GRAND MANAN, N.B.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:12 AM GMT on September 30, 2007

Clear, calm, 8C temp, looking for mid-teens as the day moves along. Definatly 'fall like' temps and weather. The prevailing wind has started to change from southerly to northerly.

Window boxes now cleaned up, dahlias still hanging on, however are starting to give it up also. They will require a good frost to get them ready for winter, glads still producing. Leaves here on the island further behind those on the mainland, but alot. Driving along the St. Lawrence and Saint John Rivers the trees coming to optimum colours, here still very green with just a hint of change underway.

No war yesterday, Rob's weapon jamed, rather than ask for assistance took it apart himself - now well jammed with missing and spare part to boot. He has friend overnight, Emily once again under the roof. Lots of homework, Donna finding it a challenge to keep up - a bit different from the dark ages of education I suppose.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:56 AM GMT on September 29, 2007

Clear, a breeze of 10-15KPH from NNW with a temp of 11C. Expected to rise to the high teens before the day is done.

Still shaking the effects of travel and time change. A week ago was in sunny Manitoba enjoying company of longtime friends, before supper with other friends at Rock Lake. Time do march on, would travel again as we both have decided that, all things being equal, a trip of this type is a good thing for all involved.

Emily out overnight, so have not seen her too much since we got home. Rob having a buddy in tonight, in preparation for a 'air gun' war. Similar to paintball without the mess, still a projectile that hurts if not properly protected. The sk8board crowd seem to be the main particpants. The lawn is the site for the forts to be set up, quite elaborate once in place, so am told.

Donna's dad 'upriver' for the annual duck hunt opening. He left yesterday will sail upriver today, and set up the blind tomorrow and Monday I believe is opening day.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on September 28, 2007

Have returned to a wet island this morning. Temp 16C, calm, rain coming down straight and has for some time. Fog in the harbour but begining to clear.

The trip was beyond expectations, renewed old friendships, a good separation from all hands on this end. The scenary in many places can only be described as a'WOW' The drive home a bit hectic as spent too many hours on the road for the two days coming this way, for various reasons. We departed Bismarck, N.D. early Tuesday morning and was on the 5:30 last evening. Travelled all through the northern U.S. to Sault Ste. Marie,crossed into Canada for the remainder of the trip home. The drive around Lake Superior on our side more scenic, but long interludes of no habitation.

Kids pleased to see us, and of course the booty that come from the good shopping in the U.S. Our money at par these days, so we 'saved' even more cash, no Canadian Tax as we were below our allowable exemption amount.

Will have an opportunity to reflect more on the trip once get things put away.




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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:47 AM GMT on September 23, 2007

A very nice day here on the prairie, the past few days have been the same. Temp today high 20's, slight breeze making it very pleasant to say the least.

Spent the afternoon doing a tour of Marilyn's background,
supper and visit at Rock Lake, east of here, with her sister and husband. As usual the hospitality the very best, and hope to reciprocate sometime in the future. If we get an opportunity to reciprocate all that we would like we will be busy over the next few months. No commitments as yet to come our way, just possibles.

Moving camp in the AM south of the border to Bismarck, N.D. for a couple of days. The plan is start to the east'rd early on Tuesday morning. No specific destination in mind, as have not travelled this area in the past. Will be home by the end of the week, Thurs or Fri.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 6:08 PM GMT on September 20, 2007

Overcast, 14C this afternoon, a few showers earliar in the day. Similar weather in the forecast for tomorrow with a nice weekend weatherwise in the offing.

Spent yesterday catching up on sevral year interval with friends from the Deloraine area when we were stationed at the detachment. As previous great, had it figured that alomost a quarter century had passed since we had been together in that configuration. All went well, time passed all too quickly.

Donna and Marilyn off to Brandon in search 'appropiate' rememberances for the girls at home. Glenn and I had a very nice lunch in Rolla, N.D.

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TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 18/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:07 PM GMT on September 18, 2007

Cool here on the prairies, overcast, a fair NW brreze, but no moisture as the radio is reporting falling in Winnipeg.

Have enjoyed another day at the INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDENS, quiet there as the season is now over. The highlight of that visit is no doubt the steel on display from the WORLD TRADE CENTRE disaster. The pieces of steel are mammoth, hard to imagine how they could have come down.

A nice meal at a small town enroute, a speacil sign to show the size of the community on the entrance to town. Will post it when I get on my turf.


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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:09 AM GMT on September 18, 2007

Great weather day here in sunny Manitoba, temp now near 30C, no breeze, no mosquitos to deal with outside.

Glenn and I went on a tour of his early years in the district. Sevral areas nothing but trees now, with cairns where his early schooling took place. Some harvesting still taking place, but vast majority getting land ready for winter sleep.

Things going well at home, according to all reports, however some indication that they would accept us back anytime. As it is will be another week when we head it back to the east.

Donna and Marilyn doing some baking for Glenn and manufacture of drapes for one of the girls. Now that the must do's have been concluded touring is in the offing. Weather permitting INTERNATION PEACE GARDEN at Boissevain on the agenda tomorrow.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 7:55 PM GMT on September 16, 2007

Tony absolutely correct, the weather has improved dramatically. Summer like conditions here today, and for days to come, a very welcome change from weather this past week.

Have moved to rural Manitoba, Killarney for the next few days. Will range from here to visit with other longtime friends, from days long gone by. Great to visit with those in the City,hopefully we can reciprocate the hospitality in the near future.

Not an off day in the past week, plus since we started this adventure.










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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:36 PM GMT on September 15, 2007

Partial overcast, cool, with improvement as the day moves along. Still to say fall like would be an understatement.

Moving camp today to another overnight in the City then tomorrow off to Killarney to renew old friendships. Also to see how that part of the world has changed, we left there in '81, but kept intoucuh with many folks over the years.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:18 PM GMT on September 13, 2007

Still in Winnipeg for another couple of days prior to moving out to Killarney. Brisk northerly again this morning temp 6C haven't been out to check on the windchill factor.

Have caught up on a few more old friends, and thier happenings. Great to do it in person, more on the list today.

Crowd at home still getting on without us, very well it would appear.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:58 PM GMT on September 12, 2007

In downtown Winnipeg, quite a change in the weather underway, overcast a brisk nrotherly breeze @ 6C for atemp.
Driving through northwestern Ontario the dreaded possible snow showers makng its way into the forecast.

Had a great drive out, no problem with traffic, weather was great. Hospitality at Renfrew, a great start to the trip, and now we are busy catching up on the past years in our absence in this area. A little sureal with not having seen the area for fifteen years plus, how much things have changed, and remained the same.

Reports have been positive on the homefront, as usual we learn that things can get on in our absence, a good thing.

Harvest appears to be just about done around the city, good and early.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on September 07, 2007

Red sun this morning, hazy in the harbour, a warm 14C, brisk breeze from SW. To be hot and muggy today with a high in the mid 30's forecast inland.

A squall went through overnight, enough to wake me up. Thought our travelling may be in doubt, not the case have been advised we will be underway no matter what. Weather/wind improving as the morning progresses.

Relief showing up this morning, we are out of here this PM. Plan on being in Ottawa for supper tomorrow. Will be back in this chair in approx. three weeks.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on September 06, 2007

Clear, millpond like in the harbour, temp a cool 7C, expected to rise high teens. Weather continues to be great, with no change expected for a couple more days.

Hurricane activity in the south Atlantic is picking up, to date nothing coming ashore in the U.S. Environment Canada advising the final weeks of the season to be active, and we are due.

St. John trip quick, returned on the 'black boat' leaving Blacks at 3:30PM, nearly a full load. Grand Mananers for the most part, still lots on the move even after school has started up.

Donna has things pretty well organized for the sojourn to the west starting tomorrow afternoon. Looks like good travelling weather along the route.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:15 AM GMT on September 05, 2007

Clear, absolute calm, sun just beginning to show a red sky over Ross Island, impressive. Cool 9C, with a high in around 20 expected for today.

Again off to the city for Dr.'s appointments, one procrastinates long enough the summer gone. The children don't mind one day of school then a day off, how could you beat it.

First day of school appears to have not been very traumatic. Of course this getting to be old stuff for this crew in grades 7&8 now. New students at a minimum, and several of thier peer group have departed over the summer.

A few herring in the wiers at the front of the island, but other than that fishery news remains quiet.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on September 04, 2007

Partial overcast, calm - after a breezy SW for most of the day yesterday, temp 14C, forecasting high teens today. Fall like temps for the most of the week expected.

First day of school kids all packed and milling about, waiting for the obligatory pictures to get out of the way. Routine dosen't disappear, just put on the shelf for a little while, the summer is now officially history.

Still quiet on the fishery front, now with the weather starting to change the annual preparation for the lobster fishery will pick up pace.

Weather looks good for travelling this weekend.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on September 03, 2007

Clear, a small amount of haze, a brisk SW breeze, temp 14C this AM. A heavy dew is now the norm in the mornings a precursor to frost no doubt.

We all enjoyed the Cirque a great deal. A definate spectacle in all respects. The costumes, music, clowns and action never ceased. The kids never spoke unless to point things out to one another during the whole performance, a little over two hours - a testament in itself of the quality we enjoyed.

They both out overnight, Emily preplanned, Rob just got in the door, and he was summonsed. Today is the end of the summer vacation, tomorrow the winter routine begins with the opening day of school.

Traffic on the boat still very busy, mostly islanders travelling yesterday. Lots of visiting going on, place sounded like a backyard BBQ with all the neighbours in attendance.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:19 AM GMT on September 02, 2007

Daylight just underway, with a fine red sky behind Ross Island. Cool draft from NW @10C, clear looking for another nice day. Yesterday, once the wind changed, was another almost ideal day with a fair breeze in the afternoon from NW.

Rob dressed and ready to go, he was afraid he was going to sleep in, the girls had to be roused, lots of activity at the moment. Good looking day to go to the circus.

Still some herring around in the wiers, but has slacked up somewhat. Market still full, with some lobster bait market on the American side available.

Children have zeroed in on what thier classroom make up is going to be at least from a teacher perspective. Rob has been separated from his best buddy, too much talking during class last year.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:07 AM GMT on September 01, 2007

Cloudy, a hint of the sun once in awhile, breezy from NW at 20KPH, temp 15C. Definatly appears as if some moisture is in the offing.

Flowers looking real good, some of the baskets have run the course, and have been retired. Will harvest some of the potatos next few days as some of the tops are done. Glads finally beginning to make a show, a week before we leave to check out the harvest on the prairies. By the time we return can't imagine that a frost will not have taken its toll.

Children and buddy anxiously awaiting for tomorrow to take in Cirques du Soliel in St. John. Emilys' friend travelling with us has not slept for the last couple of nights, she has seen them perform so is aware of the quality of the show.

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