GRAND MANAN, N.B.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on January 31, 2008

Clear, slight draft frm south, -5C temp expected to be on or near the plus side as the day moves along. More precip in the offing over first part of the weekend. No real cold temps mentioned.

Daylight making an appearance in the eastern sky shortly after 0600. The yearly cycle continues indicating sometime down the way is a change in the season coming our way.

Getting most of wood out of the swamp, have finally twigged that this new ATV has the ability to skid logs. Can select cut to get at the size I want, by the time am through harvesting will have learned how it should be done with proper equipment.

Guitar lessons well underway, Rob looks forward to the lesson, ready at least half hour ahead of time. Emily getting into piano more all the time as she learns her away around the instrument more all the time.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on January 30, 2008

Overcast, breeze starting from south now just enough to move the flag, 2C for temp to rise near double digits before moving downward. Rain and wind on the way for today.

Fishing now quiet, too much weather for the lobster guys to do much. Scalloping the same, both species in short supply at the moment, price not great.

See some equipment showing up expect that is for work on breakwater at Ingalls Head. Understand the tender for the community centre/sportsplex nearing completion for interested parties. Once that process is complete will know if our needs and the budget coincide.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 29/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on January 29, 2008

Overcast, slight breeze 10-15KPH from north, -2 temp. Temp to rise on the plus side today, with possibility of rain in the offing. Rain and warm southerlies in the forecast next few days.

Freezing drizzle most of the afternoon, and well into the night. No loss of power or indication it was in jeporday, combined with the wind we were having not a good combination.

Children preparing for school, roads would be the only problem this morning. The boys have been hard at it getting the salt out as a result the ice cover is no doubt looked after.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 28/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:04 PM GMT on January 28, 2008

Nor'easter underway, wind from NE @40-45KPH, lots of blowing snow, -5C. Can see the shoreline when wind dies down for a moment. Remains to be seen how long it snows or changes to rain, temp to rise as the day moves along. A messy one for sure. Lots of rain next couple of days with much milder temps in the offing.

No school today, don't believe there will be any criticism for that decision.

The weather for the golfers is looking up, has been a bit chilly there past few days. Certainly a far cry from local weather today.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 27/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:04 PM GMT on January 27, 2008

Mostly overcast, with sun showing from behind Ross Island, the odd snowflake going by the window. Wind now easterly at 20KPH, temp -5C, pretty well what is in the forecast for the remainder of the day.

A sign that spring is being thought of at least. A load of wier stakes arrived at North Head, good looking hardwood.

Emily out overnight, Rob below decks had all the electronics to his own devices last night. We did go in the bush yesterday on the fourwheeler. He was impressed with the roads that I had built, he thought I was just driving the machine up in there to keep it away from him I suppose.

Fishing pretty quiet these days, no lobster being landed to speak of. A few scallops, but nothing great especialy at the price being offered for them.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 26/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:02 PM GMT on January 26, 2008

Clear, total calm, -10C temp not expected to rise very high into the single digits till Monday. Rain expected for a couple of days mid-week.

Managed to get most of the wood I have down in the yard. Require some larger stuff to split, sufficent round wood, all needs now is to be stowed for the summer.

Notice a couple of fellows clamming this AM, a tough way to get a feed or make a dollar at these temps, at least no wind.

Kids and one guest overnight, no sight of them most of the night, certainly not at this time of day.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 25/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:41 AM GMT on January 25, 2008

Cloud cover moving in from the east, slight draft northerly, a crisp -15C this morning. Temp not anticipated to rise much into the single digits. Same type of weather till Sunday. Mild for next week with rain by mid-week.

Good day yesterday, a good friend dropped off a lobster feed. Quite a bit of the prize disappeared when Donna shucked them. Emily was 'assisting', one for her, then one for the pot. Result a lobster chowder for my dinner, with a promise that Emily have some left for her supper.

Did manage to get some scallops into the freezer, Emily was satisfied with a couple 'sushi' style. They are good without a doubt.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 24/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on January 24, 2008

Overcast, slight draft from north, cool @-10C, not expected to rise much as the day moves along. Cool temps in the forecast till early next week.

Scallop price dropped this past week to the $6.25/lb range, lobster also declined in the $6.50/lb range. No demand for the few that are coming ashore. No wiers wrapped to capture any herring around, no market at this time.

Able to get around in the woods pretty well now. Have got a few more trees to manufacture to allow trailer to manouver without fetching up, a minor miscalculation while building road at the outset. Still did manage to require the winch to move along on one occasiion yesterday.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:51 AM GMT on January 23, 2008

Overcast, but clearing, high westerlies 25-30KPH, -3C temp. Temp expected to stay in this range as the day moves along. Cooler temps enroute for the remainder of the week.

Lots of rain yesterday late afternoon into the night. Appears to have frozen infront of the house, the remaining snow took another hit.

A winch on a fourwheeler a great concept, got the trailer well into the woods, loaded and broke through heath. First time managed to salvage the load with the winch. Next time had to off load trailer and winch out, a good workout if not productive.

Rob home yesterday during the afternoon, took a spill on the ice hit his head. He had a headache , a little nausea, felt better once he got home. He was able to attend the youth program last night with no further ill effects.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 22/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:45 AM GMT on January 22, 2008

Calm, overcast with a prospect of snow later on today, temp -9C, expected to rise possibly sneak over the plus side for a few moments.

Harbour mill pond like, with a little ice making out from the shore. Quite a bit of ice on the shore of the inner harbour. Colder weather in the offing towards last of the week.

Rob up and going this morning. A day at home during school, with no computer or games makes for a boring time if one feels at all well. He was giving the guitar a workout fairly early this AM, enough to get Emily out of the rack growling at him.

Will get into the woods today, pond appears secure enough yesterday to get a load across. Cleaned up everything on this side of the pond, quite a bit to be gathered on the ground already on the other side of the pond.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 21/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:38 AM GMT on January 21, 2008

Clear, very cold @-15C, wind from west @25KPH, giving a windchill factor in the -25C range. Deep freeze to remain for next 24 hours then just be cold for the majority of the week. Sea smoke making up in the harbour as the sun makes it way up. Imagine vapour will be with us all day.

Rob down with a bit of a bug once again, in sick bay for the day. Between storm days and sick days he has missed a bit of school this winter.

This should firm things up in the woods, however with the snow cover on the pond remains to be seen if such is the case.

Weather for the golfers has been marginal, but they have been on the links this past week. The weather is to change positive for them later on this week.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 20/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:12 PM GMT on January 20, 2008

Overcast, a hint of snowflurries, visibility not a problem. Wind swinging to the north a precursor to the cold temps for next week. Current temp -3C, expected to go down as the day moves along.

A raft of waterfowel only sign of life in the harbour this morning. Have been a few more ducks this past week or so. Did notice that daylight starting to peek in a little earliar in the AM, can really notice the extended light in the western sky at sunset.

Kids under the roof last night, no visitors for a change or sleepover for them. Everybody taking a breather it seems like not a bad idea for sure.

Things appear quiet in the community, scalloping and off shore lobster fishing in the fishing area.

The rain took the snow down in the woods, will rebuild some of my ATV road. Did manage to get a couple of loads out yesterday, thank goodness for winch on the machine. Managed to get the load stuck twice when trailer off the track into the unfrozen bog.

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SATURDAY, JANURARY 19/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:33 PM GMT on January 19, 2008

Clear, cool temp -3C, not anticipating getting too much higher today. Brteeze slight was still southerly at daylight now coming around from a westerly direction. Cold temps for next week or so, will bring reality to the fact it is January.

Kids home last night, with one extra, a buddy of Emilys'. Prety quiet with movies and her friend has unlimited texting on cellphone. They were at that long into the night, too long. Txting - to me seems similar to the perils of MSN, little chance to supervise what is going on.

Still a few traps making thier way onto the bank, can't be too many of the inshore gear still in the water. Haven't heard what the price for the product has been this week.

Thanks for the dropin notes.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 18/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:41 AM GMT on January 18, 2008

Overcast, breeze coming up with the sun 20KPH from the south, 2C temp. Fast moving system going through today, inland snow, near the coast sleet and rain. No doubt a rain event with strong winds instore for us.

Ladies had a successful day on the mainland. Quite a relaxed affair, not many 'must do' to attend to. Great weather to travel, calm on the boat - how could you beat it.

A couple of the fellows that worked with me a year ago have left to take employment on the mainland. Certainly the economic situation locally has taken a dramatic downturn. No prospects on the horizon to help make a change - that I am aware of.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 17/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:30 AM GMT on January 17, 2008

Clear, calm, cool -11C, to gradually warm up to the 0 mark as the day moves along. Wind to change to southerly looking for rain and high winds by tomorrow. Winter temps forecast after that goes by.

The girls have a nice day to travel, and have a look at the sale racks. Imagine the spring duds will be showing up now that the winter season is officially on the wane - fashion wise at any rate.

Scallopers have had a few days this week to give it a shot. Have not got my hands on any as yet, procrastination will do that.

Snow up to my thighs in some places, but not packed not a problem getting around. Still open water near the shore of the beaver pond, can't get across, possibly after the rain and cold weather combines will make a road possible.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on January 16, 2008

Heavy overcast, breeze 15KPH from NW, -7C at daylight. This is the type of weather to expect as the day unfolds, a good day tomorrow, and another weather system for Friday.

Schoold today, kids wearing black and red in solidarity with Bathurst High. Funeral for the seven basketball boys this afternoon.

Kids enjoyed thier extra day off from school, Rob snowboarding, sliding with a little time on neighbours ATV. The deep snow curtailed the ATV to a great extent. Emily made like a vegetable for the greatest part of the day, and updated her list on MP3.

Donna and buddy making a trip to the big smoke tomorrow, weather window looks excellent for them to make the day trip.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 15/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on January 15, 2008

Overcast, -5C, westerly breeze @20-25KPH, appears to be attempting to clear, snow has ceased. Lots of NE kept the bulk of the snow off his side of the road. However still some plowing and shoveling to be done this AM.

School due to the road conditions. The trajedy in Bathurst over the weekend has made all more aware of potential for disaster in poor driving condtions.

Did manage to get the morning in the woods, even got a couple of loads home - a start. The price of energy being what it is and going to be the wood heat is more enjoyable, plus the excercise one gets manufacturing it.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 14/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on January 14, 2008

Overcast, very windy gusting to 40KPH from NE, temp -5C. No snow as yet, but still giving lots for later on in the day and overnight. Temps to remain near the freezing mark for most of the week.

No school cancellation as yet, radar indicates the front of the storm just a little south of here. Driving conditions will detoriate rapidly with any amount of snow as marine forecast is giving gale force winds till tomorrow.

A morning to sneak into the woods, but stay off the ice, may be able to get a load out.

BBQ or grilling, depending on what part of the country we reside, was very good. Thought might have a treat leftover for today, no such luck all went at dinner table, all hands enjoyed.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 13/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:06 PM GMT on January 13, 2008

Clear, total calm, a great looking sunrise with a red sky reflecting off the water. Lots of waterfowel gliding about along the shoreline. Temp -4C expected to struggle over the the freezing mark before the end of the day.

Winter weather advisory issued for tomorrow, northeast gales with lots of snow. The wind for at least a day, and the snow in some areas heavy all day, will wait and see if we get rain or snow as temps not too low.

Will dig out the BBQ later on to make a burnt offering. Has been several weeks since done any meat outside, with this weather window thought would give it a shot.

Rob got to the skateboard park for the afternoon yesterday, he had a good day. Emily got home early afternoon, and even did some time on the piano.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 12/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:19 PM GMT on January 12, 2008

Overcast, calm with a slight draft from SW, 5C temp expected to remain till clearing this afternoon then temp to drop but not too dramatic.

The mounds of snow we had in place now gone, just brown lawn between the computer and shoreline, quite drab to the eye. A few signs of waterfowel in the harbour, but tide out quite aways hard to see with naked eye.

Rob home with his guitar and movies last night, did not see him till time to turn in. Emily to return to the fold sometime during the day.

Scalloping nothing spectacular, however most fellows can make a week out of it. The egging quota being caught up, and most of the inshore gear landed, with a few guys leaving small number of traps to fish as long as price remains high.

Brothers to the south have been enjoying good weather, no word if thier golf game has improved in those southern climes.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 11/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on January 11, 2008

Mostly overcast, a deep red sky showing behind Ross Island reflecting off the low clouds. A sllight draft from NE, 2C temp. Temp to remain in this area for most of the weekend with sun for Sat. & Sun.

Rob up and going this morning, the weekend is upon them. Emily out overnight, don't know if she will be replaced by a friend of Robs' or not.

Scalloping nothing speacil I'm told, however with a some persaverance one can get a good days pay out of the effort. Typical for the last several years a hard way to make a buck some days.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 10/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on January 10, 2008

Hazy this morning with strong 25-30KPH wind from SW, temp still a good for early morning @6C. Temp to decline as the day moves along but still stay on the plus side till dark. The transition to more seasonable weather is underway.

Rob down this AM, a form of flu about, I would say he has captured the virus. He did manage to get his music lesson in, and is pleased with the teacher. He had been a bit preoccupied since coming home from school yesterday, the music lesson was goal. After the lesson he was able to let nature take its course. The same level of dedication not evident at school work.

No input of what the scalloping has been like, the wind yesterday would have made work more than a little uncomfortable in most locations.

Eldest brother arrived in Myrtle Beach yesterday, a little longer getting underway due to conditions on this end when they expected to pull out.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:49 AM GMT on January 09, 2008

A sultry 6C this AM, with a steady 20KPH breeze from south, indications are a high of 15C in the forecast. Did get into double digits yesterday in the PM. With the steady breeze the large amount of snow we had is practically gone. A little rain for today will get most of what remains. This type of weather until first of the new week.

A good day for scalloping yesterday weatherwise, have not heard any wharf talk on quantity, price in the $7/lb range. At least one boat in the harbour shocking the animal well into the night, hopefully there are some and the price remains in this range or higher.

A few herring around, but no market other than a little for bait. One of the wiers in Pettes Cove has a few locked up behind the twine.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 8/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on January 08, 2008

Mostly overcast, with a slight hit of red in the morning sky under the cloud cover. A slight breeze from SW with a temp of 3C makes a great snow removal program.

Kids off to school and music lesson in full swing. Rob goes to new teacher tomorrow and chomping at the bit. He has found from another guitar friend that his purchase of a tuner is OK, will get more info tomorrow then look out.

A fair number of woaterfowel out front this morning, and first day of scalloping geting underway. A good day, from this seat, to be on the water.

Travel yesterday, a full trip going over in the morning, good number for the 1:30 - given the time of year.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 7/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:09 AM GMT on January 07, 2008

Overcast, calm, 3C, anticipating some rain as the day moves along. Long range gives plus temps and rain for the majority of the week, with no freezing temps until at the weekend, if then.

A short trip to the mainland in the offing today, should make it back on the second trip. A good weather day to be doing a little travel for sure.

Scalloping opens tomorrow with a fair price in the offing, and lobsters dropping off probably a number of boats will be at it. Lobster price in the $7/lb range with a good demand and supply limited harkens well if any can be captured.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 6/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:19 PM GMT on January 06, 2008

Total calm, temp on the freezing mark, overcast, with a decision to be made whether we get some snow or rain. Forecast beginning tomorrow is for rain until at least the enf of the week.

A few ducks rafting infront of the house, otherwise not a hint of activity in the harbour, looks quite nice to say the least.

Shopping trip a success with all hands having chores completed early in the PM.Rob disappointed as he is unable to make his tuner work for him, will get him to seek outside advice before he junks the idea totally. Emily able to increase her clothes inventory to her liking. The other girls did likewise, I was the driver.

Not a great deal of traffic on the boat yesterday, all local so conversation not a problem coming and going.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 5/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:13 AM GMT on January 05, 2008

Clear, calm, temp is a cool -10C, with anticipation of a high a little above the freezing mark before the day is over.

Yesterday moderated as billed, not a dramatic change as the temp come up slowly. Looking for moderating trends for the next few days before winter returns once again.

Crowd has thier gift cards and Xmas cash in hand a good day to travel. We must do our bit to assist the retailer as the indications are that the sales have hurt over the past little while.

Emily 'needs' clothes, and Rob is in search of a digital guitar tuner. Once these chores are accomplished the drive to get home will begin. They aren't avid shoppers, motivated by what they are looking for, and then mission is complete. Donna and thier mother travelling also so a 'little' shopping will be the order of the day not task driven.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 4/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:58 AM GMT on January 04, 2008

Clear, calm, still cold @ -16C, a good thing no wind makes quite a difference. To start on the rise with temp near the freezing mark for a high later on today. Forecast is for rain showers by Tues.

Information is that December the most snow in nearly 40 years. Historically the bulk of our snow shows up between now and the end of March. If this remains the case will be hard put to place the stuff, the southerly should take it down some hopefully.

Rob out overnight, Emily has returned to her bunk so things pretty well normal in that area. Kids return to school on Monday, all parties are looking forward to the routine.

Had a chance to go sea egging, however prevous commitments keep me ashore.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 3/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:00 PM GMT on January 03, 2008

Clear, COLD @-14C witha strong wind from north 25-30KPH. As the day moves along the sea smoke is becoming sky high. Cold for next couple of days then a long spell of above freezing temps.

Eldest brother underway today heading to the south. Appears by the time they set up the weather to be nice and warm for them. Currently cold for that part of the world, with below freezng temps overnight.

Emily still not in her own digs for the New Year, will be here at supper time I am advised.

Not much going on in the fishing area due to weather conditions. Have noticed more scallop drags going aboard ready for opening day next week.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on January 02, 2008

Overcast, cool at -8C with a breeze from north at 1015KPH, Blew hard and snowed overnight will spend a little time this morning moving it around - the plow showed up just in time. Giving clearing, but cool for next couple of days.

Did manage to get a load of wood out yesterday, trail not freezing good due to snow cover. Will have to concentrate on getting ti down rather than out just yet.

Rob returned home for supper, Emily still enjoying her time with a buddy. She spent most yesterday getting some sliding in, don't know what is on the agenda for today. Rob early in the rack so he will be recharged for the days activities, whatever they may be.

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NEW YEARS 2008

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:45 PM GMT on January 01, 2008

A fantastic weather start to 2008, total calm, high tide, cool with a hint of vapour in the harbour. The snowfall given the front yard a carpet of white with no marks between here and the shore. Temp in the -9 range rising as the day moves along with antoher snowstorm in the offing.

The New Years dinner and fellowship passed all to quickly. The meal was great, company also one entered the evening wondering if would be on deck for the transition to the New Year, almost missed the hour just visiting. Great time, just they seem to be coming with great frequency with no time in between - I suppose one has to consder the alternative.

Kids out overnight with good plans to usher in the New Year, will be a little time before they show am sure it was long after midnight before they called it quits.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Bermuda of the Maritimes.

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