GRAND MANAN, N.B.

MONDAY, APRIL 30/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on April 30, 2007


Fog with visibility about mid-harbur, calm, 5Ctemp. Looking for showers as the day progresses, still calling for poor weather all week, moist but little wind.

Fishing news still quiet, emphasis on lobster. Hopefully with an improvement of temps the lobster will begin to crawl, our seson ends on 29 JUN till 2nd Tues. in November, can be a long time between paydays.

Wind guage acting up possibly can justify a personal weather station set up sometime in the future?

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SUNDAY, APRIL 29/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:04 AM GMT on April 29, 2007

Overcast,a hint of showers, wind fron NE @ steady 20-25KPH, a cool 5C with a high of only 8C in the forecast. Similar weather for the next sevral days, the ground not getting an opportunity to warm up at this rate.

Emily still out overnight, haven't laid eyes on her since breakfest on Friday. Rob had a day of 'jamming', PS2, finished up with a pool tournament, the pair of them having it pretty tough. Rob has taken to the drums as a secondary instrument glad the drums are at another residence.

Managed to commence cleaning up the flower gardens, operative word commence, lots to do after the winter, but at least moving forward.

Local garden centre opened yesterday, we now have two new shrubs to add to the inventory.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 28/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:21 AM GMT on April 28, 2007

Fog, visibility approx. 1/4 mile, possibly drizzle in the mix, temp 7C - rising into the teens before day is over. Wind northerly 10-15KPH. Poor weather in the offing into next week.

Emily out overnight, Rob reported in after a birthday party and teen night at 2200HRS. He hasn't reported in as yet, must have been an active evening.

Fellows out fishing, but the frustration level pretty high. Prices have come down from last week, lobsters continue to be scarce. A few scalloping up the bay, weather permitting.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:38 AM GMT on April 27, 2007

Sunrise was great, but now overcast with a draft from south. Temp 6C going up to double digit with rain for the next few days it seems.

Many brant on patrol this morning going back and forth infront of the house, no problem hearing them when you step out on the verandah.

A few herring seined at Pettes Cove yesterday, went locally for lobster bait. Have no idea of the size or quantity brought ashore.

Lawn showing signs of coming to life with patches of green showing up. Put the lime to it last night to take advantage of the coming moisture, starting to play in the flower gardens, removal of shrubs, weeds, etc.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:36 AM GMT on April 26, 2007

Clear, calm a slight draft from west, enough to pick up the flag once in awhile, temp 7C and rising with the sun. A beautiful sunrise over Ross Island, tide was up,lots of brant milling around infront of the house near the seawall.

Lobster catch hasn't rebounded after the storm of last week. Hopefully with some calmer, warmer days the little beasts will start to crawl.

Word of the sk8board apparatus in the yard has travelled, into the teens in numbers here after school. They are certainly looking forward to the park being set up at the school. With all that variety of young men around surprised no girls participating or attending the activities.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:31 AM GMT on April 25, 2007

Clear, with a hint of haze, 5Ctemp, northerly 10KPH. A nice sunrise with many breeds of waterfowel going by near the seawall. Brant having a lot to say about something or other.

I was travelling yesterday, but had made my observations prior to leaving it is somewhere in syberspace. Yesterday was a nice day temp wise, quite a number travelling, all local.

The Garden Centres just getting set up, Donna and her longtime friend will soon be making their annual trek to most of the centres in southwestern part of the province.

Rob has his first gig, playing on a float in the ROTARY FESTIVAL parade this summer. He did not hesitate to accept when asked. There has been a banjo around here, and he has taken that up for curiosity sake. Has picked out some things on it - quite a contrast to AC DC.

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MONDAY, APRIL23/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:36 AM GMT on April 23, 2007

Hazy this AM, with the sun valiantly trying to be the dominant feature. Winds SSW @ 10-15KPH, temp 7C. Local forecast says a high of 14C,American calling for 23C in Lubec. Somewhere in between for temps will give us a good weather day. Long range giving good weather.

Fellows will be on the water today hoping the lobster have begun to crawl. Prices remian good, probably will be until a quantity get into the system. Scallops, weather permitting still being pursued. A few at the 'head of the Bay' are in the 19 count area, nice scallops.

Green grass showing up through the brown, spring is starting to stir. Donna's daffodils getting ready to show some colur, am hearing some suggestions that I might attempt in the gardens outside. Hangng baskets at the local garden centre evident in the greenhouse, all positive signs.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 22/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 4:17 PM GMT on April 22, 2007

CLEAR, very nice temp at 13C, a draft from the SSW. A very nice trip over this morning, quite a welcome change all way round.

First BBQ of the season, not a whole bunch of time to plan, but managed a nice steak. Will be a harbinger of what is to come. Kids commented on how good it tasted so that is a definate.

Warm at Arnolds' and in Frederciton. He still has quite alot of snow around his house, the lake is frozen solid. However would not like to think I had to venture out on it very far. Did notice some waterfowel checking it out this AM for a chance to get down into the feshwater, not happening today.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 21/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:25 AM GMT on April 21, 2007

Clear, calm, 5Ctemp, a nice sunrise in the offing, redsky evident, no sun as yet. Looking for mid teens'along the coast, warmer inland', another indication the seasons are changing.

Off to fetch Donna this AM, probably stay the night, back on the first boat in the morning. They finished the makeover on schedule, now she is ready to return to her abode.

Both kids out overnight, Emily left before noon yesterday, never laid eyes on her yesterday. Rob has his board, and looking forward to the good weather day to hone his skills.

Sevral boats checking thier traps yesterday,some gear moved around and snarled. However with the amount of storm we had did not sound too bad for gear disruption or loss. The price around $11.50 locally, reports that Novie price in excess of $15, a new high. An indication that no product in the pipeline.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on April 20, 2007

Clear, very nice to see the sun rising over Ross Island for the second morning in a row, hopefully first of many. Still a breeze from N @ 15-25KPH, temp on the rise 2C with a high in the mid teens for the day and sevral days out.

Gas has taken another hike of around 4cents/$1.11/litre. The hydro announced an interim price increase of a around 9%, operative word interim, they will be pursuing a formal increase with hearings by June. Alternative electrical sources looking better all the time.

Kids off school today, schedule for teachers inservice. Rob will be happy great weather today for sk8boarding. The boys are anxiously waiting for the park to begin. Ground for the proposed sports complex now been cleared, seeing that is positive. No formal announcement of moving forward with the financing has been made that I am aware.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:38 AM GMT on April 19, 2007

Sun is out, actually had a sunrise one could observe this AM. Still breezy from NNW @25-30KPH, a far cry from previous three days, temp 1C. Looking for sun and a high of 8C today. Weekend looking good with double digit temps in the forecast.

Boat made her trips yesterday, at least three that I know of, kept pretty well to schedule. The trip to the mainland would have been fairly long the way she went by the light yesterday in the afternoon. Seemed to be quite abit of traffic associated with her trips, I suppose a full day of no sailing leaves a number of people stranded here and there.

Noticed the brant in the air yesterday for the first time this week, they were walking on the beach when the wind was the strongest.

Donna is still helping remodel, with the odd side trip to town. The weather there is miserable with snow and sleet the order of the day. Not Myrtle Beach weather I am told.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on April 18, 2007

This giving a whole new meaning to the quote"wind swept shores". Gale force expected till tonight, wind has shifted abit almost northerly @50-70KPH, 3Ctemp, overcast. Giving a possiblity of sun by tomorrow afternoon.

Overnight the seas had closed off the drainage ditch at the seawall infront of the house. Quite a gathering of water at daylight a little shoveling of rockweed and nice beach gravel opened it up in a hurry.

Be doubtful if the boat will beat it across in this weather, had no time to calm the waters. A good weekend forecast, but more rain/wind next week.

Kids getting on without Nan pretty well, seems they have other interests. The dog is pining for her, but is better today eating and playing in the wind.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 17/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on April 17, 2007

WINDY, nor'easter continues to live up to its billing. Blowing now 55-60KPH with much higher gusts. This remains the norm until tomorrow. Temp 2C overcast, but for the moment no rain.

From what Bugs endured this storm certainly has had influence on the eastern seaboard of North America.

My flagpole has a definate rake to the SE, wind won't let up long enough for it to come back fully upright. High water mark evident with a line of rockweed just over the seawall. Dosen't appear as if the invasion onto the lawn was of any major consequence.

Donna reported in this AM, they had power outage, lots of snow, sleet, and possibly freezing rain overnight. Power has returned so they can attack thier chores this AM.

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MONDAY, APRIL 16/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on April 16, 2007

The touted nor'easter is upon us, blowing 50KPH with higher gusts, raining,temp 2C, radar image shows this weather as far as it goes. Donna just checked in at YoHo Lake is whiteout conditions, guess will go with what we have at the moment.

Forecast that these conditions will last for next three days, an old fashioned type of nor'east weather system.

A pair of geese on the seawall, lots of freswater for them. The dog will not go out in this weather so they will not be harassed by him. They could probably carry him off if they were so inclined.

No indication that school has been cancelled - as yet.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 15/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:09 AM GMT on April 15, 2007

Overcast, a slight draft from the north temp -1C, supposed to have some sun with temps to 10C, that remains to be seen. Poor, weather in the offing for the week, windy, cool and wet.

Donna will have a good chance to travel today, weather coming not expected till this evening. Wind from NE, this time of year should be coming from the south, suppose it will make the change one of these days.

Kids both home last night, Rob out at a buddies till late. Emily returned from her friends around suppertime.

Price of lobsters still good, could be twice the price and not make a difference. Between weather conditions and cold water temps not many being landed.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 14/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:25 AM GMT on April 14, 2007

May say spring on the calendar outside a fresh blanket of snow. Picturesque but getting a bit tired by this time. Temp 0c, wind from NW @ 25-25KPH, overcast, but attempting to clear, will be nice to see the sun for a few days. Looking as if warm temps next week, might visit.

Donna off to brothers residence for a week, of R&R ,helping Joanne with some decorating changes, and some shopping I am sure. The weather looks as if it will co-operate for her sail to the mainland.

Gas remains high $1.08/litre, the CAD continues to rise now the highest has been for sevral months near 89 cents to the USD.

Emily out overnight combined with a birthday party, made for a nice social event. Rob has problems with his guitar amp, but have found a fixer, wondering why it was so quiet when he was picking away.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on April 13, 2007

Overcast, rain has been snowing overnight, temp 2C, wind from NE 20-25KPH. The forecast for a nasty weather weekend is underway.

Another weather day, no school, yesterday a bomb threat shortned the day as kids were home by noon. Weather appears to a rain event for us, but the decision to close the schools is made on the mainland, as far as I know. Sevral weather days could be avoided here, when it is snow on the mainland it is rain on the island. Greater minds than mine make the policy.

This weekend will be a none BBQ effort as weather is to remain poor, anxious to give it a shot.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 12/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on April 12, 2007

Calm, clear, harbour millpond like with a huge red sun reflecting off of the water. Temp 1C with an anticipation temp could hit double digits before the day is done.

Three boats into the shore properties at Bonnie Brook getting a load of traps/bait while tide permits them to do so. Quite a sight just after daylight to see them coming towards the house across the harbour. Small number of waterfowl near the shore, no large numbers like in the evenings.

Emily's affliction has gone to her larnyx, can't speak, but feels great. Will send her to school, the classroom will be much quieter I am sure. Communicating in signs will get short pretty soon I'll bet.

See some people having had enough, and working in the garden. I did get some of the lawn raked, but not one of my favourite pastimes, operative word 'some'. Mornings like this are a positive that one will get at it one of these days.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on April 11, 2007

Clear, light wind from the west, 1C temp forecasting temp around 8C. A welcome change to say the least.

A large raft of brant lazily swimming across the front of the house making thier way along the shore. The odd duck in the mixture also.

Today closing date on Ivan's house, took longer than expected to sell having been on the market since last summer. An indication of the slow down in the economic health of the area, combined with the offshore interest seemingly not as brisk as years past.

Fellows finally got a good day offshore to change the bait and set more traps. M.G.FISHERIES lost 14 crates from the car recovering all but one from the Ross Island shore. Sevral $K of inventory in that small number of crates, speculation is they were untied and one crate stolen the rest set adrift.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 10/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on April 10, 2007

Partial overcast, wind from west @10-15KPH. a welcome relief from the high winds we have had for the past sevral days. Temp 2C expected to rise to around 8C before the day is done.

Both kids still down with the cold Emily staying home from school, Rob giving it a try. The computer is off limits till after school hours, and today is guitar lesson day the combination makes for a long day if he remains home.

Just after supper large flock of brant made their way along the shore. The first time such a large flock have done thier thing infront of the house. The brant have been up in further in smaller numbers, surely a sign spring is about to spring.

Arnold returned from south this weekend, from mid 20's temp to a foot of snow at his residence, a bit of culture shock.

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MONDAY, APRIL 9/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on April 09, 2007

Overcast, windy from WSW 25-30KPH, temp 1C with only a high of 4C before calling it a day. No sun or relief for another couple of days, according to the forecast.

We missed the major snow storm that Novie and parts of the rest of Maritimes endured yesterday. Lots of snow for most of the day, nary a flake here during the day. we did have the wind and partial overcast. As as the crow flies less than a hundred miles from here the snowfall was great and for the day.

Kids both have colds as that seems the illness of the day. Lots of people young and old have caught it this past few days. Certainly wouldn't have anything to do with the weather.

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EASTER SUNDAY 2007

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:02 AM GMT on April 08, 2007

Cold, windy from west 25-30KPH, temp -1C with windchill coming in at -14C. overcasst, with a hint of snow on the grund form overnight. Longrange giving some relief as early as tomorrow with warmer and sunny within a couple of days.

Children past the Easter Bunny as have not showed up as yet. In years past they hunted for the bounty almost as bad as a Christmas morning. Parents visiting for traditional ham dinner with the weather it is colder than it was for Christmas Dinner.

Volleyball tournament at school yesterday scooped up 50 children of all ages for most of the day to participate. Another indication that if we had more facilities they will be utilized by the group that most require an alternative outlet to just 'hanging out'.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 7/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:25 AM GMT on April 07, 2007

Overcast,slight draft from north barely moving the flag, temp 0C forecasting possibilty of snow/rain before the day is out.

Looking to next week for a little warmer temps and clear weather. About time for the season to make a change for the better, still some frost in the ground. The water temp in the Bay is still very low. Last week less than 3C around Long Island, will be awhile warming with no sun and northerly winds.

Emily reciprocated with her overnight out, with her friend staying here last night. Around 4:00PM yesterday come home to find Rob crashed on the couch, they had been up all night with PS2, he could go no further had to get him up before he slept the night away.

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GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 6/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on April 06, 2007

Partial overcast, wind 15-20KPH WSW, temp 1C expected to rise to only 5C as they day moves along. The ground is covered in snow, with a possiblity of more being added over the weekend.

Emily out overnight, and Rob has a buddy in overnight. The boys lamenting about the weather, keeping construction of the sk8board facility from starting, also unable to set up in the yard, snow and too cold.

Far from weather to start the BBQ, another case of self-indulgence on my part. Now will have to work at insuring we get the benefit of the bells and whistles. Have a side burner so will be able to build steak and lobster at the same station.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 5/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on April 05, 2007

More poor mans fertilizer falling this morning, visibility such than barely see Ross Island. Wind from NE @ 25-30KPH, temp 1C, as a result the snow having a hard time sticking, but making a valiant effort to do so. Certainly not uncommon to have this type of weather during Easter season.

Quick trip to St. John unevenetful, not much time to wander after business looked after. Wind not a factor, but picked up just after getting home, blew fairly strong all night.

Children home for the Easter break, dosen't appear as if the weather is going to allow much outdoor activities.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:30 AM GMT on April 04, 2007

Clear, a northerly breeze 15-20KPH, temp -1C. Wind to come around easterly as the day moves along, but not increase till late tonight.

A quick trip to St. John this AM, Donna going along. The weather should be alright with the gale force winds coming on after she is back in her digs this evening.

One brother returned on the weekend from Myrtle Beach, the other travelling tomorrow. They will be back for Easter weekend. Roy will have to wait for his golf game a little longer, He was hoping the course was open when he got home - not likly.

Report cards in both very pleased with the exception of science, as things stand neither will be changing the world as we know it from that discipline.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 3/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on April 03, 2007

If spring snow is a poor mans fertilizer we are certainly well fertilized this AM. Snow letting up good visibility now, approx.an inch on the ground, wind northerly @25-30KPH, possible showers today and for the rest of the week. Wind to come from easterly directions fairly high over next couple of days.

Looking out the window reinforces the fact that we have a few weeks yet before any yard work can get underway. Have thought of getting the power machines overhauled, not acted just thought.

Kids report cards due today, Rob has laid the groundwork not to expect great things. Emily also downplaying what she will be coming home with for an average. However both have also made plans for what they would like for grading, so will wait and see.

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MONDAY, APRIL 2/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on April 02, 2007

Partial overcast, 1C temp, absolute calm on the water, a great sunrise poking through the clouds and reflecting on the harbour.

Have been having problems getting on the blog, a friend advises sevral times this past week or so NORTON has advised him of virus alerts. He contact WU they reported aware of the situation and are working on it. I couldn't get on all day yesterday, and this AM very slow getting here.

Waterfowl noisy on the water this AM, can't really see many of them, but very vocal. Lots of robins and other songbirds making thier presence known as daylight opens up.

Yard full of energetic boarders most of the day. Now that bikes are out some of the apparatus just right for jumps on the BMX.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 1/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:00 AM GMT on April 01, 2007

A very nice sunrise over Ross Island this AM, just enough breeze to move the flag from the west, -1C temp with a high of 7C in the forecast.

Boys in the yard last evening till dark boarding in the cold NW breeze. They don't seem to mind the elements when the opportunity to get on wheels with thier cronies presents itself.

Still quiet on the fishing front, more traps on the move, but the catch does not reflect the return for effort being put into getting a few. The average still remains less than a pound per trap.

Managed to get into the woods yesterday afternoon. Got another pickup load in the yard, this is the latest been able to manouver with a loaded trailer in the woods. Still a wee bit there to salvage, but most likly won't be the case.

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