GRAND MANAN, N.B.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on September 30, 2006

Clear, calm, temp 8C with a slight draft from south. Sunrise over Ross Island another beauty, and now notice the sun starting to rise at different location as the season changes.

FUNDY MISTRESS landed more lobster bait yesterday, lots of activity around the bait sheds with more to come. Still some handline fish being cuaght, a rare thng this past few years.

Hunters up the St. John River are all in place, and having a grand time. Yesterday rain, but am sure that did nothing to dampen the spirits.

Betty placed in ICU yesterday as her heart is weak. She does not have the stamina to fight her condition.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on September 29, 2006

Fog, visibility approx. one mile, temp 14C, a draft from NE. Looking for a damp day into the weekend, but not enough to prevent the windows from being done, so I am told.

Hunters all got away, and would expect gathered last night upriver. We were over last night, and preparations for the trip still being concluded, sevral phone calls from mainland, last minute packing, etc.

First load of lobster bait from the MISTRESS landed yesterday. A long sail from where he put her in gear to the wharf - 74 miles. Fish appeared good size for salt bait.

Dahlias still producing, and sevral just coming to it now, hope they bloom before frost.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on September 28, 2006

Morning fog, the air is cooler than the water and will burn off shortly. The red sun glowing through and looking for a very nice weather day. Temp 7C, calm, and will be clear.

The price of gas is down signifgantly from a couple of weeks ago, locally @$.93, on the mainland $.90 per litre. Three weeks ago in the $1.25 plus per litre. The new Provincial government to reduce the Excise tax by 3.5 cents shortly after being sworn in, any reduction a good thing.

Betty has been in hospital last few days, with congestive heart failure with a bout of pneumonia preceeding. She is very sick at this time.

Hunters away today, and what a great day to take the four hour sail upriver from Reversing Falls to the hunting grounds. Colours from the river will be fantastic.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on September 27, 2006

Clear, calm, sun just over Ross Island and very bright, temp 8C. Good temps for later on in the day at 18C with clear weather for next couple of days. Frost warnings on the mainland, but we are still avoiding them with the influence of the Bay.

More pickling underway today, but there is strong indication this will be the final production run of the year.

The prepartation for lobster season in full swing, MISTRESS has not landed bait locally so far this week.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:36 AM GMT on September 26, 2006

Few clouds to the east, calm, temp 12C. Weather forecast is up and down for the remainder of the week, but temps look good.

Weatherman forecasting an open winter for our part of the planet once again. We will take it no matter what it is, however mild is better.

First guitar lesson appears to be a success. Now must locate an acoustic guitar for Rob to continue, as first appearances is that he wishes to carry on. The electric guitar was mentioned sevral times last evening, nothing like having confidence in your ability to master something.

Donna's dad and friends slowly getting ready for the hunt. They leave on Thursday, and weather appears that it will co-operate, the two eldest on the trip have a combined age of 166years. Sleep aboard the boat and tell the same stories from one year to the next. Ivan made the trip last year so a hole exists where he sat.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:38 AM GMT on September 25, 2006

Partial overcast, WSW @ 10-15KPH, 11C temp. A little breeze and damp overnight, wind guage shows a high of 53 KPH on guage overnight. Wind dropping out as the day moves along.

Returned on the 1:30PM fery, uneventful drive from Moncton. Wedding had an ominous beginning as the Justice of the Peace forgot about the ceremony amd was 3/4HR late. Ceremony well done and brief, reception held shortly after. A large number of nephews and nieces in attendance along with the patriarch in his Scots regalia. A great social time enjoyed by all in attendance.

The trees are starting to show the 'fall' colours in fine style, appears as if the change is more noticeable one day to the next. Looks great now, but a long time before the green returns. The hachmatack trees have thier needles starting to change and in some cases have dropped.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:15 AM GMT on September 23, 2006

Overcast,calm, 6Ctemp but no frost for us as yet. Weather change in the offing this weekend with fairly strong wind forecast by late tomorrow.

We are off to wedding this AM. Will be returning by middle boat tomorrow, to avoid the rain and high wind for the ferry crossing. It is the time of year when weather conditions factor in the travelling decisions.

Just a couple of stops on the way to Moncton,wedding no until late afternoon. Must use the dead time constructivly - sort of a prelim for Xmas.

MISTRESS has spent the week in Nova Scotia, and been successful each night. Some nights took more than one set to get a load, still to deliver locally. The weather looks as if it will be the first of the week before they get back at it.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on September 22, 2006

Another minds eye capturing sunrise over Ross Island this morning, but certainly fall like temps at 9C, calm with a draft from the WSW, damp weather in the forecast.

Spoke too soon about fire as put one last evening to carry over till today. Seems to have worked well house very comfortable this AM. Must get at the fall maintenance as the gaskets on the stove certainly have done thier thing and need replacing,

Kids having a hard time understanding the concept of darkness and bikes. Overstayed thier pass last evening as supposed to be home by 7:30 not leave thier locale at that time, darkness seems to come within ten minutes now. Emily had chain off her bike, and Rob waiting to assist in getting her going rationale for not being home. They weren't busted as chain was off, and given the benefit of the doubt how that occurred.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:37 AM GMT on September 21, 2006

Sunrise over the harbour something to behold, but quickly disappeared behnd clouds, temp 12C, calm, looking for overcast today and temps beginning to moderate with high teens as far as it will go.

Have not got the stove ready for winter use as yet, and will be away this weekend, can't avoid the chore much longer. In years past have had to start a fire to avoid electric heat before now, so can't be far off to start again.

Emily started piano lessons again, and obviously has stepped up a notch in difficulty. She has potential is just the desire that has to be there. Rob didn't continue this year, thought he would like guitar lessons. When told he would have to learn on an acoustic first, not a go, had to be electric or nothing.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:36 AM GMT on September 20, 2006

THICK FOG, barely make out the seawall, temp 15C, no wind. Looking for a few showers as the day moves along, and improving weather in next couple of days.

Halloween/Fall decorations showing up around the community. Lots of potted Mums in evidence, seems to more emphasis on fall celebrating as year goes by.

Quiet on the fishing front as preprations for opening day pick up steam.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 3:42 PM GMT on September 19, 2006

Another entry lost in cyberspace, thick fog with visibility less than 1/2mile, temp 14C with a breeze from the south at approx. 15KPH. This type of weather to anticipate for the rest of the week.

A wedding in Moncton this weekend, and then should have all commitments caught up. However plans are being made for Xmas Shopping, and just the odd trip to relieve tensions as they arise, I guess Wally World is great for addressing tension.

The lobster bait market starting to pick up as the weather gets cooler, and herring remain scarce. The herring at Blacks Harbour quite small, and the cuttings not good for salt bait.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on September 18, 2006

Another calm morning, clear, temp 13C looking for fine weather day, and most of the week.

Donna and girls returned with no problems, and managed to get a few stores visited prior to leaving Moncton. Marilyn should be just descending into Toronto at this time. She will be in Winnipeg around 10AM thier time, a full day ahead of her.

Rob had a buddy overnight, and for lunch yesterday BBQ'd a chicken and a half with a small porl loin, all gone. Cody thought it was pretty good, but didn't realize it didn't have to be black to be cooked - referring to his fathers efforts.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:09 PM GMT on September 17, 2006

Hazy, almost eerily calm, not a breath of wind. Coffee on the verandah with temp at 15C. Giving a good weather day, and will get some of the yard work done - maybe.

Donna along with two cronies escorting Marilyn to Moncton to insure she gets on the plane tomorrow. They will leave her there and come home on the late boat. A great day for travelling.

Emily to Whitehead overnight, a new experiance for her, have not spoke with her since Friday morning. Rob has a buddy with him overnight and church then the BBQ, all hands are busy.

Weddding next weekend and then should get back to what passes for normal routine around here for a little while.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on September 16, 2006

Clear, calm, another mill pond harbour with a red sun reflecting across over Ross Island, 13C temp. Forecasting a summer like weekend will certainly take it.

Emily out overnight, just Rob & I this morning doing what fellas do on a Saturday morning, the erands that we are told to do. It will be a good weekend to get the chimneys swept and sone new gaskets on the stove, will see if it happens or not.

Fishing news quiet, with a few lobsters being landed from the 'grey zone' hopefully a positive sign for the full season in November.

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THURSSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on September 15, 2006

Partial overcast, calm - harbour mill pond, 14C, forcasting partly cloudy for today, and a nice weekend.

Marilyn returns to the west on Sunday, time - as usual - has flown by. I don't know how much tea they have consumed around the island, but is substantial. Marilyn has been coming often enough that she can keep up with the conversations with no problem, and knows those of which they speak.

A few handline fish showing up once again, and large pollack great for smoking among them.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on September 14, 2006

Overcast, draft from SW, 14C temp. Looking for some showers as the day moves along, but not supposed to hang around for long.

Rob had the nannies at his har after school. A comprise of sorts, hair trimmed, and then streaked. The trim was his comprise, must admit looks not too bad. Had to call his buddy to come and have a look. He has been on restricted movement, grounded, for a transgression a couple of days ago. He was told to stay away from candy, but he was given some money by a friend, went for it, and got busted by his ever vigilant grandmother.

Fishing news quiet, and notice some of the wiers on the front of the island have had thier twine brought ashore. The majority of the wiers have not been seined this summer. Overall not a good herring year.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on September 13, 2006

Clear, cool at 10C, with a draft from the west, a very nice fall morning. Good weather forecast for the remainder of the week.

If this weather keeps up will have to start the wood stove in the morning to get the temp up for the day. Haven't done the fall maintenance on chimney or stove as yet, and will look after it this weekend - I am sure.

MISTRESS tied up for repairs yesterday, but expects to get back in the hunt tonight. No direct indication that Florence impacted on the Maritimes, but the swell made the Bay pretty nasty for a few hours.

No groundfish around past little while, and still have not got our winter fish in the freezer.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 3:40 PM GMT on September 12, 2006

Entry this morning went off into cyberspace once again. A nice fall day underway, with temps in high teens, clear, and a breeze from the north. Frost on the mainland overnight, but lowest on my guage was 8C.

MISTRESS had a partial load from Nova Scotia side of the Bay this AM. All went for lobster bait, and not enough for the fisherman that were ready.

Pickling underway with the beets in the jars, and one of the relishes ground and soaking overnight. Require lots of relish as Emily makes wraps and sandwiches with the homemade relish sevral times a week. An odd snack food for sure.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11/06

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

Clear, calm, a cool 10C at daylight, but will warm up quickly as the day progresses.

Girls returned home yesterday, having a successful couple of days at Roys'. Not too many treasures from the yard sale so might be able to find room in the basement for them.

Fifth anniversary of 9/11, hard to believe that much time gone by. What a change in the world since that date.

MISTRESS getting fish on the Nova Scotia side, and stayed at it this weekend. Quota soon will be an issue, it was apprx. 80% caught at the start of last week.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:29 AM GMT on September 10, 2006

Partial cloud, cool at 10C, calm, the high only getting to 18C for today. A slight breeze from northwest at 10-15KPH.

Donna to return later on today, informed me that we acquired some treasures at sevral yard sales they attended yesterday. Just what we need, more stuff, they were putting some of the purchases in Roys house, which is a good thing, they aren't required here. They are visiting KINGSBRAE on the way home.

No yarns from the dance just that they enjoyed themselves, and Rob did the worm, and Emily danced with Derrick, but no slow dance with him, I guess the slow dance is the one to look out for commitment wise.


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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:19 AM GMT on September 09, 2006

Fog,calm, 14C, forecasting clearing as the day moves along, but will have to wait and see as it looks at the moment.

Rained off and on most of the day here yesterday, but nice on the mainland until returned to Blacks last evening. Marilyns' plane twenty minutes late, and as we rounded the corner for the ferry she was just pulling out. Made the best of it went for seafood supper before the girls dumped me and moved on. A few fellow travellers on the last trip, but far from a paying conern.

Children not reported on the nights activites as yet, but both did attend the dance. Will be interesting to hear what tales one has on the other.

Flo making her way to our part of the world will have a better idea in next couple of days where or if she is going to visit.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:29 AM GMT on September 08, 2006

Calm, fog, temp 14C, forecasting sunny and mild for the next couple of days.

Off for quick trip to Moncton, I am getting home tonight, and Donna & Marilyn going down the road for a day or so. Providing the boat makes it trip. A couple of days ago she lost her power after leaving the wharf. She anchored off the lighthouse for an hour or so before being able to limp back to the wharf. First trip of the day usually involves many people travelling or Drs.' appointments. She is run by machine and they will breakdwon, no human shortcomingscaused the problem.

Emily off to dance this evening, providing I get home. She is still on early shift,7-9PM. She quite afraid her attendance in jepordy as it is the first event of the school year. Rob is eligible to attend this year, but don't believe he is too interested in doing so.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on September 07, 2006

Partial overcast, calm, temp 15C, looking for some damp weather overnight, but sunny tomorrow.

Kids getting into school routine, and so far no trauma with teachers or peers.

Herring news still pretty bleak with nothing for the seiners. The wiers on the back of the island getting a few, and fairly steady, but long way from large bunches in our part of the world.

Friend from Manitoba arrives tomorrow afternoon, she and Donna planning a couple of nights on the mainland before coming home.


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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on September 06, 2006

Overcast, drizzle and fog with visibility less than 1/2 mile, temp 15C. This weather in the offing for next day, and then sun to return.

First day of school quite normal on both counts. Rob glad to see Chandler, but did not recognize him at first, having not seen him in a year. Chandlers' curly hair a point of interest, and the fact that he can't use the water fountain only restriction on his activities very pleasing to the class.

Herring news not good as they appear to have left the Bay, none found last few nights.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER5/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on September 05, 2006

Clearing, slight draft from the west. 15Ctemp. Forecasting good weather for the rest of the week.

Kids busy getting ready for school, no arguments as yet - a good sign.

Robs' classmate, Chandler, returns to school having put in the past year fighting a battle to exist. This culminated with a bone marrow transplant this past winter from an anonymous donor, none of his family were a match. Rob advised me Chandlers' return was going to be the highlight of the start back to school.

The evolution of another 'fall/winter' routine is now underway.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on September 04, 2006

Rain, breezy from SE @25-30kph,temp 15C. Looks like a damp couple of days in the offing with clearing for the end of the week.

Kids home last night after turning down requests for overnight by Emily, time to get a routine in place for school.

Herring news quiet, with some groundfish having been landed this past couple of weeks. Lots of fillets and some smoked fish available, but not for long. Have name in for fillets and smoked fish - winter fish. Expect the lobster bait to start coming ashore in a couple of weeks, if any fish around - not great signs right now.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on September 03, 2006

Clear, cool at 11C, calm with the harbour mill pond like with great reflections from Ross Island. Lots of geese swimming back and forth all in aline.

Good weekend to get caught up on yard work with rain forecast till mid week. Lawn not as agressive in overtaking the yard as weeks past, another sign of the time of year.

Kids getting a little anxious to start the new school year. Wardrobe for the all important first impression day yet to be decided, but has been subject of conversation last few days.

Lots of vegetables showing up, and Donna will move into pickling mode once school starts.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:32 AM GMT on September 02, 2006

Clear,calm, 12C with a forecast high around 18 for today. A definate fall swing in the temperatures.

Three month forecast from U.S.calling for above normal temps till December. Good news for aquaculture as water temps should remain a little higher longer, and allow the growth of the fish to be sustained for a greater period.

Children returned, Emily was ill all day, but still managed to get her shopping in. Vomited sevral times during the day, however sevral strangers assisted her in getting cleaned up each time. By the time she turned in last night not much evidence of illness, Nannie got her proper food and listened to her adventures made it better. The adventure with the hair streaking not too bad, and will be fixed within a few weeks.

Rob all smiles also had a great time. Movie, swimming, time at skateboard shop West 49. He was treated for meals, etc. so was able to purchase important things for his skateboarding adventures instead.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:34 AM GMT on September 01, 2006

Fall like, clear, calm, temp 13C. Geese flying overhead heading for the harbour honking to beat the band.

The geese are getting quite brave with at least two dozen of them working towards the house last evening. They did not move back towards the seawall until I got almost to them. Then they just sauntered at thier own pace. Don't mind them on the seawall, but around the house too much mess.

Rob overnighted in St. John with a friend, returning sometime today. Emily still out overnight, and leaves this AM for a girls day in St. John. A movie, and a bit of shopping in the offing I would surmise. Children certainly have had a busy summer, and forutnate to have good friends to include them on family trips.

Long weekend, and looks good weatherwise until Monday. Will think of trying smoker once again, probably poultry this time.

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