Beautiful sunrise at half tide in the coming daylight at least 200 geese swam by getting thier morning feed at the tide line. Could hear them coming in over the house making a racket.

Watching with amazement, and trepidation of what is unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. RITA is certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Meeting on the ferry replacement went very well. If all that what is presented is provided in the new vessel it will be a big step up from our present service.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:32 AM GMT on September 21, 2005

Clear, draft from south, 14C. Temps looking good for the next couple of weeks.

Have had no fire in the stove upstairs as yet, and now already with the chimney having been swept, and stove cleaned out. The longer it goes better for me as have not anymore than enough wood for the winter.

Off to meeting with Govt. officials about replacement ferry. Supposed to be getting closer as I have been involved for at least eight years with very little visual progress.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on September 20, 2005

Clear, calm, 14C. Once again another beautiful sunrise with the promise of another nice day.

The weatherman was giving rain for the week so went hard at it yesterday to get the lawns done. All but the shorefront now under control. Had to dump some of the flower pots as they have gone by.

Lobster bait going yesterday, and the house smells like a pickle factory - sure signs that fall is arriving.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19,2005

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:30 AM GMT on September 19, 2005

Overcast, calm, 14C. Gives clearing for later on in the day.

Looking out over the harbour great reflection from Ross Island, and not a ripple on the water. Gives good temps. for the rest of the week. Saves on the woodpile, and allows the dahlias to struct thier stuff longer.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:00 AM GMT on September 18, 2005

Calm, overcast, 14C. OPHELIA stayed away from the bay, we received some rain, but no unusual amount of wind. The highest I recorded was 40kph early in the afternoon.

Salmon farmers would not have missed a feeding day. This is a good thing as the water temp will soon start going down. Temp did not get high this year barely topping off at 13C.

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SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER,,7, 2005

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:33 AM GMT on September 17, 2005

Rain, 11C, NE @ 15 gusts to 25 kph. OPHELIA is in the area today. Still no clear how close she will come to the Bay. Is forecast to skin along the eastern shore of Nova Scota. We will definatly get some rain, and the amount of wind remains to be seen. Hopefully it will be a non event weather wise.

The older generation have been upriver getting the duck blind ready for the end of the month. The average age is 74, but one of the guys is only 53 so that draws the average way down.

No gulls flying today as the wind and rain is beginning to pick up pretty steady.

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FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 16/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on September 16, 2005

Dense fog less than 1/4 mile visibility, temp 16C, calm.

Still no quantity of herring around, and the wiers have not done anything all season. Some of the wiers on the front of the island have dropped thier twine in anticipation of the remnants of OPHELIA visiting. Still no indication her visit will be anything but rain.

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SEPTEMBER 16/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on September 15, 2005

Thick fog, 15C, sw@ 10kph.

Can't see the beach from the house, and looks as if this will be the case for the day. Ophelia still well to the south, but expected to influence our weather on the weekend. To what degree she hasn't decided as yet.

Still not alot of herring around for bait, and the fisherman are getting concerned. The MISTRESS will be tied up by OCT 15. As a result all bait that is going to be will be in tanks by then.

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SEPTEMBER 14/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:30 AM GMT on September 14, 2005

Calm a little draft from the south, overcast, temp 14C.

MISTRESS landed a little bit of bait last couple of days. Still alot of market to be filled. No other source of bait has been identified, and fellows getting concerned. There is not alot of fish around. The MISTRESS will be tied up for the winter by mid-October.

Geese seem to be gathering and notice sea ducks arrving from the north, and will settle around here for a few weeks before continuing on to the south.

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SEPTEMBER 13/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:34 AM GMT on September 13, 2005

Clear, calm, 11C. A beautiful sunrise looking out the bedroom window at daylight. High tide, and red sky made for an impressive picture for the minds eye.

The Canada Geese getting used to activity in the yard they stay put as long as the buffer is at least 25yards. Each evening there is more of them walk onto the lawn from the beach. They stay until after dark, and one racket when they leave for freshwater.

MISTRESS has landed the first of the bait for the season. The charge will start as fish still scarce, and the evenings tell you that cooler temps will soon be the norm.

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SEPTEMBER 12/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:38 AM GMT on September 12, 2005

Overcast, 20-25KPH sw, 11C. The wind guage shows a gust of 53KPH at 0600 this morning.

Marilyn now winging her wat to the west leaving at 0630, and will be in her own domain at noon our time.

We returned on the last trip last night and just starting to blow by the time we go ashore. The trip across was uneventful with a couple of thuds against the side of her an indicator that the sea was making up.

Draining the pool to put her to bed for the winter just about the same date last year.

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SEPTEMBER 11/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:09 AM GMT on September 11, 2005

Clear, light northerly wind, 8C temp. Just checked the U.S. weather and a frost advisory issued for northern part of Maine.

Marilyn starts back this AM. We will leave her and Moncton and get home on the last trip tonight.

Mom is doing very well in her abode, but tonight will be a test as she will be alone for the first time in sevral weeks.

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SEPTEMBER 10/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:03 AM GMT on September 10, 2005

Clear, temp 11C, westerly @ 10-15kph. Just a nice morning, and looks as if weekend will be OK.

Marilyn begins her trek back to the west tomorrow, and we got one of the last spots on the ferry due to a dangerous goods trip first thing.

Mother has returned to her abode, and looks real good. Will have to see just how she will make out on her own, and if she is regimented enough to follow the dr."s instructions to insure her good health.

First ever yard sale today, and kids having a grand time getting STUFF ready to sell.

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SEPTEMBER 0/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on September 09, 2005

Showers, 11C, NW @ 10-15kph.

The fall weather is here for sure as it was real warm here during the day, but great sleeping temps overnight. Still no indication of a swing in the prevailing wind. The long forcast is for west/northerly winds. Shuld be clear while in those quarters.

The MISTRESS will be going to work on Sunday for lobster bait. His new arrival made the trip into the world successfully.

Gas now at $1.45/litre, however we are assured that the price will start down before too long. Funny how the price went up so fast, but is reluctant to go down.

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SEPTEMBER 8/05

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

Clear,calm, 11C temp. Another red sky sunrise. The weather is supposed to remain good for the next couple of days. Evenings are definatly getting cooler with the temp getting well below 10C in some locations.

Retreived the sailors from the river yesterday. They had a good time, and went as far as Gagetown beofre truning back downriver.

Temps like this will get the lobster traps being rigged, and the bait will soon start being put up.

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SEPTEMBER 7/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:21 AM GMT on September 07, 2005

Calm,clear, 9C. Outlook for today another nice one. The days are getting cooler in the morning, and the fall feeling lasts well into the afternoon these past few days.

Tony says the whales were almost too close while he was down setting trawl. They were jumping clear of the water and too close to the boat. Quite a contrast to yesterday - he wouldn't have stayed that close to them yesterday as we had the kids with us.

First day of school in the books, pardon the pun. Both kids seem quite content of who they ended up with both in class and teachers. Hopefully will remain as such.

Off to mainland to retrieve the sailors they were up the St. John River beyond Gagetown and sure had great weather for the trip. Hopefully they will get some more time in as they left the boat at the marina.

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SEPTEMBER 6/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:20 AM GMT on September 06, 2005

Beautiful calm morning, temp 10C, clear.

Went looking for whales, but no luck. A little bauble at the outset, and with the inexperienced crew didn't wander too far off shoree. Did sail to Gannet Rock and the southern end of the island. Wonderful view and pictures galore. Did see some porpoise and puffins that along with the lunch seemed to more than satifsy the crew.

Kids first day of school this AM. They are ready to get at it, and now winter routine will set in, along with the easterly wind I suppose.

Donna and Marilyn off to St. John furniture shopping.

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SEPTEMBER 5/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:36 AM GMT on September 05, 2005

Clear, slight breeze from west, 14C. A beautiful sunrise once again.

A nice day to do a little whale watching, and will be doing just that later this AM. PAPA's KIDS is ready to go should be a great day to get a good look around.

The men made great time to the St. John River, and will be there for a couple of days before they decide when they will return home.

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SEPTEMBER 4/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:22 AM GMT on September 04, 2005

Clear, 15c, absolutley calm. Another great weather day in store. Yesterday was as if one ordered the temp as well as the sunny sky.

The SHA-LIN enroute to Reversing Falls on this tide. The two of them have a combined age of 157 yrs. They didn't get thee last year due to medical concerns. Should have a great trip up as lots of whales between here and there, plus great day on the water,

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SEPTEMBER 3/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:15 AM GMT on September 03, 2005

Calm. clear, 16C. Daylight getting further into the morning hours in a big way now.

Marilyn, Ted& Jean arrived yesterday to avoid the melee of the STONES concert today. Hard to imagine what 85K people in one spot - in that atmosphere - will be like.

Mother sounds good on the phone, but will wait and see. They are evaluating her ability to be on her own over the next few days.

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SEPTEMBER 2/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:37 AM GMT on September 02, 2005

Temp15C,clear, calm. Looking for a pretty fair weekend.

MISTRESS went for the last time for awhile, a new addition enroute for the skipper. He felt he should be in attendance for the arrival.

Mother doing much better, and anticipate she is on the way to getting released.

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SEPTEMBER 1/O5

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on September 01, 2005

Temp 15C, wind sw @ 20 kph, overcast and showers. Blew overnight with the highest gust at 0630 of 45kph. First amount of wind for sevral weeks. Moved some of the chairs on the verandah, and blew over some of my plants. Must start getting used to it once again.

Had electric heat on to get the moisture out of the house. It is beginning to indicate that the stove will have to be fired up pretty soon. Thank the heavens we have wood heat as heating fuel now at $.77/litre today. With situation in the Gulf hard to say what it will be in the future. Yesterday gas went up twice last I heard at $1.25/litre.

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