GRAND MANAN, N.B.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:22 AM GMT on March 31, 2007

Clear, breezey from NW @20-25KPH, -1C temp to rise around 5C for the day, not great for the end of the March.

Nelson crossed the bog yesterday, has been hospitalized for sevral weeks from a stroke. He stated on Tuesday enough was enough it was time to have it over with, I believe this was one of his last concious statements.

Seined the INTRUDER at Pettes Cove yesterday, haven't heard how many, the local fisherman would be interested in the fresh bait. Don't believe CONNOR's is up and running as of yet, getting ready for the summer season.

Emily overnight guest last night, they are already prowling around. Rob has a buddy tonight, was a long time before we allowed PS2 in the house, glad seen the light if they aren't outside boarding they are huddled around a game, no lamenting about being bored.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 30/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on March 30, 2007

Clear, wind finally died down, a little draft from west barely moving the flag at the moment, -1C temp. Spring temps still alluding us for the next couple of days.

Waterfowel in groups infront of the house, no great numbers at this time.

Lobster price is good, if you were catching any, around $10/lb to the boat. Might as well be double that for the amount coming ashore, a combination of weather and lobsters not crawling dosen't make for a great payday, even at that price. See some twine going on the 'INTRUDER' in Pettes Cove yesterday, lots of herring being seen around North Head.

Fuel prices continue to rise $1.09/litre, amazing how these increases become the accepted norm after awhile. A price below $1 we now feel like it is a heluva deal.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 29/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on March 29, 2007

Partial Overcast, cold with temp -3C windchill coming in at -17C. Wind still very strong with gusts 45KPH from NW. Wind to remain for the next couple of days, March not giving up easy.

Evening trip home uneventful, wind must have been close to gale force. Nary a movement on the boat coming or going.

Trip to St. John busy, but productive. Have BBQ, in a box, some construction required. Enough pieces to keep me busy for some time, hopefully will not have any leftover once the construction is complete.

More jumps and kids in the yard when we got home off the boat. Construction on the formal park to commence shortly with an opening expected within a month. The sports complex is apparently moving along in a positive manner, looking forward to seeing that announced and underway.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:20 AM GMT on March 28, 2007

Clear, 4C, southerly @10-15KPH, wind to increase as day moves along with wind from NW.

Donna & I off to St. John this morning with a busy day getting around. Gale force NW in the forecast for late this evening. Hopefully she will be back in her nest before the Bay has an opportunity to get riled up. NW breeze not a problem aboard the boat, she seems to lean over and stay there for the duration.

Last call before turning in heard have a nice trip and oh "don't forget the doughnuts". Will hopefully complete my quest for the BBQ.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 27/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on March 27, 2007

Overcast, visibility hampered by fog, can see out the harbour no problem. Breeze SW 10-15KPH, temp 5C at daylight with an increase as the day moves along.

Quite a few traps going by, heading offshore for spring fishing. Large body of herring being seen off North Head this past few days hopefully a good sign for the wiers this season.

Gulls making thier familiar cries,
have seen many robins over the weekend, more signs of spring is not too far away.

Eight sk8boarders in the yard till dark, Emily on roller blades made for lots of activity. Can imagine how many the facility being built will gather up at a time. The boarders and onlookers, will be interesting.

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MONDAY, MARCH 27/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on March 26, 2007

Clear, calm, cool @-8C with a heavy frost this AM, one of those photo type sunrises over the harbour. Nice temps forecast for the week.

Tide is up farily well, and a number of waterfowel in close to shore, going by in pairs. A few geese flying by, in formation, very high weren't stopping by on thier way to the northard.

Fellows going by heading for the wharf, good day to be on the water to do whatever needs to be done.

Salmon out of Dark Harbour as of last week, get ready for rentry by late May.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 25/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:22 AM GMT on March 25, 2007

Partial overcast, cool 1C temp, 10-15KPH from NE. Looking to warm up to 8C before the day is done. Harbour has an oil like sheen, no waterfowel that I can see.

The kids anxiously awaiting the construction of the sk8board facility at the school. As soon as the jumps were in the yard seems as if more enthusiasts felt it was a go, and dropped by. Seems a male dominated sport, but with the new park might become more coed.

A bit of a struggle, but managed to capture a pickup load of firewood from the woods yesterday PM. The bog is giving up on frost in a hurry. Should be in pretty good shape with what I have in the yard and left from this season. The stove is finally being allowed to go out for most of the day.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 24/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:19 AM GMT on March 24, 2007

Great sunrise this AM, not a draft of wind, 1C temp. Harbour like glass. Some brant infront of the house, but could not hear them discussing the day, they can be quite noisey on occasion.

Looks like our summer weather for the ones in Myrtle Beach with a high of 26C for today. They will soon be heading north to look for spring a second time, if this trend continues they may even find it when they arrive home.

This weather makes one want to start doing yard work, ground still very stiff plus I don't like to rake. Must start thinking of getting the implements serviced as they certainly weren't looked after when they went up for the winter.

Emily out overnight so will be Rob and I for the tour to see what is looking. No TIM HORTONS here so a visit to the DOLLAR STORE will fill the bill.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on March 23, 2007

Overcast, NO WIND, temp 3C. Temp to rise in the 8C range with above freezing temps overnight, and for the next sevral days. The long range calling for sunny, and should dare say 'spring like' weather conditions.

The harbour like a mirror with the remains of the old lighthouse reflecting off the water. The brant not evident this last couple of days, but can see them in flight in sevral locations. Reports of robins, have not had any around the house as yet.

Weekend social calendar underway, Rob has birthday party and teen night, Emily teen night, then out overnight.

Rob has found that Aerosmith might be coming to PEI this summer. The subtle questions about attending underway, if they announce they are coming could prove interesting. MOTLEY CRUE are really where it is at, according to him.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 22/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on March 22, 2007

Southerly wind is back gusts to 25KPH increasing as the morning gets brighter. Overcast soon to rain, 2C temp, a high of 7C forecast. Good temps and better weather after this system moves off.

About half tide, and can see the clammers making thier way to the beach. Some clams being dug, but wrinkles are in short supply, lots of folks harvesting them. Price for wrinkles around $1 for large.

A few traps making their way off yesterday, but weather not the best. Finally in the afternoon things smoothed out, but back to what has been the norm today.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on March 21, 2007

Cool @-8C, wind finally let up with a breeze 10-15KPH from NW. Tide very low, and sun just peeking up over Ross Island a brilliant red shining through the window.

No activity on the beach this morning, but many around the harbour last evening. More of the harbour exposed than I have seen in a long time. A great oportunity to search for clams, not many wrinkles as the bottom is gravel.

Grateful acknowledgement of Ivans generous donations to the various community instituions received, on this the first anniversary of his passing.



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TUESDAY, MARCH 20/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:31 AM GMT on March 20, 2007

Rain, WINDY conditions remain from south with current gusts to 50KPH, blew hard all night, temp 2C. Rain expected for most of the day.

Tides are 00 this morning and afternoon, a lot of people taking advantage infront of the house. Majority picking wrinkles, a few were clamming. The tide went out in a hurry, but the also returned at the same rate.

Brant by the thousands in the harbour last evening, a sign that spring is on the way. Also noticed a few geese beginning to show up, but no large flocks as yet.

Rob is sticking with GUN N' ROSES I guess he is making progress, not my music so will have to take his word for it. He is certainly dedicated to the instrument, spent at least hour and half last night practising. Emily seems quite ambivelant about her piano.

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MONDAY, MARCH 19/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on March 19, 2007

Clear, windy from SW 30-35KPH with gusts in the mid-forties, blew all night. Temp -4C with a high around zero, moisture in the offing for tomorrow, and wind continues for next few days.

Belated birthday gathering for mothers yesterday, mom 89, Donnas' mother 86. Both going strong considering thier age. Kids still out around the neighbourhood at the time so small group at the table. The group is getting smaller as time goes by for sure.

At daylight could certainly see a vast amount of the harbour bottom. There are a couple of 00 tides this week with a high over 28 feet, quite a swing.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 18/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 2:15 PM GMT on March 18, 2007

Another entry off into cyberspace somewhere, getting to be all too common, can't imagine it is a fault of mine.

Overcast, SW @ 35-40kph, temp -1C, with a threat of snow later on today.


Blowing fairly hard from the south, tide coming,looking across the harbour seas going ont Ross Island. The full tides start today so might have some aof the harbour on the lawn before it recedes.

Kids out overnight, will return later on this afternoon no doubt. Rob at a s8board/birthday party yesterday. The outside weather terrible but an unobstructed basement and determined boarders can make it work,a great time reported had by all.


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SATURDAY, MARCH 17/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:19 AM GMT on March 17, 2007

I don't know what St. Patrick would think of todays' weather. Continues to blow from NE at a steady 40KPH, highest gust on guage last night at 2150HRS come in at 93KPH, temp 0 to rise yo 7C. Rain forecast for next couple of days with little respite from the wind.

Younger basketball teams tournaments today here and on the mainland. Travel an iffy proposition with this type of weather, no relief coming home as wind shifting to SE almost head on for the full trip.

Kids participated in Teen Night at Boys n Girls Club last night, enjoyed themselves. A fair number of young people in attendance. With a new facility greater participation from the ages targeted a sure thing, a cool place to gather, the current Club, tired, small, seen its' day.

Snowbirds pretty well completed thier return migration from the south, quite a few tans evidence of warm sun somewhere in North America.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on March 16, 2007

Overcast, -6C, steady 20-25KPH from NE, forcasting rain or snow as the day moves along, warmer and rain for tomorrow.

Leisurly tour of shops in Calais and St.Stephen, appears to have been successful. A couple of items not accounted for, no BBQ, a trip to St. John to clear that is required.A bit of swell for a few minutes yesterday, but not bad considering the amount of wind we have had the past number of days.

No wildlife in the harbour this morning, too much wind.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 15/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:19 AM GMT on March 15, 2007

Foggy, 10-15KPH SW, 6C temp. Pretty much the weather for the day, with a change to northerly influence this PM. Temps remaining on plus side for next couple of days.

Off to the mainland for a day, having a peek in Wallie
World in Calais to see what they have to offer today.

Remains quiet on all fronts in the community, in between seasons. No brant in the harbour, with only a few being noticed on the outer islands. Brant historically in the harbour by the thousands by this time. Also no amount of geese have been reported, or robins.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on March 14, 2007

Overcast, temp 6C, SW wind increasing as dayllight increases. Forecasting wind and rain for the next few days. A respite for tomorrow from the wind, but picks up again on Friday.

Appears that a trip to Calais for Donna to alleviate symptons of cabin fever in the offing for tomorrow. We need a new BBQ so a wander through MARDEN'S may have something of interest. The CAD around 85 cents makes it a good chance to shop for certain items across the line.

The pair of Canada Geese from last year have showed up on the seawall. Quite a menagerie along there with ducks, muskrats, crows and now geese parading back and forth. Sampson dosen't like the activity but keeps his distance, with the exception of the muskrat they are all bigger than he.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 13/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on March 13, 2007

Partial overcast, -1C, calm, harbour millpond calm. Woodsmoke heading direct to the ground, an easterly influence a couple of days away?

Price of gas continues to move upward, now $1.05/litre. Specualtion is that will continue to rise as demand is greater than supply in North America. The new IRVING refinary in St. John is obviously good business sense.

Latest guitar lessons have now brought GUN N' ROSES into the repetoire. A lot of smiles when I inquire about Willie NELSON, 'it ain't going to happen'. Emily still at piano, albiet with less enthusiasum than the guitar picker.

A load of traps went by the house this AM, going off shore for the spring. Scallops have taken a dip in price, not many at it right now.

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MONDAY, MARCH 12/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on March 12, 2007

Clear, slight draft from the west, 0 temp. Wing appears to be attempting to find the NW, nice temps anticipated for the week.

Rob returned from his weekend with many stops from Moncton to Blacks. Had a grand time with the sk8boarding, and go-karts the hightlights by far.

Kids off to school this morning, and with the weekend change in the time still a bit reluctant to get moving.

All still quiet on the fishing front, with temps improving more traps will hit the water for spring fishing.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 11/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:10 PM GMT on March 11, 2007

Rain, SW@ 15-20KPH, 3C temp. clearing by this afternoon. The combination of wind and rain will give the snow a rub before the day is done.

A little confusion with the change in time, somewhere missed the hour, even with all the clocks changed got started an hour later than I thought it was.

Got a truck load home from the woods yesterday, will be another day or so before can get back at it. Still had to dig wood out of the snow pack, won't be the case next time around.

A few mallards enjoying the fresh water infront of the house yesterday, still no brant to amount of anything around. It is getting past time that they show up here in the harbour.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 10/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:09 PM GMT on March 10, 2007

Overcast, steady breeze from SW @ 20-25kph, a substantial rise in temp at the O mark at daylight. Will improve in temp as day moves along, possiblity of rain by afternoon.

The plan was to start hauling wood home today, but will have to wait and see what mother nature decides in that arena.

Rob up early for his 0630 pickup, wandering around the house dressed at 0545, trying to make the clock move faster I suppose. Should be in Moncton by noon to start his adventure.

Local activity on the aquaculture area, nets arriving ready for entry. The goal is to start entry of fish early in April as possible, have not heard if the water temp on the move upward or not. The cold temps this week should retard the process for a few days at least.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 9/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:45 AM GMT on March 09, 2007

Clear, damned cold with windchill still coming in at -34C. Westerly @-30-35KPH, fingers of ice infront of the house well out into the harbour. Forecast is calling for moderating temps as the day moves along, believed that yesterday with no luck.

Quiet on the fishing front, have noticed a few more stakes showing up all the time, another sign that spring is still on the calendar.

Rob travels tomorrow for a weekend of sk8boarding,laser tag and other activites. A great opportunity for he and his cronies before getting back in the academic mode on Monday.

Emily returned with cash, and has stowed that to build for the next foray to the mainland. Spring will no doubt require some new duds.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:38 AM GMT on March 08, 2007

Clear, 10-15KPH westerly, slight moderation in temps expected today. Possibility of rain by the weekend as the wind swings around to southerly.

Trip over and return no problem, not a movement on the ferry whatsoever. All hands had an opportunity to do the shopping things that 'had' to be completed. Some new duds, Emily second set of ear piercing, Rob a vist skateboard shop, a couple of treasures, lunch at SWISS CHALET,then lets go see nan. A mall crawl for the sake of looking not of interest. No sign of them so far today.

Some of the funds from Ivan's estate have been distributed to local institutions, museum, hospital, old folks home, and scholarship fund for the high school. A long drawn out affair, have been almost a year to this point. It still goes on towards final resolution.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:27 AM GMT on March 07, 2007

Clear, very cold with wind chill -32C, westerly wind from 10-30KPH. Winds to diminish as the day progresses.

Group up and back to bed at one time this morning, wind quite strong. Wind dying out, and not any better for the rest of the week, I guess we are now on the road. Donna remaining for a day to herself, along with SAMPSON. Rob has gravol, Emily vows weather not a problem for her.

It is to moderate with southerly winds and much improved temps by the weekend. These extreme temps for this time of year hopefully go away, sea smoke back of Ross Island sky high, none in the harbour too much ice formed overnight.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 6/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:39 AM GMT on March 06, 2007

Clearing after a night of flurries, cold @-9C with wind gusting to 45KPH, windchill @ -30C. Forecast is for wind and cool for next couple of days, hopefully the winter mindset will disappear.

Tomorrow morning looks as if it will be the best weather day of the week for my non sailors. Will be clear, but cool and wind dropping as the day moves along.

Emily had a guest last night in her new abode, all appears to be OK, no sign of any of them this morning.

Rennovations, with exception of electrical is complete. A very good job, now the bill will show up to put a true prospective on things.

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MONDAY, MARCH 5/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:31 AM GMT on March 05, 2007

Clear, westerly @20-25KPH, increasing as the day moves along. Temp a nice -1C, cold and windy enroute.

Gale force for tomorrow, Emily should have her funds invested as she could be making interest. Looks as if Wed or Thurs is the soonest we will be able to get on the mainland.

Rennovations to be completed today, just some fine tuning and clean up - with the exception of electrician is what remains. Remarkable what a little ability can do to change the looks and efficency of a home, also a little cash required to make it all work.

Fishing front still quiet, a few traps moving off for the spring run. Not much moving as yet.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 4/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:19 PM GMT on March 04, 2007

Partial overcast, westerly 10-15KPH, 1C temp. Looking for overcast most of the day.

Gas quite a jump this week, locally $1.05/litre, haven't been paying attention for the ratlionale. Same hikes taking place across the line also, not just a local phenom.

Nice afternoon in the woods, had my number of trees on the ground then chainsaw decided it was too warm or some such thing. Possibly get one of the others out of the hospital to get the job done. Did manage to spend the time productive by making road with the ATV.

Lots of folks south, brother back from Myrtle Beach has now got the bug. Plans on spending his vacation there next winter rather than a couple of weeks. Ted loved the golfing, Jean the golfing and shopping.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 3/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:05 PM GMT on March 03, 2007

Clear, calm with a slight draft from SW, temp 0 with a forecast of 6C. Calling for wind until tonight with a chance of rain. At this moment a great scene out over the harbour, no ducks visible, most times lots to seen at a glance.

No brant as yet, but have noticed a large flock over Nantucket the last few days. A sure sign of spring when they start arriving in the harbour, believe they are a little behind schedule from years past.

Kids off for the next week, long range giving wind for mid-week, Emily having a hard time getting to OLD NAVY. Still a few days away hopefully we can get her shopping on Tuesday as planned.

Dust everywhere, and more to come. The crackfilling for the new window requires another shot, it goes everywhere.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:40 PM GMT on March 02, 2007

A struggle to get on this site most of the day. Nor'easter well underway, lots of snow, wind at 50-60KPH, temp -2C, expected to rise to 4C by midnight with rain. Going through quickly with SW moderate winds for tomorrow. Cooler for next week.

A new large window here in the computer/TV room gives a great shot of the harbour. The storm coming right at me as I type. A great addition to the home.

Emily camped out for the night, no school today in anticipation of the storm. It certainly looked like a poor call until early afternoon, and then it was good to know where your kids were.

Will see if one can get in the woods tomorrow, clock is ticking to get the stuff home. Wood behind Ivans house and if house is sold that avenue might be closed.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on March 01, 2007

March coming in like a lamb, calm, bright sunshine, temp -3C moving on up to the plus side once again. However tomorrow and Saturday looking to be nasty a Winter Storm Watch has been issued, would expect to be rain here with snow inland.

Scalloping underway, but have no reports on the catch or what the local price is at the moment.

Children have a couple of days before spring break, plans to hit St. John early next week have been filed for approval.



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