GRAND MANAN, N.B.

TUESDAY. JULY 31/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on July 31, 2007

Fog, clearing by the minute can see well into the harbour the first time in the past few days, at this time in the morning. Temp 16C, total calm, clearing with sun for the next few days.

Baseball playoffs this evening, the boys are getting prepared to give a good account of themselves, a good experiance for sure.

Waterfowel young are getting large, the geese are back in the air with a flock going over yesterday at noon. The season is moving along much too fast.

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MONDAY, JULY 30/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on July 30, 2007

Fog again this morning, can at least see the shoreline, calm, 16C temp. Weather supposed to gradually change to clear and nice temps over next 24 hours.

Both kids in thier own pits last night, Rob returned around 8:00PM, a full day for sure, Emily returned yesterday on the first boat. She had a great time, met new people, lots of sun and water.

Ferry traffic busy this weekend, a reservation to get off a must as the standby line appeared pretty large by the time the loading for the trips got underway.

Groundfish quota getting caught up already, an audit of the actual amount remaining to be announced this week.

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SUNDAY, JULY 29/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:57 AM GMT on July 29, 2007

Damp,fog, a slight breeze from SW, temp 16C. A fair amount of rain overnight, the front lawn has puddles. Moisture was needed, a few wells reported to be getting low.

Fog did not leave the harbour yesterday, in North Head lots of sun, hot and humid. As the crow flies less than five miles. After teh hot weather sooner put up with the fog than the heat and humidity, a good thing I suppose.

Rob out overnight, Emily returning tonight on the late boat. She has been busy this weekend, will have yarns to spin am sure.

MISTRESS back to work see her at the wharf with the seine out for repairs, and gone for the weekend. She has a couple of weeks to make up while she was being repaired.

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SATURDAY, JULY 28/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:13 AM GMT on July 28, 2007

No fear of getting more sunburn this morning, fog hiding the harbour in fine style, visibility less than 1/2 mile. Temp 17C, a little air moving from the SW. Looking for similar type weather till mid week.

Topic of conversation has been the temp the past few days. No complaints just observation that unusual to have sustained level of hot weather for this area. Not too many lawnmowers in action during the day for sure.

No word from Emily, must presume she is enjoying her weekend. Rob recharging been a hectic week with overnighters, topped off with a birthday party last evening. He was looking forward to his bunk by the time he got home.

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FRIDAY, JULY 27/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:10 AM GMT on July 27, 2007

Clear, calm, already 20C, third morning in a row having coffee on the verandah. Another hot day in the offing with our high in the 30C range. Yesterday got hot early, and mid evening before any relief. Long range is for some cooler temps, and moisture.

Emily off with a friend to the Sussex area for the weekend. She left yesterday PM, will be balmy inland for sure.

Rob's baseball playoff picture now set, the teams played last night, last regular game. A good battle, however the other team prevailed with a one run win. Semi-final on Tuesday, winner moves on to the championship.

No groundfish in the immediate area as yet, what is being landed is an eighty mile sail to the mouth of the Bay. With the price of fish being what it is certainly not a huge payday after fuel costs.

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THURSDAY, JULY 26/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:08 AM GMT on July 26, 2007

Clear, calm, already 20C, morning beverages on the verandah. The high exptected to be in the 30C range with sun for the next couple of days.

Almost too humid to get the bull work in the yard completed, just not used to the high humidity and temps combined.

Rob out overnight, Emily out late afternoon to late evening at extended birthday party. Rob and his group spent at least six hours straight at the sk8board park, boarding and hanging out. Park continues to be used regularly, kept clean and nothing out of the way - so far.

Some fresh fish landed yesterday, still having to travel several hours from home to go where the fish are.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:04 AM GMT on July 25, 2007

Fog continues to persist, the sun is attempting to burn it off with no success as yet. Temp 16C, calm, looking for hot temps for this part of the world over next few days, along with clear weather. Fog come and went most of the day yesterday, with the northern part of the island having clear, humid conditions.

Rob's baseball team come close to an upset last night, leading the entire game - till the last inning - losing to the first place team by one. Harken well for the playoffs next week, boys pleased with themselves, must say a good game to watch.

Yard work continues, wood finally stowed, now the cleanup after the construction and wood manufacture to be done away with.

First anniversary of 'Cedar Street' has past, awaiting announcement for new community centre. Rumour has it that the three levels of government are financialy commited, no official statement or date when it could be expected has been announced.

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TUESDAY, JULY 24/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on July 24, 2007

Fog beginning to burn off this morning. a slight draft from SW, 17C for temp, forecast is for clearing as the day moves along, no moisture as previously stated.

Kids out overnight again, they appear to roost long enough to take a little fuel,then move on to the next event.

Local fishery in summer mode, netters are busy albiet fairyl distant, some halibut being landed, not much to report from the 'grey zone', wiers starting to make a contribution on the front of the isalnd as well as those on the back of the island.

Have heard that the tourist traffic is poor, however notice numerous vehilces with out of provicne plates.

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MONDAY, JULY 23/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on July 23, 2007

Clear, total calm - has been for the last 24 hours, temp a nice 16C. Looking for a change to showers over next couple of days then sun once again.

Weather for yesterday exceptional, no breeze, even in the afternoon, not a ripple on the water, a great day to marvel at our surroundings, and the contrast in conditions that we enjoy.

Kids remain on the move, Rob out overnight, Emily still catching her breath after her week away.

Harbour quiet a few waterfowel showing up with thier young. The geese still are grounded, but can hear them as they move around on the water.

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SUNDAY, JULY 22/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:09 AM GMT on July 22, 2007

Partial overcast, a mild 17C, slight draft from the north. Forecast looking good for growing things, some moisture,lots of sun with fairly high temps.

Emily has returned after her week at Yoho, talking coming up the ramp all the way home,practically till bedtime. They had gone to Blacks Harbour via St. Stephen, another opportunity to shop before returning home.

Reports from the 'grey zone' not encouraging, too many traps, few lobsters, along with lots of gear conflict with local and U.S. fisherman.

Once lawn dries will require attention seems to have grown six inches this past couple of days.

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SATURDAY, JULY 21/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:02 AM GMT on July 21, 2007

Fog, can see the Ross Island shore with the tops of the trees barely visible, calm, cool @ 11C. Forecast is for this type of weather for the day, a nice one for tomorrow.

Emily has made sevral contacts yesterday, may be returning to the fold today no later than tomorrow. She has had a grand time, however nannie not there to share her adventures in person.

MISTRESS should be ready to go back to work early next week. Scheduled to return to the water on Monday, repairs went well and quick.

Rob storm stayed yesterday for the complete day. Unusual that he dosen't venture out at all. Rain over five inches in a few hours, alot for this part of the world, still have small pond infront of the house. The water table must be replenished.

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FRIDAY, JULY 20/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:17 AM GMT on July 20, 2007

Heavy rain this morning, 15C temp, calm, appears to be a damp weekend in the offing. The fornt lawn is a pool of water, first time in several weeks, a good thing.

Trip to Saint John, a success for all, a deal on some PS2 games that was a must, a new hairstyle, and clothing from WEST49 for Rob. Shauna also able to add to her wardrobe, misc. looking, not pressured by time constraints, a nice day.

Considering there is a boat trip every two hours the ferry is busy, at least on our trips. A combination of locals and strangers from away.

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THURSADY, JULY 19/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:21 AM GMT on July 19, 2007

Fog this morning, appears it might hang around this time. Total calm, 16C temp. Looking for possible showers as the day moves along.

Off to St. John with Rob and his mother for a change of pace for them. No specific agenda, too early to consider school shopping, however sk8board shop always a stop. I have not been made aware of the inline board that OGAL mentioned, also haven't inquired. A sort of don't ask - don't tell policy.

A great supper last evening, all hand enjoyed the meal and the fellowship after. The folks seem pleased with the gathering.

Local tourist traffic appears to be steady, with the ferry busy most trips but not too capacity. The reduction in commercial traffic allows much more vehcile traffic. Good for those travelling, but a strong indicator of the change in the local economic situation.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 18/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:12 AM GMT on July 18, 2007

Wooly again this morning, visibility less than 1/2 mile, a slight draft from SSW, 14C temp. The sun is attempting to make its' presence known. Yesterday another nice day once the fog burned off. Fog present in the harbour most of the day, clear onshore.

Emily reporting through her aunt too busy to communicate herself. Appears she has picked up from last year, lots of company, the old folks keep her busy as a result she is having a grand time.

Brother and wife leaving this PM, had good weather for the visit. Hopefully they will be returning for a few days before the fall.

Donna's folks celebrating 65 years of marriage today, immediate family dining out this evening. Fifty years used to be quite a feat, sixty now more common.

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TUESDAY, JULY 17/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on July 17, 2007

Morning fog, will no doubt burn off pretty soon. 14C temp, calm, looking for another humid day. Yesterday great temps, but humidity high for this part of the world.

Emily contacted, but only a brief conversation as other neice was visiting also, more important issues to deal with than speaking with the old folks.

Rob home, thought better for him to recharge than have buddy overnight. The previous night run into the morning, and they went hard all yesterday he can catch up in a day or so.

Brother has arrived and will catch up during the day.

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MONDAY, JULY 16/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:07 AM GMT on July 16, 2007

Clearing with the tops of the trees on Ross Island evident in the remaining fog. Calm, 16C, looking for another nice day, the fog remained for most of yesterday, but still nice temps.

Emily on her adventure, Rob out overnight with one of the guitar playing clique. I suppose it will be our turn to reciprocate today, they can set up in the shed and have at it if such is the case.

Brother visiting for a couple of days, arriving late trip tonight, returning on Wednesday for work on Thursday. Will see if the weather co-operates enough for him to get me out for a lesson on the links.

Wood just about manufactured, body did not rebel too bad, however am aware of a few unused muscles this past few days.

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SUNDAY, JULY 15/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:01 AM GMT on July 15, 2007

Thick fog again this morning, appears - as yesterday - it may burn off as the day moves along. Calm slight southerly draft, 14C temp, calling for overcast and showers this PM.

Lawn is mowed once again, great having a young man that will go for as long as it takes on a mechanical machine that makes a loud noise and he can control.

Emily ready to travel as of last night, but no sign of her this morning. She had a busy couple of days, more weary than she thought so good thing her batteries will be recharged before her next adventure.

See ice going yesterday afternoon, would assume that netters are or have gone again. New weekly quota would come into play. A few still giving the scallops ago also.

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SATURDAY, JULY 14/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:15 AM GMT on July 14, 2007

Clear, calm, 15C morning temp - coffee on the verandah morning. Harbour quiet, a fellow clamming,has been driven by the flood tide. Forecast is looking very good for next few days.

Emily has received her call from a favourite aunt to come for a week or so. This is her third annual visit on her own, she has a grand time to say the least. Leaves on the 11:30 tomorrow. This will shorten her summer vacation for sure.

Wiers around North Head lots of gulls, no idea if any herring behind the twine or not. A few fellows scalloping, seems to be some scallops, but no price.

Transition to the 'shed' slowed down - attempting to get the wood split and stowed ASAP. Late in the season for the split wood to cure, especially hachmatack for use this winter.

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FRIDAY, JULY 13/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on July 13, 2007

Calm, 16C temp, flood tide, Ross Island reflecting off the harbour resembles a reflecting pool this morning. Forecast looking good for next few days.

Saw kids only briefly yesterday, both at a neighbours in the PM for swimming, BBQ, Robs baseball game, after game back in the pool. They arrived home just before dark, hardly any conversation and into the bed. Makes for a good time when all hands are busy, at work or play. A Hutterite friend of mine observed that idle hands makes work of the devil.

A few groundfish have been landed, no idea of the quantity. None within a few hours sail of the island that has been reported as yet. Tourist trafffic appears to be on the increase, great weather for beachcombing or just sitting on the beach contemplating ones' navel.

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THURSDAY, JULY 12/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:59 AM GMT on July 12, 2007

Foggy, visibility limited is an understatement can see the shoreline and no further. Temp 14C a slight southerly draft, not enough to move the flag. Giving moisture for the day with clear skies tomorrow.

Wood splitter on the premises, Rob bored yesterday after dinner, helped stow what was split, a surprise and a help. I did notice that he left before the splitter was in action again.

Fog did not clear here all day, but North Head was fairly clear in the afternoon.

Fishery news not good, not a great deal of groundfish, and price makes it even less appealing to give netting a consideration.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:02 AM GMT on July 11, 2007

Fog, visibility apprx. 1/2 mile, can see Hart's Shore from here - barely. Temp 14C, slight draft from SW. The long range is for this type of weather for the next week or so. If it turns into the weather we enjoyed yesterday bring it on. Clear, warm, lots of sun.

Emily more sunburn on her face at the pool yesterday. Red hair, freckles and sun require alot of sunscreen to keep things under control. Her good friend that recently moved here for a few days, time to get caught up on the past month or so.

Rob's baseball team successful last night, the youngest team in the group. The team is improving with a young coach that is getting the best out of all of them, with structure to the practises and games - building a team.

Herring on the back of the island on a regular basis, however not the case on the front of the island. Herring around just not coming ashore as yet. Have no idea of what the whale watching situation has been.

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TUESDAY, JULY 10/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:01 AM GMT on July 10, 2007

Fog, visibility less than 1/2 mile, calm, 14C. Looking for this type of weather conditions for the remainder of the week.

Donna's father off to the mainland hoisting his boat into the water for the season today. He will get her ready for a couple of trips on the St. John River over the summer. She can accomodate four with no problems, a 35' fishing boat hull designed strictly for pleasure, his pride and joy.

The local pool a welcome diversion for the kids, spent yesterday afternoon at the facility. Weather not condusive to baseball, last night rain just before game time. One on the schedule for this evening, will see how the day unfolds.

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MONDAY, JULY 9/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:55 AM GMT on July 09, 2007

Clear, calm, 14C temp. Quiet in the harbour no waterfowel or any movement whatsoever at the moment.

Starting the move from the basement to the 'shed', not going bad at all. Amazing the amount of things one can store overhead, outside decorations for Xmas,etc. all out of sight and out of the basement. Making a small dent in the woodpile, will get the splitter to make it move faster.

Brother arrived on late boat his mother-in-law admitted to the local hospital yesterday, not in good shape.

No report on the groundfish situtation as yet, still some of the boats with the gear not set. Imagine they will get them in the water today, a great day to be on the water for sure.

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SUNDAY, JULY 8/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:14 AM GMT on July 08, 2007

Overcast, calm, 15C, looking for some moisture before the day is out. Lots of sun at sunrise, but certainly disappeared in a hurry.

Rob out overnight, has his wheels back so his world is becoming complete once again. Emily on the phone most of the evening with her cronies, certainly cuts down on the incoming calls.

The shed now complete, will liberate the basement moving the 'stuff' from there to the shed, not a small chore. Wood started to be manufactured so will have things to do for the next little while.

Haven't been around the news gathering locations so no local updates available at this time.

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SATURDAY, JULY 7/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 7:03 PM GMT on July 07, 2007

This afternoon is clear, 21C temp, slight draft from SW. A very pleasant showing to be sure.

A great visit with brother, a little cross border monetary exchange for sure. Gas on the island $1.10, Calais $.85/litre CAD, $3.06 gallon U.S.D. a bargain for us to say the least. Went to the golf course hit afew at the driving range, could be a wrong thing to do enjoyed it very much. The one good hit out of 40 a bit of a rush. They are coming down next week, will probably play a round at the local course. That will be the kicker, he passed along some gear redundant to his inventory, if nothing else have a great aray of clubs.

Kids spread out over the neighbourhood, the return of the old folks not quite the same excitment level it used to generate. Of course the gifts have dropped also, suppose this might play into the overall sequence.

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FRIDAY, JULY 6/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:22 AM GMT on July 06, 2007

Thick fog this AM, can barely see the shore, visibility less than 1/4mile, temp 14c, calm. Forecast is for showers and possible Tshowers. Have avoided the thunder that has been talked about so far.

A trip to brothers' on the border, Sampson has a vets' appointment. Will see how he fares this PM to see if the trip is an overnighter or not, suspect that it will.

The boats netting have mostly set by this time. Initial reports are that the groundfish are scarce -"not one in The Bay of Fundy" - is one observation.

The MISTRESS gone all week, have not heard how they are doing. They are fishing in Nova Scotia, will probably be home for the weekend.

A government report is recommending a overhaul of the lobster fishery. Too much pressure on the species to maintain at the current level, it is the main money earner in this area. It will be a hard sell to limit the traps or season as it now stands, fisherman are naturally wary of government involvement, cod fishery management an example often referred to.

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THURSDAY, JULY 5/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:00 AM GMT on July 05, 2007

Damp with a few showers, hazy, slight draft from north, 14C. Radar indicates blulk of moisture passed, with a rish of Tshowers this PM.

A number of boats rigged to go netting, have not heard of what the prospects are for catch, price is mediocore at best, unless sold for fillets locally. Surprising the amount of fresh fish that can be sold when it is available. A couple of boats rigged for scalloping even with the depressed price.

A number of summer visitors appears to be on the rise, a good thing. Operators not expecting a huge increase over last year, which was poor for the tourist industry. Price of gas, strong CAD, economy situation in the U.S. all factors affecting tourist traffic.

Both kids home alone last night, a chance for them to turn in at a proper hour and recharge.

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JULY 4/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:57 AM GMT on July 04, 2007

Clear, a draft from SSW attempting to pick up a little as the morning moves along. Temp 14C, fairly cool overnight with a nice sleeping temp of around 8C. Forecasting a possibility of showers overnight, with a risk of Tstorms mixed in.

Robs baseball team still in the losing column most of the time, but a definate improvement each time out. They are becoming a team, a new coach of high school age well respected by the boys has thier attention.

Emily in her abode after a couple of days, spent yesterday at aquaculture site for a couple of hours for the first time. She now has a better understanding of the operation, found it quite interesting to say the least.

Rob has a buddy overnight, have no idea when they shut it down last night. No sign of them as of yet for sure.

Will start getting wood manufactured today as the shed is now ready for occupancy. The garage door still to be installed, but that is on other side of the building.

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TUESDAY, JULY 3/04

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on July 03, 2007

One of those minds eye retaining mornings, absolute calm in the harbour, Ross Island reflecting two thirds across the harbour, clear, 15C. Also rare weather reporting fog in St. John, certainly not a hint - at this time - there is any such thing in the area.

Emily still on the move, another evening with her friend. Has not been here since Sunday afternoon. Rob still literaly without wheels, spent a long day yesterday nobody of his gang around. He has hedged his bets tonight with bringing one home after the ballgame.

Two of the wiers at North Head being seined last night Did not appear to be a great amount on the carriar when she left the wier.

Still having problems getting on the blog, once again just binds and 'not responding'.

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JULY 2/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on July 02, 2007

Clear, calm, enough air moving from NW to barely move the flag, temp 14C. Looking for some moisture with showers or Tstorms as the day progresses. The past several days have been great weather days to say the least.

Emily out overnight, Rob still getting caught up on his rest after his busy couple of days. His sk8board is in need of wheels, the local supplier away till midweek. This will keep him on the side till she returns, pretty difficult for him, however must learn we can't control all circumstances, and ajust to them.

Highflyers aboard various boats some are having a look for groundfish, don't believe the price is anything too great. Local market for fillets will be in demand for awhile as a fresh fish a rare commodity over the past several months.

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CANADA DAY 2007

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:08 AM GMT on July 01, 2007

Clear, nice draft westerly, just making the flag move, a pleasant 16C, beverages on the verandah. Possibility of Tstorms this evening, a little rain overnight would be alright as lawn getting a little stressed.

Wiers on the back of the island have had a good week, with trips for sardines each day from some of them. The MISTRESS is back in action for anothe season of seining. The other seiners have been catching locally for past few weeks. Now that the traps are up a greater chance to look around with no conflict in gear.

Emily has a guest overnight, Rob was out, but called to come home last night. Two nights probably a bit more than he can handle, can't imagine they get very much rest at night, he was going strong all day. Haven't heard from any of them so far today.

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