GRAND MANAN, N.B.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:35 AM GMT on February 28, 2007

Clear, calm, harbour millpond like with vapour, quite a sight with sun rising over Ross Island, through the vapour, quite a large contingent of ducks visible. Cool -8C, nasty weather enroute with easterly wind and rain in the forecast.

Still commenting on rennovations, carpet all down, some finishing to be done, a large window become available at good price. Putting the window on the water side here in the TV/Computer Room, will give quite a view of the harbour, also requires new drapes I am told.

Local news in the fishery quiet with folks taking advantage of school break to head south. Did notice somewier stakes showing up before the road restrictions come on. Nets for aquaculture cages coming on a fairly regular basis.

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TUESDAY, FEBRAURY 27/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:39 AM GMT on February 27, 2007

Overcast, a little snow shower at daylight, no sign of snow at the moment. 10-15KPH from north, temp -4C. Unsettled weather for next couple of days, but nothing too dramatic in the offimg.

Families bailing out this week for the warmer climates, those driving hitting the road over the next couple of days. Quite a few 'boomers' flying out of Portland, seems to have been the best deal for flights this year.

Terminal in Blacks Harbour being used. A welcome change from being on side of the road. Trucks have an opportunity to do their thing with no conflict from other traffic getting off the boat. Reservation policy being drawn up with implementation expected later on in the spring.

Nice day in St. John as the temp rose to 5C as I was coming across the bridge heading home. A sign that warmer weather is coming our way.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:23 AM GMT on February 26, 2007

Clear, calm, -4C, before daylight. Temp to rise on the plus side with winds moderate.

Quick trip to St. John this morning, probably be all day accomplishing what is expected. Donna staying behind as is a business excursion for me, don't know when we would connect. Wouldn't want her retricted to one mall.

Emily has been checking the weather, informed me that any day this week appears to be a good travel day. Still haven't had her birthday trip, also her money is just stacking up - needs to be converted to 'stuff'.

The final piece of carpet to go in this morning, and Robs' desk. Should be the last day for this go round. Some electrical work to finish - very pleased with the work.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:01 PM GMT on February 25, 2007

Sunny, windy from NW@25-30KPH, temp -3C to increase on the plus side as the day moves along.

There is an over abundance of muskrats this year. Seems as if they are on the move just about anytime you look outside. We have one on the seawall that stays there most of the day in nearly the same location.

All hands in thier own digs last night, Robs bed needs another coat of paint. However he has guitar and PS2 on the go so he is content. The carpet is here so tomorrow will see them clean out thier stuff, and I will salvage what room remains for me.

Had a good afternoon knocking down hachmatak, now must concentrate on getting the stuff in the yard. This week is the beginning of March, we look forward to March at least it is spring month, whether the weather reflects that or not remains to unfold.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:13 PM GMT on February 24, 2007

Overcast, cool at -7C with wind from NW 20-25KPH. Temp to rise during the day, but a dull day in the offing as sun hiding behind cloud cover.

Have not heard how the girls team made out last night, the game was played at 1900 HRS. Noticable the number of people that followed the teams to Freerciton. Next week the March Break crowd head south, Some of the family groups driving, and the older Baby Boomers hopping on a plane.

A few boats putting scallop gear aboard to 'up the Bay', have no reports on how the fellows that have gone made out. The weather has been so poor can't imagine they have had many days to give it a good shot. Lobster price to the boat last week or so $6.50, haven't checked on the scallop price. A couple of boats still dragging for sea urchins, when weather permits diving for urchins on the back of the island going to be explored. The season for urchins getting close to the end, mid-March I believe.

Emily had a guest in her new abode, seems to have been a success as they are just now moving about.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:37 AM GMT on February 23, 2007

Partial overcast, breeze from NW @ 30-25KPH, temp -8C, to rise to the melting level again today. The temp is not bad, but with the wind makes it cool.

The exodus to Fredericton for Provincials well underway, a space on the boat leaving all day yesterday at a premium. The first game is girls tonight at 1900HRS. A message from the school advised that there would be classes today, with the recognition that many students would be in Fredericton.

Lobster price at $6.50, but not large amounts coming ashore. The price of gas jumped 4 cents to 95.2/litre yesterday, regualtion at work.

Down to one crew memeber in the basement working today,basketball and personal business for the others. Looking great, got the window in Robs room, sure makes a difference with the natural light, when he gets a little taller has a great view of the harbour and an escape route when he wants to go AWOL.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 4:34 PM GMT on February 22, 2007

Clear, very nice day with the sun and no wind. Temp at noon approaching melting point. My entry from this morning off in cyberspace once again.

Daylight in the swamp coming a little earliar in the morning, another harbinger of a change of the seasons. Time to be giving thought of what requires work in the yard, as the rennovations are nearing completion.

Going to be a challenge to salvage room in the basement for all my valuables, and a spot to tinker. It probably is not going to happen unless the walls are made of rubber.

Donna's dad off to Yarmouth, N.S. to attend at Marine Trade Show for the next few days. A welcome diversion for him I am sure.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:36 AM GMT on February 21, 2007

Overcast, grey dull morning, temp -4C, with a draft from west, appears to be increasing as the sun rises behind the clouds somewhere. Looking for some sun with not too bad temps in the offing.

Lots of fellows took advantage of the good weather yesterday, and went to traps. No idea of what the catch was like, can imagine some of the gear must have move around with all the wind we have had.

The exodous will begin today enroute to Fredericton, both boys and girls baseketball teams in the Provincial playdowns. A large percentage of the population follow the team, whether they have connection to the team members or not. Great community support for the young people.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:36 AM GMT on February 20, 2007

Calm, a slight draft from WSW, -10C, overcast. Temp to rise around 0c, with possibility of flurries as the day moves along.

A fair amount of snow down yesterday, mainly in the morning. Blew around for most of the afternoon. Our yard plowed for the third time this winter, more than the previous 14 yrs total.

Weather for the golfers looks to be pretty good with a high of 17C in the forecast with clear conditions. Ted will soon have to think about hauling freight north, to return to the grind.

Kids back to school, hopefully no more snow days. March break another week away. The way things are going probably will be that long before can get the crowd to St. John.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on February 19, 2007

A winter storm in the making, temp -4C with strong NW wind @ 25-30KPH. Gale force forecast till this evening.

Emily's trip will have to be put off for tomorrow. Wind dying out, but snow in the forecast. Looks like Thursday might be fit.

School cancelled again today, seems kids are out of school more than they have been in this past couple of weeks.

Ice in the harbour made quite an exit yesterday on the ebb tide. Some flows left infront of the house must be 4-6 feet thick. Fibre glass hull and ice that thick not an even match. Ice strung well out in the harbour well past x Head.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:18 PM GMT on February 18, 2007

Calm, overcast, -5C temp. The first morning in many no wind. Forcasting to change that big time, more gales this afternoon until tomorrow afternoon. Temps to increase with the southerly influence.

Got into the woods yesterday for a couple of hours, got quite a bit down. Should have the fourwheeler mobile possibly today to start getting the stuff in the yard. The body not used to the type of actvity, but not too bad.

The brothers in Myrtle Beach having a great time, but the weather has been chilly for a few days this past week, don't believe it slowed up the golf too much. Ted starts back sometime this week.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:14 PM GMT on February 17, 2007

Partial overcast, still blowing hard WSW 25-30KPH, did so all night. Temp -5C, another morning of fingers of ice off from infront of the house. Ice won't last when the tide leaves it.

Rob out overnight, Emily and Shauna both in thier new digs. Must say the fellows take pride in thier work, the rooms well worth the wait. Hopefully they will be out of here next week, Robs' room and the kitchen area to finish off.

Still quiet on the fishery front, weather has been too bad for any sustained effort. Possibly one day this past week, and that was bad by afternoon.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:33 AM GMT on February 16, 2007

Like a mother-in-laws kiss this AM, cool, -11C with SW breeze 40-50KPH giving a windchill in the -30'sC. Gales to continue all day with near gale force for tomorrow from the west.

Emily's birthday trip on hold till next week, dosen't seem to be a concern. This way she may get another day off school.

Boat has been making her trips, can imagine that for a part of the trip it would be interesting. Looking out beyond Ross Island lots of
action with the tops being taken off the waves by the wind. Too far offshore to get a good picture.

Rennovations moving along two of the bedrooms to be completed today, will move Shauna and Emily into thier digs over the weekend.

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FEBRUARY 15/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on February 15, 2007

Overcast, with blowing snow, temp -2C. wind from SW @ 35-45KPH. Blew hard all night, with rain early in the evening. One of the trees heavy with ice. Thought we might lose it, but between the rain and wind knocked all off. The end red stripe in the flag disappeared, just a rag there now.

No school again today, yesterday cancelled for impending storm, today must be because of road conditions. The wind to shift westerly as the day moves along, that will give us clear sky. Temp to decline as the wind changes. Gale force forecast until tomorrow.

Emily now entered one of the 'passages of life', will be an official teenager at 1250HRS. Still uncertain when will get her on the mainland.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on February 14, 2007

Calm, heavy overcast, -6C. Harbour mill pond like, however nor'easter just down the coast lots of weather enroute for the next 36 HRS or so.

Ted arrived at Myrtle Beach on Monday, had a good drive down. Impressed with the contrast of temps from Moncton to that part of the world. Has his golf clubs ready to go.

The storm that is forecast will be impressive, U.S. fellow calling for 55kt from E and SE, wave height 19ft. That is alot of energy pounding the shoreline, tides aren't full so should not have rockweed on my lawn at high tide.

May be able to get Emily to St. John on Saturday, the forecast is looking better with wind diminishing earliar than previously forecast.


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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on February 13, 2007

Clear, cold, -13C, wind from west at 20-25KPH, a windchill factor of -31C. A winter watch warning issued for tomorrow. Weather system currently in Oklahoma will be in our area later tomorrow.

Fellows started in Emilys' room yesterday, found the hot water tank starting to leak, got it changed before any damage occurred. Electrician holding things up to allow getting Shauna moved into her digs. All hands looking forward to that move.

Fishing news sparse, weather still a factor, looks as if this week one to work on gear. One can always visit the sheds to catch up on the latest 'local news'.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:28 AM GMT on February 12, 2007

Overcast, WSW 10-15KPH, -4C temp. Weather pattern about to change with a vengence. Gale force and near that for most of the week, with snow, rain, clearing all expected by the end of the week.

Will have to keep an eye on the weather, dosen't appear we will be able to celebrate Emily's birthday until after the fact. None of the crowd are sailors, and the trip over in the winds forecast would not be good for a non sailor.

Rennovations coming together, hopefuly Shauna will be in her room by mid-week. Emily's room next to bring up to speed.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:14 PM GMT on February 11, 2007

Clear, calm, -10C temp, sun well up over Ross Island with fingers of ice leading off shore. The ice up in the harbour continues to grow and become thicker.

Ted got on the road yesterday at 0500HRS, would have quite a bit of the travel under his belt by dark last night. Believe it is approx. 22 HRS steaming time from here to there, not bad but long couple of days. Hopefully the weather co-operates to enable him to get some golf under his belt.

Butch's eldest daughter here for the weekend, thier two children stayed with us. Friday night they were awake most of the night, last night pretty quiet very early, just beat. She and her family return to St. John next boat, a good visit for all concerned.

Did manage to get a couple of hours in the woods yesterday in the afternoon. Great weather to be playing around in the bush, four wheeler still down, but have an idea.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:54 AM GMT on February 10, 2007

Clear, slight draft from west, flag barely moving, -9C, no ice infront of the house, however further up in the harbour lots and pretty thick in places.

Long range still giving lots of sun, cool, and wind from the NW for as far out as one can see. The temp should make a move shortly to the higher levels.

Younger brother and wife left for Myrtle Beach this morning. A first time trip to the south for them, good driving weather for them up this way, he hopes to be there tomorrow evening. He is an avid golfer so hope the weather co-operates for them.

Productive activity in the fishing community appears almost at a standstill. There is some activity in aquaculutre getting prepared for spring entry of smolt.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 09/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:36 AM GMT on February 09, 2007

Partial cloud, temp -9C, 15-20KPH from WSW, first day this week wind not from NW, expected to go westerly next few days. Temps to moderate, but still remaining seasonable.

Still flowers, and loads of food showing up at the house, and Donna's folks also. There are some great cooks for chocolate cookies, and various casseroles, much appreciated.

Power problem at the school yesterday give the children a day off. They were hoping problem would remain for today, but has been repaired, so off they go.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on February 08, 2007

Clear, calm, harbour pratically completely skimmed over between here and Ross Island. Temp -13C, temp to rise some over the day, but still damned cool. Sea smoke visible in behind Ross Island.

Donna may have the upstairs returned to her care and attention by the end of the day. Continues to amaze me how much 'stuff' can be crammed into a closet and under a bed. The rest of the house floor space is well occupied until it can be hidden again.

Very quiet on the fishing front, still very cold, and lots of wind.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:54 AM GMT on February 07, 2007

Clear, calm, -11C, quite a sight with the red sun creeping up over Ross Island. Forecast is seasonable temps but wind is under control for the rest of the week.

Support from community has been swift and appreciated. A flow of visitors yesterday eased the day for Donna's mom while her father, and niece were making thier return home last evening. Phone calls from those friends and relatives from 'away' have been steady, amazing how efficent the 'bush telegraph' is when started in motion.

The support and concern in the comments much appreciated.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 5:08 PM GMT on February 06, 2007

Butch left this morning.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:17 AM GMT on February 05, 2007

Still strong wind from West @ 25KPH with highewr gusts as the day moves along, temp -9C, overcast. Expecting sun for most of the week, but seasonable temps.

Kids busy yesterday with skating all afternoon, and a SUPER BOWL celebration at the Curling Rink from 5-9PM. The party went on longer, not for our two, school today so rack time comes early. Didn't appear to have much oppostion when time to come home, they were pretty well used up. Great to see the skating rink utilized to the degree it was, and the Wesleyan youth pastor put a lot of effort in getting the SUPER BOWL together.

Off to St. John this AM, Donna opted to stay put due to high winds. Hope to get too see Butch, but not sure due to time issues. No great changes being reported, none on the positive side.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:13 PM GMT on February 04, 2007

Partial overcast, -5C temp,WSW @ 10-15kph, blew hard overnight, giving gale force from west until tomorrow night. Temp for the week to be more seasonable.

In the woods for a little time yesterday, chainsaws a wonderful tool - when they work. Had alloted number of trees down ready to manufacture saw refused to remain in commence. An adjustment required that my level expertise would only compound the problem. Will get it to somebody that can make it right this week.

A fair number of sticks ready to go, but still need to get gas tank on the fourwheeler under control. Thought had it under control, but such is not the case.

The animals slowly making friends, they can't decide which of the pair is dominant. Sampson has had a couple of bats in the face, he has put the run to her - interesting.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:22 PM GMT on February 03, 2007

Overcast, rain this morning, calm, 2C temp. Temp to remain in this range for today, with gale force winds for the next couple of days.

Probably will not get at the woodpile today, unless the rain quits. Haven't got much down for next year, the clock is beginning to tick to get it done.

Bedroom, hallway in the basement taking shape, ready to crack fill on Monday. Hell of a mess to contend with everything having to be moved, and loss of storage space for the many treasures one accumulates in a basement.

Fishing news quiet, a few fellows dragging urchins, price and quantity not very good. Lobster fishing pretty well limited to those fellows trawl fishing in deep water. A few scallops on the go, but no great quantity, the weather has not been condusive to scratching for them, cold.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on February 02, 2007

Overcast, 10-15KPH from NE, temp a mild -3C, temp to increase as the day moves along. Snow flurries in the forecast, but could be rain for us. Snow fell overnight possibly an inch or so. Weekend looking mild, and into next week temps not too bad.

Renovations well underway, amazing how much disruption is involved to improve an existing structure. Starting to take shape, electrician to get the rough wiring in place today.

Rob out overnight with a school buddy, his room next on the hit list, remains to be seen if we can take advantage of his absence.

A few herring at Pettes & Whale Cove from the wier, believe it come ashore for lobster bait.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on February 01, 2007

Partial overcast, harbour still with sun just beginning to breakover Ross Island. Cool -9C, calm, temp to rise as the day moves along with a risk of freezing rain by late today.

Contracters in full swing, a full day into the project, two guys can get alot done, when they know what they are doing. The new bedroom and hallway studded ready for the insulation this AM. Quite a transformation when they get done, long overdue for Shauna and the children.

Emily to prepare a speech for school, has decided to speak on her Uncle Ivan. Almost a year has passed, a lifetime for a 12 yr. old, and she still has him with her, a good thing.

Donna on the mend having been down with a cold. See some more paint hanging around the bedroom, so spring renewal inside soon underway.

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