GRAND MANAN, N.B.

HALLOWEEN,/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:31 AM GMT on October 31, 2005

Looking to be a good night for the ghosts, and goblins. Currently 4C supposed to go to 15, slight overcast, and calm. Possibility of showers in the afternoon, but clear tonight.

Kids finally getting into the swing as Rob up before daylight to show me the modifications to his costume for school, and then tonight.

Lots of traps making thier way to the wharf over the weekend, and should be stogged pretty soon.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:07 PM GMT on October 30, 2005

Clear, calm, draft from nw, 4C temp. A nice day with the clock turned back actually turned out in the daylight, a welcome change.

Kids went Halloween Partying last night, and had a great time. Rob reluctant at first, but had hard time getting him out of there at the appointed time. Emily was a 20's Flapper, and a great one to boot.

Can feel the men getting anxious for next week, setting day. What is the weather like, price of lobster, bait,etc. To early yet to get a handle on any of it, but within a few days should no be a problem.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:04 AM GMT on October 29, 2005

Overcast, west @10kph, 3C temp. No frost on the ground overnight, but it will not be long before it will be a daily occurrence.

Got a line on some frozen bait from the U.S., but not much in the pipeline. Setting day fast approaching, and bait inventory only fair at this time.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on October 28, 2005

Slight overcast, temp 3C, calm. The water temp has gone down, a strong indication that the season is turning in a big way.

All the current travellers are on the mainland and heading for Ontario. Should be good travelling for the trip.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on October 27, 2005

Slightly overcast, 10KPH NW, 4C temp. Good to have the wind down for a few days.

Ferry missed the first trip yesterday, but made all the other trips for the day.

Ivan and Betty off towards Ottawa for a couple of weeks, and are looking forward to the trip. Returning by train when they are ready.

Wendy crossed the bog yesterday AM died in her sleep.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26?05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on October 26, 2005

Heavy rain, temp 7C, ne @60-80kph. Wind howled all night with no let up insight. Lots of rain so far, and continues all day.

This is not Wilma as she passed well to south of the Maritimes. This weather is just a regular Nor'easter, only without the snow in our area. New Hampshire is getting quite abit this AM.

The boat made only one trip yesterday, and a hell of a trip too I can imagine. Checked Whale Cove and must had 12-15ft. swells rolling in there. Mona expected to had back to Toronto today, but unlikly at this time.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:38 AM GMT on October 25, 2005

Overcast,50-75KPH NE, 7C with windchill coming in at -5C.

The remnants of Wilma in the neighbourhood, and another low from the west approaching. The elements of another Perfect Storm. However they are supposed to remain apart, but still give plenty of rain and wind for the next 24-36 hours. My guage gives a gust of 84KPH less than an hour ago. No rain as yet.

It is a good thing the tides are falling back as that much sustained wind and high tides would bring the Bay pretty close to our doorstep.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 24/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:29 AM GMT on October 24, 2005

Overcast, 7C, northerly 10-15. Looks like lots of weather for the rest of the week. One computer model puts the remnants of Wilma & Alpha out in the harbour.

Deer hunting with rifle starts this AM so won't be much traffic around on the main roads until the morning hunt has passed.

Don't believe Earl made it home with his boat, and if he dosen't beat it across today will have to hold up for rest of the week.

The ferry made only two trips at most yesterday due to the high winds.

Updated: 10:30 AM GMT on October 24, 2005

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER, 23/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:07 AM GMT on October 23, 2005

A great contrast from yesterday weatherwise. Heavy rain, northeast 55-75KPH, temp 8C checked the windchill, and that is -5 with the high gusts.

Got the dahlias out of the ground, but not all in the basement. However no frost so the rain will wash them off for me. Will put them in later on to get dried off.

Certainly don't need anymore moisture, but appears as if we will get this all week. Earl gone to get his boat at Lunnenburg if he didn;t get it home last night will be held up for a few days lots of easterly headed our way

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:03 AM GMT on October 22, 2005

Clear, calm, 0C temp. Had a frost last night with evidence on the ground. Yesterday the roof was white so the temp dropped a little mover overnight.

Will get the dahlias below decks today as rain and wind from northeast forecast next few days. Wilma expected to be in the neighbourhood by Thursday.

Will set up the woodpile on the verandah this weekend also. Usually done weeks prior to this - that is a good thing.

Gas prices dropping on the mainland, yesterday 99.9cents per litre. Seems like a deal somehow.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:36 AM GMT on October 21, 2005

Clear, 10-14SW,8C temp.

Lobster fisherman getting ready to set traps on the 8th NOV. Still bait coming in, but must be from Blacks as none of the seiners have been out.

No indication of price as yet, with the CAD & USD at the levels they are the return is not as great as it was a couple of years ago.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on October 20, 2005

Clear, 8C windchill -3C, sw@ 35-40 kph. Colder weather enroute for the rest of the monnth.

The lawn finally done, and quite a mess it was as it has been a month since it was done. Hopefully will be able to get the front part done before the weather dosen't allow it.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on October 19, 2005

cALM, 8C, clear. Temp staying fairly low during the day, but not bad as yet.

Dahlias still in the ground for the most part, still waiting for the frost to give them a shot prior to digging them up.

Hopefully getting the lawn done this week as more like a hayfield than a lawn.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:37 AM GMT on October 18, 2005

Partly cloudy, sw 10-15kph, temp 8C.

Giving some clearing days ahead, the lawn is in dire need of a trim before it goes to bed for the winter. Started the dahlias out of the ground on the weekend, but still very wet around the property.

No reported damage from the salmon sites. The water temp still up pretty well, and this a good thing.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 17/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:33 AM GMT on October 17, 2005

Overcast, westerly at 15-20KPH, temp 8C with windchill at 1C.

Blew hard yesterday, but no further damage to the property. The night before the lattice on the front door step was blown away also. Haven't heard of any damage around the island.

Giving a continuation of this weather pattern for most of the week.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:06 AM GMT on October 16, 2005

Overcast, 30-40kph SW, temp 11C with the windchill coming in at 1C.

The wind and rain that was forecast showed up with a vengence. Lost one of our Linden trees, snapped at the base. The others are still there, but the ground around the root system was doing some heaving. The wind was from NE yesterday, but now sw with the same strength forcase. The leaves are still on the trees, and catch the wind real good.

One of the outside boats snapped a stern line during the blow. However it was low tide and in behind the wharf so was able to get things under control without any further problems. Forcasting wind for the rest of the week. Hope it blows out prior to setting day.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:59 AM GMT on October 15, 2005

Overcast, northerly 10kph, 13C. Lots of weather heading up the shore from New England. The rain they have had for the past week is moving north, and off to NFLD. Expected to take at least 36 hours to pass through.

MISTRESS made a daylight set yesterday, but fish not too plentiful. Committed to getting a load before tying her up for the season.

Made another foray into the 21st century as now have high speed on this machine. A definate improvement, now have to stand in line to have a chance to cruise around.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on October 14, 2005

Calm, clear, 8C. Finally a morning with no wind, and looks pretty good the sun coming up over Ross Island.

The MISTRESS left yesterday afternoon, quite a breeze during the evening, hopefully they were able to work, and found some fish.

The rain that has been over New England for the past week starting to move this way for the weekend. Will wait and see.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on October 13, 2005

Overcast, northeast @ 15-20kph, 9C with windchill 6C.

Windguage now guaging so will maintain status quo for the moment. Lots of rain to the south of us in New York area. Forecast to make it's way here over the weekend. No let up in the wind as far out as one can see.

Salmon have been fed at most sites as the swells have not kept the boats from getting to work. The water temp is starting to decline so the swells will become more of an issue as the saltwater becomes heavier.

Not many deer taken so far, as the bowseason is on for another week.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on October 12, 2005

Clear, 8C, 20-25KPH northerly.

My wind gauage is not gauging for the moment. It has made some revolutions in the past 12 years or so might be an excuse of upgrade to wireless and all the bells and whistles.

Northerly quarter for the past few days, and will continue for the rest of the week. Good for the hunters, but bad for the bait fisherman. The sun just beginning to peek over Ross Island and the harbour is far from quiet.

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TUESEDAY, OCTOBER 11/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on October 11, 2005

Calm, overcast, 12C. Still looking for more rain today, but clearing overnight. Approx. 10 inches of rain over the weekend, lots for the wells. Ours showing lots of surface water.

Might get out for bait tonight, but marine fellas still giving wind for the rest of the week. Some of the fisherman still don't have enough bait for the season. Attempting to get some from U.S. for later on, but no commitments as yet.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 10/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on October 10, 2005

Temp 12C, misty, 25-30 KPH ne.

Has not stopped blowing, but the rain quit sometime overnight. We had over six inches within 36 hours, and then the guage was overflowing. A lot of rain for our part of the world in one shot.

Temp is where a wood fire is too much, and the electric heat takes forever to get up too speed. Attempting to stay away from electric as price keeps going up. Had a fire in the basement yesterday and eventually warmed the upstairs.

Twelve sat down for Thanksgiving Dinner, as usual a grat success.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:23 AM GMT on October 09, 2005

Rain, NE @ 25-40kph, temp 11C but with windchill 3C. This more seasonal for sure. Appears as if this will be weather pattern for the next few days.

Has rained without let up since night before last. Unusual for us to have such sustained rain at anytime.

A wet Sunday for Thanksgiving gathering, but most prepared from yesterday. A matter of last minute tuneup, and cleanup. I guess the cleanup will fall to me certainly no allowed near the stove, which is good thing for all concerned.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:02 AM GMT on October 08, 2005

Rain, 14C, calm, good visibility. Giving heavy rain for the weekend, the remnants of Tammy.

Longrange warm weather, and lots of rain. That will change the closer it gets to setting day.

The hunters had a grand time upriver, and raring to go once again. Ivan in last night delivering some local apples that will look great in some pies. Crowd coming tomorrow for Thanksgiving/Birthday combination. The total age of the three of us s mere 221 years.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on October 07, 2005

Dense fog, sw @ 15kph, 14C with a little drizzle.

The hunters returned from the trip on the 7PM boat last night. Have not had a rundown of what level of success they had, but the fellowship would have been grand.

Marilyn called to say that they endured 40cm of snow over the past couple of days. So severe that the malls were closed, and that is bad.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on October 06, 2005

Calm, fog - no visibility, 14C temp.

Gas now at $1.25 per litre, and holding for the past few days. Have no idea what heating fuel is costing and hopefully the warm weather holds on. There are families that will have difficult choices to make when the cold weather does arrive.

MISTRESS off to Nova Scotia for bait delivery the price is going up daily as the season ends, and the demand not met.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:37 AM GMT on October 05, 2005

Thick fog, sw 10kph, 13C. Visibility approx. 1/4 mile. Dosen't appear as if it will burn off any too soon.

Bait trucks going by this AM so the MISTRESS must have been successful. Lots of demand and another week before she is finished for this season, appears as if local fisherman will get what they require.

Long range calling for an open winter here in the Maritimes. The price of fossil fuels skyrocketing so energy consumption a great concern.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:25 AM GMT on October 04, 2005

Fog, sw 10-15kph, 12C. Supposed to clear, but has a long way to go as yet.

MISTRESS got her load yesterday, but took four sets, and from the NS shore back here overnight to get it done.

Salmon feed production starting to drop off as water temp declines, but overall holding our own.

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MONDAY. OCTOBER 3/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:27 AM GMT on October 03, 2005

Clear, calm, 10C. The harbour like a mill pond once again, not even a ripple.

Yesterday a high of 25C, and not a breath of wind all day. Watched the ferry go by the light, and the water so flat almost surreal - she appeared to be sliding over the water rather than through it.

See some the bait vehicles going by so must have landed some. Have sufficent quota remaining, but tieing up on Oct 15th time is of the essence.

Noticed blue crane yesterday feeding at the tide line. They coming down from the north heading to the south, one more indicator that seasons are changing.

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SUNDAY OCTOBER, 2/O5

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:14 AM GMT on October 02, 2005

Morning fog, burning off fast, clear, calm, 11C. Looking to be a great weather day.

Will get some of the grounds cleaned up as some of the plants have gone by already, and the maple trees have dropped most of thier leaves after the blow a couple of nights ago.

Weather too good for the hunters, but don't think the hunt is the major concern. The fellowship is primary I am sure.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:01 AM GMT on October 01, 2005

Calm, clear, 7C. Beautiful sunrise again this AM. Have a couple of pictures, but looks as if too much sun right on the lens.

Great first day of duck hunting for the fellas upriver. The morning hunt would be something to see if they have the same type of weather as here.

The line come off at midnight so the MISTRESS had more area to get her fish. Haven't done my patrol as yet to see how they made outl, but no bait trucks gone by as yet.

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