GRAND MANAN, N.B.

NEW YEARS EVE 2006

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:14 PM GMT on December 31, 2006

Clear, slight draft from west at 5-10KPH, temp -4C. Snow covered looking out over the harbour this morning, a week late for the best effect.

Rob finally got to put skates on yesterday along with his buddy, beat the Playstation for time and enjoyment for them. If snow remains imagine sliding in the offing this afternoon, just enough snow to try snowboarding.

No further sightings or noise from new resident, but the basement a busy spot yesterday. Will check my trapline and bait shortly to see if he is able to get around after his close encounter with the traps.

Emily out overnight, with her New Years Eve guest, they will arrive here for the day by afternoon.

Chinese on the menu tonight, looking forward to it.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:25 PM GMT on December 30, 2006

Partial cloud, still cool with temp @-5C, breeze from west @10KPH. Still looking for cool weather into next week with a break on Wed., then returning to cool weather.

Kids probably left basement door open yesterday, last night have a rodent. Went into the woodpile, and later on set off the trap, but escaped. Had one a few years ago, he was with us for a couple of months before he met his demise, crafty animals for sure. Lots of problems with because of mild winter, and sudden cold temp driving them to look for shelter.

Emily has a friend over, they were doing there thing when time to shutdown last night, have not heard from them so far this AM.

Brother on the road south, plans on taking up residence on New Years Day. The other leaves on Wednesday for arrival next weekend.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:38 AM GMT on December 29, 2006

Partial cloud to the east, seasonable to say the least. NW @ a steady 20KPH, temp -8C with a windchill of -19C. Looking for some gusty wind next couple of days, with seasonable like temps till midweek. Wind forecast to go to the south and rain comes with it.

Both kids in thier own bunk last night, still catching up sleep from the past week. Emily out two nights, Rob supposed to but didn't feel well so come home. He had to refuse to offers after he got home, I believe he was wanting his own bunk to recharge then get going again.

Emily having a friend for New Years Eve so the planning underway complete with movies and a shrimp ring so far. Donna and I out for the evening, a meal, conversation and possibly a beverage or so for me.

Lots of traps coming home now prior to scalloping to avoid conflict of gear as much as possible. A scallop drag not very forgiving to a wire trap.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:57 AM GMT on December 28, 2006

Clear, calm with a draft from NW, -4C temp. A very nice looking morning.

Children both out last night, Emily for second night same location. Rob has his skateboard gear to give it a go today, with the temps could be a bit of a challenge.

Quite a few traps made thier way onshore yesterday. Some of the fellows getting ready for scallops next month. Lobster market about the same, salmon prices are remaining very good. Harvesting some from Dark Harbour, averaging two harvests a week.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on December 27, 2006

Cloudy, temp change as wind from north @ 10-15KPH, temp 1C,about the high forecast for today. Clearing rest of the week wind remiaining from the north more seasonable temps in the forecast.

Seasonable will allow the woods to stiffen so a fellow can get in and play with the firewood for next year.

Boxing Day quiet around here, Emily away overnight, Rob had the PS2 and guitar in commence most of the day. Weather kept the visiting down to a minimum, but will get caught up next few days.

Brothers busy packing for migration south, one leaves Friday, other on Tuesday. They are looking forward to the golf, and reunions that occur with fellow travellers from around the country.

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TUESDAY. DECEMBER 26/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:56 AM GMT on December 26, 2006

Drizzle, a breeze from the east @10-15KPH, temp 4C, a dreary day to say the least. Looking for declining temps and clearing sometime tomorrow.

A different household this AM, just Donna, dog and I having morning beverage. The remainder nary a peep as of yet. All gifts a go with the exception of an MP3 ability to download songs, we are missing something and will give it a go later on today.

The TV quite a boon, possibly one should consider being self indulgent a little more often. Watching the football game, as the kids say, was awesome. Now just have to learn what bells and whistles are hidden in the electronic belly of the beast.

Time now to get the animals to realize they both own the place, to become friends and protect the place together rather than being waring factions.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2006

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:07 AM GMT on December 25, 2006

Clear, breezy from WSW @ 25-30 KPH, -2 temp making it cool outside.

Kids told to stay put until 0600, lo and behold at 0601HRS a hearty Merry Christmas and lets see what arrived. The house is now being seranaded with electric guitar refrains, changing bedroom furniture to accomodate a home entertainment system with sound surround. A first time purchase of PS2 and a games, a joint possession so will see how that works out.

I have a 42" Plasma TV to play with, Donna has SAMPSON, Shauna has clothes, new things for her apartment to go with the upcoming rennovations in thier area, more than adequate for all concerned, to say the least. Turkey just entered the oven, Donna lamented all that shopping/work for at best twenty minutes, however did hear from them both 'boy am I happy' makes it all worth the effort.

Reduced number at the table for dinner this year, the first time since we have been hosting the annual event.

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CHRISTMAS EVE 2006

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:59 AM GMT on December 24, 2006

Clear, steady breeze @15KPH from SW, temp a mild 5C. Forecast to remain clear with temps declining by this evening.

Emily's level of sophistication about the season having no impact is starting to show chinks. She was twirling most of the evening, and had trouble getting to sleep. Rob has not been putting on airs, he wants the hours gone. Hoping against hope an electric guitar is in the offing, but saying very little about it - I suppose to blunt the disappointment if one dosen't get here.

Turkey about thawed, had it in the fridge since Wed., at 25lbs. takes quite awhile. Donna has all the other side dishes prepared other than the veggies, well organized as always. The number to sit not determined as yet, but lots of room and food for those that can make it.

Church concert this morning, will be attending I have been told, not a problem.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:28 PM GMT on December 23, 2006

Lots of stuff on the radar, but not snow, rain. Southerly 10-14KPH, drizzle, temp @4C. Not reindeer friendly at all, a check with the archives shows same comments last Christmas Eve, possibly a pattern?

Emily out for teen night last night, helped her get the night in. Rob prowled a little saying that he wasn't counting last night as a night before the big day as it was well underway.

A few more traps coming home each day - the catch is going down, a matter of economics to stay with single gear or move to trawl fishing. Some of the fellas will be getting ready for scallop early in January.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on December 22, 2006

Sun struggling to get up over Ross Island with a red sky behind the island. Temp a cool -5C, breeze from NW @15-20KPH, giving wind with gusts to 40KPH as the day moves along.

Spoke with Betty's family last evening, all is well. Betty to join Ivan in the spring down to the ledges, she requested no formal service here or in Ottawa, will be done as she instructed.

Kids are milling around the house more each evening, just to be close to the dog they say. However a close check of the tree is maintained to learn if any gifts have arrived since they last checked.

Fishing news will be quiet for the weekend, market for lobsters pretty well done until after Xmas. Sea urchins being landed, have no idea of what the quality or price has been like.

Cat curious about the dog, when they see one another through the door. Sampson glances at her, but no growls when he sees her, will bring them together soon.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:00 PM GMT on December 21, 2006

Overcast, 20-25KPH from SW, temp 4C with threat of showers in the offing. A green Christmas in the offing for Santa in this area at least.

Betty passed this morning at 0400, in her sleep.

Last full day of school for the children, concert last night. We did not attend the concert, pressure of other duties we used to call it. Thier mother was thier to represent the household, we will attend the church concert on Sunday.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on December 20, 2006

Overcast, cool at -5C, 10-15KPH from NW, remaining cool for the rest of the day. A very small skiff of snow this AM barely evident on the deck lost in the grass. Certainly not enough to assist Santa with his upcoming duties with the sleigh.

SAMPSON settling in quite well, the cat and he still scouting one another. No hissing or barks, but signs of aggression when they get close. Keeping them in separate areas for another day or so to insure no fights. The dog still the hit of the household. He remains quiet and inquisitive, makes life easy for he and me.

Call from Ottawa, Betty will not be released from hospital. Likly will not recover sufficent to make it to a nursing home. Betty aware of the decision, and appears relieved that at least something has been decided.

School winding down, and level of excitement going the other way. However our children beyond the stage of Santa as a result to pull thier chain a little more difficult.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:38 AM GMT on December 19, 2006

Overcast, cool @-2C with a draft of 10-15KPH from the north. The nesdt few days is forcasting cooler weather with highs below O degrees until Xmas Eve.

Donna returned with her early Xmas present yesterday, much to the delight of the rest of the household. A five month old Pomeranian, SAMPSON. Lily our Maine Coon Cat is bigger than the dog of the house. A little introduction between the animals went fair, but still apart for a few more hours. The cat has never been ut of the house so has no idea of what a dog is or how to interact with such a strange intruder. Children up early this morning, no trouble getting the school routine underway. A good start to Christmas Week.

Picked up Rob at guitar yesterday, my knowledge of guitar music is expanding. He is now mastering DR.FEEL GOOD by MOTLEY CRUE, Willie NELSON it ain't.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 18/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:33 AM GMT on December 18, 2006

Clear, drafty from NNW @ 15-20KPH, temp 6C, the forecasted high for today. Weather looks to be changing to more seasonable temps by the end of the week. Sunny and cool, but no snow for the holdiday weekend.

Donna and Joan off for the day will be returning with a Xmas surprise I am sure. Blew pretty good most of yesterday so may be a little uncomfortable for them for a few minutes this morning. It will be better when they return, and they have lots of opportunity for conversation to while away the trip this morning.

Company gathering last evening, well attended, lots of great food. The group a little smaller, lots of talk, but broke up early. In years past would have gone on much longer after the meal, pretty well cleared out within half hour. Having to work the next day has ramifications one considers now more so than in the distant past, aging,fear of pain, most likly maturity is the reason. The maturity angle is my story and sticking to it.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:05 PM GMT on December 17, 2006

Partial overcast, cooler at 2C, a slight draft from SW. Forecasting quite a breeze before tomorrow. Hopefully it goes through quickly Donna and buddy making a quick trip to mainland and back.

Quite a sunrise over Ross Island and the harbour this morning. A few ducks enroute to church at the brook, other than that little activity. Weather cooling over the next few days, but overall temps still nice.

Children smiling a little more as each day goes by towards Christmas Day. It is the fun of the unknown, just the anticipation that whatever shows up belongs to them, and it will a good present - we hope.

Herring in the weirs at Whale Cove still in evidence. Quite a few have been seined, and look for more to travel this week. A good little bonous for the wier owner, and as mentioned uncommon for this time of year.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:30 PM GMT on December 16, 2006

Overcast, 5C temp, a draft from west with lots forecast by this afternoon. Prevailing wind is still from the south, should have been east or northerly since mid-Sep.

Emily out overnight, Rob starting to fidget some when the evening moves along, discusses what he would really like for Christmas. The top of the list is an electric guitar, will have to wait and see what Santa hauls with his helicopter, no snow to travel.

Emily wants own system for watching movies, and if a Playstation shows up can operate on her 'own'. She does not dwell on her wishes as she feels/knows nannie will come through if at all possible.

Lobster catch dropping off some now, to be expected this far into the season. There have been a number of hauling days completed, must have an impact, also water temp starting to go down.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:36 AM GMT on December 15, 2006

Overcast, breezy from SW @ 20-25KPH, temp a balmy 8C. Forecasting similar weather until the first of the week. Sure helps on the woodpile, fire on just overnight, no electric heat to augment the in between temps.

Difficult to get into the swing of the season with these warm temps. Children doing practises for concerts at school and church - a ritual that has not changed in my time.

Not a great deal of discussion of late what the gang want for gifts. I think they are confident all will fall into place, with justification I can see.

Mom on the mend a bad and consistant cough is her main complaint at the moment. Nurse on her visit assured her that this too will pass, and not her.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on December 14, 2006

Overcast, slight draft from south, temp 8C, with a threat of rain in the offing. Very good temps, but not Christmas like with no snow. I can live with it, and have not heard any complaints about the lack of snow.

Lobster catch still good, but price of $4.75 to the boat requires a high catch level to make it a go.

Lots of herring in the wiers with no market for them. The fish are quite small, CONNORS gearing down. The amount of fresh bait market limited. Too small for what I can use them for. A rare thing to have fish in wiers this time of year, and unable to sell what is caught at anytime of the year.

Greeted in the morning with countdown to Christmas. Donna getting her cards in the mail today, will be ahead of Bugs to have the greetings enroute to thier destination.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:38 AM GMT on December 13, 2006

Overcast, slight draft from south, guage still not performing, temp 0c, looking for rain next couple of days.

Sea egging started on Monday, have not heard any reports on the quality or quantity. A very limited quota, self imposed, for the license holders. They have agreed on an individual catch of 30K lbs. Not the lucrative fishery it was ten years ago.

Brothers return to the mainland on noon boat. Has been great having them past couple of days. Mom glad to see them before they migrate south for the winter.

Donna getting antsy once again with cards not mailed, and some final baking to complete. Will get back on track after gang hauls freight.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:45 AM GMT on December 12, 2006

Partial overcast, breezy from NW @15-20kph, at daylight temp a chilly -5C. Temp to rise above normal in next couple of days with more rain coming our way.

Brothers arrived, and small gifts for the children a big hit. Jewellery for the redhead, and a fast top gizmo for Rob. A great mood setter for the season.

Mom called me yesterday in the morning, having trouble getting her breakfest and insulin. Complaining of flu, and little frightned. Told her I would be right along. Time I arrived on the scene dog outside, and she was sitting at the table. Some sign of distress, but she was soon back on her fodder, turned in for the morning, much better by afternoon.

A note from Ottawa, Betty not doing well, lots of fluid, legs and lungs. She is very weak, not responding to the attempts to bring her around.

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MONDAY , DECEMBER 11/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:38 AM GMT on December 11, 2006

Red sky this morning, calm, 0c temp. The first morning with no measurable wind for quite sometime.

Snow practically all gone by dark yesterday, and should be all gone within a day or so as temp on plus side all week. Looking for sun most of the week also.

Met more locals on the mainland over the weekend than would have tripped over here. All doing the same thing shopping, and following the basketball teams.

Rob feeling pretty good this morning, a wonder as he was snowboarding when we got home. When he returned home he was totally drenched, as if he had fallen overboard.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 4:20 PM GMT on December 10, 2006

Clear, mild at 6Ctemp at noon, wind SW @ 15-20 KPH, coming across the channel signifigantly more wind. The wind is to increase as the day progresses so am glad Donna consented to get over on the first trip.

We travelled to St. John got the chores done there down to ST. Stephen, spent the afternoon in Calais and around town. Having beer, pizza and visit by 1800Hrs. did not even break a sweat doing all that.

Rob home last night from friends complaining of sore throat,etc. Got home gone sliding with another group. The snow is fast disappearing, and practically non fell on the mainland, a mere 20 miles away.

Two brothers enroute tomorrow for a couple of sleeps, looking forward to the fellowship, prior to them heading to the Carolinas.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:21 AM GMT on December 09, 2006

Overcast, wind guage bound up with snow from yesterday, no reading appear fairly calm, temp - 6C to warm up on the plus side by afternoon.

Lots of snow and wind all day yesterday, couldn't find it on the weather reports, arrived in spades. Blizzard like conditions for a few hours, without the temp being too bad. At least eight inches of snow, children had a ball well into the evening. Temp to rise into double digits on the longrange so will be getting rid of the stuff soon.

Fortunate we did not travel yesterday, looks much better this AM. Vehicle requires some ice removal, but road seems very good already.

Lots of traffic enroute to the wharf, the fellas must be finally getting a day on the water, not much of a payday this week. Haven't heard how the SW Nova fleet is doing or just what the price is at this week.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on December 08, 2006

Overcast, 3Ctemp, wind NE @40-45KPH, gale force winds forecast until this evening. Another day ashore for the fleet.

Were to travel this AM, but due to weather have put it off until tomorrow AM. An overnight, excursion morning in St. John afternoon at brother on the border for a chance to visit Walmart, U.S.A. Weather looking alright with some for the return trip possible.

First harvest of salmon from Dark Harbour a little short in weight, approx. 1/2lb, than expected. The next report will give a better idea of what to expect for an overall average in that cage.

A short note from Ottawa, Betty back in hospital via ambulance. She has made no progress since her release a few weeks ago, and had lost ground.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on December 07, 2006

Light Drizzle, SW @ 30-35KPH, temp 8C - the high for today. Lots of wind for next couple of days.

Trip over yesterday ideal, however the return trip another story. Rob and his mother not people of the sea, wind 35-45KPH from SW, we were pretty much right into it. Rob and I on the stern most of the trip across watching the water, and the lights on the mainland. Good thing temps were OK, he never lost his supper, but was glad when we got into the lee of the island.

The shopping trip a success, some junkfood, for Emily looking around, a SIMS Xmas game for PC. Rob junkfood, a visit to WEST 49, time to go. Their mother had a few things to pick up, go home. The 'shopping gene' from Donna missed two generations, look out the next group.

Donna and I scheduled to travel tomorrow, but gale force winds will put it off for a day to have a look at it. Looks good for first of the week for the gang to visit.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:21 AM GMT on December 06, 2006

Clear, calm, cold at-8C. Wind to swing to southard as the day progresses with wind by nightfall 25-30KT in the forecast.

The gang is ready to travel, have been prowling for the last hour or so. Hopefully the wind will hold off long enough to get them here on terra firma. They both say heavy weather dosen't bother them, but can't recall when they last had the experiance of dealing with it.

The snow has been well utilized, I see the sliding gear, and snowboards all over the yard. The southerly will look after the four or five inches on the ground. The stuff has an ice base at least i/2 inch thick on the door step and yard.

Community looking very festive with many houses lit up reflecting the season. Spoke with a mother from Truro yesterday looking forward to Christmas, her twin sons in the Armed Forces, coming home for the celebrations. They have completed a tour in Afghanastan, but has not seen them in flesh as yet. Happy for her family.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:52 AM GMT on December 05, 2006

What a difference 24 hours makes, yesterday started with rain, and now have 3-5 inches of snow. A very picturesque and SEASONABLE view over the harbour with the snow visible on Ross Island.

Slight overcast, -6C temp with a windchill of -16Ctemp, WNW 15-20KPH. Wind to diminish as the day moves along, hopefully the fellows can get a day in on the water. Wind a factor all this week.

The sentencing of the FIVE now FOUR, complete, have commented on yesterdays blog.

Open House with officials from Provincial Dept. of Transportation explaining where the status of the new ferry. Given the weather conditions well attended by the public, interesting questions and suggestions asked of those from the Province. Sept 2009 is the date for her to be on the run.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 4/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:36 AM GMT on December 04, 2006

Overcast, 6C temp, SW 10-15kph. Wind picking up as the sun comes up, looking for gale force winds diminishing overnight, typical winter lobster fishing weather.

All decorating both inside and outside now complete, will go with what is there. The timers I put on the outside are working, but not in sync of course. One has electric eye and the other pins, not a big deal to fix.

Harvested at Dark Harbour yesterday, interested to find out what the average weight turns out to be. If weight is where it is expected will have a steady harvest till end of March before they are cleaned up.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:18 PM GMT on December 03, 2006

Might call it seasonable this AM, -2C temp, westerly @10-15KPH,clear. The high for today is about where we are at this hour, we should get a little higher as the day moves along.

Checked the guage and foudn the reason for the fishing being nasty on Friday. The high recorded was at 1314HRS that date as 75KPH, off shore can add at least 10KPH. No wonder we were putting the water over her on the way home.

Will be watching the weather for midweek, time to get the kids ashore for a mall crawl. The guise is to be doing the Christmas shopping. They not too interested in shopping, but a chance to have fast food, a day off school, and just see something a little different.

Two of the brothers planning on visiting next week, weather permitting. Staying for a couple of nights, see mom prior to heading off to Myrtle Beach till spring. Roy going to be there for New Years.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:13 PM GMT on December 02, 2006

Clear, calm, 5C temp. A few hours makes quite a difference blowing like hell most of the day yesterday, and into this morning, before daylight. Lots of rain to with it.

We went fishing, wind had dropped out to nothing, just took in the lines and things started to change. The boss got what traps he hoped to overhaul, and by the time we headed up it was nasty. Looks great out in the harbour, but calling for westerly gales later on this morning. Must be quite a swell, I can hear it breaking infront of the house.

Appears some colder weather coming after this disturbance clears out, but nothing like the snow in the U,S, mid-west. There is no doubt we will get our shot long before spring rolls around.

Decorations sprawled around the lawn, will have to get more stays to secure them, the steel pegs aren't doing it.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:39 AM GMT on December 01, 2006

Overcast, temp 10C, wind SW @10-15kph daylight arrives. Blew pretty good most of the night, and is coming on again during the day. Gale force by tonight, and tomorrow from NE.

On standby for Tony to give them a hand at traps today. He is deciding whether it will be worth the sail before the wind returns with a vengence. He wants to take advantage of the slack with traps around the ledges - weather permitting.

House decorations getting completed, children getting curious about what the month has instore. Emily has a little trouble getting to sleep already, she always has responded to the excitement/anticipation as soon as the decorating started.

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