GRAND MANAN, N.B.

TUESDAY, JANAURY 31/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on January 31, 2006

Overcast, -2Ctemp with windchill -8C, NE @ 30-35KPH. Calling for gale force over next twnety-four hours. Temps aren't too bad, and not much snow expected.

Kids gave it a valiant attempt to make the snow equipment work yesterday, but still not enough. Looks like southerly and rain for the weekend and that will return us to the stautus quo weatherwise.

Ivan and Betty both back in hospital, hopefully will be sprung today. Betty been there for a few days and Ivan overnight twice during the same period.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 30/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on January 30, 2006

Overcast, Northerly @25-30KPH, -1C temp. A small amount of snow fell overnight, but still not enough for the winter toys to get out. Forecasting a little more over the next couple of days so will wait and see.

Quiet weekend as yesterday weatherwise was gorgeous. No breeze lots of sun, and good temps. Repaired the fence, and looked around planning some spring projects. I am sure they will come to me by decree as the weather gets warmer. The emphasis is now on the interior getting it ready for spring.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 29/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:11 PM GMT on January 29, 2006

Clear, beautiful sunrise, temp 2C, westerly at 10KPH. Expecting some easterly conditions and snow over next couple of days.

Finally got some time in the woods, but chainsaws were less than efficent to say the least. Did manage to get a few trees manufactured. Still soft, but water is gone so a little snow and cooler weather, plus ambition and will be on schedule.

This room now painted that leaves another couple then this round of spring upgrades will be complete - I think.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 28/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:15 PM GMT on January 28, 2006

Clear, 3Ctemp,5-10KPH/SW. Sun coming up over Ross Island and harbour calm quite a sight for sure. The sun will soon start making a move to the summer location.

Will have to get in the woods today as long past when the wood should have been manufactured. Still will have to walk as the ATV is not an option due to the water still not frozen.

This room next for makeover so will assist in getting things moved, and get lost.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 27/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on January 27, 2006

Clear, NW@15-20kph, -10c temp. Harbour has the winter look to it, and tide is up no reflection on the water at daylight due to NW wind.

Quiet around the fishing arena, a few fellas scalloping, and lobster fishing. Sea Urchin price is way down so the few that are at that have tied up for awhile to see what happens in the marketplace.

Lots salmon being harvested as the price is steady, but the dollar is strengthing all the time. This takes away return to the farm as market is in the USA.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 26/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:44 AM GMT on January 26, 2006

Overcast, -3Ctemp, NW@ 25kph. A skiff of snow overnight, but still not enough for Rob to show his skills on the snowboard. Possibly a little more accumulation by the weekend.

Trouble with painting is those rooms and woodwork that was alright appear to need work. Another room to be hit this weekend, but it does need attention.

Dryer to be replaced today, and amazing how a couple of days the amount of laundry that backs up.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:42 AM GMT on January 25, 2006

Overcast, ESE @ 10KPH, 2C temp. The easterly conditions that mother nature was indicating is here and will be for the next day or so. Lots of northerly after that, but temps still not bad.

Fellas on the water yesterday enjoyed the break, it is the first time in weeks the water was calm for the entire day.

Fire in the clothes dry yesterday at noon. Just happened to catch it as was starting up the wall. Will have repairman advise if the machine has moved on or not. Donna wouldn't use it until somebody other than me give an opinion.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 24/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:37 AM GMT on January 24, 2006

Clear, calm, lots of clouds behind Ross Island, 0Ctemp. High tide, and water looks oily indicating some easterly weather headed our way. Forcast is for nortwest tomorrow, with some se today.

No ducks this AM, but have seen large flocks of Brant over the weekend around the Marsh and Duck Island Sound.

Painting in the basement and kids entrance should be complete today. A job well done, and will wait and see how long it takes them to give it that lived in look.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 23/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:28 AM GMT on January 23, 2006

Calm, overcast, -5C. Lights reflecting on the harbour this AM, no forcast of easterly as yet, but last couple of days signs point that way.

Some painting getting done this morning. Jim is coming, and probably will be here for the day at least. That will go along way towards getting the job done.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 22'06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:01 PM GMT on January 22, 2006

Clear, -4C, NW @ 25-30KPH. The weather is supposed to stay clear, but cool. Still not forcasting seasonable temps.

Looks as if will have no excuse to get on the woodlot - once I get the saws back. There is little time to get the job done the way that I approach it.

More painting completed yesterday, and will get the baseboards on today. Jim coming in the AM to get back entry, and kids area done. That will just leave three more rooms to tackle - I lend moral support.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 21/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:21 PM GMT on January 21, 2006

Overcast, calm, 3C temp. Looking for some rain, and possibly freezing rain before the day is out.

No wind damage reported from a couple of days ago. Brad did lose the roof off his bait shed, however not the best of construction to begin with.

More spring cleaning in the offing for the weekend, baseboard to be removed, and replaced. Closets are under attack this AM. Will attempt to keep a low profile.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 20/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on January 20, 2006

Overcast, SSE@ 20KPH, 3C temp. Looking for rain over the weekend, and fairly high temps and wind.

Another weekend and dosen't appear as if will get on the woodlot again. Will have to go soon and at least get it manufactured, and hope it freezes long enough to get it out.

Nothing to report in the fishing world between weather, and no product very quiet.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 19/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:31 PM GMT on January 19, 2006

Clear, -1C, 15-20KPH - SW. Blew hard all night, and lots of rain. Didn't get on this AM as the computer lost its way to the server. Took quite sometime to get the thing gong again. We lost our power for a couple of hours last night, and this is suspected to be the cause for the problems.

Hard to believe but no school yesterday. They call the shots from the mainland where they were having freezing rain. Just rain here all day. The kids didn't seem to mind as they carried on and visited most of the day at friends.

Fisherman getting $9.25 for scallops, but not many to make a week, and weather conspiring against them also.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:37 AM GMT on January 18, 2006

Overcast, 1C, ESE@15-20KPH. Sun coming up and so is the wind. Giving storm force from SE, lots of rain. Wind to carry on for next few days, but not to this intensity.

Kids have got more time on bikes than snowboards so far, and the winter is beginning to get shorter now. The daylight is evident after 1800HRS. Still no wood down, but not burning too much either.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 17/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on January 17, 2006

Clear, -5Ctemp, 30KPH - WSW, windchill -24C. Wind has started to shift from NW. Giving lots of wind tomorrow, storm force from SE. Not good as water dense, and can cause problems for salmon sites.

No vapour in the harbour, but appears to be sky high on the backside of Ross Island.

Scallopers and lobster guys will not get too far today, cold and lots of wind.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 16/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:12 AM GMT on January 17, 2006

Clear, 35KPH from NW, temp -10C windchill -25C.

A little freezing rain yesterday afternoon, then turned to snow as the temp dropped. Vapour in the harbour today, and expected same for tomorrow. Southerly and rain for mid week and then cold weather again for the weekend.

A little too dramatic change, but will get the woodlot prepared for travel as there is no snowcover to keep the ground from accepting the frost.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 14/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:25 PM GMT on January 14, 2006

Overcast,10C, ESE @10KPH. Lots of weather headed here for the weekend. Wind and rain with cold weather behind it. Then warming up again by midweek.

Will have to look for trees next to the road pretty soon. The fellows trying to get wood out are having no luck. Trucks and ATV's can't get around whatsoever.

Donna heavy into the paint with the kitchen and livingroom about completed. The decision process for just the right colour has been interesting.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 13/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:39 AM GMT on January 13, 2006

Calm, clear, 3C temp. Well above normal for temps this weekend with lots of wind and rain in the forecast.

Sea Urchins stopped as price gone south, and no idea when will resume. Lobster price dropped back after the holiday rush. Not much incentive to go out for what little was being caught. The scallop catch has not amounted to much so far, but the weather has not allowed much searching, look for more effort today.

Scott is 87 today, he dosen't realize it, will take mom to visit him this afternoon.

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THURSDAY, JANAUARY 12/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:35 AM GMT on January 12, 2006

FOG, 10Ctemp, 25-30KPH southerly. Rained, and thundered overnight and a lot of both. Unseasonable weather to say the least.

A little rough getting home yesterday on the boat, head into it. Throwing the spray over the bow. A few got seasick, but didn't last too long before we got in the lee of the island.

Still forcasting rain and high temps for the rest of the week.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 10/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:34 AM GMT on January 10, 2006

Clear, 0ctemp, 20-25WSW. Giving clear and mild temps for long range. Great on this year''s woodpile, but hard to get ready for the next season.

Scalloping starts at 0800, and the weather will be a factor as the forcast is for wind later on this morning. The wind appears to be coming on as the sun comes up.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 8/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:36 AM GMT on January 09, 2006

Overcast, 0C windchill -5C, NNE @25-30KPH.

School resumes this morning, and routine seems to have picked up where it left off. There is some indecision as to just wardrobe would be appropiate for the first day back. This is being worked out with no great conflict.

No skating yesterday as rink was not prepared, and various social commitments took prescidence. Watched some football, and got the final decorations put away for another year. Waiting for spring, and will start planning what needs to go in the ground.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 8/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:20 PM GMT on January 08, 2006

Calm, beautiful sunrise, -7C temp. A little more seasonable this AM, but supposed to get near freezing by mid day.

Kids got some skating in yesterday, but ice still requires another flooding. The ice uneven due to the melt that has gone on. Today will be an excellent day on a pond somewhere so will check some of them out.

In the woodlot yesterday, got one good hachmatack down, but too much water to get around. That combined with little ambition amounted to the days productivity.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 7/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:12 PM GMT on January 07, 2006

Overcast, calm, 0c temp. A little skiff of snow overnight, but will not last long at this temp.

Will see if the rink is going this PM. There is a basketball tournament also this afternoon so children will have some options. They get back into the school routine on Monday. It is evident that all hands are ready to get back.

Donna has some of the painting complete, but not totally satisfied with the kitchen. None of the other rooms will be completed until she is content that the right colour has been applied. Glad she enjoys it, and I don't have to participate.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 6/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:37 AM GMT on January 06, 2006

Overcast, 10KPH WSW, 4C temp. Winter is getting shorter with each day of weather like this. Have had vapour in the harbour only one day so far.

Have been looking around the internet for trees, shrubs,etc,as the plan is to expand garden space by spring. Started getting the decorations under cover yesterday. Takes a little time to gather them in one spot.

Satellite dish an asset to the household, and am looking forward to mastering the use of it.

Still more traps going by the house each day, so the fellas must be catching up by this time.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 5/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on January 05, 2006

Overcast, -2C,10-15KPHNW. Giving snow showers for the next few days. Will wait and see, kids have been keeping a low profile with friends since the holiday season started. Good for them and good for nan.

Anticipation of the scallop season beginning to build. The only thing for sure so far is that the price should be good. The amount available is the unknown.

Scott had a "spell" yesterday, second one this past month. He is resting well, but still fairly confused, or more so than he has been.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:33 AM GMT on January 04, 2006

Cloudy, NE 35KPH, 0C with windchill -7C.

Still looking to get on the woodlot. Beavers have the brook well secured, and water creeping a fair distance. Still waiting for it to freeze, plus proabably a little lazy truth be known.

Not many lobsters moving for the fellows that are still at it. Seiners got some herring off of SEELY's night before last. 50% packable so don't know how long they will use thier quota on them.

Giving more southerly for the weekend, but slowly indicating possibility of snow rather than rain.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 2/05

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:31 AM GMT on January 02, 2006

Calm, -2C, snow flurries at the moment. Hard to believe another year behind us. I suppose that is a good thing the alernative is not that good.

Another week off from school, and yesterday was long for Rob - nothing to do. Some his buddies will be around today so that will take the pressure off.

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