GRAND MANAN, N.B.

MONDAY, NEW YEARS EVE 2007

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:04 PM GMT on December 31, 2007

Inclement weather underway, a mix of rain and snow, with rain coming out the victor at the moment. NNE @ 25-30KPH, temp at the freezing mark. Weatherman saying a winter weather warning in effect till later this PM. Anticipation 15-20CM of snow in the forecast.

Current visibility less than half mile, a fair amount of the white stuff on the ground already - will no doubt try the plow out before the day is over.

Emily down with the flu most of yesterday, she has been warding it off, but to no avail. A good rest will hopefully get her back on deck ASAP. Rob and his gang had weapon problems the war games become more of a bonding session in the shed - similar to what goes on at many of the 'shores' around in the community with the much older 'boys'.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:13 PM GMT on December 30, 2007

Red sun peeking behind Ross Island, partial overcast, brisk 15-20 KPH from SSW trying to get around to the west. Temp at the freezing mark. Another snow event headed our way overnight, snow advisory changed to snow warning. To be followed by mild weather for a day or so then more seasonable temps.

A couple of more nights for the outside decorations then the chore to bring them in begins. Getting an opportunity to stow them out of the way for another year can be a bit of challenge as space is limited.

Boths kids home last night, still getting thier feet under them with the hubbub of the season winding down. Will look at a day this week to get them 'away' before the school routine begins again.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:14 PM GMT on December 29, 2007

Overcast with a threat of something from the sky, has not decided will be snow or rain. Temp at the freezing mark, wind from east @15-20KPH, this is the weather for the next couple of days.

Plowed snow yesterday for a couple of hours, sure beats the manual method. The plow a great accessory nice to know it works, but something used sparingly would be just fine.

Rob out overnight, weather permitting the property will become a warzone later on today. Softair guns have been called into action, however doubtful the weather will co-operate for them.

One brtoher will be heading for Myrtle Beach no later than tomorrow, probably sooner so he can south of the weather maker entering the region. Weather looking good down that way.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:06 PM GMT on December 28, 2007

Snowing light, has been all night, a couple of inches down, temp at 0, calm, could change to rain at as the sun gets a little more power. Just a couple of days short of Christmas would have been more readily accepted then than nown.

None of the gang interested in travelling today, all have more interesting things that need to be done here at home. The prospect of spending a day in the mall doesn't seem to have the appeal it once did, don't know if it is a permanent thing or not. Not a real good day to be on the highway at any rate.

I can probably give my snowplow a chance to see what it can do, a new acqisition to the toy bin.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:11 PM GMT on December 27, 2007

Complete overcast, a good breeze from NNE 30-35KPH, temp 1C. We are on the edge of a weather warning for t. John, and most of Nova Scotia. N'oreaster with snow, moving through overnight.

The Christmas rush truly over, Rob out overnight, Emily bored with all her friends having other commitments. Weather permitting plan is to have all hands take advantage of the Boxing Day sales in St. John tomorrow. Some gift cards, and cash need to be converted to booty.

A fair amount of gear made the trip home yesterday, if what went by the house is any indication. Notice a few more scallop drags making an appearance at the fabrication shop, being prepared to go to work.

Guess will attempt to get ahead of the weather a bit and see if I can get a few trees down before whatever is coming drives me out. Snow not a problem, rain not a pleasant place to be under thick trees gathering more rain before it falls down your neck.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:37 AM GMT on December 26, 2007

A pretty morning underway over the harbour, total calm, tide is out, temp -7C looking to rise on the plus side by this afternoon. A little weather in the forecast for tomorrow, but nothing sustained.

House pretty quiet early last evening, all hands hunkered down shortly after 9PM. The electronic games, MP3, guitars had all had a workout. Today will be a day to visit thier friends to complare notes in person rather than on the phone.

Dinner gathering another success for Donna, lots of options, will be eating down for sevral days. Clean that up in time for New Years Eve, but that will a more subdued presentation with just another couple at the table.

The wharf traffic going since early this AM, more gear to be picked up and put on the bank for the next few months.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, 2007

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:17 AM GMT on December 25, 2007

A temperate Christmas Day here on the Bermuda of the Maritimes, a slight breeze from SW, temp 3C. Partial overcast as daylight comes into the swamp.

Kids on deck at the appointed hour, no earliar than 0600, have the gifts open, now to thier repective corners. Rob on GUITAR HERO 111, Emily with a NINTENDO DS, all hands received excellent gifts with plenty to go around. Donna has the turkey in the oven, family to gather later on this morning. The build up of sevral weeks takes a few moments to put to rest. Rob has another electric guitar to add to his collection can't imagine that will sit idle for very long.

Appreciate all those that stopped by and left greetings on the blog. My level of expertise is limited to reciprocate in kind to all have a great Christmas Day with your family and friends.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 24/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:09 PM GMT on December 24, 2007

Not very Christmas like outside this morning, breeze from south 25-30KPH, 7Ctemp, fog - just see the outline of Ross Island across the harbour. Santa will have to revert to wheels on his sleigh when he hits this area.

This is our 17th Christmas in this house, and all have been green. The long range is for this type of weather well into the New Year.

Rob out overnight with one of his cronies, imagine they stayed up late to hasten the passage of the hours. Donna has the stuffing on the go, sure smells great. Our number at the table again less this year than last down to ten for dinner.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:08 PM GMT on December 23, 2007

Mostly overcast, breeze from south 20-25KPH, 5C temp, calling for rain later on today and overnight. The snow between here and the shore already mostly disappeared overnight.

Long range - 14 days - forcasting highs on the plus side for the whole time. The snowbirds will have to change from getting away from the cold to saying they are avoiding the dampness. Still not golfing temps that I can see.

Rob getting anxious for Christmas Eve he is starting to become more antsy, along with stating he wishes it was Monday night about three times an hour.

More traps come home over the past few days, quite a number went by here yesterday afternoon. The next season to open is scallops the second Tuesday in January.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:23 PM GMT on December 22, 2007

Looking across the harbour this morning before daylight was a WOW flat calm sun making an appearance behind Ross Island, tide up rafts of ducks just taking in the new day. Temp -3C heading towards the plus side over the holidays. Very little breeze in the offing.

Got a good morning in the woods yesterday, only managed to get half of my trees hung up. Still getting the road into the stand cut out should be a bit better today. Will go in for the morning then Xmas chores this afternoon.

See one boat going up in the harbour with a few traps coming home. That is the first that I have seen, probably a few more will make the journey over the next couple of weeks.

Rob has a guest overnight, Emily is awaiting a visit from her friend from Fredericton she met this past summer. He is making the effort coming on one boat and back on the next one of those long distance relationships - how could you beat it.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on December 21, 2007

Heavy overcast, brisk breeze still from NE @25-30KPH, -6C with temp rising near 0c as the day moves along. Forecast over the festive weekend is for southerly influence precip to be in the form of rain. Temps to be reaching for the double digits between now and Xmas Day.

Kids off to school today to prepare for the Xmas break, gifts being exchanged with no formal lessons anticipated. They are looking forward to getting to school today, social events seem to get thier attention at anytime.

Will attempt to get on the woodlot this morning, with the warm weather on the way any roads made in the snow will have a chance to become better when it freezes again.

Lobster price edging up a little, don't know what the actual price this week. Sea Urchins being landed, good quality roe, no idea of the going price.

The CAD back near par this morning, notice a three cent/litre in gas price around $1.10/litre this week.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:19 AM GMT on December 20, 2007

Snow flurries this morning high winds from NE 35-40KPH, 1C current temp to remain in that area for the day. Gale force all day from NE, another nasty one in store.

A nice trip yesterday to the mainland, mom had some doctoring to do. The test required put off till another date her whatever not in balance to allow the test to be conducted. Did not seem to faze her too much, but travelling is more than a little effort for her.

A fair number of people travelling, boat full in the morning, but only one ramp and a deck load coming home.

Concert at the school last evening a success, and of course well attended.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:14 AM GMT on December 19, 2007

Clear, calm, with a -9C for a temp. Temp to rise to near 0 as the day moves along, another weather event creeping towards the area, either snow or rain.

Lots of vehicles going by this morning making thier way to the wharf. Should be one of the very few good mornings on the water since the lobster season opened five weeks ago.

Woodlot still there, amazingly still water in some spots below the snowcover. Able to get around in some locations, one part of the road still refuses to freeze enough to hold ATV and a loat of wood. Even managed to get one trailer load of hachmatack in the yard.

Kids now beginning to count the days, and speculate out loud of what might be in store for them on Christmas Day.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on December 18, 2007

Clear, wind has died down at last from the west 10-15KPH, temp -7C, to be in that area for most of the day. A good morning to visit the woodlot.

A week to Xmas Day a few indications that children are getting a little anxious as the date begins to inch closer.
School concert tomorrow evening, church presentation on Sunday have been lots of practises getting all hands up to speed.

This weekend some of the community travelling to family, and those 'coming home' to family in commence. The festive season is beginning to pick up momentum.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 17/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:15 PM GMT on December 17, 2007

Partial overcast, very windy with gusts 65KPH from WSW, temp -4C making the windchill in the -20C area. Wind to stay at storm levels until this afternoon then gradually decline over next 24 hours.

The overnight rain cleaned off the snow from the driveway, and quite an ice pond infront of the house. Some of the decorations have at least moved, can't tell if any left for other residences or not. The flag is gone, a good indication that pretty wild overnight.

Another 'storm day' for the students, locally same complaint, why? The highway appears totally ice free, traffic moving by here with no problem.

Will be interesting to see what getting around the woodlot will be like after this settles, imagine more ice to contend with on the beaver pond. Hopefully will make for a more sturdy platform to travel on.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:19 PM GMT on December 16, 2007

Nor'easter appears to be on time this morning, snow falling, can still see Ross Island, steady breeze 15-20KPH from NE, temp -6C. Temp forecast to rise for us to have, snow, sleet, freezing rain, then drop in temp back to snow over the next 24HRS. Will be interesting as blizzard conditions forecast for some of the northern parts of the province.

Rob and I into the woodlot yesterday, and still broke through on the trail. Temp has been well below freezing for days, did not get hung up this time around.

The golfer will be looking for festive season to move along, a huge contrast in conditions between here and Myrtle Beach. Temps in the 20's compared to ours wouldn't be difficult to endure.

Kids watching the weather, instructing before getting them up in the morning to insure that school is on and not cancelled.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:20 PM GMT on December 15, 2007

Clear, cold and breezy looking across the harbour this morning. Wind from west at 35KPH, temp -10C, fire burned out overnight as a consequence cold on the floor this morning.

Weather coming our way tomorrow into Monday, a nor'easter complete with rain, sleet, then snow and cold, ah tis the season.

Still lots of travellers,if yesterday any indication. Full trip over in the morning, quite a few last night with one ramp being used.

The shopping malls full with lots of bustle, can't imagine what the next few days will be like. The cashiers hardly able to look up when they take your money, more coming right behind you, they must keep the line moving.

Shopping now under control, and Donna plans on gettng the final baking under wraps over next couple of days. In an attempt to slow down coming into Xmas Week, alway the plan has not happened in my recollection.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:13 AM GMT on December 14, 2007

A few snow flurries this AM, had gone on overnight a small addition to the snow cover, temp a cool -10C, a slight draft from the east. Wind to increase during the day, a sloppy weather weekend in the offing.

Donnas' dad and I travelling this morning to see if we can increase the merchants outlook for a good shopping season. Travel will be a little slow, but in no rush as no grand plan in place.

See the sea urchin boats have been released to go, haven't had any reports on the quantity, quality or price. Hopefully all on these factors on the high side.

CAD just below par with the USD this past week, notice an increase of a cent a litre on gas yesterday. Price in Calais approx. twenty cents cheaper per litre than on this side of the border.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on December 13, 2007

Clear, breezy from NW @ 20-25KPH, to diminish as the day moves along, temp -10C to rise near -5C. A cold morning, with a little change for tomorrow and then into cold weather for the weekend.

A good day to give the woodlot a shot, have things to do in the afternoon, but can get a few hours at it this morning.

A meeting last night on the community centre, slowly moving towards the tender process. This is the crtical stage to learn if what is proposed can come in on budget we have to work with.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:24 AM GMT on December 13, 2007

Blowing a gale right now from the north, clear, temp dropping fast now at -7C. To drop overnight into the teens.

Got Donna home just in time the trip over not a problem, but will be on the last trip if the wind continues to increase at this rate.

Had a great visit with the brothers, they are getting ready for the season, with Myrtle Beach quickly to follow.

Donna has Santa now accounted for, with no planned forays for her till after Xmas. Her Dad and I will be going stag on Friday to the big smoke to finish what remains on our list.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:26 AM GMT on December 11, 2007

Calm, -8C, can't tell if clear or overcast no daylight as yet. Looking for strong winds tomorrow morning.

Travelling this AM to see elder brothers before they head to the Carolinas for the winter. Travel today not a problem, outlook for tomorrows planned returned a little different with gale force winds late in the day. Will wait and see what the day brings.

Did manage to stay dry and get into the woods, ice stil suspect near the edge of the pond. Able to flood it and get some brush and snow down to make a more secure winter road. The temps overnight would have stiffened it for sure. Certainly no problem walking on it, will get some wood down before takng the machine across the ice.

Christmas Concert practises well underway, next week one at the school then the church presentation just before Xmas. Kids enjoy the participation, even the practise.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 10/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on December 10, 2007

Overcast, a hint of snowfulurries between here and Ross Island, -8C temp, just enough draft to move the flag from the NW. This is what the forecast looks like for the rest of the day. Some wind mid-week on till the weekend.

Emily returned to the fold yesterday PM, Rob out overnight with one of his cronies, no school today -teachers meetings.

Have a look at the woodlot today, was in on Saturday, but only managed to get wet. The ice near the shore in the underbrush not ready to support my weight. Did not take the ATV anywhere near the area this time around, do learn some things after a fashion.

Sea Urchin set to open today, but have no idea if they went or not. A smaller quota give them the flexibilty to lobster fish or sea urchins whichever is the best for the license holder.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:55 AM GMT on December 09, 2007

Clear, calm with a slight draft from NW, cool @-11C with a high of -3C in the forecast. Fairly quiet weather conditions in the offing for next few days.

Emily been out since she left for school on Friday, returning this AM, Rob returned last evening after an exhausting day of GUITAR HERO and other PS games with his cronies. Snow had a crust on it not forgiving to the face when you planted it in the snow surface.

A few black ducks outside this morning as the red sun makes it was up over Ross Island. No other activity in the harbour all is quiet.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:03 PM GMT on December 08, 2007

Clear, calm, rain overnight making the yard a skating rink, temp -1C to rise on the plus side to 5C then drop dramatically overnight with a low in the high teens. Still no wind to speak of - a plus for sure.

Kids farmed out around the neighbourhood, will be a day on the hill for Robs' crew I suspect. Emily camped in Seal Cove will be later on in the day before she appears.

Lobster price remaining in the $4.50 range, at least it has not dropped. The catch has been reduced because of weather and the resulting loss of days at the office.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 07/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:55 AM GMT on December 07, 2007

Clear, cold, temp -9C, perfectly calm for a welcome change. Vapour evident in the harbour, with fingers of ice going out from the shoreline. Expected to be a clear day with temps rising to the freezing mark by this afternoon.

Thought I could get into the woods yesterday with the ATV. Got in alright right to the foot rest, unable even to winch her out. Thought would need the backhoe to get her out, couldn't get that close to it. Managed with able assistance to left the front on firm ground and winch her out. I am impressed with how stuck one can get when you break through a heath surface. May require a cordouroy road to help things along for travel in that area.

Christmas preparations getting well underway, baking, cards in the mail, decorating, a final trip or so to finish visiting on the mainland to be done over next few days - time is running down.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:53 AM GMT on December 06, 2007

Partial overcast, slight breeze from WNW, -7C, not to rise much in temp as the day moves along. A little more light snow overnight.

Ross Island with the tide high and dark clouds behind something to behold as daylight comes to the swamp. A few waterfowel infront of the house on patrol back and forth.

A quick trip to St. John yesterday to have mom at a Dr.'s appointment. Not too many travelling, but a few doing the same thing, and of course a few shoppers mixed in. The boat never made a move after the amount of wind we have endured over the past couple of weeks. Roads all clear no problem whatsoever.

The community centre/complex is on the move offically having been signed off on the last town council meeting on Monday. A good thing for the community, now to make it the best facility we can we the resources provided.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:04 AM GMT on December 05, 2007

Clear, calm, cool at -8C, the first morning for a couple of weeks that no wind in evidence and none in forecast for the day.

Quite a lot of snow for us, shoveled and had yard plowed for most of the morning. Lots of slush in the stuff very heavy. The island likes like the season for sure, lots of Christmas Card scenes with a nautical touch wherever the eyes wanders.

Kids had another day off school, 'Maggies Hill' caught it with the sliding, and snowboarders with a tube thrown in the mix. Maggie lives on as the 'hill' by her house, she has been gone for over fifty years. The hill has had different names in that period, but her name seems to prevail.

The boats will be at it today, lots of traffic going by the house enroute to the wharf since 0400 this morning. No idea on the current price for the animal.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:55 AM GMT on December 04, 2007

Overcast, still snow flurries, not sustained as over the past sevral hours. Temp 1C, wind NW @ 10-15KPH, expected to increase as the morning moves along.

The decision to cancel school turned out to be correct, our rain event turned to a good snow fall. Lots of wind, roads teacherous to say the least.

No school this morning, roads are clear, but snow packed with more flurries anticipated making the bus travel for the kids a little hazardous.

Emily helped with the baking, mostly talking during the process. Rob and his gang hit the slope with the snowboard, had to go fetch him around dark. The boarding was good, but some bushes had to be knocked down before it was really good to go.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:00 PM GMT on December 03, 2007

Overcast, wind due east @25-30KPH appears to be coming on in fine style, temp -3C. A storm warning in effect till late tomorrow. High winds, snow 'except along the coast', sleet and rain with snow for us sometime overnight.

This is the storm that caused havoc south of us over the weekend. Kids are pleased, school cancelled due to 'impending storm'. The debate will begin once again about cancelling classes on the island when the weather conditions are very often much different than other locations on the mainland.

A number of boats took advantage of the slight moderating in conditions yesterday to get some time on the water. As it stands this morning Wed. - as far as wind goes - might be a chance to work on the single gear.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:07 PM GMT on December 02, 2007

Clear, cold at -8C, strong NW -25-35KPH gusts making a windchill factor of -20C. Still no sign of let up for the next few days.

The longrange is for below normal temps, with most highs over the next week below the freezing mark. If such is the case the woods will freeze real well as no snow to amount to anything is called for.

As the sun starts to climb a hit of vapour showing on the harbour. Definatly not a hospitable time on the water today in these conditions.

The CAD at par with the USD this weekend has come down dramatically this week. The price of fuel going north locally $1.12/litre, diesel for highway signifigantly more costly at 1.28/litre.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 01/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:56 AM GMT on December 01, 2007

Partial cloud cover, cold westerly this morning. Gusts already to 50KPH with a -2C temp giving us a windchill factor of -20C. No let up in sight for the wind, west and nor'west with a possibility of flurries over the next couple of days.

Another day the lobster won't be landed. Hard to make a payday with weather like this, combined with the price not very encouraging. The CAD closed yesterday at par with the USD still not much of a help in the price per lb.

Both kids under the roof last night, albiet Emily not here until about bedtime. They haven't been making much noise about Xmas, probably secure in the thought they will no doubt get just what they have suggested would be nice.

Interior decorating well underway, tree is done or just about. The mantle and other areas on the agenda for today.

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